Southesast Asian Lay Pastors Training

May 27-31, 2013


"The Pentateuch"

Taught by Rev. Dr. Gregory Lee Cuéllar, Assistant Professor of Old Testament

 Dr. Cuéllar has a wide range of teaching experience, both as a professor and a pastor. As a scholar, he has had international exposure from Latin America to Europe. His research focuses on emerging theories of Biblical Interpretation.

His most recent book is Voices of Marginality: Exile and Return in Second Isaiah 40-55 and the Mexican Immigrant Experience (Peter Lang Publishing, 2008). His forthcoming book is Archival Criticism: The Interrogation of Contexts and Texts in Early Modern Biblical Criticism .

This course introduces students to major themes in the Pentateuch. Important to this course is a general understanding of the  social, political, and cultural situations that conditioned theological message of Pentateuch. Particularly pertinent to this course is the application of the Pentateuchís given understanding of the world to diverse ministry/ecclesial contexts. 

"Deep and Wide: Living Into God's Amazing Grace"

Taught by Dr. Cynthia Rigby, Professor of Theology

Cynthia Rigby has been teaching at Austin Seminary since 1995. An ordained minister in the PC(USA), she is the editor of Power,  Powerlessness, and the Divine, co-editor of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary, and author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness. A new book, Renewing Grace, is due to be published by Westminster John Knox Press in the fall of 2014.

As Christian believers, we claim that we are saved "by grace alone." But what does that mean for us, in our daily lives of faith? In this class, we will use the metaphor of a swimming pool to explore what is at stake, for us, in participating in the grace of God. We will first consider what risks there are, as we stand at the edge of the pool, wondering whether or not we should jump in. Then we will face, head-on, the cost of plunging into that water. Surfacing again, we will look at the promises associated with being fully immersed - baptized! - looking out at the glistening surface that stretches beyond.. Finally, we will talk about swimming. What are the practices of grace that help us stay afloat, in the water, doing laps that are the fruit of living into our identity? The goal of the series is to gain a better appreciation of the depth of God's grace, as well as a better understanding of how we - as God's baptized children - can enjoy its benefits.


7:00 p.m. Gathering & Introduction to  Courses

7:00-7:30 a.m. Devotion

8:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00-11:30 a.m. First Course

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Second Course

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Friday, second class ends at 3:00 pm

Evenings are spent in group discussion and completion of course requirements that demonstrate master of the material.


Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
McCord Community Center
100 E. 27th Street, Austin 78705


$300 ($320 if registered after through May 15)

$200 Commuter Rate

A fee of $300.00 covers food, double occupancy room at Austin Seminary, and others needed for the training and will not be refunded after May 20th. Once your registration form has been received, you will be provided with additional information.

Food will be prepared by all students. We will live like real family in Christ for the week!

For students who prefer to commute, the registration fee is $200.00.  However, we encourage all stay at the dormitory.

Any question, please contact:
Rev. Dr. James Oudom: 706-778-2822  Or email: