Stewart Custer Lecture Series

The Stewart Custer Lecture Series — which honors one of BJU Seminary’s most celebrated scholars, the late Dr. Stewart Custer, who served 56 years at the Seminary and BJU — offers insights into contemporary challenges to the church based on in-depth, faithful analysis of the biblical text. Each fall we invite a conservative scholar to lecture in his area of expertise.

Stewart Custer Lecture Series 2023

Nov. 9

Anyone is welcome! No cost or registration. Campus dress is business casual, including slacks for women.
Livestream and recordings are available below.


This year’s theme “The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers” explores what the Fathers can teach us about the transmission of apostolic doctrine into the second century and why that is valuable for biblical studies.


All sessions will be held in Seminary 113.

8–9:15 a.m.Clement of Rome: The Character of Divine AuthorityLivestream Link 1
9:30–10:45 a.m.Ignatius of Antioch: The Development of Early KerygmaLivestream Link 2
11–11:45 a.m.Polycarp of Smyrna: The Reception of Apostolic TraditionsLivestream Link 3

Please click the link that corresponds with each session.


About Paul Hartog

Paul Hartog serves as the chair of theological studies at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, and as a senior professor within the college and seminary. He teaches systematic theology, Greek and Latin languages, apologetics and philosophy of religion, Christianity and culture, comparative religions, general church history, and Baptist history.

In addition to those topics, Paul enjoys researching and teaching the apostolic fathers, second-century Christianity, reception and canonization of the New Testament, New Testament theology, New Testament ethics, martyrdom, extent of the atonement, theological ethics, theological librarianship, information ethics, history of religious liberty, and early modern church history.

His expertise stems from multiple degrees — PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity (Loyola University Chicago), MTh in Theological Ethics (St. Andrew’s Theological College), MA in History (Iowa State University), MDiv (Faith Baptist Theological Seminary), MA in Theological Studies (Faith Baptist Theological Seminary), BA in Biblical Studies (Faith Baptist Bible College) — as well as certificates and other professional development.

Paul also serves as the director of library services at Faith, and previously served in various pastoral and ministry roles at local churches.