Seeking to evoke curiosity in the intellectual coherence of the Christian faith, my scholarship, teaching and lectures aim to represent a clear, winsome, and intellectually vibrant voice for a robust and culturally relevant public witness. My primary scholarship is focused upon the moral theology of Karl Barth, with a secondary interest in the doctrine of reconciliation, political theology and world Christianity.
I was privileged to be the inaugural occupant of the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Chair of Reformed Theology. In this capacity, I offered academic and professional leadership to Hope College and the Reformed Church in America. In 2013, I was named a Fellow of the Center for Ministry Studies. In 2012, I was appointed the inaugural Director of the Emmaus Scholars Program: an innovative one-year academic/residential/intentional Christian community focused upon spiritual formation, calling, reconciliation and integral mission.
As a scholar, I have published twenty-one articles and chapters, seven edited books with an additional monograph on Barth's Ethics of Prayer forthcoming. In addition, I have delivered twenty-six invited lectures and am an active member of American Academy of Religion (since 1998), and the Karl Barth Society of North America (since 1997). I serve on the Reformed Church of America Commission on Theology.
Prior to moving to Orange City, I was an active member of Pillar Church—a dual-affiliation congregation of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC)—where my wife Becky served as the Director of Children's Ministries.
After earning my undergraduate degree from York University (Toronto) in Religious Studies, I went on to earn a Masters of Religion degree in philosophical theology at Wycliffe College (University of Toronto). At Wycliffe, I wrote a master’s thesis on the language philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger. While a master's student, Husbands launched an academic journal called Prolegomena.
One of my life's greatest blessings was to carry out doctoral research at the University of St. Michael's College (University of Toronto) under the direction of one of the world's leading Reformed theologians and Barth scholars, the late Professor John Webster (formerly the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford). I completed my dissertation on Barth’s moral theology, prayer and actualist ontology.
In 1999, I was appointed to a Senior Administrative Position at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. In this capacity, I brought strategic leadership to a graduate extension studies and summer school program. This involved securing faculty for over 65 graduate and undergraduate courses (serving approximately 1,300 students) annually, and administering a year-long extension studies program in two different cities: Ottawa and Oakville. At Tyndale Seminary, I also occupied the position of Professor of Theology, teaching in the areas of doctrine and contemporary theology.
In 2001, I was appointed Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. Teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and played an instrumental role in raising the profile of the discipline of theology at Wheaton and provided leadership to Wheaton's Annual Theology Conference.
At Hope College, my commitment to the intellectual, moral, and spiritual formation of students led to the design and approval of an innovative living-learning community (the Emmaus Scholars Program) that engages students, academically, socially, and spiritually, with the goal of cultivating a lifelong commitment to integral mission (reenacting the loving obedience of Christ in order to serve as a sign of God’s redemptive purposes for the world). In addition, I was granted the 2015 Academic Computing Innovation Award (in recognition of technical skills and achievement in design, communication and the presentation of academic work in both in-residence and online venues).
Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, Toronto School of Theology, Dissertation: "Barth's Ethics of Prayer: A Study in Moral Ontology and Action" Director: John Webster, Professor of Systematic Theology, Aberdeen
M.Rel. Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Toronto School of Theology, Thesis: "Language, Limits and Christian Theology: An Examination of the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein" Thesis Director, George Schner, Professor of Theology, Regis College
B.A. York University, Toronto, Religious Studies, Music Performance
Portions of Research and various Chapters can be found at my Academia site