Announcing the Winners of the Exploring Personhood: Human Formation Paper Contest

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How are humans formed? What factors shape our identities as humans? And what practices lend themselves to human and spiritual formation? The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture is proud to announce Exploring Personhood: Human Formation — our second annual Exploring Personhood conference designed to address these important questions.

In conjunction with this conference, we recently invited submissions of abstracts on topics relevant to the conference’s theme.

The winning paper will be published in the Spring 2023 issue of the Southeastern Theological Review. The authors of the top three papers will also win cash prizes ($700, $500, and $300, respectively), and we will publicly recognize the winners at the Exploring Personhood conference.

Today, we proudly announce the winners.

First Place: Micah Chung

Paper Title: Deleting Trauma: a Christian Response to Memory-editing Technologies and the Crisis in Human Identity Formation

Micah Chung (M.Div., Th.M.) is an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. student writing his dissertation on the connection between food and theology. He has also served as an assistant pastor and high school teacher in New York City. In his free time, he likes to play piano and tennis. He and his wife Alice have a one-year-old daughter, Evelyn Grace.

Second Place: Wes Treadway

Paper Title: Embodied Worship: Defying the Disintegration of a Digital Age Through Regular, Gathered Formation

Wes Treadway (MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is an Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church of Durham in Durham, North Carolina. He is also a PhD student in Christian Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, studying the relationship between gathered worship and human formation. He and his wife Annie have been married for seven years and have one son, Oliver.

Third Place: Alex Wendel

Paper Title: Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Trinitarian Processions, Participation in God, and The Holy Spirit’s Formation of Human Holiness

Alex R. Wendel is a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) where he is also the Associate Director of Clinical Training for their graduate counseling program. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics, and a Master of Theology from NOBTS and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. His research and writing interests are in biblical and theological foundations of counseling and the intersection and integration of counseling theory and Christian theology.

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