The Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino

Paul Sorrentino

I have been at Amherst College for 26 years. For the first 16 years I advised the Amherst Christian Fellowship, and, more recently, have served as advisor to the Multifaith Council, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and Protestant Advisor.

My professional education consists of a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary of the East, and a Doctor of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary with a focus on religious pluralism in the academy. I am ordained with the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (4Cs). I am a member of  the National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC). I was a founding member of the Board of Scholars and Practitioners and remain on the Board of Advisors of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies. As adjunct faculty at Bethel Seminary of the East I have taught Christianity and Culture, Culture & Ministry and Ethics. I previously worked as a crisis counselor and family therapist in Kalamazoo, Michigan and for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Maine and Massachusetts.

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As Director of Religious & Spiritual Life I am interested in supporting students of all traditions as they explore their own spirituality. As advisor to the Multifaith Council my commitment is to enhancing respectful engagement and understanding of varying beliefs and values on the campus. My own commitment is to a historic, orthodox Christian faith. The primary focus of my work as Protestant Advisor involves work with the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series. This is a twice per semester worship service in the African American tradition. My role is primarily background, but I work with the committee in planning the services while the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Christian Worship Series Fellow, The Reverend Timothy Jones, typically leads the service. We also bring in outside preachers. I serve as an advisor to the Amherst Christian Fellowship.

I have been married to my best friend, Karen, for 41 years. We have two married children: John (31) and Tim (28) and we are happy grandparents to Jack (6 years) and Olivia Grace (4 years), Nathan (2 years) and Owen (February 2016).  My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family. I enjoy reading, movies, scuba diving, cross-country skiing, tennis, golf and being in the open air on a motorcycle or recumbent bicycle.

Position

Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, Protestant Advisor and Multifaith Council Advisor

Office Hours

Tuesday 4-5:00 p.m. in the Cadigan Center; Wednesday 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Frost Cafe, and by appointment.

Contact Information

Amherst College, Box 2277, Amherst, MA 01002-5000; (413) 542-8149 (office) or cell (413) 362-9786; pvsorrentino@amherst.edu

Publications

Sorrentino, P. (2009). Religious pluralism : what do college students think? : a study at Amherst College. Saarbrucken, Germany, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller.

Sorrentino, P. V. (1993). “Home for Vacation.” Student Leadership Journal: 14.

Sorrentino, P. V. (2009) “The Prospects and Problems of Multifaith Engagement On Campus.” Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue 

Sorrentino, P. V. (2011). Psalm 12. Psalms in Ordinary Voices: A reinterpretation of the 150 Psalms by men, women and children. A. Ayvazian. Amherst, MA, White River Press: 24-25.

Sorrentino, P. V., Ed. (2011). A Transforming Vision: Multiethnic fellowship in college and in the Church. South Hadley, Mass., Doorlight Publications.

Sorrentino, P. V. (2011) “Why Do I Care About Racial Reconciliation?” Youth Worker Journal 

Sorrentino, P. V. (February 2017). “Beliefs and Values on the Amherst College Campus.” Ailanthus: The Journal of the National Association of College and University Chaplains: 25-29.

Sorrentino, P. V. (February 2017). “Everybody has a Story Week.” Ailanthus: The Journal of the National Association of College and University Chaplains: 30.

Sorrentino, P. V. (Summer 2009). “Why conservative believers should be involved with inter-religious dialogue.” Journal of Chaplaincy in Further Education 5(1): 33-36.

Sorrentino, P. V. (Summer 2010) Introduction: Special Section from the National Association of College and University Chaplains. Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue™ 27-28

Sorrentino, P. V. (Winter: 2009). “What Do College Students Want? A Student-Centered Approach to Multifaith Involvement.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45(1): 79-96.