New Chairman for WEA Theological Commission

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The WEA Theological Commission has appointed Dr Justin Thacker, Head of Theology for the Evangelical Alliance of the UK as its new chairman. Dr Thacker replaces Dr Rolf Hille who stepped down at the annual TC meeting held in Bangkok Thailand in October 2008.

Dr Hille, who is Rector of Albrecht Bengel Haus, Tuebingen, Germany was appointed to the position in 1996, and for most of the time since then he was also the Executive Director. When Dr David Parker was appointed Executive Director of the TC in 2007, Dr Hille was able to concentrate on the chairman’s role for final year of his lengthy term of service.

Warm words of appreciation were expressed at the TC meeting for Dr Hille who initially joined the Executive Committee in 1986. His contribution was also officially recognized on the final evening of the 12th General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance which was held in Pattaya Oct 25-30, 2008.

In the dual position of "Executive Chairman", Dr Hille played a vital role in steering the TC through a major re-organisation and re-focusing of its vision, while at the same time carrying a heavy load in his full time ministry as head of an important German evangelical theological institution. This significant achievement was all the more noteworthy because he was deeply involved in church, theological and Evangelical Alliance work in Germany and Europe, and had heavy family responsibilities. His theological insights, gracious Christian spirit and foresight enabled the TC to pull through difficult times and its continuing ministry is a tribute to the sacrifice and vision of Dr Hille.

Dr Justin Thacker, who joined the TC in 2007, Dr Thacker trained originally as a medical doctor, and specialised in paediatrics, working eventually as leader of a team assessing healthcare provision for young offenders in England and Wales. Sensing a call to the ministry, took his BA in Theology at London School of Theology, and completed a PhD from King’sCollege London. He is the author of Postmodernism and the Ethics of Theological Knowledge, which, as a response to the postmodern critique of Christianity, establishes the necessary integration of theological knowledge with theological ethics. Justin is an ordained Elder of the United Reformed Church, has an active preaching ministry and is on the council of Scripture Union. His role with EA UK is helping formulate its position on a range of theological and public issues.

At the 2008 annual meeting, Dr James Nkansah (Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology) was appointed Vice-Chair. Dr David Parker's term as Executive Director was extended. There was also a new appointment to the core group of the Theological Commission to represent Spanish-speaking Latin American. Rev David Roldan from Facultad Internacional de Educacion Teologica (FIET), Buenos Aires, he joins Dr Claus Schwambach of Brasil to complete the representation from this important area of the world in time for TC to focus on this area in its annual meeting and international consultation next year in Sao Paulo, Brasil. David is Dean and Academic Secretary of FIET, and has served as National Secretary of ASIT ( Accreditation Association of Seminaries). He is editor of Revista Teología y Cultura (Theology and Culture Review). He holds two advanced degrees in theology and is engaged in doctoral level studies while also teaching advanced philosophy and holding membership in two important philosophy research teams. David is a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Argentina and has contributed many articles to theological and other periodicals.