Ministers Week 2019

MINISTERS WEEK – Save the Date
February 4-6, 2019

A complete schedule will be available in November when online registration opens. As in previous years, the conference is offered free of charge as a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, and University Christian Church.

Wells Preacher – Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings
Rev. Dr. David Lose was called to be the ninth senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in November 2016. Prior to answering that call he was the president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and had previously served for 14 years as the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN). He is the author of Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World – and Our Preaching – Is Changing (2013), Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003), and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress. He speaks widely on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.

McFadin Lecture – Tuesday morning
The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the author of Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to Women of the Torah and of the Throne, a commentary on Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the Bible. She is an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and a former Army Chaplain. A former member of the Dorshei Derekh Reconstructionist Minyan of the Germantown Jewish Center in Philadelphia, she has co-taught courses with and for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Seminary in Wyncote, PA. Read Dr. Gafney’s Bio

Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry – Wednesday morning
Dr. Marcia McFee is an author, worship designer and leader, professor, preacher and artist. Her engaging and interactive style has been called “refreshing,” “inspiring,” and “unforgettable.” Marcia combines her background and experience in professional companies of music, theater and dance with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh experience of the Gospel to each worship setting. Marcia has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings. Marcia’s passion for helping the church to worship God fully is especially directed toward the education of local congregations. Dr. McFee received a M.T.S. degree at Saint Paul School of Theology with a concentration in Preaching and Worship and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union with an allied field of Ethics. She has been a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty at twelve seminaries. Her most recent book is Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship Design for Unforgettable Messages (2016). Learn more at

Scott Lecture – Wednesday afternoon
The Rev. Dr. Eric H. F. Law, an Episcopalian priest, is the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to create inclusive and sustainable churches and communities. For more than 20 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He writes a weekly blog called The Sustainist: Spirituality for Sustainable Communities in a Networked World. Visit his blog at