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
Steven Tuell October 12 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "Creation in Genesis" at East Liberty Presbyterian Church
Heather Vacek October 16 Sewickley, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Sewickley Presbyterian Church. Topic: Women and the American Abolition Movement
Edwin Chr. van Driel October 17 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "Re-Thinking Church" as the keynote address at "Kindling Holy Fire: Leading New Ministries and Church Plants" at PTS
Roger Owens October 17-19 Pensacola, Fla. Leading Family Retreat at First United Methodist Church
Edwin Chr. van Driel October 19 Carnegie, Pa. Preaching at Carnegie Presbyterian Church
Steven Tuell October 19 and 26 Monaca, Pa. Presenting a Study of the Book of the Twelve at First Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl October 23 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaker at meeting of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Duquesne Club
Bill Carl October 29 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching at Carnegie Mellon University's Osher School
Ron Cole-Turner November 1 Dallas, Texas Presenting four lectures at the Stalcup Lectures at Northway Christian Church. Title: “Human Enhancement and Christian Faith”
Roger Owens November 1-2 Churchill, Pa. Leading Spiritual Leadership Retreat, Beulah Presbyterian Church
Edwin Chr. van Driel November 6 West View, Pa. Presenting "Justified by Faith': Protestant Theology and Contemporary Readings of Paul" for the Pneuma Institute
Roger Owens November 8 Holland, Mich. Speaking at Pastoral Work Conference, Western Theological Seminary
Bill Carl November 16 Lynchburg, Va. Preaching at First Presbyterian Church
Leanna Fuller November 23 San Diego, Calif. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Paper: "From Tragedy to Vulnerability: Finitude, Difference, and Conflict in Practical Theology"
Ron Cole-Turner November 23 San Diego, Calif. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  Paper: "Entheogens and Mystical Experience: New Research and Perennial Questions”  
Ron Cole-Turner December 5 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting a lecture at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School on “Stem Cell Ethics”
Steven Tuell December 7, 14, 21 Oakmont, Pa. Presenting an Advent study of the Book of the Twelve at Oakmont Presbyterian Church
Leanna Fuller January 4, 2015 Monroeville, Pa. Adult CE class on grief at Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Leanna Fuller January 11 Monroeville, Pa. Adult CE class on Family Systems at Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Roger Owens January 17 New Wilmington, Pa. Presenting keynote and workshops on spiritual leadership at the Shenango Presbytery LeaderFest at Westminster College
Bill Carl January 22-25 Charlotte, N.C. Attending Annual Retreat of Committee on Theological Education Presidents/Board Chairs
Bill Carl January 25 Delray Beach, Fla. Preaching at the First Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl February 8 Lakeland, Fla. Preaching at the First Presbyterian Church
Steven Tuell February 9-11 Dunkirk, N.Y. Lake Erie and New York Presbytery retreat
Heather Vacek March 1 Oakmont, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Oakmont Presbyterian Church. Topic: A History of American Protestant Engagement with Mental Illness
Heather Vacek March 8 Oakmont, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Oakmont Presbyterian Church. Topic: A History of American Protestant Engagement with Mental Illness
Steven Tuell May 12 Washington, Pa. Washington Presbytery event
Roger Owens July 5, 12, 19, 26 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at 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

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