Faculty & Staff
See George Fox Evangelical Seminary faculty page for details. All of the GFES faculty variously serve as instructors and advisors to the Leadership and Spiritual Formation Doctor of Ministry students.
Position: Expert advisor; Directory of Communications, Soma Games, The Code-Monkeys; Speaker & Leader, Bootcamp NW
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Political Science, BS Fisheries Science, Oregon State University; Director of Communications, Conservation Biology Institute
Expertise and Research Interests: Blogging, speaking, communications, writing, mobile application evangelism, game design, business acumen
Position: Guest lecturer; Professor Emeritus, Eastern University; founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education
Academic and Professional Background: PhD, Temple University
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Email: You may reach Tony via e-mail through his executive assistant, James Warren, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phillip G. Carnes
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor
Academic and Professional Background:DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, OR; MAR, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC; MAEd, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; BA, English Lit., Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; Postgraduate Studies in Coaching, Western Seminary, Portland, OR. Professional Investor;Executive & Organizational Coach; Board Chair, LifePoint Church.
Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual Formation, Executive & Organizational Coaching, Ministry strategy & development, Leadership, Christian Education, Board Governance, Church/Ministry renewal.
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Psychology, Whitman College; MS, Psychology, Oklahoma State University; PhD, Psychology, with subspecialization in Behavioral Medicine, Oklahoma State University; member Multnomah Friends Meeting, Portland, Oregon; significant Meeting leadership history including First Day School teacher, Committee Clerk, and Meeting Clerk. Licensed Clinical Psychologist; practice focus on Depression, Anxiety, Learning Disorders, Autism, Asperger's, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Physical Rehabilitation psychology (Chronic pain and chronic medical illnesses); supervision of post degree mental health trainees; consultation to Legal Council; currently President of American Mental Health Alliance of Oregon.
Expertise and Research Interests: Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), Universalist philosophy, God in nature and in daily life, the effects of psychology and mental health on faith and church operation, how to help people feel their faith more directly, the effect of faith on chronic medical/mental health problems, and the role of women in faith and the church E-mail: Lcarter004@earthlink.net
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Position: Dissertation Advisor; University Minister, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Bethel University; MA Palm Beach Atlantic University; DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, college ministry, quarter-life to mid-life, leadership development, soul care/self care
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Senior minister, North Orange Christian Church, Orange, CA
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Bible and Theology with minors in Pastoral Ministry and Christian Education, San Jose Bible College; MA, Religious Education, Creighton University; MDiv equivalence program completed, Fuller Theological Seminary; DMin, emphasis in Family Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Family Ministry (including premarital preparation and counseling, marriage enrichment and counseling, counseling church leaders, abuse prevention, parenting); mentoring and discipleship (spiritual growth from “birth” through maturity, church development to facilitate the mission of discipleship, spiritual growth and development of leadership, mentoring pastoral leadership); faith expressed in worship, service and community; interface between church and parachurch leadership
Position: Expert Advisor; Linda has worked almost ten years as a writing instructor for Lane Community College, teaching Essay, Memoir and Novel writing, as well as a class focusing on publishing, platform building and social networking for authors. She often presents workshops at writing conferences such as Willamette Writers and Oregon Christian Writers. She has done freelance editing for Multnomah Publishers; ghostwriting, mentoring and editing for private writing clients. In addition to her books, she has published many essays, articles, stories and poems in anthologies and publications such as The Philadephia Inquirer, The Denver Post, The Oregonian and The Christian Reader. In 2004 one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Academic and Professional Background: Graduated with a BA in Art Education from Arizona State University. She earned a Special Education teaching credential from San Diego State University. She has taught art and elementary education for public and private schools in Arizona and California and has directed a Christian preschool program. Linda has published The Fence My Father Built, Making Peace With a Dangerous God, Revealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, and Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them
Expertise and Research Interests: Manuscript evaluation and concept development for fiction and nonfiction, organization and structural analysis, proposal writing, market research and platform building. Personal interests include reading, gardening, singing and her family.
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Director, Larry Day Ministries, Portland, OR
Academic and Professional Background: MA, Wheaton College; PhD, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Expertise and Research Interests: how our “concept of God” is developed and the impact it has on ministry; how self-esteem is formulated and the part it plays in ministry
Position: Expert Advisor; Faculty, University of Phoenix in composition, creative and technical writing courses
Academic and Professional Background: BA, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Evansville; Teaching Certification in Secondary Education/English as a Second Language, Indiana University; MA English/Irish Drama, Indiana University
Expertise and Research Interests: Creative writing, theater, Irish history and drama, adult education, French language, spirituality
Position: Expert Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: BA, English; BA Journalism, University of Oregon; co-founder of Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE); currently writing a book on experiences starting an online bacon retailer; works with clients and agencies throughout the Northwest as a consultant and interactive strategist; owns and operates several online businesses.
Expertise and Research Interests: The marriage of the brand story with new media capabilities and small, agile startups filling micro-niches in under-served areas of the web.
Position: Visiting faculty and Dissertation Advisor; President of Tabor College
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Business Administration, Tabor College; MDiv, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary; DMin, in leadership and church management, Fuller Theological Seminary; ordained Evangelical Covenant Church minister, former church planter
Expertise and Research Interests: leadership development, emotional intelligence, spiritual formation, missional churches and leadership, and healthy churches, and healthy churches
Office: 1-620-947-3121, ext 1057
Position: Visiting faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Licensed marriage and family counselor and founder of Charis Foundation
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Westmont College; MA in counseling psychology from National University; MDiv, Fuller Seminary; DMin, Fuller Seminary
Research Interests: The connection between well-being and ministry effectiveness, systems theory, the integration of theology and psychology
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Canon Emeritus of the Diocese of Oregon
Academic and Professional Background: BSc in Zoology and a MSc in Biology at San Diego State University; Diploma in Theology, Claremont; DMin, specialty in missiology, George Fox Evangelical Seminary; founding Chair of the Department of Biology and Professor of Biology and Biological Oceanography, University of Baja California, ordained Episcopalian Priest
Expertise and Research Interests: Bi-cultural mission, missiology, oceanagraphy
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Pastor of Life Path Ministries and Pastor of Latino Ministries at Salem Alliance Church in Salem, Ore.
Academic and Professional Background: Masters of Religious Education, Canadian Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Served 20 years as a missionary in Argentina planting churches, teaching and leadership training. Special concern for the emotional and spiritual health of leaders in local congregations. Research in the area of restoring fallen leaders
Office: 1-503-581-2129 ext 287
Position: Dissertation Advisor; retired United Methodist Clergy; Minister of Church and Community Counseling of the Stayton (OR) UMC; Founding Trainer of the Hakomi Institute; Research Faculty of the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Licensed Professional Counselor; member of six editorial boards of professional journals.
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Willamette University; M.Div. Emory University; Psy.D. studies at the Oregon Graduate School of Professional Psychology; M.Phil, Ph.D. Drew University Graduate School; post-doctoral fellowship with the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.
Research Interests: Greg has published over 150 items in the general field of pastoral theology and psychotherapy. He is interested in general parish ministry, pastoral care and counseling, spiritual formation, and the integration of theology and psychology. In psychotherapy he is interested in mindful or contemplative approaches in conjunction with body-mind therapies in the context of non-linear systems theory.
Joshua Choon-Min Kang
Position: Visiting Faculty; Senior Pastor of New Life Vision Church in Los Angeles, California
Academic and Professional Background: BA in Theology, Seoul Theological University; MA in Theology, MDiv, Azusa Pacific University; Diploma in Chaplaincy, US Army Chaplain School; Th. M., in Theology, Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University. Rev. Kang is the author of more than 50 books on Christian Spirituality and Growth, including Scripture by Heart (2010) and Deep-Rooted in Christ (2007). He is past Vice-President and Adjuncty Faculty for World Mission University & Theological Seminary. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman for GEDA International and is a Co-Representative for KOSTA (KOrean STudents Abroad).
Research Interests: Rev. Kang continues to research and write about spiritual formation and Christian growth.
Byoungchul Joseph Jun
Position: Adjunct Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Assistant Professor of Education and Leadership at ACTS (Asian Center for Theological Studies)
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Psychology, East Asain Studies, University of Colorado; MDiv, Fulller Theological Seminary; PhD, Intercultural Education, Biola University; Dr. Jun has been actively involved with Korean Immigrant Church Ministries in North America and Korean diaspora networking. He participated in the translation project of Rev. Joshua Kang's Korean books Deep-Rooted in Christ and Scripture by Heart into English; he has also translated and published English books into Korean language, including Dr. James Bryan Smith's The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community.
Research Interests: Dr. Jun is a bridge builder between Western and East Asian culture; research interests include Inter-cultural education, spiritual formation in cross-cultural context, family life education, andragogy, and experiential learning.
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies at Nebraska Biblical College, Papillion, NE.
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Puget Sound Christian College; MDiv, Emmanuel School of Religion; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; reader, Tyndale House, Cambridge University; regular contributor to Standard Publishing's Adult Sunday School curriculum and frequent contributor to The Christian Standard and Stone-Campbell Journal (for which he is a contributing editor).
Expertise and Research Interests: New Testament studies focusing especially on Johannine literature, the book of Revelation, the relationship between preaching and the biblical text, NT Greek.
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Adjunct Professor; Co-founder and Pastor Emeritus, The Bridge Church of Portland; Co-founder of Women's Convergence.
Academic and Professional Background: BA in Biblical Studies, Excelsior College; MA in Exegetical Theology, Western Seminary; DMin candidate, Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University
Expertise and Research Interests: Emerging Culture, Urban Church Planting, Leadership Development
Position: Expert Advisor; Substantive editor for Harvest House Publishers and the author of more than 20 fiction and non-fiction books, including her popular One-Minute Prayers and One Minute with God series.
Academic and Professional Background: BS in Journalism and Telecommunications and Film, University of Oregon; she has a publicity background in publishing and higher education
Expertise and Research Interests: professional emphases include manuscript evaluation and structure assessment, concept and content development, and marketing writing; personal interests include written prayer, spiritual memoir, and faith/life/creativity development through journaling. Hope has published Hip to be Square, Altar Call, Life, Libby, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and Tea Light Moments for a Woman's Soul: Meditations to Inspire Your Day
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy; Director of Marriage & Family Program
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Northwest Nazarene College; MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary; DMin, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
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Position: Adjunct faculty, Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Senior Pastor, Portland Open Bible Church; Church Resource Ministries; licensed consultant, Natural Church Development; Life coach, International Coach Federation
Academic and Professional Background: DMin, Western Seminary, Portland, OR; MDiv, Western Seminary, Portland, OR; MA, Exegetical theology with an emphasis on historical theology, Western Seminary, Portland, OR
Expertise and Research Interests: Life and ministry coaching; pastoral leadership
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Director of Graduate Studies in Religion and the Sullivan Center for Innovative Ministry, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Academic and Professional Background: BA in Elementary Education; MA in Christian Ministry, George Fox Evangelical Seminary; EdD, George Fox University
Expertise and Research Interests: Ministry to Families, Ministry to Children and Spiritual Formation.
Position: Expert Advisor; Director, Sustainable Faith
Academic and Professional Background: MA, Greek/Textual Criticism, Harding Graduate School of Religion; training in spiritual direction, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.
Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, neuroscience
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Academic and Professional Background: Ph.D. (History and Critical Theories of Religion) at Vanderbilt University; M.A. (Religion), Vanderbilt University; M.T.S. (Theological Studies), Vanderbilt Divinity School; B.A. (Music), George Fox University
Expertise and Research Interests: The formation of the Christian tradition, American religious history, gender and performance theory, the Bible (and other texts) in religious communities.
Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor; Co-Lead Pastor, Evergreen Christian Center, Hillsboro, OR
Academic and Professional Background: BS and MA Northwest Christian University; Ed.D Pepperdine University; Adjunct Professor Life Pacific College; Foursquare General Supervisor, VP and COO; Chair of board of directors Life Pacific College; board member of several young companies
Expertise and Research Interests: Organization change, strategic thinking and leading, innovation, church planting, entrepreneurial leadership
Position: Visiting faculty
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Malone College; MA, Earlham School of Religion; DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Quaker studies, leadership studies, pastoral ministry (30-plus years experience)
Position: Dissertation Advisor; General Secretary, Friends United Meeting
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Portland State University; MA, Eastern Mennonite Seminary; D.Min, George Fox Evangelical Seminary; Past Superintendent, Northwest Yearly Meeting
Expertise and Research Interests: Quaker Studies, peacemaking, leadership/pastoral ministry
Position: Dissertation and Expert Advisor; Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Earlham School of Religion - Richmond, Indiana
Academic Background: M.A. from Western Evangelical Seminary; Ph.D. from University of Birmingham, England
Expertise and Research Interests: History of spirituality, Christian mystics, spiritual formation, Quaker history and theology, and Spiritual Director.
Position: Dissertation Advisor; Senior Pastor, Life Change Christian Center
Academic and Professional Background: AA, Portland Community College; BA, Portland State University; MA, Western Evangelical Seminary; DMin, George Fox Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Urban Ministries
Position: SFS DMin Lead Mentor and Visiting distinguished professor
Academic and Professional Background: An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and PhD from the University of Rochester. He is the recent recipient of honorary doctorates from Coe College (Iowa), the University of Richmond (Virginia), Baker University (Kansas), Otterbein College (Ohio) and Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania).
Expertise and Research Interests: bio and cv
Position: Secondary Dissertation Advisor
Academic Background: B.A. from Eugene Bible College; M.A. in Biblical Studies from George Fox Evangelical Seminary; Ph.D., University of Birmingham
Expertise and Research Interests: Pneumatology, Ecology, Christology, Missiology of Church, Biblical Studies, Green Theology, Pentecostal Theology, Lesslie Newbigin, Church History, and Pastoring in the Hawthorne.
Website: Theophilus - A Church in Southeast Portland
Position: Expert Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: Procter & Gamble 24 Years, including Manufacturing/Plant Manager, Supply Chain/Product Supply Manager for North American Beauty Care Products, Manager of Supply Optimization for top P&G Customers, Sales Planning/Forecasting for North America and North East Asia; lay pastor for several Churches over the past 20 years.
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Position: Dissertation Advisor; Bible Professor, Boise Bible College, Boise, ID; recently: Spiritual Development and LifeGroups Minister, LifeBridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO; Online instructor, Dallas Christian College
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Ozark Christian College; MA in New Testament and MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary; DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: New Testament studies focusing especially on Pauline literature, the book of Ephesians; spiritual formation and discipleship of church leaders
Position: Spiritual Director for the LSF DMin track
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Wheaton College; MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School; MA, Boston University, DMin, Andover Newton Theological School
Expertise and Research Interests: Dr. Sheldon Hurst is a Spiritual Director who moved to Portland in January 2014. A graduate of Wheaton College and Andover Newton Theological School, he served churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, received an MA in art history from Boston University and continued graduate study at Villa Schifanoia (Dominican University). He returned to Andover Newton to complete his doctorate in Art and Ministry in 1984. From 1994-2011 he was Professor of Art History at SUNY Adirondack, where he was Director of the Visual Arts Gallery and founding Curator of the college art collection. A major focus of his work is the integration of art, poetry and spirituality.