25 Years of the UMC Order of Deacon

book coverIn commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the creation the Order of Deacon in the United Methodist Church, Dr. Benjamin Hartley (’05) recently reflected on The Deacon: Ministry through Words of Faith and Acts of Love, a book he co-authored with Paul E. Van Buren in 1998. This discussion between the two authors appeared in UM & Global, a blog that highlights the global connections in the UMC. Hartley discusses the impact of faculty members at STH in the progress of his thinking about the work of the diaconate.

In fall 2021, Hartley will become Associate Professor of Mission and World Christianity and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Seattle Pacific University. He is an expert on the mission leader John R. Mott, and his essay, “Pragmatic Internationalist: John R. Mott’s Negotiation of Nationalisms and Racism, 1895-1925,” will appear in a forthcoming essay collection edited by Drs. Dana Robert and Judith Becker.


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