Rev. Dr. Jana
of homiletics and
speech communi-
cations, is the im-
mediate past presi-
dent of her profess-
ional association, the Academy of
Homiletics, and continues to serve
its executive committee. At the
group’s annual meeting in Chicago,
Ill., in November, she chaired the
Nominating Committee and coor-
dinated a Saturday morning semi-
nar on “Embodiment and Creativ-
ity in Preaching.” Her seminar
presentation was entitled “Body:
The Spirit’s Message Board.”
Childers is also committed to the
Western Association of Schools and
Colleges. This year she is enrolled in
an advanced training course as she
prepares to serve on a visitation
team next spring. This will mark
her eighth visit to a sister school as
an evaluator. For two of those visits
she served as chair of the visitation
team. In addition to preaching lo-
cally, Childers is working on a book
project with Richard Ward of Phil-
lips Theological Seminary. She was
honored during the Associate
Church Press annual awards ban-
quet, receiving an honorable men-
tion along with Michael Linvale
and Ted V. Foote, Jr. for their
“Benedictory” column in
The Pres-
byterian Outlook
. The ACP is the
oldest and largest Christian press
association and stages yearly judg-
ing for its “Best of the Christian
Press Awards”.
Rev. Dr. Virstan
director of
Advanced Pastoral
Studies and associ-
ate professor of
ministry, preached
at First Presbyteri-
an Church, San Anselmo, as part of
that congregation’s observance of
Theological Education Sunday in
September. He offered workshops
on “Leadership in Times of Transi-
tion and Transformation” at the
Western National Leadership
Training Event in Jackson Hole,
Wyo., in October, and enjoyed re-
union time with alums, Doug Me-
lius and Tim Mooney. In Novem-
ber, he joined colleagues from other
PC(USA) seminaries in a consulta-
tion of Doctor of Ministry program
directors hosted by McCormick
Theological Seminary. He will
meet with Asian American Presby-
terian Pastors at their annual retreat
in Watsonville, Calif., in Decem-
ber. Also participating will be alum,
Joseph Lee, executive presbyter for
San Jose Presbytery.
Rev. Dr. Sam
director of the Pro-
gram in Christian
Spirituality and as-
sociate professor of
Christian Spiritual-
ity, has traveled to South Sudan the
past two summers as part of an ecu-
menical teaching team that reached
out to church leaders from the Pres-
byterian Church of Sudan (PCOS)
and Episcopal Church of Sudan
(ECS). When he returned, he
preached at First Presbyterian
Church, San Anselmo, in July. He
co-led the 2012 Preachers Retreat
with Dr. Anne Wire “Studying and
Praying the Gospel of Luke” at
SFTS July 23-26. In September,
Hamilton-Poore began service on
the Committee on Ministry of
Redwoods Presbytery and per-
formed musically at the Festival of
Arts event at Christ Lutheran
Church, Fairfax. He made a presen-
tation on the current challenges of
the churches of South Sudan at
Calvary Presbyterian Church, San
event on
offered by
San Francisco Theologi-
cal Seminary faculty mem-
bers presented “Knocking on
Heaven’s Door. Prayers in Old
and New Testament Texts and
their Reception in History
and Praxis” in October at Al-
exander Hall.
Besides community mem-
bers and Bay Area pastors, the
packed hall included members
of the SFTS board of trustees
who were in town for their fall
The lecture provided in-
sight and discussion on the
following questions:
How have prayers changed
over the course of time
(Old Testament, New Tes-
tament, History of Chris-
tianity and the 21st cen-
Are prayers something spe-
cifically Jewish-Christian?
Does addressing God as
“Father” go back to Jesus?
Can we still pray the
Psalms today?
The panelists were Dr. An-
nette Weissenrieder, associate
professor of New Testament,
Dr. Annette Schellenberg, as-
sociate professor of Old Testa-
ment, Dr. Christopher Ocker,
professor of history, and Rev.
Dr. Sam Hamilton-Poore,
director of the Program in
Christian Spirituality and as-
sistant professor of Christian
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