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Dr. Kenneth B. Stout

Dr. Stout is professor of preaching and Christian ministry at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He joined the Andrews faculty in 1990, and began teaching and coordinating the on-campus preaching program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in July of 1994.

Stout was born in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, on August 30, 1946. He received his secondary-level training at Blue Mountain Academy, Hamburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1964. He completed his undergraduate training at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, where he received his B.A. degree in theology in 1968.

He has received two degrees from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University: a master’s of divinity (M.Div.) in 1971 and a doctor of ministry (D.Min.) in 1983. His D.Min. dissertation was entitled: “Developing, Implementing, and Testing a Training Program for Lay Pastors in Selected Churches of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.”

In 1994, Stout received his Ph.D. degree in PREACHING from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His Ph.D. Dissertation was entitled: “Memory as a Rhetorical Device for Effective Preaching.”

Stout served as a pastor in the Pennsylvania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 1970 to 1981. After a pastoral internship in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he pastored a three-church district in Washington, Uniontown, and Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Later, he pastored churches in the Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill Church) and Harrisburg areas (Harrisburg First and Pleasant View churches) of Pennsylvania. He was ordained by the Pennsylvania Conference in 1974.

Stout returned to his alma mater, Columbia Union College, in 1981 where he served both as professor of practical theology and, later, as chair of the theology department (1983-1990). He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Evangelical Homiletics Society, and serves as the chair of the HMS Richards Lectureship on Biblical Preaching.

Stout is married to Donna-Jean Rittenhouse, a first- and second-grade teacher in Niles, Michigan. The Stout’s raised two children: Todd and Jody. Todd currently pastors the Chapel West and Brownsburg SDA Churches in Indianapolis, Indiana, along with his wife, Sarah, a family life educator. The tragic death of their beloved 21-year old daughter, Jody, while serving as student missionary in Taiwan in 1999, continues to shape their lives and ministries. They look forward to the Great Resurrection hope when their family will be reunited again along with other loved ones and friends!

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