Dean, Kenda Creasy

Mary D. Synnott Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture
Department of Practical Theology
105 Tennent Hall
Phone: 609.497.7910
Email: [email protected]


Kenda Creasy Dean is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference (United Methodist) and professor of youth, church, and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, she served as pastor in suburban Washington DC and as a campus minister at the  University of Maryland-College Park before coming to Princeton Seminary. She is currently appointed as the coordinating pastor of Kingston United Methodist Church in Kingston, New Jersey.

Major Publications

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry with Andrew Root (InterVarsity, 2011)
OMG: A Youth Ministry Handbook (Abingdon Press, 2010)
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church (Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, 2010)
Youth, Religion, and Globalization, New Research in Practical Theology, eds. Richard R. Osmer and Kenda Creasy Dean (Zurich: LIT Verlag GmbH Co., 2007)
Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004)
Starting Right: Thinking Theologically about Youth Ministry (Youth Specialties Academic/Zondervan, 2001)
The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul-Tending for Youth Ministry  (Upper Room, 1998)

Curriculum Vitae