Dustin D. Benac works at the intersection of theology and organizational theory to explore the dynamics of religious ecologies for the formation of individuals and leaders of communities of faith. Integrating insights and methods from theology, ethics, and the sociology of organizations, his current research uses an interdisciplinary approach to study the organizational field of theological education in the Pacific Northwest and the practices that sustain religious communities and religious leadership during periods of organizational transition.
Benac is a Doctor of Theology student at Duke Divinity School and he holds a B.A. in Theology from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC. The recipient of the John Wesley Fellowship, Dempster Graduate Fellowship, and a finalist for the 2013 Aikman Writing Award, his writing has appeared in Christian Scholar's Review, Faith & Leadership, Christian Higher Education, The Cresset, Christianity Today, and The Journal of Religious Leadership. Benac's research and training has been supported by grants from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and Duke Interdisciplinary Studies.
Current Research Interests
Religion, theology, practical theology, religious organization, ecclesiology, religious leadership, sociology of organizations, interdisciplinary studies, higher education, theological education.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
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