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! 

Would you like to schedule a faculty member to speak at your church or event? Below the list of upcoming events you'll find their areas of specialty and contact information. Invite PTS faculty to your church or event.





Name Dates(s) Location Event Description
John Burgess April 23, 30 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching on “The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in Russia” at Fox Chapel PC
Brian Wells April 25 Mercer, Pa. Presenting D.Min. program at Shenango Presbytery meeting, Unity PC
Leanna Fuller April 26 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking on “The Roots of Conflict: Anxiety and Encounters with Difference” as a “One Big Idea” panelist at the PTS Alumnae/i Days
Ken Woo April 26 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking on "Whither the Reformation . . . and Who Cares?" as a "One Big Idea" panelist for PTS Alumnae/i Days
Edith Humphrey April 27 Allison Park, Pa. Session on Pascha and the Resurrection at St. Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral
Edwin van Driel April 30 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at the ordination of Kendra Buckwalter Smith '12/'13 at Shadyside PC
Roger Owens April 30-May 5 Emerald Ilse, Ga. Presenting five lectures on reading Scripture for transformation at the Georgia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Steve Tuell May 7 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at Northmont PC
Edwin van Driel May 7 Clinton, Pa. Preaching and presiding at Hebron PC
Angela Hancock May 14 Clinton, Pa. Preaching at Clinton PC
Steve Tuell May 14, 21, 28 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching on Ezekiel at Northmont PC
John Burgess May 14, 21, 28, June 4 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching on Sacraments at Eastminster PC
Leanna Fuller May 21 Fox Chapel, Pa. Teaching Adult Education at Fox Chapel PC
David Esterline May 21 Clinton, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School and Preaching at Clinton PC
Edith Humphrey May 27-29 Toronto, Canada Presenting a paper at the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies Annual Meeting
Edith Humphrey June 7-10 Amsterdam, N.Y. Presenting a paper and participating in the Orthodox Symposium on Pastoral Implications and Sexuality
Leanna Fuller June 8-10 Pittsburgh, Pa. Keynote presenter and breakout session facilitator at the PTS Henderson Summer Leadership Conference
Ken Woo June 13 Greensboro, N.C. Attending the Friends of Chinese Reformed Theological Seminaries Board Meeting
Edwin van Driel June 15-17 California, Pa. Giving keynote lectures on "The Future of the Church" for the Southwestern PA Synod meeting of the ELCA
Ken Woo July 10-15 Crawfordsville, Ind. Participating in the Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty of Asian and Pacific Islander Descent
Leanna Fuller July 12-17 Crawfordsville, Ind. Participating in the Wabash Center Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty
Edith Humphrey July 11-15 St. Paul, Minn. Presenting a paper at the Center for Theological Formation at the Saint Paul Seminary of the University of St. Thomas
Ron Cole-Turner July 17-19 Oxford, England Presenting at the Symposium on Theological Anthropology in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement at Oxford University
Heather Vacek July 17-22 Crawfordsville, Ind.         Participating in Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion 2017-2018 Colloquy for Theological Deans
Roger Owens July 23-28 Philadelphia, Pa. Presenting five lectures on the history of Christian Spirituality at the Pennsylvania Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation
Angela Hancock July 28 Murrysville, Pa. Preaching at Newlonsburgh PC
Roger Owens July 30-August 4

Richmond, Va.

Presenting five lectures on spiritual disciplines during the Virginia Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Roger Owens September 10 Greenville, N.C. Speaking and preaching on spirituality and prayer at Jarvis Memorial UMC
Ken Woo October 5-8 Herndon, Va. Teaching “Calvin’s Theology in Context” Course at Grace Christian Church
Roger Owens October 8-13 Cedar Fall, Iowa Presenting five lectures on spirituality for sustaining ministry at the Iowa Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
Ken Woo October 13-14 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Lecture Weekend
Ken Woo October 18-19 Philadelphia, Pa. Participating in RCA City Classis Meeting
Ken Woo October 25-27 Milwaukee, Wisc. Participating in Sixteenth Century Society Conference
David Esterline October 29-November 2 China FTESEA Board Meeting
Heather Vacek November 15-17 Providence, R.I. Presenting “Madness: Twentieth-Century Christian Responses” at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting
Angela Hancock December 24 Oakmont, Pa. Preaching at Oakmont PC
Ken Woo February 4, 11, 18, 25 Oakmont, Pa. Teaching Adult Seminar Series
Heather Vacek April 18-22, 2018             Corpus Christi, Texas Participating in Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion 2017-18 Colloquy for Theological Deans

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

jburgess@pts.edu / 412-924-1430

  • Church History
  • The Early Church/Church Fathers
  • Church and Politics in Russia and Ukraine
  • The Russian Orthodox Church
  • Church Unity and Division: How to Think Faithfully
  • The Ten Commandments for Today
  • The Basics of Reformed Theology
  • Christianity and Other Religions
  • What Protestants Can Learn from the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
  • Christian Worship and the Sacraments

Ron Cole-Turner

coleturn@pts.edu / 412-924-1426

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

Jerome Creach

jcreach@pts.edu / 412-924-1428

  • The Book of Psalms
  • Genesis and the Moral Imagination
  • Old Testament Ethics
  • The Old Testament Prophets
  • Violence in the Bible
  • Wisdom Literature
  • The Prophets and the Call for Justice
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Northwest Semitic Languages

David Esterline

desterline@pts.edu / 412-924-1366

  • Continuing Education for Christian Leaders
  • The Church around the World
  • Global and Ecumenical Theological Education
  • Cross-cultural Theological Education
  • The Book of Acts
  • First Corinthians
  • The Gospel of Luke
  • Educational Diversity
  • Race, Racism, and White Privilege in the United States

Leanna Fuller

lfuller@pts.edu / 412-924-1459

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

Robert Gagnon

gagnon@pts.edu / 412-924-1416

  • New Testament Greek
  • Jesus in John’s Gospel
  • The New Testament Letters (esp. Paul’s Letters)
  • Reading the Gospel of Mark as Story
  • Sexual Issues in the Bible
  • Theology of the Apostle Paul

Scott Hagley

shagley@pts.edu / 412-924-1399

  • Evangelicalism in North America
  • History of Christian Mission
  • Congregational Mission and Leadership
  • Youth Ministry
  • Theological Education for Youth
  • The Missional Church
  • Christian Mission
  • Church Planting
  • Gospel and Cultures

Angela Hancock

ahancock@pts.edu / 412-924-1451

  • John Calvin and Civil Disobedience
  • Pulpit, Politics, and Pathos: Protestant Rhetoric and the National Socialist Revolution
  • Karl Barth and the Practice of Biblical Interpretation
  • When Faithful People Disagree: Deliberation as a Christian Practice
  • The Provocative Parables of Jesus
  • Praying the Psalms
  • The Bath: Living into Your Baptism
  • Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • How to Listen to a Sermon
  • Practical Theodicy: What Do Christians Do when Bad Things Happen?
  • The Anatomy of Grace
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Artistic Languages of Worship
  • Exploring Christian Worship

Edith Humphrey

ehumphrey@pts.edu / 412-924-1424

  • The Book of Acts
  • The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
  • The Writings of John
  • The Gospels and the Life of Jesus
  • Scriptures and Tradition
  • Worship in the Bible and in the History of the Church
  • Spirituality and the Holy Trinity
  • The Sanctity of Human Life
  • Sexuality and the Church
  • Biblical Theology
  • C. S. Lewis and Theology
  • Hellenistic Jewish Literature
  • Irenaeus
  • Worship in the Bible and in the History of the Church
  • The Early Church/Church Fathers
  • Gnosticism and the Church Fathers
  • The Doctrine of the Church

Roger Owens

lowens@pts.edu / 412-924-1458

  • Adaptive and Missional Leadership
  • Congregational Discernment
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spirituality for Christian Leadership
  • Christian Spirituality
  • False Self and True Self in Christian Spirituality
  • Prayer

Drew Smith

rsmith@pts.edu / 412-924-1457

  • African-American Churches
  • Churches in Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Churches and Social and Demographic Change
  • Urban Churches
  • Christianity and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Religion and Social Movements
  • Christianity, Race, and Class
  • Religion and Public Life
  • Sociology of Urban Religion

Ron Tappy

rtappy@pts.edu / 412-924-1427

  • Archaeology of the Ancient Near East/Old Testament World
  • Jerusalem and Samaria: Royal Cities of Ancient Israel
  • The Samaria Ostraca
  • Tel Zayit: A Biblical Village in the Foothills of Judah
  • The Tel Zayit Abecedary and the Origins of the Alphabet
  • The Tell Dan Inscription and the House of David
  • Biblical Archaeology
  • Extrabiblical Texts and What They Tell Us about Biblical Israel
  • Historical Geography of the Holy Land
  • History of the Ancient Near East
  • History of the Religions of Israel
  • Kinship and Covenant in the Biblical World
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Northwest Semitic languages
  • The Battle of Lachish and the Theology of Jerusalem
  • Jacob, Esau, and the Kinship Ties that Bind
  • The Life and Times of Amos the Prophet
  • Old Testament Historical Books
  • Psalm 23 and the Psalms of Trust

Steve Tuell

stuell@pts.edu / 412-924-1407

  • How to Read the Bible
  • Creation in Scripture
  • The Relationship Between Science and Theology
  • Biblical Literature of the Persian Period (esp. Ezekiel and the Chronicles)
  • Ezekiel and the Minor Prophets (or the Book of the Twelve)
  • The Old Testament Prophets
  • Prophecy and Priesthood in the Hebrew Bible
  • The Worship, Faith, and Temple Ideology of Ancient Israel
  • Mythologies and Comparative Religions of the Ancient Near East
  • The Religion of Ancient Israel
  • The Idea of Scripture in Ancient Israel
  • The Significance of the Hebrew Bible as Scripture for Christians and Jews
  • Aramaic
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Ugaritic

Heather Vacek

hvacek@pts.edu / 412-924-1453

  • Christianity in America
  • History of the Christian Tradition
  • Protestants and Mental Illness in America
  • Twentieth-century American Protestantism
  • History of Protestants and Mental Illness in America
  • Theologies of Disability and Suffering
  • Reformation History
  • History of Christianity and Politics in America

Edwin Chr. van Driel

evandriel@pts.edu / 412-924-1425

  • Ecclesiology and What It Means to “Be” Church
  • Christ and the Incarnation
  • Eschatology
  • Congregational Song

Kenneth Woo

kwoo@pts.edu / 412-924-1350

  • Reformation History and Theology
  • John Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
  • History of Christianity from Late Antiquity to the Present
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Asian-American History and Theological Perspectives