Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the annual W. Don McClure Lectures in Mission and Evangelism Sept. 24-25, 2012. Anne-Marie Kool, Professor of Missiology at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, and president of Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies, Budapest, will address “European Churches’ Perspectives on Mission Among the Roma People.”

Sept. 24 events include lectures at 11:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The World Mission Initiative Dinner will also be held at 6:00 p.m. Kool will present the chapel service Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

These lectures are free and open to the public. To attend the WMI dinner, guests must pre-register and cost is $12 per person. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu with questions or to register for the dinner. Registration and payment are also accepted online.

Kool taught previously at Reformed Theological Academy in Pápa, Hungary, and the Reformed Bible School in Zeist, the Netherlands. She also served as director of the Protestant Institute for Mission Studies in Budapest as a missionary within the Netherlands Reformed Church at the Reformed Mission league (GZB), Driebergen, the Netherlands. A native of the Netherlands, Kool completed her M.Th. and a Ph.D. at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and her Dr.habil. (Professor’s degree) at the Reformed University of Divinity in Debrecen, Hungary. Kool’s research interests include the Hungarian protestant foreign mission movement from 1756-1951, the mission of the protestant churches in Central and Eastern Europe, missionary ecclesiology, ethnic minority churches in Central and Eastern Europe, and Roma and church relations in Central and Eastern Europe. Her numerous publications include both articles and chapters on all of these topics. Since 2008, she has served as co-editor of ACTA MISSIOLOGIAE, Journal for Reflection on Missiological Issues and Mission Practice in Central and Eastern Europe. Kool has spoken frequently in Hungary and throughout the world. Kool is a Regent of Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Wash., and a member of the International Association for Mission studies (IaMs).

The McClure Lectures in Mission and Evangelism honor the Rev. Dr. W. Don McClure, a 1934 graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, who served as a missionary in Africa for nearly 50 years. Born in Blairsville, Pa., McClure began teaching in Khartoum in 1928, upon graduating from Westminster College. After studying at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he returned with his wife, Lyda, to Sudan to evangelize among the Shulla people. He was shot to death by guerrillas in 1977.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.