Pastors' School 2016 Speakers


Samuel L. Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Union Presbyterian Seminary

Samuel L. Adams is an Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary. His most recent book, Social and Economic Life in Second Temple Judea (2014), examines wealth and poverty in the Bible and beyond. He also writes on the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and early conceptions of death and the afterlife (the topic of his first book, Wisdom in Transition: Act and Consequence in Second Temple Instructions). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served churches in New Haven, Chicago and in Richmond. He edits Union's journal Interpretation and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post.


Diana Butler Bass

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Thomas G. Long, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Union Presbiterian Seminary

Thomas previously taught preaching at Princeton, Columbia, and Erskine Seminaries. He is the author several books on preaching and worship and biblical commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews. His latest books are Accompany Them with Singing: the Christian Funeral (Westminster John Knox), What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith (Eerdmans), and The Good Funeral: Death, Grief, and the Community of Care (with Thomas Lynch -- Westminster John Knox). His wife, Kimberly, also a Presbyterian minister, teaches worship at Columbia Theological Seminary.