Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

June 9, 2008

Craig Barnes and Stephen Hayner to Lead Whitworth Institute of Ministry July 7-11

Noted pastors and teachers Craig Barnes and Stephen Hayner will lead the 33rd annual Whitworth Institute of Ministry July 7-11 on the Whitworth campus, in north Spokane. WIM provides clergy, laity, and their spouses and children a week of spiritual encouragement, equipping for ministry, and inspiring worship.

Throughout the week Barnes and Hayner will lead worship services, Bible hours and workshops. Other workshop leaders include Whitworth President Bill Robinson, Whitworth theology and history faculty members, and the Rev. Sharol Hayner, associate pastor for discipleship at Atlanta's Peachtree Presbyterian Church.

The public is invited to attend the institute's worship services Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd Chapel. Robinson will speak at the concluding worship service on Friday, July 11, at 10:45 a.m., in the chapel. Admission to the services is free.

Pre-registration and payment is required for those who wish to participate in other WIM programming, including Bible hours and afternoon workshops. For complete WIM details, a schedule of events, and to register, please contact the WIM program coordinator at (509) 777-4345 or visit www.whitworth.edu/wim.

During Whitworth's weeklong institute, youth programs will be available for children of participants. Art, music and recreational activities are planned for all age groups, including a teen program for junior- and senior-high youth. Trained caregivers will be present to care for infants and toddlers. Accommodations in residence halls and on-campus dining services will be available for Institute of Ministry participants.

After graduating from The King's College and Princeton Seminary, M. Craig Barnes received a Ph.D. in the history of Christianity from the University of Chicago under the supervision of nationally known religion scholar Martin E. Marty. For nine years, Barnes served as pastor of The National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 2002, he became the Robert Meneilly Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. While continuing in that teaching ministry, he began his service as pastor of Pittsburgh's Shadyside Presbyterian Church. Barnes is the author of books including Yearning, When God Interrupts, Hustling God, Sacred Thirst, Extravagant Mercy, and Searching For Home.

A graduate of Whitman College, Stephen Hayner went on to earn a Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1973, and was ordained and installed as university pastor at University Presbyterian Church, in Seattle, where he  worked with students and faculty for 11 years. In 1984, Hayner completed his Ph.D. in Old Testament from the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, and was called to the vice presidency for student life at Seattle Pacific University. In 1988, Hayner became president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; he led InterVarsity for 13 years before returning to parish ministry. From 2001-03, he served as associate pastor in two ethnically and theologically diverse congregations in Madison, Wis. Hayner joined Columbia Theological Seminary in 2003 as the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth.

Hayner is also scholar-in-residence at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, where he works with two new-church-planting teams. He serves on a number of national and international boards, including those of World Vision, International Justice Mission, Christian International Scholarship Foundation, and Presbyterian Global Fellowship.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Toni Sutherland, program coordinator, Whitworth Institute of Ministry, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4345 or tsutherland@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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