Panorama Winter 2014
In this issue of Panorama, Pittsburgh Seminary explores partnerships in ministry.
Panorama Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Vol. LII No. 1 Winter 2014 Partnerships in Ministry Graduation Chapel Renovations New Faculty L E T T E R F R O M T H E PRE S ID E N T I t is no overstatement to assert that life is a collaborative effort. Almost without exception, one’s very survival—not only physically, but also emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually—most often depends on active support from other people. Certainly to flourish requires caring involvement from other human beings. And so it is with Christian life and ministry. God has ordained that Christians not only are, but also that we act as a mutually supporting group—a family, in fact. Scripture is replete with examples and exhortations to such partnership in our common life. The model of partnership does not begin in the New Testament, however. We see it throughout the Old Testament in the life of the ancient Israelites, whose overarching partnership coupled the “sacred” role of priestly service by the Levites with the “profane” role of the remaining 11 tribes charged with practically supporting not only themselves but also the Levites living among them. During his itinerant ministry, Jesus sent advance teams—pairs of disciples—to prepare his way in the towns he himself would soon visit to announce the gospel. In Acts, the fledgling church met its members’ daily needs by sharing everything in common. And when the job of ensuring food for all became a challenging task, appointed supervisors assumed the job so the Twelve could fully pursue their main calling—namely, “prayer and the ministry of the word.” Later, during Paul’s evangelistic travels, the “untimely born” apostle collected money from far-flung Christian congregations to support financially the impoverished mother-church in Jerusalem. And elsewhere in Acts and the Epistles we read of elders and deacons charged with practical, administrative service to complement the teaching and preaching of the gospel by Paul and his protégés Timothy and Titus. We can add to these partnerships in evangelism, community life, and spiritual ministry the practice of prayer. James, for example, prescribes intercessory prayer over the sick by a team of church elders. And simply gathering as a group in Christ’s name—even a small group of only two or three—ushers the Lord’s presence, always accompanied by his power. At PTS we treasure our partnership with you as you continue to support our efforts for the Kingdom with your financial gifts, your volunteer activities, your encouragement, and your prayers. Sincerely, The Rev. Dr. William J. 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Program Provides Collaborative Opportunities A Practical Partnership Partnering in Degrees 21 Homestead Presbyterian Church Finds New Life 22 Working Togetherâ€”It Works! 22 A Collaborative Labor of Love 40 Newest PTS Professors Emeriti 41 Pastor-Scholar Honors Professor-Mentors 42 Faculty News and Publications 48 Andrew Purves Installed as Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology 49 Celebrating the Lives and Mourning Our Loss of Professor Bob Kelley and His Wife, Ruth 24 P T S N e ws 24 Alumnae/i Days Recognizes Distinguished Grads 27 Scholarships Honor Former PTS Leaders 28 Graduation 30 Audrey Starr and Paula Cooper Named Calian Prize Winners 31 Partnering for Church Planting 32 Welcome to the Board of Directors 34 Former Board Members Remembered 35 Honoring Bob Harper Posthumously with the Anderson Award 36 Chapel Renovations 10 Public Theology in Action 12 Mutual Transformation through Mission 13 Camping Crestfield in Africa 14 Discovering Antiquity through Partnership 16 Continuing Education for Vocational Living Organizations to Make a Difference 18 Seminary Partners with Local 19 Committed Co-pastoring 20 Complementary Gifts for Shared Ministry 50 Alu m n a e / i N e ws 50 Births and Adoptions 52 Marriages 53 Ordinations, Installations, and Appointments 56 Retirements 57 Class Notes 64 In Memory 66 McMillan Society Feature: The Rev. Drs. Gary and Judy Angleberger 38 P T S F a c u lty N e ws 38 Meet Our New Faculty 67 Investing for Silken Communities partnerships in ministry Partnership in Giving and Receiving (Phil. 4:15) T he 20th and 21st centuries have seen much theological discussion and some ecclesial institutional alignments in the hope of strengthening ecumenical relations. Most Christians take seriously Jesus’ prayer that we would be one, and they describe what, by God’s grace, we share with Christ and therefore with each other (Phil. 1:5; 4:15, and various verses in the fourth Gospel and Hebrews). Though in the 21st century healing is required so that we may become entirely of one mind, thus removing some of the impediments to full unity, we still share together significantly. Indeed, as those of us who are identified with a particular church body look sideways at other groups, we may well see strengths and charisms that complement our own particular characteristics. Some fellowships exhibit a deep understanding of worship, others evangelistic imagination and drive, others a deep appreciation of learning, others a care for the poor, and so on. Ideally these should all be present together—but there is also much that we can learn from each other. Could it be that working alongside each other wherever we can, and learning from each other’s strengths, is a more effective and truthful expression of unity than working toward structural or “institutional” alliances? Pittsburgh Seminary has experienced both kinds of ecumenical movements. Itself a merger between two Presbyterian seminaries serving different denominations, it has gone on to incorporate staff, faculty, and students of various backgrounds. Our faculty includes members not only of the PCUSA, but also of Dutch Reformed, Episcopal, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Eastern Orthodox, Baptist, and Moravian traditions. We maintain partnerships of various kinds abroad, as this issue of Panorama illustrates. The student body is even more varied, as it represents more than 30 Christian affiliations. Such a mix is both enriching and complicating! Lively discussion and probing conversation accompany our study, and decision-making occurs in the context of various, sometimes colliding perspectives. In our endeavors beyond the Seminary’s walls, or as we host groups from off campus, this dynamic is even more apparent. Working together across various bodies is not a task for the simpleminded or the faint of heart—but it can be very rewarding! As a member of the Orthodox Church, and a faculty member at PTS, I experienced this gift first-hand on my whirlwind tour to Moscow consider the current fractured state of Christian communities to be a tragedy. One thing we don’t agree on is how to solve this problem. There is a wise and often-quoted dictum: “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” (The maxim is often attributed to Augustine, but it is actually from the pen of 17th-century Lutheran Rupertus Meldenius and was made famous by his near-contemporary, the Puritan Richard Baxter.) However helpful the saying, there remains a difficulty: our inability to agree entirely on which things are essential or central, over against those things that are “adiaphora,” that is, not essential or centrally characteristic of the Church. What is the non-negotiable basis of our unity as Christians, and where are the “boundaries” of our identity? This dilemma has been expressed, until about the beginning of the 20th century, by a “hedged table” in many denominations—that is, on the premise that communion implies doctrinal agreement, Christians did not normally receive communion or partake of the Lord’s Supper when visiting in ecclesial communities beyond their very own. Today, many Protestant churches have left such scruples behind, but they remain in place for some Christian bodies—a regrettable commentary on our theological and practical differences. Whatever one thinks of “closed” and “open” communion, it is clear that there are some projects and endeavors in which all Trinitarian and Christ-centered Christians can participate authentically. We can pray together; we can learn together (though there may well be debate!); we can work together and serve those who are in need around us and among us. The New Testament uses two favorite words for partnership and communion—metoché (“participation, sharing in”), and the better-known koinŌnia (what is held “in common”). These words are sometimes used negatively to warn that Christians ought not enter into common life with that which is foreign to their nature—light cannot cohabit with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14), for example. More commonly they 2 Panorama partnerships in ministry in October 2012. There I had the opportunity to address graduate students and faculty of theology at St. Tikhon’s University, teach two classes at its undergraduate satellite campus in the suburbs, and visit various churches and monasteries. For them, I illustrated the “American-lively-style” of lecturing, and my audiences thought it invigorating; I found their sobriety and diligence encouraging. We met together as members of the same Orthodox church, but my habits learned in the Antiochian jurisdiction and the American context differed in some respects from their Russian and old-world conventions. The undergraduates were both intense and shy—characteristics very different from the breezy attitudes found on U.S. campuses. A few students were bold enough to question me about the Reformed tenets of predestination—they had assumed that all our teaching was governed by and centered on that denominational distinctive, and they were surprised to discover that other matters preoccupy the North American Christian community. The graduate students showed greater savvy—they asked questions about our political scene, and they wondered how Christians would decide between a U.S. president who seemed secular and one who was clearly sectarian! Prior to my trip, some people at PTS had wondered how a Russian university aligned with a traditional and old-world church that did not ordain women to the priesthood would receive me, a married woman and professional teacher of theology. So I was delighted that my lunchtime discussion with the St. Tikhon’s faculty, many of them ordained, was entirely unforced and cordial, as between academic equals. Our horizons were mutually expanded. Nor has the partnership ceased: through SkypeTM, we have done a graduate seminar together and are exploring the possibility of translating my most recent book through their press. The author to the Ephesians reminds us of how the body of Christ is built together: The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. (Eph. 4:11-16) Notice that this passage does not depict a naively idyllic picture of unity; rather, it recognizes that we must grow into maturity, that there is the danger of confusion and deception (“being blown to and fro”), and that love must be joined by truth. My experience at PTS, and with the partnerships into which our Seminary has entered, has been that as we hold together these things, speak honestly with each other, and seek to grow into everything God intends us to be, we can be helped even at those places where we strongly differ. At the very least, learning how to articulate our differences sharpens us and gives us more integrity. At the most, our work together may deepen us and promote the building up of God’s people—for our worship in the Holy Spirit and in truth, for our service to the world into which Christ came, and for our life together. Dr. Edith M. Humphrey is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament. Panorama 3 partnerships in ministry Russian Sociologists Study North American Congregational Life “What does your congregation mean to you? Why do you come to church, and what activities are you involved in? Are the values of your congregation different from those of society?” F rom Sept. 1829, 2013, four sociologists of religion posed questions to Seminary faculty and students and Pittsburgh pastors and church leaders. These interviewers were not conducting a Gallup poll; rather, they were representing St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow, Russia. Three of the four professors had never before visited the United States, and all were learning for the first time about North American congregational life. During 75 years of communism, the Russian Orthodox Church was prohibited from organizing Sunday schools or youth groups, prayer circles or social ministries. Outer forms of worship continued to exist, but the congregation as a community of mutual caring and edification was lost. Since the fall of communism in 1991, the church in Russia has reestablished thousands of parishes. But rebuilding congregational life takes longer than rebuilding a parish. Our guests were seeking insight from North American Christians. While discovering just how diverse our congregations are, the Russian scholars focused on Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Liberty (which co-sponsored their visit) and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks. The results of their research will eventually issue in a book, which I will help edit. The Rev. Dr. John Burgess is the James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology. John Burgess’s personal encounters with Russian Orthodoxy began in 2004, when he spent a sabbatical year based in St. Petersburg. Regularly returning to Russia (and leading a group of PTS students there in 2007), he lived in Moscow for the 2011-2012 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar and Luce Theological Fellow. His research focused on how the Orthodox Church is reshaping Russian society, and he lectured at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Humanitarian University, which helped sponsor his stay. (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has had a formal partnership with St. Tikhon’s since 2010.) In his most recent book, Encounters with Orthodoxy (see page 42), John reflects on his experiences in Russia over the past decade. Now a recognized expert on the Russian Orthodox Church, John speaks on the topic several times a year at the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., as part of the State Department’s training program for Foreign Service personnel. And as a regular speaker in North American churches across the U.S., John offers Christian leaders and laypeople new ways of refreshing their faith from the ancient traditions of Orthodoxy. 4 Panorama partnerships in ministry Alums Receive Grant for their Collaborative Ministry T hree Pittsburgh Seminary alums and two then-studentsnow-graduates have been honored for their collaborative ministry efforts. A grant through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Communities of Theological Reflection/Communities “This grant has allowed us more time and resources to engage in theological reflection on what collaborative ministry means,” says Deb. “We’re readjusting the model because the days are gone when many seminarians could work on a large staff to learn ministry. So we’re trying to help students learn ministry by working with more than one pastor.” While in Seminary, Deb completed her field education requirement under Dan’s leadership. Then, when Dan was on sabbatical, Beverly preached at his church. Realizing the strengths of combining their resources, time, and talents, the group decided to approach future field education placements in a similar manner. “Working in two churches and with two field education supervisors was a very positive experience for me. It not only allowed me to see ministry of Theological Friendship will encourage the continuation of their work into the future. The awardees included the Rev. Dr. Daniel Corll ’80/’01 (Mt. Pleasant United Presbyterian Church), the Rev. Dr. Beverly James ’81 (Riverview United Presbyterian Church), and the Rev. Deborah Warren ’05 (Second United Presbyterian Church), along with Elaine Loggi ’13 and Melissa Morris ’12, who were both students at the time of receiving the honor. The group used the grant to provide time and resources for biblical and theological reflection on the practical aspects of their collaborative team ministry. Since 2005 the ministry team has worked together to cultivate communities. While each congregation maintains its own identity, the joint effort provides the resources of a larger church. The pastors fill in for each other during one’s time away from the pulpit. They also collaborate on mission projects and pastoral care. Seminary students completing their required field education experience with any one of the trio’s churches also split their time between the congregations. From left to right: Beverly James, Deborah Warren, Elaine Loggi, Daniel Corll, Melissa Morris in two different contexts, but it also showed me how churches and ministry leaders can accomplish so much more when they work together,” says Elaine. “Seeing the ways in which these churches have worked together to overcome limitations has been an invaluable learning experience and has given me many ideas and tools for my own future.” Panorama 5 partnerships in ministry D.Min. Program Provides Collaborative Opportunities Reformed Focus A unique arrangement with universities in Scotland Eastern Christian Focus A partnership with the Antiochian House of Studies, Bolivar, Pa. Science & Theology Focus An interdisciplinary focus between scientists and theologians Reformed Christian Spirituality Focus A hybrid learning structure Parish Focus Contextual, missional, practical “ I hadn’t thought of that,” is often a rejoinder in a new cohort group. Therein lies the inherent value of partnerships within the Doctor of Ministry Program at collaborating, students can achieve true partnerships, which require both listening and an awareness of their own reactions—and at times subconscious motives. Our Partnerships A D.Min. program such as the Reformed Focus (a unique arrangement between Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and universities in Pittsburgh Seminary. By pooling resources and sharing tasks—through discerning who does what best—the D.Min. structure provides fertilizer and water to assure deeply-rooted “plants” and deeply-rooted programs. By 6 4 Panorama partnerships in ministry Scotland) models this kind of authentic partnership. Through the years, Pittsburgh Seminary has been privileged to participate with Scottish institutions. We have been mutually energized through creative and ongoing dialogue, and discernment of purpose and goals. Students and faculty travel between Scotland and Pittsburgh to experience different settings and cultures. Likewise, the unique Eastern Christian Focus (an agreement with the Antiochian House of Studies) combines the strengths of our faculty with those in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. A variation of the Parish Focus designed for clergy serving Orthodox and Eastern Rite congregations and agencies, this program fosters dialogue between Protestant denominations and Eastern Christian traditions. And the off-site programs within the Parish Focus itself require careful attention of shared resources between the Seminary and our D.Min. campus partners: Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.; the Presbytery offices in Charleston, S.C.; and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz. A leading indicator of both depth and focus within a graduate degree program is the ability to collaborate across disciplines, to establish ongoing functional and dynamic relationships. A cogent example of this ability exists in the D.Min. Science & Theology Focus, a subjectoriented partnership involving scientists and theologians modeling a particular form of collaboration. As time and distance become increasingly compressed, digitized, and virtual, creating intentional space for learning across disciplines becomes increasingly important. Our newest D.Min. endeavor consists in a hybrid program within the Reformed Christian Spirituality Focus. The new program, which will incorporate online education, is scheduled to begin in June 2014. As institutions seek to redefine their use of resources, collaboration can be key in coping with the changes. Together, time and resources set the stage for new forms of learning and new opportunities to hone skills in ministry. As we test the world of digital learning and access what it means to reboot graduate education, the hybrid program will bring advanced seminary education together in dialogue with social science methodology. Why Partnerships? Contemporary ministry, including in the highly important world of spiritual formation and practice, requires robust and repeated retooling. Interestingly, William Pannapacker writes on the theme of cultivating partnerships in what is now termed the “digital humanities.” He suggests graduate education will need to demonstrate technological competence and entrepreneurial ability.1 Communication in the 21st century requires such competencies. At the same time, the wider culture continues to reflect a yearning for community and connections through the lens of spirituality. How will those in ministry lead the way? The responsibility rests with us to “partner” technology with community and spirituality, so that we guide and shape learning rather than the other way around. Adopting new forms of learning fosters transformation by directing our energies toward positive change. Theological precedent guides us: “. . . creation is not just about what happened once upon a time; it includes the many dimensions of how God continues to interact with what God has made.”2 We are made in the image of God to work together— to partner—on many levels. The D.Min. program is shaped by such theological thinking. The seminar-style environment of the courses nurtures ongoing collaborative dialogue by bringing together leaders with significant ministerial experience beyond seminary. Drawing on this experience, they are able to discuss issues of concern, important experiential learning, and new ideas. What better environment for dialogue and the creative movement of the Spirit, for reflection on themes of mission and purpose? Not only does this model lead to discovery and renewal, but also cohorts become partners in ministry, along with seminary faculty. Such partnership is critical in this opportune moment for change, in which fear and anxiety can override hope for a future reality of and for the church. In the D.Min. program, the source of partnering includes a shared desire to learn, and also a shared yearning for belonging and for solutions to problems. Partnerships last because of collaborative strategies that take into account different strengths, diverse views, and attention to context—that value difference. Too much of the time, we write or preach or base our thinking on ideologies, as though flesh-and-blood human beings were not involved. But partnering requires human engagement. And the Doctor of Ministry Program continues to build on the strong relationships we have established, while also developing new ones. Join us! The Rev. Dr. Susan Kendall is the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. 1 See Pannapacker, May 13, 2013, “Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities.” 2 McFarland, Creation and Theology: The Sources of Christian Theology, 2009, xiii Panorama 7 5 partnerships in ministry A practical partnership F or the last two centuries, a large number of United Methodist students have pursued their theological The Rev. Dr. David Morse, lecturer in Methodist studies, notes that “the partnership also allows PTS students to take courses on site at Wesley, as well as online through Wesley. But the 270mile distance from PTS often makes taking Wesley’s on-site courses impractical, and most UMC students prefer the personal interaction of a campus class to taking courses online.” Since many of our UMC students are also filling pastorates in the Pittsburgh area as licensed local clergy, it is “almost impossible for them to be full-time students at PTS and take the required UMC courses in D.C. at Wesley.” UMC students who enjoy taking classes on campus, rather than online, also appreciate the opportunities at PTS to be in the “denominational majority” while studying UMC history, doctrine, and polity. They register for their specifically UMC requirements through Wesley, even if they are taking them at PTS—and Wesley students may join them here in those classes! So for both reasons—geographical convenience and personal education at a historically Presbyterian seminary—PTS (and our predecessor schools). Why? Well, for one thing, Pittsburgh Seminary has long been known for academic and programmatic excellence. For another, we are the only accredited seminary within the boundaries of the UMC’s Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference. So we have a long tradition and high numbers of UMC graduates. But perhaps the more interesting question to answer these days is, “How?” How is it that a graduate of a PCUSA seminary can become a United Methodist pastor? The answer lies in the formal covenant relationship PTS now maintains with Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. PTS is, in “In the Wesleyan tradition we emphasize connectionalism. We believe the Church is much larger than just one local congregation or community. Thus we support one another through itinerancy Scott Lawrence, and mutual church senior M.Div. student connection. PTS’s ministering in The partnership with Wesley United Methodist Church Theological Seminary allows us as United Methodist students to maintain this Wesleyan connection while studying at a historically Presbyterian school. Most importantly for me, it also means we can continue to study here in Pittsburgh.” fact, one of only three non-UMC seminaries to enjoy this “Education Covenant for Partnership” with Wesley—as well as the geographically farthest of those three from D.C. What does all this mean, in practical terms, for PTS students headed for ministry in the United Methodist Church? Simply put, the partnership allows United Methodists to receive their preparation for ministry at PTS, since ordination-seeking UMC students getting their degrees from non-UMC schools may only do so at a UMC-partner seminary. The master of divinity curriculum at PTS overlaps significantly with that required by the United Methodist Church in areas such as biblical studies, languages, and evangelism, for example. Because we also maintain United Methodist professors on our faculty and offer courses in UMC history, doctrine, and polity, UMC students are able to fulfill all their denominational requirements as students at PTS. interaction—the covenant partnership is a “practically perfect” solution to UMC students’ educational needs, personal circumstances, and ministerial goals at PTS. “The chief benefits of the partnership,” notes Dr. Morse, “are very practical.” By remaining on the list of certified UMC schools, PTS enables full-time students and practicing pastors not to have to drive long distances, move, or give up jobs. They can “stay put,” get an excellent theological education, and still meet the requirements for conference membership and ordination in The United Methodist Church. Now what could be better than that? 8 Panorama partnerships in ministry Partnering in Degrees I n the not-too-distant future of 2016, the Summer Olympics will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and NASA’s Juno spacecraft is expected to arrive at Jupiter. During this last year of President Obama’s second term, a company called Orbital Technologies In 1964, Pittsburgh Seminary’s Dean Gordon Jackson was serving also in the classroom as a professor focusing primarily on pastoral ministry. He had a keen interest in developing up-to-date techniques that could build up the ministerial skills of pastors and lay people. So he knew that group work was becoming the national standard in counseling and interpersonal practices. To Jackson it made sense for that technique also to be incorporated into the realm of pastoral care. And knowing of Erma Meyerson’s national reputation in group work, he invited her to share her expertise at PTS. Accepting the invitation, Meyerson began collaborating with Jackson and other faculty to stimulate an interdisciplinary learning environment. Jointly thinking through these theories and applying them in both the classroom and students’ field education work, Jackson and Meyerson began developing other collaborative means for enhancing students’ application of the two disciplines. Observing a handful of other plans to launch a space hotel for the wealthy. At least one prediction estimates that 40 percent of the world’s current population will be Internet users. And according to a woman in the movie Ghostbusters II, the world will end on Feb. 14. That same year, however, will also mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the M.Div./M.S.W. joint degree program between Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh. It’s one of the longest running joint degree programs in the nation. But where did it all begin? Let’s venture back in time . . . to the year 1964. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning would receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Beatles would make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Designer Mary Quant would introduce miniskirts as a wardrobe essential for every stylish young woman in the Western world, and an attack on U.S. ships by the North Vietnamese would propel the country into the Vietnam War. Lyndon B. Johnson would defeat Barry Goldwater in the United States presidential election, and in his first State of the Union Address Johnson would declare a “War on Poverty.” A gallon of gas cost about 30 cents. schools experimenting with joint degree programs (most of which no longer exist), they became energized by the possibilities for a joint degree in theology and social work, so that students entering ministry could acquire not only a second degree but also, and most importantly, the full range of social work skills often so pertinent to pastoral work. Thus in 1966, the Pittsburgh Seminary/University of Pittsburgh joint M.Div./M.S.W. degree program was born. Through the years the program has been honed in a way that The year 1964 also saw an intelligent Jewish woman named Erma Meyerson step onto the campus of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as a guest professor in the area of advanced pastoral studies. A member of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Social Work, Meyerson was a national figure in the theory and practice of group work. Originating in the 1930s, group work aimed at helping individuals by involving them in group life. Recognizing human beings as both individuals and products of their social environments, the therapeutic technique facilitated self-fulfillment as well as group development. Social workers trained in this approach made use of interviewing and interpersonal skills as they interacted with the individuals and families they sought to help. By elevating the social functioning of individuals within a group, group work sought to foster greater maturity in the group as a whole, and eventually the betterment of its wider social environment. demonstrates and highlights the benefits of partnering—for the betterment not only of individuals and groups, of social workers and pastors, but also of ministry at large, both within and outside the walls of the church. Rebecca Dix is a middler M.Div. student. Panorama 9 partnerships in ministry Public Theology in Action T he essentiality of partnership for holistic human growth and thriving is grounded in creation and exemplified in Christ. No wonder our journey through life is necessarily relational. Recently I had the opportunity to be involved with a major partnership between Pittsburgh Theological Seminary/Metro-Urban Institute, the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE), and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church. The collaboration created opportunities that none of these groups could have enacted alone. The Metro-Urban Institute recognized the value of partnering with SCUPE to offer a course in Public Theology for students pursuing the certificate program in Urban Ministry at Pittsburgh Seminary. Once the Seminary approved the course, the Rodman Street church recognized the value of educating its members on the subject, too, and thus opened its doors to host the class. that public theology is key to being the church in the community. In part taught by PTS board member the Rev. Dr. Darryl Canady, senior pastor of Rodman Street Missionary Baptist, the course demonstrated Viewing the world as our classroom, we students partnered to formulate group projects and discover ways to engage the community Photos by Mark Hannan 10 Panorama partnerships in ministry in obtaining the information and materials needed to complete them. Our methods included door-to-door interactions, meet-and-greets in the community, and telephone calls on the topic of gun violence. The stories and information we gathered from these engagements with the community issued in a final group paper, with each section written by an individual member of our group. Working together as partners proved key in implementing the rally and also in producing a complete and comprehensive written articulation of our research. Each person’s contribution filled an important place in our paper, and each person’s voice filled an important space in our thesis. Personality differences and the dynamics of group work made the projects challenging, but in the end we all came together to accomplish a goal greater than our individual selves. Every aspect of the course taught us something—not only about the subject of Public Theology and the process of producing a group project (group dynamics, timelines, and event planning), but also about ourselves—about being a prophetic voice in everything we do. The practical application of our classroom and book learning as part of the Public Theology course not only gave “legs” to our newly acquired knowledge as we interacted with people in the community, but actually furthered our knowledge. The approach aptly illustrates the essential partnership between theoretical learning in the classroom and contextualized ministry in the world. And by bringing together as partners people of different backgrounds and ideas, the collaboration of PTS/MUI, SCUPE, and Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church allowed public theology to make a positive impact right here in Pittsburgh. But we also put our learning to the test by organizing an event of our choice—in the case of my group, a rally against gun violence. To carry out the event, we partnered not only with the sponsoring institutions and organizations (MUI, SCUPE, and Rodman Church), but also with the community, and on a topic that speaks to every neighborhood in every city of the world. The event gave the community an opportunity to be heard, and in return the community gained a sense of hope from knowing that people are both listening to their concerns and trying to address them constructively. April Roebuck is a senior M.Div. student. Panorama 11 partnerships in ministry I Mutual Transformation through Mission sat quietly and intently listening to our language interpreter as several women from the hill tribes of Southeast Asia shared the stories of how they came to faith in Jesus. One after another, they recounted the details of who brought the Good News to their Over the past decade, the World Mission Initiative has partnered with a small church-planting movement in a country in Southeast Asia, where people are winsomely and joyfully sharing the new life they have found in Jesus and God’s kingdom. The church has grown from very small gatherings that were often disrupted by local authorities, to more than 100 house churches which meet regularly. But WMI cannot take credit for any of this growth! All of it has been accomplished by God’s Spirit at work among these courageous people. We’ve enjoyed the privilege, however, of offering encouragement and support through small gifts, regular visits, and intercessory prayer in gatherings that meet weekly at Pittsburgh Seminary. Yet the whole time, the joy never disappeared from their faces. After hearing nearly a half dozen of these stories, I finally broke in and asked, “How is it that you share the stories of your suffering with such joy?” I will never forget the answer. The woman I had interrupted looked straight into my eyes and spoke. Finally, the translation came: “Because Jesus is so much greater than all we had before. It is worth losing everything.” That moment will always remain fresh in my mind, as will many more memorable moments since that first trip. My brothers and sisters in Southeast Asia have helped to sharpen and focus my faith in Jesus in a way I never would have imagined. Thankfully, the lessening of their persecution over the years has given our Christian partners greater freedom to gather for worship, prayer, and fellowship. On the other hand, the elected leader of this movement recently said, “Please pray for us. With less persecution we become lazy, and we need the persecution to drive us to our knees.” How many of us North American Christians have the courage and faith to pray this prayer for ourselves? The Rev. Jen Haddox ’06 is associate director of the World Mission Initiative. As Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, “ I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith” (Rom. 1:11-12). In our missional “going,” we may presume to offer some gift of encouragement or support. But ultimately the Holy Spirit does a work of transformation in the “goers” as well as those to whom they minister. In the relationships that develop through our mission partnerships—not only in Southeast Asia but also in 11 other countries of the world—the Church on both sides of the mission equation becomes better equipped to continue sharing the life-giving gospel hope that comes only through Jesus Christ. In 10 years of building our relationship with these Christian brothers and sisters in Southeast Asia, 75 students and others have traveled with WMI to participate in this missional partnership. Each participant could give witness to stories of transformation happening in the midst of our partner church, as well as in his or her own life of faith. And this mutual transformation in Christ is what partnership in mission is all about. families, how they or family members were healed of physical ailments through prayer in Jesus’ name, and how the gospel had brought life and hope to their families by bringing an end to alcohol abuse or domestic violence. With great joy on their faces they told their stories, all of which ended something like this: “Then, we were not able to get work in the village because we had become Christians. Then, my husband/father was taken to prison for sharing the Good News with other families in the village. Then, we had to move from our village to escape the persecution.” 12 Panorama partnerships in ministry Camping Crestfield in Africa F or the past nine years, the Rev. Betty Angelini ’09 has been leading Crestfield Camp and Conference Center, a Christian ministry facility of the Pittsburgh Presbytery located in Slippery Rock, Pa. Not only does Betty welcome campers to traditional 20 enjoyed daily worship together as well as Bible studies and time for fun. The week culminated in a worship service led by the children and youth. “The kids took high ownership of this service,” said Betty. “If you’ve ever worked with youth ministry you know that the Holy Spirit truly has to be present. They did a beautiful job!” The younger children played “Jesus Loves Me” on the hand bells and acted out Scripture while the older ones led the Call to Worship through the energizer, “Revolution,” and Bible study. “It was truly an amazing thing!” Often children of mission workers, “third-culture kids” as they are often referred to, struggle to find their place in these settings. While their parents are working hard, the children are worshipping in a foreign land in a native language. They may not have the chance to ask questions related to their special circumstances. “The parents were so appreciative of us being there to be present with their children,” says Betty. Next time Betty hopes to be able to do a similar camp program in Latin America. “We live in a day and age when in ministry we are working to be missional. We have to go out into the world,” says Betty. “This is the beginning of a wonderful partnership between the campus and conference ministry and the mission ministry of the PCUSA.” Panorama 13 on-site programs, but Crestfield also joins with local Presbyterian churches to assist with summer day camps. Additionally, Mission Possible camps bring young people to the facility and then provide opportunities for mission work in the local field. Recently Betty’s work covered more of the map. For the first time, she and others from Crestfield traveled around the globe to provide a camp experience for children in Africa. At the invitation of the Rev. Ken White ’76, associate pastor at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, and the PCUSA Mission Agency, members of Crestfield worked with the children of mission co-workers in Africa. For a week in April 2013, Betty joined Ken, who was serving as spiritual director to the mission co-workers; Aimee Spicuzza, M.Div. student at PTS and employee at Crestfield; and two others from Crestfield, Becky Little, program director, and Mike Hilf, assistant program director. While the mission co-workers and mission staff from Louisville met for a week-long conference, Betty and the others from Crestfield provided a camp experience for the attendees’ children. The group of more than partnerships in ministry “The Trench” at The Zeitah Excavations (Tel Zayit, Israel) reveals historical periods from 1,600-1,200 BCE (the Middle and Late Bronze Ages). Discovering D evelopments in the terminology used by modern archaeologists recently led the Seminary to update the name of the James L. Kelso Bible Lands Museum, now the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology. But the new identification continues to pay tribute to James L. Kelso, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, first at one of Pittsburgh Seminary’s parent institutions (Xenia Seminary) in the 1920s and continuing for 42 years through its move to Pittsburgh and eventual merger with Western Theological Seminary. A 1919/1921 alumnus of Xenia, Kelso assisted William Foxwell Albright, of Johns Hopkins University, in excavating the Palestinian site of Tell Beit Mirsim from 1926-1932. In 1934, the two scholars collaborated on field work at the biblical site of Bethel. But the Seminary’s leadership in archaeological research had, in fact, begun much earlier, for in 1908 Kelso’s professor and mentor, Melvin Grove Kyle, had accepted the first position in biblical archaeology at a Protestant seminary—Xenia. Already by 1924 Kyle was partnering with Albright on an archaeological survey of the Dead Sea Plain. From the beginning of our involvement in this discipline, both Kyle and Kelso set a high standard for ecumenical collaboration with numerous researchers and academic institutions at home and abroad. Over the course of his career, Kelso worked with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, The American Schools of Oriental Research in Jerusalem (ASOR), the Palestine Exploration Fund in London, and the Israel and Jordanian antiquities authorities, among other entities. The Seminary’s support of field work in Israel/ Palestine and Jordan also included excavations at Herodian Jericho, Tel el-Ful/Gibeah, Ashdod, Tell er-Rumeith/Ramoth-Gilead, and Bab edh-Dhra. And in 1950 Kelso even became president of two important bodies in Jerusalem: ASOR and the Board of Trustees of the Palestine Archaeological Museum (today the Rockefeller Museum). When Paul Lapp came to Pittsburgh Seminary in 1968, he quickly helped launch collaborative work in Egypt with Claremont University, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Smithsonian Institution. Military restrictions cut this work short in 1969, so Lapp partnered with the State University of New York at Albany on work at Idalion (Cyprus). From 1975-1990, Nancy Lapp and Pittsburgh Seminary students participated with excavators from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Valparaiso University in multiple seasons of excavations, again at sites 14 Panorama partnerships in ministry Antiquity through Partnership its collections and programming under now Curator Emerita Nancy Lapp. Most recently, its expansion has included the acquisition of some 6,000 sherds (including 60 display-quality pieces) from the Smithsonian Institution under Curator Dr. Karen Bowden Cooper. Researchers from around the world visit Pittsburgh to examine the Kelso’s collections or to give scholarly presentations in our 40-year-old lecture series, endowed by the Jamieson Trotter Fund. This generous financial partnership, established in 1989, allows the Museum to maintain its facilities and collections, help Pittsburgh Seminary students gain hands-on archaeological field experience, and host international scholars giving open lectures on archaeology, biblical backgrounds, and related topics. Since 2000, scholars from 25 world-class institutions have given lectures in the Museum’s series, regularly attended by students and faculty from Pittsburgh-area universities, churches, and From left to right: Ron E. Tappy, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; P. Kyle McCarter, Johns Hopkins University; Marilyn J. Lundberg, West Semitic Research Project; Bruce Zuckerman, University of Southern California in the Dead Sea Plain. And from 1997 to the present, I have sought to build on this deep history of archaeological research through my work at Tel Zayit in the foothills of biblical Judah—a project affiliated with ASOR (now headquartered at Boston University) and with the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (the oldest American center in the Middle East for research on the ancient Near East). My field project at Tel Zayit—The Zeitah Excavations—has incorporated hundreds of student-volunteer partners from dozens of institutions around the globe to expand our collective knowledge of the biblical world. And the volunteers’ experience greatly informs their individual study of the biblical texts by firsthand exploration of ancient sites throughout the biblical lands. synagogues, as well as members of the Biblical Archaeology Society of Pittsburgh. PTS is proud to have an endowed chair of Bible and archaeology, a fully functional archaeological museum and lab area (visited by some 3,000 people each year), and a recognized field project of archaeological exploration. These wonderful assets truly help to distinguish the Seminary among all others and even among the majority of large universities in the nation. And these resources—founded on and sustained by vital partnerships—will certainly constitute major features of the Seminary’s recruitment and curricular programs as we prepare students for their various roles in education and the ministry of the church. To see a list of upcoming archaeology lectures or to plan your visit to the Museum, visit www.pts.edu/Museum or follow the QR code. Dr. Ron E. Tappy is the G. Albert Shoemaker Across more than a century, then, Pittsburgh Seminary has pursued an ecumenical approach to studying the world of the Bible by partnering with some of the leading scholars and institutions in the field. And many of the participants in these collaborative projects went on to become well known archaeologists and biblical scholars in their own right—Nelson Gleuck, George Ernest Wright, John Bright, James Muilenburg, William Brownlee, and others. The Kelso Museum houses many artifacts recovered in these early excavations, which occurred before laws prohibited removing objects from their country of origin. From 1970-2000, the Museum enhanced Professor of Bible and Archaeology, director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, and project director and principal investigator of The Zeitah Excavations. Panorama 15 partnerships in ministry Continuing Education V ocation. As Inigo Montoya said, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Growing up Catholic, I was taught early on that “vocation” It helps to remember that a vocation is just that—a call, a summons from God to leverage who we are and what we have for the sake of a world that desperately needs those gifts. A “call” means that we are not expected to “figure it out” on our own. God pulls, the world around us teaches us what it needs and benefits from our investment, and we live in response to that three-way partnership. As Frederick Buechner writes, “Neither the hair shirt nor the soft berth will do. The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” At its heart, then, vocation is an act of integrity and a way of leaning was the realm of the select. Only those lucky folks who sensed a call to ordination or vowed religious life had “vocations.” It was either that or—at the other end of the spectrum—what aspiring plumbers and beauticians learned to do in “vo-tech” school. Either way, it was clear that I didn’t have one. A vocation, that is. And so, I thought, I was left to my own devices to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. As I got older, I came to discover that vocation had just as much baggage attached to it in other ecclesial traditions. Those communities might cast the net a little wider when affirming religious leadership, but vocation was still just that—something exercised primarily within the four walls of a church. into life that weaves together who we are, what the world needs from us, and how we live in response to that. It is always personal—your call is particular to you and who you are—but it is never private, since it is always enacted in the commons. What, then, is the relationship between your vocation and what you But then my world got rocked. While I was in graduate school, a wise elder pronounced to us the following: “I believe that 100 percent of us have been called to do God’s work in the world. And 100 percent of us have been gifted to do that work.” It created a seismic shift in my landscape. For the first time, it was conceivable that I—along with the rest of humanity—had a vocation, too. The world opened up . . . and simultaneously got a lot more complicated. The challenge of discerning what God calls us to do in the world is perhaps more knotty than ever before. Everything seems to be in flux; the church, the world, and what constitutes “ministry” are all undergoing quantum changes. Recent studies by the Pew Forum and Robert Putnam show the increase in people who identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” while at the same time attendance at mainline Protestant churches is declining, denominational lines are shifting as churches split and regroup, patterns of relationship and knowing are reconstituted by “digital natives,” and so on. do for a living? Ideally, they should align. If the presence of a vibrant vocation is marked by integrity, then your work should feed into and be fed by your sense of call. When that integrity breaks down, as it inevitably will for most of us, the crisis isn’t a “loss of vocation”; rather, it’s an indication that the way you live out your vocation needs to be renegotiated. The call is still there—it’s the venue that falls short. And if you’re under 80, it’s likely that you will have (or have had!) multiple “vocational incarnations” along the way. This is, perhaps, as it should be. As time unfolds, you change. The world and what it needs from you changes. Living out a vocation requires nimbleness, especially in a shifting landscape. It requires regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect, pray, and connect meaningfully with the other partners in the equation. Vocational living is the journey of—and through—a lifetime, and along the way you’re likely to make multiple changes of costume. Interestingly, the researchers who investigated exemplary ministry According to data from the Association of Theological Schools, fewer than 45 percent of M.Div. grads intend to pursue congregational ministry. For PCUSA students feeling led in that direction, it’s a competitive prospect. If 100 percent of us are called and gifted to do God’s work in the world, how is a person supposed to figure out what that means and what it looks like? education in the study Educating Clergy observed the same phenomenon. The ability to sustain a lively and relevant pastoral imagination over time depends on a person’s capacity to take a step back and reflect on his or her commitments. When do you carve out intentional, sacred time to do that? Where are the spaces in your life for reconnecting with the God who called you? The world that draws on your gifts? The experiences and tradition that inform those commitments? 16 Panorama partnerships in ministry for Vocational Living I’ve come to see that asking what I wanted to be when I “grew up” was the wrong question, and a vocation isn’t something that you discover and then live in perpetuity. The questions should have been, “What am I called to grow into? Where am I called to do it? And who is doing the calling?” Do yourself a favor. Listen to those partners you have on this most important journey—your life, your community, the sacred stories, God. And give yourself the chance to hear what they have to say. I’ll give the poet Marge Piercy the last word. The last stanza of her poem “To Be of Use” resonates well here: The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums but you know they were made to be used. The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real. Dr. Helen Blier is the new director of Continuing Education. Helen is a graduate of Emory University (Ph.D.) and Boston College (M.Ed. and A.B., theology). Most recently, she served as director of student information and organizational evaluation at the Association for Theological Schools. There she oversaw the administration and use of data-gathering instruments used by the member seminaries as well as consulted with schools to construct assessment protocols for institutional effectiveness, student learning, and degreeprogram outcomes. Panorama 17 partnerships in ministry Seminary Partners with Local Organizations to Make a Difference T following. he list of needs in the Pittsburgh and surrounding area is lengthy. While we certainly cannot solve all the problems, the Seminary’s employees, students, and alums are partnering with local organizations to do our part. In addition to food Mike founded Open Hand Ministries to provide affordable housing for disadvantaged families in Garfield and East Liberty. In return, as mentors for the SYI youth, John and Mike speak at the Institute every year. Each January they also update SYI reunion classes on the Farm and on housing projects. “The SYI participants give a great boost to our productiveness during the weeks they work with us on these projects,” says John. “Our ability to help people in need relies heavily on the partnership of the youth, student, and community volunteers who do the hands-on work.” Praying for the Peace of East Liberty A year ago a neighborhood tragedy launched a collaborative prayer group spearheaded by Pittsburgh Seminary student April Roebuck. Now, at local sites where violence has taken place, leaders from five churches, lay people from those same churches and others, neighborhood residents, and Pittsburgh Seminary students gather every Friday evening to pray for peace in East Liberty. Called Prayer for Peace, the group serves as a visible, active presence in the community by coming out from the gates of the Seminary and the walls of area churches—and hitting the streets. Prayer for Peace participant KJ Norris-Wilke, a PTS student, reflected on one evening of the group’s activity last spring: “I am standing on pavement covered in graffiti, with letters from friends and loved ones spray-painted onto the blacktop—letters saying goodbye to a 17-yearold community member shot on this spot on a Sunday night. It is Good Friday, and a pastor from our group calls out, ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ We feel it here among us…. We came to mourn a young man none of us knew. We came to mourn our community.” They also came—and still come—to pray for peace. Committed to each and clothing drives, special collections, and periodic volunteer days, the Seminary enacts God’s love in a variety of ways, including the Treasures for Children Every Christmas many children in Western Pennsylvania do not receive gifts because their family is struggling and can’t afford the expense. So each year the community at Pittsburgh Seminary partners with the Salvation Army in providing presents for these children. Before the holidays, donors take from our Christmas tree a tag inscribed with a particular child’s name and age. The donors then purchase toys and clothing and put the gifts under our community tree in Long Hall. The Salvation Army facilitates the delivery of the gifts by Christmas. “Over the six years we’ve teamed up with the Treasures for Children program, we’ve helped about 250 children and their families in this way,” says Nancy Hammond (advancement office), who helped organize the Seminary’s effort last year. “Through the partnership, we’ve been able to touch the lives of people we didn’t even know needed our help—what a great opportunity to share the love of Christ!” comments participant Cheryl De Paolis (financial aid director). Hands-on Ministry For the past four years, Miller Summer Youth Institute scholars have teamed up with Seminary alums John Creasy ’06, BJ Woodworth ’07, and Mike Stanton ’06 to work the gardens at Garfield Community Farm and “rehabilitate” homes in urban neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. “It is wonderful to have our groups help with these very practical ministries started by our Pittsburgh Seminary classmates,” comment Erin ’05 and Derek ’05 Davenport, who co-direct the summer program. Together John and BJ launched The Open Door in 2008. John takes leadership of the church’s Garfield farm, while BJ serves as lead pastor. 18 Panorama other and the community, the Prayer for Peace collaborative holds on to God’s promise that “where two or three are gathered in my name, there [Christ is] among them” to bring peace to East Liberty. Occum et partnerships in ministry Committed Co-pastoring An interview with husband-and-wife co-pastors Tim and Jan Devine How did your commitment to co-pastoring come about? We met playing volleyball in the courtyard outside the Pittsburgh Seminary library. Neither of us came to seminary thinking we would be co-pastors. Jan was initially enrolled in the Christian Education track; Tim assumed he would be a solo pastor. Co-pastors were relatively rare at the time we were students at PTS, but as our relationship and commitment grew, we sensed a call to share pastoral ministry together. When we had children, we made a conscious decision to continue to serve in one church and one position. We knew we wanted to be our children’s primary caregivers, and we wanted our family to experience life in one community of faith together. Sharing one position allowed both of us the flexibility to be actively involved in parenting and nurturing our children on a daily basis, be involved in the community around us (for example, Tim now coaches high school varsity tennis), and live more simply. How did you find a co-pastoral position? The three churches we have served were all originally looking for a solo pastor or head of staff. We sent our PIFs to these churches and encouraged them to consider the benefits of having two people, two sets of gifts, and two perspectives (male and female) in pastoral leadership. It was very interesting to watch PNCs, and then the congregations, process the possibility and make the shift from their assumed form of leadership to this new concept of co-pastors. What are the greatest joys of working together in this shared role? We have committed to life, ministry, and parenting together, with Christ as the foundation of each. The God we worship and serve exists in community, and God created us for community. Authentic community is even more important in a profession that can be lonely and stressful. We rely on each other for wisdom, support, and balance in our ministry as well as our personal lives. We are able to be honest with each other in a way that often doesn’t happen in staff relationships. What are the greatest challenges of working with your spouse? Our greatest ongoing challenge consists in setting boundaries between work and personal time. We constantly have to over-communicate with each other, because people assume that one person knows what they tell the other. And we need to be careful about putting unfair expectations on each other out of concern that what one of us says or does reflects on the other person. Currently, the Rev. Dr. Tim ’82/’96 and the Rev. Jan Devine ’83 serve as co-pastors of First Presbyterian Church of Endicott (N.Y.)—their third co-pastoral position. How does your partnership as leaders benefit the church? First of all, we offer two sets of complementary strengths, gifts, and passions in our ministry. We are intentional in modeling partnership in marriage, and that partnering relationship carries over to our work. God made us not only male and female, but also with distinct personalities and different perspectives. If someone can’t connect with one of us, there’s always another option! And because we have had a united focus and a hands-on approach to ministry, perhaps congregations have been more willing to walk with us as we work together toward becoming more Christ-centered, missional, and committed to authentic community. How does your co-pastoral position better your personal relationship with one another? Our pastoral partnership teaches us servanthood and submission to one another as we deal with differences and conflict. Whereas sometimes couples drift apart because they follow different paths and interests, we are very aware of our relationship with each other because our lives are interwoven personally and professionally. Working together necessitates that we persist in communicating with each other. Even with the unique challenges of being co-pastors, this has been the right ministry path for us. So how do you balance the work/life relationship when your work literally comes home with you? The balance is most challenging during those seasons in our lives when we have unequal levels of energy to invest in our professional lives and ministry. We haven’t by any stretch mastered this balance, but we try to find things we can do together outside of work. We particularly enjoy travel, tennis, and a new sport called pickleball. It’s fast and competitive enough that we can’t think about work at the same time! Sharing other interests, and having two young adults currently living in our home, usually means that dinner-table conversation doesn’t center on work. Panorama 19 partnerships in ministry W Complementary Gifts for Shared Ministry hen Steve Franklin ’09 accepted a call to Meridian United Presbyterian Church not long after getting his would handle not only the youth programs but also discipleship for all ages. In a casual conversation with World Mission Initiative Director Don Dawson and WMI Associate Director Jen Haddox ’06, Steve mentioned his need and asked for suggestions. Jen said her justgraduated husband—Mike Haddox ’12—was seeking a call. His interest was youth and family ministries. Bingo. For the past year, Mike has served as director of family ministries and discipleship. He directs the MUPC youth group and Sunday School programs for all ages, preaches 10 times per year, and recently completed the church’s first confirmation class in four years. This summer, he partnered with three other churches to sponsor Summer’s Best Two Weeks at each church. “Mike’s preaching lets the congregation hear another pastoral voice,” Steve notes. “Our respective areas of strength complement each other, and his work allows me to do more home visitation, serve the congregation better, and have a family life.” Mike’s pastoral work has also allowed Steve the necessary time to develop and implement a much-needed capital improvements plan. “The church has been debt-free since 1982,” he comments, “but until now no facilities improvements had been made since the 1970s.” The church is now in the process of completing a special-needs-entrance, replacing energy inefficient windows, and installing air conditioning in the sanctuary. According to Mike, the pastoral partnership works because of Steve’s willingness to share authority. “He’s not threatened by releasing his staff to use their ministry gifts to the fullest. He sees staff members not as his employees but as his partners,” Mike continues. “In fact, he set partnership as the groundwork for this job even before talking to me about taking it.” That approach is vital especially for youth and family ministers, notes Mike. “Often there’s a stigma attached to the job of youth pastor, especially for a recent seminary graduate. Many people appear shocked when you tell them you want to center your ministry on youth. And in too many churches that devaluation translates into minimal amounts of pastoral authority and programmatic budgeting.” Fortunately, that’s not the case at Meridian. “Steve backs up his words,” Mike says. “Youth and family ministries don’t just get the budgetary leftovers. That’s part of the proof that at Meridian the leadership doesn’t give just lip-service to the importance of youth work.” He appreciates the freedom, flexibility, and authority his pastoral partnership with Steve allows—especially since the research shows that religious patterns are usually set by adolescence, or today by about age 10 or 11. “Mike doesn’t work for me,” Steve insists. “He works with me. Mike is free to envision his own role at MUPC. We coordinate our visions, but we each have the freedom to use our strengths. Mike is great at relating, at connecting with people. He’s always moving. I’m drawn to preaching and good at administration. While each of us can do all these things, as partners in ministry we can serve our congregation best.” Steve and Mike are “in it together”—for the kingdom of God, not for themselves. “There are so many roles expected of a pastor,” says Steve. “You just have to have help.” M.Div., little did he know what a big job would develop there. The church had gone through a long period of decline. With eight other Presbyterian churches in a three-mile radius of Meridian UPC, it was no wonder that the Sunday morning worship crowd had dwindled to 70 or so—on a good day. But 70 seemed a manageable group for a first-time, solo pastor. Never mind that by the end of his first year at Meridian Steve had preached 50 out of 52 Sundays. During that first year, Steve decided to take another momentous step: getting married. The heavy work load, however, was making him realize that his job as a pastor would leave too little time for a healthy family life. In the meantime, Steve became a victim of his own good pastoring. Under his leadership MUPC started growing, and quickly. Today services are packed with 160 worshippers— more than double the congregation since Steve took the call three short years ago. He remembers, “With all that growth, the job became overwhelming for just one pastor. I was working 70-80 hours every week.” “Meridian is a community church located in the middle of a neighborhood,” he notes, “so we get lots of visitors. We’ve experienced a huge retention of visitors, so now we’re having to consider adding a second Sunday morning service.” Steve had already added a children’s Sunday School program and developed a new vision and strategic plan. He’d also started developing a youth group program. At that point, Steve knew he’d have to get help—and that’s what he told his session. Steve needed an associate who 20 Panorama partnerships in ministry Homestead Presbyterian church finds new life Excerpted from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Last year, the dwindling congregation at Homestead United Presbyterian Church was bitterly divided over worship styles and how to face the fact that it could no longer afford both its beautiful building and a full-time pastor. “Now we have so many young people. I’m so excited about what is happening in our church,” said Mary Solomon, 83, a member since 1959. Homestead is among several Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations in struggling communities that have found new life through ministries ranging from senior citizen luncheons to teaching business skills to teens, said the Rev. Sheldon Sorge, general minister to Pittsburgh Presbytery. “All have this central feature: They are committed to doing new things in order to reach effectively and meaningfully into communities that have gone through a lot of difficult changes,” he said. “When [Homestead’s] pastor moved last year to another call, the congregation chose to follow a bold new ministry model built around an ecumenical team of leaders who have already demonstrated a deep commitment to addressing their community’s needs.” A search committee approached [2007/2012 Pittsburgh Seminary graduate] the Rev. Keith Kaufold, who ran a nearby Christian coffeehouse, even though he wasn’t Presbyterian but United Methodist. His Eighth Avenue Place sometimes used the facilities of Homestead United Presbyterian for larger social events. “No way,” Keith thought at first. “But the more I pondered and prayed about it, the more I felt God leading me that way.” After consulting [1979 grad] the Rev. Dr. Erwin Kerr, a retired United Methodist pastor who knew Homestead well, and Josh Fisher, a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary [PCUSA] student who had volunteered at Eighth Avenue Place, he made a counter-offer. All three would share the part-time salary that had been offered to Keith alone. They ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s. Keith would lead worship while Edwin provided pastoral care and Josh focused on teaching and youth outreach. “We were so blessed to get this trio of pastors,” said Frank Pietryga, whose family commutes to church from Plum. “We had been trying for years to find ways to minister to the local community, and Keith has those ties.” Keith was impressed with the congregation’s willingness to change. “So often we get formed in the way that we think church should be. Then, when the situation or the community changes and people don’t fit into that mold anymore, many congregations would rather die than implement change,” he said. The congregation reluctantly moved to a single service that uses both organ and praise band. Mrs. Solomon said that some who are the most irritated by drums stopped complaining because they’re happy to see children. “Our young people are staying now,” she said. The blended service works “because they’re not coming here for music, they’re coming here to do God’s mission. It’s become a lot more missionminded and less methodminded,” Brad Pietryga said. “That’s what the younger contingent wanted. The people who wanted to leave this building but who stayed here after the vote are now seeing the fruit of their ideas.” It often takes a crisis to force mainline Protestant congregations to grapple with what God calls them to do, Keith said, but Homestead’s response was exceptional. Typically, the building closes and is either sold to an independent congregation or is redeveloped by a wealthy suburban church that wants to sponsor inner city ministry. “I hope that we will experience revitalization from the existing people,” he said. “The mantra in the Steel Valley is ‘We just want it to be the way it was.’ But I’m hearing less discussion in the congregation about making it the way it used to be. Now people are talking about the way that it could be.” Copyright ©, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2013, all rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. Panorama 21 Pastoral Team of Homestead UPC Erwin Kerr ’79, PTS senior Joshua Fisher, and Keith Kaufold ’07/’12 partnerships in ministry working together “ H ow does that work? I could never work with my husband.” I am in the midst of another conversation explaining how I co-direct the Miller Summer Youth Institute with my husband, Derek. “We would drive each other crazy,” the a journey that has surprised us greatly thus far and that we hope has many, many more surprises ahead. After Derek and I graduated from college, I headed to the University of Pittsburgh to work on a master’s in social work. Derek came to PTS to pursue a master of divinity. Over the course of the next few years I also came to PTS and completed the joint M.Div./M.S.W. program. We graduated from seminary together in 2005—and SYI was a vital part of our experience here. Derek had been an SYI scholar in 1997, and three of his fellow participants from that year were our classmates at PTS. While we were seminary students, Derek and I served as counselors on the SYI staff every summer. These years of education and partnership in ministry were rich and exciting. In 2005, we married and moved to Florida to begin our first ordained calls as Minsters of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA. Those calls marked the first time in our relationship that we were not conversation continues. As I politely nod, I’m wondering how anyone does not work with his or her spouse. Derek and I met working together in youth ministry 13 years ago. We were college students helping out with a local youth group. As we collaborated, we discovered that we were outstanding partners. We have different strengths and weaknesses. We see things just differently enough from each other to cover almost every angle of a problem, issue, or plan. Suddenly, planning a youth group lesson took many more meetings than were necessary, just so we could spend extra time together! We remember these times so fondly as we recall hours spent working through Scripture and learning about our faith together. In the midst of our first summer of collaboration, Derek left for two weeks. He went to a place named Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to intern for a program called the Summer Youth Institute. I had no idea what SYI was all about, but I could tell—even at that immature state of our friendship—that the program was very important to him. And over the years it has become equally important to me. That first year of our relationship—the working together, talking with each other, and beginning to share our life together—set the stage for officially working together. I say “officially” because we still brought our work home and talked about it most of the night. I served as a chaplain of Westminster Towers Orlando, and Derek was an associate pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church. We loved our time in Florida, but we constantly yearned to be partners in our work. We spoke often of that desire and shared the hope that at some future time we would again find official work together. In the meantime, we made up for the lack by being as present as possible in each other’s ministries. A Collaborative Labor of Love O ne quick glance at the table of contents in the latest issue of the Pittsburgh Theological Journal says a lot about the collaborative scholarship going on at the Seminary. Contributors include men and women, students, faculty, and staff; Presbyterians, Methodists, and Baptists; Caucasians, Latinos, and African-Americans; pastors, administrators, and poets; M.Div.s, M.A.s, and alums—to say nothing of the variety of contributions themselves: research articles, reflections on pastoral ministry, creative expressions, sermons. Editor-in-chief Anthony Hita, who graduated with an M.Div. in June, undertook the Herculean effort late in the academic year. “In March,” he reflects in his introductory letter to Vol. 4 No. 1, “I approached the Journal with a submission but found that there was no Journal! You see, the Journal is a student-run activity, and no one had picked up the torch from the previous year. Could I complete this task in only two months before I graduated? I did not know, but I felt it was important enough that I had to try and knew I could not do it alone.” He further explains, “The Journal is a labor of love—the labor of the authors, editors, designers, and advisors who made it possible, volunteers all, from a variety of denominations, traditions, viewpoints, cultures, and backgrounds.” 22 Panorama partnerships in ministry — IT works! During our five years in Florida we stayed as connected as possible with SYI. We came home to PTS for SYI X, the 10-year anniversary celebration of the program. Derek preached during the event, and we were encouraged that SYI was continuing to flourish. Then the phone call came. We were asked to return to PTS as interim co-directors of the Summer Youth Institute. We leapt at the opportunity. And the rest is history. We have been back at PTS directing the Miller Summer Youth Institute together since 2010. During the past three years, it has been one of our great joys to learn about a couple who also had a vision for partnership in ministry and a passion for working with youth and young adults. The program we direct happens to bear their names: The Rev. Dr. Roy F. Miller, Ph.D., and Mrs. Florence Lantz Miller. Roy and Flo’s 39-year, full-time pastoral ministry inspires Derek and me. We have learned much by reading their autobiography, From the Two of Us With Love. (The memoir is available for purchase at www.pts.edu/syi.) In the last years of his life, Roy wrote this personal history for his children and grandchildren. His memoirs share the passion and love he experienced in his life through family, church, and the Lord. The book is a story of perseverance, of keeping at it, of love. Roy and Flo understood their ministry as a partnership. Though Roy held the degrees and official post, Flo was not only present, but also active and involved in all aspects of church life. It is wonderful to read about a successful marriage in which husband and wife participated together through all of life. It is inspiring to consider The Rev. Erin Davenport ’05 is the director of the Miller Summer Youth Institute. Admittedly, sometimes Derek and I drive each other crazy—but our joint venture in life makes those times completely worthwhile! Like the Millers, our partnership encompasses not only marriage and family, but also ministry and work—all the parts of our journey together. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the Miller Summer Youth Institute are greatly honored to continue the legacy begun in 1920 with Roy and Flo’s marriage and first ordained pastoral call. Derek and I are immensely thankful for the opportunity to share in the Millers’ legacy. Our hope in ministry is that we might reflect the partnership they began 94 years ago, that their legacy might in some way continue through us and the Miller Summer Youth Institute. their ministry as an outpouring of the love they nurtured for one another and their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In that same letter, Anthony elaborates his perspective on his theological education at PTS. “Seminary is a journey undertaken by students, staff, faculty, families, and individuals of all types. We all have come from somewhere, and we’re all going somewhere, even if the ultimate destination remains unclear. Like all journeys, the seminary experience happens in a particular context and brings with it experiences coming out of and going into individual contexts. The pieces you find in Volume 4 of the Pittsburgh Theological Journal are frozen moments of the human experience and struggle with the Divine, placed into words and pictures . . . . They speak out of their diverse contexts, and into yours, inviting you to share for a time a moment of that journey undertaken by the authors.” Those journeys led the writers to address a wide range of topics. Grace, judgment, ethics, exile, violence, and loss and grief comprise just some of the themes touched on in the articles. They delve into Scripture, church history, ancient texts, and personal and pastoral experiences to share insights for deepening knowledge, spiritual insight, and ministry—a collaboration with high aims and edifying results. From the time we are born, learning and growth happen optimally— sometimes only—in relationship and partnership with others. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of all who worked together to produce the Pittsburgh Theological Journal Vol. 4 No. 1, the rest of us can share in their growth “in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” To read the journal, visit www.pts.edu/ Pittsburgh_Theological_Journal or follow the QR code. Hard copies of this issue are available in the Seminary’s Barbour Library. Panorama 23 PTS news pts Alumnae/i Days Recognizes Distinguished Grads The Rev. Dr. William V. Davis ’65 Distinguished Alumnus in Academia 2012 For nearly 50 years the Rev. Dr. William (Bill) V. Davis ’65, distinguished alumnus in academia, has been teaching English and literature. More than 30 of those years have been spent at Baylor University, where he serves as professor of English and writer-inresidence. Robert Benedetto ’77 Distinguished Alumnus in Academia 2013 Robert Benedetto ’77, distinguished alumnus in academia, has devoted his career in academia to serving as a librarian and archivist in both secular and church settings. He received his M.A. from Pittsburgh Seminary and M.L.S. from the University of Hawaii. Robert served as archivist for the Presbyterian The Rev. Dr. Edward B. Newberry ’71 Distinguished Alumnus in Pastoral Ministry 2012 For the last three decades the Rev. Dr. Edward (Ed) Newberry ’71, distinguished alumnus in pastoral ministry, has served as pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to working there, Ed pastored Chatham-Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church in Chicago for seven years. His contributions to the PCUSA are extensive. Ed’s service to the General Assembly includes Vocation Agency Task Force: Improving Minority Prospects for Ministry, Council on Administrative Services, Vocation Agency Task Force on Guidelines for Committees on Ministry, Special Committee on a Brief Statement of Reformed Faith, and serving three terms as commissioner. Within the Catawba Presbytery, Ed has served on the Committee on Ministry, and on the Catawba and Mecklenburg Presbyteries Task Force on Metro Urban Ministry. In addition to serving on the Leadership Development Committee for the Charlotte Presbytery, Ed served as comoderator, co-chair of Mission Design Task Force, and co-moderator of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. A graduate of Knoxville College, Ed received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Seminary before earning his D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary. Bill earned his degrees from Ohio University (A.B., M.A., Ph.D.) and Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.). Since then he has taught nationally and internationally at 10 universities, three times as a senior Fulbright Scholar in Austria and Denmark. In addition to his extensive teaching, Bill has also written broadly. The latest of his 11 books is Landscape and Journey, winner of the 2009 New Criterion Poetry Prize and the 2010 Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. He has also published more than 100 critical articles, 1,200 poems, a dozen short stories, and 50 reviews. Bill has been active across the States and around the globe presenting poetry readings and lectures. Bill is a member of the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, International Association of University Professors of English, and Texas Institute of Letters (former president), among others. Church in the United States (the Southern Presbyterian Church) and was appointed deputy director of the Presbyterian Historical Society. Additionally, he worked as a librarian at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. He helped to design and build libraries at these locations in addition to obtaining important research collections. Robert has edited Interpreting John Calvin, a series of essays by Pittsburgh Seminary professor Ford Lewis Battles (d. 1979). With PTS classmate Donald McKim ‘74 he also wrote Historical Dictionary of the Reformed Churches. His book Presbyterian Reformers in Central Africa was selected as one of “Fifteen Outstanding Books of 1997 for Mission Studies” by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research. 24 Panorama pts news Each year the Seminary names distinguished alums in the areas of academia, pastoral ministry, specialized ministry, and mission. Meet the grads who were recognized in 2012 and 2013. Alumnae/i Days 2014 will be held April 30-May 2. Join us! The Rev. Paul D. Wierman ’61 Distinguished Alumnus in Pastoral Ministry 2013 The Rev. Paul D. Wierman ’61, distinguished alumnus in pastoral ministry, has served the PCUSA for more than 50 years. A graduate of Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., he served in the United States Air Force before attending Pittsburgh Seminary. Paul has been a pastor in four presbyteries and led Park Presbyterian Church in Beaver, Pa., for 17 years, until his retirement. During his time at Park PC, Paul became founding president of the board of the Samaritan Counseling Center. Additionally, Paul has exchanged pulpits with Scottish pastors on three occasions. In 1995 he was invited by the moderator of the Church of Scotland to serve for one month at the Dornoch Cathedral. Paul also served the Synod of the Trinity as a committee chairperson, vice moderator of the Synod in 1981, and then moderator in 19921993. Remaining active in his retirement, Paul has served as interim pastor of five churches and is a past president of the Seminary’s Alumnae/i Council. The Rev. Theron D. Provance ’87 Distinguished Alumnus in Specialized Ministry 2012 The Rev. Theron (Terry) Provance ’87, distinguished alumnus in specialized ministry, has spent the last dozen years helping the poor in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to secure low-interest microcredit loans through Oikocredit. Terry serves as executive director of this worldwide, nonprofit organization founded by the World Council of Churches. Oikocredit provides credit and equity to individuals and small businesses through microfinance institutions across the developing world and directly to trade cooperatives, fair trade organizations, and small-to-medium sized enterprises. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Terry served a congregation in Pittsburgh before administering an international program in the UCC national office. He has also worked for the National Council of Churches and the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers). Terry has traveled extensively throughout the world visiting more than 100 countries for peace, economic justice, disarmament, and racial equality. He earned his degrees from the University of Salzburg, Austria (B.A.), Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.), and Pacific School of Religion (M.A. in Christian Social Ethics). The Rev. Sherry Sparks ’95 Distinguished Alumna in Specialized Ministry 2013 In her role as associate dean of admissions and vocations at Pittsburgh Seminary, the Rev. Sherry Sparks ’95, distinguished alumna in specialized ministry, was able to combine her two loves: students and the church. In her work at PTS, Sherry assisted some 2,000 students in discerning their calls to ministry. Her previous professional experience provided the perfect mix of skills to be able to follow her own calling to this specialized ministry, from which she is honorably retired. Sherry is a graduate of Carlow University (B.A.) and Duquesne University (M.M.Ed.). For nearly 40 years she worked in education. First she was in the private school system as a vice principal and music teacher; then on the college level in admissions, student development, and pastoral care; and finally at the seminary level, again in admissions. Concurrent to her involvement in education was her service to the church. Ordained in 1995, three years later Sherry began serving Beechview United Presbyterian Church as stated supply, a position she retains today. Additionally her work has focused on peace and justice issues, including participation in peacemaking trips under the auspices of the Middle Eastern Council of Churches. Panorama 25 PTS news pts Alumnae/i Days Recognizes Distinguished Grads, continued Remembering Glendora Paul The Rev. Dr. Robert J. Weingartner ’82 Distinguished Alumnus in Mission 2012 The Rev. Dr. Robert (Rob) Weingartner Beloved community member Dr. Glendora Paul ’68 died peacefully on Oct. 23, 2012. Glendora was a founding member and guiding spirit of the Seminary’s World Mission Initiative. Rob is a graduate of Oral Roberts University Born in a Christian village in North India, Glendora came to the United States on a Fulbright grant and studied at Washington University. When she returned to India to teach in an international school, she continued to seek God’s guidance for her life. Following her call, she came back to the U.S. and earned her master’s degree from Pittsburgh Seminary, followed by her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh. Both Glendora and her late husband, Prodeep, became naturalized U.S. citizens. Before Glendora’s death Pittsburgh Seminary recognized her dedication to our mission by honoring her with the Distinguished Alumna Award and the John Anderson Award of Merit, the Seminary’s highest honor. His mission-focused publications include “A Presbyterian Understanding of Evangelism” in Let Us Reason Together: Christians and Jews in Conversation (Witherspoon Press, 2010). Rob has served the PCUSA in numerous ways, including as a member of the General Assembly Council, Worldwide Ministries Division Committee, Executive Committee, and GAC project team to create the Young Adult Volunteer Program. (B.A.), Pittsburgh Seminary (M.Div.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has served three churches in Indiana and Ohio. Now working with The Outreach Foundation, a validated mission support group of the PCUSA, his ministry takes him across the life of the church and around the world. ’82, distinguished alumnus in mission, served in the pastorate for 20 years before becoming executive director of The Outreach Foundation. The Rev. Steven E. Hein ’75 Distinguished Alumnus in Mission 2013 The Rev. Steven E. Hein ’75, distinguished alumnus in mission, has been serving the global Church for nearly three decades. Since being ordained in the PCUSA, Steve has served churches in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and North Carolina and currently is head of staff at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C. In the 1980s Steve traveled with the Pittsburgh Presbytery to Africa. Since then he has led numerous short-term trips both nationally and abroad. He has guided the St. Andrews-Covenant congregation into vital and significant mission service not only within the Wilmington community but also beyond, literally to the ends of the world. Steve established two international church partnerships between St. Andrews-Covenant PC, one with the Petropolis Presbyterian Church of Manaus, Brazil, and the other with Chuluchosema Church of Zomba, Africa. In 2012 he led a group from his congregation to Malawi, where obtaining fresh water is a major challenge, and provided the resources for more than 16 wells. Steve is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Seminary. 26 Panorama pts news Scholarships Honor Former PTS Leaders Alumnae/i, as well as friends, have partnered with Pittsburgh Seminary to establish three student scholarships named after several leaders who have rendered exceptional service to Pittsburgh Seminary. The Rev. Dr. Robert L. Kelley Jr. ’51 dedicated his life to the teaching and preaching of the gospel of Christ Jesus. Bob served Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a joyful heart throughout his more than 63-year affiliation as an alumnus, faculty member, and leader on the Seminary’s Board of Directors. Respected by all, he offered biblical insight, genuine hope, and Christ-like encouragement to seminary students and church congregations for more than six decades. Bob died Oct. 30, 2013. The Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Polley received the Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Pastoral Service in 2002 for his long and varied service to the church. In addition to pastoring, Steve served on the Seminary’s Board of Directors from 1989-1991, became an emeritus member in 2003, served on the Alumnae/i Council from 1995-2009, and on the advisory board of the World Mission Initiative. Steve died Feb. 13, 2013. The Rev. George E. Tutwiler served as organist/choirmaster and instructor in church music and United Methodist Studies at Pittsburgh Seminary for 30 years. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, he served area churches as associate pastor/ minister of music for nearly four decades, and as national director of the Committee on Seminary and Denominational Relations. Widely known as a recitalist, conductor, clinician, and lecturer, he was dean of the American Guild of Organists’ Pittsburgh Chapter. Tribute gifts to the scholarships honoring Bob, Steve, and George may be made online (at www.pts.edu/donate) and/or come in the form of cash, deferred estate gifts, securities, and/or a qualified retirement plan. Panorama 27 PTS news pts Graduation 2012 Degrees of Accomplishment During the Seminaryâ€™s 216th Commencement activities, held Friday, June 1, 2012, 81 students received graduate degreesâ€”43 Master of Divinity (including one joint Master of Divinity/Juris Doctor with Duquesne University), 11 Master of Arts, two Master of Sacred Theology, and 25 Doctor of Ministry degrees. In addition, one student completed a Ph.D. in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. The Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, president of Morehouse College, gave the Commencement address. The Rev. Dr. Susan Kendall, director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Pittsburgh Seminary, preached the Service of Thanksgiving on the evening prior to Commencement. 28 Panorama pts news Graduation 2013 The Seminary celebrated our 217th Commencement activities Friday, May 31, 2013. At that time, 84 students earned their degreesâ€”46 Master of Divinity (including one Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work joint degree with the University of Pittsburgh and one Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry through the Seminaryâ€™s Metro-Urban Institute), seven Master of Arts, six Master of Sacred Theology, and 25 Doctor of Ministry degrees. The Rev. Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, dean and vice president of academic affairs and professor of Reformed theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., gave the Commencement address. Dr. Martha Robbins, now Joan Marshall Associate Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care at Pittsburgh Seminary, spoke at the Service of Thanksgiving. Photos from both graduation events (which took place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church), audio of the sermons, and the lists of graduates and awards may be viewed online at www.pts. edu/graduation_2012 and www.pts.edu/ graduation_2013. Panorama 29 PTS news pts Audrey Starr and Paula Cooper Named Calian Prize Winners W community. hether she’s washing a window, taking out the recycling, or vacuuming the floor, Audrey Starr is working with a smile on her face. Audrey, a custodian at the Seminary, received the 2012 Calian Similarly, the Seminary honored Paula Cooper ’10/’13 with the 2013 Calian Prize. “Paula has overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to finish two degrees at Pittsburgh Seminary—a master of divinity with a graduate certificate in urban ministry, and a master of sacred theology. In addition, she has been the face of PTS welcoming strangers who have come on campus at all hours of the night to check into guest housing. She has demonstrated true biblical hospitality for our visitors with a charming personality and a winning smile. She’s also a good preacher!” notes President Carl. A native of Philadelphia, Paula came to Pittsburgh in 2006 as a seminary student. On campus, she worked as the evening and weekend guest host welcoming visitors to campus. She served in the MetroUrban Institute Office as a congregational convener bringing local churches to campus to learn more about health-related and urban issues. She participated in the Alumnae/i Phonathon and other campus events wherever and whenever needed. In various student leadership positions Paula ensured that all members, particularly international students, felt part of the community. Through the World Mission Initiative and Metro-Urban Institute, Paula traveled to Israel, Zambia, New Orleans, Trinidad and Tobago, and Egypt on mission trips. In the city, Paula volunteered with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force to educate people about the disease. She also worked with Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network to raise funds in support of social justice. As a student minister, she worked with Valley View Presbyterian Church, Children’s Hospital, Allegheny Open Arms United Church of Christ, and the Community of Reconciliation. “From the time I arrived, it’s been all about community for me,” says Paula. And she certainly lived that claim at Pittsburgh Seminary. Prize for Campus Community Service. This award—established by former President Carnegie Samuel Calian—is given to an exemplary member of the Pittsburgh Seminary community who demonstrates excellence in carrying out responsibilities and volunteer assignments and also expresses a caring spirit of good will and hope so essential in our life together as a “Audrey lights up every room she enters. I don’t think she has a grumpy bone in her body. Faculty, staff, and students alike all appreciate the ever-present glow on her face. She certainly epitomizes what the Calian award is all about,” says President William Carl. Tom Fulton, director of facilities, says, “I don’t think I have ever heard Audrey turn down a request or put someone off by saying she’s busy. Her response is always ‘No problem’ or ‘I’ll be right there.’ She is definitely very deserving of this award.” Students also appreciate her calming presence. Tony Richardson ’12 would arrive early to class to study for his Hebrew exams. Audrey would be there cleaning. Herself an avid reader, she would offer him encouragement, remind him to stay calm, and promise to be thinking of him later during his test. “Audrey is always considerate of the individual needs of those she serves,” says Ann Getkin, vice president for finance and administration. “We are fortunate to have her as a member of the Seminary community.” Audrey is married and has one daughter and one grandson. When asked about herself, Audrey often redirects the conversation to her grandson. “I could talk about him all afternoon,” she says with a smile. 30 Panorama pts news Partnering for Church Planting Thanks to a $200,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Pittsburgh Seminary is establishing the Church Planting Initiative—an expansion of our Church Planting Emphasis within the M.Div. program. The Initiative recognizes that, historically, theological education has focused on preparing students to lead already established churches. Today’s seminary graduates, however, face a world that also, and increasingly, needs entrepreneurial, mission-minded pastors who are equipped to take the gospel to people in a wide variety of non-traditional settings. As a number of our more recent, church-planter graduates have discovered, non-traditional congregations are important for the future of the Church because they provide laboratories in which to explore the effectiveness of new models—part-time co-pastoring on a small church budget; holding worship services in nontraditional spaces, such as living rooms and storefronts; and reaching new groups of people with the gospel through different styles of music and liturgy, for example. Supporting church planters with resources and the permission to try “new things” brings life and energy to the broader Church. The most effective way of ensuring this revitalization is to come alongside people who are passionate, committed, and inspired to establish a new church and to support their vision to launch a new ministry. A large part of that support involves providing the kind of educational preparation relevant to such ministry—the kind of preparation that will be available through the Church Planting Initiative. As a seminary, PTS is intent on observing, listening to, and responding to the movement of the Holy Spirit in forming Christ’s Church in our time. And we believe that God is calling us to provide an even greater level of leadership in the task of preparing well-educated, practically equipped Christians to plant churches—pastor-theologians who translate their academic work culturally and address contextually the contemporary issues confronting the Church. The partnering vision of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations recognizes this need and is helping PTS to fulfill it. PTS Merchandise Now Available Online The Seminary’s new online store offers hats, polo shirts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and shorts, as well as tote bags and travel cups. Select from different colors and have your ordered shipped right to your house. John Creasy ’10, associate pastor for the Open Door and director of Garfield Community Farm, works to create an ecologically diverse neighborhood farm and educate the church on environmental sustainability. He is one of our recent grads leading a church plant in Pittsburgh. PTS merchandise makes a great gift for recent grads, new students, or alums looking to replace their favorite seminary sweatshirt. To buy your merchandise, go to www. fridaymarketinggroup. com/stores/PTS. Panorama 31 PTS news pts Welcome to the Robert Agbede is president and CEO of Chester Engineers, the largest AfricanAmerican-owned environmental and engineering design firm in the United States and the largest water and wastewater treatment plant design and management firm in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. A hallmark of his business approach consists in developing a work culture that emphasizes the importance of giving back. Eliza Smith Mary Barbour, a University of Pittsburgh graduate, is an active community volunteer serving on the board of Rumsey Hall School and the Garden Club of Allegheny County’s Garden History and Design Committee. She is a former board member of Sewickley Academy and past president of the Garden Club of Allegheny County. William Bevan III is a partner at Reed Smith and has been practicing law for more than 40 years. In addition to his work in the labor and employment field, Bill counsels employers concerning the hiring, antidiscrimination, and verification provisions of U.S. immigration law, as well as issues relating to undocumented workers. He is a frequent presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, for whose Labor Law Symposium he serves as a course planner. 32 Panorama The Rev. Dr. Catherine Brall is Canon Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. She helps parishes identify their potential for growth, answer real needs in their communities, and train leaders who will carry forward a new sense of mission. She earned an M.Div. from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. is a lay preacher with Incarnation Anglican Church, and has served on the board of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. Michelle has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Business Women. The Rev. Jon Draskovic ’12 serves as associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Great Falls, Mont. He was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA shortly after graduating with his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Seminary. Jon also holds a master’s of agriculture in international development from Colorado State University. He worked in the Katrina recovery effort as a floodplain manager with FEMA and has volunteered at the Faith Alive HIV/AIDS clinic in Jos, Nigeria. The Rev. Patrice L. Fowler-Searcy ’13 is the director of mission at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. As liaison to the East Liberty community, she serves on the board of East Liberty Development Inc. and on the East Liberty Neighborhood Improvement District Steering Committee. She was accepted as one of 50 individuals from across the country to participate in the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute for Church-based Community and Economic Development. Brown, director of communications and external relations for the Association of Theological Schools, develops and implements the ATS communications plan, including print and electronic publications, the website, media relations, and promoting use of ATS resources and services by the Association’s member schools. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, she serves on the boards of The Carnegie Museum of Art and The Landmarks Financial Corporation. Michelle Keane Domeisen ’12, a retired senior vice president of Grubb & Ellis Company, earned two degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Michelle co-founded Pittsburgh Women in Commercial Real Estate, is an associate member of the Women’s Board of Pittsburgh, serves on the Rebecca Residence Foundation, pts news Board of directors Ken Jennings, managing director of ThirdRiver Partners, formerly co-directed the Global Leadership in Healthcare Program at the University of Michigan Business School and served as a global managing partner at Accenture in health care and change management. He is a bestselling author, national consultant for Twelve Stone Ministries, and board member of RxOutreach. He has worked at healthcare technology, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology organizations, at more than 25 academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems, and taught at eight colleges and universities. Stephen Lee is president of the investment firm H. L. Zeve Associates Inc. Prior to joining Zeve, Steve owned and operated an oil and gas exploration company in Louisiana, where he managed private and corporate funds and discovered and operated five oil fields. He has served on the board of Shadyside Academy and is as an elder of Pittsburgh’s Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. William McCoy ’86/’07 pastors the 1,500-member First Presbyterian Church in Charleston, W.Va. Formerly he served the 400-member New Wilmington Presbyterian Church Panorama 33 in New Wilmington, Pa. A graduate of West Virginia University and Pittsburgh Seminary, Bill serves as an alumnae/i representative on the Board. David Murdoch works in corporate, international, commercial, and bankruptcy law as an attorney for K&L Gates. For his work in strengthening German-American relations, Dave was given The Cross of the Order of Merit, the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals. Additionally, his selection by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America places him among a distinguished group of attorneys to be listed for 20 or more years Attorney John G. Shortridge retired from U.S. Steel Corporation, where in his last position he served as manager of governmental affairs. He is a 1962 graduate of the PCUSAaffiliated Hanover College (the first private liberal arts college in Indiana) and a 1965 graduate of Northwestern University Law School (J.D.). He has also held membership in Phi Delta Phi International, a professional society upholding legal ethics and scholarship. The Rev. Kristin Beckstrom Widrich ’04 is the alumna representative on the Board and is currently working on her doctor of ministry at PTS. She is the acting head of staff of First Presbyterian The Rev. Dr. Robert Weingartner ’82 works with The Outreach Foundation, a validated mission support group of the Presbyterian Church (USA). His ministry takes him across the life of the church and around the world. He was awarded the Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus in Mission Award in 2012. (See page 26.) Additionally, Rob has served on the board of directors for New Wilmington Mission Conference (1995-1997) and Presbyterians for Renewal (1996-2001). Church of Moncks Corner, a 265-member congregation in South Carolina. She has been active in both the Charleston Atlantic and Pittsburgh Presbyteries, currently serving as chair of Self Development of People Local Committee in Charleston Atlantic. PTS news pts former board members remembered William Pierson Barker The Rev. Dr. William Pierson Barker ’50/’79 died July 8, 2012, at the age of 85. Bill was awarded one of the first Ambassadorial Fellowships given by Rotary International to study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He served on the Seminary’s Board of Directors from 1999-2001 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Bill founded the Bower Hill Community Church, Pittsburgh, and served there until he became director of continuing education at Pittsburgh Seminary. He was head of staff at First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, Pa., taught at Moravian Seminary, and was interim pastor at six churches. In Allentown, Bill co-founded Operation Rice Bowl, an ecumenical sacrificial meal program to alleviate world hunger that is still used by Roman Catholic parishes during Lent. In recognition of these efforts, he was invited to confer with Mother Teresa. Bill authored 13 books and was an international speaker at various NATO chaplains conferences and at the International Maramon Convention in India. Working with his close friend Fred Rogers ’62, from 19692002 he served as the puppeteer and voice for Dr. Bill Platypus and Elsie Jean Platypus on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His work at Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research produced one of the first pictures of a virus ever created. This advance toward the prevention and cure of infections from viruses helped pave the way for the production of flu vaccines. Working at the University of Pittsburgh, he played a large role in bringing Jonas Salk to the University to develop the polio vaccine. Max received the University’s Max Lauffer Max A. Lauffer died Aug. 8, 2012, at the age of 97. He joined the Board in 1965 and became an emeritus director in 1990. Before earning his degrees, Steve served in the U.S. Army. He was pastor of Mt. Jackson United Presbyterian Church, New Castle, and then of Northmont United Presbyterian Church, in Pittsburgh’s North Hills, for 26 years. During this time, Steve served as moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery (1967) and on the committees of the General Assembly Mission Council and the synod’s general mission committee (1981-1984). He was also a member of the Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society, now known as Oikocredit. Richard founded Desert Ministries in 1982 to bring “the Living Water of Christ to people everywhere.” He also served pastorates in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, and Allison Park, Pa.; and finally at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Fla., from which he retired in January 2004. He also served at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Richard was a moderator of the Pittsburgh Presbytery and a published author. Stephen Polley The Rev. Dr. Stephen L. Polley ’54/’59/’75 died Feb. 13, 2013, at 85. He served on the Board from 1988-1991 and became an emeritus member in 2005. Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell cited Max for his remarkable character, leadership, and public service. Richard Cromie The Rev. Dr. Richard Cromie ’61 died Feb. 9, 2013, at the age of 76. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he earned his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and received an honorary doctorate from Grove City College. Richard served on the PTS Board from 1981-1988. Max was both scientist and churchman. His served the PCUSA as an elder of the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, moderator of the Presbytery of Carlisle, and a delegate to the World Council of Churches’ Church and Society Conference in Geneva, Switzerland (1966). Max helped found the international Biophysical Society. He served as member of the first National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health, and as consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. (1963-1967). Tousimis-Lauffer Distinguished Annual Lecture Award in 2006. 34 Panorama pts news From Steve’s retirement from Northmont in 1984 until 1996, he acted as the Beaver-Butler executive presbyter, after which he became pastor emeritus at Northmont as well as pastor for ministries of care at Cranberry United Presbyterian Church—a role he filled until 2011. In 1993, PTS recognized Steve as distinguished pastor in residence. Serving on the Seminary’s Alumnae/i Council from 1995-2009, he also chaired the World Mission Initiative’s advisory board from 1997-2000. In 2002, the Seminary honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Pastoral Service. Robert Rumer Robert “Bob” Rumer died Nov. 20, 2012, at the age of 90. A chemical engineering major, he graduated from Washington University at age 19 as a member of Phi Delta Theta and the honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Theta. Bob served as a Lieutenant JG in the U.S. Navy and worked on the Manhattan Project. An industrial career eventually led Bob to Pittsburgh, where for 25 years he worked as a chemical engineer and then executive for Monsanto Company, serving as vice president and general manager of the agricultural division. He went on to work for Mobay (Bayer) Corporation for an additional 16 years. In 1985 Bob retired as executive vice president of Bayer Corporation. Bob was an active leader in the Presbyterian Church throughout his life. He served as chair of finance on Pittsburgh Seminary’s Board of Directors. In his retirement years he volunteered for FISH (community food and clothing distributor), for a time serving as its president. Honoring Bob Harper Posthumously with the Anderson Award Pittsburgh Seminary honored Robert T. Harper (1954-2012) posthumously with the John Anderson Award of Merit. Members of Bob’s family accepted the award Friday, June 1, 2012, during the Seminary’s 216th Commencement Exercises. Named for Pastor John Anderson, founding president of Pittsburgh Seminary’s antecedent school (Service Seminary, begun in 1794), the Anderson Award is bestowed by the Board of Directors on individuals who have contributed distinctive service to the Seminary and community at large. Bob served on the Seminary’s Board of Directors from 1996-2005 and spent five of those years, 2001-2006, as chairman. A shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Pittsburgh, he served on the firm’s board and was vice president of administration, co-chairman of the firm’s Corporate Practice group, and chairman of the Health Law Practice group. Over the years, Bob earned a number of professional awards. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law and Health Law for 17 consecutive years. In 2010 he was named “Pittsburgh Health Care Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, and in 2012 the publication named him “Pittsburgh Corporate Lawyer of the Year.” In 1998 he became an adjunct professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh. An active church member, Bob served the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa., as legal counsel and clerk of session. He and his wife, Sue, raised two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily. Panorama 35 PTS news pts 36 Panorama pts news The Seminary community has been worshiping in the newly renovated chapel for more than a year now. A rededication service was held Nov. 26, 2012. We invite you to join us whenever you can! Check out additional pictures of the service and renovated space by following the QR code. Pictures are also available on Facebook. Panorama 37 PTS faculty news Meet Our New Faculty The Rev. Dr. Leanna Fuller brings a rich background of parish experience and superb teaching skills to her position as assistant professor of pastoral care. Leanna’s stellar academic work (valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa at Furman University and Senior Graduate Teaching Fellow at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching) bode well for her future as a scholar and a mentor to students and pastors alike. Leanna’s specialized research has focused on conflict in the church, an increasingly challenging issue in our time. Leanna received her doctorate in religion, psychology, and culture from Vanderbilt University, where she earned numerous fellowships, awards, and honors, including the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship in 2010-2011. Her dissertation bears the title, “When Christ’s Body is Broken: Anxiety, Identity, and Conflict in Congregations.” Leanna’s ministry experience includes serving as associate pastor of Oakland Christian Church in Suffolk, Va., where she coordinated youth ministry and Christian education programming. Leanna also provided pastoral care for patients as resident chaplain at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Va. An active scholar-author, Roger’s service to the wider church includes working on the planning team for the General Board of Discipleship UMC, and serving as secretary both for the Lilly-funded Colloquium on Excellence in Ministry and for the Core Planning Group of the Lilly Endowment’s Religion Division. Roger received his doctorate in theology from Duke University and his master of divinity (summa cum laude) from Duke Divinity School, where he has also taught. His honors and awards include a Lilly Fellowship for the Formation of a Learned Clergy and a John Wesley Fellowship, A Foundation for Theological Education. Both a social scientist and Baptist clergyman, Drew has initiated and directed multiple projects related to religion and public life and brought community leaders together to discuss the Church’s public mission and ministry. He has been active in international community development and youth leadership development, initially with Operation Crossroads Africa during the 1980s. He served in 2005 as a Fulbright Professor at the University of Pretoria and in 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Cameroon. Drew has ministered in a number of parish, prison, and campus ministry contexts. He has also lectured in many international venues, including in Israel as part of the U.S. State Department’s Speakers Bureau. The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens is our new associate professor of leadership and ministry. Roger’s strong preaching and pastoral leadership enhance his wealth of experience both as a professor and a seminal thinker in the area of spiritual formation. Coming to Pittsburgh Seminary from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church in Durham, N.C., he teaches homiletics, pastoral arts, pastoral theology, and Christian spirituality. The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith— co-convener of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, Research Fellow at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, and scholar-in-residence at the Leadership Center at Morehouse College in Atlanta—serves Pittsburgh Seminary as professor of urban ministry. With an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, Drew has received many honors and awards for his academic leadership, including selection in 2002 as an Emerging Leaders Fellow by a Duke University/University of Cape Town program on Leadership and Public Values, and selection in 2008 for an Indiana Governor’s Black Expo Leadership Award. 38 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news Moving On The Rev. Dr. Johannes G. J. Swart, associate professor of world mission and evangelism, brings a remarkable combination of mission experience, new church development activity, and pastoral leadership in both large and small churches. With a doctorate in congregational mission and leadership from Luther Theological Seminary, he has a unique ability to help students and congregations think theologically about ministry in the 21st century. Most recently, Jannie served as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Oil City, Pa. Jannie has both an evangelical heart and a love for social justice, which led him to participate actively as a young man in bringing about the end of apartheid in South Africa, his home country. As senior pastor of Fontainebleau Community Church in Johannesburg, he led the Dutch Reformed mega-church during their postapartheid attempt to become more multicultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual. Before that, he led a new church development among college students at an emerging technicon campus in Cape Town while serving at Tafelberg Dutch Reformed Church. . Lisa’s experience as a campus pastor at Asuza Pacific University has prepared her well for interacting with and modeling ministry for a wide variety of students. Deep pastoral wisdom and spiritual maturity mark her mentoring both in the classroom and the church, and she brings excitement to our campus in the areas of preaching and worship. In addition to her teaching at several schools— the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University—she served as an instructor-coach at the Academy of Preachers in 2010. Dr. Dale C. Allison Jr., former Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, has become the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dale served Pittsburgh Seminary for 16 years prior to accepting his new appointment this academic year. An internationally sought-after New Testament scholar, Dale has published more than 20 books, both scholarly and popular; served on six editorial boards; and is the main New Testament editor for Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter). The Rev. Dr. Lisa Thompson joins our faculty as assistant professor of homiletics, a position formerly held by the Rev. Dr. Audrey Thompson (no relation). With a master’s and doctorate from Vanderbilt University and an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary—and having received a Lilly Faculty Fellowship from Vanderbilt and a doctoral fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education—Lisa has the skills to become the leading African-American homiletician of the future, according to many in her field. The Rev. Dr. M. Craig Barnes, former Robert Meneilly Professor of Leadership and Ministry and pastor of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, was recently installed as the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He assumed the presidency and an appointment as professor of pastoral ministry in January 2013. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Craig had filled pastorates at National Presbyterian Church (Washington, D.C.) and in Madison, Wisc. Craig has written eight books, writes columns for The Christian Century, and speaks widely on theological formation of pastors for contemporary ministry. Watch our new faculty members’ video profiles online at www.pts.edu/Faculty_Videos. Panorama 39 faculty pts FACULT news Y news newest PTS professors emeriti Alice Patton “Betty” Barbour Betty Barbour, wife of former Seminary President Clifford E. Barbour ’22, died March 15, 2013, at the age of 89. A 1945 graduate of the University of Tennessee in education, Betty earned her master’s in art from Columbia University, New York, in 1949. After teaching school for one year, she married the Rev. Dr. Barbour in 1950 and supported his presidency, first of Western Theological Seminary (1951-1959) and then the consolidated Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1959-1961). Betty carried on this support as Dr. Barbour continued as president emeritus until his death in 1979. (The Seminary’s Clifford E. Barbour Library bears his name.) Dr. Martha Robbins, now Joan Marshall Associate Professor Emerita of Pastoral Care, retired last summer after serving Pittsburgh Seminary for 27 years. The first woman in the Seminary’s history to be installed into an endowed faculty chair, Martha co-founded the Pittsburgh Consortium on Faith and Health; the Spirituality and Psychology Program (an APA approved program for granting continuing education Bessie Burrows, former Christian education professor and registrar at Pittsburgh Seminary (19551971), died Sept. 1, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla., at age 97. A native of Pennsylvania, Bessie graduated from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, Pa.) in 1937. In addition to her work at PTS, during her life she served as a mission teacher in Frenchburg, Ky.; Christian education director at Westminster Church, Des Moines, Iowa; and Geneva College registrar. Martha also founded the Pneuma Institute, which provides educational and supervised training in spiritual direction and leadership. In her retirement, she is continuing to lead Pneuma and to conduct workshops and fill speaking engagements both nationally and internationally. Before coming to Pittsburgh Seminary, John served as Privatdozent for church history at the University of Basel and as a pastor in the Swiss Reformed Church. In retirement, he continues to write and publish. credits for psychologists and other mental health providers); and the Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation within the Continuing Education Department, all for which she remains an advisor and a frequent instructor. During his tenure at PTS, his teaching focused on the modern (post-Reformation) period, but he taught all periods of church history. With research interests in 19th-century hermeneutics and religious thought, he authored books in English and German and published Introduction to Modern Theology: Trajectories in the German Tradition in 2007. The Rev. Dr. John Wilson, now P. C. Rossin Professor Emeritus of Church History, served on the faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary for 29 years before retiring last summer. In addition to his professorship, John served for six years as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. 40 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news Pastor-Scholar Honors Professor-Mentors P ittsburgh Seminary alums will often tell you that their time here was shaped by the professors who taught and mentored them—professors known not only for their academic accomplishments, but also for the personal interest they “Under Dr. Battles’ instruction, Calvin became alive, and under Marion, the writings of [Scottish theologian] P. T. Forsyth,” he says. Marion Davis Battles was herself a gifted woman— summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa at Tufts, followed by a master’s from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with honors; a participant in the International Communities of Calvin Scholars and in the charter meetings of the United Nations at the close of World War II, where she specialized in human rights for prisoners of war; translator/ editor of a work on the primacy of the Gospels titled “The Fruit of Lips”; and an accomplished pianist. “The Battles’ unique combination of academic excellence and balanced take in their students. Dr. Walter Ellis, who received his Ph.D. in 1974 through the Pittsburgh Seminary/University of Pittsburgh cooperative Ph.D. program, looks back on a PTS professor-couple who exemplified that kind of mentoring relationship for him. To honor them, in April 2013 he established the Ford Lewis Battles and Marion Davis Battles Endowment Fund at Pittsburgh Seminary. Dr. Ford Battles (pictured right), a Rhodes Scholar and respected academic, is best known for his study and translations of writings by leaders of the Protestant Reformation—most notably, his translation of Calvin’s Institutes. But it was the Battles’ teaching and mentoring at Pittsburgh Seminary that forever shaped Dr. Ellis’s life and ministry, as well as their warm welcome of then-student Ellis into their home. “Ford and Marion Battles, with their daughters Nancy and Emily, soon became not only my teachers, but also some of my closest friends. The doors to their studies and to their “The Battles’ unique combination of academic excellence and balanced scholarship, personal faith commitment, and care for students is rare, and their legacy and influence will endure long after writings that reflect the ‘flavor of the day’ are forgotten.” home were always open to their students,” he recalls. “In 1969, when I was seeking to pursue my interest in Reformation studies and North American church history, a professor at Vancouver Theological Seminary put me in touch with Ford Battles, professor of church history and history of doctrine. The ‘Hartford exiles’—Dr. Battles, Dr. Robert Paul, and Dr. Dikran Hadidian—had all just moved to Pittsburgh from Hartford [Seminary]. At scholarship, personal faith commitment, and care for students is rare, and their legacy and influence will endure long after writings that reflect the ‘flavor of the day’ are forgotten. My gratitude to the Battles—and to the Seminary for what, in retrospect, were the happiest years of my life—has never wavered. I am grateful to have had the opportunity of honoring them through a scholarship that encourages academic excellence in the areas of Reformed and North American history and theology,” Dr. Ellis notes. Seeking to “fill the Reformation model of the pastor-scholar,” Canadian citizen Dr. Walter Ellis taught occasional courses at Pacific Lutheran and Trinity Western universities while also filling consecutive pastorates from 1974-1991 at First Baptist Church, Tacoma, Wash.; Westmount Baptist Church, Montreal, Quebec; and Fairview Baptist Church, Vancouver, British Columbia. that time Dr. Bob Doherty, an expert in collective biographical history, was teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, so the new cooperative Ph.D. program in religion, which Dr. Battles was influential in launching, was a perfect fit for my interest in Baptist history, sociology, and theology.” Panorama 41 faculty news pts FACULT Y news Faculty News and publications The Rev. Dr. John P. Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, recently conducted sabbatical research on “Orthodoxy and National Identity in Post-Communist Russia,” funded in large part by a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology. During his residency in Russia he gave interviews on Russian television, including one with Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev), Head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Department of External Church Relations. John’s most recent publications include articles in English, German, and Russian: • Encounters with Orthodoxy: How Protestant Churches Can Reform Themselves Again (WJK, 2013) John P. Burgess, James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology When John first traveled to Russia, he was hoping to expand his theological horizons and explore the rebirth of the Orthodox Church since the fall of Communism. But what he found changed some fundamental assumptions about his own tradition of North American Protestantism. In this book, John asks how an encounter with Orthodoxy can help Protestants better see both strengths and weaknesses of their own tradition. In a time in which North American Protestantism is in decline— with membership having fallen to below 50 percent of the population—Russian Orthodoxy can help Protestants rethink the ways in which they worship, teach, and spread the gospel. John considers Orthodox rituals, icons, saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use elements of Orthodoxy to reform church life. (See Page 4.) John also gives quarterly presentations in Washington, D.C., on the Orthodox Church in postSoviet Russia for the Russia/Ukraine Area Studies Program of the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. His other professional leadership activities include giving church series and serving as a project proposal evaluator for the Fulbright Program in Russia; Fellow of the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary; member of the Steering Committee of the Reformed History and Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion; and faculty mentor for the PCUSA’s Company of New Pastors program. • • • • • • “Religion and National Identity: Orthodoxy in Post-Soviet Russia” (Religious Identity and Politics conference, University of Michigan); “The Orthodox Church in the New Russia: A Force for Political Democratization?” (School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies, University College London, and The McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, Christ Church College, Oxford, England); “Belonging to the Church in Russia: An American Perspective” (Orthodox Seminary, Belgorod, and St. Tikhon’s University, Moscow, Russia); “Church Unity, Heresy, and the Question of Eucharistic Fellowship” (Re-Forming Ministry Project Consultation, PCUSA Office of Theology and Worship, San Diego); “Curiosity about the Future: What Will Become of the Gospel in Eastern Germany?” (Conference on Protestant Churches in the GDR from the Perspective of the West, Theological Academy of the Thuringen Evangelische Landeskirche, Neudietendorf, Germany); and “Orthodoxy and National Identity in Post-Soviet Russia: Lessons from Patriarch Kirill’s Program of Votserkovlenie” (Luce Theological Scholars Consultation, Pittsburgh). • • • “Minority Report: Lutherans and Methodists in Russia,” Christian Century 130/20 (2013); “Curiosity about the Future: What Will Become of the Gospel in Eastern Germany?” (in German), epd-Dokumentation 14/15 (2013); Review of Gerald J. Beyer’s “Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution,” Religious Studies Review 39/1 (2013); and “Parish Life in the United States and Russia: Issues of Community and Belonging” (in Russian), in The Russian Orthodox Parish in Russia and Abroad (St. Tikhon’s, 2013). In 2013 John presented many conference papers in national and international venues, including: 42 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news The Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, president and professor of homiletics, gave the plenary lecture on Studying Theology and Educating the Church at the Abraham Kuyper Center for Public Theology’s 2013 conference on Church and Academy (Princeton Theological Seminary). In May he gave a workshop on brain techniques at the Festival of Homiletics (Nashville, Tenn.), which he also presented at the Twentieth Century Club (Pittsburgh). Most recently he has taught and preached at St. Andrews-Covenant PC (Wilmington, N.C.); National PC (Washington, D.C.); First PC (Charleston, W.Va.); First PC (Athens, Ga.); Lake Erie Presbytery (Pa.); First PC (Meadville, Pa.); and Sewickley, Aspinwall, and Beulah Presbyterian churches (greater Pittsburgh). President Carl also participated in the memorial Service for the Rev. Dr. Stephen Polley ’54/’59/’75 at Northmont PC, Pittsburgh, and preached the ordination services for the Rev. Melanie Kim ’12 at First PC, Sarasota, Fla., and the Rev. Bob Ruefle ’07 at Hillcrest UPC, Monroeville, Pa. Most of us have trouble praying. Who are we to talk to God? How can our words The Rev. Dr. Leanna K. Fuller, assistant professor of pastoral care, presented “In All Things Charity: Toward a Theology of Intra-Christian Dialogue” to the Church & Christian Formation study group at the Society for Pastoral Theology Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., in June 2013. mean anything to God? All the great theologians of prayer have recognized this problem. But the New Testament is very clear in saying that Jesus Christ both prayed and continues to pray for us. On Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament, recently completed a three-part series on the Presbyterian Hymnal Controversy for the Presbyterian Layman online. He presented “Rise from the Dead or Play Dead?” (2013 Salt & Light in the Public Square Conference, Union University, Jackson, Tenn.) and published “The Scriptural Case for a Male-Female Prerequisite for Sexual Relations: A Critique of the Arguments of Two Adventist Scholars” in Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church: Biblical, Counseling, and Religious Liberty Issues (Andrews University, 2012). Over the past year he has given numerous interviews, including: • • • for the television station OKCFox; on the Lutheran Public Radio talk show Issues, Etc.; and on the Janet Mefferd Radio Show. the basis of his prayers, our prayers for ourselves and for each other are lifted up and offered effectively on our behalf. Likewise the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. In the prayers of Christ and through the intercessions of the Spirit, God is already engaging us in what we experience as prayer. For this reason, we can see prayer as already going on—an activity we do not initiate but are invited to join. Ron’s book explores at length the way the New Testament speaks of God and prayer. A founding board member of the Restored Hope Network, Rob has been cited in national publications ranging from Christianity Today to the New York Times. Drawing on theologians from Origen to Moltmann, it invites prayer grounded in a distinctly Christian view. Prayer in the Trinity (e-book, available for most e-readers through Amazon, Smashwords, and similar retailers) Ronald S. Cole-Turner, H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics Panorama 43 faculty pts FACULT news Y news Faculty News and publications, continued The Rev. Dr. Angela Dienhart Hancock, assistant professor of homiletics and worship, presented “Training for a Serious Game: Theo-Political Discourse as a Christian Practice” (symposium Theo-Politics? Conversing with Barth in Western and Asian Contexts, RuhrUniversität, Bochum, Germany). She lectured on: • • “Pulpit, Politics, and Pathos: Protestant Rhetoric and the National Socialist Revolution” (Department of Religious Studies Colloquium Series, University of Pittsburgh); and Violence in Scripture (Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church; WJK, 2013) Jerome F. D. Creach, Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament The Bible frequently depicts God as angry and violent, and also sometimes depicts human violence as positive or even as commanded by God. These depictions form one of the most vexing problems in approaching Scripture and in interpreting the Bible for preaching and teaching today. In this volume, Jerome first examines the theological problems of violence and categorizes the types of violence that appear in Scripture. Then he wrestles with the most important biblical texts on violence to work through specific interpretational issues. This new volume will help pastors interpret those difficult texts by encouraging them to face violence in the Bible with honesty. • The Rev. Dr. R. Drew Smith, professor of urban ministry, published “North/West African Conflicts and Interfaith Interventionism,” Capital Commentary (2013). Internationally during the past year, he presented conference papers titled: • “Expanded Poverty, Church Ministry Distance, and Public Policy Evasions in the U.S.” (The Church’s Community Role in Times of Austerity [for which he served as coconvener], University of London); and “Contemporary Responsiveness to Black Enslavement Past and Present: 150 Years After the Emancipation Proclamation” (Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities [again for which he served as co-convener], Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Accra, Ghana). Drew also led the workshop “Unearthing Global Power for Justice” (Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference in Dallas, Texas) and spoke on “Fostering Respect and Understanding Among Religions, Cultures, and Nations” (World Congress of Religions in Washington, D.C.). Among Drew’s other professional activities are his service as an external doctoral dissertation examiner for Antioch University’s Department of Leadership and Change and his conducting of dozens of urban ministry interviews on urban ministry innovators across the U.S. as part of a research grant from the Louisville Institute. “How Then Shall We Read? Karl Barth and The Practice of Biblical Interpretation” (Thurber Lectures, The American Church in Paris). While in Paris, Angela also gave a radio interview on the program ACP Today: Faith Talk from Paris. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship awarded Angela a worship renewal grant for the Pittsburgh Seminary chapel program 2013-2014. In 2012 she established a weekly Taizé service at PTS. 44 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news Dr. Ron E. Tappy, G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology and Director of the Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, continues to direct The Zeitah Excavations field and study seasons at Tel Zayit, Israel, in the spring and summer of every year. He served as a juror for the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities grants awarded through the William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932Ron’s recent publications include: • “The Tabula Peutingeriana: Its Roadmap to Borderland Settlements in IudaeaPalestina, with Special Reference to Tel Zayit in the Late Roman Period,” Near Eastern Archaeology 75/1 (2012); and • “Israelite Samaria: Head of Ephraim and Jerusalem’s Elder Sister,” in Archaeology in the ‘Land of Tells and Ruins’: A History of Excavations in the Holy Land Inspired by the Photographs and Accounts of Leo Boer (Oxbow Books, 2013). Over the past year he presented conference papers in national and international venues including: • • • • “The Trouble with Old Excavation Reports . . . And New Ones, Too?” (Biblical Colloquium, Baltimore); “The Archaeology and History of Tel Zayit: A Record of Liminal Life” (The 16 World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem); “Liminal Life and the Story of Tel Zayit” (Tyndale Lecture in Biblical Archaeology, Triennial Conference, Northampton, England); and “Abracadabra: A Writer’s Tenth-Century Toolkit” (Lanier Library, Houston). th 1933: A Summons to Prophetic Witness at the Dawn of the Third Reich (Eerdmans, 2013) Angela Dienhart Hancock, Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Worship What does a theologian say to young preachers in the early 1930s, at the dawn of the Third Reich? What Karl Barth did say, how he said it, and why he said it at that time and place are the subject of Angela’s book. This is the story of how a preaching classroom became a place of resistance in Germany in 1932-1933—a story that has not been told in its fullness. In that emergency situation, Barth took his students back to the fundamental questions about what preaching is and what it is for, returning again and again to the affirmation of the Godness of God, the only ground of resistance to ideological captivity. No other text has so interpreted Barth’s “Exercises in Sermon Preparation” in relation to their theological, political, ecclesiastical, academic, and rhetorical context. He regularly teaches locally in churches and synagogues, most recently at Fox Chapel, Hiland, John McMillan, Third, Pleasant Hills Community, and Oakmont Presbyterian churches, as well as Temple Emmanuel, all in the greater Pittsburgh area. Panorama 45 faculty pts FACULT news Y news Faculty News and publications, continued The Rev. Dr. Steven S. Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, published “HWJR?” Pittsburgh Theological Journal 4/1 (2013), which he also presented as the keynote address, “HWJR: How Would Jesus Read?” at Pittsburgh Seminary’s workshop for Christian educators, Journey Inward; Journey Outward. Baker Book House has published a new edition of his commentary on Ezekiel. Steve presented several conference papers, including: Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology, 2013) Edith M. Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament In some of the church’s history, Scripture has been pitted against tradition and vice versa. Edith Humphrey, who understands the issue from both Protestant and Catholic/Orthodox perspectives, revisits this perennial point of tension. She demonstrates that the Bible itself reveals the importance of tradition, exploring how the Gospels, Acts, and the Epistles show Jesus and the apostles claiming the authority of tradition as God’s Word, both written and spoken. Arguing that Scripture and tradition are not in opposition but are necessarily and inextricably intertwined, Edith defends tradition as God’s gift to the church. She also works to dismantle rigid views of sola scriptura while holding a high view of Scripture’s authority. In June Steve gave a WESA radio interview on “Lewis, Tolkien, and the ‘True Myths’ of Faith.” He serves as United Methodist representative to the Committee on Theology and Education of Christian Associates and as a member of the Pittsburgh District Committee on Superintendency for the UMC. • • • serving on a panel with Jewish theologian Dr. Neil Gillman on the theme, “The Death of Death: Perspectives on the Afterlife,” for the Jewish and Christian Theological Dialogue, jointly sponsored by the Agency for Jewish Learning, the Greater Pittsburgh Rabbinic Association, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary; the invited lecture, “The Good Books: Diversity and Unity in Scripture” (Waynesburg University, Pa.); and preaching, leading a seminar, and teaching a course in the John Templeton Foundation “Scientists in Congregations” grant program on the theme, “With All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength: Growing an Ancient Faith in Modern Times” (Calvary PC, Indiana, Pa.). Steve’s recent speaking engagements have included: • “The Book of Ezekiel as a Work In Progress: Indications from the Lament Over the King of Tyre (28:11-19)” (Lemadim Olam, Chicago, and, St. Andrews, Scotland, as one of 17 Ezekiel scholars invited by the International Society of Biblical Literature); • • “Between Ecclesia and Ecclesiola: Ecclesiology and The United Methodist Church” (Theology and Education Committee of Christian Associates, Pittsburgh); and “Ezek 44:15-31 and Lev 21:1-22:9: Which Came First?” (Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Law section, Baltimore). 46 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news The Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. van Driel, associate professor of theology, published articles including: • • • • “Election,” in Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth (WJK, 2013); “Theological Vision Statement” and “A Statement on Language,” in Glory To God: The Presbyterian Hymnal (WJK, 2013); “The World is About to Turn: Retelling the Story of Jesus Eschatologically,” Call to Worship 46.4 (2013); and “The New Translation of the Heidelberg Catechism: A Work of Love” (with George Hunsinger), in The Presbyterian Outlook (online ed.; Jan. 31, 2013). Edwin’s recently presented conference papers include: • “To Know Nothing Except Jesus Christ, and Him Crucified: Supralapsarian Christology and the Cross” (The Foolishness and Wisdom of God: Reconsidering 1 Corinthians 1-2, University of Geneva, Switzerland); • • • “Analytic Theology, the Academy, and the Church” (Fifth Annual Logos Workshop in Philosophical Theology, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame); “‘Salvation History’ vs. ‘Apocalyptic Invasion’: A Theological Analysis” (Galatians and Christian Theology Conference, University of St. Andrews, Scotland); and “How the New Interpretation Can Enrich Reformed Theology: On Justification and Eschatology” (Creation, Conflict, and Cosmos: A Conference on Romans 5-8, Princeton Theological Seminary). He has also spoken on “The Making of a Hymnal: The Theological Story of Glory to God” (PAM Hymn Festival and Workshop) and “The Future of the Church” (Pittsburgh Clerics) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, with the latter talk also given at a PTS reception at the General Assembly of the PCUSA; and “Into his Marvelous Light: The Future of the Church,” a series of three keynote lectures (California Small Church Conference, Manteca, Calif.). Abba, Give Me a Word: The Path of Spiritual Direction (Paraclete, 2012) L. Roger Owens, Associate Professor of Leadership and Ministry With a style and warmth of presentation that will remind readers of Henri Nouwen’s most popular work, Roger’s book interweaves his personal stories of struggle and transformation with reflections on the history and purpose of spiritual direction. The result is a wise introduction to an ancient art and practice of “soul care” directed at Christians of all backgrounds. “This is a guide for those eager for a serious yet joyful journey from isolation to communion. It is about companionship on the greatest journey anyone can undertake. It is about kindness in the old sense of the word,” says Alan Jones, dean emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. Panorama 47 faculty pts FACULT news Y news Andrew Purves Installed as Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology O From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and Civil Rights Beyond the Southern Movement (SUNY Press, 2013) R. Drew Smith, ed., Professor of Urban Ministry popular. n November 12, 2013, Pittsburgh Seminary was pleased to install the Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves as the first Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology. The inauguration of this new faculty chair, established last spring, was made possible by identical twin sisters who partnered in their bequests to provide a substantial gift to Pittsburgh Seminary. “The inauguration of the Jean and Nancy Davis Chair of Historical Theology is an important event for the future of PTS. It emphasizes the Seminary’s continuing commitment to teaching and scholarship for the church,” said Purves. “I am honored to be the first person installed into this position and am grateful to the Seminary for recognizing my work as a theologian/teacher in the church of Jesus Christ.” A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Andrew received a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. Ordained by the Philadelphia Presbytery in 1979, he pastored Hebron Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Pa., until 1983, when he joined the Seminary’s faculty. Andrew has published eight books and many articles, both academic and Jean and Nancy Davis were lifelong Pittsburghers who died within four months of each It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-20th-century South. Drew’s book contains essays that treat the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society. Essays point to the multiple directions the quest for civil rights has taken, into the North and West, and into policy areas left unresolved since the end of the 1960s, including immigrant and gay rights, health care for the uninsured, and the persistent denials of black voting rights and school equality. In exploring these issues, the contributors shed light on distinctive regional dimensions of African American political and church life that bear in significant ways on both the mobilization of civil rights activism and the achievement of its goals. Both sisters attended Pittsburgh’s Winchester Thurston School. Jean graduated from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and also earned a degree in music from the University of Michigan. She served with the USO in Germany and for a short time headed the music department in the Tarentum schools. Nancy graduated from the Pennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham University. She served with the WAVES in the U.S. Navy and for several years worked as a secretary at Westinghouse’s Bettis facility. other at age 97—Jean in October 2012, and Nancy in February 2013. Neither one ever married, and they lived their entire lives in a red-brick house built by their father on South Braddock Avenue in Pittsburgh’s East End. Their modest lifestyle allowed them to steward a substantial inheritance from their parents, who had held the distribution franchise for the laundry whitening detergent La France. 48 Panorama pts FA facult C ULT Y y news Celebrating the Lives and Mourning our Loss of Professor Bob Kelley and His Wife, Ruth The entire Seminary community is remembering with fondness the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Kelley Jr. ’51, who died Oct. 30, 2013, just four months after his beloved wife and life’s partner of more than 60 years, Ruth Anne Jacob Kelley, died on June 28. Ruth was a graduate of Wilson College, a Presbyterian-affiliated liberal arts college in Chambersburg, Pa. “A remarkable teacher and energetic, attentive pastoral mentor, Bob had an astonishing impact on his students as he lived out his vocation to be our Barnabas, the encourager (Acts 4:36),” noted the Rev. Dr. Andrew Purves, Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology at PTS. Bob was 85 at his death. Bob dedicated his life to teaching and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He served Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with a joyful heart throughout his more than 63 years of service. With the motto, “Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last—JOY,” he offered hope and encouragement to students, colleagues, and congregations alike. People were drawn to Bob because he “learned your name—and never forgot it,” said the Rev. Carolyn Cranston ’99, director of alumnae/i and church relations at PTS. “He paid attention. He listened, he affirmed, he guided, he respected, and he celebrated not only his students, but also every member of the Seminary community. Most of all, Dr. Kelley prayed and continued to pray for a very long list of people.” Bob earned an honor scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and completed his course work in three years. In 1948 he entered Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary, where he won the Thomas Jamison Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude. The Rev. Phillip Germaine ’56, remembering with fondness the years Dr. Kelley helped him through the world of Koiné Greek, commented, “I’m so grateful for Bob’s patience and lively spirit throughout all the years I knew him.” In 2012, the Seminary began raising support for The Rev. Robert L. Kelley Jr., Ph.D., Scholarship to honor Bob’s legacy. More information about the scholarship is available at www.pts.edu/Gifts_of_ Memory_Honor. Panorama 49 While serving as minister of education at a local church, Bob was called to the Seminary as a part-time instructor in homiletics and language study. He was then elected by the Synod to be a full-time member of the faculty. Bob went on to earn his Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from Princeton University, and later Tarkio College (Missouri) honored him with a D.D. From 1955-1997 Bob taught principally in the area of New Testament. In 1990 he became the first occupant of the G. Albert Shoemaker Chair of Bible and Archaeology, and upon his retirement the Seminary granted him emeritus status. In addition to his service at Pittsburgh Seminary, Bob was well known for his preaching and teaching in churches—over the years, he served 20 congregations as an interim pastor. After “retiring,” Bob filled an interim position in the Seminary’s admissions office and taught for two years in the Miller Summer Youth Institute. He served six years on the Alumnae/i Council and a three-year term on the Board of Directors as the alumnae/i representative. In 2000, Bob received the Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding service in academia. Honorably retired from the PCUSA, he continued to be active in the Pittsburgh Presbytery by serving on the Pastors Encouraging and Listening (PEAL) team. alumnae/ i news Births and Adoptions To Lori D’Angelo ’02 and her husband, Jamie Smith, a son, Michael Xavier, born July 3, 2013. To Erica Alderdice Birkner ’04 and her husband, David, a son, Alexander Alderdice Birkner, born July 1, 2012. He joins his brother, Christian. To Barbara Hines Kennedy ‘04 and her husband, Ed, a son, Josiah Moore, adopted July 4, 2013. He joins big sister, Sonia. To Matt ’06 and Alyssa Bell ’11, a daughter, Theresa Joy, born Feb. 28, 2012. To David Koehler ’07 and his wife, Emily, a daughter, Grace, and a son, Joshua. They join siblings Ian and Sarah. To Anna Parkinson ’07 and her husband, David, a daughter, Theresa Ann (granddaughter To Jim Keener ’05 and his wife, Jennifer, a son, Cooper Augustine, born Dec. 12, 2012. He joins siblings Dorea Grace and Jameson Noble. of John Dyke ’10), born July 7, 2012. To Caroline Sunquist Becker ’06 and Tim Becker ’07, a daughter, Hosanna, born Sept. 15, 2013. She joins big brothers Luke and Samuel. To Rich Kinney ’07 and his wife, Christianna, a daughter, Maranatha Dawn, born June 30, 2013. She joins siblings Shaddai Elizabeth and Richard Paul II. To Jonathan Ellegood ’06 and his wife, Jennifer, a daughter, Leah Karis, born Sept. 18, 2012. She joins her brother, Caleb. To Chris Brown ’08 and his wife, Eileen, a daughter, Rebekah Catherine, born Jan. 4, 2013. To Kate Lockard Snyder ’05 and Joshua Snyder ’07, a daughter, Willow Rae, born March 19, 2013. To Keith Kaufold ’07 and his wife, Monica, a daughter, Malea Marie, born Sept. 20, 2012. To Hyeon Gu Lee ’08 and his wife, Myung Ae Yoo, a son, San Jun (English name: Caleb), born March 19, 2013. 50 Panorama alumnae/ i news To Benjamin Glaser ’09 and his wife, Brandy, a son, Owen Darwin (grandson of Joanne Glaser ’09 and nephew of Elizabeth Glaser Troyer ’08), born Nov. 27, 2012. To Doug Holmes ’09 and his wife, Kate, a daughter, Nathalie, born May 31, 2012. To James Estes ’10 and his wife, Lindsey, a son, Simeon Isaac, born July 28, 2013. To Chris Dericks ’11 and his wife, Nicky, a daughter, Norah Christine, born Feb. 23, 2013. To Kevin Starcher ’10 and his wife, Chrissy, a son, Levi David, born Aug. 31, 2012. To Bethany Harbaugh ’11 and her husband, Matt, a son, Daniel Matthew, born Feb. 8, 2013. To Nadia Buzzelli Mullin ’09 and her husband, Mike, a son, Caleb, born Feb. 25, 2013. To Chad Bogdewic ’10 and his wife, Patricia, a daughter, Eliyana Grace, born March 21, 2012. To Peter Ahn ‘11 and his wife, Joy, a To Mike Holohan ’10 and his wife, Marianne, a son, Finn Giovanni, born April 27, 2013. To Aimee ’11 and Charles Cotherman ’12, a daughter, Anneliese Faith. To Jane Anabe ’13 and her husband, Joaquin (now a Pittsburgh Seminary student), a daughter, Irene Rose, born May 3, 2013. She joins her brother, Isaac. daughter, Aria YaeJin, born Sept. 11, 2013. To Katie Mohr Scott ’12 and Will Scott ’12, a daughter, Elinor Jane, born Sept. 14, 2013. To James Salyers ’12 and his wife, Anna, a son, Elias Edward, born May 31, 2013. James received his S.T.M. diploma in absentia so that he could welcome Elias at his birth. Panorama 51 alumnae/ i news Marriages Calvin Fahrion ’58 to Barbara R. Fleming on June 12, 2011. Woody Meredith ’75 to Donna Foster on June 30, 2013. Anita Killebrew ’98 to the Rev. Ralph R. Herbert on Feb. 18, 2012. They serve together at Great Bridge PC, Chesapeake, Va. Charlie Hamill ‘12 to Bethany on June 23, Allen Thompson ’08 to Kelsey Martin on June 30, 2012. 2013. Nathan Leslie ’10 to Mary Kay Joynson on Oct. 20, 2012. Ryan E. Pixton ‘10 and Deborah Boersma on May 14, 2011. Caitlin Rohrer ’10 to Steven Werth ’09 on April 27, 2013. Jeff Eddings ’08 officiated. Andrew Wirt ’10 to Katherine Marie on Aug. 10, 2013. Katie Mohr ’12 to Will Scott ’12 on June 16, Zachary Morton ’11 to Meaghan Cochrane Elizabeth (Beth) Arnold ’10 to John Creekpaum ’10 on March 10, 2012. Amanda Hoover ’10 to Matthew Grubbs ’13 on June 8, 2013. Pittsburgh Seminary Alumnae/i Director Carolyn Cranston ’99 officiated. The wedding party included Helen Darsie ’08, P. J. Pfeuffer ’12, and Sam Monte ’12. Alex Nelson ’12 to Kristy Leitze on July 28, Tai Brown ’12 to Sean Courtemanche on Aug. 4, 2012. 2012. Anthony Hita ’13 to Megan Schwemer on June 22, 2013. on Aug. 20, 2011. 2012. 52 Panorama alumnae/ i news Ordinations, Installations, and Appointments Craig Kephart ’88 was installed as Executive Presbyter of Washington Presbytery, Pa. Ralph Cotton ’89 and his wife, Lori Holstein Cotton ’92, moved to Florida to begin new appointments. Ralph serves the Alva UMC and Lori the Hope UMC, Cape Coral. Steve Morse ’89 was appointed pastor of Greensburg First UMC, Pa. Jeffrey Vayda ’93 was installed as pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Lubbock, Texas. Debra Rogosky ’98 was appointed to the United for Christ Charge in the Washington District of The UMC. Cristen Decious ’99 was appointed to the Minburn UMC, Iowa. Keith McIlwain ’00 was appointed pastor of Slippery Rock UMC, Pa. Ellen Campbell Gardner ’02 was installed as the first female pastor of Bethpage PC, Kannapolis, N.C. Janice Holmes ’08 was ordained as a Mark Whitsel ’04 was installed as pastor of Pleasant Hills Community PC. Participants included Betty Angelini ’09 and Alumnae/i Director Carolyn Cranston ’99. Jennifer C. Young-Thompson ’04 was installed as pastor of First PC of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Michelle Wahila ’05 was installed as an associate pastor of the American Church in Paris (France). Angela Hancock, assistant professor of homiletics and worship at PTS, preached. Robert Walkup ’05 was installed as pastor of Baldwin UPC, Pittsburgh. Alumnae/i Director Jill Terpstra ’08 was installed as pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Elgin, Ill. Participants included Joseph Heddon ’97 and Deirdre Hainsworth, assistant professor of ethics. Panorama 53 Carolyn Cranston ’99 gave the pastoral charge. Rebecca Cartus ’06 was presented for ordination by The Federation of Christian Ministries. Participants included Walt Pietschmann ’90, Anne Keller ’03, Thomas Bodie ’06, and Stuart Broberg ’90. Arnie McFarland ’07 was appointed pastor of Calvary UMC, Somerset, Pa. Bob Ruefle ’07 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. Participants included William Jay Geisler ’99, John Creasy ’06, Jeff Tindall ’07, Kevin Long ’07, and President Bill Carl. Bob is pastor of Cheswick PC, Pa. Carrie Benton ’08 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. She is a temporary associate pastor at the Community of Reconciliation Church, Pittsburgh. Carl A. Hendrickson ’09 was ordained and serves the Springdale Lutheran Church, West Sunbury, Pa. Edwin Brinklow ’10 was ordained as a Teaching Elder and is pastor of Dakota Community PC, Ill. Matthew J. Campion ’10 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament and is pastor of Emmanuel UPC, Eighty Four, Pa. Elizabeth (Beth) Arnold Creekpaum ’10 was installed as pastor of Sandy Lake PC, Pa. Julia Fenn ’10 was ordained as a Teaching Barry Givner ’08 was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church, McDonald, Pa. Elder in the PCUSA at Hampton UPC, Pa. Participants included Ted Martin ’12 and Brian Wallace ’06. Julia is an associate pastor at Hampton UPC. Nathan Leslie ’10 was ordained and is pastor of First PC of Bessemer, Pa. Renee Mikell ’10 was appointed to the West Newton First UMC and the Madison UMC. She is the first female and first African-American pastor to lead the West Newton Church. Susan Mullin Moudry ’10 was ordained at Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. Participants included Darrell Knopp ’76, Clara Brown ’00, Judy Slater ’91, Maxine Jenkins ’02, Sue Washburn ’12, and Donald Polito ’09. Janice is pastor of the Olivet Church, West Elizabeth, Pa. Henry A. Pearce ’08/’12 was installed as pastor of Medina PC, Ohio. Grant Sutphin ’08 was ordained and is associate pastor at First PC, Statesville, N.C. the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The UMC. Serving as sponsors were Susan’s sister-in-law, Nadia Buzzelli Mullin ’09, and Steven Tuell, James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament. alumnae/ i news Ordinations, Installations, and Appointments, continued Ryan E. Pixton ’10 was installed as associate pastor for children and youth at the Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, Geneva, Ill. Andrew Wirt ’10 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA and installed at Stewartstown PC, Pa. Nathan Carlson ’11 was ordained at the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The UMC and is serving McKnight UMC. Bethany Harbaugh ’11 was ordained as Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. She is associate pastor for children’s ministries at Elfinwild PC, Glenshaw, Pa. Zachary Morton ’11 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA. He is associate pastor for young adults at First PC of Manhattan, Kan. Sally Henry ’12 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA and installed as pastor of Sardis PC, Linden, N.C. Brian Sandell ’12 was appointed youth minister of St. Paul’s UMC, Chambersburg, Pa. Katie Mohr Scott ’12 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament. She is chaplain, congregational liaison for mission partnership, and volunteer coordinator at Westminster Neighborhood Ministries, Indianapolis, Ind. Will Scott ’12 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament. He is a Lake Fellow Resident Pastor at Second PC, Indianapolis, Ind. Jordan Rimmer ’12 was ordained as a Teaching Elder and is pastor of Westminster PC, New Brighton, Pa. Charlie Hamill ’12 was ordained to the diaconate. He is assistant rector of Christ Episcopal Church North Hills, Pittsburgh. Heidi Helsel ’12 was appointed pastor of Central/Riverview UMC Charge, Western Pennsylvania Conference. Thomas A. Phillips ’12 was commissioned at the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of The UMC. He is associate pastor at Trinity UMC, Oil City, Pa. Melissa Morris ’12 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA. She serves in a temporary pastoral relationship at Riverview PC, Pittsburgh. Donna L. Johnson ’12 was ordained as Michael Spicuzza ’11 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. He is pastor of Third PC, New Castle, Pa. Melanie Kim ’12 was ordained as Minister of Laura Stone ’11 was ordained and is temporary pastor of UPC, Slatington, Pa. Jarrod Caltrider ’12 was appointed pastor of Sandyville and Independence UMC, Sandyville, W.Va. Jon Draskovic ’12 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. He is associate pastor at First PC, Great Falls, Mont. Word and Sacrament and installed as associate pastor of First PC of Sarasota, Fla. Sam Monte ’12 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA and is pastor of Covenant PC, Wellsville, Ohio. Kathleen Shirey ’12 was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the PCUSA. She is pastor of Community UPC, New Alexandria, Pa. Minister of Word and Sacrament and installed as pastor of Laboratory PC, Washington, Pa. 54 Panorama alumnae/ i news Scott Dennis ’13 was ordained. Participants included Andrew Purves, Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology; James Davidson ’02; and Carolyn Cranston ’99, alumnae/i director. Jonathan George ’13 was appointed pastor of Canal Fulton UMC, Ohio. Sharon Stewart ’12 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. Participants included Mark Whitsel ’04, Andrew Purves, Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology, Betty Angelini ’09, Brenda Barnes ’07, Carolyn Cranston ’99, alumnae/i director, James Davison ’69, Carol DivensRoth ’85, James Kirk ’08, Jay Lewis ’96, Marsha Sebastian ’99, Jeff Tindall ’07, and Board member Sheldon Sorge. Sharon serves in a temporary pastoral relationship at Crafton UPC, Pittsburgh. Gregg Stierheim ’12 was appointed pastor of Brasher Falls UMC, Upper New York Conference. Heather Stierheim ’12 was appointed pastor of First UMC Massena, Upper New York Conference. Elaine R. Loggi ’13 was ordained as Minister Andrew Tennant ’12 was appointed pastor of Benton’s Ferry UMC, Fairmont, W.Va. of Word and Sacrament and installed as pastor of First PC, Fairfax, Mo. Participants included Edwin van Driel (associate professor of theology), Laura Blank ’13, and Jane Anabe ’13. Joel Montgomery ‘13 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA and installed at First PC in Vandalia, Mo. His wife, Janis ‘13, and mother, Sue Sterling Montgomery ‘77, are also PTS graduates. Dan Turis ’12 was ordained as a minister of the Reformed Church in America and serves as pastor of Good Samaritan Church, Gahanna, Ohio. Andrew Purves, Jean and Nancy Davis Professor of Historical Theology, preached. Panorama 55 Anthony Hita ’13 was appointed to the Stahlstown UM Charge, Pa. William Jackson ’13 was ordained as a reverend in the Progressive National Baptist Convention. Participants included John Welch ’02 (vice president of student service and dean of students), De Neice Welch ’04, Eric McIntosh ’12, William Zachery ’12, and current Pittsburgh Seminary student Bobby James Smith. Janice Reed ’13 was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the PCUSA. Participants included James Legge ’67, Sharon Stewart ’12, Jordan Rimmer ’12, Sue Washburn ’12, Beverly James ’81, Alumnae/i Director Carolyn Cranston ’99, Marsha Parrish ’12, Donna Johnson ’12, Kathleen Shirey ’12, student Jake Horner, Board member Sheldon Sorge, and adjunct professor Peter deVries. Janice serves Clarkson PC, Rogers, Ohio, and New Waterford PC, Ohio. Eric Oliver ’13 was appointed to the Evangelical, Elgin, McCray, and Wayne Valley UM churches, all of which are in Corry, Pa. alumnae/ i news Retirements Ruth Doyle ’67, honorably from the PCUSA. She remains on the pulpit supply list for the Genesee Valley Presbytery, N.Y. John Free ’68, as pastor of The UPC, Ingram, Pa., following 44 years of ministry. He served churches in Beaver Falls, Erie, and Pittsburgh, Pa., and Athens, Ohio. Anthony Barta ’72, honorably from the Paul E. Anderson ’69, honorably from Oaklands PC, Laurel, Md. Bob Eckart ’69, honorably from the Central Florida Presbytery. Gary B. Collins ’70, honorably from the Los Ranchos Presbytery. Carl (Bud) Engstrom ’70, honorably from the Grand Canyon Presbytery. Ed Brown ’72, honorably from the Miami Dale Sewall ’70, honorably from the Seattle Presbytery. James Gordon Cramer ’72, honorably from Elizabeth Y. Anderson-Domer ’71, honorably from the Elizabeth Presbytery. Richard Anschutz ’73, honorably from the John F. Dietz ’71, honorably from the Lake Erie Presbytery. J. Robert Gray ’71, honorably from the Scioto Valley Presbytery. David M. Kilgore ’71, honorably from the Geneva Presbytery. Jerry Kuyk ’71, honorably from the Whitewater Valley Presbytery. Howard A. Newman ’71, honorably from the Shenandoah Presbytery. David G. Persons ’71, honorably from the Western New York Presbytery. Ed Steinmetz ’71, honorably from the Missouri River Presbytery. Beaver-Butler Presbytery after serving 31 years as pastor of First PC, Parker, Pa. Nancy J. B. Clark ’73, honorably from National Capital Presbytery. Frank E. Heller ’73, honorably from the Beaver-Butler Presbytery. David E. Jackson ’73, honorably from the Miami Valley Presbytery. Carol S. Brown ’75, honorably, after more than 37 years of ordained ministry—eight years as pastor of Garrard and Manchester Presbyterian churches, Clay County, Ky., and 29 years as assistant/associate pastor at First PC, Stroudsburg, Pa. Jan C. Olowin ’91, after a distinguished career as a monsignor in the Erie Catholic Diocese. During his career, in addition to serving as a parish pastor and a campus Robert C. Murdock ’90, honorably from Lackawanna Presbytery. Nancy Duff Chambers ’85, honorably from the Seattle Presbytery. Byron McElroy ’80 from the pastorate. Kenneth Moe ’80, honorably from Grand Canyon Presbytery. Bill Hess ’84, honorably from Donegal Presbytery. He is interim pastor at Central PC, Downingtown, Pa. the Ohio Valley Presbytery. R. Scott Flaherty ’79, honorably from the Geneva Presbytery. Valley Presbytery. John H. Milne ’76, honorably from the Monmouth Presbytery. Western Kentucky Presbytery and named pastor emeritus of First PC of Hopkinsville, Ky. Darrell Knopp ’76, from the Pittsburgh John Becker ’72, honorably from Lake Huron Presbytery. Charles Best ’72, honorably from the Carlisle Presbytery. He serves in a temporary pastoral relationship at Great Conewago PC, Dillsburg, Pa. Presbytery. Having begun ordained ministry in 1976, his retirement concluded more than 11 years of ministry in McKeesport, Pa.—Central, Immanuel United, and McKeesport PCs since 2001. Earlier he served Emlenton-Nicklesville Yoked Churches (1976-1988), Apollo United (1989-1997), and Blairsville United (19972001). He considers his greatest joy the birth of his granddaughter, Mya. F. David Throop ’71, honorably from the Los Ranchos Presbytery and named pastor emeritus of Placentia PC, Calif. Douglas J. Tracy ’71, honorably from the Lake Huron Presbytery. He currently serves as Stated Clerk for the Synod of Lincoln Trails. Robert J. Rogers ’75, honorably from the Philadelphia Presbytery. 56 Panorama alumnae/ i news class notes minister, he was named chaplain to His Holiness by Pope John Paul II and received the Director of the Bureau of Prisons Award for “outstanding pastoral care to staff and inmates” from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Meredith Patterson ’91, from her service as organist, chancel choir director, and bell choir director at Westminster PC, near Greensburg, Pa. Aland Smith ’91, honorably from Hillside PC, Greenville, Pa. Paul Salansky’s ’54 wife, Betty Jo, died Sept. Sherry Sparks ’95, honorably from the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Kenneth Bailey’s ’55 new book, Paul Thomas Topar ’96, serving in retirement as pastor of four churches near Punxsutawney, Pa.: Marchand, Sportsburg, North Point, and Porter UM. Lee Clark ’97, honorably. Donna Hess ’97, honorably from Redstone Presbytery. Anne Bump ’99, from the Sacred Order of Priesthood in the Episcopal Church. John Harland ’56 is pastor of congregational Jay Hollinsworth ’02, honorably from the Pittsburgh Presbytery. Robert G. Bolt ’57 celebrated the 55th Eleanor Williams ’07, after 30 years of teaching in the Pittsburgh Public School District. A special education teacher and cofounder of Parents Against Violence, in 2012 Eleanor was named one of 50 “Women of Excellence” by the New Pittsburgh Courier. George Mehaffey ’57 is chair of the Civil Discourse Committee of the Columbus Metropolitan Church Council to coordinate efforts with the University of Arizona, The University of Akron, and Johns Hopkins University in dealing with controversial issues. The effort, begun in Tucson in 2011, now operates as the National Institute of Civil Discourse. Bob Gruber ’61 and his wife, Charolene, moved from their Hot Springs, N.C., home of 30 years to Douglasville, Ga., to be close to family. John D. Sharick ’60 is spending his retirement years doing visioning, organizational, and conflict-management consulting with organizations around the country. anniversary of his ordination. Randy Rice ’60 is pastor emeritus of the United Church of Lincoln, Vt., where he and his wife, Sue, have lived for nearly 25 years. care at Calvin PC, Tigard, Ore. Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians (InterVarsity Academic) was named the 2012 “Outstanding Book in the Field of New Testament” by Christianity Today. Charles W. Holsinger’s ’55 wife, Nancy, died. Robert Denny ’56 and his wife, Betty, have two boys and two girls, all serving their congregations; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 20, 2012. Bruce Henderson ’59 and his wife, Karen, moved to Bristol Village Retirement Community, Waverly, Ohio. Recently they were in Egypt, where Bruce taught at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. They continue providing scholarship aid to Sudanese students in both Sudan and in Egypt. Bill Paul ’59 received the second annual World Mission Initiative Award for Outstanding Mission Service and Support at a dinner during the annual McClure Lectures. Andy Carhartt ’54, dually ordained Presbyterian/Episcopalian, serves two congregations in Boulder, Colo.: PC of the Apostles, and St. John’s Episcopal. Andy and Jinny, both World War II vets, celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in 2012. Their oldest of five children, John Forrest Carhartt, died in Maui, Hawaii, Aug. 10, 2012, at the age of 65. Elwyn L. Tedford’s ’58 wife died Dec. 23, 2011. He and Marilyn Law Tedford were married in the Seminary’s chapel in 1958. 1950s Donald Andrews ’53 was named pastor emeritus by Trinity PC, McKinney, Texas Robert E. Bell Jr. ’58 was named pastor emeritus by Lakehurst PC, Monmouth Presbytery, N.J. Bob has advancing dementia. Donald R. Dawson’s ’58 wife, Dottie White Dawson, died March 30, 2012. They were married more than 55 years. Their wedding was conducted in Mercer by another Pittsburgh-Xenia graduate, H. Walter White ’54, Dottie’s brother. 1960s William Huson ’60 is pastor emeritus at Park Avenue UMC, Johnstown, Pa. Panorama 57 alumnae/ i news class notes, continued 1960s, continued Ed Sensenbrenner ’62 has partially come out of retirement at the age of 80! He is now preaching two Sundays a month at Hoge Memorial PC, Columbus, Ohio, where he also provides pastoral care and moderates the Gordon Kunde ’61 earned a master’s in agriculture from Penn State University and served a term as a missionary in Brazil under the PCUSA, then worked for 30 years as an agribusiness and economic development consultant and manager, primarily in Africa and Latin America. Since 2007 he has been a part time pastor to the First PC of Umatilla, Fla. Charles Olsen ’61 co-authored Discerning God’s Will Together: A Spiritual Practice for the Church (reissued by the Alban Institute) with Danny Morris. Bruce E. Bryce ’62 recently published a collection of pastoral essays titled “Grandpa’s Code,” in which he writes a personal letter to his grandchildren that shares with them a lifetime of common-sense faith. Burton Froom ’62 celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination as a PCUSA minister in July 2012. His daughter, the Rev. Rebecca Froom, graduated from Harvard Divinity School and was ordained as a UnitarianUniversalist minister. Bill Green ’62 recently published two booklets: Pastoral Musings, 43 brief articles on varied subjects, and Traversing the Labyrinth: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Someone Else, a primer for persons engaged in longterm caregiving. Wesley Poorman ’62 and his wife, Janice, have lived in a Presbyterian continuing care community in Bethlehem, Pa., since summer 2011, having moved from their retirement haven in Saylorsburg, Pa. Bruce Mounts ’68 was featured in The Daily News on Oct. 27, 2012, commemorating the 40th anniversary of his service to Amity PC, Dravosburg, Pa. Bob Cassell ’66 is moderator of the Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists and, as an honorably retired member of Los Ranchos Presbytery, continues to provide support and consultation to congregations in southern California during times of interim ministry. Donald P. Wilson ’67 was featured in an Oct. 18, 2012, article of the Greene County Messenger. The article covered a speech Don gave at Waynesburg University on the Rev. John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian minister who signed the Declaration of Independence. John A. Toth ’65 and his wife, Nancy, fulfilled a bucket list dream trip in December 2011. They took their children and grandchildren back to their birth place, the Panama Canal Zone. Bill Weckerly ’67 teaches college part time in Florida and recently offered courses in world religions and contemporary ethics. Robert E. Singdahlsen’s ’67 wife, Julie, died. Charles Dickinson ’65 is retired in Boston. His is involved with Massachusetts Council of Churches, the Massachusetts Bible Society, The Boston Theological Society, and the Institute for Reformed Theology. Susan Becker Peterson ’67 recently visited Russian churches with the Faithful Women Tour through Outreach Foundation. She noted how much they do with smaller congregations to serve the needs of children and families. John (Jack) Francisco ’63 was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011. After undergoing radiation and chemotherapy, he had surgery in March 2012. He recuperated at home in Blowing Rock, N.C., and is now “cancer free.” Bill Smith ’64, while retired, is serving as a volunteer chaplain with Toledo Fire and Rescue. He sings with Masterworks Chorale, performing three concerts a year. Bill is a member of Ohio Passenger Rail, which advocates for rail passenger and light rail services, and also preaches occasionally. Dennis Haines ’66 and his wife, Donna, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012 by visiting Rome and taking a Mediterranean cruise. Larry Dunster ’66 and his wife, Susan, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2012 by taking their family to London, Paris, and Dunster, England, and returning to America on the Queen Mary 2. Larry serves as a Sunday supply in Trinity Presbytery. He and his wife continue to lead study groups to the Holy Lands and Europe in addition to group travel to Alaska, South America, and Russia. session. Ed grew up in Hoge Memorial and was ordained there in 1962. William N. Jackson ’61 is interim pastor of Westmont PC, Redstone Presbytery, Pa. 58 Panorama alumnae/ i news Hannah Paik ’68 has moved to Korea with her husband, Dong Soo. Both have been teaching and publishing there. Steven Washburn ’68 occasionally serves as supply preacher in local pulpits for the Southern Kansas Presbytery. R. Eldon Trubee ’69, honorably retired, serves as temporary supply at First PC, Dalton, Ohio. He is also a parish elder in Muskingum Valley Presbytery and a chaplain at Pomerene Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio. George Ward ’69 received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Volunteer Community Service in Canada in 2012. The citation honored George’s 30 years of work supporting families in grief and/or struggling with addictions. Douglas J. Tracy ’71 received the 2012 Life Achievement Award from The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. A teaching elder and certified Christian educator in the PC, Doug teaches Polity and Worship in the PCUSA at McCormick Seminary. He has served as adjunct faculty at Austin and Princeton seminaries and was on the faculty of Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, from which he retired as associate professor of Christian education in 2010. Edward Lowrey ’75 was featured in The News-Herald May 18, 2013, as he celebrated 50 years of service to the Episcopal Church, having been ordained at his home parish, Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, Warren, Pa. He has been vicar of The Memorial Church of Our Father for more than 25 years. R. Michael McDowell ’75 is interim pastor at First PC, Mooresville, N.C. Bob Koschik ’76 is temporary supply for First Norman Dalton ’72 and his wife, Leah, became great-grandparents in April 2012. At Amelia Plantation Chapel, Amelia Island, Fla., Norm chairs the worship committee and preaches occasionally, and they both sing in the praise chorus. Jud Dolphin ’72 welcomed a new grandson to the world March 30, 2013—Max William Dolphin, born to Max and Renee Dolphin. Kenneth H. Yount ’72, a professor of political science and history at Alderson-Broaddus College, received the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2012. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and student service. PC of Boston, McKeesport, Pa. Mark Dalbey ’78, fifth president of Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo., began his service there in May 2013. He was formally installed Sept. 27, 2013. Barry Dawson ’78 left this fall for Bangkok to assume regional responsibilities for the PC mission partnerships in nine countries. 1970s Eduardo O. C. Chaves ’70 was recently appointed, for a second time, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Education and Human Development at the Ayrton Senna Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bill N. Lawrence ’71 was named pastor emeritus by the First PC of Martins Ferry, Ohio. Bill served as pastor for 29 years before retiring in 2008. Since then, he has served as stated supply of the Two Ridges Church, Wintersville, Ohio. He and his wife, Linda, live at Atwood Lake, Mineral City, Ohio. Howard A. Newman ’71 and his wife, Marilyn, are enjoying retirement. They purchased a home in The Villages, Fla., and plan to spend five months there, six months in Fishersville, Va., and one month in their fifthwheel trailer in Zelienople, Pa. John D. Rickloff ’71 is honorably retired and serving as the interim pastor of First PC of Jeannette, Redstone Presbytery, Pa. 1980s Russell Duncan ’80 is pastor of Christ the King Fellowship, Spencer, N.Y. Catharine McCloskey-Turner ’80 and her husband, Mark, returned to Michigan after spending nearly two years in Shanghai, China. Their first grandchild was born in December 2012. Byron McElroy ’80 retired but continues as owner/co-director of Seeds of Hope Farm in eastern Ohio, with his wife, Mary. They offer spirituality events, clergy R & R, Christian nurture, and family ministry. Beverly James ’81 is Pittsburgh Presbytery’s Don McKim ’74 was named a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus at Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. He recently published several new books: Living Into Lent (Witherspoon), a guide to reflection on discipleship and Christianity over the Lenten season, and Coffee With Calvin: Daily Devotions (Westminster John Knox), a glimpse into the theology of John Calvin broken into small sections for daily reflection. Randall Frost ’75 published “Thinking Systems in Pastoral Training,” a chapter in the book, Bringing Systems Thinking to Life. associate minister for discipleship. Read more about Beverly on page 5. Panorama 59 alumnae/ i news class notes, continued 1980s, continued Graham Standish ’88 published “What kind of gun would Jesus carry?” in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on March 3, 2013. The article argued that more Christians should look to Jesus’ example when considering the issue of guns and their ownership. Gary Fuss ’89 wrote a new book, The Joshua Accounts (Xulon, 2012). Gary seeks to encourage readers in their journaling, praise, study of the Word, prayer, and belief in Dan Hrach ’83 is pastor of Summit PC, Stafford, Va. David Mayo ’83 is pastor of First PC, Marietta, Ga. Jeffrey Bullock ’85, president of the University of Dubuque, was appointed as an ex-officio member of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board. Bill Parker ’91 was featured on March 19, Jim Richards ’85, pastor of First PC, Cape May, N.J., was recently named to the board of the not-for-profit equity professional East Lynne Theater Company. Lori Ruff-Schmalenberger ’85 is interim director of children’s ministries at Tustin PC, Calif. Lon Weaver ’86 is chaplain at Marshall School, Duluth, Minn. He also teaches Introduction to Christian Theology, 21st Century Spirituality, and Religious Perspectives on Health Care Ethics as an adjunct professor at the College of St. Scholastica. Wayne Blaser ’88 is interim pastor at Westminster PC, Bradenton, Fla. Cynthia I. Jackson ’88 chairs the Hunger Fund Ministry of Pittsburgh Presbytery and serves on Amos 5:24. She also serves on the Expansion Team, North Hills Table, and St. Brendan’s Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network. Michael Frencher ’92 was elected bishop in the AME Zion Church at the General Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to his election, Michael was pastor of Trinity AME Zion Church, Greensboro, N.C. Fred Soberg ’93 is a temporary pastor for Venice PC, Washington Presbytery, Pa. John Zingaro ’93 wrote Susan Nelson, the Life and Influence of a Feminist Theologian. For a copy, contact John at 6309 Saint Marie St., Pittsburgh, PA 15206. John Culp ’98 is pastor of Fort Square PC, Quincy, Mass. Tom LeGrande ’98 is pastor of Augusta Heights Baptist Church, Greenville, S.C. He completed his doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Gardner-Webb University. Tom’s published dissertation is titled “Connecting the Dots: A Case Study Examining the Impact of Service Learning.” Jim Yearsley ’97 is pastor of Village PC, Tampa, Fla. Bill Walker ’91 is pastor of Sykesville PC, Wrightstown, N.J., whose MANNA Ministry serves more than 2,100 people from 11 food pantries. MANNA transports food and goods gathered from businesses to those in need, including victims of Hurricane Sandy. Rob Marrow ’97 serves Cross Roads PC, Monroeville, Pa., which recently sponsored God’s Great Earth Summer Day Camps for preschool and elementary age students. 2012, in a Daily American article about a revival Bill led in Johnstown, Pa. Steven Satterfield ’96 is chaplain at Fort Carson Hospital, Colo. Jay Lewis ’96 is temporary pastor at Mt. Hope Community PC, Penn Hills, Pa. Edward Bowen ’91 is pastor of Bates Memorial PC, Huntington, W.Va. Scott Wilson ’95/’12 serves as interim pastor of Mt. Hebron PC, Ellicott City, Md. miracles. John Dalles ’94 was commissioned to write a hymn for the surprise 40th anniversary-ofordination celebration for Glenn Doak ’72, held by the congregation of The First PC of Athens, Ga., which he has served since 1996. The hymn is titled “We Are Your People God, Who Pray.” Pittsburgh Seminary president Bill Carl was the guest preacher. Another of John’s hymns, “Now Is the Time to Speak,” won the 2012 Macalester Plymouth United Church Hymn Contest. Kenneth Osborne ’94 is interim pastor at Churchville PC, Baltimore Presbytery, Md. Bruce Ballantine ’94 is interim pastor of First PC, Wooster, Ohio. Robson Ramos ’81 lives in Brazil and has published O Sequestro do Rolo Sagrado (The Kidnapping of the Sacred Scroll), a fictional book about the church. His first book, Evangelização no Mercado Pós-Moderno (Evangelization in the Postmodern World), was published in 2008. He is also working toward a law degree. 1990s Walt Pietschmann ’90 is temporary pastor at Bethesda UPC, Elizabeth, Pa. 60 Panorama alumnae/ i news Jo Ramsey ’99 is temporary associate pastor at East Union PC, Cheswick, Pa. Patricia Sharbaugh ’99, assistant professor of theology at St. Vincent College, was one of 50 Catholic theologians invited to participate in a conference on “The Intellectual Tasks of the New Evangelization.” The new evangelization is directed toward people who were baptized or even confirmed, but on whom the gospel message has had little impact, and those who live in historically Christian nations but have no relationship with the church. John Welch ’02, vice president for student service and dean of students at PTS, continues to be recognized in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his work as a member of the Community-Police Working Group in Pittsburgh. Cyndi Bloise ’06 serves Center Avenue UMC, Pitcairn, Pa. Her passions are the church’s Circles (anti-poverty) Initiative, for which they received an expansion grant, and New Beginnings (alternative worship). Elizabeth Broschart ’06 is pastor of First PC Anne Woodman-Howe ’02 published Coming Home: The Congregational Choice to Live in God’s Amazing Grace in 2013. The book urges and enables congregations to make Jesus the center of their congregations. Frank Harmon ’03 is associate pastor for of Boyne City, Mich. Mary Browne ’06 is a chaplain and clinical pastoral education supervisor at the South Texas VA Hospital, San Antonio. Helen Kester ’06 is pastor of Highland Park PC, Lewistown, Pa. Chad Martin ’06 published “God-as-Potter: Merle Timko ’99 welcomed her new grandson, Levi James Landis, born to Michelle and Jim Landis, Aug. 31, 2012. youth, children, and their families at Pinnacle PC, Scottsdale, Ariz. Jim Steiner ’04 is interim pastor of Hillcrest Creativity and a Theology of Art-Making” in the Spring 2012 issue of Conrad Grebel Review. The article derives mainly from his master’s thesis at Pittsburgh Seminary. Chad is associate pastor of Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, Pa. Ann M. Osborne ’06, associate minister for congregational care at Highland PC, Lancaster, Pa., was awarded her D.Min. (in spirituality and aging in worship) from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. Ann supports 750 retired members of the 1,500-member congregation. 2000s Jeri-Lynne Bouterse ’00 is serving as interim pastor at Riverdale UPC, Moon Twp., Pa. Marie Brown ’00 is now in her tenth year as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Crafton, Pa. Carmen Cox Harwell ’01 serves St. Mark’s PC, Beachwood, Ohio. Jeanine Haven ’00 serves First PC of Wyoming, New York. UPC, Monroeville, Pa. Anita Stuart-Steva ’04 and her husband, Patrick, welcomed their new grandson, John Patrick Anderson, into the world. B. De Neice Welch ’04 is involved with the Northside Christian Health Center to increase understanding of and access to hospice care among African-Americans in the greater North Side community of Pittsburgh. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlighted her work. Eugene Blackwell ’05 was featured in the Wendy Keys ’00 is temporary pastor of Swissvale PC, Pa. Steve Russell ’01 was inducted into the Edinboro University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. He is regarded as one of the finest defensive backs in Edinboro’s football history and was named to the university’s all-time team. Jay Hollinsworth ’02 is interim pastor for McKeesport PC, Pa. Norman (Chips) Koehler ’02 and his wife, Jan, celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in 2013. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for his work with the Homewood Renaissance Association in building safe space for teens. Kim Viehland ’05 was interim pastor at Mifflin Avenue UMC from February to July 2012. She is now caregiver for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s. Kim sings in the church choir and serves as secretary for the church council and Wilkinsburg Community Ministry. Deborah Warren ’05 received a grant from the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowmentfunded program based at Louisville Seminary. As pastor of Second UPC, Wilkinsburg, Pa., she studied “Intentional Team Ministry: Enjoying God Together.”See page 5. Jeff Paschal ’06 is pastor of Guilford Park PC, Greensboro, N.C., and was selected as Town Square Columnist for the News & Record Newspaper of Greensboro. The first of Jeff’s monthly columns focused on biblical interpretation. He is using the venue to share the gospel with a larger audience. Brenda Barnes ’07 is temporary associate pastor at Sewickley PC, Pa., where she works with Sewickley’s pastor, Kevin Long ’07. Derek Campbell ’07 serves Living Stones Resources, a non-profit equipping everyday disciples in Altoona, Pa. For more information or to support this ministry, contact Derek at firstname.lastname@example.org. Panorama 61 alumnae/ i news class notes, continued 2000s, Mission Network. Joseph (Blake) Hudson ’08 is serving as Catherine Craley ’07 is pastor of Round Rock PC, Mission Presbytery, Texas. Chris Davis ’07 is pastor of Grace PC, Beaver Dam, Wis. Keith Kaufold ’07 is part of a team working to help revitalize the congregation of Homestead PC, Pa. See page 21. April Leese ’07 is working with the staff of Stony Point Center, N.Y., mostly on the computer and hosting groups, but also in the kitchen and gardens. Sarina Meyer ’07 is interim director of lay and continuing education at The Presbyterian College, Montreal. Ben Libert ’08 is pastor of Highland UPC, Emily Miller ’07 is associate pastor of The Church of the Covenant, Washington Presbytery, Pa. Martha Neba-Mbandi ’07 received a doctorate in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University. Martha began serving her first call, to Mosaic Community Church in 2012. In Cameroon, she hopes to implement the educational and funding models she developed as a pilot project for other low-income nations. James Purdie ’07 is pastor of St. Basil the Great Mission, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, Poquoson, Va. Deborah Saxe ’07 and her husband are starting a Disciples of Christ church in Westerville, Ohio. Carrie Benton ’08 is designated pastor at Mountain Lakes PC, Seeley Lake, Mont. 62 Panorama continued Janice Good ’08 and her husband, Charlie, became proud grandparents when Charles Stephen Good—“Little Charlie,” son of David and Sarah Good—arrived on Nov. 27, 2012. Zak Lantz ’09 is editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit. He began working as a sports writer at the west-central Pennsylvania newspaper in 2012. Don Polito ’09 is serving as temporary pastor of Liberty PC, Liberty Borough, Pa. Suzanne Zampella ’09 is pastor of David Koehler ’07 co-chairs a steering committee starting a Rwanda Partnership associate pastor of Eastminster PC, Marietta, Ga. Janice Krouskop ’08 is executive director of the Scenic City Women’s Network, Chattanooga, Tenn. A former SCWN board member, Janice has a passion for marketplace ministry and the Network’s mission to encourage, equip, and energize today’s Christian working women. Hyeon Gu Lee ’08 is pursuing a doctorate in intercultural studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. The dissertation topic is building long-term partnerships through short-term missions, and he is doing his field research in Korea and Sri Lanka. Connellsville PC, Pa. A member of Redstone Presbytery’s Council, she has served on the Finance Committee and as Moderator. 2010s Chad Bogdewic ’10/’13 serves a three-point charge: Fairmount UMC, West Finley, Pa.; Nineveh UMC, Pa.; and Union Valley UMC, Graysville, Pa. Robin Craig ’10, determined to make a difference and to help others after the 2008 suicide of her son, Josh Williams, presented testimony on Nov. 14, 2012, to the Ohio Senate Education Committee in support of legislation that would mandate suicide prevention education for Ohio educators. She has also written “Faith-filled Responses to Suicide” and “Care for Suicide Survivors” for The Huffington Post. She is serving as pastor of Nankin Federated Church, Nankin, Ohio. John Creekpaum ’10 is interim pastor at Cool Spring PC, Mercer, Pa. James Estes ’10 is associate pastor of mission Newport, Pa. Matthew Rich ’08 is pastor of Reid Memorial PC, Augusta, Ga. James Riggins ’08 is serving a two-year mission assignment in Thailand teaching English. He works with Christian Volunteers in Thailand. Follow James on his blog at www. movesofgod.wordpress.com. Andrew L. Weber ’08 is settled minister of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, Del. Randi Henderson ’09 is the pastor of UPC, Keokuh, Iowa. Doug Holmes ’09 is pastor of First PC, Albion, N.Y. and outreach at First PC, Tulsa, Okla. Melissa S. Goodman ’10 is temporary pastor at Dayton Glade Run PC, Dayton, Pa. Amanda Hoover Grubbs ’10 serves in a children’s ministry position at Korean UPC, Gibsonia, Pa. Cinda Isler ’10 is pastor of Hebron PC, Jeffrey W. Jones ’09 is pastor of Harmony UPC, Harrisville, Pa. Clinton, Pa. alumnae/ i news Eric Laverentz ’10, senior pastor of The PC of Stanley, Overland Park, Kan., wrote a new book, Is Caesar Our Savior? Why Only The Church Can Keep Any Nation Free (www. iscaesarsavior.com). Lisa Renee Sayre ’10 serves on the leadership team of Shalom: A Peace Church Community of Brother Francis and Sister Clare, a Mennonite church in Pittsburgh. She is also studying to become a certified registered nurse. David Sutherland ’10 is moderator of the 139 General Assembly of the PC in Canada. th John S. Dunlop ’12 is dean and professor of liturgics and theology at St. Herman Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska. Wray Fanton ’12 is associate pastor of Sherman Community Church, N.Y. Peter John Spiro (Hon. Colonel) ’12 was honored by local dignitaries, family, and the community of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, Aurora, Ill., on June 17, 2012, at St. Athanasios Church. Sue Washburn ’12 is pastor of Reunion James Graham ’12 is senior pastor of Valley View Bible Church, Paradise Valley, Ariz. Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Jane Anabe ’13 is director of children’s David Grissom ’12 is rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Murrysville, Pa. He and his wife, Linda, have four children. and family ministry at Newlonsburg PC, Murrysville, Pa. Woodrow Dixon ’13 is pastor of Jubilee Michael Haddox ’12 is director of ministries at Meridian UPC, Butler, Pa., where Stephen Franklin ’09 is pastor. See page 20. Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Matt Fricker ’13 is director of youth ministry Jason Clapper ’11 finished his second year at Lavonia PC, northeast Georgia, and started a doctor of ministry program at Columbia Theological Seminary. Gabriel Crawford ’11, formerly on InterVarsity staff, was confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church on the feast day of John the Baptist. Kathy Dain ’11 was interviewed in the Wall Street Journal on May 19, 2013, about embracing a second career as a clergyperson after leaving a first, more lucrative career. Peter Jackson ’12 is rector of Saints Theodore Orthodox Church, Williamsville, N.Y. at First PC, San Antonio, Texas. Matthew Grubbs ’13 serves at Korean UPC, Nancy Klancher ’12, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at Bridgewater College, Va., received her Ph.D. from Pittsburgh Seminary in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh. Eric McIntosh ’12 is deacon-in-charge at St. James Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh. Alex (Scott) Nelson ’12 works for the Tri- Gibsonia, Pa. Daniel Isadore ’13 is a ministry liaison between The Pittsburgh Experiment and the Coalition for Christian Outreach. Chelsea Leitcher ’13 is in a two-year chaplain CPE residency program at the San Diego VA Hospital, Calif. Chris Dericks ’11 is associate pastor for family ministries at First PC of Murrysville, Redstone Presbytery, Pa. B. T. Gilligan ’11 serves Harrisville UMC, near Grove City College, Pa. Christine March ’11 is ministering through Laketon Heights UMC, Pittsburgh. Doug Marshall ’11 is interim pastor of John McMillan PC, Bethel Park, Pa. Charles (Charlie) Cotherman ’12 is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. Cities Chaplaincy as part of his practicum for the master’s in social work degree he is pursuing. Judith Tobias ’13 is pastor of First Hungarian Reformed Church of Homestead, Pa. Minh Towner ’13 served as a summer 2013 Scott Pitz ’12 is project manager for The Kingsley Association in the Larimer area of Pittsburgh. Anthony Richardson ’12 is head chaplain of Highland Park Care Center, Pittsburgh. intern for 1001 Worshiping Communities and is now a chaplain resident at Wellspan Health/ York Hospital, York, Pa. Panorama 63 alumnae/ i news In Memory J. Davis Illingworth ’42 Sun City, Ariz. Jan. 12, 2013 Robert L. Caldwell ’44 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Feb. 15, 2012 Harold J. Walker ’44 Washington, Iowa July 30, 2012 T. Donald Black ’45 Jenkintown, Pa. Feb. 16, 2013 James W. Pollock ’45 Washington, Iowa April 14, 2013 Thomas M. Hutt Jr. ’53 J. Claude Gould ’46 Land O’Lakes, Fla. May 27, 2012 Wayne L. McCoy ’53 Peter Van Lierop ’49 Bensenville, Ill. July 28, 2012 Don F. Pierson ’53 William P. Barker ’50/’79 South Wellfleet, Maine July 8, 2012 John M. Rock ’53 Thomas M. Cummins Jr. ’51 Pittsburgh, Pa. Sept. 17, 2013 Francis Thom ’53 Robert L. Kelley Jr. ’51 Pittsburgh, Pa. Oct. 30, 2013 Robert R. Cunningham ’54 Charles W. Neu ’51 Brooklyn, N.Y. Aug. 16, 2010 Charles Ray Fenton ’54 Robert S. Humes ’52 Oakmont, Pa. June 17, 2012 Chanhassen, Minn. Aug. 1, 2012 Tulsa, Okla. Dec. 22, 2011 Scottsdale, Ariz. May 30, 2013 Valparaiso, Ind. June 14, 2012 DeKalb, Ill. Sept. 11, 2010 Dayton, Ohio Dec. 21, 2011 Menasha, Wisc. April 23, 2009 Marjorie C. Elgin ’53 Kent, Wash. July 11, 2012 Survived by Vernon G. Elgin ’52 M. Edgar Datesman ’53 Bedford, Pa. Dec. 31, 2012 Richard S. Smilie ’52 Knoxville, Tenn. Sept. 23, 2013 Richard Eyster Sigler ’52 Mechanicsburg, Pa. Aug. 18, 2013 Survived by Heather McLaughlin Sigler ’95 Alfred Spotts The Rev. Dr. Alfred L. Spotts ’44 died April 16, 2013, at the age of 93. Retired pastor of Sterling Kansas United Presbyterian Church, he was named as pastor emeritus in 2002. Sterling College awarded him an honorary doctorate in divinity in 2000. Alfred is pictured here holding the Bible that he started using during his seminary days at Pitt-Xenia. 64 Panorama alumnae/ i news John D. Mellinger ’54 Germantown, Tenn. Nov. 26, 2012 Stephen L. Polley ’54/’59/’75 Cranberry Township, Pa. Feb. 13, 2013 Merle E. Strohbehn ’54 Stillwater, Minn. Dec. 28, 2012 Norris Lee Cook ’55 Henderson, Nev. Oct. 30, 2012 John G. Evans ’55 Edwardsville, Ill. Feb. 23, 2012 John (Jack) B. Hawes Jr. ’55 Orange City, Fla. Dec. 16, 2012 Charles E. McCloskey ’55 Livonia, Miss. June 16, 2012 Charles M. Fullinwider ’56 Roswell, N.M. April 6, 2012 Philip M. Hastings Jr. ’56 Bangor, Maine March 5, 2012 Robert Wilson Marsh ’56 California, Md. Dec. 4, 2012 Irene Hays Turnmire ’56 Spokane, Wash. June 1, 2012 James E. Wigley Jr. ’56 New Wilmington, Pa. Feb. 29, 2012 Thomas J. McLaren ’57 Erie, Pa. Dec. 16, 2012 Ernest B. Murphy ’57 Navarre, Ohio Sept. 27, 2011 William E. Johnson Sr. ’60 Grandview, Mo. Nov. 20, 2012 Richard S. McConnell ’60 Clarence, N.Y. Nov. 15, 2012 Marion W. McCoy ’60 Charleston, S.C. March 16, 2013 Richard M. Cromie ’61 Matthews, N.C. Feb. 9, 2013 Edwin Carl Carlson ’62 Butler, Pa. June 22, 2013 David L. Heyser ’63 Duluth, Minn. Feb. 11, 2013 Alfred C. Horn ’63 Lafayette, Ala. March 26, 2013 John B. McLaren ’63/’68 Elmira, N.Y. Nov. 18, 2012 David L. Barrett Sr. ’64 Waynesburg, Pa. Dec. 29, 2012 Fitz Allen John ’65 Palm Bay, Fla. Sept. 20, 2005 Margaret S. Yingling ’65 Pittsburgh, Pa. Oct. 26, 2012 Robert J. Huck ’68 Waverly, Ohio Aug. 3, 2012 Jack R. Moon ’68 Cutler Bay, Fla. April 16, 2010 Glendora B. Paul ’68 Pittsburgh, Pa. Oct. 23, 2012 Harvey G. Throop ’68 San Diego, Ca. Sept. 19, 2012 Philip Bell Jr. ’71 Memphis, Tenn. April 9, 2013 Walter Wynn Kenyon ’74 Jackson, Miss. Feb. 13, 2012 Thomas C. LeClere ’74 Pittsburgh, Pa. June 23, 2012 Gerald L. Fennell ’76 Youngstown, Ohio May 22, 2013 Susan Shira Nilsen ’77 Bridgeville, Pa. July 15, 2013 Charles D. Moore ’81 Elizabeth Township, Pa. March 31, 2013 James Leo Armstrong ’87 Pittsburgh, Pa. May 3, 2012 Molly O’Mega Brown ’87 Perry Township, Pa. Aug. 6, 2012 Rick Dean Vesely ’87 Traer, Iowa July 17, 2012 Kathryn Irish Filer ’88 Oil City, Pa. March 2, 2012 Survived by Joe Filer ’88 Carol Edre Lynn ’89 Gibsonia, Pa. Sept. 28, 2011 Thomas Wayne Jackson ’90 Beverly, W.Va. July 14, 2011 John Stanton (Stan) Bell ’97 Feranandina Beach, Fla. March 29, 2012 Murphy J. Hickerson ’98 Canonsburg, Pa. May 9, 2012 Randall V. Boyer ’08 McMurray, Pa. Feb. 21, 2012 Nuhu Siman ’09 Taraba State, Nigeria July 1, 2011 Panorama 65 alumnae/ i news The Rev. Drs. Gary and Judy Angleberger, John S. McMillan Society Members Division. While serving in Brazil as a delegate to the World Council of Churches, she was elected one of 150 delegates on the WCC’s Central Committee. Also a leader in the PCUSA, prior to retiring Gary served as a pastor for 18 years (14 of those years in the First PC of Granville, Ohio), consultant with the General Assembly’s Major Mission Fund, and then as associate executive of the Synod of the Trinity for Communication and Stewardship, as well as a volunteer regional representative of the Theological Education Fund, which raises money for the denomination’s seminaries. Gary and Judy strongly affirm their Presbyterian tradition of providing well educated ministers (Teaching Elders) for the local church. And they’ve promoted the value of education among their family members and congregants. “It is, therefore, quite natural that when we arranged for the disposition of our assets in the light of our values, we included our seminaries [PTS for Judy, and Union-New York for Gary] in our planned giving.” This year with the Presbyterian Foundation, the Anglebergers are establishing the Angleberger Scholarship at Pittsburgh Seminary through a charitable remainder trust, in addition to providing funds to Union Theological Seminary, N.Y. Gary comments that Pittsburgh Seminary is special to them because Partners in ministry as well as in marriage, the Rev. Drs. Gary and Judy ‘96 Angleberger recognize the principle of Christian stewardship as important to the nurturing of the Church. So they’ve put a lot of thought into how best to steward their own resources. “In our homes of origin and in our church life, we learned to see our resources of time, abilities, and money as gifts from God to be used in Christ’s mission to the world through his Church. As we grew older and benefitted from the estates of our parents, as well as investments of our own, we realized that the privilege of Christian stewardship extends to our accumulated assets—that the guideline of the biblical tithe should guide our planned giving as well as our current giving,” they note. Pastor of Steffin Hill PC in Beaver Falls, Pa., Judy has served the church in a number of additional leadership capacities. She has represented the Beaver-Butler Presbytery on the General Assembly Council (now PMA) of the PCUSA and chaired the denomination’s World Wide Ministries Gary and Judy sum up their decision to include the Seminary in their estate plan by noting: “When we came to Western Pennsylvania some 32 years ago, colleagues who were graduates of Pittsburgh Seminary offered us their Christian support and friendship. They invited us to participate in PTS’s continuing education opportunities, various lecture series, and Alumnae/i Days events. Through those activities and Judy’s theological studies, Pittsburgh Seminary has played an important part in our Christian life—and we want the Seminary’s educational and spiritual impact to continue into the future.” PTS prepared Judy for the ordained order of Teaching Elder. That position has been a source of great joy over her more than 15 years as a pastor. Judy’s ties to PTS extend beyond her status as a graduate, however—for five years she served as the Seminary’s associate director for development and director of planned giving. That role made her all the more aware of the importance of planned gifts for ensuring the Seminary’s educationally excellent preparation for ministry. 66 Panorama Investing for Silken Communities A and friends. few months ago the new Pittsburgh Theological Seminary website went live at www.pts.edu. Refreshed and made easier to navigate, the site now provides new, user-friendly tools for our graduates, students, prospective students, Today, many resources in our society are being redirected to economic development—a very worthy cause, since people need jobs to support their families and to prosper. But jobs are only one aspect of what makes communities vital and whole. Many others, such as education, effective governance, and good housing are also necessary components of a thriving community. And as Christians we recognize that the most important strand for holding the fabric of society together consists in a community’s spiritual health, its people’s relationship with the Lord. Without the ministry of the gospel of Christ, we are left with “burlap societies” at best. But when gospel ministry is present and active in a community to support Christian values, families, finances, and decision-making, communities of fine silk emerge. It is such “silken communities,” characterized by forgiveness and the grace of Christ, that graduates of Pittsburgh Seminary help to weave. So I encourage you to check out our online Gift Catalog. Why not invest today in the Christian leaders of tomorrow who are preparing for Spirit-led service at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary? One carryover feature of the site consists in our online Gift Catalog, which includes student and faculty profiles; the history of endowed faculty chairs, student scholarships, and important lectureships; and links to supporting programs, such as the World Mission Initiative, Metro-Urban Institute, Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology, and The Zeitah Excavations. You will find the catalog at www.pts.edu/ Gift_Catalog. The online Gift Catalog also illustrates the needs met by financial gifts of specific amounts, so that in it you can learn how your gift to PTS makes a direct impact for Christian ministry—ministry through our students, our faculty, our graduates, and our entire Seminary community as we partner in pursuit of our mission of preparing Christian leaders for global ministry. These men and women are passionate about their call to share the good news of Jesus Christ—and to do so with grace undergirded by the necessary education, in and out of the classroom, for reaching an increasingly secular culture. Thomas J. Pappalardo is the vice president for advancement and marketing. The PTS Gift Catalog tells you about: Gifts that help Students Gifts that strengthen Academics Gifts in Honor or Memory Gifts that enhance our Mission Planned Gifts Panorama 67 NON-PROFITORG. ORG. NON-PROFIT USPOSTAGE POSTAGE US PAID PAID PITTSBURGH,PA PA PITTSBURGH, PERMIT#1438 #1438 PERMIT 220 hours starting 2/20 at 2:20 p.m. Watch for news about The PTS 220-Year Stretch —coming soon to a mailbox near you! 2 x $20K The PTS 220-Year s t r etch