14th Annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

Holy Family by Sebastiano Conca

The Book of Acts: How the Holy Spirit leads the Church through Hard Times


Friday (6-9pm) & Saturday (8am-4pm), January 27th and 28th, 2017


Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
13541 Stoney Creek Rd., San Diego, CA 92129
(Hotels near Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church)

Co-Sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology




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Dr. Scott Hahn

Scott Hahn is the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb's Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Some of his newest books are The Creed, Joy to the World and Evangelizing Catholics.

He is the Fr Michael Scanlan, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. From 2005 to 2011, he held the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Scott and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their fourteenth grandchild. Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.

Scott received his BA with a triple-major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, PA, his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University.

Dr. John Bergsma

John Bergsma is Full Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Steubenville, Ohio. He holds the M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls, graduating with high honors in 2004. His major study of the interpretation of the Year of Jubilee in ancient times is published as The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran (Brill Academic, 2007).

Dr. Bergsma’s articles, some co-authored with Dr. Scott Hahn, have appeared in several academic journals as well as Lay Witness, the magazine of Catholics United for the Faith, and he has published two books, Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History (Ave Maria Press, 2012) and New Testament Basics for Catholics (Ave Maria Press, 2015). He also has several Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3.

Additionally, he has appeared as a guest on EWTN’s The Journey Home, Franciscan University Presents, and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show. Twice voted Faculty of the Year by graduating classes of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dr. Bergsma is a popular teacher who inspires his students with a love of Scripture. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio.

Dr. Michael Barber

Michael Patrick Barber is Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He has authored numerous scholarly articles for academic journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature as well popular-level books on Scripture. Most recently, he contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic, 2014), co-written by James D.G. Dunn, Thomas Schreiner, and Robert Wilken.

Barber received a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation that focused on the historical Jesus and ancient Jewish eschatological hopes for a new temple and a new priesthood (currently being revised for publication). Barber also holds a BA in Theology and Philosophy from Azusa Pacific University and a MA from Franciscan University.

Dr. Barber was granted the mandatum by Robert Brom, while bishop of San Diego, as an ecclesial recognition of his posture and commitment to always teach in communion with the Church. Visit Michael's blog, 'The Sacred Page.' He lives in San Diego with his wife Kimberly and their four children.

Dr. John Kincaid

John Kincaid is an expert on the Apostle Paul. His research interests center on the theological projects of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, contemporary Pauline studies, and the relationship between Modernity and contemporary biblical studies.

He is the co-author with Scott Hahn of an article entitled, 'The Multiple Literal Sense in Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on Romans and Modern Pauline Hermeneutics,' which was published in 2012 by CUA Press in Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas, edited by Matthew Levering and Michael Dauphinais.

John received his PhD from Ave Maria University, studying under Prof. Michael Waldstein. In his thesis, entitled 'Recovering the Old Perspective on Paul: Augustine, Aquinas, and the Question of Participation in Christ,' he advocates for Augustine and Aquinas's reading of Paul regarding the nature of participation in Christ. He received a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School and a M.A. in Theology (MA) from Covenant Theological Seminary.

John was granted the mandatum by Cirilio Flores, the late bishop of San Diego.

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5:30pm – 9:00pm

5:30pm – 6:30pm


6:30pm – 9:00pm

First Talk: “The Church as Kingdom: An Overview of the Book of Acts” – Scott Hahn


Second Talk: “Resurrecting the Kingdom of Israel: Ascension and Pentecost” – John Bergsma


7:30am – 4:00pm



8:00am – 12:00pm

First Talk: “What God Has Cleansed: Peter, Paul, and the First Church Council”- Michael Barber


Second Talk: “Paul Does His Homework: Evangelization in Athens” – Scott Hahn


Third Talk: “The Road to Damascus: The Origin of Paul's Mission and Gospel”- John Kincaid

12:00 – 1:30pm

Lunch Break

1:30pm – 4:00pm

Fourth Talk: “The Passion of the Church: Martyrdom and Tribulation in Acts”- John Bergsma


Q&A Session
Final Announcements and Closing Prayer