Tabletalk: How did God call you to become a seminary professor, and how does that calling serve the local church? David Garner: Some have enjoyed a deep sense of call since childhood; others have longed for certain vocations or ministry destinations, and found their steps markedly (and not always easily) redirected. Irrespective of anecdotes, calling consists of more than personal intuitions. The Lord uses the church’s “objective” voice to issue and confirm calling. For me, this objective voice boomed loudly. While serving in pastoral ministry and parachurch ministry, strong exhortations came repeatedly from leaders in Christ’s church: “Pursue further …
Dr. David B. Garner is vice president of advancement and associate professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is author of several books, including Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ.