Eugene Peterson, who died in October 2018, was a pastor, writer, and professor. His impact on pastors and the church in America is hard to quantify beyond saying he was hugely influential for an entire generation of church leaders. And certainly his Bible translation The Message has helped millions get a fresh reading of Scripture. His was often a prophetic voice, calling the church to move beyond marketing, glitzy programming, worship as entertainment, or pastors as celebrities. Somehow, he accomplished all this while never pastoring a large or even medium size church, being fairly reserved, and unambitious. Rev. Dan Baumgartner will facilitate the The Legacy of Eugene Peterson at the 2019 National Gathering. Through stories of his life and ministry, readings from his books, and a few video clips, the workshop will reflect on possible implications of his legacy for the church in 2019.
Dan Baumgartner has been senior pastor of Hollywood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA since 2010, following 11 years at Bethany Presbyterian in his hometown of Seattle, WA. He had a ten-year business career after graduating with a business degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, then earned an MDiv at Princeton Seminary in 1996. Eugene Peterson was a longtime friend and mentor. Dan is a voracious reader and occasional writer who also loves running, biking, hiking and most things sport-related. He and Anne have three grown children.
Join us at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, OK February 19-21, 2019 for The Fellowship Community’s National Gathering.