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
Scott Hagley September 22-24 Washington, D.C. Praxis Conference
Roger Owens September 25 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching a sermon series on contemplative practices at The Open Door
Steve Tuell September 25 - November 13 Fox Chapel, Pa. Teaching an eight-week study on Ephesians at Fox Chapel PC
Steve Tuell September 26 Monroeville, Pa. Monroeville UMC Study Series “Exploring A Way Forward: Human Sexuality within our United Methodist Tradition”, “Scriptural Reflections on Human Sexuality”
Jerome Creach September 26 Washington County, Pa. Offering a seminar on "Preaching the Old Testament" for the Commissioned Ruling Elders of Washington Presbytery
David Esterline September 27 Mercer, Pa. Preaching at Shenango Presbytery meeting at Lebanon PC
Steve Tuell September 28 Meadeville, Pa. LGBTQ dialogue, Littles Corner UMC
Angela Hancock September 29 Princeton, N.J. Presenting "Patriotism, Populism, and the Preacher: Courageous Witness in the Key of Grace" at the Civil Courage: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and American Politics Today conference
Ron Cole-Turner September 30 Washington, DC Advisory board meeting for the “Science and Seminaries” grant through the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Theological Schools
Edith Humphrey September 30 Boston, Mass. Panelist on the topic "Antiochian Orthodox Council in Crete" at the Orthodox Theological Society of America gathering
Roger Owens September 30 - October 2 TBD Leading church-wide retreat for The Open Door
Jerome Creach October 2 and 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Education at Southminster PC
David Esterline October 7-9 Evanston, Ill. Participating in “Consultation on US Theological Education in a Global Church" at Garrett Evangelical Theological  Seminary
Drew Smith October 9 Alexandria, Va. Preaching at Beulah Baptist Church
John Burgess October 9, 16, 23, 30 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School classes at Eastminster PC
Ken Woo October 13-14 San Francisco, Calif. Attending the City Classis, Reformed Church in America fall meeting
David Esterline October 14-15 Holand, Mich. FTESEA Board meeting
Scott Hagley October 14-16 Chicago, Ill. ATS New Faculty Roundtable Gathering
Edwin van Driel October 15 Mars, Pa. Speaking on "forgiveness" at the "Discovery Day" at Old Union PC
Roger Owens October 16 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Leanna Fuller October 16 McKeesport, Pa. Preaching at Liberty PC
Drew Smith October 16 Pittsburgh, Pa. Bible study, "Churches, Social Boundaries, Global Bridges" at Southminster PC
Heather Vacek October 20-22 Virginia Beach, Va. Attending Conference on Faith and History
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
Ron Tappy October 30, November 6, November 13 Monroeville, Pa. Leading Adult Sunday School at Cross Roads PC
John Burgess November 6 Washington, D.C. Leading Adult Sunday School at National PC
Roger Owens November 6 and 13 Sewickley, Pa. Teaching adult education on spiritual practices at Sewickley PC
David Esterline November 13 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Edith Humphrey November 18 San Antonio, Texas Presenting the plenary lecture for the Institute for Biblical Literature on the topic "Reclaiming all Paul’s Rs: Apostolic Atonement by Way of the Eastern Fathers"
David Esterline November 19 Elysburg, Pa. Preaching and lecturing at Northumberland Presbytery meeting at Elysburg PC
Leanna Fuller November 19 San Antonio, Texas Presenting a paper at AAR in the Ecclesiological Investigations Group on the topic "One Body, Many Parts: An Ecclesiology for Churches in Conflict"
Heather Vacek November 27 New Philadelphia, Ohio Participating in the Advent Communion Service at Sharon Moravian Church
Drew Smith December 11 Pittsburgh, Pa. Bible study, "Social Privilege" at Bower Hill Community Church
Ken Woo January 5, 2017 Denver, Colo. Presenting “In the Footsteps of Bainton: Luther Biographies from 1983 to 2017” at the Roundtable Discussion of the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting
Heather Vacek January 5-8 Denver, Colo. Attending the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting
Ron Tappy January 8, 15, 22, and February 5 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "The Land and the Bible: How Each Informs the Other" at Fox Chapel PC
Steve Tuell January 15 and 22 Pittsburgh, Pa. Bible study, Christ UMC
Ken Woo January 23-26 Greenville, S.C. PTS Faculty Representative, ECO National Gathering
Roger Owens January 29 Wilmington, N.C.  Delivering the Averette Lectures at First PC
Edwin van Driel February 5 Birmingham, Ala. Preaching at Independent PC
Drew Smith February 5 and 12 Pittsburgh, Pa. Bible study at Westminster PC
Edwin van Driel February 6 Birmingham, Ala. Presenting the "The Making of a Hymnal: The Theological Story of Glory to God" at the Religious Arts Festival
Ken Woo March 5, 12, 19, 26 Upper Saint Clair, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School at Westminster PC
Angela Hancock March 6-8 De Glind, The Netherlands Plenary speaker at the Niederländische Barth-Tagung, “Irreguläre Theologie – und die Predigt"
Edwin van Driel March 12 Beusichem, The Netherlands Preaching at the Church of St. John the Baptist
Ron Tappy March 15-17 Munich, Germany Presenting “The Fall of Samaria: A View from Texts and Archaeology” at “The Last Days of the Kingdom of Israel” Conference, hosted by the Siemens Foundation
Edith Humphrey March 20-22 Ontario, Canada Lecturing at Western University
Ron Cole-Turner April 4-7 Münster, Germany Speaking on "Transhumanism and Theology" at a conference on “Transhumanism in Theology, Philosophy, and the Sciences” at the Akademie Franz-Hitze-Haus, cosponsored by the Catholic Faculty in Theology, Ruhr-University Bochum
Edith Humphrey April 20-22 Tuckahoe, N.Y. Symposium on Pastoral Implications and Sexuality at St. Vladimir’s Seminary
Leanna Fuller May 21 Fox Chapel, Pa. Teaching Adult Education at Fox Chapel 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

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

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