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Warren L. Dennis
The Dirk Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry and Director of Doctoral Ministry
732-247-5241 x108

B.S., M.C.P., University of Cincinnati

M.Div., Johnson C. Smith Seminary (Interdenominational Theological Center)

D.Min., United Theological Seminary, Dayton

The Rev., Dr. Warren L. Dennis is the Dirck Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry at New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. He receives the Hyacinth Award to honor his work and commitment as co-creator of One Conversation, a Public Education, AIDS Prevention and Community Action Campaign. One Conversation brings people of faith to the table to learn how to discuss and understand the difficult issues of addiction and sexuality and how they relate to the spread of HIV/AIDS in their communities. The important factors of racism, poverty and other social justice issues are also addressed. Reverend Dennis provides ongoing technical and spiritual guidance to the project and is a key element in the projects continual development.

Dr. Dennis research interest in HIV/AIDS extends to Africa where he interacted with various African-based community initiatives, congregations, and theological education efforts addressing HIV/AIDS and poverty challenges. He engaged in inter-disciplinary and intercultural dialogue about the theological implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic for ministry and its impact on African society. These conversations considered the options to enhance seminary curricula and church life so as to better enable African-based institutions to address HIV/AIDS and poverty as well as to foster increased theological cross-fertilization between African theologians and church leaders with their counterparts in the African Diaspora.

Dr. Dennis is an ordained clergy in the Presbyterian Church USA. Prior to coming to New Brunswick in 1992, he served for eight years as the Associate Executive for Metropolitan Ministries and Mission for the Presbytery of Detroit, serving 92 churches and 4 campus ministries. From 1980-85 he was pastor of First and Olivet Presbyterian Church an interracial congregation in Wilmington, Delaware, specializing in inner city ministry in culturally diverse neighborhoods. At New Brunswick Theological Seminary he developed an urban concentration in its Master of Theological Studies and Master of Divinity degree programs, and he developed the first Doctor of Ministry in Metro-Urban Ministry for professional clergy development. He has tried to be faithful to the Presbyterian Confession of 1967 in terms of modeling a paradigm of racial justice and peace for those marginalized in the academy, church and community. He also specializes in modeling new teaching and learning paradigms in urban ministry. In this area of interest and research, he helped to organize a national organization of urban theological educators: AUTEM, the Association of Urban Theological Education and Ministry. In addition, he has written extensively on urban theological education, encouraging greater collaboration among the various disciplines.


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