New Editor for Presbyterian Outlook
|Evangelical pastor Jack Haberer named editor of
Texan is theological task force member
by Evan Silverstein, Presbyterian News Service
LOUISVILLE - Oct. 17, 2005 – The
Rev. John H. "Jack" Haberer Jr., a Houston pastor and a member of the
Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity and Purity of the Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.), has been chosen as the new editor of The Presbyterian
The Presbyterian Outlook Foundation announced that Haberer, the pastor of
Houston's Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, will take the helm of the
denominational magazine as of Dec. 12.
"Building on the work of the strong editors who have gone before him, Jack
Haberer brings the same sense of wisdom about the church, a keen analytical
interest, and a contagious enthusiasm for the mission of The Presbyterian
Outlook," said Richard A. Ray, the North Carolinian who serves as the
foundation's board president. "... Jack's commitment to the church's mission
of evangelism, social witness, and compassionate service has prepared him
well for this task."
O. Benjamin Sparks, the pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond,
VA, has been serving as interim editor since March 2004. Sparks is a
longtime member of the Outlook Foundation.
Haberer's faith journey led him from his youth in New Jersey to the Jesus
Movement and through evangelical and inter-denominational affiliations to a
commitment to the Reformed tradition and the PC(USA). He earned an M.Div.
degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, and a
D.Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.
Haberer is the author of numerous journal and magazine articles, as well as
two books:Godviews: The Convictions that Drive Us and Divide Us, and
Living the Presence of the Spirit.
Haberer, who has served the Clear Lake congregation since 1994, also was
pastor of Trinity Church in Satellite Beach, FL, for 10 years. He has been
active in various Presbyterian-related organizations, including
Presbyterians for Renewal and The Presbyterian Coalition. He was named a
member of the theological task force in 2001.
Haberer will fulfill his obligations to the task force, including several
speaking engagements this year and next. Ray said that will not affect the
editorial policies of The Outlook.
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