Dr. Paul M. Dietterich, Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Parish Development, has been a major contributor in the field of practical theology over his long and fruitful career. Paul’s work has focused on the practical challenges of faithful change in whole church systems and congregations. His current research continues a life-long passion for transforming leadership in ways that enable the church to be a “foretaste” of the reign of God.
Paul is an ordained minister of the Iowa Conference, United Methodist Church, and has served in congregations in Massachusetts and Iowa. He holds degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Theology. Paul served as Executive Director of the Center from 1976 to 2005.