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David Kersten

Rev. Dr. David Kersten came to North Park Theological Seminary in 2012, ready to lead the school in its continuing mission to prepare individuals to serve the church, a mission he actively participated in as both a student and a pastor. Now he serves as an administrator in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC).

“I was excited about the opportunity to participate in the shaping of a generation of vocational leaders for the whole church and a generation of people going into Covenant ministry, specifically,” says Kersten. “The Seminary has always been at the center of mission for the ECC, particularly in the area of maintaining identity and cohesion, historically and theologically,” he adds. Kersten believes that seminary education is vital for anyone anticipating a call to the pastorate or another position of service to the church.

Ordained to word and sacrament in the ECC, Kersten served as pastor to congregations in Alabama, Florida, Washington, and Minnesota before accepting a call to serve the denomination as executive minister of the Department of the Ordered Ministry for 11 years.