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
Heather Vacek January 14 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting “History of the Church and Social Action” at the PTS annual race and faith event "Rhythm of Justice"
Scott Hagley January 15, 22, and 29 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching Adult Sunday School about mission, "Eat What is Set Before You"
Ron Tappy January 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, "How to Read the Bible" at Christ UMC
Steve Tuell January 16 Ellwood City, Pa. Presenting “Worship and Celebration of the Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” at Ellwood City First UMC
Ron Cole-Turner January 17 Murrysville, Pa. Speaking at two evening community outreach sessions at Newlonsburg PC on human origins and Christian theology
Steve Tuell January 18, 25 Pittsburgh, Pa. Leading the Bible study "Reading Jonah as a Comedy" at Calvary UMC
Ron Cole-Turner January 22 Monroeville, Pa. Presenting to an adult education class at Crossroads PC on new gene editing technology and the ethics of human germline modification
David Esterline January 22-25 San Antonio, Texas Attending ATS Presidents Seminar
Ken Woo January 23-26 Greenville, S.C. PTS Faculty Representative, ECO National Gathering
David Esterline January 26-28 Louisville, Ky. Attending COTE Board Chairs and Presidents Annual Meeting
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
Steve Tuell February 5 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at the Allegheny County Jail
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
Drew Smith February 9 Pittsburgh, Pa. Keynote speaker for K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program, University of Pittsburgh
Roger Owens March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5 Cranberry Township, Pa. Leading a Lenten series on spiritual disciplines at Dutilh UMC
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"
Roger Owens March 11 Pittsburgh, Pa. Keynote address at the Pittsburgh chapter of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ Spring Program
Edwin van Driel March 12 Beusichem, The Netherlands Preaching at the Church of St. John the Baptist
Heather Vacek March 12 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "The Problem of Evil in the Christian Tradition" at East Liberty PC
Ken Woo March 15-16 Los Angeles, Calif. Attending the RCA City Classis Meeting
Ron Tappy March 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
Steve Tuell March 19-22 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching "In God’s Image: An Old Testament View of Dust and Clay,” a Spiritual Formation Certificate Program elective at PTS
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
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
Angela Hancock May 14 Clinton, Pa. Preaching at Clinton PC
Steve Tuell May 14, 21, 28 Pittsburgh, Pa. Teaching on Ezekiel at Northmont 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
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
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
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
Heather Vacek November 15-17 Providence, R.I. Presenting “Madness: Twentieth-Century Christian Responses” at the Evangelical Theological Society Meeting

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