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The Rev. Peter E. Roussakis, Ph.D. (GTF), Charles Wesley Professor Emeritus of Sacred Music has recently published a new book, Piety in Song:  Spiritual Themes in Brethren Hymnody.

Peter E. Roussakis holds the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern Connecticut State University, the Master of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Church Music from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, taken cooperatively with the Royal School of Church Music in London, the Master of Sacred Theology in Liturgical Studies from Boston University, and the Ph.D. in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He has taken further graduate study at Harvard University, the Ashland Theology Seminary, and Ohio University where he held a faculty appointment. Ordained in the Brethren Church, he previously served as Minister of Music and Christian Education for churches in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas. He was Assistant Professor of Church Music and Christian Education and Director of Church Vocations at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and has also served for a number of years as Senior Pastor and Minister of Music for American Baptist Churches in New Hampshire. In addition to numerous articles, his publications include: Classic Worship: With Brethren in Mind; United in Prayer: Understanding and Praying the Lord’s Prayer; John Cook Ewing (1849-1937): Pioneer, Brethren Musician, Teacher and Composer; and Piety in Song: Spiritual Themes in Brethren Hymnody.


The Rev. David B. Couturier, OFM. Cap., Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management at the GTF, has recently published a second edition of his book, The Four Conversions:  A Spirituality of Transformation.

couturier-the-four-conversionsDavid B. Couturier, OFM. Cap. is Dean R. Hoge Professor of Pastoral Planning and Church Management. He teaches in the Department of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, and is Professor in the Department of Theology at the Pontifical Antonianum University in Rome. He holds a B.A. in English Literature (summa cum laude) from St. Anselm’s College, Manchester, N.H. and a Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) from Maryknoll School of Theology in Ossining, N.Y. He trained as a psychotherapist and graduated with a Licentiate in clinical psychology (magna cum laude) from the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pastoral Psychology (summa cum laude), with a concentration on organizational studies, from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He received his training in socio-analysis and received a Certificate in Organizational Development from the William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry in New York City. He is also a trained and certified mediator (MGL ch 233 sec 23C). David is director of Catholic Consultations International, a ministry that provides organizational development and mediation services to religious and not for profit institutions. He has served as the Dean of the School of Theology and Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, where he taught courses in pastoral administration, pastoral leadership, and pastoral counseling. He recently completed a term as the Director of Pastoral Planning for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, MA. He has worked with hundreds of religious communities on their strategic and operational planning processes.