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
Ron Tappy February 4 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking, Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh's Final Lecture Series, Rodef Shalom
Edwin van Driel February 7 Emsworth, Pa. Preaching at Emsworth PC
Roger Owens February 7, 14, 21, 28 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult education at Westminster PC on practices at the heart of Christian spirituality
Lisa Thompson February 10 Pittsburgh, Pa. Speaking on "Sacred-Speech and Holy Listening" during the Ash Wednesday Lunch gathering, East Liberty PC
Edwin van Driel February 12 Louisville, Ky. Consultation on the Book of Common Worship
Steve Tuell February 14 Beaver, Pa. Preaching at Park PC
Ron Tappy February 14 Monroeville, Pa. Teaching Sunday morning adult education Lenten series at Cross Roads PC
David Esterline February 14 Bethel Park, Pa. Preaching and teaching at Bethel Park PC on “Global Mission: Grace Abroad”
Heather Vacek February 14 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "Faith on the Ground: Protestants and Abolition in 19th Century America" at Fox Chapel PC
John Burgess February 14 - March 6 Moscow, Russia Lecturing at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and elsewhere
Drew Smith February 15-19 Houston, Texas Co-Dean and Lecturer at the Seminarian Institute of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference on Social Justice
Ron Tappy February 17 Fox Chapel, Pa. Speaking on The Zeitah Excavations at the Fox Chapel Rotary Club
Jerome Creach February 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16 Sewickley, Pa. Teaching on violence in the Bible at Sewickley PC
Leanna Fuller February 22-24 Dunkirk, N.Y. Retreat for the clergy of Lake Erie and Western New York Presbyteries
David Esterline March 1-5 Moscow, Russia Visiting St. Tikhon’s University
Heather Vacek March 6 and 13 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Westminster PC on "Protestant Conceptions of Suffering"
John Burgess March 13, 20, and April 3 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at East Liberty PC on "Sin and Forgiveness"
Leanna Fuller March 20 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult education at Westminster PC
David Esterline April 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Leading the workshop "First and Twenty-first Century Christianity: Luke-Acts and the Shifts, Challenges, and Growth in the Global Church" at the World Mission Initiative Conference
Steve Tuell April 15-16 Ludlow, Pa. Leading a retreat on the Servant Songs in Second Isaiah for First PC of Warren, Pa.
Angela Hancock April 16 Bethel Park, Pa. Preaching, Presbyterian Women of Pittsburgh Presbytery Annual Meeting and Spring Gathering at Bethel Park PC
Ron Tappy April 17 and 24 Pittsburgh, Pa. Adult education at Third PC
John Burgess May 8, 15, 22, and 29 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Sunday School at Eastminster PC on "The Holiness of God"
Ron Tappy May 15 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching on biblical archaeology for Classrooms without Borders
David Esterline May 16-20 Dorfweil, Germany Co-convener and speaker at the Global Forum of Theological Educators
Leanna Fuller May 22 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting at Fox Chapel PC on "Death, Dying, and Grief"
Lisa Thompson May 23-27 Fort Worth, Texas "Proclamation and the Black Experience" Summer Intensive at Brite Divinity School
Angela Hancock June 12-17 Princeton, N.J. Teaching two workshops at the Engle Institute of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary
Roger Owens June 22 Portland, Ore. Speaking at the PTS Luncheon at General Assembly
Edith Humphrey June 23-25 Bronx, N.Y . Speaking at Fordham University during an ecumenical discussion on “Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism: Orthodox/Catholic Encounters”, sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center
Roger Owens August 8 Holden Beach, NC. Preaching at Holden Beach Chapel
Roger Owens September 4, 11, 18, and 25 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching a sermon series on contemplative practices at The Open Door
Steve Tuell September 18 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Steve Tuell September 25 - November 13 Fox Chapel, Pa. Teaching an eight-week study on Ephesians at Fox Chapel PC
Roger Owens September 30 - October 2 TBD Leading church-wide retreat for The Open Door
Roger Owens October 23-28 Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Speaking on spiritual practices of attentiveness to Scripture for the Pennsylvania Academy for Spiritual Formation at Laurelville Mennonite Retreat Center
Roger Owens January 29, 2017 Wilmington, N.C.  Delivering the Averette Lectures at First 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