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About the Jonathan Edwards Center

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Puritan Reformed is part of an international network of Edwards centers dedicated to research, education, and publication on Edwards and his context. The aim of our center is to foster biblical and theological studies related to Edwards through doctoral mentorships, conferences, and colloquia featuring renowned Edwards scholars as well as doctoral students, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and an annual graduate student paper competition. With the resources of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary behind it, the Jonathan Edwards Center at Puritan Reformed is well-positioned to be on the leading edge of Edwards scholarship in this part of the world.

The first Jonathan Edwards Center began at Yale University under the auspices of the highly influential Edwards scholar Perry Miller, whose own academic project helped reintroduce Jonathan Edwards to a wide-ranging audience. Officially incorporated in 2003, the Yale Center has developed a major online presence and has sought to create other centers that can serve as a physical and virtual bridge between diverse groups and the riches of the Edwards corpus. Under the leadership of Harry Stout, Ken Minkema, and Adriaan Neele, the Edwards Center at Yale planted Edwards Centers in strategic locations on six continents.

On January 6, 2010, the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School was formalized in a joint announcement by Kenneth P. Minkema, director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University, and Douglas A. Sweeney, the new Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center-Midwest. Under Sweeney’s leadership, the JEC-Midwest became a hub of Edwards scholarship recognized all over the world. Sweeney’s relocation to Birmingham, Alabama, to become the next Dean of Beeson Divinity School required a new home for the Jonathan Edwards Center-Midwest. Thus, on October 4, 2019, Adriaan Neele announced at the International Jonathan Edwards Conference at Yale that the Edwards Center-Midwest would be moving to Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, where it continues today.

“[T]he sun receives nothing from the jewel that receives its light, and shines only by a participation of its brightness.”

(WJE 8:446)