Steve Benkin's Biography


Steve Benkin

Profile

Educational Interfaith Minister, Author, Speaker, Teacher

  • Lay leader, teacher of adult studies, director of children education, and lay speaker in over ten different Christian protestant denominational churches
  • Created and taught courses including topics such as the History of the Bible, the History of the Reformation, etc.
  • Islamic studies include the Koran and Hadiths, as well as participation in Islamic sponsored interfaith peace mission to Turkey.
  • Worship experience include synagogues; mosques; Baha'i, Hindu and Sikh temples; Episcopal, Catholic, Pentecostal, Mormon and pagan churches.
  • Embraced over 20 different religious traditions over 30 years
  • Various spiritual retreats have included Protestant, Catholic and Buddhist traditions.
  • From 2005-2010, was heavily involved with the New Thought Movement (Unity, Religious Science, etc.) and gave lectures on the Kabbalah and Religious Science principles.
  • Received training from Princeton Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and The New Seminary.
  • Attended various local interfaith dialogue events.
  • Ordained interfaith minister
Most recently, author of the book "Religion? Been There. Done That. (Discovering the Map of Your Spiritual Journey)" that helps you reach your highest spiritual potential.

Broad base of religious knowledge and experience provides a unique insight into the journey of the soul that I bring to my teaching.

Experienced public speaker who brings humor and passion into education and motivational talks.

  • Member of Toastmasters: 2008-2011. VP Membership, 2008-2009
  • 2nd Place Area Contest : humorous speech.
  • Completed both Competent Communication and Competent Leadership programs.

Intermediate-advanced guitar player of 40+ years.

  • Preferential musical style is rock/hard rock/melodic metal.
  • Played for various churches over the decades (though in milder genres!).
  • Currently not in a band and am available to jam!

Cinephile for over 50+ years.

  • Studied Film theory in college, and took video editing courses.
  • Designed various home theaters.
  • Lover of films from 1900 to present!
  • Have too many films on DVD and Blu-Ray to count!

Senior Information Technology Professional

Proven success in achieving business objectives by presenting a holistic picture of how related processes and tools work together. Consistent track record of providing leadership, initiative, quality training programs, and implementing projects within time and budget. Extensive experience working with all geographies; translating end user needs into IT requirements; and negotiating between multiple groups to reach common goals. Skilled in ensuring solutions meet business needs while conforming to IT architecture and overall CIO strategies; and creating and ensuring compliance of IT standards.

Education

  • B.S. in Computer Science, Rutgers College, US
  • M. Div, Duke Divinity, US (1 year)
  • Princeton Seminary, Lay School of Theology, Study of Luke through Acts
  • One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, US (elective courses)
  • The New Seminary, US , Interfaith Minister program
  • Various self-study courses from Great Teachers corporation, including titles such as "no excuses: the existential movement", "Nietzsche's will to power," "A history of philosophy", "Becoming a great teacher," "Gnosticsm," etc.
  • Various credit courses at local Unity churches
  • Ordained Interfaith Minister from the New Seminary

Career

  • Author. 2013 to present.
  • I/T contractor, Global Employment Solutions. 2011 to present.
  • Senior Systems Analyst, IBM. 1978-2011.

Other

  • Durham Humans Relations Commissioner, 2008
  • Nominated to participate in 10 day interfaith (Jewish/Christian/Muslim) peace mission trip to Turkey in 2008, which was made into a documentary.
  • Comedy Improv class at DSI Comedy Theater in Carrboro, NC, 2010.
  • Attended "The Great Emergence" seminar by Phyllis Tickle, at Five Day Academy for Spiritual Formation, 2011.
  • Provided material for book "Basic Spiritual Principles" by Steven J. Gold, 2011.
 

Last updated: June 27, 2015