Berry has a long history of distinguished guest speakers who have discussed important topics related to Christian faith and learning.  Some notable speakers from our past have included Martin Marty, Gerald McDermott, Peter Marshall, Alvin Plantiga, Michael Novak, Tony Dungy, and Ben Carson.

It is the pleasure of the Chaplain’s Office to host guest speakers each semester who provide stimulating lectures and discussions on matters of faith and higher learning.  These speakers come from a variety of backgrounds and speak on a variety of topics.  Each guest brings together the student body, faculty, and the Rome community for an enriching learning experience.  Below is a list of speakers for this academic year.  Coming soon, visitors will be able to hear recordings of these excellent lectures.  Be sure to visit frequently to get updates on the latest guests and topics.

Guest Speakers 2016-17

Fleming RutledgeFleming Rutledge (September 18, 2016)

Fleming Rutledge is a preacher and teacher known throughout the US, Canada, and parts of the UK. She is the author of eight books, all from Eerdmans Publishing. Her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, is the product of the work of a lifetime and is being described as a new classic on the subject.

One of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church, she served for fourteen years on the clergy staff at Grace Church on Lower Broadway at Tenth Street, New York City.

Husto GonzalezJusto Gonzalez (October 3, 2016)

González, born in Havana, Cuba, attended United Seminary in Cuba before receiving a Master of Arts followed by a Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale University. After completing his doctorate, González taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico before teaching at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Georgia. He is currently retired but has served as an adjunct professor of history at Columbia Theological Seminary and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Georgia. González, an ordained United Methodist minister, has published over one hundred books in the fields of history, Scripture and theology – many of which have been translated into multiple languages. His most widely-known publications include “A History of Christian Thought,” “The Story of Christianity” and “Christian Thought Revisited: Three Types of Theology.”

Robert VoslooDr. Robert Vosloo (October 24, 2016)

Robert Vosloo is currently professor in Systematic theology at the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, He studied theology at Stellenbosch University, where he received in 1991 his Masters Degree in theology (cum laude). In 1994 he received a doctoral degree in Systematic theology from the University of Western Cape, with Prof Dirkie Smit as his promoter. Also in 1994 he was ordained as a pastor in the Dutch Reformed Church.  He also studied in Utrecht in the The Netherlands and spent time as visiting researcher at Princeton Theological Seminary (1993)  and Duke University (1998).  Since his appointment at Stellenbosch in 2005 he has lectured widely, including in the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Australia. He is currently the chairperson of the department of Systematic Theology and Church History, and the editor of the Stellenbosch Theological Journal. He is the author, with Nico Koopman, Die ligtheid van die lig: Morele oriëntasie in ‘n postmoderne tyd [On moral orientation] (2003), which was awarded with the Andrew Murray Prize for theological literature, and his book Engele as gaste?  In gesprek oor Christelike gasvryheid (2006) [Angels as Guests: On Christian Hospitality] was published (in 2011) in Dutch translation.  He is furthermore the editor or co-editor of 6 books [including, with Mary-Annne Plaatjies-Van Huffel,  Reformed Churches in South Africa and the Struggle for Justice: Remembering 1960-1990] , and about 50 of his articles have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals or books, including his recent article on “Christianity and Apartheid in South Africa”.  His research interests include Reformed theology, historical theory, 20th century South African church and theological history, philosophical and theological discourses on hospitality, and the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Robert is married to Julie Claassens, a professor in Old Testament at Stellenbosch University, and has three children, Jana (21), Roux (19), and Suzanne (4).

Sarah BesseySarah Bessey (January 30, 2017)

Sarah Bessey is an Author, award-winning blogger and speaker. Her first book Jesus Feminist: An Invitation To Revisit The Bible’s View Of Women (Howard Books, 2013) is a critically acclaimed work that is written with poetic rhythm, a prophetic voice and a deeply biblical foundation.

If you were to ask Sarah who she is, she would probably say, “I am one of those happy-clappy Jesus followers with stars in her eyes. I’m an uneasy pacifist, a Kingdom of God focused woman, postmodern, liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal in matters of both religion and politics, a social justice wanna-be trying to do some good, and a nondenominational charismatic recovering know-it-all slowly falling back in love with the Church.”

In addition to writing books and her blog, Sarah is also an editor for A Deeper Story and a monthly contributor at SheLoves Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Conversations Journal,, Her.meneutics (Christianity today’s Blog for Women), Converge Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Today’s Christian Woman and a handful of other places.

Sarah ByersSarah Byers (April 3, 2017)

Sarah Catherine Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College. She has held research fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in Toronto and Villanova University. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the History of Philosophy, the Review of Metaphysics, Augustinian Studies, A Companion to Augustine (2012) and Augustine's City of God (2013).

Books: Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine: A Stoic-Platonic Synthesis.