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  96th Annual Convocation


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Curtiss Paul DeYoung

3900 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55112, United States / 651-635-8611 /

Curtiss Paul DeYoung is a professor of reconciliation studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. In addition, he served the university for six years in an administrative role as the special assistant to the president for reconciliation and community partnerships. As a professor he teaches courses that address issues of race, gender, socioeconomic class, and religion and oversees the bachelor’s degree in reconciliation studies. As an administrator he creatively addressed sexism, racism, and other forms of institutionalized injustice. DeYoung earned an EdD from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, an MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC, and a BA from Anderson University in Anderson, IN. He is an author or editor of ten books on reconciliation, interfaith social justice activism, multiracial congregations, and the Bible and cultural diversity. Prior to his current position, DeYoung served for seventeen years in urban multicultural settings in Minneapolis—St. Paul, Minnesota, as the executive director of the Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), the executive director of the City Gate Project, and the senior pastor at a multiracial congregation. Reverend DeYoung has also served at congregations in Washington, DC, and Harlem, New York. He worked at the Covenant House Times Square shelter for homeless and runaway youth in New York City. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God (headquarters in Anderson, Indiana).

DeYoung’s leadership as an executive in the nonprofit sector was marked by a catalytic ability for bringing together leaders from diverse cultures, races, and social classes in religious communities, nonprofit agencies, grassroots organizations, government entities, and academic institutions who shared an active concern for the community. He worked in collaborative partnerships to initiate program initiatives that focused on networking, multicultural leadership development, urban youth worker training, nonprofit management training for church leaders, volunteer placement to address poverty, job readiness training, and gifts-in-kind distribution. DeYoung personally helped to establish an ecumenical multiracial neighborhood-based ministerial alliance in a community experiencing very high rates of the symptoms of poverty—violence, drug trade, prostitution, and crime. These various initiatives were funded by individuals, churches, government, and foundations including The McKnight Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and World Vision.

As a consultant, Curtiss DeYoung facilitated the development of a network of religious leaders from a broad spectrum of faiths (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Bahai, other) and a cross-section of racial/cultural groups (Native American, Asian, African American, White, Latino) for the largest social service agency serving low-income people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also coordinated a strategic and historic reconciliation process in his denomination, the Church of God (Anderson, IN), with church leaders from African American, Latino, Native American, and White constituencies.

In 1999, DeYoung’s work began to include an international focus when he participated as a McKnight Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in Salzburg, Austria—an event that convened 70 people from 39 different nations to discuss issues of race and ethnicity. Since 2000 he has been to South Africa thirteen times speaking and consulting, as well as building relationships with leaders in the work of reconciliation. Since 2006 he has been to Palestine and Israel four times seeking to understand the conflict there and develop networks with people and organizations seeking social justice and reconciliation. Since 2008 he has lectured three times in the French speaking world (Guadeloupe and France). His work has also taken him to Egypt, England, Thailand, Guatemala, and Switzerland. He is approved as a Fulbright Specialist.

DeYoung regularly speaks and consults nationally and internationally.

Howard University - School of Divinity | 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. Washington , DC 20017 | (202) 806-0500
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