Leadership — San Marino
Sally A. Brown is Princeton Seminary’s Elizabeth M. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship. She has an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister with more than 20 years of parish and other pastoral experience prior to beginning her academic career, she continues to teach and preach in local congregations. Her academic interests include the theology and rhetoric of the cross in contemporary preaching, with attention to issues raised by feminist theology and postmodern theories of discourse. Major publications include Cross Talk: Preaching Redemption Here and Now (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008) and Lament: Reclaiming Practices in Pulpit, Pew, and Public Square (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “Sunday's Sermon for Monday's World: Preaching to Shape a Practicing Church.”
Carolyn “Care” Crawford is pastor of congregational life at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, where she has served for 22 years. She graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1982 and 1984 with M.Div. and Th.M. degrees respectively. She speaks frequently at retreats and conferences in areas of spiritual formation, grief and loss, and care-giving, and is a certified spiritual director trainer.
Topics for roundtables: “Models for spiritual formation to center and transform a pastor’s heart.”
From the early Desert Fathers and Mothers and throughout church history, we are given some great examples for a contemplative and reflective journey with Jesus Christ, a journey that we sometimes neglect as busy pastors and Christians. My own experience in training to become a spiritual director and teaching on the faculty of an organization for spiritual formation and direction changed my pastoral and programmatic ministry, and my inward journey as well. Join me as we explore some of the exercises and invitations from ancient of days and current practices if you need refreshment for your soul… that “Christ be formed in you.” Gal. 4:19
Gordon Graham, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts, earned M.A. degrees from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Durham, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Durham. He is an ordained Anglican priest, and his areas of academic interest include aesthetics, moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the Scottish philosophical tradition. His courses include “Philosophy and the Arts” and “Political Philosophy and Public Theology.” Major publications include Theories of Ethics (Routledge, 2011) and The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion (Oxford University Press, paperback 2010).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “Art and the Christian Faith”
We will explore relations between the world of art and the Christian faith. Though widely regarded as natural partners nowadays, the Reformed tradition has more often thought of the arts as spiritual rivals than spiritual allies. Should modern Christians regard the arts with enthusiasm or with caution?
Darrell Guder is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as a student outreach pastor and as a faculty member of the Karlshohe College in the German Lutheran Church. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. Major publications include Exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the World (Witherspoon Press, 2007) and The Continuing Conversion of the Church: Evangelization as the Heart of Ministry (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “The Missional Challenges of the End of Christendom in the West”
Richard Nyberg is a 1976 M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary, and also has an M.S.W. degree from Rutgers University. He has maintained a 30-year counseling practice that offers clinical, consultative, and coaching services and provides counseling and life coaching services to thousands of clients. He is the founder of OUTCOMES Counseling and Coaching Services, and serves as a consultant to businesses in a wide range of executive coaching, organizational development, and employee assistance areas.
Topics for roundtables: “Men of God: Toward a Masculine Approach to Spiritual Awakening”
The presentation and discussion will focus on the subject of men and spirituality. We will address the question of whether there is a distinctive way by which men approach a genuine interest in God and also consider together the developmental obstacles unique to men that can complicate that process.
Choon-Leong Seow, Princeton Seminary’s Henry Snyder Gehman Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature, earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. Leong Seow also serves as director of the Seminary’s Asian American Studies Program. An ordained Presbyterian ruling elder, he specializes in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, and the history of ancient Israelite religion. Major publications include Hebrew Inscriptions: Texts from the Biblical Period of the Monarchy, with F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp and J.J.M. Roberts (Yale University Press, 2004) and Ecclesiastes, A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Anchor Bible 18c. (Doubleday, 1997).
Topics for lecture and roundtables: “Lessons from the Book of Job”
Various topics will be presented and discussed, including Job’s wife, reading the Book of Job theologically, and Job through the eyes of artists.
Martin Tel, Princeton Seminary’s C.F. Seabrook Director of Music, earned an M.Mus. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a D.M.A. from the University of Kansas. He is interested in congregational singing and the Psalter and his courses cover musical resources for the congregation, the Psalms in worship, and the philosophy of church music. He is currently serving on the bi-denominational hymnal committee for the Christian Reformed Church and the Reformed Church in America. He recently served as senior editor for Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (CICW/Faith Alive/Brazos Press, 2012).
Topics for roundtables: We will explore the psalter as source for liturgical and sung prayer. Though most Christians profess a love for the book of Psalms, a quick pass over the entire psalter reveals many psalms that we either are unfamiliar with or consciously avoid. What does the full spectrum of voices in the psalter teach us about the way God wishes for us to pray, both as individuals and as the church? Using the newly published psalter Psalms for All Seasons, we will explore how the full spectrum of psalms can be liturgically and musically re-presented so that their meaning become more clear and our prayers become more honest.
Charlene Han Powell, the conference worship leader, is associate pastor for Christian education at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. There she is responsible for overseeing adult education, family ministries, and the young adult program. Before earning her M.Div. at PTS, she studied at the University of California,San Diego, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in religion with a minor in dance. She has also done intensive language training at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.