Curriculum Vitae, Part 1

DANIEL M. SAPERSTEIN, D.MIN.
4220 Spurwood Dr., Saginaw, MI 48603
dmsaperstein@gmail.com   (469) 744-7907

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2015-           Executive Presbyter
                     Presbytery of Lake Huron, Saginaw, Michigan
                     ·   Forty-eight churches, 8000 members in mid-Michigan
                     ·      Led presbytery re-visioning effort focusing on mission
                     ·   Coordinated Presbytery response to Flint Water Crisis
2013-2015   Co-leader for Mission and Partnership
                     Synod of the Sun, Irving, Texas
·      Eleven presbyteries, 843 churches, 158,000 members in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana
·      Developed, coordinated, and resourced twenty different mission ministries, networks, and covenant partnerships
·      Responsible for facilitating transition into new design of synod as missional partnerships
2004-2013   Executive Presbyter
                     Presbytery of Plains and Peaks, Greeley, Colo.
·      Forty-one churches, three immigrant fellowships, 8000 members in Colorado and Nebraska
·      Guided comprehensive revision of presbytery mission and structure
1990-2004    Pastor
                     Pullman Presbyterian Church, Pullman, Washington
·      230-member church in university community; host/sponsor to Korean and Chinese immigrant congregations
·      Spearheaded $1.6 million sanctuary and renovation project
1986-1990    Pastor
                     Westvale Presbyterian Church, West Valley City, Utah
·      120-member church in predominantly Mormon area of Salt Lake Valley
·      Led revitalization effort, lifted congregation to financial self-sufficiency
1983-1986    Associate Pastor
                      First Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho
·      800-member downtown church in state capital
·      Inaugurated University Student Ministry, Peace & Justice Ministry

EDUCATION

2006             D.Min., Executive Leadership
McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.
·      Thesis: “When the Pastor Leaves: A Manual for Presbytery Intervention during the Early Interim Period”
·      Awarded J. R. Hunt Prize for Outstanding Thesis and Academic Record
·      Elected D.Min. representative to seminary Board of Trustees
2002-2003    Ph.D. coursework in Leadership Studies
                     Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.
·      Courses included: Leadership Theory, Organizational Theory, Leadership and Human Resource Management,  Global Systems and Policy Analysis, Principles of Research, Qualitative Research Methodology
1983             M.Div. 
                     Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey
·      Concentration: Hermeneutical Theology (IPS/Church and Society)
1978-1980    M.Div. coursework
                     Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.
·      Awarded California Graduate Fellowship in Arts and Humanities
1974-1978    B.A., magna cum laude
                     Occidental College, Los Angeles, Calif.
·      Double major in Psychology and Religious Studies 
·      Phi Beta Kappa; Psi Chi (national honor societies)
·      Departmental honors in Psychology

ADDITIONAL GRANTS AND HONORS

2009             Theologian-in-Residence, The American Church in Paris
2008             Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders, The Louisville Institute:  “A Polity Pilgrimage for Reflection and Renewal” (sabbatical leave June-August 2009)

ECCLESIASTICAL STATUS


1983              Ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, PCUSA
                      Member in good standing, Presbytery of Lake Huron

DENOMINATIONAL SERVICE (recent and selected)

2017-            General Assembly Rules of Discipline Revision Task Force (ACC liaison/ constitutional adviser)
2016-            Advisory Committee on the Constitution, General Assembly (partial term 2016-2018; elected to full term in 2018)
2017-2018    Synod of the Covenant Administrative Commission for the Presbytery of Mackinac (moderator)
2013-2015    Synod representative to the boards of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Trinity University; Presbyterian Pan American School; Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly; Solar Under the Sun; Texas Presbyterian Foundation; Synod of the Sun Presbyterian Foundation; Presbyterian Historical Society of the Southwest
2013-2014    Organizer, PCUSA National Multicultural Conference 
2012-2013    Coordinating Council, Synod of the Rocky Mountains 
2011-2012    The Leadership Cohort of Recently Ordained Pastors, Synod of the Rocky Mountains (convener and faculty) 
2010- 2012   General Assembly Administrative Commission on Middle Governing Bodies (ACC liaison / constitutional adviser)
2006- 2012   Advisory Committee on the Constitution, General Assembly 
2007-2008    The Cornerstone Project for Recently Ordained Pastors, Synod of the Rocky Mountains (convener and faculty) 
2005-2006    Task Force on Higher Education (moderator), Synod of the Rocky Mountains 
2002-2004    Board of Trustees (D.Min. representative), McCormick Theological Seminary 
1999-2004    Board of Trustees (secretary, 2001-2004; moderator, Church Loan Committee, 2002-2004), Synod of Alaska-Northwest
1997-2003    Permanent Judicial Commission, General Assembly, PCUSA

ECUMENICAL SERVICE (selected)
2010-2012    Leadership Team, Colorado CAN! (Clergy Action Network), Fort Collins, Colorado.
·      Organized advocacy for health care and immigration reform legislation
·      Affiliated with PICO (national faith-based community organizers)
2004-2012    Colorado Council of Churches, Denver, Colorado
1990-2004    Pullman Ministerial Association, Pullman, Washington
·      Organizer and faculty, Pullman Interchurch Lenten Series (1991-1995)
1989-1990    Presbyterian Dialogue Group with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), Salt Lake City, Utah
1986-1990    Coordinating Council, Shared Ministry in Utah
·      Ecumenical consortium of seven Protestant denominations
·      Moderated Communications Committee                     
1983-1986    Boise Interfaith Task Force on Housing and Homelessness