Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

Fourth Pres Pastor Shannon Kershner to Speak at Fall Convocation

August 20, 2016—Columbia Theological Seminary has announced details for its Opening Convocation for the seminary’s 189th session. The event will be held at the Columbia Presbyterian Church located at 711 South Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA on September 8 at 11:00 am. This year’s speaker will be the Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.

Shannon Kershner grew up in Waco, TX as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and an elementary school teacher. She graduated in 1994 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. In 1996, she began her theological training at Columbia Theological Seminary and received her Masters of Divinity degree in 1999. Her sermons and articles have been published in a number of journals, including The Journal for Preachers and Lectionary Homiletics. She is involved in leadership for NEXT Church, serving on its Strategy Team and is a trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit


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