Stephen L. Sterner

Acting President
Visiting Instructor in Congregational Studies

Academic Credentials: 
BA, Gettysburg College, 1968; MDiv, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1971; DMin, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1980.
"PSR is the kind of school and community the future church needs... it's also the kind of school and community the present church needs."

Rev. Sterner has been an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for 43 years, serving in new and historic churches across the US. In 2008, he became Executive Minister for Local Church Ministries of the UCC, where he advocated for local UCC congregations, was a member of a task force that developed a new governance structure for the UCC National Setting, and was a member of the UCC Council for Higher & Theological Education. He is also a former PSR trustee, having served during the presidency of William McKinney. Sterner also served as the Interim Conference Minister of the Massachusetts Conference of the UCC.

Beyond his experience as a pastor and UCC national executive, Rev. Sterner also has experience in developing sustainable endowments, and building partnerships with communities and organizations.