2017 Summer Pastors' School
If your application has
been approved for you to join your fellow pastors at the 61st Omaha Presbyterian
Seminary Foundation’s Summer Pastors’ School at Hastings College June 4-9, 2017, important
information follows. We have an excellent faculty team ready to interact with you on a wide
variety of topics.
Plan to arrive for
registration and room assignments between 2 and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 4th. Staff
will be in the Hazelrigg Student Center (located on the corner of Ninth & Elm
Streets). Upon arrival, you are assigned your dorm
room keycard. Private rooms are available to all
who paid for them. If you are running late, please
contact Hastings College: (800) 532-7642 or Robin Koozer (402) 461-7389.
Should you need to cancel,
please contact the OPSF office immediately. Cancellations after June 1st may cause forfeiture of
your registration fee.
While room and board are
underwritten by the Foundation, participants are responsible for transportation to Hastings. The
Board and staff review travel grant requests based on circumstances. (Funds are limited and are
based upon a percentage of the number requested.) Because of space and budget limitations,
spouses are not included unless they are accepted following the application
Attached is information
regarding the Hastings College campus and the Summer Pastors’ School. Please read it thoroughly as there have been several changes
from previous schools. We hope it answers any of your questions regarding emergency numbers,
mail, transportation, housing, schedules, and locations.
Other items of note:
· Due to scheduling conflicts, there will not be a book store available this year. We will
instead be hosting a book exchange. We encourage you to bring any relevant books, robes, stoles, or
other liturgical items that you wish to share with other School participants. These will be
strictly donation/exchange. There will be NO monetary transactions.
Several of the faculty have authored books that may be pertinent to the materials
presented at the school. Some of these may be available for purchase from the individual faculty
member at the school.
· Due to the shorter school schedule, there will not be a Pastor’s Talent Show. Please see
the attached information for other evening events and entertainment.
Whether a first timer or a
returning pastor, we look forward to welcoming you to the 61st Summer Pastors’
School! We sincerely hope as you “Recharge your
ministry” that you will be able to recharge body and soul as well as form new friendships
with fellow clergy.
Grace and peace,
Dr. Gary S. Eller
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Roster of School Participants
Emergency Contact Form
Enrollment limited to 50 people
with current validated ministry & other criteria.
Should you not be accepted, your registration fee will be refunded.
Worship Leader, Dr. Marcia McFee
worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been
called “refreshing,” “inspiring,” and “unforgettable.” Marcia combines her background and experience in
professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring
a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia has provided worship design and leadership
at numerous international and regional gatherings. She travels extensively in order to teach regional workshops that are
accessible to congregational leaders and worship teams. She earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies
at the Graduate Theological Union with an allied field of Ethics.
Books by Marcia
YouTube - The Worship Design Studio with Marcia
YouTube - Flatlining - Worship Vitality
Speaker, Rev. Dr. Gary Neal
Dr. Gary Hansen, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D. is
a former Associate Professor of church history at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. While
at Dubuque, he managed to combine his natrual gift for teaching, an intellectual affinity for Church
history, a delightful sense of humor and a desire to be a friend to students. He is the author
of several books including Kneeling with Giants, Learning to Pray with History's Best,
Being Reformed: The Heidelberg Catechism and Love Your Bible. He is an articulate and
avid blogger and is genuinely engaged with other people. Gary and his wife have a young son and
daughter. When asked a few years ago "What are three things you'd like to accomplish
in life?" he replied; "When I was a kid, at the end
of every Sunday service we used to sing a hymn that included the words '…three things I pray: to see Thee more
clearly; love Thee more dearly; follow Thee more nearly, day by day.' Three excellent goals, I’d
Books by Gary Neal
Gary's Blog: How Do You Make Sense Of
Theology? (Letters to a Young Pastor)
Blog:Please Join Me
As I Chat With Dr. Gary Neal Hansen by Cynthia Herron
Speaker, Rev. Dr. Samuel
Sam came to Collegiate from the San Francisco Theological
Seminary where he served as Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality and Associate Professor of Christian
Spirituality. Prior to teaching, Sam also served Presbyterian, Lutheran, and UCC congregations in North
Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. He is married to Terry, who is also a PCUSA minister, and they have three
children and one grandchild. Sam enjoys all kinds of music and music-making (trombone, recorders, singing),
but especially jazz. He also enjoys gardening, reading, and being outdoors. Sam is the author
of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s
Creation (Upper Room Books 2009), and is currently
researching/writing a book on Christian
Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God's
Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore
Collegiate Presbyterian Church
Vimeo - "Awash with Angels" by Sam
Speaker, Rev. Dr. Anna
Anna Case-Winters joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in 1986 as Instructor
in Theology, became Assistant Professor in 1988, Associate Professor in 1990, and Professor in 2003. She is
an ordained Presbyterian minister and served churches in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee prior to her
graduate study. During her graduate studies she was a Graduate Teaching Scholar and Associate Director of
Field Education for Vanderbilt Divinity School. Case-Winters is a member of the American Academy of Religion
and past president of the American Theological Society. She is the current Convener of the Institute for
Reformed Theology Religion and Science Colloquim. Case-Winters has served the PCUSA in several capacities
including two terms of service on the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical Relations as Chair for
Christian Unity. She has served the World Communion of Reformed Churches as Moderator of the Theology
Committee of the Caribbean and North American Area Council, as current Co-chair of the International
Committee on Lutheran and Reformed Relations, and now in the International Theological Network.
Books by Anna
More Information as it Becomes
Individuals are invited to share their musical and dramatic skills during an evening of light-hearted
- Director and Adjunct Faculty
- More about Hastings
Hastings College and Hastings, Nebraska
Teaching Elders currently serving the Presbyterian Church (USA) in some capacity in one of these states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs - formerly CLPs) serving a Presbyterian congregation in these states are also encouraged to apply.
Teaching Elders who have not previously attended receive priority for scholarships. Other participants are awarded according to a ranking based on their last year of attendance. Priority is given to pastors in active service.
Accommodations will be provided for couples only where both husband and wife are serving the Presbyterian Church (USA) and both applications are accepted.
- Participant Travel
Travel costs are the responsibilities of each participant. Limited travel grants are available to participants from outlying states upon written request.
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School for Pastors Testimonials
"All right Gary, you done a Good Job,
per Reverend Dr. Jerry L. Cannon
2013 School for