Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host a semi-annual retreat “Journey Inward Journey Outward” for church educators, volunteers, and pastors Tues., March 16 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at the Seminary. This conference, “The Future of Christian Education: Wishin’ and Hopin’ and Thinkin’ and Prayin’, Plannin’ and Dreamin’” engages participants in worship, keynote lectures, and workshops. Debbie Hough, director of Christian education at Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey, Pa., will lead the discussion.

Workshop choices include “Communicating Your Vision for Christian Education” led by Keith Sundberg, associate pastor at Wayside Presbyterian Church, Erie, Pa.; “The Godbearing Life: Ministry with Youth” with Amy Cumer, program coordinator for student ministries, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church; and “Teaching with Media” instructed by Bob Ruefle, multi-media ministry consultant.

Registration fee is $25. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at Pittsburgh Seminary at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu to make a reservation. Lunch is not provided but is available for purchase.

Hough is a life-long Presbyterian, ordained as a ruling elder in 1973. She is a graduate of California State College (now California University, B.S. in education), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (M.Ed.), the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). She has served Presbyterian congregations in Alabama, North Carolina, and Texas. In 1980, she became a Certified Christian Educator. In addition to her current role, she has been an adjunct faculty member at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Hough has co-authored books and written curriculum for the United Church of Christ and for the PC(U.S.A.).

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 320 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.