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
Ron Tappy Through August 16 Tel Zayit, Israel Study season, The Zeitah Excavations
Ron Cole-Turner Through August 30 Chautauqua, N.Y. Serving as chaplain, Chautauqua Institution’s summer season
Steve Tuell August 2 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Edwin van Driel August 2 Emsworth, Pa. Preaching at Emsworth UPC
Angela Hancock August 2-5 Montreat, N.C. Teaching workshop on preaching and leading worship for the PCUSA Chaplain Conference
Roger Owens August 3-8 Gallant, Ala. Lectures on “Attentiveness to the Word” for the Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga
Jerome Creach August 9 Venetia, Pa. Preaching at the Bookwood@5 Service at Peters Creek UPC
Edwin van Driel August 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at Bellevue PC
Jerome Creach August 16 Venetia, Pa. Leading the liturgy at Peters Creek UPC
David Esterline August 18-20 San Diego, Calif. Attending The Fellowship National Gathering at First PC
Steve Tuell August 23 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Roger Owens August 23 Holden Beach, N.C. Preaching at Holden Beach Chapel
Edwin van Driel August 23 Cranberry, Pa. Preaching at Plains PC
David Esterline August 30 Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, Summer Speakers Series
Angela Hancock August 30 Scottsdale, Ariz. Preaching at Pinnacle PC
Steve Tuell September 2 Mineral Wells, W.Va. Preaching at The Gathering at Sweet Creek: Folk and Old Time Music Festival
Edwin van Driel September 5 Emsworth, Pa. Preaching at Emsworth UPC
Steve Tuell Sundays, September 13 - November 15 Pittsburgh, Pa.

In-depth Bible study at Fox Chapel PC

Ron Cole-Turner September 24-26 Birmingham, Ala.

Keynote lecture at a “Transhumanism and the Church: Theological Reflections on Technology And Human Enhancement” at Samford University

Steve Tuell September 26 Washington, Pa. "God's Call and Our Response" Western Pennsylvania Conference Continuing Education Event at Central Highlands UMC
Ron Tappy October 1 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking, Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh’s final lecture series
Ron Tappy October 4, 11, 18, 25 Monroeville, Pa. Teaching Sunday morning adult education at Cross Roads PC
Roger Owens October 5 Wheeling, W.Va. Retreat for clergy of Washington Presbytery
Ron Cole-Turner October 7 Decatur, Ga.

Public lecture on “Christ and Adam: Rethinking Theology in Light of Human Origins Research" at Columbia Theological Seminary

Steve Tuell October 16-17 Pittsburgh, Pa. Pittsburgh Friends of Sabeel North American Conference: "We Refuse To Be Enemies: Struggle for a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel," PTS
Ron Cole-Turner October 16-17 Salt Lake City, Utah 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, panel organized by the International Society for Science and Religion
Ron Tappy October 16 New York City, N.Y. Speaking on exploring life through culture and conversation at the Olmsted Salon, Calvary St. George’s Episcopal Church
Roger Owens October 17 Baltimore, Md. Retreat for clergy in Baltimore Presbytery
Jerome Creach October 18 Bloomfield, Mich. Presenting an adult education event at Kirk in the Hills PC
Ron Cole-Turner October 22-24 Geneva, Switzerland Presentation at a conference, "Game Over" – Good or Bad News? Making Sense of Eschatology" at Université de Genève
Angela Hancock October 25 Santa Ana, Calif. Preaching for the Reformation Hymnfest at Trinity PC
Ron Tappy November 8 and 15 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday morning adult education, Beulah PC
Edwin van Driel November 12-14 Pittsburgh, Pa. Paper presentation at the Theological Consultation/1001 New Worshiping Communities gathering
Angela Hancock November 13-15 Hershey, Pa. Ppreaching and speaking for Consecration Weekend at Derry PC
David Esterline November 15 Oakmont, Pa. Ppreaching at Oakmont PC
Steve Tuell November 20-24 Atlanta, Ga. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, "The Psalm in Habakkuk 3"
Ron Cole-Turenr November 20-24 Atlanta, Ga. Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Speak on the panel on science and religion and preside at the business session of the “Transhumanism and Religion” group
Ron Tappy December 10 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking, Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh's final lecture series
Ron Tappy January 17, 24, 31, February 14, 2016 Monroeville, Pa. Teaching Sunday morning adult education Lenten series at Cross Roads PC
Roger Owens February 7, 14, 21, 28 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult education at Westminster PC on practices at the heart of Christian spirituality

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 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