2013 Earl Lectures Opening Worship with Rev. Barbara Essex

January 29, 2013

This is the opening worship for the 111th Earl Lectures & Leadership Conference. Dr. Marcia McFee lead the worship design and The Rev. Barbara J. Essex preached.

The Rev. Barbara J. Essex is best-selling author of such works as: Krazy Kinfolk: Exploring Dysfunctional Families in the Bible; Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Biblical Women of Questionable Virtue; and Women in the Bible: Insights Bible Study for Growing Faith.  She has served as Minister for Higher and Theological Education at the United Church of Christ, and for ten years as the Minister and Director of Pastoral Services at Pacific School of Religion. Essex also was professor of philosophy and religion at Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, CA and has served as adjunct faculty for the Hartford Seminary’s Women Leadership Institute in Connecticut since the late 1990s.

Her other professional work includes serving as Program Director and Co-Convener for the National Religious Leadership Program, co-sponsored by Pacific School of Religion and Hartford Seminary. She has provided consultant assistance in the areas of leadership, education, spirituality, and program development and evaluation for individuals, diverse congregations, denominational agencies, seminaries and other institutions across the nation. She pastored and served on the staffs of several churches in the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Marcia McFee is an internationally-known worship consultant, professor, designer and leader of worship. She received her PhD from the GTU and has been dedicated to continued education for clergy and worship volunteers for 20 years through workshops and retreats. Dr. McFee just launched the new Worship Design Studio online program of continued education, inspiration and a first-ever Design App for step-by-step help with the worship design process for teams. http://worshipdesignstudio.com