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Kenda Dean, Keynote SpeakerKenda Dean

Princeton, New Jersey
Princeton Theological Seminary

Kenda Dean has been in ministry for over 30 years. She teaches practical theology, youth ministry, and social innovation at Princeton Theological Seminary, and has extensive experience in new ministry development, grant-writing, and nonprofit mini stry, especially with youth and young adults.
An ordained United Methodist pastor, Kenda is on the leadership team of Kingston United Methodist Church and serves on the United Methodist Church’s Advisory Team for new church plants.
Kenda is the author of several books including Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers Is Telling the American Church, The Godbearing Life (with Ron Foster), The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Andrew Root), A More Excellent Way: How Youth Ministry Can Change Theological Education, and If We Let It (with Christy Lang Hearlson).
A graduate of Miami University (Ohio), Wesley Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary, Kenda served as a pastor in suburban Washington, DC and as a campus minister at the University of Maryland before coming to Princeton. She and her husband Kevin live in Princeton, NJ and have two grown children, Brendan and Shannon, and an inexplicably noisy cat.