Standing Theology Committee Members
Rev. Dr. Mark Patterson
Lead Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ventura, CA
Mark is the moderator of the Standing Theological Committee (STC). He has been the lead pastor of Community Presbyterian Church for 20 years.
Rev. Dr. Laura Smit
Professor of Theology at Calvin College
Rev. Dr. Smit has been teaching at Calvin College since 1999.
She was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1989 and served as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clayton, New Jersey for six years before going to Boston University for a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy and theological aesthetics. Her dissertation was on aesthetic epistemology in the theology of Bonaventure.
see more at laurasmit.com
Dr. Amy Erickson
Covenant Partner, First Presbyterian church, Colorado Springs, CO
A native Texan, Amy Erickson graduated from Whitworth University before completing doctoral work in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her thesis explored the ecclesiology of the contemporary theologian Ephraim Radner through a theological reading of Hosea. She now resides in Colorado Springs, where she is a covenant partner at First Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Dr. Eric Jacobsen
Lead pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, WA
Eric O. Jacobsen is a the Lead Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma, WA where he lives with his wife (Liz), four children (Kate, Peter, Emma, and Abraham), three dogs, one cat, eight chickens, and numerous smaller creatures that are mercifully contained in various habitats around the house. He received his M.Div from Princeton in 1995 and his PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller in 2008. Eric is interested in how the physical shape of neighborhoods and cities impact our experience of community and especially how churches can serve as catalysts for shalom and belonging in the local context. He’s written a couple of books exploring this topic (Sidewalks in the Kingdom and The Space Between) as well as published articles and spoken in a number of secular and Christian contexts. Eric believes that the church needs to develop a robust theology of place to help counteract some of the fragmented and virtual aspects of contemporary life. He also loves Jesus, is committed to the local church, and preaches expositional sermons week in and week out.
Rev. Dr. Tim McConnell
Lead Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, CO
Serving Christ in ordained ministry since 1999, Tim was a pastor in New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia before returning to his hometown to serve First Pres. He was a US Army Reserve chaplain, worked in higher education teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, led students in Christian fellowships at the Darden Business School and the Virginia School of Law, and led mission trips to Kenya on multiple occasions.
Tim is the author of Happy Church: Pursuing Radical Joy as the People of God (InterVarsity Press, 2016) and Illumination in Basil of Caesarea's Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Fortress Press, 2014). See more
Dr. Mickie O'Donnell
Church Consultant and coach
After 43 years of full-time local church ministry, Mickie now serves several churches as a consultant helping with Leadership Development, Spiritual Formation, and Transition/Succession Planning. Mickie is a certified ECO Coach, is part-time Director of People, Culture, and Performance at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Dallas, and spends several weeks a year teaching BibleTelling methods in India. She and her husband David live in Florida and enjoy riding their Harley. See more at www.mickieodonnell.com
Rev. Jenn Graffius
Director of Vocāre, Azusa Pacific University
Jenn is the program director for Vocāre, a 5-Year BA to MA in Pastoral Studies, and she oversees ministry-focused mentoring for undergraduates, and women-in-ministry initiatives in the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University (APU). She is also the chaplain to Azusa Pacific Seminary students. Jenn is an ordained minister in ECO, an alum of APU (B.A. ’00), and an adjunct faculty member in the APU School of Theology’s Department of Practical Theology. She has an MDiv from Princeton Seminary and is completing her Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School in May.
Rev. Dave Reichelderfer
Transitional Pastor, New Hope Presbyterian Church, Brogue, PA
Dave Reichelderfer is the Transitional Pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church. He is a retired educator with 33.5 years of experience as a teacher and administrator in the public school setting. Dave graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Religion. He currently serves as Ministry Partnership Team Assimilation Coordinator for the ECO Presbytery of the Northeast, and is a member of the Theological Task Force of ECO. Dave and his wife, Ann, have been married for 34 years and been members at Lycoming Centre for 32 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.