Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will honor four distinguished alums and welcome nearly 200 returning grads to Alumnae/i Days, April 25-28, 2012. Highlights of the event include discussions with distinguished alums, reunions for the 50-year, 25-year, 10-year, and 5-year classes, tours of the city, and presentations by faculty and students.
Alums receiving awards this year are the Rev. Dr. William V. Davis ’65 (Academia), the Rev. Dr. Edward B. Newberry ’71 (Pastoral Ministry), the Rev. Theron D. Provance ’87 (Specialized Ministry), and the Rev. Dr. Robert J. Weingartner ’82 (Mission).
Visit www.testsite.pts.edu/alums for more information or to register. Contact the Rev. Carolyn Cranston ’99 at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-924-1375 with questions.
For nearly 50 years the Rev. Dr. William (Bill) V. Davis ’65, distinguished alumnus in academia, has been teaching English and literature. More than 30 of those years have been spent at Baylor University, where he serves as professor of English and writer-in-residence. Bill earned his degrees from Ohio University (A.B., M.A., Ph.D.) and Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.). Since then he has taught nationally and internationally at 10 universities, three times as a senior Fulbright Scholar in Austria and Denmark. In addition to his extensive teaching, Bill has also written broadly. The latest of his 11 books is Landscape and Journey, winner of the 2009 New Criterion Poetry Prize and the 2010 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. He has also published more than 100 critical articles, 1,200 poems, a dozen short stories, and 50 reviews. Bill has been active across the States and the globe presenting poetry readings and lectures. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, International Association of University Professors of English, and Texas Institute of Letters (former president), among others. He is married to Carol.
For the last three decades the Rev. Dr. Edward (Ed) Newberry ’71 has served as pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to working there, Ed was pastor of Chatham-Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church in Chicago for seven years. His contributions to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are extensive. Ed’s service to the General Assembly includes Vocation Agency Task Force: Improving Minority Prospects for Ministry, Council on Administrative Services, Vocation Agency Task Force on Guidelines for Committees on Ministry, Special Committee on a Brief Statement of Reformed Faith, and being a commissioner three times. Within the Catawba Presbytery, Ed has served on the Committee on Ministry and Catawba and Mecklenburg Presbyteries Task Force on Metro Urban Ministry. For the Charlotte Presbytery, Ed was co-moderator, co-chair of Mission Design Task Force, co-moderator of Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and on the Leadership Development Committee. A graduate of Knoxville College, Ed received his M.Div. from PTS before earning his D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary. Married to Dema, Ed is the father of two and grandfather of four.
The Rev. Theron (Terry) Provance ’87 has spent the last dozen years helping the poor in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to secure low interest microcredit loans through Oikocredit. Terry serves as executive director of this world-wide, non-profit organization founded by World Council of Churches. Oikocredit provides credit and equity to individuals and small businesses through microfinance institutions across the developing world and directly to trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations, and small-to-medium sized enterprises. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Terry served a congregation in Pittsburgh before administering an international program in the UCC national office. He has also worked for the National Council of Churches and the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers). Terry has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting more than 100 countries for peace, economic justice, disarmament, and racial equality. He earned his degrees from University of Salzburg, Austria (B.A.), Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.), and Pacific School of Religion (M.A. in Christian Social Ethics). He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Maria, and son, Ian.
The Rev. Dr. Robert (Rob) Weingartner ’82, distinguished alumnus in mission, served in the pastorate for 20 years before becoming the executive director of The Outreach Foundation. Rob is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (B.A.), Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has served three churches in Indiana and Ohio. Rob now works with The Outreach Foundation, a validated mission support group of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). His ministry takes him across the life of the church and around the world. Rob has served the PC(U.S.A.) in numerous ways, including as a member of the General Assembly Council, Worldwide Ministries Division Committee, Executive Committee, and GAC project team to create the Young Adult Volunteer Program. His mission-focused publications include “A Presbyterian Understanding of Evangelism” in Let Us Reason Together: Christians and Jews in Conversation (Witherspoon Press, 2010). Rob is married to Terry, a middle school nurse, and they have three adult children.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.