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2017 Summer Pastors' School Brochure


Congratulations Colleague! 

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 process. 

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 


Attachments Included: 

·         General Information 

·         Hastings Campus Map 

·         Hastings City Map 

·         Daily Schedule 

·         Roster of School Participants 

·         Faculty Roster 

·         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.

Marcia McFeeWorship Leader, Dr. Marcia McFee
An author, 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 McFee
YouTube - The Worship Design Studio with Marcia McFee

YouTube - Flatlining - Worship Vitality Killers

Speaker, Rev. Dr. Gary Neal Hansen
Rev. Dr. Gary Neal HansenDr. 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 say."

Books by Gary Neal Hansen
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 Hamilton-Poore
 Samuel Hamilton-Poore
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 spirituality.


Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God's Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore

Collegiate Presbyterian Church
Vimeo - "Awash with Angels" by Sam Hamilton-Poore

Speaker, Rev. Dr. Anna Case-Winters
Anna Case-WintersAnna 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 Case-Winters
Full Bibliography
McCormick Theological Seminary

                                  Topics: TBA
         More Information as it Becomes Available

Talent Show

Individuals are invited to share their musical and dramatic skills during an evening of light-hearted entertainment.  



  • Director and Adjunct Faculty
  • More about Hastings
    Hastings College and Hastings, Nebraska
  • Eligibility
    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.
  • Selection
    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.
  • Spouses
    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.
  • Summer School Photos
    School for Pastors Photos
  • Summer School Testimonials
    School for Pastors Testimonials


       "All right Gary, you done a Good Job, Good Job!
per Reverend Dr. Jerry L. Cannon
2013 School for Pastors


 Summer Pastors' School 
June 4-9, 2017 

Hastings Hazelrigg




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 Winter Pastors' School
Feb 5-8, 2018

Hastings Chapel