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Eileen Lindner

Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Eileen W. Lindner, Proctor Theologian-in-Residence, was the senior pastor of The Presbyterian Church at Tenafly in New Jersey until her 2018 retirement. She previously served pastorates in Illinois, New York and New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Lindner was an overseas mission associate for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Egypt and Lebanon assigned to the Middle East Council of Churches, served the Carter White House in the area of child welfare policy, and has taught at the nation’s leading seminaries. As Deputy General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA for many years, her duties included a variety of national and international ministries including child advocacy, research studies and planning. Dr. Lindner was the Editor of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches and authored Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy, When Churches Mind the Children, and numerous articles and publications. A graduate of Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, she holds Masters degrees from Aurora University (counseling psychology), McCormick Theological Seminary (theology), and the Ph.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York. She has also done post-doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh and Harvard.