Pittsburgh Theological Seminary invites you to an installation lecture Sept. 29, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. in Hicks Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller, associate professor of pastoral care, will present the Joan Marshall Chair in Pastoral Care Lecture—"To Heal and to Bless: Practicing Reconciliation in a Polarized Age"—ahead of her installation to this chair Nov. 8, 2022.
This event will be in-person and online. A reception will follow the lecture.
Register for the combined installation service Nov. 8, 2022, during which time professors Leanna Fuller, Scott Hagley, Angela Hancock, Roger Owens, and Drew Smith will be installed into their respective chairs.
The Rev. Dr. Leanna Fuller began serving as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty in 2021 in addition to being associate professor of pastoral care. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div.), and Furman University (B.A.). Her most recent book is titled When Christ’s Body is Broken: Anxiety, Identity, and Conflict in Congregations (Wipf and Stock, 2016). Fuller has earned numerous fellowships, awards, and honors. She was selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Wabash Center Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty, and she received the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship in 2010-2011. Fuller’s most recent conference paper, “One Body, Many Parts: An Ecclesiology for Churches in Conflict” was presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Her ministry experience includes serving as associate pastor of Oakland Christian Church in Suffolk, Va., where she coordinated youth ministry and Christian education programming. Fuller also worked as chaplain resident at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va., providing pastoral care for patients. Fuller's family includes her spouse, the Rev. Scott Fuller, a UCC minister and chaplain; and their young son, Simon.
This chair was established by Thomas Marshall, retired chairman and CEO of Aristech Chemical Corporation, in honor of his wife of five decades, Joan Marshall. It is the Seminary’s first academic chair to be named solely for a woman. Mrs. Marshall’s ecumenical pilgrimage, from the Catholic Church to the Lutheran Church and eventually the Presbyterian Church, gave her faith a strong biblical basis and love for Christ. The chair was established in 1995. Dr. Martha Bowman Robbins, Joan Marshall Associate Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care, was installed in 1996 as its first occupant.