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the kitchen stove to the driveway in front of Trinity House garage.
At this point, they began experimenting beyond the standard recipes.
Their first beer, Old McDonald, was a Helles Bock brewed during
January’s Greek Intensive to commemorate the inauguration of James
McDonald as president of SFTS.
Their next beer, a West-coast version of an Irish Ale, was the first
recipe that they perfected. The Siberian Red is named for Ferguson’s
husky, Chilly.
Beerd’s third beer is their most innovative accomplishment to
date. Black Beerd has a dark aroma and color but
the light weight of a Pilsner and finishes with a bite
of hops—three things that shouldn’t work together.
Yet it’s a delicious beer, and there’s nothing like it
A Pale Ale named “Montgomery” rounds out
the four beers that will launch Beerd Brewery. “We
like IPAs but didn’t think the market needed an-
other one,” Ferguson commented.
“The craft brew movement is nearing its peak
but hasn’t totally saturated the market,” he con-
tinues. “While this, like all start-ups, is risky, this
is a leap of faith … plus we are confident in our
Over the next year, the adventure begins in ear-
nest. Ferguson is moving to Boston, where his wife,
Heidi, is a chemist at Merck. He will continue to
refine the business plan and raise venture capital
to launch the Brewery there. Highsmith and his
fiancé, Heather, a doctor in residency training, will
marry this summer and have dreams of interna-
tional mission work.
The vision for Beerd Brewery began to expand
during a presentation on the PC(USA)’s initiative
1001 Worshiping Communities in January. Hear-
ing about Common Table, a restaurant and wor-
shiping community in Bend, Oregon, crystallized
the idea for Ferguson. He says the initial vision
had been for the beer sales to fund nontraditional ministries locally
and globally, which would include Heather’s and Cameron’s service
abroad. In a flash, Ferguson pondered, “If C. S. Lewis could find Je-
sus in a bar, why can’t we make another bar where people encounter
Both Highsmith and Ferguson find brewing to be a centering
practice. They were surprised to discover that their spiritual discipline
that offered respite from seminary stresses also nurtured relationships
within SFTS and beyond. They now want to share, with a hurting
world, their beer that creates community.
“Nobody knows what the church of tomorrow will look like,”
Ferguson says. Highsmith finishes his thought: “Beerd is just one
new idea of what it could be.” And both men remind others to drink
responsibly and pray radically!
Bentley Stewart is a second-year M.Div. student.
SFTS student
to present paper
at Baptist conference
By Rachel Howard
an Francisco Theological Seminary’s own Ineda
Adesanya (DASD ’13 / M.Div Senior) is one
of only 15 people invited to present papers to a
group of theologians of the American Baptist Church
USA (ABCUSA) in June. She will present her paper
titled “American Baptists and the Abundant Life:
What Has Spiritual Direction to Do With It?” at the
ABCUSA Theologians Confer-
ence, where attendees will gather
to hear presentations on the theme
“Baptists and the Spirit: Living
Into God’s Future.” The conference
precedes the Mission Summit, a
national biannual gathering dur-
ing which American Baptists share
ideas, reunite with other church
members, and conduct denomina-
tional business.
In her paper, Adesanya explores the relevance and
importance of spiritual direction, something that is
relatively new in American Baptist churches. She de-
scribes spiritual direction as “a contemplative practice
whose primary goal is to help individuals through
one-on-one, group, or congregational sessions to grow
in their personal relationships with God with the aim
of helping them find and follow God’s will.” She also
says, “Spiritual direction should be formalized or in-
troduced to members and congregations of American
Baptist churches as a tool to supplement other means
of personal spiritual growth and formation in pursuit
of abundant living.”
Adesanya is a practicing spiritual director, having
received a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction
(DASD) from SFTS. She finds contemplative listen-
ing and the discernment of God’s will extremely im-
portant in helping people see and follow the path God
has laid out for them. The practice has also strength-
ened her own relationship with God. “Spiritual direc-
tion has helped me to better recognize God moving in
my life, and I have developed this weird, unexplain-
able, ever-present joy [because of it],” she says.
As Minister of Spiritual Life at Allen Temple
Baptist Church in Oakland, California, Adesanya
provides individual, small-group, and congregational
spiritual direction. While working to complete her
M.Div./MA and beyond, she looks forward to es-
tablishing a full-service spiritual direction practice
with particular focus on providing spiritual care for
Rachel Howard is an SFTS communications associate.
& “Chilly”
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