Jankiewicz to present study of the role of women in the church and the history and meaning of ordination

Darius Jankiewicz, professor of historical theology and chair of the Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy at Andrews University, will speak at the Walla Walla University Church and on the campus of Walla Walla University on Saturday, Oct. 22, on the role of women in the church, and the history and meaning of ordination.

His first presentation, “The Problem of Male Headship,” will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Canaday Technology Center, room 105, on the WWU campus. This presentation will tie directly to a presentation on the history and meaning of ordination at 3 p.m. in the University Church sanctuary.

“Darius has done what many believe to be the primary work on the history of ordination,” said Dave Thomas, WWU professor of practical theology and apologetics and chair of the WWU School of Theology. “When you hear what he has to say, you would think the whole matter would be laid to rest, but not so. The debate goes on,” says Thomas.

Jankiewicz contributed material to the committee organized by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, which studied the subject of ordination for more than a year.

“We are very please that he has agreed to come to present here,” said Thomas.

“Dr. Jankiewicz teaches at Andrews University primarily in the seminary,” said Henning Guldhammer, one of the event organizers. “He has studied the history of ordination, both the word and the practice. He will share a major paper on that topic. His research is profoundly interesting in terms of the New Testament and what we do now for ordination. … I believe his information is absolutely essential to any conversation about ordination.”

Jankiewicz has a bachelor’s degree from Avondale College, a master of divinity degree and a doctorate from Andrews University. He has been a pastor, a missionary, and is now a professor. He is married and has two daughters.

Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, was founded in 1874 and was the first institution of higher education started by the Seventh-day Adventist church. Andrews is also home to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

Jankiewicz's visit is sponsored by the WWU School of Theology, the University Church, and Forum: A Conversation, an “organization committed to promoting community through conversation in the Seventh-day Adventist Church” and publishers of Spectrum magazine.

His afternoon presentation will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing. A link to the live-stream can be found on the University Church website at wwuchurch.com. The recording will be available the week following the presentation on the “Service Archive” page also at wwuchurch.com.

Both of Jankiewicz’s presentations are free and open to the public. Seating is limited for the 10:30 a.m. presentation. Canaday Technology Center is located at 306 SW 4th Street in College Place, and the University Church is located at 212 SW 4th Street in College Place.

Posted October 19, 2016


Darius Jankiewicz, professor of historical theology and chair of the Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy at Andrews University