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.





Name Dates(s) Location Event Description
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
John Burgess Sundays, September 13 - October 4 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School, Westminster PC
Steve Tuell Sundays, September 13 - November 15 Pittsburgh, Pa.

In-depth Bible study at Fox Chapel PC

Jerome Creach September 20 White Oak, Pa. Preaching at Sampson's Mills 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
Heather Vacek September 27 and October 4 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Third PC on "Mental Illness and the Church"
Ron Tappy October 1 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking, Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh’s final lecture series
Roger Owens October 4 Pleasant Hills, Pa. Pleasant Hills Community Church
Edwin van Driel October 4 Cranberry, Pa. Preaching at Plains PC
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

David Esterline October 9-10 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
John Burgess Sunday, October 15 - November 15 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School, Eastminster PC
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
John Burgess October 16-17 Louisville, Ky. PCUSA Company of New Pastors
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. Preaching at Oakmont PC
Steve Tuell November 20-24 Atlanta, Ga. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, "The Psalm in Habakkuk 3"
Ron Cole-Turner 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 3 and 10, 2016 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School, Fox Chapel PC
Ron Tappy January 17, 24, 31, February 14 Monroeville, Pa. Teaching Sunday morning adult education Lenten series at Cross Roads PC
Leanna Fuller January 28-29 Slippery Rock, Pa. Leading winter retreat for the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the International Association of Women Ministers, Crestfield Camp and Conference Center
Ron Tappy February 4 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking, Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh's Final Lecture Series, Rodef Shalom
Roger Owens February 7, 14, 21, 28 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult education at Westminster PC on practices at the heart of Christian spirituality
Leanna Fuller Feb. 22-24 Dunkirk, N.Y. Retreat for the clergy of Lake Erie and Western New York Presbyteries
Heather Vacek March 6 and 13 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Westminster PC on "Protestant Conceptions of Suffering"
Leanna Fuller March 20 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult rducation at Westminser PC

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

Susan Kendall

skendall@pts.edu / 412-924-1421

  • Creating a Forum for Leadership as an Inclusive Enterprise
  • The Public Voice of Ministry in a Digital Age
  • Redefining Categories for What Ministry Is
  • Women’s Status in the World as a Continuing Concern
  • Privilege, Class, and Race
  • Theology and Culture
  • Collaborative and Cross-disciplinary Learning
  • Developing New, Transitional Theological Language
  • The Intersection of Theological Learning and Everyday Religious Experience
  • Understanding Vocation and Call as Practice and Possibility
  • Strengthening Feminist Theology through Cross-disciplinary Conversation
  • Theologies beyond Euro-centrism

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
  • Faith and Public Life
  • 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
  • History of the Religions of Israel

Lisa Thompson

lthompson@pts.edu / 412-924-1460

  • African-American Preaching Traditions and History
  • North American Preaching in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Women’s Preaching Traditions and History
  • The Community and Worship
  • Faith and Public Life
  • Theory, Teaching, and Methods of Preaching
  • The Theology and Practice of Religion
  • Gender, Race, and Privilege in Religious Rhetoric and Rituals
  • Religion and Public Life

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