Special Event – Seminary Students Welcome

Too often, pastors have conversations about healthy boundaries and how to transition well too late. Seminary students are invited to come alongside ministry professionals to hear from women who have lived, seen, and led through a variety of challenging scenarios.


This 28-hour program is designed to nourish your mind, body, and spirit as we reflect on these important topics.

Seminarians are being offered a 75% discount using the code: SEM75
Questions? Email ironsharpeningiron@ptsem.edu

Feed your mind and body.

Panel discussions will feature Rev. Pam Driesell, Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell, and Rev. Melanie Marsh, addressing some of the most critical questions about sustainable ministry: How do I create healthy boundaries? How do I navigate transitions well?

Both panels will be live-streamed for virtual participation. 

Lunch will be catered by Margo Carner of Fridge2Table.

Move and be moved.

So many of us move through the world as if our bodies are just carriers for our brains. But our bodies hold our stories, our memories, our convictions, our questions, and our doubts, and they are integral to our experience of faith. In this movement-based workshop, spiritual director Annalise Hume will guide you through exercises that invite hospitality and attentiveness toward your body, which might be helpful as you begin processing what you’ve experienced at our gathering. Note: while you will be invited to move your body, no prior movement experience is necessary. This workshop has been designed for all abilities and disabilities.

Sessions will take place Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Relax. This one is for you.

Tuesday morning will include a worship service facilitated by Rev. Pam Driesell and our panelists. This is an invitation to sit back and be part of the service—not planning or leading—just participating.



12-1:30 pm
Lunch and Panel Discussion: Creating Healthy Boundaries

3-4:15 pm
Embodied Faith Workshop, Part 1


9-9:45 am

10-11:30 am
Brunch and Panel Discussion: Navigating Transitions with Integrity

12-1:15 pm
Embodied Faith Workshop, Part 2


2 Lunch Panels + 2 Embodied Faith Workshops

2 Lunch Panels

Watch Panels Online


There is à la carte pricing available in registration form.

Featured Panelists and Presenters

REV. PAM DRIESELL began ordained ministry in 1999 as the organizing pastor of a PCUSA church plant near Athens, Georgia, and served the Oconee Presbyterian Church until 2010, when she was called as the fourth Senior Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta.

She has served on numerous councils and commissions, including moderating the Tri-Presbytery New Church Development Commission, Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry’s formative Advisory Council, Columbia Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and Montreat Conference Center Board of Trustees. In 2017-18 she co-led a formation group for The King Center’s Better Together Initiative, which joined Atlanta pastors diverse in denomination, race, and political ideology in the work of racial justice and community transformation.

She is a graduate of James Madison University, Hollins University, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

ANNALISE HUME (she/her) is a creative and contemplative Spiritual Director. After receiving her MDiv and MA from Princeton Theological Seminary, she felt a deep pull toward training as a spiritual director and completed her training through Oasis Ministries. Annalise comes alive by facilitating movement workshops and accompanying others into the holy mystery through her ministry, Embodied Faith. In her work, Annalise orients toward an incarnated faith, believing that every story, experience, and dynamic is a way into the movement of God. While constantly longing for the mountains of the North West, she has come to love co-creating a home in Ewing, NJ, with her husband and son..

REV. MELANIE MARSH is Transitional Pastor  of Riveria Presbyterian Church in Miami, FL.  Rev. Marsh comes to Riviera from Community Presbyterian Church in Atlantic Beach, where she served as senior pastor. Melanie is a child of Caribbean immigrants, a lifelong Presbyterian and a native of Central Florida. She holds a BFA in Theatre and Dance from Florida State University and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Before going into Ministry, she worked in the performing arts, arts education and community activism in Florida and Southern California. She has three young children who love all things outdoors. Rev. Marsh and her family are looking forward to their new home and schools and exploring Miami.

REV. JULIE PENNINGTON-RUSSELL has served as Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC since January of 2016. Before coming to Washington, she led churches in Decatur, GA; Waco, TX and San Francisco, CA, and was the first woman to serve as senior pastor of a Baptist church in the state of Texas. Julie earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif.

Julie is a pilgrim on the contemplative path and is co-director of the Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D. C. As a spiritual director, Julie loves “companioning” people as they become more and more attuned to God’s Spirit in their spirit.

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