Thomas E. Dipko is the retired Executive Vice President of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and Charter Chair and member of the Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Fund. He served as a local church pastor for 21 years and as Conference Minister of the Ohio Conference for 8 years. His specializations include ecumenical theology and liturgy, and he served as the first draft writer of the UCC Book of Worship. He holds a B.A. from Otterbein College, an M.Div. from United Theological Seminary (Dayton), and a Ph.D. from Boston University.