2014 Speakers and Lecturers
In the true spirit of the Chautauqua movement, the Bay View Worship and Religious Life Department attracts worship leaders and speakers with spiritual, intellectual and thought provoking perspectives.
Spirit, mind and life enrichment are just a few of the many wonders surrounding the Chautauqua season.
Monday - Thursday at 10 a.m. in Voorhies Hall
Dr. Mary S. Hulst: June 15 - 19
The Rev. Dr. Mary S. Hulst began her current work as College Chaplain of Calvin College in 2009. She is a Michigan native, born and reared in Holland, Michigan. Dr. Hulst attended Holland Christian schools, graduated with a BA in Classics from Calvin College, earned her MDiv at Calvin Theological Seminary, and then served as Pastor of Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 8 years. She left the pastorate to earn a PhD in Communication Ethics from the University of Illinois and taught Communications for one year at Calvin College, and preaching for two years at Calvin Seminary. Her sermons are available for viewing at www.calvin.edu/faith. Mary is a newlywed, having married Drew Kromminga in December of 2012.
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey: June 22
Bishop Deborah Lieder Kiesey was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Reverend Dr. Lyle and Betty Lieder. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she graduated with honors in 1973 with a double major in Religion and Piano Performance. She was named Outstanding Alumna of the Year for Morningside College in 2004. Bishop Deb first felt a calling to the ordained ministry while a student at Boston University School of Theology and earned her Master’s of Divinity degree there in 1976. In September of 2013 she was honored as a Distinguished Alumna of Boston University School of Theology.
Ordained Deacon in 1974 and Elder in 1977, she served the following churches in the Iowa Annual Conference: Richland & Ollie, Washington, Mt. Pleasant, and Iowa City. In 2001 she was appointed to the Waterloo District, and served there until her election to the episcopacy in 2004, at which time she began serving as the Bishop of the Dakotas Area Annual Conference. In July of 2012 she was assigned to the Michigan Area.
Bishop Deb was elected to serve as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1988, and was the first elected clergy from the Iowa Annual Conference in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Throughout her ministry she has had the privilege of serving on a wide range of committees and boards, including the Board of Fellows, University of Iowa School of Religion, the Board of Trustees for Iowa Wesleyan College, Morningside College and Dakota Wesleyan University, the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women from 1992 – 2000, and on the General Board of Church and Society from 2004 – 2012, serving as President of that Board from 2008 – 2012. She has received honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from both Iowa Wesleyan College (in 2004) and Dakota Wesleyan University (in 2012).
She has been on the faculty of the Licensing School at the University of Dubuque from 1997 – 2004 (teaching a course in Worship), and has taught both Administration and Preaching at the Iowa School for Lay Ministry from 2000 – 2004.
Bishop Deb is married to D. Bradley Kiesey, an attorney with a 40 year practice in Washington, Iowa. They have two adult sons, Joel (an attorney) in Denver, Colorado and Aaron (a student) in Iowa City, Iowa.
Beverly Gage: June 23 - 26
American Experience Week in Bay View
Beverly Gage is a professor of American political history at Yale University. She teaches courses on liberalism and conservatism, communism and anticommunism, the federal government and the state, and American politics in the 20th century. Her first book, The Day Wall Street Exploded, focused on the 1920 bombing of Wall Street and the early historian of terrorism in America.
She is currently writing a biography of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Professor Gage writes frequently for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and The Nation. She also appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour. In 2009, she won the Sarai Ribicoff Award for Teaching Excellence at Yale.
Rev. Dr. Christopher P. Momany: June 29 - July 3
Chris Momany is the chaplain and director of church relations at Adrian College and a member of the Department of Philosophy/Religion. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and has been the pastor of several churches. Dr. Momany is a graduate of Adrian College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Drew University. His academic interests focus on Christian ethics and philosophy. He has been published in the Christian Century, the Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Asbury Theological Journal, the Circuit Rider magazine, the United Methodist Reporter, and other venues. Chris also writes for the Daily Bible Study curriculum of the United Methodist Publishing House and for MinistryMatters, an online ministry resource. His book on the Wesleyan ethic of love and justice bears the title, Doing Good: A Grace-Filled Approach to Holiness.
His current research explores the relationship between antebellum moral philosophy or philosophical ethics and the antislavery movement. For several years, Chris has combined his writing and teaching with an emphasis on the tragedy of human trafficking. Today it is estimated that 27 million people are held as slaves throughout the world. Chris has been a national leader among college and church professionals in confronting this issue.
Rev. William Carter: July 6 – 10
Since 1990, Bill Carter has served as pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, a congregation in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. A native of upstate New York, Rev. Carter received his B.A. from Binghamton University in 1982, with a major in philosophy and a certificate in religious studies. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. Ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has served as the president of the Alumni/ae Association of Princeton Theological Seminary and was elected by Princeton alumni/ae to serve a term on the seminary's Board of Trustees.
Rev. Carter has received national recognition for his preaching and writing, with sermons and articles appearing in Journal for Preachers, Presbyterian Survey; Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, The Christian Ministry, and Best Sermons 7 (HarperCollins, 1994). He is the author of six books of sermons published by CSS Publishing, and the editor of Speaking of Stewardship, a collection of sermons on stewardship themes (Geneva Press, 1998).
Bill has preached and spoken widely in addition to his weekly sermons at First Presbyterian Church. Nine times he has been selected by his denomination to preach on Day One (formerly The Protestant Hour), an international radio ministry that reaches over two million listeners each week. He has presented papers at theology convocations and stewardship conferences for pastors and lay leaders, and frequently leads workshops for pastors on homiletical themes and practices. He has served twice as a mentor to new pastor groups in denominational programs funded by the Lilly Endowment. Bill has also taken two pastoral sabbaticals, each funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment.
As a jazz musician, Rev. Carter has extensive experience as a composer, arranger, and performer, having studied and performed with noted jazz artists such as Phil Woods, Jim McNeely, Jimmy Knepper, and Bob Brookmeyer. He holds the piano chair in Al Hamme's Swing Street Orchestra, and was the Jazz Pianist in Residence at Binghamton University (NY) in the fall semester of 1996.
His primary musical association is with the Presbybop Quartet (www.presbybop.com), a renowned ensemble of professional musicians that has presented music in numerous churches and conferences around the country. The band has served as “theologians in residence” for the Little Rock Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, led national workshops on jazz worship, and led worship services for the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
In addition to producing the Quartet’s ten CDs and two DVDs, Bill has edited and published a collection of congregational music titled, Swing a New Song to the Lord: Resources for Jazz Worship. The book includes nearly sixty new jazz arrangements of hymns and worship songs by Dave Brubeck, Chuck Marohnic, Deanna Witkowski, and others. As with the band’s recordings, it is available from www.presbybop.com.
Dr. Thomas G. Long: July 13 – 17
Dr. Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A Presbyterian minister, Dr. Long has served churches in Georgia and New Jersey. He has taught preaching for over thirty-five years -- at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and since 2000, at Candler. Dr. Long has served as the president of the Academy of Homiletics and as senior homiletics editor of the New Interpreter’s Bible. He has been editor of Theology Today, is currently an associate editor of Journal for Preachers, and serves as an editor-at-large at The Christian Century. He is the author of textbooks on preaching and worship, collections of sermons, and biblical commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews.
In 2011, Dr. Long was awarded the Emory Williams prize for excellence in teaching by Emory University. He delivered the 2006 Lyman Beecher Lectures in Preaching at Yale Divinity School, and these have been published as Preaching from Memory to Hope. His most recent books are Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral, What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, and The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch). He is married to Dr. Kimberly Long, a professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Rev. Dr. Paul Escamilla: July 20 – 24
The Rev. Dr. Paul L. Escamilla is senior pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.
An ordained elder in the Southwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, he served churches in the Dallas area for over twenty years and taught at Perkins School of Theology before moving to Austin in 2010.
Paul holds three degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, including a Doctor of Ministry in the area of worship and the sacraments. He is the author of Seasons of Communion, Longing for Enough in a Culture of More, and True When Whispered. He is also a contributor to The Wesley Study Bible, At Home with God, and numerous other publications.
Paul and his wife Liz, a pediatric nurse, are the parents of three children.
Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery: July 27 – 31
The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke Chapel and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary.
He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope.
Though nurtured in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition, Luke was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention, and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. Luke is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the American Academy of Religion, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.
Luke served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African American Lectionary, an online ecumenical project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards from organizations such as the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion and the Fund for Theological Education. In 2008, The African American Pulpit named him as one of "20 to Watch," an honor given to 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping to shape the future direction of the church.
He is married to Gail Powery, and the couple has two children: Moriah and Zachary.
Father Martin Connell: August 3 – 7
The Very Rev. Dr. Martin T. Connell, SJ, serves as the Rector at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, and also teaches in the Department of Education. Before arriving to John Carroll in January 2013, he was in Dodoma, Tanzania, where he founded a co-educational boarding school for 1,200 students. Earlier in his career he served as principal at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy and on the faculty of the School of Education of Loyola Marymount University, California. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1994.
Marty received his B.A. magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago in 1987, with majors in philosophy and English and minors in theology and French. He subsequently earned an M.A. in medieval studies from the University of Toronto and a M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California, a constituent school of the Graduate Theological Union. He earned his doctorate in the anthropology of education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Among the things Marty considers in his research is how an exaggerated devotion to efficiency gets in the way of learning. He'll apply some insights gleaned from this scholarship to the spiritual life in his lecture series, entitled "Maps, Myst, and (Thelonious) Monk: Modern Metaphors & the Spiritual Life."
Rev. Scott Hoezee: August 10 – 14
Rev. Scott E. Hoezee is the director of The Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An ordained pastor, Rev. Hoezee served in the Second Christian Reformed Church in Fremont, Michigan, from 1990-1993 and from 1993 to 2005 was the Minister of Preaching and Administration at Calvin CRC in Grand Rapids. In the spring of 2005 Scott accepted the Seminary’s offer to become the first Director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching. He has also been a member of the Pastor-Theologian Program sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was pastor-in-residence in the fall of 2000. Scott has served on the editoral board of Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought and was co-editor of that journal from 2005-2011. Rev. Hoezee is the author of several books including The Riddle of Grace (1996), Flourishing in the Land (1996), Remember Creation (1998), Speaking as One: A Look at the Ecumenical Creeds (1997), Speaking of Comfort: A Look at the Heidelberg Catechism (1998), and Proclaim the Wonder: Preaching Science on Sunday (2003).
Scott says this about his work:
“If you talk to just about anyone in any part of the church world, one thing you will hear over and again is a desire to hear fine preaching in our congregations. At the Center for Excellence in Preaching we hope to do anything and everything we can to provide pastors with all the ideas, resources, and direction we can think of in order to help them in the always-difficult, yet utterly vital, task of proclaiming the Word of God to a world starving for the gospel’s good news.”
Rev. Hoezee is married to Rosemary Apol and they have two children, Julianna and Graham. He enjoys birdwatching, snorkeling, and exploring the beauties and wonders of God’s great creation.
Rev. Dr. Bill Jones: August 17 – 21
The Rev. Dr. Bill Jones has been serving as senior pastor of Williamsburg United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, since July 2010. He began his ministerial career in 1977 and has served churches across Virginia prior to coming to Williamsburg.
Bill grew up on a dairy farm in Clarke County, Virginia. He holds an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech. (Prior to receiving the Call to ordained ministry he planned to pursue veterinary medicine). Bill continued his education at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He furthered his studies with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism from Wesley Seminary and took courses in post-doctoral studies. His doctoral thesis was on Principles of Confirmation Ministry in Forming Faithful Disciples. While serving as senior pastor of Pleasant Valley UMC in northern Virginia, Bill was also on the adjunct faculty at Wesley Seminary as a “teaching pastor” in the Practice in Ministry and Mission program.
Bill’s main responsibilities are to provide spiritual leadership to the congregation and staff of the 2000-member Williamsburg UMC. He preaches, shares the sacraments, and leads the church’s vision team creating strategies that cultivate WUMC’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ in historic Williamsburg and beyond by “welcoming our neighbors, nurturing our faith and transforming our world.” He also teaches a Wednesday evening Bible study of 100+ students that has included lectures series on Jesus the Great Exorcist in Mark’s Gospel, The Healing Ministry of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, and A Study of End-Time Teachings: Rapture, Antichrist, Millennium and How It Involves Israel.
Bill met his wife Linda while he was serving as a student pastor at Arcola UMC. They were married in 1980 and spent the first week of their life together in Williamsburg where they visited Colonial Williamsburg and worshiped at Williamsburg UMC.
Rev. Douglas Bowden: August 31
Doug has been a Bay View cottager since Fall, 1986; he came to Bay View as a child with his family to enjoy worship and music programs. He was born and raised in Highland Park, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in history (1967) and from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity (1971). He did additional graduate work in New Testament and Classics at Garrett and Northwestern.
Doug has served United Methodist Congregations in the Northern Illinois Conference for 40 years, including Northbrook, Chicago, Skokie, Wilmette, Rockford, Freeport, Loves Park, and Machesney Park. He has served on multiple Conference and Local committees including Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministries (board member and chairperson), North Shore Interfaith Housing Council (president), Rockford Urban Ministries (board member), Freeport Area Church Cooperative (member and board president), Freeport School System Citizen Liaisons (member), Board of Ordained Ministry-Northern Illinois Conference (board member).
Doug retired in June of 2012 and has been teaching weekly study classes from various books of the Bible. In addition he periodically teaches two adult Sunday School Classes at Grace UMC in Naperville, IL. He and his wife, Mary, have 4 adult children: Matt (wife-Amy), Mark (fiancé-Sarah Sullivan), Stephen and Sarah (twins). Doug and Mary have 2 grandchildren-Nadia (7 years old) and Mira (4 years old).