Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Schaff Lectures

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the annual Schaff Lectures March 31 at the Seminary. Keynote speakers are Donald McKim, academic and reference editor for Westminster John Knox Press; Leanne Van Dyk, dean and vice president of academic affairs and professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary; and Randall Zachman, professor of reformation studies at the University of Notre Dame. These events are free and open to the public.

This year’s Schaff Lectures will address the topic “Word and Sacrament in John Calvin’s Thought and in the Church Today.” Lectures include “Mirrors of Proclamation” with Donald McKim at 11:30 a.m.; “Proclamation and Transformation” with Randall Zachman” at 2:00 p.m.; “The Proclamation of Worship and Sacrament” with Leanne Van Dyk at 4:30 p.m.; and a panel discussion with the three presenters at 7:30 p.m. All lectures will be held in the Hicks Memorial Chapel. Van Dyk will also speak at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown March 30 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact the church at 330-744-4307.

Contact the Seminary’s Continuing Education Office at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu for more information about the Schaff Lectures.

The Schaff Lectures are named in honor of the late David S. Schaff. For 23 years, Schaff taught church history at Western Theological Seminary on the north side of Pittsburgh, one of the antecedents of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Before becoming a professor in 1903, he held two pastorates. Schaff wrote extensively in the area of church history and co-edited the well-known and often consulted Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia. He completed the unfinished work of his father, Philip, who had begun the History of the Christian Church before his death. The younger Schaff also wrote two books on the life of John Hus. 

Donald McKim is academic and reference editor for Westminster John Knox Press. McKim is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). McKim is a graduate of Westminster College (B.A.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.). He as written more than 25 titles including most recently Presbyterian Answers: Exploring Christian Faith (Geneva Press, 2003) and Presbyterian Beliefs: A Brief Introduction (Geneva Press, 2003). Leanne Van Dyk is dean and vice president of academic affairs and professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary. She holds degrees from Calvin College (B.A.), Western Michigan University (M.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Her most recent publication is A More Profound Alleluia: Theology and Worship in Harmony (Eerdmans, 2004). Randall Zachman is professor of reformation studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago Divinity School (Ph.D.). His area of interest is the history of Christian thought from the Reformation period to the present. Zachman is the author of Image and Word in the Theology of John Calvin (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007.

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 380 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.

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