February 23, 2020
President, Princeton Theological Seminary
M. Craig Barnes is the seventh president of Princeton Theological Seminary. He began his presidency in January 2013, and also serves as professor of pastoral ministry. Barnes earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1981 and his PhD in church history from the University of Chicago in 1992.
Before becoming president of Princeton Seminary, Barnes was a chaired professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary while also serving as the pastor and head of staff of Shadyside Presbyterian Church. He previously served pastorates in Madison, Wisconsin, and at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. He is a frequent lecturer and preacher at conferences, academic gatherings, and in congregations across the country. He is the author of eight books and serves as a columnist for The Christian Century.
His writing and academic work reflect his deep commitment to the theological formation of pastors to lead the church in changing times.
Seminary Student during the mid 90’s
Frank M. Yamada began as executive director of The Association of Theological Schools in July 2017. He oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. Prior to ATS, he joined the McCormick faculty in 2008 as associate professor of Hebrew Bible and director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011, he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president—the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure there was marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education. Yamada previously had taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.
An active biblical scholar, Yamada has authored and edited books and articles on cross-cultural and feminist hermeneutics. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has served as a chair and as a steering committee member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group, the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section, and the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. In addition, he was a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion, and he was the cochair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference.
A graduate of Southern California College, Yamada earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA and has written and spoken on the future of the church and theological education.
April 26, 2020
Pastor from 1991-1994
First Presbyterian’s Senior Pastor since 1999, Jim has a passion for sharing Christ with the world. Through his preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and local and global outreach, he seeks to bring His grace to the least, the last, and the lost.In 2003, he co-founded Tree of Lives, a non-profit group that works in partnership with Nazareth Mission Hospital near Nairobi to serve the poorest of the poor. Tree of Lives supports HIV/AIDS services, food and nutrition counseling, medical and educational funding, and programs designed to strengthen the African family. The organization also operates an orphanage, which provides a loving home to 59 Kenyan children. Jim leads pilgrimages to Kenya three times a year. He has also previously led mission teams in Russia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Sudan. Since travelling to Lebanon and Syria in 2018, Jim has been in partnership with the Outreach Foundation to build relationships with the leaders and people of the Presbyterian Church in that region. FPC was privileged to host Syria’s senior Presbyterian pastor and his wife during their trip to the U.S. in August of 2018. Locally, he is most excited by the growth of the Urban Renewal Center, a non-profit created at FPC to bring conciliation and transformation to our community through conversation, education, and relationship-building. Jim is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Sheryl, have three grown sons, Ross, Adam and Zach.
Associate Pastor from 2001-2008
Rev. Dr. Jenna Goggins received her Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is a certified Spiritual Director. She lives in Paducah, Kentucky with her husband, Dr. Rory Goggins, who is a professor at Murray State University. They have three wonderful and lively children, Brendan, Kaylie and Emma.
Consultant for APC since 2003
Mark is the founder and president of Ministry Architects, the co-founder of Ministry Incubators and the Center for Youth Ministry Training, and the founder of Justice Industries. Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years, where he continues to serve in a volunteer capacity.
Throughout his years spent in Waco and Princeton, Mark was involved in youth ministry—working with Young Life both in Waco and in Montgomery, New Jersey, and serving on the youth staff at the First United Methodist Church in Waco. Upon graduation from Princeton, he was awarded the first Robert Boyd Munger Youth Ministry prize.
Mark and Susan have been married since 1979 and make their home in Nashville, TN. They have three grown children: Adam, Debbie, and Leigh, and four grandchildren: Parish, Nealy, Liam, and Jack.