Faculty, Staff, and Students Take Part in Midwinter Conference

Judy Peterson

Lead workshops and worship

CHICAGO, IL (February 3, 2009) – Whether it was providing root beer floats, expounding on the centrality of Scripture, or leading technical production of worship services, members of the North Park University and Theological Seminary community played a vital role in making the Evangelical Covenant Church’s Midwinter Pastors Conference a huge success.

The event was held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel February 2-6.

The conference actually began January 31-February 1 with Connection 2009, which featured several pre-Midwinter events that focused on biblical compassion, mercy, and justice. North Park Campus Pastor Judy Peterson and seminary professor Soong-Chan Rah were among the speakers during worship services. Paul Johnson, campus ministries director, led the technical team. Several former North Park students also participated on the worship team.

North Park University provided root beer floats after a worship service to the hundreds of people who attended the sessions. The school kept alive a tradition that was started by Covenant Bible College (CBC), which closed in 2007. Mark Olson, director of admissions for North Park, said it was a way of continuing to honor the work of CBC.

The North Park University Gospel Choir rocked the house for 1,000 ministers during the opening worship of the service of the main conference. The choir performed by itself as well as with the worship band. Peterson was also one of the main speakers.

Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel professor of New Testament at the seminary, led three morning worship sessions on the “The word and the Word.”

North Park faculty who led workshops included Linda Cannell, R. Boaz Johnson, James K. Bruckner, Max J. Lee, Helen Cepero, Mary Chase-Ziolek, D. Brent Laytham, and Scot McKnight. Seminary student Ingrid Johnson also led a workshop, as did North Park staff members Rollo Dilworth, Helen Hudgens, Rich Johnson, Carolyn Poterek, and Phil Jackson.