DEPARTMENT OF PASTORAL THEOLOGY
Department Chair. Dr. David Randall Dively is an experienced pastor and has been a visiting professor in various countries, including the Ukraine, Latvia and Zambia. As a professor at ETS, Dr. Dively has distinguished himself not only as a professor of outstanding abilities, but also as an administrator of merit, chairing the Department of Practical Theology and directing the MDiv program of our institution. His most recent class, teaching on that most Christian art of church mediation and peacemaking, has earned him the highest tribute from his students and the ‘Professor of the Year’ Award at Edinburg Theological Seminary.
An exceptional pastor-scholar with studies at top schools in Pennsylvania, including Grove City College, Reformed Presbyterian Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary, Professor Dively completed his studies at Reformed Theological Seminary, MS, and Covenant Theological Seminary, MO, where he received his doctorate while active in many pastoral and ecclesiastical endeavors, including those of community Chaplain, Recording, Stated Clerk and Chair of regional and national committees for his denomination (P.C.A.). Dr. Dively has also been an Organizing and Senior pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Michigan, and is currently ministering in a dynamic church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Coordinator of Practicums. The Rev. Brett Becker, B.A. (Baylor University), M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary), is a doctoral Fellow pursuing his Th.D. at ETS; he ministers at the growing St. Paul Evangelical Church in Cibalo, TX.
As an undergraduate student at Baylor Rev. Becker majored in Religion, and at Princeton he was one of the founders of the Charles Hodge Society, which was instrumental in restarting the publication of the Princeton Theological Review. A member of several professional associations, including the EARCCC and FMC, he has previously pastored at Bethany Congregational United Church of Christ, San Antonio, and the UCC of Toms River, N.J.
With his extensive church work and as a stellar academician, Rev. Becker is a TA in the Department of Practical Theology.
Coordinator of Missions and Mercy Ministry Studies. Dr. Charles Bennett has been honored world-wide for his trailblazing missionary paths which, beginning in Mexico, soon winged him around the globe as an emissary of mercy missions and international aid to the hungry, the poor and the needy.
A pioneer and now legendary Missionary Bush Pilot, Chuck, as he his known to his many friends throughout many lands, finished High School at age 16 and, following studies in Aviation and Theology at Moody Bible Institute, at age 23 he moved to Southeast Mexico where he spent the next 13 years as a missionary pilot for hundreds of indigenous churches in that road-less region of jungles, swamps and mountains. During those years he not only made more than 18,000 flights, he also taught classes in the local Bible Institute and designed and supervised construction of numerous local churches plus a youth camp and a school.
Prof. Bennett is featured in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West. He is author of four books, plus portions of two other books and numerous articles. One of his published books, Tinder in Tabasco, was written in Spanish, a language which Chuck reads and writes with fluency. He has traveled in 90 different countries and has served on the boards of five different non-profit organizations.
With universal recognition from many denominations, schools and organizations, including ETS, Prof. Bennett received the first Alumnus of the Year award ever awarded by Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the recipient of The Peter Drucker Annual Award for outstanding Senior Executive Management from the Peter Drucker Management School of Claremont Graduate University.
Over the years Dr. Bennett has excelled as Director, CEO or President of an incredible number of pioneering missionary organizations, including: President and CEO— Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF); Founder — RACOR; Founder— AirServ International; VP& CO Officer— Food for the Hungry International; President & CEO—Partners International; President & CEO—Paraclete Mission Group.