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
  • MN116 Introduction to Disability and the Church
  • MN564 Practice of Evangelism
  • MN573 Practice of Youth Ministry
  • MN581 Ministry and Margins
  • TH112 Gospel, Culture, & Church

Speaking Engagements

  • Sept 29-Oct 20 (Sundays) – Discipleship Series, “Vocation across the Lifespan and across Abilities,” Faith CRC, Holland, MI
  • Oct 6 – “Disability, Ministry, and the Church” Seminar, Hamilton Reformed Church, Hamilton, MI
  • Nov 22 – Panelist for “Accessible Teaching Panel” at AAR/SBL San Diego, CA

2020

  • Jan 25 – Plenary speaker, Young Life Chicago Leader Summit, Chicago, IL
  • Feb 11-12 – Preach at Chapel and Presentation on Disability and Ministry, Northwestern College, Orange City, IA
  • Spring TBA – 4-week discipleship series, “The Church, Disability, and Difference,” Faith CRC, Holland, MI
  • Feb 27-29 – Theologian In-Residence, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
  • Mar 18-20 – Joni and Friends visit and Young Life Capernaum Board Meeting, Burbank, CA
  • May 18-21 – Host and Panelist, Institute on Theology and Disability, Holland, MI

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. “

Books

Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness

Videos