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2005 Christian Scholars Conference

Featured  Speakers

Robert Webber

Robert Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. He is also the founder and President of the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL.  At Northern, Dr. Webber has taught courses on the theology, history and current practices of worship and spirituality.

Dr. Webber completed the Th.M. at Covenant Theological Seminary and the Th.D. at Concordia Theological Seminary. Prior to his appointment at Northern Seminary, he taught at Wheaton College for 32 years as Professor of Theology.

A prolific writer, Dr. Webber is the author of over forty books including the Ancient-Future series for Baker Books and Journey to Jesus: The Worship, Evangelism, and Nurture of the Church. He also served as editor of the 8-volume The Complete Library of Christian Worship.  These resources and a monthly "Ancient-Future Talk" newsletter are available at ancientfutureworship.com


Kathy Pulley

Kathy Pulley is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University (to become Missouri State University August 2005.). As a faculty member, her courses have included introductory courses in Religion, Religion in America, and New Testament; Women and Religion, Modern Religious Thought, and seminars in Religion, Self, and Society.

Having grown up in the Midwest, Dr. Pulley remained in Missouri to do her undergraduate work at SMSU. Her M.A.(1980) is from Abilene Christian University, and her Ph.D. is from Boston University (1989), where she studied with Peter Berger. She also spent one year in England on an Olin Fellowship studying and doing field work on the relationship between religion and secularization theory. Most recently, as an academic administrator, Dr. Pulley has published and presented in the area of higher education; her primary research, however, has focused on twentieth-century religious issues including gender roles.    

Dr. Pulley has served on the editorial board for the Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Leaven, and the Religion and Education Journal. She is a member of the Missouri Statewide Planning Committee of the American Council of Education ACE-NET.  In her community she serves on St. John’s Regional Health Center’s Institutional Ethics Committee and the Community End of Life Task Force.  


Kenneth Starr

Kenneth W. Starr was appointed Dean of the Law School at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California on August 1, 2004.  He is also of counsel at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, specializing in appellate work.

Having received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968 and his M.A. from Brown University in 1969, Dean Starr graduated from the Duke Law School with a J.D. degree in 1973.  He was Note and Comment Editor of the Duke Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.  He has been admitted to the California, District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.

Dean Starr taught Constitutional Law for 12 years as an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law.  He was also a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School in Orange, California.  His first book, First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life was published in 2002.

As Solicitor General of the United States from 1989 to January 1993, Dean Starr argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court and represented the U.S. government on critical issues of importance to the nation.  He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989, as counselor to U.S. Attorney General William French Smith from 1981 to 1983 and as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger from 1975 to 1977 and 5th Circuit Judge David W. Dyer from 1973-1974.  Dean Starr was appointed to serve as Independent Counsel for five investigations, including Whitewater, from August 1994 to October 1999.