Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host the annual Summer Leadership Conference, June 10-13, 2012. Participants will explore the theme “Toward the Future Church: the Relevance of Cultural Movements and Individual Stories of Faith for Christian Life Today” while attending daily workshops and worship services. Keynote speakers include Phyllis Tickle, author, lecturer, and founding editor, the Religion Department for Publishers Weekly; Joseph Kwak, senior pastor, Jesus-Hope Presbyterian Church, Bun-Dang, Korea; and Scott W. Sunquist, professor of world Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Tickle will present three lectures on “Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Came from, and Why It Matters.” Sunquist will address “The Seven Churches of Asia: What They Are Telling Us Today.” Kwak will speak on “The Early Church and Its Message.”

Registration fee is $130 before May 15 and $145 after that date. Group discounts are offered. Limited on-campus housing is available at an additional fee. For more information about this event, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu. Registration and payment are also accepted online. Brochure

Tickle is founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly and a lay Eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church. She is the author of numerous articles and more than two dozen books in religion and spirituality, including The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Tickle began her career as a college teacher and, for almost 10 years, served as academic dean to the Memphis College of Art. In 1996 she received the Mays Award for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing. Tickle is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Christy Awards and she has received honorary doctorates from Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University and North Park University.

Kwak is the senior pastor of the Jesus-Hope Presbyterian Church in Bun-Dang, a suburb of Seoul, Korea, which he planted in 2004 and now has grown to become one of the promising model churches with 11,000 registered members. He received his bachelor’s from Soongsil University in Korea, his M.Div. from Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary in the Philippines, his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. In his church ministry, Kwak has been focusing on spreading the Gospel and on Sunday worship, giving full attention to the piety often lacking in modern Christianity and its spirituality.

Sunquist is professor of world Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He came to Pittsburgh in 1995 after teaching at Trinity Theological College in the Republic of Singapore for eight years. He was also the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Singapore for three years. Sunquist holds degrees from the University of North Carolina (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). He has worked as a campus staff member for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship both in Virginia and Massachusetts. Sunquist has written in the areas of mission theology, pluralism, and Asian Christianity and at present is doing research and writing on historiography, missiology, and Christianity in the non-Western world.

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 310 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.