Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Faculty on the Road

PTS faculty are on the road sharing info about their research and publications as well as the Seminary. They are preaching in churches, lecturing at conferences half way around the world, visiting students across the US, and gathering with alumnae/i. Find out where and when they will be bridging the Word and the world in your neighborhood. Plan now to join them!  





Name Dates(s) Location Event Description
Drew Smith April 12 Pittsburgh, Pa. Moderating and speaking at the Metro-Urban Institute Symposium on "Ministry at the Margins in Times of Government Cutbacks" held at the Kingsley Association
Leanna Fuller April 25-26 Decatur, Ga. Presenting at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Religious Leadership meeting
Jannie Swart April 25-27 St. Petersburg, Fla. Leading the Family Camp of First Presbyterian Church
Roger Owens April 27 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl May 4 Abington, Pa. Preaching at Abington Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl May 11 Aspinwall, Pa. Preaching at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church
Edwin Chr. van Driel May 18 Sewickley, Pa. Preaching at Sewickley Presbyterian Church at teaching on "The Theology of the New Presbyterian Hymnal"
Bill Carl May 18 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh
Steven Tuell June 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Summer Leadership Conference, "Prophecy and Christian Identity"
Roger Owens June 15 Holden Beach, N.C. Preaching at Holden Beach Chapel
Jannie Swart June 16-19 Nottingham, England Speaking at the International Consortium of Missional Church Leaders
Jannie Swart June 23-July 6 South Africa Co-leading (with Drew Smith) a WMI/MUI Mission trip to South Africa and Lesotho
R. Drew Smith June 23-July 6 South Africa Co-leading (with Jannie Swart) a WMI/MUI Mission trip to South Africa and Lesotho
R. Drew Smith July 10-16 South Africa Co-Convener and Presenter, Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, University of South Africa
Janne Swart July 14-16 Pretoria, South Africa Speaking at the Transatlantic Roundtable of Religion and Race
Roger Owens July 21-26 San Antonio, Texas Lecturing on “Traditions of Christian Spirituality,” for an Upper Room Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation
Jannie Swart August 11-14 St. Pete Beach, Fla. Keynote Speaker aa the PCUSA's Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
Leanna Fuller September 30 - October 1 Schellsburg, Pa. Speaking at the Penn West Conference (UCC) Pastors' Retreat at Living Waters Camp/Conference Center
Bill Carl October 12 & 19 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church

Invite PTS Faculty to Your Site

Interested in hearing more from a faculty member during an upcoming worship service or event? Contact him or her directly or check out this list of current research interests.

John Burgess

Christian Worship, the Sacraments
Christianity and Other Religions
The Basics of Reformed Theology
What Protestants Can Learn from the Eastern Orthodox Tradition?
The Ten Commandments for Today
How to Think Faithfully about Church Unity and Division

Ron Cole-Turner

Adam and Eve and Darwin: Rethinking Human Origins in Light of Evolutionary Biology
Transhumanism: Living as a Christian in an Age of Human Enhancement
What Christians Can Learn from Science
Reformed Spirituality
Prayer and the Trinity: Recovering a Theology of Prayer

Jerome Creach

Violence in the Bible
The Book of Psalms
Genesis and the Moral Imagination
The Prophets and the Call for Justice

Leanna Fuller

Conflict in Congregations
Death, Dying, and Grief
Pastoral Care for Families
Family Systems Theory & Congregational Life

Angela Hancock

How Then Shall We Read?: Karl Barth and The Practice of Biblical Interpretation Exploring Christian Worship Living Into Your Baptism How to Listen to a Sermon Praying the Psalms
Practical Theodicy: What do Christians do when bad things happen?  
The Provocative Parables of Jesus
Pulpit, Politics, and Pathos: Protestant Rhetoric and the National Socialist Revolution

Roger Owens

Christian Spirituality Various Topics
Adaptive Leadership/Missional Leadership
Spirituality for Christian Leadership
False Self and True Self in Christian Spirituality

Timothy Son

Christian Education
Motivating God's People to Learn More Effectively
Discovering the Core Values and Congregational Identity
Principles of Teaching and Learning
Educating Congregation through Ritual Practice
Ways to Evaluate Educational Curriculum in a Congregation

Ron Tappy

Old Testament and Archaeology 
Historical Geography of the Holy Land
Kinship and Covenant in the Biblical World
The Battle of Lachish and the Theology of Jerusalem
The Tell Dan Inscription and the House of David
Tel Zayit: A Biblical Village in the Foothills of Judah
How Then Shall We Trust God? A Study of the Psalms
Writers on the Wind:  Extra-Biblical Texts and What They Tell Us about Biblical Israel
The Life and Times of Amos the Prophet
Jacob, Esau, and the Kinship Ties that Bind
Jerusalem and Samaria: Royal Cities of the Ancient Israel

Heather Vacek

History of Christianity in America
History of Protestants and Mental Illness in America
Twentieth-Century American Protestantism
History of Christianity and Politics in America
Theologies of Disability and Suffering
The Reformation