—John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, and congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, will give the annual Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture on November 18—

Princeton, NJ, November 6, 2013–Dr. John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of worship, theology, and congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, will give the 2013–2014 Frederick Neumann Memorial Lecture at Princeton Theological Seminary on Monday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. Titled “Non-Identification with the First Person in Christian Liturgical Use of Biblical Psalms: The Pastoral and Theological Art of Framing Liturgical Participation,” the lecture will take place in the Daniel J. Theron Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. It is free and open to the public.

john witvlietWitvliet’s interests include the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, choral music, and consulting with churches on worship renewal.

He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007), Worship Seeking Understanding: Windows into Christian Practice (Baker Academic, 2003), coauthor of Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration (Baker, 2004), and coeditor of The Worship Sourcebook (Faith Alive Christian Resources, Baker Books Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2004), Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004), Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Christian Worship (2011), and the children’s book At Your Baptism (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011).

He serves as editor for three series: the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), Vital Worship, Healthy Congregations (The Alban Institute), Church at Worship (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), as well as being coeditor with Pearl Shangkuan of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Choral Music Series (GIA). He is also the editor of A Child Shall Lead: Children in Worship (Choristers Guild, 1999).   

A graduate of Calvin College, Witvliet holds graduate degrees in theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, in music from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D. in liturgical studies and theology from the University of Notre Dame. 

 He previously served as an adjunct professor of worship at Northern Baptist Seminary and Ontario Theological Seminary; the past president of the board of directors for The Choristers Guild; the music director of churches in Michigan and Indiana; research associate at Notre Dame’s Center for Pastoral Liturgy; and guest lecturer at worship conferences in several states and provinces.                                                                                                                                         

 Established in 1983 by Dr. Edith Neumann in memory of her husband, this annual lecture discusses topics appropriate to the broad theological interests of Dr. Frederick Neumann (1899–1967)—philosopher, biblical scholar, missionary, and pastor.

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