The Robert E. Webber Center was originally founded by Robert Webber at Northern Seminary (Lombard, IL) in the late 2000’s. From the beginning, Bob was supported in this endeavor by his now widow Joanne Webber, and his longtime friend and colleague, Dr. David Neff. These two were the principal agents in bringing the Webber Center to Trinity School for Ministry. While Joanne remains a member of the advisory board, David has stepped down, only to be replaced by James KA Smith — an equally ardent admirer of Bob’s work. Together with one other member, Joanne and Jamie serve as the “external” members of the advisory board. In addition, three members of the Trinity community serve as “internal” members of the board. The Webber Center is indebted to all six members of its advisory board for their wisdom, leadership, encouragement and support.


External Members

Webber-JoanneJoanne Lindsell Webber (J.D., John Marshall Law School) is the widow of the late Robert E. Webber and a strong advocate and supporter of his legacy. Now retired, she worked in education, social work, and law in the public sector for 30 years.





JKA-SmithJames K.A. Smith (Ph.D., Villanova University) is professor of philosophy at Calvin College where he holds the Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology & Worldview. The award-winning author of Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? and Desiring  the Kingdom, his most recent books include Imagining the Kingdom (2013), Who’s Afraid of Relativism? (2014), and How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor (2014).  His popular writing has appeared in magazines such as Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and First Things and periodicals such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Detroit Free Press.  Smith is also a Senior Fellow of Cardus and serves as editor of Comment magazine.


Glerup_hdMichael Glerup (Ph.D., Drew University) is Executive Director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University, and Associate Editor of the Works of Early African Christianity (IVP). A scholar of early Christian spirituality, he was heavily involved in the development of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and Ancient Christian Texts series under Thomas Oden, and is the editor of the InterVarsity Press Classics in Spiritual Formation series.


Internal Members

Harrold-philPhilip Harrold (Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School) is Associate Professor of Church History at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Dr. Harrold is the author of numerous articles and an accomplished scholar and teacher of church history. He has particular interest in the history of Christian religious practice and the recovery of catechesis for Christian formation today.


Snyder-GregGregory A. Snyder (Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines; M.Div., Trinity School for Ministry) is an Anglican priest of the Diocese of South Carolina and the rector of St. John’s Parish Church in John’s Island, SC. An alumnus of Trinity School for Ministry, Rev. Snyder is deeply influenced by the work of Robert Webber and a strong advocate of the Webber Center. Rev. Snyder is also a member Trinity School for Ministry’s board of trustees.


Yeago-DavidDavid S. Yeago  (Ph.D., Yale University) is a Lutheran theologian (NALC), and Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at the North American Lutheran Seminary and Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of numerous articles and associate editor of the journal Pro Ecclesia. He is also co-editor of Knowing the Triune God: The Work of the Spirit in the Practices of the Church, and author of the forthcoming The Apostolic Faith: A Catholic and Evangelical Introduction to Christian Theology.