Dean Borgman is the Charles E. Culpeper Professor of Youth Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and director of Culture and Youth Studies. He has spent his life in youth work, training, and as professor of youth ministries in seminaries around the world. He is an adjunct professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary (Brookline, MA) and has also been an adjunct for Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) and DayStar University College (Nairobi, Kenya).
Dean Borgman is an Episcopal priest serving as a pastoral associate at Christ Church, Hamilton/Wenham on Boston’s North Shore. Dean has worked in small and larger churches as well as para-parochial organizations. He has been keynote speaker and workshop leader at national conferences for several denominational and youth organizations.
Dean is the founder and principal writer for CYS, Culture and Youth Studies (formerly Center for Youth Studies, www.centerforyouth.org).
His When Kumbaya Is Not Enough: A Practical Theology for Youth Ministry (1997) and Hear My Story: Understanding the Cries of Troubled Youth (2003) and now Foundations for Youth Ministry: Theological Engagement with Teen Life and Culture (2013) are being used as texts in many colleges and seminaries around the world. He has written for Implications (CYS and Young Life, 1989-1992), has chapters in Benson’s Complete Book of Youth Ministries (1987, 1995), Kujawa’s Disorganized Religion: The Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults (1998), Larson’s City Lights: Ministry Essentials for Reaching Urban Youth (2003), and Roehlkepartain, ed., et al. The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence (2006). With Christine Cook he edited Agenda for Youth Ministry, London: SPCK, 1998.
Dean received a Youth Ministry Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Youth Ministry Educators in 2006 and from Youth Specialties in 2013. He is an honorary founder/member of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry.
Dean and his wife Gail, (LICSW) live in Rockport, MA and have four grown children and nine grandchildren.