A reception will be hosted by Park Presbyterian Church at Park Place on Sunday, May 31 from 1:00 to 3:00. The community is welcome to stop by, share a greeting, and enjoy refreshments.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Names David Esterline Next President
Park Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Esterline has been named the next president and professor of cross-cultural theological education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) seminary. David currently serves as professor of cross-cultural education and ministry and director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was the dean of faculty and vice president for academic affairs at McCormick from 1999-2009.
It is a bittersweet announcement for Park Church that their pastor, the Rev. Jane Esterline, will accompany David to Pittsburgh. Her resignation from Park Church is effective June 30th. The Esterlines came to Park Presbyterian Church in March, 2009. Jane has served as the pastor at Park Church for 6 years. She is currently the president of the Streator Ministerial Association, sits on the board of the Cora J. Pope Home in Ottawa, has served on the board of CASA (Court Appoint Special Advocates) in Ottawa, participates in Blackhawk Presbytery, and is a member of Zontas.
David Esterline is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (A.B., religious studies), Oxford University, Trinity College (M.A., theology), and Graduate Theological Union (Ph.D., religion and education). He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon in 1987 and is currently a teaching elder in Blackhawk Presbytery and parish associate at Park Presbyterian Church.
The Esterlines started ministry as Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers in Cameroon and the Fiji Islands. David served as a lecturer at the Theological College of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon and as academic dean, lecturer, and chair of the Biblical Studies department at Pacific Theological College in Suva, Fiji Islands.
David researches, writes, and lectures about Christian theological education worldwide. David is co-chair of the recently formed Global Forum of Theological Educators, an initiative designed to provide a common table for mutual sharing among Evangelical, Pentecostal, Historical Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Independent educators. Additionally, he has worked extensively with the Association of Theological Schools, the accrediting body for more than 270 institutions in the United States and Canada that is headquartered in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Board of the Commission on Accrediting (chair, 2010-2012), chaired numerous comprehensive evaluations, and presented various workshops on topics including diversity. He has also served with the World Council of Churches focusing on ecumenical theological education. His passion for diversity and anti-racism training goes with him.
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