The Fran Park Center for Faith and Life (a program of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church) develops innovative educational opportunities for people across generations, life circumstances, and theo-political convictions, at levels ranging from introductory to advanced. Designed for both lay enrichment and professional development, the Park Center incorporates up to date educational methods. It values conversation that is responsible, civil, and challenging; teaching that is informed and respectful; and learning opportunities that serve not only the church, but also the community, city, and region. In this way, the Park Center helps develop leaders for the church and through the church, for the world.
Rooted in Christian faith, the Park Center programs help thoughtful people of faith pursue answers to questions about:
Pursuing these questions together, Park Center participants move from intellectual
lives into the realm of lived Christian experience.
Classes, Events & Pilgrimages
NEW - Project Bible (formerly Bible for Dummies)
with Drs. Wesley Avram & Allen Hilton
Wednesday: 5:30 pm Chapel Library
Wednesday: 8:30 pm Isabella's Kitchen (8623 E Thompson Peak Pkwy)
Thursday: 9:30 am Chapel Library
We name cities, football teams, colleges, and hospitals after them, but we don’t quite know what to do with them. They are the saints — holy people whom God uses especially to accomplish divine purposes. Join us Wednesdays and Thursdays Oct 18 - Nov 30 as bring those saints alive through worship and Project Bible, then ask how God can make our lives more divine through them.
NEW - Theology is Everywhere
with Dr. Michael Hegeman
Sunday: 9:00 am, Chapel Library
Monday: 9:30 am, Chapel Library
The Fran Park Center for Faith and Life will be inaugurating a core theological curriculum, Theology is Everywhere!, in its first year of implementing congregationally based theological education. This will include twelve weeks of “Theology Foundations” that will help congregants build a framework for delving more deeply into the life of faith through discussions, through which we endeavor to have faith seeking understanding, knowing, doing, and being. In the second twelve weeks we build upon those foundations by exploring “Theological Perspectives” of predominating strains of Christian thought and by delving into the issues that face the interplay of “Church and Society” in our own day. We propose that each six week session have a “wrap up” evening program for participants to share insights they have gained through their studies and discussions.
with Drs. Wesley Avram & Allen Hilton
Monthly: Sundays 12/17 at 11:20 am
Given American incivility and open disdain for our religious and political opposites, Christian churches have two options: we can fan the destructive flames or develop the holy habit of respectful, other-honoring engagement across our differences.
Handouts and more
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Interface: Faith & Science Roundtable
Monthly: First Thursday at 7 pm
The Round Table is open to all who wish to participate in discussions of specific topics related to faith and science. We will read and discuss brief writings on faith and science, use multimedia resources, and invite members of the Table to share their own areas of interest.
Walking the Living Stones
A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Israel and Palestine
December 28, 2017 – January 6, 2018
The Holy Land is often called "the fifth gospel," as it tells the "on the ground" story of Israel, Jesus, and the encounter of world religions. We will walk ancient stones, meet "living stones," and learn of God. We will welcome a new year in one of the most storied and beautiful places on earth.
This trip is being sponsored by the Fran Park Center for Faith and Life and will be led by our Pastor, Dr. Wesley Avram, who had extensive experience in the Holy Land, our Theologian in Residence and trained bible teacher, Dr. Allen Hilton, and our Park Center Administrator, Ms. Crystal Anderson. Local arrangements are being made by the Authentic Tourism Program of the International Center at the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
This trip is currently FULL, but you can contact Crystal Anderson, Park Center administrator, about future pilgrimages.
Bible for Dummies
with Dr. Allen Hilton
Weekly: Wednesdays at 5:30 and 8:30 pm, Thursdays at 9:30 am
See if this describes you: You’ve always wanted to read the Bible; you’ve thought you should; you’ve been curious. But it’s such an imposing, big, forbidding looking book, that you’ve never quite taken the leap. And you’re embarrassed that all the people in Bible Study will know so much more than you know.
About Rev. Fran Park
The late Reverend Francis Park served Pinnacle as a Pastoral Associate for nine years, until his death in 2011, focusing on senior adult ministries and education. It was his inspiration that led to the founding of the Pinnacle Theological Center in 2003. learn more