Norman J. Kansfield

Dr. Norman J. Kansfield is a senior scholar in residence at Drew University. He was suspended from being a minister in the Reformed Church in America and president of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 2005 after officiating at his daughter's same-sex marriage.



Kansfield was raised in South Holland, Illinois. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hope College, a M.Div. degree from Western Theological Seminary, an STM from Union Theological Seminary and PhD from the University of Chicago.


He was dismissed from this position due to officiating at his daughter's 2004 marriage to her same-sex partner. Subsequent charges were brought to the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America, which put him on trial in June 2005. He was found guilty of all charges and punished by being dismissed from the office of Professor of Theology and suspended from the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament.

Marriage and children

Dr. Kansfield has been married to historian Mary Klein Kansfield since 1965. They have two children: Ann, a pastor in Brooklyn, and John, an architect.

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