Upcoming Speakers

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, to grow in understanding, to act boldly, and to re-creatively serve God's kingdom.


2013-14 Academic Year


April 7, 2014

Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies

Dr. Stanley Carlson-Thies is president of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance. He served for many years at the Center for Public Justice in Washington, D.C., later, on the initial staff of President Bush’s White House faith-based office, and then on the church-state taskforce of President Obama’s faith-based Advisory Council before founding the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance. The IRFA is a nonpartisan group that seeks to protect and promote the religious identity and freedoms of faith-based organizations as they contribute to the common good. Carlson-Thies will give a morning presentation on the need for and the needs of institutions in our call to faithfulness. In the evening, he will talk about his personal experience of faith and politics in Washington, D.C.

September 1, 2014

Prof. Nancy Pearcey

Best-selling author Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University, where she also serves as director of the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture. She has been hailed by The Economist as “America’s pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual.” Pearcey’s writing focuses on Christian worldview and apologetics. Her book Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity (Crossway, 2004) is a Christianity Today Award of Merit Winner and an ECPA Gold Medallion Winner. Through her work with the Francis Schaeffer Center for Worldview and Culture students have unique opportunities to engage with her award-winning books and other resources on worldview and cultural engagement. Pearcey received her degree in biblical studies from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, with additional study at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario. Professor Nancy Pearcey will speak in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College on Labor Day, September 1, 2014, as a part of the Andreas Center’s First Mondays Speaker Series.

November 3, 2014

Dr. Richard Mouw

Dr. Richard Mouw serves as professor of faith and public life (and president emeritus) at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Mouw has a prestigious academic career having previously served the seminary as senior vice president and provost, as well as at Calvin College and the Free University of Amsterdam as professor. Mouw also has a broad bibliography of authored and editorial works on the Christian life including: Abraham Kuyper: A short and personal introduction (Eerdmans, 2011), Uncommon Decency: Christian civility in an uncivil world (IVP, 1992), and Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making connections in today’s world (Zondervan, 2004).