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G.A. Co-Moderators

Third Ecclesiology Colloquium


Fuller Theological Seminary

Payton 101

March 17-19, 2014


Paper Presenters and Titles

  • Mark Labberton - “The Dangerous Act of Worship and The Dangerous Act of Loving – worship, justice, and the Church’s identity and callings”
  • Scot Sherman - “Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco: An experiment in Missional Theological Education” (PDF)
    Newbigin House is a missional partnership between Western Theological Seminary and City Church San Francisco (RCA).  This essay will tell the story of the partnership and explore the liturgical vision at the center of its program to develop urban church planters. 
  • David Gambrell - “Opening the Doors of the Church: Identity and Mission at the Thresholds of Christian Worship” (PDF)
  • Jennifer Lord - “Preaching to Upbuild and Equip Liturgical-Missional Congregations” (PDF)
  • Melva Costen - “Divine Initiative, Human Response”
  • Edwin Chr. van Driel - "Outside the (united) church is no salvation" (PDF)

    In this paper he will do three things:
    (a) Reflecting on the previous two moderator's colloquia, I argue that the "liturgical-missional" conversation embodies a wrestling with the deficit of Protestant ecclesiology, namely, the disconnect between "church" and "salvation";
    (b) I propose an alternative, authentically Protestant interpretation of the "extra ecclesiam nulla salus" which preserves the essential relationship between church and salvation;
    (c) I make a series of suggestions about what such essential relationship between church and salvation means for American mainline denominations, congregations, and theological education of candidates for ordination.
  • Steven Yamaguchi
  • Ruth-Aimée Belonni Rosario

About the Presenters

mark labbertonMark Labberton
President and the Lloyd Ogilvie Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary. Read more.



scot sherman Scot Sherman
Executive Director of the Newbigin House in San Francisco, CA. Read more.



david gambrell David Gambrell
Associate for Worship, Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, KY.



jennnifer lord

Jennifer Lord
the Dorothy Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX. Read more.



melva costen Melva Costen
Helmar Emil Nielsen Professor Emerita of Worship and Music at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA and was a Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School. Read more.



edwin van driel Edwin Chr. van Driel
Associate Professor of Theology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Read more.



steven yamaguchi Steven Yamaguchi
Presbytery Pastor of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos in Southern California. Read more.



ruth-aimee belonni rosarioRuth-Aimée Belonni Rosario
Associate Director of Admissions at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ.




March 17








Welcome, Introductions, Goals of Colloquium
Chris Murphy, Director of Presbyterian Ministries, Fuller Theological Seminary
Mark Labberton, President, Fuller Theological Seminary
Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly, PC(USA)

First Presenter: Rev. Dr. Mark Labberton
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Hak Joon Lee
Student Respondent: Jessica Driesenga
Area Respondent:  Rev. Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan

Rev. Dr. Neal Presa, preaching


Second Presenter: Rev. Dr. Melva Costen
Faculty Respondent: Rev. Dr. Marguerite Shuster
Student Respondent: David Hunsicker
Area Respondent:  Rev. James Baird

Third Presenter: Rev. Dr. David Gambrell
Faculty Respondent: Rev. Dr. Marianne Meye Thompson
Student Respondent: David Hunsicker
Area Respondent: Rev. Ricardo Moreno, Rev. Erin Dunigan

Alumni/ae Gathering Reception

March 18

9:00-11:00 AM

11:00 AM-12:00 PM


1:00-2:30 PM


3:00-4:30 PM

5:00-6:30 PM

Fourth Presenter: Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman
Faculty Respondent: Rev. Dr. Doug Nason
Student Respondent: Maria Fee
Area Respondent: Rev. Wendy Tajima, Rev. Dr. Charles Marks

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Gordon, preaching


Fifth Presenter: Rev. Dr. Steven Yamaguchi
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Mark Lau Branson
Student Respondent: Meggie Anderson
Area Respondent: Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins


Sixth Presenter: Rev. Ruth-Aimée Belonni Rosario
Faculty Respondent: Rev. Dr. Pamela King
Student Respondent: Ally Lee
Area Respondent:  Rev. Dr. Mark Davis, Rev. Jason Ko

Seventh Presenter: Rev. Dr. Edwin Chr. Van Driel
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Oliver Crisp
Student Respondent: Brian Lee
Area Respondent: Rev. Dr. Tod Bolsinger

March 19

9:00-11:00 AM

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Eighth Presenter: Rev. Dr. Jennifer Lord
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Terry Hargrave
Student Respondent: Rev. Erik Dailey
Area Respondent: Rev. Rocky Supinger, Rev. Chineta Goodjoin

Dr. Tommy Givens, preaching

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