Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the Rev. Amy Miracle, senior pastor at Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio, April 29-30, 2013. Miracle is this year’s Shoemaker Distinguished Preacher.

While on campus, Miracle will preach in chapel Mon., April 29 at 11:30 a.m. and 7:20 p.m. as well as Tues., April 30 at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, she will meet with female students to reflect on women in ministry, another group of students to talk about preaching, and seniors to discuss an open position at Broad Street PC.

A life-long Presbyterian, Miracle grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Princeton University. Following graduation, a Marshall scholarship sent her to Northern Ireland where she received her master of social sciences in Irish political studies from Queen’s University of Belfast. Upon returning to the United States, she earned her master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Before coming to Broad Street, Miracle served as associate pastor at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colo., and senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Church should be the place where we get to ask those tough questions in worship and in the classroom and in conversations. At the same time, church is the place where we get to bathe in the glorious good news that we are loved and claimed by God,” said Miracle. “My hope is that the church can be a place where members and visitors can experience the presence of God and talk about those things that are most important to them. “

The Shoemaker Distinguished Preacher program was established in 2009 and provides an opportunity for the Pittsburgh Seminary community to learn from and interact with some of the leading preachers of our day. These events are made possible by the generous support of the late G. Albert Shoemaker and his wife Mercedes, an emerita member of the Seminary’s Board of Directors.

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 more than 300 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.