Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Professor Edwin Christiaan van Driel will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Pittsburgh Presbytery May 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Seminary’s Hicks Chapel.

Van Driel joined the faculty last year. Previously, he taught for two years at Fordham University. A native of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, he holds master’s degrees in theology and philosophy from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in religious studies (theology) from Yale University. Van Driel’s current interest is in Christology, eschatology, and ecclesiology. His Incarnation Anyway (OUP, 2008) analyzes and defends the idea that the incarnation is not contingent upon human sin, but is rather central to creation’s beginning and eschaton. His next book project focuses on Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost, and their implications for the Church’s preaching, common life, stance in politics and culture, and eschatological expectations. He has also published on Schleiermacher, Barth, and American ecclesiology, and he contributed several essays to Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. Van Driel is a member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, which prepares the new hymnal for the PC(USA).

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.