Wheaton magazine

Volume 23, Issue 1
Wheaton magazine // Winter 2020
News And Profiles
Centers and Institutes
Illustration by Ellice Weaver

Updates from Wheaton's Centers and Institutes

Center for Applied Christian Ethics

Director: Dr. Vincent Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology

The Center for Applied Christian Ethics' 2019-20 theme is “Speaking Well…Together.” The spring semester ended with a faculty workshop that set the tone for the upcoming year: Dr. Ken Chase and Dr. Theon Hill spoke on “Speaking Truth with Grace.” CACE hosted outstanding lectures by Paul de Vries, Jeffrey Stout, and Jemar Tisby, and co-sponsored a lecture with Karen Swallow Prior during the fall semester. CACE also co-hosted a public conversation between Matthew Lee Anderson and John Corvino, demonstrating the value of engaging those with different ideological perspectives. CACE Director Dr. Vincent Bacote taught for Cru in Fort Collins, Colorado, during the summer, and gave the T.B. Maston Lecture in Ethics at Truett Theological Seminary in October. Additionally, Dr. Bacote served local churches through preaching and teaching lectures. He contributed to the volume Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan Academic, 2019) and is co-author with Nathaniel Perrin ’18 of a Christian Scholars Review article entitled “Redemptive Rehabilitation: Theological Approaches to Criminal Justice Reform.”


Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics

Director: Captain David Iglesias, J.D., Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Associate Professor of Politics and Law

Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics’ Iron Sharpens Iron program brought 19 students to Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore for eight weeks of summer 2019. The time abroad afforded firsthand exposure to the impact of varying political and economic approaches on human flourishing. Daily field visits were bolstered by classes taught by Wheaton faculty members Dr. Timothy Taylor, Dr. Min-Dong Paul Lee, Dr. Hannah Stolze M.A. ’19, and Dr. Michael McKoy on topics of globalization and foreign relations. The students received an inside look at key institutions during meetings with the Banyan Tree Resorts CEO in Singapore, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, and a National University of Vietnam administration official in Hanoi. In addition to meetings, numerous field trips provided hands-on learning opportunities including observing manufacturing at the world’s largest motorcycle factory in Indonesia, seeing the Southern Cross constellation from a small island in the South China Sea, attending a church service in Singapore, and climbing the ruins of a large temple in Angkor Wat.


Billy Graham Center

Executive Director: Dr. Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Professor of Church, Mission, and Evangelism


Stay up to date on the BGC's new podcast.

The Billy Graham Center had nearly 600 people attend Amplify 2019, the evangelism conference co-hosted by the Billy Graham Center and Lausanne North America. Additionally, the BGC officially launched its sixth in-house institute: the Global Diaspora Institute, led by Dr. Sam George. Dr. George is a leading expert in diaspora missiology in academia and in church and ministry contexts. Now, well into the academic year, the Center is hosting a variety of pastor networking events both on campus and throughout Chicagoland, with an emphasis on one-day summits for rural pastors. Also, BGC launched a new podcast, “Living in the Land of Oz,” focused on Christian engagement in cultural issues today.


About Wheaton College's Centers and Institutes

Wheaton’s academic centers enrich student education by providing significant experiences beyond the classroom, while also supporting and inspiring faculty to pursue areas of expertise and interest. These centers and institutes attract top scholars, invest in outreach and service to the world, and provide resources in the areas of scholarship, spiritual development and evangelism, and practical assistance.

Billy Graham Center
is a world hub of inspiration & training for mission and evangelism.

Center for Applied Christian Ethics
promotes and encourages the formation of moral character and the application of biblical ethics to contemporary moral decisions.

Center for Urban Engagement
promotes just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through the academic study of cities and transformational experiences of urban life.

HoneyRock Center for Leadership Development
fosters the development of whole and effective people through transformational outdoor experiences.

Humanitarian Disaster Institute
uses research to create resources and events that help the church prepare and care for a disaster-filled world.

Institute for Cross-Cultural Training
uses online and on-campus courses, workshops, and resources to provide help for those who work with language and culture learners.

Marion E. Wade Center
promotes cultural engagement and spiritual formation by offering a collection of resources related to seven British Christian authors who provide a distinctive blend of intellect, imagination, and faith: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, G.K. Chesterton, Owen Barfield, and Charles Williams.

Center for Faith and Innovation
helps Christians pursue their work in the marketplace as an act of discipleship to Jesus Christ.

Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics & Economics
trains people in market economies, representative democracies, limited government, and the redeeming effect of the Christian worldview on the practice of business, government, and politics.