President and Professor of Cross-Cultural Theological Education
Year Started at PTS: 2015

Contact Info

desterline@pts.edu
412-924-1366

Education

  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union / Religion and Education: Theological Education in Non-Western Contexts 
  • M.A., Trinity College, Oxford University / Theology
  • A.B., University of California, Santa Cruz / Religious Studies

 

Church Association

  • Ordination: Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Global and Ecumenical Theological Education
  • Educational Diversity

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada Commission on Accrediting (former chair)
  • Theological Book Network
  • Chicago Center for Global Ministries (former chair)
  • Presbyterian Church (USA) Reforming Ministry Project Advisory Board
  • Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago
  • St. John’s Theological College, Auckland, New Zealand (Proxy for the Bishop of Polynesia)

Leadership for Professional Organizations

  • 2013: Delegated representative, World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions, World Council of Churches
  • 1999-2009: President, Association of Chicago Theological Schools Common Council
  • 1999-2001: Treasurer, Association for Doctor of Ministry Education Steering Committee
  • 1990-1996: Chair, Accreditation Committee and Working Group, and Executive Committee and Council member, South Pacific Association of Theological Schools
  • 1994-1996: Consultant on theological education and preparation for ministry, College of St. John the Divine, Suva, and College of the Dioceses of Polynesia, Auckland, New Zealand

Awards/Fellowships/Distinctions

  • 2011-2013: Project director, Cross-Cultural Theological Education in ACTS Schools grant

Additional Resources

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Installation and Inauguration Service