Spring & Fall Lecture Series

Upcoming Speakers

Spring 2014 Lecture and Heritage Day (March 24-25, 2014)

Dr. Steve Harper

Heritage Day, March 25, 11 a.m, Trinity United Methodist Church – “A Charge To Keep” (Particular Ways)

Clergy Institute, March 25, Glenn Lowe Dining Room in Sherman Hall – “Ministry From The Heart” Based on Henri Nouwen’s Way of the Heart, which should be read in advance

Session I – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30  p.m. – “Nature Of Our Heart”
Session II – 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – “Nurture Of Our Heart”

Dr. Steve Harper is Emeritus Professor of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies at the Florida-Dunnam campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla. In addition to this, he served as the Founding Vice President and Dean of the Florida-Dunnam campus. Over the course of fifty years of ministry, he has also served as a youth minister, evangelist, pastor, and Executive Director of A Foundation for Theological Education. He and his wife Jeannie co-founded Shepherd’s Care, a ministry to ministers. At The Upper Room in Nashville, Tenn., he served as Dean of the Upper Room Chapel and Director of the Pathways Initiative (a ministry to spiritual leaders). 

Dr. Harper has been married to Jeannie since 1970. They are the parents of two adult children, John and Katrina, and two grandchildren, Zoe and Isaac. Dr. Harper has authored 15 books and co-authored 13 others, as well as numerous articles, reviews, and Bible projects. He is a frequent speaker in local churches, conferences, and retreats and is a retired Elder in The United Methodist Church, having served under appointment in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference (1971-2004) and the Florida Annual Conference (2004, until his retirement in 2012).

Dr. Harper is a graduate of McMurry University (B.A. 1966), Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv. 1973) and Duke University (Ph.D 1981). He has also done post-doctoral study at Duke University (1987). Over the years, Dr. Harper has held memberships in the Wesleyan Theological Society and the American Academy of Religion. He was also the first person to be chosen as a John Wesley Fellow in 1977 by A Foundation for Theological Education.

In retirement, Dr. Harper and Jeannie have been enjoying a more contemplative life and ministry.

Fall 2014 (November 20-21, 2014)

Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean

Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She hails from a family of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners, but she and her sister grew up primarily as P.K.s (“politician’s kids”), thanks to their dad’s career in the Ohio legislature, which introduced them to theological concepts like elections, vocation, and the salutary benefits of White Castle. In off-election years, her mom and dad were both teachers (her dad was her high school government teacher and debate coach, and her mom taught third grade). When Dr. Creasy Dean was fifteen, she attended a church camp on Lake Erie that pretty much changed everything.

A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary, Kenda served as a pastor in suburban Washington, DC and campus minister at the University of Maryland-College Park before earning her doctorate in practical theology/Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She and her husband Kevin are the proud parents of Brendan, a senior in the film conservatory at SUNY-Purchase, and Shannon, a senior at Princeton High School.

Previous Speakers

  • Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality at Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University (OCU).  Topic – “Many Ways of Being Christian"
  • Dr. J. Steven O’Malley, John T. Seamands Professor of Methodist Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary. Topic – “Methodism and World Christian Revitalization: Past, Present, and Future”
  • Rev. Jim Harnish, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, Fla.
  • Dr. David Lowes Watson, Director of the Office of Pastoral Formation for the Nashville Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, and author of Covenant Discipleship
  • Dr. James “Mickey” Efird, Professor of Greek and Biblical Studies, Duke Divinity School
  • Dr. Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology
  • Dr. Sam Wells, Dean of the Chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School
  • Dr. Carlton R. Young, Professor of Church Music, Candler School of Theology, and editor of the United Methodist Hymnal (1989)
  • Shane Claiborne, Christian activist, leading figure in the New Monasticism movement,  one of the founding members of The Simple Way in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and author of  Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
  • Dr. Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, Candler School of Theology