About JCBS
Bio – Stephen Rettenmayer


Ordained United Methodist Pastor

Master of Theology in Biblical Studies, Union Theological Seminar in Virginia, 1977
Doctor of Ministry, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1973
Bachelor of Arts in Greek, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA, 1969.
Year of Clinical Pastoral Education, 1973-74

1987 – Present:  Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC  
1999 – 2001;  2009 - Present:  Adjunct Faculty Member, The Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies
1979 – 1986:  Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore,MD - adjunct faculty, taught a survey course on the Old Testament Prophets
1977:  Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA.  As graduate assistant, helped to teach beginning course in biblical Hebrew

PARISH  EXPERIENCE: During the years from 1973 – 2009 Steve served as lead pastor/senior pastor of 6 United Methodist churches in the Baltimore-Washington.
From September 1, 2001 – June 30, 2005 Steve stepped outside the United Methodist denomination to serve ecumenically as senior pastor of the American Church in London, an interdenominational, international congregation in central London, UK.  In addition to his regular pastoral and preaching duties, Steve wrote    for two UK publications and provided regular religious commentary on a national    BBC radio program.

On June 30, 2009 Steve formally retired from full-time pastoral ministry.