Professor of Youth, Church and Culture Will Speak at Willson-Addis Endowed Lecture

Feb. 18, 2011

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Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, professor of youth, church and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, will speak on "Almost Christian: What the Faith of our Teenagers is Telling the American Church" at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Paul W. Powell Chapel of George W. Truett Theological Seminary on the Baylor University campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is this year's Willson-Addis Endowed Lecture. The lectures were a gift from Mr. and Mrs. James McCorry Willson of Floydada, Texas, who were active Methodist laity. The lectures, which examine practical Christianity, were named in honor of their daughter, Ora Eugenia Willson Addis.

At Princeton Theological Seminary, Dean works closely with the Institute for Youth Ministry. She also is an ordained United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.

After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Wash., D.C., Dean served as a pastor in suburban D.C. and campus minister at the University of Maryland-College Park. In 1997, she earned her doctorate in practical theology and Christian education from Princeton Theological Seminary.

She is the author of several books, including "Oh My God: A Youth Ministry Handbook" (2010) and "Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church" (2010).

Truett Theological Seminary is at 1100 S. Third St.

For more information, call (254) 710-3755, or visit

http://www.baylor.edu/truett/.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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