Gary Peluso Verdend

 Gary Peluso Verdend
Address901 N. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74116

Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Phillips Theological Seminary

B.A., Carroll College, 1977
M.Div., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1981
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1991

A scholar in the field of Practical Theology, Dr. Peluso-Verdend’s teaching and research interests are related to the study of congregational cultures and models for effective and transformative leadership within church and society. He has taught a wide range of practical theology courses, at PTS and elsewhere, at the master’s and doctoral levels.

In addition to providing leadership for numerous church and professional workshops, his publications include “What is Lyle Schaller’s Vision of the Church?,” The Christian Century (January 27,1993), “The Crisis of Local and Regional Ecumenism,” Mid-Stream (October 1993), Inquiring and Discerning Hearts: Vocation and Ministry with Young Adults on Campus, co-authored with Sam Potaro (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993), “To Live or to Die In Battle: A Nineteenth Century Metaphor and Clergy Self-Care,” Quarterly Review (Fall 1998), “How Many Churches Does It Take to Raise a Minister?,” The Circuit Rider (January-February 2002), Paying Attention: Focusing Your Congregation on What Matters (2005), and two articles in the ATS-sponsored journal Theological Education.

Dr. Peluso-Verdend began serving PTS as Vice President of Stewardship in July 2005. An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, he previously served as a member of regular faculty (1993-2000) and as dean (1997-2000).

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