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William David Spencer,"Name In The Papers"

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This is a story about community and grace. Although it’s a gritty urban adventure, I call it my “Spring story.” It’s about a young student of religion who backs into serving a little city church. He, along with all the characters, start out on their own in a series of linked short stories swiftly connecting them all up. All these diverse people form into a community and together have a big adventure in the novelette that is the second part of the book. In the midst of all this linking up of everybody meeting everybody else, heaven is at work and our astonished hero meets Jesus, as everything abstract in his life comes butting up against reality.
Born and reared in urban central New Jersey, his life was changed by two events; his encounter with Jesus through Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship after a thought-provoking hospitalization in the summer between his final year in high school and first year in college, due to cutting too much weight as co-captain of his high school wrestling team; and the impact of a riot in his birth city, Plainfield, N.J., during the racial upheavals in the late 1960s. The second event propelled him into a lifetime of urban ministry taking the healing message he’d learned from the first event to the streets of Plainfield, then to Newark, Philadelphia, back to Newark/New York/Jersey City, Trenton, Louisville, Kentucky, and today to Boston, where he trains ministers, as professor of theology and the arts, with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education.
 WDS earned a B.S. in English Education from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University School of Theology (his dissertation became his book Mysterium and Mystery on fictional clergy solving mysteries).