Ministers Week 2022

Date(s) - 02/07/2022 - 02/09/2022
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Ministers Week 2022
February 7-9, 2022


On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Brite Divinity School and Texas Christian University, we invite you to campus for three days of inspiring worship, thought-provoking lectures, and enriching workshops. Our preacher is Rev. Carla Aday and plenary speakers are Dr. Francisco Lozada, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Gano Lindner, and Dr. David Hooker.

As this event is a gift from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University and University Christian Church, there is no general registration fee; however, pre-registration is encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you at Ministers Week 2022!

Newell Williams Lea McCracken
President and Professor of Modern and
American Church History
Associate Chaplain and
Church Relations Officer
Brite Divinity School Texas Christian University





We strongly recommend that you pre-register to assure your seat at the lectures, workshops, and meals.

1. Online –
To register, select the quantity by each event and click the ADD button. Multiple registrations can be made on the same form. Successful registration is acknowledged by email receipt listing your selections.

2. Mail completed Registration Form to:
Office of Lay and Continuing Education
Brite Divinity School
TCU Box 298130
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(Make payment out to Brite Divinity School)

3. Call 817.257.7589


The Wells Sermons
Rev. Carla Aday

Carla Aday became Senior Minister of Country Club Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2017, after serving as an associate minister there for 28 years. Rev. Aday holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University where she was honored with the Mersick Prize for effective public address and preaching. At Country Club she led 20 international and domestic mission trips and developed the Great Start early marriage ministry. She currently serves on the Division of Overseas Ministry Board. In 2017, she spent a month volunteering for Mediterranean Hope, a project working to address refugee migration. In Kansas City, she has served as a tutor, mentor and board member at numerous schools and not for profit agencies. Rev. Aday grew up at University Christian Church in Fort Worth where she was mentored by many faculty and students of Brite. She and her husband, Dr. Dave Ehman, have three adult children and five grandchildren.

The Scott Lecture
Dr. Francisco Lozada, Jr.
“The Racialization of Immigration: An Ethical-Theological Response”

Francisco Lozada, Jr. is the Charles Fischer Catholic Associate Professor of New Testament and Latina/o Church Studies. Dr. Lozada holds a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University. His recent scholarship addresses issues of cultural and ideological interpretation in exploration of how the Bible is employed and deployed in ethnic/racial communities. Dr. Lozada facilitates immersion travel seminars to Guatemala and various locations along the US-Mexico borderlands to explore colonial/postcolonial issues in life and society, most recently, to El Paso, TX, and Nogales, AZ. He is a past co-chair of the Johannine Literature Section (SBL), past chair of the Program Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and a past member of SBL Council. He is a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, a past steering committee member of the Bible, Indigenous Group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and past co-chair of the Latino/a and Latin American Biblical Interpretation Consultation (SBL). He also serves on the board of directors for the Hispanic Summer Program, and mentored several doctoral students with the Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI). In 2014-15 Dr. Lozada was part of a leadership team for the Wabash Center for Teaching & Learning in Theology and Religion Workshop for Pre-Tenure Theological School Faculty. In April 2019, Dr. Lozada received The Catherine Saylor Hill Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Brite Divinity School.

This lecture is partly supported by the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School.

The Gilbert and Hilda Davis Workshop in Ministry
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Gano Lindner
“Ministerial Multiplicity for our Brave New World: Reimagining Pastoral Practice, Restoring Congregation, Reconciling Community”

Cynthia Gano Lindner is Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Lindner received the MA and DMin degrees from the Divinity School and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwest Christian College. She worked as a parish pastor, hospice chaplain and psychotherapist for twenty years before joining the Divinity School faculty in 2002. Dr. Lindner’s teaching and research interests include questions of contemporary ministerial identity and formation, multi-religious theological education, the ethics of preaching and pastoral care in a multicultural society, and the interface of corporate worship and public witness. She is one of the directors of the Divinity School’s Chicago Commons Project, an early-career pastoral leadership development program for Chicago clergy. Rev. Lindner is also a licensed psychotherapist on the staff of the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy in Chicago. Lindner explores pastoral multiple-mindedness in her book Varieties of Gifts: Multiplicity and the Well-Lived Pastoral Life, published in 2016 by Rowman and Littlefield.

The McFadin Lecture
Dr. David Hooker

David Anderson Hooker has worked with communities, governments, and international NGOs and civil society organizations on post-conflict community building, environmental justice, and other issues of public policy and social justice. He has managed multi-party conflicts, conducted workshops, and consulted across the U.S. and around the world. Hooker also is a lawyer who has represented the State of Georgia as an assistant attorney general. He has taught graduate courses in negotiation, mediation, conflict resolution, conflict analysis, trauma healing, and conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite University. From 2010-2015, Hooker was a senior fellow for community engagement strategies at the University of Georgia’s J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development. He served as an associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding and was a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. He is president and principal consultant of CounterStories Consulting, LLC, where his work focuses on narrative alignment for civic, community, and faith leaders. Hooker is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.S./B.S.) in Atlanta, Georgia; the University of Massachusetts Amherst (M.P.H. & M.P.A.); Emory University’s School of Law (J.D.); and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div.). He earned his Ph.D. from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.



1. Working with a Search Committee – Andy Mangum, Nadine Burton, Tiff Williams, and Pamela Holt

2. Growing Disciples- Danny Couch and Dan Simmons

3. Courts and Ports: Witnessing at the U.S./Mexico Border- Texas Impact

4. Triangle Theory and its Applications- Philip Chacko


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