St. Francis Speaker Series
St. Francis is proud to welcome world-renowned speakers during Advent and Lent each year. It is our intention to continue to apply the eternal truths we find in Christianity and the Gospel to "the swift and varied changes of the world" (Thomas Cranmer). We are convinced that an unexamined faith isn't worth believing, and that true faith is always seeking understanding. Lectures take place at 6pm on Wednesday evenings in our beautiful sanctuary and are followed by a reception in the narthex. Childcare is provided.
Look below to see who are Lent Speakers were. We are excited for our upcoming Advent Series in the Fall!
2018 Lent speakers
February 21st at 6pm: Daniel Headlee
Daniel Headlee is originally from Louisville. He moved to Nashville to go to Belmont University and graduated in 2012. Samantha Heiskell introduced Daniel to St Francis in the Fields a couple years ago. Daniel says "It has been a privilege to attend on when I’m in town." This year will mark his 10th year as a Nashville resident. Daniel has three sisters and "two of the best parents a guy could ask for." On Sept 14th, 2017 Daniel's life changed forever when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that almost took his life.
St. Francis is excited to have Daniel kick off our 2018 Lenten Speaker Series!
February 28th at 6pm: Rev. Anne Kennedy
Anne Kennedy lives in upstate New York, where she mothers her six young children and helps her husband keep body and soul together in the pastoring of a small Anglican church. Having grown up in French-speaking West Africa and traveled all over the world, she is constantly surprised to wake up every morning in her gently-fading small American town which, even after fifteen years, still feels like the end of the world.
Anne has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary. She writes reams at preventingrace.com, where she blogs practically every day, and her book, Nailed It: 365 Sarcastic Devotionals for Angry and Worn-out People, is available on Amazon.
March 7th at 6pm: Pastor Edward Berry
Edward Berry has a BS degree in Civil Engineering and 30+ years experience in a multitude of healthcare projects. He is a Professional Engineer, a Land Surveyor and certified LEED Green Associate and is a Licensed General Contractor in Florida. He has been engaged in all phases of “fast-track” construction, construction management and design/build. Often working as Principal in Charge, he is responsible for ensuring that Wehr’s clients’ needs are met from the inception of projects through completion and beyond. Edward is also a pastor of Henry Christian Church in Eminence, Kentucky.
March 14th at 6pm: Rev. Dr. John Guest
Reverend Dr. John Guest was born and raised in Oxford, England. While training to become an engineer, he came to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham crusade in 1954. Following his graduation from Trinity College in Bristol, England in 1961, he was ordained in the Church of England. John also holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Geneva College and Grove City College. John came to the United States in 1966 to work for Scripture Union USA among high school and university students. In 1968, along with his bride Kathleen, John was called to Pittsburgh to work for the Pittsburgh Experiment – with a vision that Pittsburgh might become as famous for God as it was for steel. As part of the vision for Pittsburgh, in 1970 John founded the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a ministry to university students; co-founded the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation; Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry; the South American Missionary Society, and NOEL (National Organization Episcopalians for Life. Over the past twenty years, John has been invited to address major cities as a spokesman for the Christian faith throughout the United States and around the world, in such diverse nations as Ukraine, Russia, Uganda, Ghana, Cuba, Romania, and Albania. In this role, he has spoken to nearly two million people. One by-product of this work was the formation of Church Planters International, and the planting of some 1,300 new churches in the former Soviet Union. Dr. Guest served as Senior Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sewickley, PA for twenty years. He became the first Senior Pastor and Rector of Christ Church at Grove Farm, a church plant in the northwest suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, where he served for fifteen years. He also served as the Chaplain at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida for four years. Recently he returned to Christ Church at Grove Farm and serves as Minister at Large and speaks at church and community events when available. For twenty years, John’s sermon messages were heard on the LifeFocus with John Guest daily radio program in Western Pennsylvania. John was also a recording artist in the late 60’s (part of the British invasion) and has authored more than a half-dozen books.
March 21st at 6pm: Rev. Dr. Jacob Corzine
Jacob Corzine studied theology at Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, IN, USA), the Lutherische Theologische Hochschule (Oberursel, Germany), and the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany), where he has recently defended his doctoral thesis on the theology of the 19th - century Lutheran Old Testament Scholar Franz Delitzsch. Rev. Corzine recently served at the campus ministry at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and currently is a visiting theologian at Concordia Theological Seminary in Chicago.
Keep your eyes on this page to see who will be our Advent Speakers!
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