The Reverend Dr. Bentley de Bardelaben serves the United Church of Christ in the National Office located in Cleveland, Ohio as Executive for Administration and Communications for Justice and Witness Ministries. His primary responsibilities include the Neighbors in Need fundraising campaign, editor for Witness for Justice, oversight of the JWM website and managing personnel.
Bentley arrived at the “Church House” in the fall of 2006, serving them as Minister for Racial Justice where he worked on the Multiracial, Multicultural Church campaign and as coordinator of the inter-ministry team for a “Sacred Conversation on Race” dialogue project.
Rev. de Bardelaben graduated class of 1984, from Columbia College in Chicago, IL, where he received his BA in Journalism. In 1999, Bentley earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. Upon graduation he answered a call to serve a church as pastor in St. Louis, MO where he remained until moving to Cleveland. For many years, he chaired the Dismantling Racism Task Force in the St. Louis Association of the Missouri Mid-South Conference. In May 2006, Dr. de Bardelaben received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. Some of his writings have been published in newspapers, journals, websites, and anthologies.
He parent’s two young adults who also work in creative fields. In his spare time he enjoys working out, gaming, cooking, & travel.