From Pulpit to Pavement:The Preacher as Relevant Voice in Church and Society with Revs. Randy Barge and Joyce Shin
Rev. Randy Barge is the Pastor of Olney Presbyterian Church. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Rev. Barge served as Pastoral Assistant at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia. Randy holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Missouri State University and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary.
Rev. Joyce Shin (Swarthmore Presbyterian Church) earned her B.A. at Rhodes, a liberal arts college in Memphis, TN., where she majored in both Religious Studies and Classical Languages. Rev. Shin then studied Ethics in Germany at Tübingen University as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. In 2000, Joyce completed her Masters of Divinity at The Divinity School of The University of Chicago, with a thesis on “The Role of Music in Theological Education.” She has since pursued doctoral work in Theological Ethics, writing her dissertation on Faith in an Age of Cultural Pluralism: An Aesthetic Approach to Transformation.
Growing-Up the Next Generation:Emerging Movements in Youth and Children’s Ministry with Revs. Josh Gill and Wonjae Choi
Rev. Josh Gill has been working with youth and families for over 16 years. Rev. Gill is currently serving as the Associate Pastor of Youth and their Families at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. He has a M.Div from Palmer Theological Seminary and a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. He has three boys and lives in Dublin PA with his amazing wife Vicki.
Rev. Wonjae Choi is currently the Transitional Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Warminster. Rev. Choi also served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia (2014). She received her M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary and currently serves on the Committee on Personnel for the Presbytery, and the Board for the Presbyterian Foundation.
Transforming the Ordinary into the Holy: Reimagining Sacred Spaces for Worship with Rev.s Rebecca Blake and Tim Dooner
Rev. Rebecca Blake is the organizing pastor of Beacon Church, a recently chartered congregation in the Fishtown/Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Trained as an artist and a pastor, she enjoys utilizing art practices to grow a sense of community and belonging between neighbors in worship and community programs.
Rev. Tim Dooner is the pastor of Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, where is he is serving a designated term. Tim earned his M.Div from Princeton and is currently working toward his D.Min in Missional Leadership at Pittsburgh Theological. Tim and his wife Blair live in King of Prussia with their three daughters, ages 8, 6 and 4.
Just a “Lay Leader?”Reclaiming the Call and Vocation of Elders and Deacons with Elders Vijay Aggarwal and Megan Acedo
Megan D. Acedo is the Coordinator of Student Ministries & Service Learning at Eastern University where she directs the service learning program for first-year students, advises and supports campus ministries, and directs their domestic and international missions programs. Megan also teaches (to her surprised delight!) as adjunct faculty in First-Year Programs, the summer EQUIP program, and the Social Work department. She is a founding member of and serves as the Clerk of Session at Beacon Church and has been an ordained elder in the PC(USA) since 2004. She is a California transplant to the east coast and lives in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia with her lively family. Megan tweets about life, faith, and social justice at @CoffeeLurver and (perhaps a little too obviously) loves coffee.
Vijay Aggarwal is an Elder from Wayne Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife, Susan have worshiped for twenty years. Vijay is currently the Treasurer of Wayne Presbyterian and a Regional Moderator on the Commission on Ministry. Susan and Vijay were co-chairs of the celebration marking the 300th anniversary of the Philadelphia Presbytery. Vijay is an executive in the healthcare industry and serves on the boards of several healthcare companies and local non-profit organizations. He also is affiliated with several healthcare investment banks.