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These teachers were carefully chosen based on their expertise, commitment to their respective churches, and their love for Jesus. These topics were carefully chosen based on the questions Christian teens are asking (and being asked) as reflected in our research and survey results.
Dr. Vince Bantu holds a PhD in Semitic and Egyptian languages from the Catholic University of America and serves as co-chair of the Theology Committee of the Christian Community Development Association. Dr. Bantu is an MDiv graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education in Boston, and served the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as a church-planting apprentice of Dr. Soong-Chan Rah. He also served as a program coordinator for the Emmanuel Gospel Center. Dr. Bantu also holds a ThM in church history from Princeton Seminary and a BA in theology from Wheaton College. His primary interests include racial reconciliation, non-Western Christianity, and theological education in under-resourced communities. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for several institutions, including Nyack College, New York Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, the Center for Early African Christianity, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Bantu is a Visiting Professor of Missiology at Covenant Theological Seminary here in St. Louis where he teaches courses on City Ministry Practicum, God’s World Mission, Intercultural City Ministry, and People’s Religious Traditions. Dr. Bantu is happy to be back in his native St Louis where he, his wife, Diana, and their two daughters enjoy traveling, parks, games, and movies. Vince is a pastor at Outpour Evangelical Covenant Church.
Dr. Gregory R. Beabout (Ph.D., Marquette, 1988) is a professor of philosophy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Beabout has received many awards for his teaching and service to students. He teaches and does research in ethics, Kierkegaard, personalism, and Catholic social thought. Informed by his engagement with the history of philosophy, some of his work involves applying personalism and the tradition of the virtues to business and the professions. His research and publications are in the areas of ethics and social philosophy.
Dr. Beabout has nine books as author or editor, including Ethics: The Art of Character, Applied Professional Ethics, The Character of the Manager, Freedom and Its Misuses, and Virtue Ethics in Business and Management. Greg is a member at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Past Faith Ascent Teachers / Speakers