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.
Welcome to the Out of the Park Podcast Ministry! Through our podcast ministries you are able to catch up on our classes and listen to programming while you’re in your car or at home. This ministry opportunity is an ongoing formation where theological education comes to you. Podcasts are portable and on demand. Turn off your radio on your drive and grow your faith, knowledge and understanding by listening to the Fran Park Center programming instead. We hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity as we expand our library of podcast offerings each week.
Drs. Wesley Avram & Allen Hilton
Begins: September 19, 2018
The Bible can be intimidating. This class will help us enter its strange and splendid world together, looking for what God will reveal – about who God is, how God connects with us, and how God joins us to one another and the world. This shared journey helps us know the abundant, world-moving life to which Jesus calls us.
Dr. Michael Hegeman
Begins: October 7, 2018
World Christianities: Each week we will explore different ways Christian faith has taken shape and flourished among the world’s cultures and peoples. Encountering the faith of Christians of different cultures, teaches us about our own embrace of faith and how our culture has shaped the way we see Jesus and His Church.
Drs. Wesley Avram & Allen Hilton
Courageous Conversations offer one of the only opportunities available for Americans to talk through controversial political issues civilly. We tend to stay away from one another, segregating more than we have since the Civil War, and it even looks a bit like war between left and right these days. Join us and become part of the solution!
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.
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Explore some of the history of Protestant theological education in the United States and the creative role congregations and visionary believers are playing in its transformation—forming believers in new ways for lay and professional ministry in the 21st century. Apply this to Pinnacle’s mission in the Southwest and our developing vision for our Fran Park Center for Faith and Life. And as an added bonus, enjoy Pinnacle’s Chancel Choir in performance at Carnegie Hall!
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Certificate of Theology & Ministry
powered by Princeton Theological Seminary
Spring 2020 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.
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