Why has the Messiah not come back? Have we done our jobs?
Join Dr. Jeremy Bakker as he shares his innovative scholarship into the writings of Paul. Paul believed Jesus would return in his life time – but only AFTER we had converted a unspecified number of gentiles. What is the call to action for our churches? How does this help make vital congregations? How do we help finish the job.
Jeremy, who sees himself as a bridge builder, grew up in Dallas and started his early career as a musician. When medical issues forced him to leave his music career, Jeremy took a position working with kids in gangs for Project Transformation in the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. At Project Transformation he became inspired by the power of ritual, the power of building bridges, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jeremy is an adjunct faculty member at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City and a recent Ph.D. graduate of Yale University. His wife, Shawn Bakker, is a Provisional Deacon in the North Texas Annual Conference and the Deputy General Secretary for Communications and Development at the General Board of Global Ministries. Members of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew United Methodist Church on the Upper West Side, they have three children, Elijah, Savannah, and Noah.