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The Rev. Dr. Charles R. Leonard

Director, Contextual Education; Associate Professor, Practical Theology


Education: BSc, Pennsylvania State University, 1971; Mdiv, LTSP, 1976; ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1978; Dmin, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983; Med, Columbia University, 1992; EdD., Columbia University, 1997; Pastorates in Pennsylvania, 1976-93.

Dr. Charles Leonard’s interests and research are in the areas of leadership development, church administration, church growth and the general practice of ministry. As Associate Professor of Practical Theology, he has taught courses in urban ministry with a particular emphasis on the “practice of ministry.” He assists students with finding the right sites to do their practicums, field education and internships. Much time is given to the process, as he guides them during their practical training, provide support which enables them to do theological reflection and advises them concerning their discernment of vocation.

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