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About the presentation & speaker

 Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She also serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church, where she supervises the student interns. Along with Mark DeVries, she is co-founder of Ministry Incubators, an accelerator program that helps turn missional ideas into sustainable ministries.

Dean is the author of numerous books on youth and the church, including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American ChurchThe Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root; and The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry with Ron Foster. She is co-editor with Christy Lang Hearlson of How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education—If  We Let It, released last spring.

Dean hails from a long line of Ohio farmers and Kentucky coal miners. A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., she served as a pastor and as a campus minister before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She and her husband Kevin are the parents of two grown children.

“The Entrepreneurial Moment in Youth Ministry”

Trinity Days Schedule

Thursday, September 22 

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
Koinonia Center

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Choir and musician rehearsal for opening worship

10:00 a.m. Opening worship & presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards
Gloria Dei Worship Center

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Koinonia Center

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. First Presentation
“Ah or Aha? Reframing the Christian Story for Young People”
Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Gloria Dei

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Second Presentation
“Love Made Me an Inventor: Theological Leadership for Young People in an Entrepreneurial Age”
Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean
Gloria Dei

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. Booksigning
Steeple People Bookstore

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Reception

5:00 p.m. Homecoming Dinner
Koinonia Center

Friday, September 23

8:45-9:45 a.m. Workshops

10:15 a.m. Prayer at Football Field

10:30 a.m. Homecoming Flag Football Game
Alumni vs. Students
Capital University

12:00 Lunch
Christ the Teacher Courtyard, Trinity


That ALL Might Have Life! (Pou tout kapab gen lavi!) - alumni room

Leaders: President Rick Barger and Luchner "Maya" Fond-Rose

Come join President Barger and Michelfelder Award recipient, Maya Fond-Rose, for a presentation on how a collection of Lutheran congregations around the country are eradicating the worst form of poverty in the world.  Equally important is how their efforts work to transform their own congregations and is great news for the most vulnerable children on our planet. 

Trinity has had a solid partnership with Haiti as students immerse themselves into this groundbreaking work during J-Term, in a course that seeks to form them into leaders who can transform their congregations for the sake of the poor and the world.

The Realities of Youth Ministry - ROOM 210

Leaders: Professor of Christian Education, Diane Hymans and Trinity Alumni

What are the realities of ministry with youth these days? With the help of several TLS alums who are currently serving as leaders in youth ministry, this workshop will look honestly at the challenges and celebrate the opportunities for our work with teenagers in our congregations. 

"the family that eats together...:Kin, kids, and cuisine in paul" -ROOM 119

Leader: Walter F. Taylor, Jr. 

The central meal of the earliest Christian communities was the Lord’s Supper. Usually scholars have used ancient banquets as the key to understanding the Supper. What else do we see if we view the Lord’s Supper as a family meal of siblings of the same family—whether the siblings are female, male, child, or adult? The workshop will explore insights from Mediterranean cultural anthropology and apply them to 1 Corinthians 11:17-34.

Embrace the Bible's Children and Youth: A Call to Seminarians, Pastors & Scholars." - ROOM 218

Leader: Julie Faith-Parker

Many people think that the Bible is largely devoid of children and youth—not so!  In this interactive workshop we will uncover surprising stories of young characters in Scripture.  We will also explore the reasons why we need to know these texts—for the sake of the Church and the world!

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