Jordan Tarwater

Preaching. Teaching. Community Creating.

The Rev. Jordan Tarwater is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently serving as the Executive Director and Minister of the Urban Outreach Center at Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York City.

EDUCATION

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
Master of Divinity, concentration in Systematic Theology
including fulfillment of requirements for ordination as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Graduated: December 2015

Maryville College
Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies, History
Graduated: May 2013

Fordham University
Executive Education Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
Graduated: November 2016

Queens Hospital Center, Jamaica, NY
Clinical Pastoral Education, one unit
Graduated: August 2016

WORK EXPERIENCE

Ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) (February 26, 2017)

Director of the Urban Outreach Center | Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House (2015-present)

Ministry Intern | Jan Hus Presbyterian Church & Neighborhood House (2014 - 2015)

Youth Ministry Intern | First Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, TN (2013)

Peacemaking Delegate and Denominational Staff | PC(USA) Big Tent Conference, Indianapolis (2011)

Intern | Presbyterian Peacemaking Program, Louisville, KY (2011)

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLISHED WORK

Book Review | F. LeRon Shults, Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism | American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 37.2.

Contributer | "Catching the Spirit / Becoming-Animal: Animality as Transgressive Ecological Pneumatology in Appalachia." | The Other Journal. http://theotherjournal.com/2015/12/07/catching-the-spirit-becoming-animal-animality-as-transgressive-ecological-pneumatology-in-appalachia/ (2015).

Presenter | "Appalachian 'Granny Women': Folk Practice and Radical Politics at the Intersection of Magic, Science, and Religion." | Harvard Divinity School Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion (2015)

Presenter | "Catching the Spirit / Becoming-Animal: Animality as Transgressive Ecological Pneumatology in Appalachia." | Duke University Graduate Theological Conference (2015)

Contributor | "Just Hospitality and The Missional Church"  | Unbound: An Interactive Journal of Christian Social Justice. http://justiceunbound.org/carousel/just-hospitality-and-the-missional-church/ (2015).

Presenter | “'The Poor of the Mountains Have Been Wounded, But They Are Not Crushed’: Toward an Appalachian Theology of Liberation with Bernard Loomer and Laurel C. Schneider.” | Fordham University Graduate Theological Conference (2015)

Panelist | "Lived Resistance, Religious Activism" | Fordham University Graduate Theological Conference (2015)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

Jesus & Empire: A Bible Study Survey of the Gospel of Mark | Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (2015)
Lenten ‘Creative Catechism’ series: Theologically Engaging The Westminster Shorter Catechism through Story, Art, and Song | Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (2015)                             
The Basics of Calvin & Barth | Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church (2015)
Reformed Theology 101: Our Presbyterian Heritage |  Jan Hus Presbyterian Church (2014)
Social Justice and the Problem of Evil |  Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church (2014)

RESEARCH, INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Youth Subcommittee Chair | Committee on Congregational Ministry & NurturePresbytery of New York City (2017 - present)

3rd Year M.Div Representative Student Senate Union Theological Seminary (2015-2016)

Student Senate Representative  Union Medal Committee Union Theological Seminary (2015-2016)

Student Senate Representative  Campus Safety Committee Union Theological Seminary (2014-2015)

Research Assistant | "Shifting Geographies of Religion: 'Personal Parishes' in the U.S. Catholic Church" | Dr. Tricia Bruce | Maryville College (2013)

AWARDS & HONORS

Presbyterian Church (USA) Study Grant (2014-2016)  | Union Theological Seminary Full Tuition Merit Scholarship (2013-2016) | Theological Advisory Delegate, PCUSA General Assembly (2014) | T.T. Alexander Award, Maryville College (2013) | Undergraduate Fellow, Fund for Theological Education (2012) | Hall Ethical Thinking Award in Christian Social Ethics, Maryville College (2012) | Isaac Anderson Fellow for Church Leadership, Maryville College (2009-2013) | Deans List, Maryville College (2009-2013)  |  Ordained as Ruling Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA) (2009)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Student member of: 

Appalachian Studies Association

REFERENCES AND PIF

Available upon request.