2016 PYT Preachers

DAY ONE – “GO and See!”
Dr. Rodger Y. Nishioka

Rodger Nishioka recently joined the staff of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS, as their director of adult ministries. Previously, Rodger served for 15 years as the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, teaching primarily in the areas of youth and young adult ministries.  He continues to write and research about the place of young people in the church. Rodger is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and the Georgia State University in Atlanta. Rodger grew up in Honolulu and Seattle where his father served as a pastor. He is evidence that you can be a Presbyterian pastor’s kid and still love Jesus!

DAY TWO – “GO and Do Likewise”
Anna Sweet Brockman w/ Rev. Lisa Cook

Since she received her call to ministry Anna Sweet Brockman has served in a variety of ministries including pulpit supply, children and youth ministry, and planning for camps and conferences. She has been honored to preach at denominational conferences as well as congregations throughout West Tennessee. Anna is a graduate of Bethel University and a student at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a creative spirit who enjoys theatre and swing dancing. Originally from East Tennessee, Anna now lives in West Tennessee with her husband Wesley.

Rev. Lisa Cook was born and raised in Nashville TN.  She worked in the corporate world for more than 20 years as a Sr. Project Manager for AT&T, before answering the call to ministry. Lisa attended Bethel University (B.A.) and Memphis Theological Seminary. Lisa is an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister Church, called to serve as a street chaplain to the homeless community in Nashville TN. Lisa and her four-legged partner in ministry, Starr of David, serve the homeless community through Sacred Sparks Ministry. The purpose of the ministry is to meet homeless men and women where they are, and to offer a ministry of presence, love, service, pastoral care, outreach and relationships.

DAY THREE –  “Teach Me the Way I Should GO!”
Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill

The Rev. Dr. Alice Ridgill is a unique vessel with a unique voice. Her love for God and compassion for people are evident in all that she does. She is the organizing and founding pastor of New Faith Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, SC. Dr. Ridgill served as Pastor of the former Washington Street Presbyterian Church, Abbeville, SC, as Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care at Erskine Theological Seminary, as Campus Pastor of Thornwell Home for Children and as a Chaplain candidate in the United States Air Force Reserves. Her personal motto is: If I can help somebody as I travel along my way, then my living will not be in vain!

DAY FOUR – “Let My People GO!”
Rev. Dr. Steve Wilde

Rev. Dr. Stephen Wilde has been serving as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Livermore, CA for the past 7 years.  Steve has a passion and enthusiasm to make real the incredible love of God that we encounter in Jesus. Steve gets energized when young people discover how awesome God made them and the impact they can have on the Kingdom of God! Steve and his wife Jen have three boys (in elementary, middle and high school) and when Steve is not at church or in a local coffee shop, he can be found coaching little league baseball or losing balls on the golf course.

“There is something powerful and profound that happens when you fill a room with students and ask the Spirit of God to do something! I can’t wait to see and experience all that God will do through Triennium as young people gather together so that they can then GO! out into the world and make a difference.”-Steve Wilde

DAY FIVE – “The Great GO-Mission!”
Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice

The Rev. Dr. Perryn Rice is the Senior Pastor of the Lake Highlands Presbyterian  Church in Dallas, TX where he, his wife, Terri, their son, Jonathan Perryn, and their daughter, Lauren Endia, reside.  Perryn has served as the Moderator of the Brazos River Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (C.P.C.A.), and as the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the C.P.C.A.  .” He has written one book, Sixty-six Devotions from Sixty-six Great Books.  He did all of this after spending some years as a stand-up comedian and an R and B singer. “God’s sense of humor is on a whole ‘nuther’ level!”