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
Steve Tuell August 7 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on Ezekiel
Ron Cole-Turner August 8 Chautauqua Institution, N.Y. Afternoon interfaith lecturer on "Human Enhancement and Religion"
Scott Hagley August 8-11 St. Pete Beach, Fla. Attending 1001 New Worshiping Communities Conference
Roger Owens August 14 Holden Beach, NC. Preaching at Holden Beach Chapel
Scott Hagley August 14 Evans City, Pa. Preaching at Westminster PC
Jerome Creach August 17 Burgettstown, Pa. Preaching at Burgettstown and Slovan Presbyterian Churches
Roger Owens August 28 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
Roger Owens September 4, 11, 18, and 25 Pittsburgh, Pa. Preaching a sermon series on contemplative practices at The Open Door
David Esterline September 11 Upper St. Clair, Pa. Teaching at Westminster PC
David Esterline September 18 Cranberry Twp., Pa. Conducting a workshop on diversity at Methodist Conference Center
Steve Tuell September 18 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
David Esterline September 19-22 Richmond, Ind. ATS accrediting visit to Earlham School of Religion
Steve Tuell September 25 - November 13 Fox Chapel, Pa. Teaching an eight-week study on Ephesians at Fox Chapel PC
David Esterline September 27 Mercer, Pa. Preaching at Shenango Presbytery meeting at Lebanon PC
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
Roger Owens September 30 - October 2 TBD Leading church-wide retreat for The Open Door
David Esterline October 7-9 Evanston, Ill. Participating in “Consultation on US Theological Education in a Global Church" at Garrett Evangelical Theological  Seminary
David Esterline October 14-15 Holand, Mich. FTESEA Board meeting
Roger Owens October 16 Fox Chapel, Pa. Preaching at Fox Chapel PC
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 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
David Esterline November 19 Elysburg, Pa. Preaching and lecturing at Northumberland Presbytery meeting at Elysburg PC
Ron Tappy January 8, 15, 22, and February 5, 2017 Pittsburgh, Pa. Presenting "The Land and the Bible: How Each Informs the Other" at Fox Chapel PC
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
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
Angela Hancock March 6-8 De Glind, Netherlands Plenary speaker at the Niederländische Barth-Tagung, “Irreguläre Theologie – und die Predigt"
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
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

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