Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Senter served as a youth pastor and as pastor of Christian education at Wheaton Bible Church. His areas of expertise include youth ministry, volunteerism, leadership, and distance education. He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education, chairs the Board of the Association of Youth Ministry educators, and is a consultant for churches and parachurch agencies in periods of transition. On assignment from TIU, Dr. Senter served for two years at Torch Trinity Graduate School of Theology in Seoul, Korea, as a visiting professor in Education Ministries.
Dr. Senter and his wife, Ruth, reside in north suburban Chicago. They have two grown children. Ruth is also an author. In his spare time, Dr. Senter enjoys sports, biking, and photography.
His publications include Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church, Reaching a Generation for Christ (coedited with Richard Dunn), The Coming Revolution in Youth Ministry, Recruiting Volunteers in the Church, and The Complete Book of Youth Ministry (coedited with Warren Benson). His articles appear in such periodicals as Youthworker, Moody, Christianity Today, Leadership, Journal of Youth Ministry, Evangelical Review of Theology and Christian Education Journal. Dr. Senter has also written chapters for other volumes on youth ministry. His book God Shows Up traces the history of Protestant Youth Ministry in America.
Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements
He is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and currently serves as chair of the Board of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators.