Dirck Romeyn Assistant Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry
Assistant Dean of Doctoral Studies
Ph.D. in Divinity University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, UK
Masters of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary –Princeton, NJ
Masters of Divinity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – South Hamilton, MA
Bachelors of Arts in Chemistry, University of Delaware- Newark, DE
RESEARCH INTERESTS AND CURRENT RESEARCH:
Religions of the African Diaspora; Christianity in the Caribbean; Migration; Urban immigrant youth and religion, youth, race, music and social engagement; marriage and sexuality among Black immigrant youth in NYC; Religion and Public Life, Youth, religion and literature, Women and Migration.
City Seminary of New York – New York City, NY (2009 – 2018)
- Teach and develop the curriculum for the Ministry Fellows certificate program with several colleagues. This program utilizes an integrative curriculum to prepare students, some of whom are pastors or serve in new immigrant churches, for urban ministry within the New York City context (Fall 2010 – 2018).
- Taught the Latin America and the Caribbean section of the Church History and World Christianity Course, CRU Institute of Biblical Studies, January 23-27, 2017.
- Collaborated with two colleagues to develop the curriculum for and teach a 5-session Bible Survey course in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
- Co-developed the Our Story: A World of Christianity, and World Christianity through Literature and the Arts courses. These course are a part of a Masters of Arts in Ministry in the Global City degree recently approved by the New York State Board of Regents.
- Co-developed the curriculum and taught the World Christianity, Whole Story of Scripture, Work and Vocation and Family & Youth short courses (2013).
- Co-created the curriculum for the Youth Ministry Fellows program and team-taught the pilot sessions for 2013 and 2014. This is an introductory course designed to equip high school students and youth leaders for ministry in the city
- Visiting lecturer for the Masters of Arts in Urban Ministry, a collaborative degree offered between City Seminary of New York and Westminster Theological Seminary.
Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies – Pasadena, CA
PhD committee member (Fall 2015 – present) and Examiner for PhD Comprehensive exam – Religious
Identities and Faith Transmission (October 2016)
Calvin Theological Seminary – Grand Rapids, MI (Spring 2012)
May Session Faculty
- Developed a May Session elective course – Course 661: Ministry to and with Immigrants
University of Edinburgh – New College, School of Divinity (September 2008 – June 2009)
EDITORIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
City Seminary of New York – New York City, NY (2009 – 2018)
Coordinator for the Non-Degree Programs (May 2017-present)
- Oversee all the non-degree programs (Ministry Fellows, Bible for Life, Praxis, and Practices Intensive – a new program to be piloted in January 2018) offered at the seminary. My responsibilities include: coordinating the efforts of my colleagues who are assigned various tasks related to these programs; updating program curricula; reviewing and improving student assessment; conducting informational open houses; and ensuring that each program is adequately resourced and supported to be successful in their execution.
Coordinator of the Global New York Church Project and Research Administrator (2009 – Feb. 2017)
- Co-Directed the Next Generation Research Project (January 2011 to January 2016). This research initiative focuses on the religious life of the post 1965 urban immigrant youth in New York City. Some of my responsibilities included: seeking funding for this research initiative; writing grants and grant reports; assembling a group of youth and youth leaders to talk about issues facing urban immigrant youth; conducting research on Latino, African, Asian and West Indian Immigrant youth; serving as the primary administrator for the project.
- Created the seminary’s policies and procedures for conducting research with human subjects.
- Organize, select sites and lead the annual seminary wide community prayer event called “Pray and Break Bread.” This series of five events per year, introduces students and other participants to an understanding of theological education in the city that is grounded in sensory and bodily life.
- Coordinated and administered the Global New York Church project. The Global New York Church project is a research program that documents the changes, growth and connections among immigrant churches in New York City. This was funded by a grant from the Louisville Institute.
- Created policies and procedures for the Library and Research Center and managed the Seminary’s library including cataloging and organizing the holdings (Books, ephemeral and journals) from August 2009 to February 2014.
African Association for the Study of Religions (February 2014 – Present)
Mid-Atlantic Region – American Academy of Religion (July 2016 – Present)
Religion and Education Section – Co-chair
Commission VII Study Group for Edinburgh 2010 World Mission Conference – Edinburgh (September 2009 – 2014)
Study Group Secretary
- Organized Study Group consultation and international conference. Assisted in planning the Commission VII parallel sessions, co-wrote the study group report and presented report at the Edinburgh 2010 World Mission Conference.
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, West Indian Pentecostals: Living Their Faith in New York and London, (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016)
William R. Burrows, Mark R. Gornik, and Janice A. McLean (eds) Understanding World Christianity: The Vision and Work of Andrew F. Walls, (Maryknoll N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2011)
Award: The International Bulletin of Missionary Research Outstanding Books of 2011
2012 Catholic Book Award, Honorable Mention in the Faith and Science category
Afe Adogame, Janice A. McLean and Anderson Jeremiah (eds) Engaging the World: Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts, (Oxford: Regnum, 2014)
Peer-reviewed journal articles, and book chapters
Janice A. McLean, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord: Music and Songs within Pentecostal West Indian Immigrant religious communities in Diaspora”, Studies in World Christianity
13.2 (2007): 127-141
Janice A. McLean, “Mission perspectives among Pentecostal West Indian religious communities in New York City and London: By my Spirit says the Lord” in Stephen Spencer, ed., Mission and Migration: (Hope Valley: Cliff College Publishing 2008)
Afe Adogame, Philomena Mwaura, Janice A. McLean, and Erica Dunmow, “Theme 7: Christian Communities in Contemporary Contexts” in Kristeen Kim and Andrew Anderson (eds)
Edinburgh 2010: Mission Today and Tomorrow, (Oxford: Regnum Books, 2011)
Janice A. McLean, “Appropriating Faith within the City: An Examination of Urban Youth Ministry in Immigrant Churches” in Gary Fujino, Timothy R. Sisk, and Tereso C. Casiño (eds)
Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Mission for the Twenty-first Century
(Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2012)
Janice A. McLean, “The place of second-generation youth in West Indian Pentecostalism in the Diaspora – New York and London” in Afe Adogame, Ezra Chitando, and Bolaji Bateye (eds) African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa – An Interdisciplinary Introduction, (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013)
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “Exploring a Scottish Legacy: Lewis Davidson, Knox College and Jamaica’s Youth” in Afe Adogame and Andrew Lawrence (eds) Africa in Scotland, Scotland in Africa, Sept. 2014
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “Uncovering an alternative story: Examining the religious and social lives of Afro-Caribbean Youth in London and New York City” in Afe Adogame (ed)
Imagining the Religious ‘Other’: The Public Face of African Religious Movements in Diaspora, (Farnham: Ashgate), Oct. 2014
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “‘Ain’t I a Child of God?’ Gender and Christianity in light of the Immigrant Experience” in Mission Studies, 31. (2014): 364-373
Janice A. McLean, “Africans in the Americas and Christianity” in Ann Marie B. Bahr (col)
Christianity: The Illustrated Guide to 2,000 Years of the Christian Faith, (Elmora Heights: Millenium House 2009)
Janice A. McLean, “Caribbean”, and “Caribbean Arts Movement” in F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo (eds) The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought, (New York: Oxford University Press 2010)
Janice A. McLean, “New York City”, “Bermuda” and “St. Vincent and the Grenadines” in Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Religion (Washington DC: Sage, 2012)
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “Waiting for the Right One: Marriage, Sexuality, Singleness and Dating Practices amongst Black Immigrant Youth in New York City.”
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “Amerindians, History of the Caribbean Experience with Christianity, Contemporary Caribbean Experience with Christianity, and Jamaica,” in George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport (ed) Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)
Janice A. McLean-Farrell, “When women leave: Examining the intersection of family, faith and personal development in the lives of Afro-Caribbean women in New York City,” in Afe Adogame, Raimundo Barreto and Wanderly Pereira da Rosa (ed) Migration and Public Religion: Migrant Discourses and Narratives in World Christianity and World Religions (Augsburg Fortress Press)
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:
When Urban is Global II Faculty Development Institute, sponsored by New York Theological Seminary’s The Center for World Christianity and the “Ecologies of Learning” Project. New York, New York, 12 – 21st June 2008
Invited to submit a full proposal to the John F. Templeton Foundation on “The Next Generation Project,” September 2012.
Awarded Research grants for ‘The Next Generation Project” from the Nagel Institute, The William E. Simon Foundation, the Devos Foundation, 2012, 2013, and the Lily Foundation, 2015.
Awarded a Women’s Bible Society Grant in the amount of $15,000. Funds from this grant were used for the Bible Survey classes offered Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
2016 Wabash Center for Teaching Theology in Religion Grant in the amount of $7,500
Conference coordinator – Africa in Scotland, Scotland in Africa, Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh, April 29-May 1, 2009, featured speakers Professors Tom Devine and Goeff Palmer
Conference planner and presenter – Commission VII Study Group: Christian Communities in Contemporary Societies parallel sessions during the Edinburgh 2010 Conference on World Mission, Edinburgh June 2-6, 2010
Conference planner, convener and presenter – Next Generation Conference City Seminary of New York, 2015, and 2012.
Conference planner and presenter Women in Leadership and Ministry Symposium City Seminary of New York, 2016, 2015, 2013.
ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS, CONSULTATIONS AND SCHOLARLY INSTITUTE:
Transnational Pentecostalism Workshop, Harvard University, 20 – 21 May 2010
God Power! Youth Power! Transforming the City: A Yale Symposium on Building and Sustaining Urban Youth Ministries. “The Next Generation: Practicing Youth Ministry in the Global City,” Yale Divinity School, June 4, 2014
“Bright Spots in Theological Education Project” consultation, Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary, October 22, 2014
Calvin Summer Seminar “The Next Generation: World Christianity, Immigration and the Transmission of Faith.” Calvin College, July 21-25, 2014 and June 29 – July 2, 2015 (Co-Director)
World Christianity Colloquium “West Indian Pentecostals.” Princeton Theological Seminary, February 7, 2017
“Living their Faith: The lived experiences of West Indian Pentecostal Immigrants in New York and London,” Soc 207 – Sociology of Black Religious Experience Class. Union College, February 14, 2017.
Theological Research Consultation, Center for the Study of Theological Education, Auburn Seminary, June 12, 2017.
INVITED LECTURES, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES AND WORKSHOPS:
Developed and taught the Ministers In Training Course, Prayer Temple Ministries – Newark, DE (March 2010 – December 2011)
“Living their Faith: Identity and Mission among West Indian Pentecostals in New York City and London,” City Seminary of New York, September 12, 2013
Retreat Speaker at the ‘Experiencing God!’ Congregational Retreat, Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Paterson NJ, September 2013
“From one Generation to the Next: Parents, Children and Faith in a Global City.” Evening Public Lecture presented at Calvin College 2014 Public Lecture Series, Grand Rapids MI, July 23, 2014.
“Waiting for the Right One: Marriage, Sexuality, Singleness and Dating Practices amongst Afro- Caribbean Pentecostals in New York City,” The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center, City Seminary of New York, October 30, 2014.
Presentation on Ifendu for Women’s Development, during the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59) United Nations, New York, March 9 – 20, 2015
Worship Renewal Grant Colloquium Participant Observer, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship – Calvin College, June 2012 and July 2015
“Whose Harlem is it anyway? A Theological Reflection on a Changing Neighborhood,” The Walls- Ortiz Gallery and Center, City Seminary of New York, October 26, 2015
“Finding Antioch: Conditioning our hearts to discern where God is at work in “small ways.” Northeast Regional Prayer Summit, Midland Park NJ, November 5, 2016
Consultant for Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM Bible Institute, Queens NY, June 2013-present.
“The Role of Theological Education in Ministry Formation,” Keynote Address, Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM Bible Institute Graduation, Queens, NY, January 21, 2017
Keynote Speaker, Christian Reform Church North East Region Women’s Small Group & Coffee Break Retreat, Pittsfield, MA, October 27-29, 2017
CONFERENCES & ACADEMIC PAPERS:
Participant in an African Christianity Study Day, sponsored by Ripon College Cuddesdon and Regent’s Park College, Oxford, Oxford, October 11, 2007
“Faith of our Fathers: Analysis of West Indian immigrant children in Pentecostal churches within New York City and London.” Paper presented at the Youth and religion, BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Conference at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham April 8 – 10, 2008
“Enslaving liberators? An examination of evangelical missionaries in pre and post-emancipation Jamaica.” Paper presented at the Yale-Edinburgh Conference on Heroes and Villains in the Historiography of Missions, Edinburgh, July 3-5, 2008.
Jesus is all I need: An examination of social and cultural capital formation within West Indian Immigrant Pentecostal churches in New York City and London.” and “The Dark Side: Gender, Power and Tradition in Immigrant Churches.” Papers presented at that First ISA Forum of Sociology, Sociology Research and Public Debate, Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8, 2008.
“The Anointed Ones: The impact of youth within immigrant Pentecostal churches in London.” Paper presented at the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism: Fourth GloPent Conference, February 6-7, 2009
“Exploring a Scottish Legacy: Lewis Davidson, Knox College and Jamaica’s Youth.” Paper presented at the Centre of African Studies Annual International Conference – Africa in Scotland, Scotland in Africa, University of Edinburgh, April 29– May 1, 2009.
“Revitalizing Christianity? The role of immigrant young people within the “reverse missions” discourse.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Montreal, November 7-11, 2009.
“Appropriating Faith within the City: an examination of Urban Youth Ministry in Immigrant Churches.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Missiological Society’s National Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, September 29 – October 1, 2011
“Ain’t I a child of God: Gender and Christianity in light of the Immigrant Experience.” Paper presented at the International Association for Mission Studies Conference on ‘Migration, Human Dislocation and the Good News’ in Toronto Canada, August 15-20, 2012
with Maria Liu Wong, “Doing Theology on the Ground: The Body, Senses, and Praying for and in the City.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting in Baltimore, MD, March 13 – 15, 2013.
“Are You the One That Is to Come or Should I Wait for Another? An Examination of Marriage, Singleness, and Family Norms among Afro-Caribbean Pentecostal in NYC.” Paper presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion 76th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, August 13-15, 2014.
“Traveling the Emmaus road: An Examination of how bible in Manga and graphic novel forms speak to today’s youth.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting at Loyola University Maryland, Columbia MD, March 5 – 6, 2015
“On the Move: An Examination of Pentecostal Religious Change in Jamaica, New York and London.” Paper presented at the Association for the Sociology of Religion 77th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, August 20 – 22, 2015
“Sharing Life with the ‘Other”: Reflections on Living Scripture Missionally in New York City”. Paper presented at the Missional Living of Scripture Conference at Calvin Theological Seminary, November 18-19, 2015.
“Singleness, marriage and the Second-Generation: Charting the future of the African and African Diasporan immigrant families in the West.” Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA, November 21-24, 2015
“Re-visioning return: The Cultivation of an African Consciousness among Afro-Caribbean Christians in the Caribbean,” paper presented at the Yale-Edinburgh Conference, Yale University, June 29 – July 1, 2017
FORTHCOMING SEMINARS & PRESENTATIONS
“Income inequality, congregational life, and the practices of Christian Worship” consultation, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College, November 28-30, 2017.
“Escavating the Shadows: An examination of 19th century Afro-Jamaican missionaries in Africa and beyond,” paper to be presented at the “Currents, Perspectives and Methodologies in World Christianity” conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, January 18-20, 2018.
Co-Chair of the Religion and Education section, “Religion and Theology in a Crossroads Age: The Anticipatory Scholar” annual Mid-Atlantic Region – Society for Biblical Literature – American Academy of Religion conference, New Brunswick, March 14-16, 2018
HONORS AND AFFILIATIONS
- J. Duncan Scholar
- Black Student Scholar
- Recipient of a New College School of Divinity Scholarship – 2006/07, 2007/08
- Member of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR)
- Member of American Academy of Religion
- Member of Association for the Sociology of Religion
- Member of the International Sociological Association
- Yale- Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity