2018 Mullin Forum

The 2018 Mullin Teaching and Preaching Forum takes place Jan. 28 and 29 at First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro.

Highlights include:

  • One, combined worship service Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. Our guest preacher, Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, will preach a sermon titled "Priorities."
  • A 9:30 am Church School class featuring Rev. Kershner at 9:30 am Sunday, Jan. 28, in Redhead Hall, hosted by YMBC. Redhead Hall is located on the 600 block of North Elm Street adjacent to Memorial Chapel.
  • A workshop for preachers and teachers Monday, Jan. 29, from 8:30 am to 1 pm. Enter through the Welcome Center at the corner of North Elm Street and Fisher Park Circle.

Sign up for Monday's workshop

Please use this form to sign up for the workshop Dr. Kershner will lead Monday, Jan. 29. Registration begins at 8:30 am in the Welcome Center, located at 617 N. Elm St., near the corner of North Elm Street and Fisher Park Circle, in downtown Greensboro. The 9 am to 1 pm workshop, "Who Has the Microphone?", includes lunch.

About the Mullin Forum

Joe MullinThe Mullin Forum is designed for rejuvenation and rejoicing. If you are a pastor, a church professional or a lay leader, this forum is a place to rest and rediscover your gifts and rejoice in the God who gave them.

The Session of First Presbyterian Church established the Joe and Betty Mullin Preaching and Teaching Forum in 1991 to honor the former minister of this church and his wife. The forum brings distinguished preachers, teachers or similar guests to preach for the community and conduct workshops for ministers and church leaders.

Past speakers have included Fred Craddock, Samuel Proctor, Walter Brueggemann, Joanna M. Adams, Rodger Nishioka, John Buchanan, Nora T. Tisdale, Tom Tewell, Thomas Troeger, Barbara Brown Taylor and James A. Forbes Jr.

Contributions to the Mullin Forum fund, established at Dr. Mullin’s retirement in 1988, underwrite this project. Contributions are accepted.


Our Speaker

Shannon KershnerRev. Shannon Johnson Kershner, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, will be our Mullin Forum speaker Jan. 28-29, 2018.

Rev. Kershner graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and went on to receive a master of divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., where she was awarded the Columbia Leadership Award for demonstrating the greatest potential for future leadership within the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Before and during her time at seminary, Rev. Kershner served as pastoral intern at urban congregations in Texas and Georgia, including Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Atlanta. Her first call upon graduating was as associate pastor at the Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church in The Woodlands, Texas (1999–2002).

From there she was called to Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, Texas, near Dallas, where for seven years she served as head of staff (2002–2009) before being called as head of staff to Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, just outside Montreat Conference Center.

Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago called Rev. Kershner as pastor in 2014.