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 June 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Summer Leadership Conference, "Prophecy and Christian Identity"
Bill Carl June 14-21 Detroit, Mich. Attending General Assembly meeting.
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
Leanna Fuller June 18 Detroit, Mich. PTS Luncheon, PCUSA General Assembly 
Bill Carl June 22 Ludington, Mich. Memorial Service, The Church Association of the Epworth Assembly
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
Bill Carl August 4 St. Clairsville, Ohio Presenting on his book, "The Lord's Prayer for Today," at Calvary Presbyterian Church's Vacation Bible School
Jannie Swart August 11-14 St. Pete Beach, Fla. Keynote speaker at the PCUSA's Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
Edwin Chr. van Driel August 24 Zurich, Switzerland Presenting "Paul’s Implied Gospel Narrative: John Calvin and the New Perspective in Conversation" at the International Congress on Calvin Research
Bill Carl August 24 Bartlesville, Okla. Preaching at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl September 21 Bethel Park, Pa. Preaching at the John McMillan Presbyterian Church
Bill Carl September 25-26 Yonkers, N.Y. Accreditation Site Visit to St. Joseph's Seminary
Edwin Chr. van Driel September 26-27 Antiochian Village, Ligonier, Pa. Leading Shadyside Church Retreat
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
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
Bill Carl January 22-25, 2015 Charlotte, N.C. Attending Annual Retreat of Committee on Theological Education Presidents/Board Chairs
Bill Carl February 8, 2015 Lakeland, Fla. Preaching at the First 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