2019 Speakers

Gregory K. Beale

Geoffrey Thomas


Rev. Dr. Gregory K. Beale (PhD, Cambridge) holds the J. Gresham Machen chair of New Testament and is research professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Beale’s academic interests include the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, the book of Revelation, the biblical-theological theme of temple as the dwelling place of God, and the topic of inerrancy, among others. For those who are new to Dr. Beale’s writing and teaching on these interests, he recommends several resources as places to start. On the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, he would suggest starting with his course A New Testament Biblical Theology, available free online from Westminster, or reading A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New. On Revelation, he would recommend his commentary Book of Revelation (New International Greek Text Commentary) or the newly-released Revelation: A Shorter Commentary. On the biblical-theological use of temple, consider “Eden, the Temple, and the Church’s Mission in the New Creation,” or his book on the topic. On inerrancy, he would suggest starting with The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Text?, or his article “Can the Bible be Completely Inspired by God and Yet Still Contain Errors?”.
Education
  • PhD, University of Cambridge, 1981
  • ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1976
  • MA, Southern Methodist University, 1976
  • BA, Southern Methodist University, 1971

Church Ministry
Dr. Beale is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC).

Teaching and Professional History
  • Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2010–present
  • Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of New Testament, 1999–2010; Coordinator for the M.A. in Biblical Exegesis program, Fall 2001, Wheaton College Graduate School
  • Assistant Professor of New Testament, 1984–1986; Associate Professor 1987–1992; Professor 1992–2000; Director of the Th.M. in Biblical Theology Degree Program 1992–2000, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Guest Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, 1980–1982; Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Philosophy and Religion, 1983–1984, Grove City College

Courses
  • New Testament Greek 3a (NT013a)
  • General Introduction to the New Testament II (NT103)
  • New Testament Interpretation: Acts and the Pauline Epistles (NT223)
  • Readings in the Literature of Post-Biblical Judaism (Part 1: Early Judaism) (NT791)
  • Readings in the Literature of Post-Biblical Judaism (Part 2: Early and Later Judaism) (NT793)
  • New Testament Theology (NT912)
  • New Testament Use of the Old Testament (NT941)

Memberships
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Tyndale Fellowship

Rev. Geoffrey Thomas has been the minister of Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, Wales, since 1965. Born in 1938 in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, he became a Christian as a teenager in his home church, the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hengoed, in 1954. After grammar school, he read Biblical Studies, Greek and Philosophy at Cardiff University (BA, 1959). He found fellowship in the Inter-varsity Fellowship group, and was influenced by the ministry of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and reading books such as J. I. Packer’s Fundamentalism and the Word of God, Whitefield’s Journals, Lloyd-Jones’ Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, and J. C. Ryle’s Holiness. At this time he also began to take The Banner of Truth magazine, which he has since served as Associate Editor.

He preached for the first time in 1959 and ‘thenceforward Sunday after Sunday’. In 1961 he travelled to the United States to study for three years at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, under men such as Edward J. Young, Ned Stonehouse, John Murray, Cornelius Van Til, Meredith Kline, Norman Shepherd, Jay Adams and Edmund Clowney. Returning to Wales after graduation (M.Div, 1964), he married Iola, ‘the girl back home’. Assured during the last months of his course at seminary of the call to preach, he began his first and only pastorate at Alfred Place the following year.

Geoff has systematically preached the Bible to his congregation ever since, and has published the compete text of almost a thousand sermons on the church’s website. He has served as the chairman of the Grace Churches of England and Wales, and of the Association of Evangelical Churches of Wales, and is currently Editor of the Trust’s website articles. He is the author of scores of articles and several books, including The Holy Spirit, Daniel: Servant of God Under Four Kings, Philip and the Revival in Samaria and Ernest Reisinger: A Biography, as well as the booklet Reading the Bible, some of which have been published by the Trust. He is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world, and is a Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2011 Westminster Seminary awarded him a Doctor of Divinity degree.

Geoff’s wife Iola passed away in October 2016, passing, as Geoff wrote, ‘from the state of grace to the state of glory’. Geoff has two daughters who are married to deacons and a third who is a pastor’s wife. He has eight grandsons and one granddaughter.