M.Div. alum Melissa Bennett was named program coordinator of the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University in October 2013.
Department of Religious Studies
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Foundation
Rev. Brett Stobel is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Oregon-Idaho Conference and senior pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Portland. His professional associations include the American Academy of Religion, in which he served on the 2012: Religion, Media & Culture group. His dissertation was titled Spiritual but not Religious: An Examination of the Post-Christendom Church and Postmodern Paradigms of Authority.
Other publications include the General Board of Discipleship: Liturgical resources for Martin Luther King Jr. worship experiences (website publication, 2003 to present); the Discipleship Group Handbook and Group Leader's Guide for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009); and Devo-Ship: Youth Devotional Worship, a special publication for the Nation Youth Ministries Organization, an international gathering in Nashville (1999).