Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host two Shoemaker Distinguished Guests, Oct. 17-20, 2011. The Seminary welcomes the Rev. Dr. John Fiedler, senior minister of First United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, as the Shoemaker Distinguished Preacher, and the Rev. Charles Ryu, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Middletown, N.Y., as the Shoemaker Distinguished Liturgist. The pair will lead daily worship services Monday-Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Hicks Chapel. Additionally, Ryu will lead a special Wednesday evening musical worship service Oct. 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room. The community is welcome to attend.

For 15 years, Fiedler has served at First United Methodist Church, Dallas. During this time, he has provided strong and relevant weekly sermon messages televised on the ABC affiliate and on the web at www.firstchurchdallas.org. He helps people juxtapose the gospel of Jesus Christ with the events of their lives. In addition, he has assembled a dynamic and talented collection of staff members, both clergy and lay, who lead an entire portfolio of weekly ministry and mission events. Fiedler teaches an online polity course. He chaired the Strategic Planning Committee of the North Texas Conference in 2009-2010 and has represented the conference before the Judicial Council. Fiedler is a graduate of Knox College (B.A.), Brite Divinity School (M.Div.), and Perkins School of Theology (D.Min.).

Ryu serves St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Boston University (B.A.), The University of Chicago (M.A.), Yale University (M.Div. and S.T.M.), and State University of New York at New Paltz, School of Fine and Performing Arts (B.A.). In addition to his work in ministry, Ryu is a trained pianist. He has also served the national church through this work on the PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) National Executive Board; Council on Worship, Arts and Culture; National Committee on Camping and Retreat Ministries; and Executive Committee of Transgeneration Ministry of Korean American United Methodists.

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.