Having recently come on board with Kerygma as their Program Manager, I want to introduce myself to you.
My name is Peggy Heely and I am an educator who loves learning--why we learn, how we learn, and helping people to learn.
After being a high school history teacher in the states,
I took on a 2-year assignment in Peru as the social studies teacher for middle and high school students, the children of missionaries who were translating the Bible into the languages of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. From there I went to seminary and earned a master of religious education degree.
I then served on the campus ministry staff of a church in Pittsburgh, PA, following which I was asked to serve as a parish associate for young adult and new member ministries.
It was in this context that
I first used a Bible study curriculum developed by Kerygma, specifically The Bible in Depth. To this day,
I don't know who learned more, the participants, or me as the leader--a learner among learners.
As I transitioned from school classroom to church education, I realized that I had become fascinated by how adults learn--basically how and why we go about learning anything. I was interested in why one thing interests this person and something else interests another and how we learn a lot more about a lot of
things then we will ever receive credit or earn a salary for--about life, and faith, and how to live as Christians in our world.
My fascination with how adults learn landed me in a doctoral program to study (you probably guessed by now) adult learning. Since then,
I have worked in academia and the church; both schools of education in themselves, but different by degrees. Basically, because in the church, we don't give them--degrees, I mean. No degrees are needed. No tests, no final papers, no semester projects.
However, what the church offers in terms of learning--
its message, the greatest story ever told, the kerygma
or proclamation of the good news-- can change the life of a person, or a group of people, more profoundly than any one certificate or degree ever will.
And so I stand with you as pastors and educators of the church, to assist and support you in your callings to help the people of God to learn the word of God, the Bible, and to consider its message for us as the church in our time, in our world at large, and within our homes and communities.