Kenda Creasy Dean will be here!
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Save the Date – Kenda Creasy Dean will be here November 4–5! 

Save the date – Youth Ministry Institute Midwest is co-sponsoring a great event with Professor Dean at Village Presbyterian Church in the Kansas City area!

YMIM will present a pre-conference class beginning on Friday morning, November 4. Kenda will join us for a presentation and forum beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday morning as part of the church's Meneilly Conference.

Village Presbyterian Church is at 6641 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kansas.

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. A graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, Kenda served as a pastor and as a campus minister before earning her doctorate at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1997. She serves as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, New Jersey.
Kenda 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. Her current book, A More Excellent Way: How Youth Ministry Is Re-inventing Theological Education (with Christy Lang Hearlson), is due out this fall.

This will be an awesome event – we want to see you on November 4-5!
I hope to see you in September and November!

Contact me anytime with questions through this email or by phone at 913-972-2530.

Peace –

Matt Vaughan, Director

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel..." – Philippians 1:3–5

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