George Washington’s Faith Topic of Nov. 3 Lecture


by News Bureau on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 20, 2011 — “What was the Faith of George Washington and Does it Matter?” is the topic of a lecture to be presented by Dr. Peter Lillback Thursday, Nov. 3, at Southeast Missouri State University.  

Lillback, president and professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, will present the lecture at 7 p.m. in Rose Theatre in Grauel Building, 408 N. Pacific. 

The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Mo., Don and Saundra Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., the Department of History, the College of Liberal Arts and the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This event is the third annual lecture in a series dedicated to Western Civilization and American values.  

In addition to the lecture, Lillback will be signing copies of his best-selling book, “George Washington’s Sacred Fire,” at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 5-7 p.m.  

Prior to becoming the seminary’s president, Lillback served the Westminster Theological, Seminary as an adjunct faculty member for nearly 20 years. He has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1982, first at Bethany Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Oxford, Pa., and then at Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Newark, Del. He served as the senior pastor of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa., from 1991 to 2009  

He is also president of The Providence Forum, a non-profit organization committed to preserving and promoting America’s spiritual roots of religious and civil liberties.  

A contributor to various essay volumes, academic journals, and bible study guides, he is the author of several books including “The Binding of God: Calvin’s Role in the Development of Covenant Theology” and editor of “The Practical Calvinist: An Introduction to the Presbyterian and Reformed Heritage.” In 2006, Lillback’s book on the Christian faith of George Washington was released. “George Washington’s Sacred Fire” represents the culmination of more than 20 years of original research and scholarship. 

Lillback earned a Bachelor of Arts at Cedarville (Ohio) College  in 1974, majoring in pre-seminary Bible and speech, with minors in New Testament Greek and philosophy. In 1978, he received a master’s degree in theology with a focus on systematic theology and apologetics from Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1985, he completed a doctoral degree in Reformation and post-Reformation studies at Westminster.  

He is married to Debbie, and they have two grown daughters.