Visiting Scholars Program


2017 Visiting Scholars Program

Bringing theological excellence to Northeast Ohio

September 16-17, 2017

Suggested donation for Saturday’s events is $25

WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU MASH-UP THE WORDS INSPIRE AND CONSPIRE? You get CoSpire, the act of being inspired and creating together. September 16 and 17 the Old Stone Church hosts CoSpire! The Community Creation Weekend at the Old Stone Church with special guests Kim McLean and John McClure.

Kim McLeanKim McLean is an award winning, hit songwriter for artists such as Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Tim McGraw. Her songs have been featured on CBS’s As the World Turns, ABC’s Hope and Faith and NBC’s West Wing. She’s also had a number of successes as a performer, including her Inspirational Country hit, Angels and Eagles, a duet with Dolly Parton. Kim is an ordained Nazarene pastor.

John McClure

John McClure is a musician, sound engineer, and author of numerous books on the subjects of preaching and worship including, Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention. John is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) pastor and professor of preaching and worship at Vanderbilt University School of Divinity.

Kim and John will host a moderated town-hall style meeting, as well as independent workshops on what goes into crafting great songs, poetry, worship and sermons. Saturday evening, Old Stone will host a dinner followed by an “In the Round” concert with Kim McLean, John McClure and special guest, singer-songwriter, Mark Giuliano. On Sunday morning, Dr. McClure will preach and Kim McLean will offer special music.


    2-6pm    Town-hall style meeting and interactive workshops with Kim McLean and John McClure
    6-7pm    Catered dinner
    7-8pm    “In the Round” concert with Kim McLean and John McClure, joined by local musician, Mark Giuliano, senior pastor of the Old Stone Church

10-11am    Sermon by Dr. McClure and special music by Kim McLean

Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack, Tim McGraw
Hit song writer comes to the Old Stone Church

What do soul diva Betty Lavette, country legends Trisha Yearwood and Lee Ann Womack, and NBC’s West Wing all have in common? They all have great songs written by Nashville songwriter and Nazarene pastor, Kim McLean. Along with Vanderbilt senior professor of worship and preaching, and Nashville studio session player, the Reverend Dr. John McClure, Kim will be at the Old Stone Church on September 16 and 17 as part of the Old Stone Church 2017 Visiting Scholars weekend.

Kim McLean has written award-winning songs for many of today’s top performers. Her song, All We Ever Find, was recorded by country music superstar, Tim McGraw, and sold over 6 million units. Her song, What Judas Didn’t Know, has been covered and recorded by more than 100 bands and won a Dove award for best gospel song of the year.

With over 400 songs recorded, Kim McLean has also garnered ASCAP and NSAI awards, Grammy and Juno nominations, and as an indie artist, won song of the year honors for best Americana/Folk song for the Just Plain Folk organization out of 800,000 entries.

Kim has been a staff writer for major recording companies such as EMI Records and Sony Music Publishing, who now holds a catalog of her songs and lists her as a Legacy Writer. In addition to her West Wing credits, Kim has other film and TV credits on hit shows such as CBS’s As the World Turns and ABC’s Hope and Faith including a cameo with Kim singing.

As a performer, Kim has played to live audiences around the world and even had a number one Inspirational Country hit (ICMA) with her song Angels and Eagles, a duet with Dolly Parton. Kim also sang back up on These Storms Might Pass Away, a post Hurricane Katrina song written and performed by Mark Giuliano, which garnered a Golden Viking for Americana song of the year on internet radio in 2006.

Kim holds a master’s degree in biblical theology from Trevecca Nazarene University and was ordained as an evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene in 2009. She leads conferences around the country on songwriting and faith, spirituality, and the arts.

Her workshops are open to anyone and everyone.

Mash-Up Religion in Downtown Cleveland
Pop-culture preaching professor to visit the Old Stone Church

There are many different titles to describe John McClure: Nashville studio session man; Presbyterian pastor; Vanderbilt professor of preaching and worship; author and pop-cultural theologian. This September, Old Stone Church Visiting Scholar can be added to the list! Dr. McClure, along with hit song writer and performer, Kim McLean, will be at the Old Stone Church on September 16 and 17 as part of the Old Stone Church 2017 Visiting Scholars weekend.

John McClure has spent the majority of his career exploring the relationships between philosophy, theology, ethics, popular culture and preaching and worship. He’s a prolific writer whose publications include The Four Codes of Preaching: Rhetorical Strategies, The Roundtable Pulpit: Where Preaching and Leadership Meet, Telling the Truth: Preaching About Sexual and Domestic Violence (co-edited with Nancy Ramsay), Best Advice for Preaching, Other-wise Preaching: A Postmodern Ethic for Homiletics, Claiming Theology in the Pulpit (co-authored with Burton Z Cooper), Preaching Words: 144 Key Terms in Homiletics and his most recent book Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention.

John is a past president (2003) of the Academy of Homiletics, and along with the late Dale Andrews (Old Stone Church Visiting Scholar 2016), is co-editor of the Academy’s journal Homiletic. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), he served as the pastor of Ensley Highland Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and taught preaching for 17 years at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary before arriving at Vanderbilt in 2003.

John will be leading workshops open to anyone and everyone who is interested in the intersections between music and worship, popular culture and faith.

View videos of the 2016 Visiting Scholars

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