Preaching Sunday, June 27
11:00 am

Rev. Shannan Vance-Ocampo
Transitional Presbyter, Albany Presbytery

Sermon: "Spirit of Peace"

Rev. Shannan R. Vance-Ocampo serves as the Transitional Presbyter for Albany Presbytery.  Previously, she served as Pastor of Watchung Avenue Presbyterian Church in North Plainfield, NJ, and as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Rumson, NJ.  She is on the Executive Committee of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship where she co-supervises a program of nonviolent human rights accompaniment in Colombia, South America.  Her passions are for organizational redevelopment, local and international mission and the raising up of new leadership in the church and beyond.  
Shannan has a bachelors from The College of Wooster, a masters in divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and has completed coursework towards a masters in public policy at Monmouth University.  She also studied at the Divinity School in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Shannan holds the Executive Certificate in Religious Leadership from McCormick Seminary, is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and is currently completing her certificate in Executive Funds Development with the Lake Institute and Coaching Certification through the International Coaching Federation and Auburn Seminary.  She is a Fellow with GreenFaith: Interfaith Partners for the Earth.  Shannan lives in Albany, NY with her husband, Juan Gabriel Ocampo Valle, a native of Bogotá, Colombia and their daughter, Sofia Elena.  Her personal website is

Jon Walton is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He earned his M.Div. degree at Union Theological Seminary, New York City and his D.Min. degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.  He has previously served congregations in New Canaan, Connecticut; Setauket, New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.   He is the former co-moderator of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians and continues to serve as a member of the board.  A noted preacher, he has spoken at some of America’s most well known pulpits including the Washington National Cathedral,  and innumerable college, seminary, and conference settings.  His lectures and sermons are published in a wide variety of sermon anthologies, books on preaching, and articles in professional journals.  He is the author of the book, Imperfect Peace: Teaching Sermons on Troubling Texts. - See more at: http://www.fpcnyc.org/about-us/pastoral-staff/getting-to-know-the-pastors.html#sthash.7DqSI0rf.dpuf
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