The Rev. Ben Phillips, rector of St. George’s, Dayton, was recently awarded the Emo F.J. Van Halsema Fellowship for Clergy at the Henry Meeter Center at Calvin College & Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the month-long fellowship, Phillips will be utilizing the unique resources housed at the Meeter Center for research in the development of Protestant Confessions of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. The focus will be on the development of the doctrine of election across various confessions, including the Articles of Religion of the Church of England, and how those doctrines where preached and taught in parish ministryl.
In addition to the Van Halsema Fellowship, Phillips will be studying at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, England during his sabbatical. He is very grateful for the opportunity to engage in these studies and for the support of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He looks forward to sharing the fruits of his research with the wider community when he returns from sabbatical.