Retreat Faculty

The retreats will be led by practicing preachers and educators who have known gifts for teaching and mentoring others in the arts of preaching and communication. Educators will tend to come from the faculty at Duke Divinity School.

Christine Parton Burkett, a North Carolina native, is a Visiting Professor of Speech at Duke Divinity School. Since 1991 she has worked with the homiletics and worship students at Duke helping each find and enhance their own voice in preaching and leading worship, that each minister might communicate the gospel effectively and with grace. Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts and Master 's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has contributed an essay on voice to the "Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching" and considers herself to be a professional pew-sitter. When not sitting in the pew, Christine enjoys gardening, scuba diving, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Nathan Kirkpatrick is the Managing Director for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. Nathan holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke and an undergraduate degree in Religion and Politics from Wake Forest University. He served as the pastor of Asbury and Longtown United Methodist Churches before returning to Duke. He has taught or preached in churches with memberships ranging from fifty to five thousand. When not working, teaching, or preaching, Nathan is often found running the trails around the Triangle, wandering through its art museums, or enjoying a good book over a cup of good coffee. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Wesleyan studies at the University of Durham, England. 

Jim Harnish,Senior Pastor, Hyde Park UMC, TampaJim Harnish retired in 2014 after 42 years of pastoral ministry in the Florida Conference, the final twenty-two years as Senior Pastor at Hyde Park United Methodist in Tampa. He was the founding pastor of St. Luke’s in Orlando and also served at Howe Memorial, Crescent City and Trinity Church, DeLand. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, he has served in leadership positions throughout the church. He is the author of ten books and numerous bible studies and articles. He has served as a Teaching Congregation pastor for Duke Divinity School where he serves on the Board of Visitors. Jim is passionately committed to effectively communicating the gospel through preaching.

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