KENTON T. DERSTINE, MDiv, DMin

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Kenton T. Derstine, DMin, is Associate Professor of Supervised Ministry and the Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). He is ordained for ministry by the Virginia Conference of Mennonite Church USA. He earned his MDiv from the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and his DMin from Wesley Theological Seminary.

He has served pastoral education as an ACPE Supervisor for over twenty-five years. Completing his training as a clinical educator at Indiana University Health System, he assumed a position as CPE Supervisor and then CPE Program Manager at St. Vincent Hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began his duties at EMS as Director of CPE and Field Education in 2000. He also serves on the faculty of the Extraordinary Leadership Seminars conducted by Dr. Roberta Gilbert.

Kenton completed two years of the Bowen Center’s Postgraduate Program and served as an intern during 2014-15. His long-term interests have included the application of Bowen theory to the learning process of clinical pastoral education. He has conducted units of CPE at all levels including Supervisory CPE—the training and certifying process of ACPE Supervisors. He is intrigued by the correlations that seem apparent between Bowen theory, theology, and transformational learning theory.

He currently serves on the Board of the Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, the Executive Committee of the Mennonite Chaplains Association, and the Faculty Senate of Eastern Mennonite University.

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