Dr. Dennis gives the inaugural address.
Dr. Dennis Installed as Dirck Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry
The Board of Trustees and Faculty of New Brunswick
Theological Seminary inaugurated The Dirck Romeyn Chair in Metro Urban Ministry and installed The Rev. Dr. Warren Dennis as The Dirck Romeyn Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry on Saturday, January 31 at Second Reformed Church, New Brunswick, N.J. A celebration luncheon followed in the Fellowship Hall.
First Reformed Church of Schenectady, New York underwrote the chair to honor The Rev. Dr. Dirck Romeyn who was pastor of the church from 1784-1804. Dr. Romeyn was a lecturer and professor at the seminary from 1792-1804. He also served churches in Marbletown, Rochester, Warwarsing, and Upper Red Hook, New York, and in Hackensack, and Schraalenburg, New Jersey.
"Dr. Dennis has helped to set strategies in the seminary's commitment to urban ministry," said the Rev. Dr. Gregg A. Mast, Seminary President. "His tireless work in training leaders for urban settings has resulted in many changes within our curriculum and a greater appreciation for the impact of metro-urban centers throughout the world."
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 our Seminary, he developed an urban concentration in the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degree programs, and he developed the first Doctor of Ministry in Metro-Urban Ministry for professional clergy development.
Dr. Dennis has been an advocate 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. 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.
Dr. Dennis has a B.S., M.C.P. from the University of Cincinnati, a M.Div. from Johnson C. Smith Seminary (Interdenominational Theological Center), and a D.Min. from United Theological Seminary, Dayton.