Title: Priest Associate, Executive Director
Company: Trinity Topsfield, Refugee Immigration Ministry
Location: Boxford, Massachusetts, United States
Ruth Bersin, PhD, Priest Associate at Trinity Topsfield, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Religious Studies.
With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Bersin has served as a priest associate with Trinity Topsfield since 1999, and as the executive director of Refugee Immigration Ministry since 1998. In addition, she was a pastoral psychotherapist with the New England Pastoral Institute from 2004 to 2017 and with the Greater Lowell Pastoral Counseling Center from 1997 to 2004. From 1996 to 1999, she was director of The Trauma Center and an associate priest with Grace Episcopal Church, and from 1995 to 1996 she way a priest with St. Monica and St. James.
Dr. Bersin served as an assistant priest with the Church of the Good Shepherd in 1994, as the assistant director of the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington from 1992 to 1993, and as executive director of TELL Japan from 1989 to 1992. From 1987 to 1989, she was the director of special projects with Episcopal Social Services, having been refugee services coordinator since 1982. She simultaneously served as a priest from 1985 to 1989 with St. Luke’s Church, and from 1983 to 1985 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Earlier in her career, she worked as the director of the Educational Development Center in Commodore, Japan from 1972 to 1975.
Dr. Bersin began her career as a student at Indiana University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in education in 1962. She then joined Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School for a Master of Arts in religion in 1965. In 1982, she completed a Master of Divinity with Yale Divinity School. Dr. Bersin has held a Doctor of Ministries from Graduate Theological Foundation since 1994 and a PhD since 2004.
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