The Drew Theological School’s Speakers’ Bureau is comprised of many outstanding faculty members who provide lectures and guest presentations to churches, organizations, and businesses. Available speakers and their presentation topics are listed below. Honoraria are negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be directed to Amy Jones at 973-408-3084 or

When making requests, please include the following information:

  • Name and location of organization where lecture is to be held
  • Name of speaker and requested title of topic
  • Date of event (Please provide multiple dates, if possible, as advanced notice is important.)
  • Type of meeting
  • Approximate size of audience
Faculty Presentation Topics
Michael Christensen
International Director, Shalom Initiative
  • Living the Questions of the Spiritual Life
  • From the House of Fear to the House of Love
  • Faith-Based Approaches to Ending Poverty and AIDS in Africa
  • Apocalyptic Eschatology: Understanding Rapture Culture
Morris Davis
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Wesleyan/Methodist Studies
  • Methodist History
  • History of Missions
  • American Religion
  • History of Christianity: Post-Reformation
Sloane Drayson-Knigge
  • “Discovering Your Vision of A Drama Ministry” (Workshops & Retreats for Congregations) – with Dr. Janet Stafford, UMC Assistant Pastor
  • “The Lively Word, a Workshop for Lay Readers”
Danna Nolan Fewell
Professor of Hebrew Bible
  • The Book of Ruth and Immigration Anxiety
  • Satire in the Bible: the Book of Esther
  • Biblical Portraits of David
  • David and Jonathan
  • Children in the Biblical World
  • Reading the Bible after the Holocaust
  • The Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22)
  • Ethnic Identity in the Book of Genesis
Laurel Kearns
Associate Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Environmental Studies
  • US Religious Landscape
  • Any topics related to environmentalism or ecology
Elias Ortega-Aponte
Assistant Professor of Afro-Latina/o Religions and Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Competent Ministry: Being a Church in a Multicultural Setting
  • Prison’s Collateral-Impact: Ministering to the Children and Family of the Incarcerated
Kathryn Ott
Assistant Professor of Social Ethics
  • Empowering Children and Youth in Faith Communities
  • Faith, Sexuality, and Family
  • Ethics and…Reproductive Rights, Social Justice for the Rest of Us, and Lives of Consequence (Learning from Modern Day Saints)
Virginia Samuel
Associate Dean of Contextual Learning
  • Clergy Health
  • Loss, Grief, and Healing
  • Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship
Carl Savage
Director of DMin Program
  • Biblical Archaeology
Angella Son
Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion
  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Korean and Korean American Cultures
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Spirituality of Joy
  • Mediation (not a presentation)
Althea Spencer-Miller
Assistant Professor of New Testament
  • Understanding the New Testament
  • Studies in the Gospels, Paul, and the Pastoral Epistles
  • Non-New Testament Early Christian Literature
  • Biblical Theology/Faith Beyond Doctrine
Lynne Westfield
Associate Professor of Religious Education
  Charles Behm
Adjunct Faculty on Spirituality
  • “Wholistic Practices for Spirituality” seminar series including: “Mindfulness,” “Guided Meditation,” “Prayer,” and “Self-Care”
  • “Well-being and Spirituality Day” – a two-part workshop, one discussion / preparation, the other experiential

Questions?: Contact Nancy VanderVeen, Director of Theological Lifelong Learning, at or 973-408-3084.