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
NEW – Certificate of Theology & Ministry
powered by Princeton Theological Seminary
with Princeton Professors
Apply by: Jan 21
Cohorts beings: Jan 25
The Fran Park Center is partnering with Princeton Theological Seminary to bring you direct access to the Spring 2018 cohort of C:TM + ONLINE. A peer-to-peer, online theology and ministry certificate created for those interested in grounding their ministries—both personal and professional—in socially relevant and scholarly theological education. This 14-week certificate is designed to develop deeper critical engagement with a weekly live-virtual classroom with Princeton professors and weekly contextualized case studies with your cohort at the Fran Park Center. Apply by Jan 21 for the Spring 2018 cohort. Click here to apply.
NEW Series - Faith & Mental Health Series
These Sundays: 11:20 am | Chapel Library
Feb 18 – Improving Communication with Marcus and Robin Earle
Feb 25 – Improving Couple-ship with Ralph Earle
Mar 4 – How to Handle Trauma with Marilyn Murray
Mar 11 – Mental Health and God with Shelly Reed
Mar 18 – Cultivating Tolerance and Compassion in a Polarized World with Ken Wells
Mar 25 – A Beautiful Brain: How Brain Function Impacts our Way of Being with Terrina Picarello
We are learning more and more about the connections between the mind and body. Our faith can help us live well in our relationships and personal experience, just as a positive vision of mental health can deepen our faith. Whether we turn to belief in moments of crisis or seek tools to sustain a healthy outlook in our day to day lives, the relationship between our faith and our mental health matters. The Fran Park Center for Faith and Life is offering a six-week series dedicated to faith and mental health starting at 11:15am on February 18, 2018 in the chapel library. Please join us!
Fran Park Center Memorial Lecture
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 12:00 pm | Chapel
The FPC Memorial Lecture has been in place since 2012 to honor the late Rev. Francis Park. Each year we bring in a dynamic and noteworthy speaker to educate and inspire the community. This year we welcome Dr. Eric Barreto, Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary. Dr. Barreto will preach at both the 8am and 10am services and we will welcome him at 11:15 am in the Chapel Library. At 12:00 pm he will give the FPC Memorial Lecture on Believing and Belonging in Luke – Acts. Join us!
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
In a world searching for solid truths, Christians ought to gather and listen as God speaks through scripture. That's our purpose in Project Bible: to stop and listen to what scripture says - first to ancient ears, then to ours - so we can live our lives on sturdy ground. Doing this with integrity moves us to understand what our Bible writers meant in their original context - the historical milieu for these writings - so we can ask what they mean to us now. From Jesus' teachings to Jesus' actions to Paul's proclamation of good news, we listen together for the Word of God.
Theology is Everywhere
with Dr. Michael Hegeman
Sunday: 8:50 am, Chapel Library
Monday: 9:30 am, Chapel Library
Theology is Everywhere meets weekly to dig into God’s Word to discover what God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, has revealed about our common life as people of faith. Dr. Michael Hegeman discusses the art and science of doing theology, applying what we discern about faith to every aspect of life. Our lives are immeasurably enriched by the comfort and challenge God imparts to those who seek love and serve both God and neighbor. Please join us weekly this spring to dive deeper into the wisdom of God with such topics as 20th Century Religious Movements, Theology and War, Economics, and Human Sexuality. We’ll explore the ways we as Christian people respond to our changing and challenging world.
with Drs. Wesley Avram & Allen Hilton
Third Sunday of the month (no February class)
Americans divide when we disagree; but Jesus calls Christians, who often disagree, to “be one”. Americans disdain other theological and political ideas than our own; but Paul imagines that our variety is actually a gift of God, like the different parts of the body. At the Fran Park Center, we think Jesus and Paul are wiser than contemporary American culture, so we host “Courageous Conversations” about controversial topics, to bring us together across our theological and political differences. Through these, we learn the holy habit of respectful, dignified engagement with people who may just be God's incognito messengers to us.
Handouts and more
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Interface: Faith & Science Roundtable
Monthly: First Thursday at 7 pm
Science, we are repeatedly told, is the most reliable form of knowledge about the world because it’s based on testable hypotheses. Religion, by contrast, is based on faith. When modern people hear talk about science and faith, they don’t know whether to stay silent or prepare for a heated debate. The Fran Park Center welcomes all who wish to participate to an open round table to discuss various current topics of faith and science.
Bible for Dummies
with Dr. Allen Hilton
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