Reverend Dearthrice "Dea" DeWitt is a native of Albany, New York. He completed his undergraduate education at Colgate University and received his Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology degrees from Princeton
Theological Seminary. An ordained United Church of Christ minister and priest of the Interdenominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM), Dea served as associate minister of First Congregational Church of Minneapolis, UCC, New Jersey project director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a not-for-profit agency focused on criminal sentencing reform, pastor of First Congregational Church of Poughkeepsie, NY, and Protestant Chaplain at Colgate University.
Rev. DeWitt places spirituality and the liturgical life of the church square at the center of his ministry. Having been raised in the AME-Zion and National Baptist traditions before joining the UCC in seminary, Rev. DeWitt believes that worship should be reverential, inspiring and translate beliefs into concrete social action. Dea also has a personal passion for issues of racial equality and justice, and has served as a UCC disability ministry advocate. He is likewise interested in world mission, having spent a summer during seminary doing missionary work in Ghana, West Africa.
Dea also takes seriously the need for a disciplined spiritual life apart from his pastoral work. Rev. DeWitt is therefore a fully-professed Member and chief scribe of the Community of Liberated Spirits, a Protestant religious order within ICLCM.
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