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Meet Our Authors

2011 Authors

Elizabeth Francis Caldwell


Biography
Elizabeth F. Caldwell is the Harold Blake Walker Professor of Pastoral Theology as McCormick Theological Seminary.  She is the author of Come Unto Me: Rethinking the Sacraments for Children (1996), Leaving Home with Faith (2002), and Making a Home for Faith, Revised and Updated (2007), published by The Pilgrim Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Quinn Goodrich Caldwell

 


Biography


 Quinn Caldwell is a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, is the Associate Minister as Old South Church in Boston, MA.

Curtis Johns Preston
Biography


Curtis Johns Preston is the pastor of Lakewood United Church of Christ in Lakewood, Colorado.  A lifelong UCC'er, Curtis has served large and small and knows the denomination form coast to coast.

 

 

 




Jacobus Johannes Hamman


Biography


Born in South Africa, Jaco Hamman left his native country in 1993 as a hospital chaplain to pursue further training with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  After two CPE residencies, his interest in the emotional, relational, and spiritual experiences of people became the focus of a PH. D. dissertation as Princeton Theological Seminary.  Dr. Hamman's dissertation on the Book of Job argues that the book not only describes a major theological shift in the life of Job, but concomitant growth towards emotional and relational health.  This project became the foundation of his book, Becoming a Pastor:  Forming Self and Soul for Ministry (The Pilgrim Press 2007).

Before joining the faculty of Western Theological Seminary in 2001, Dr. Hamman spent three years in New York City as a pastoral psychotherapist at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute.  In addition, he worked as a pastoral psychotherapist as a family therapist in Princeton, NJ.  He is a Fellow in The American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

Dr. Hamman has a special interest in the confluence of religion and psychology in the lives of individuals and families.  In addition, he is an international consultant to congregations and denominations.  This work led to his first book: When Steeples Cry: Leading Congregations Through Loss and Change (The Pilgrim Press, 2005).

Dr. Hamman in an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America.




Christopher W. Perry

 


Biography

Christopher W. Perry is pastor of Robinson Springs United Methodist Church in Millbrook, Alabama, and teaches as an adjunct professor at Huntingdon College and Asbury Theological Seminary.  He is co-author of Learning To Talk Sheep:  Understanding Those You Lead (The Pilgrim Press, 2010).  Perry received his M. Div and D. Min. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

 

 


 

2009 Authors



Gennifer Benjamin Brooks

 

 

Biography
Gennifer Benjamin Brooks received her Ph.D. from Drew University and her D.Min and M.Div from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. She is an elder in The United Methodist Church, Styberg Associate Professor of Homiletics, and Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute at Garrett-Theological Seminary.

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Barbara J. Essex

 

Biography
Barbara J. Essex is an ordained United Church of Christ minister and minister/coordinator of community life at Pacific School of Religion. She is the author of seven books published by The Pilgrim Press.

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Randy Hammer

Biography
Randy Hammer is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is pastor of United Church, Chapel on the Hill, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He holds an M.Div from Memphis Theological Seminary and a D.Min from Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary. Hammer is the author of The Talking Stick: 40 Children's Sermons with Activities (The Pilgrim Press, 2007).

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Mary Elizabeth Hobgood

Biography
Mary Elizabeth Hobgood is associate professor of religious studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She earned her M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. from Temple University.

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Charlene Hosenfeld

 

Biography
Charlene Hosenfeld is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She received her Ph.D. in counseling from Ohio University. Hosenfeld is co-author of Counseling Persons with Addictions and Compulsions: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals (The Pilgrim Press, 2007) and Counseling on Sexual Issues: A Handbook for Pastors and Other Helping Professionals (The Pilgrim Press, 2006) .

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Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.

Biography
Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. is the acting academic dean and professor of biblical and constructive theology at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament (The Pilgrim Press, 2003).

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Alan Johnson

Biography
Alan Johnson is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, was on the national staff of the United Church of Christ as secretary of evangelism for spiritual and membership growth. He received his M.Div from Yale University and has trained at the Shalem Institute in group spiritual guidance.

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Angela Bauer-Levesque

Biography
Angela Bauer-Levesque is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has taught since 1994. She has a diploma from Johannes Gutenberg Universitat in Mainz (Germany), and earned her M.Div. from Universitat Hamburg (Germany) and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

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Paul Nixon

Biography
Paul Nixon is an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church, lived in Washington D.C. and works with young adults in creating new expressions of faith community. He serves as a New Church Development Strategist for the Path 1 project of The United Methodist Church and consults with churches and denominations throughout the U.S. He is the author of I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church! (The Pilgrim Press, 2006)

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Biography
Deborah L. Patterson is an ordained United Church of Christ minister. She is executive director of the International Parish Nurse Resource Center and Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri. Patterson is the best-selling author of Health Ministries (2008), Healing Words for Healing People (2005), and The Essential Parish Nurse (2003), all published by The Pilgrim Press

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Marian R. Plant

Biography
Marian R. Plant is associate professor and Schauffler Chair of Christian Education at The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, where she also serves as the co-coordinator of its Design for Leadership program. She received her M.Div from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio and her Ed.D from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and one of its certified church education specialists.

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Josh Tinley

 

Biography
Josh Tinley is an Abingdon Youth editor. He also serves as the managing editor of LinC, a weekly electronic curriculum that draws faith lessons from current events and pop culture. Tinley has contributed articles on a variety of subjects, including faith and sports, for the Nashville Scene (owned by alternative paper The Village Voice), the Journal of Student Ministries, and several other publications. Tinley received his M.T.S. from Vanderbilt University.

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2008 Authors

Julianna Kristina Tenny-Brittian

Biography
Julianna Kristina Tenny-Brittian is the Northeast Area Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America. She was senior consultant to The Mainline Evangelism Research Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment and operated under the office of the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She received her D.Min. from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington.

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Steve Case

Biography
Steve Case is a licensed minister with the United Church of Christ, and serves as director of youth ministries at Windermere Union United Church of Christ in Windermere, Florida. He has been a speaker at numerous GROUP Youthworkers Conventions and Youth Specialties National Youthworker Conventions. He is author of eleven books and has served Episcopal, Presbyterian, and United Methodist congregations in Ohio and Florida since the 1990s.

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Bruce G. Epperly and Katherine Gould Epperly

Biography
Bruce G. Epperly and Kathering Gould Epperly, both ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), are co-pastors of Disciples United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Bruce is professor of practical theology and director of continuing education at Lancaster Theological Seminary. He received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Katherine is a spiritual director and pastoral counselor. Together, they lead groups and consult with pastors in the areas of wellness, spiritual formation, and professional excellence

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Marvin A. McMickle

Biography
Marvin A. McMickle is pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.  He received his M.Div from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, his D.Min from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.  He is professor of homiletics at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, and author of over eight books, including Where Have All the Prophets Gone? Reclaiming Prophetic Preaching in America (The Pilgrim Press, 2006).

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James F. Miller

Biography
James F. Miller as been pastor of DuPage A.M.E. Church in Lisle, Illinois for 18 years. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is director of Christian education for the Fourth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church, vice-chairman of the Chicago Conference of the Board of Trustees, chairman of the board of REACH, and a lifetime member of the NAACP.

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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

Biography
Virginia Ramey Mollenkott is professor emeritus of English at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She is the author of more than twelve books.

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