Western Theological Seminary’s Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry aids students in the art and practice of ministering to those with disabilities.

B.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.Div. Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary

 benjamin@westernsem.edu

 616.392.8555 x193

 CV for Benjamin T. Conner

Courses

  • MN102 Practice of Discipleship
  • MN564 Practice of Evangelism
  • MN573 Practice of Youth Ministry
  • MN581 Ministry and Margins
  • TH112 Gospel, Culture, & Church

Speaking Engagements

  • September 22 – Panel member, “Universal Design for Community: A Disability Ministry Training Event” RCA/CRC Disability Concerns, Grand Rapids, MI
  • September 28-30 – Young Life Capernaum Mission-wide Board Meeting, Nashville, TN
  • October 4-7 – Lecturer, Beyond Suffering Intensive (Joni and Friends), Sadler Global Missions Center, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, TX
  • November 19 – Sermon and Adult Ed at Standale Reformed Church
  • January 25-27 – “Youth Ministry, Disability, and Worship” Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, MI
  • January 29-31 – Institute of Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
  • March 6-9 – “Disabling Youth Ministry” Progressive Youth Ministry Conference, Montreat, NC
  • April 3-6 – Young Life Capernaum Mission-wide Board Meeting, Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability, Agoura Hills, CA
  • June 10-14 – Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, Durham, NC
  • April 5-6, 2019 – Accessibility Summit, McLean Bible Church, McLean, VA

Benjamin T. Conner

Professor of Practical Theology
Director of the Graduate Certificate in Disability and Ministry

Dr. Benjamin T. Conner had been involved in youth ministry in some capacity for over twenty years before coming to Western.  He has served the Church in congregations and through Young Life staff.  He currently serves on Young Life’s National Capernaum Mission Wide Committee.

Ben has earned his Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Virginia) and his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions.  His teaching and research interests include practical theology, youth ministry, discipleship and Christian practices, mission studies, evangelism, disability studies and Christian history.  His wife, Melissa, works in therapeutic horsemanship and together they have four children.  When he is not on campus Ben can be found playing with his family, in the weight room, on the basketball court or mucking horse stalls.

“I believe that in baptism every member of the Body of Christ is ordained to ministry—spiritually gifted and strategically placed to edify one another, to bear God’s love to a hurting world and to bear witness to the redemptive presence of the Triune God. Theological education is about forming people to participate in this calling and to inspire, encourage and equip them to do the same with others. “

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