Posts by LeAnn Snow Flesher

  • Professor Katie Cannon, first black woman ordained in PC(USA), dies at 68

    August 10, 2018 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher

  • Tribute to ABSW Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck

    July 21, 2017 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher


    On Thursday evening, July 20, 2017 ABSW received this word pertaining to Professor Emeritus, Dr. James Chuck.

    Our Hospice nurse transitioned James into a calm restful state by 4:00 PM today. He passed away quietly at 4:44 PM. The family had a precious week with him in Santa Cruz, the children were all present when he passed. We are so grateful for his life, and lift up praises and thanks to our God!!

    Becky, Paul, Carol, John and the whole Chuck family

    Dr. Chuck was a long time Professor of Theology and Church Ministry at ABSW as well as long time pastor of First Chinese Baptist Church of San Francisco.  Even after his retirement from ABSW in ca. 2005-6 Dr. Chuck continued to serve on the Pacific Coast Baptist Association (PCBA) board, hold theological workshops, and speak at public events.  He will be missed.

  • A Cry for Justice in Hymnody

    November 9, 2016 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher


    “A Cry for Justice in Hymnody” class at ABSW presents an evening of song

    Students from Dr. Nancy Hall and Rev. Dan Damon’s fall semester class presented an evening of singing on November 6. Featuring fifteen new hymns by composer and writer Dan Damon, the public was invited to share in these works of music that center on justice topics. Seventy-five people joined enthusiastically in the event, held at Berkeley Chinese Community Church.

    Dan led us through hymns such as “My Child Is a Flower” (justice for people with disabilities), “As Colors in the Sky” (justice for LGBTQ persons), “When Jesus Was a Refugee” (justice for migrants, immigrants, and refugees),”When Human Life is Bought and Sold” (justice for victims of human trafficking).

    Here’s an example of Dan’s hymn poetry from

    “Beside the Great Cathedrals” (justice for the poor):

    Beside the great cathedrals we huddle in the rain,

    or underneath the bridges till busy folks complain.

    We seek a little shelter, a coin to buy some bread,

    and Jesus waits here with us. He shares our stony bed.


    Each week during the semester the class has focused on a different justice-oriented theme, including those shown above or you can buy youtube views to improve your video. Singing through hymns by Dan and by other current hymn writers is a highlight of these class sessions.

    The November 6 event was sponsored by ABSW, The Center for the Arts and Religion at the GTU (who is also co-sponsoring the course), and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

    If you’d like to know more about “A Cry for Justice in Hymnody,” contact Dr. Nancy Hall, Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music:

  • ABSW Hires New Director of Admissions!

    October 6, 2016 ~ LeAnn Snow Flesher

    meagan-woodIt gives us great pleasure to welcome Ms. Meagan Wood to the ABSW Team as our new Director of Admissions!

    Meagan comes to us from Claremont School of Theology where she was the Associate Director of Enrollment Services and Title IX Coordinator. Previously she was the Assistant Director of Outreach and Recruitment at Claremont. In her five years on the Claremont staff she was known as a bright and highly energetic leader who has a unique ability to connect with people. During her tenure Claremont increased its enrollment numbers every year.

    Ms. Wood is a MDiv graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN (concentrating on literature and ethics) and has her BA from Azusa Pacific University.

    Meagan began her work with us on September 19, 2016 and currently occupies the newly established Admissions and Recruitment office on the first floor of Hobart Hall. This creative relocation of the Admissions and Recruitment office puts her in an advantageous and accessible position for all visitors.

    Please stop by and say hello to Meagan next time you are on campus!

    Office: Hobart 2

    ABSW Extension: #229

    E mail: