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Denise Janssen

Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University
Associate Professor of Christian Education
Richmond, Virginia Area
Denise Janssen is a Christian educator, author, editor, and scholar. Her research focuses on faith transitions, particularly the transition from adolescence into young adulthood, using ethnographic research as a primary tool of inquiry. She also designs, writes, and consults in the area of curriculum development and best practices in faith formation in communities of faith. Her 25+ years in youth ministry and pastoral ministry equip her well as a scholar-practitioner with a passion for student learning. Denise also has more than 25 years of successful fundraising experience in all areas of the field with specialization in grants and major gifts.

Her books include: Fostering Faith: Teaching and Learning in the Christian Church (Valley Forge: Judson, 2014), Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Valley Forge: Judson, 2015), Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), and United Against Racism Facilitator’s Guide (Friendship Press, 2018 with Lakisha Lockhart, Joseph V. Crockett, and Lynne Caldwell). She is also the author of numerous articles and curriculum resources.

An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA (ABC-USA), Janssen maintains a commitment to the local church and denominational life. In 2015, the denomination recognized her efforts with their highest honor, the Luther Wesley Smith Education Award for faithful leadership in educational ministries at the seminary or university level. She has served United Methodist congregations in the Northern Illinois and Virginia Conferences for the past 13 years.

Janssen is editorial director for Friendship Press, Inc. (www.friendship-press.org), an affiliate of the National Council of Churches.
Friday, November 1
 

8:00am

8:30am

11:00am

11:15am

1:15pm

2:30pm

3:45pm

4:00pm

6:30pm

 
Saturday, November 2
 

9:00am

11:00am

11:15am

3:30pm

3:45pm

6:15pm

 
Sunday, November 3
 

9:00am

10:45am

 

My Moderators Sessions

Friday, November 1
 

2:30pm