Plenary and Worship Leaders


Cynthia Rigby
The W.C. Brown Professor of Theology
Austin Seminary

Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995.
An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters. Professor Rigby is the co-chair of the Christian Systematic Theology Section of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She is the “Continuing Resource Theologian” for the Central United States for the pastor/theologian program sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Rigby is actively engaged with congregations, teaching adult education classes and leading church conferences. Among her most popular series topics include “Deep and Wide: Living Into God’s Amazing Grace” and “Why Doesn’t God Do Something? The Love of God and the Reality of Evil.” An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor Rigby most recently served as a member of the General Assembly taskforce that authored “The Trinity: God’s Love Overflowing,” a document that articulates the relevance of trinitarian doctrine to our lives of faith today.

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Adam Copeland
Director of the Center for Stewardship Leadership
Luther Seminary

Rev. Adam Copeland is Director of Stewardship Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where he teaches as well as directs the Center for Stewardship Leaders. Having served as a rural pastor, church planter, and college professor, his scholarly interests consider stewardship and generosity, church leadership, rhetoric, and digital culture. His books include Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), and the forthcoming Making Stewardship Whole (Westminster John Knox, 2017). He is author of numerous articles and book chapters, among them cover stories on stewardship for The Christian Century and The Lutheran. He holds degrees from St. Olaf College, Columbia Theological Seminary, and is a pursing a PhD rhetoric, writing, and culture at North Dakota State University. Find him online at or follow his tweets @ajc123.


Shannon Kershner
Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL

The Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner is the senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church (P.C.U.S.A.).  She grew up in Waco, Texas as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister and an elementary school teacher.  Shannon stayed in Texas for college and graduated in 1994 from Trinity University in San Antonio.  In 1996, she began her theological training at Columbia Theological Seminary and received her Masters of Divinity degree in 1999.  Her sermons and articles have been published in a number of journals, including The Journal for Preachers and Lectionary Homiletics.  She is involved in leadership for NEXT Church, serving on its Strategy Team and is a trustee for Union Presbyterian Seminary.  Shannon is married to Greg, whom she met in high school at a Presbyterian summer conference at Mo-Ranch.  They have been married for 21 years and are the parents of 15 year old Hannah and 12 year old Ryan.

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