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Lead mentor: Leonard Sweet

Bio

Author of more than two hundred articles, 1000 published sermons and almost fifty books, Leonard’s most current publications are Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching and The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work.

Len often appears on the “50 Most Influential Christians in America” list, and in 2010 was selected by as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010:”. His popular weekly podcast called “Napkin Scribbles” is widely used and quoted. Len’s microblogs on Twitter and Facebook are ranked as some of the most influential social media sites in the world.

Currently occupying the E. Stanley Jones Chair of Evangelism at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, Len served from 1995 to 2001 as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew. He is also a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon and President Emeritus of United Theological Seminary. He is a weekly contributor to the online preaching resource, sermons.com.

Details

  • 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 University of Richmond (Virginia), Baker University (Kansas), Otterbein College (Ohio), Coe College (Iowa), and Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania).
  • Expertise and Research Interests: bio and cv
  • Email: LenISweet [at] aol.com
  • Office: 1-973-539-1682
  • http://www.leonardsweet.com/
  • http://twitter.com/lensweet
  • http://www.facebook.com/lensweet

Director

Loren Kerns

Loren Kerns

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Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
lkerns@georgefox.edu
503-893-4788

Associate Director

Cliff Berger

Clifford Berger

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Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
cberger@georgefox.edu

1-503-554-6163

Faculty

See George Fox Evangelical Seminary faculty page for details. All of the GFES faculty variously serve as instructors and advisors to the Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry students.

Visiting faculty and advisors

John Bergquist

John Bergquist

Position: Expert advisor; Relationship Team Leader Saddleback Leather Co.; Technology and Communications Writer, Speaker & Board Member, Bootcamp NW Mens Ministry
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Political Science, BS Fisheries Science, Oregon State University; Director of Communications, Soma Games and Code-Monkey; Director of Communications, Conservation Biology Institute
Expertise and Research Interests: Blogging, Social Media, Speaking, Communications, PR, Writing, Mobile Applications, Game Design, Business Acumen
Email: jbergquist@georgefox.edu 
johnbergquist.com/theblog
twitter.com/johnflurry
saddlebackleather.com

Phil Carnes

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.
Email:pcarnes@georgefox.edu
theolibri@mac.com
Office: 1-775-782-0800

Ron Clark

Ron Clark

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Minister/Lead Church Planter, Agape Church of Christ
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Biology and Chemistry, Central Missouri State University;. MDiv, Harding University Graduate School of Religion; DMin, Harding University Graduate School of Religion
Expertise and Research Interests: Evangelism, abuse, sex trafficking, Proverbs, Luke/Acts, 1 Corinthians, leadership development; lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in downtown Portland, OR; Member of Society of Biblical Literature, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Community Against Domestic Violence, Association of Marriage and Family Ministry; author of Emerging Elders, Setting the Captives Free: A Christian Theology for Domestic Violence, Freeing the Oppressed: A Call to Christians Concerning Domestic Abuse, The Better Way: The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth, and Am I Sleeping with the Enemy?: Males and Females in the Image of God
Email: rclark@agapecoc.com
kokemushkeivogel.blogspot.com/
agapecoc.com

Steve Dangaran

Steve Dangaran

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Associate Pastor of Outreach, Salem Alliance Church, Salem, OR. Adjunct Faculty, Corban University Ministry Department, Salem, OR.
Academic and Professional Background: BS, San Diego State University; MDiv, Talbot School of Theology/Biola University; PhD, Gonzaga University. Ordained with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Board Member, Salem Leadership Foundation.
Expertise and Research Interests: Creative Ideation and Organizational Innovation, Learning Organizations, Holocaust studies, church culture and leadership.
Email: sdangaran@salemalliance.org
Phone: 503.581.2129 ext. 240

Dwight Friesen

Dwight Friesen

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Associate Professor of Practical Theology, at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle
Academic and Professional Background: MA, Trinity International University; BA, Ambrose University College; DMin, George Fox University; his dissertation research focused on the development of a relational hermeneutic toward connective church leadership and structure. Having served as a missional pioneer of a Seattle-area simple church for more than eleven years Dwight now trains missional church leaders at Mars Hill Graduate School.  He is an emergent, Anabaptist licensed and ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He is active locally and internationally with missional and emerging church movements, and have been active in both ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.  He is the author of Thy Kingdom Connected: What the Church Can Learn from Facebook, the Internet and Other Networks, co-author of Routes & Radishes: And Other Things to Talk about at the Evangelical Crossroads, and contributor to The Emergent Manifesto of Hope. Dwight, his wife Lynette and their son Pascal live in Bellevue, Washington.
Expertise and Research Interests:
Email:dfriesen@mhgs.edu
Studio: 1-888-977-2002
dwightfriesen.com.
facebook.com/dwight.j.friesen
twitter.com/orthoparadoxy

Deborah Gohrke

Deborah Gohrke

Position: Expert Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Seattle University; MS, Ministry, Pepperdine University; BS, General Studies, City University
Research Interests:
Email: gohrked@seattleu.edu
Office: 1-425-485-3266
twitter.com/debgoes

Frank Green

Frank Green

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
Email: fpgreen@earthlink.net
Office: 1-919-244-8213
charisfoundation.com

George Hemingway

George Hemingway

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
Email: ghemingway@nehalemtel.net
Office: 1-503-368-7140

Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Cofounder and Executive Director of Off The Map
Academic and Professional Background: DMin candidate at Bakke Graduate University
Expertise and Research Interests: Evangelism, church planting and leadership development
Email: jim@off-the-map.org
Office: 1-206-383-9078

Leonard Hjalmarson

Leonard Hjalmarson

Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: BA Honours in theology, Winnipeg Bible College. MDiv., Counseling and Family Therapy, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1990. DMin, Leadership and Spiritual Formation, ACTS/Trinity Western University, 2009.
Expertise and Research Interests: Place, Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Ecclesiology,Missiology, Culture, Semiotics. Dr. Hjalmarson lectures and teaches in both Canada and the U.S.A on a regular basis. He is an Adjunct Professor of Ministry at Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois as well as an Adjunct Professor at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He writes a blog that was birthed in 2001 and receives over 150,000 visits a year. Dr. Hjalmarson is the author of An Emerging Dictionary for the Gospel and Culture (Resource Publications, 2010), co-author of Missional Spirituality (IVP, 2011), Text & Context: Church Planting in Canada in Post-Christendom (The Urban Loft, 2013), and No Home Like Place: A Christian Theology of Place (The House Studio, 2014). He is a member of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association and the Parish Collective. 
Email: len.hjalmarson@gmail.com
Web: Next Reformation
Twitter: @NextReformation
Facebook: Len.Hjalmarson

Carol Hutchinson

Carol Hutchinson

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
Email: chutchinson@salemalliance.org
Office: 1-503-581-2129 ext 287
salemalliance.org

Byongchul Joseph Jun

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 GodThe 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.
Email: bjun@georgefox.edu
twitter.com/bj1202
facebook.com/bjjun

Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball

Position: Secondary Lead Mentor; Pastor of Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Academic and Professional Background: BS, landscape architecture, Colorado State University; Graduate Certificate in Bible, Multnomah Biblical Seminary; MA General Ministry, Western Seminary; pursuing DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Emerging Church and culture; author of The Emerging Church, Emerging Worship, and They Like Jesus but not the Church; contributor to Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches and The Emergent Manifesto of Hope
Email: dkimball06@georgefox.edu
Office: 1-831-429-1058
dankimball.com
vintagefaith.com
vintagechurch.org

Dan Lioy

Dan Lioy

Position: Adjunct Faculty, Expert Advisor; Professor in the School of Continuing Theological Studies at North-West University in South Africa; Senior Research Manager in the Postgraduate School of South African Theological Seminary; and Permanent Faculty at the Institute of Lutheran Theology.
Academic and Professional Background: BSc, University of Southern California; MTh, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, North-West University, South Africa; Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains; Ordained minister of the Evangelical Church Alliance. Prof. Lioy has worked as a freelance editor and writer, a hospital chaplain, and a college administrator. Among his numerous scholarly and church resource publications, he is the author of the David C. Cook Bible Lesson Commentary (NIV and KJV versions, published yearly) and Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective (Peter Lang, 2011).
Expertise and Research Interests: Intertextuality between the testaments; theological ethics; meaning of life issues; and the relationship between science and religion.
Email: dlioy@georgefox.edu
Office: 1-503-383-9713
linkedin.com/pub/dan-lioy/45/234/32a
ilt.academia.edu/DanLioy

Deborah Loyd

Deborah Loyd

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, Mentoring Women Church Planters
Email: dloyd@georgefox.edu; deborahloyd@gmail.com
Office: 503.516.1415
twitter.com/deborahloyd

Hope Lyda

Hope Lyda

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 publishedHip 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
Email: hopelyda@yahoo.com
facebook.com/profile.php?id=1646341584
twitter.com/HopeDiaries
hopelyda.wordpress.com

David McDonald

David McDonald

Position: Dissertation Advisor; Teaching Pastor, Westwinds Community Church, Jackson, MI
Academic and Professional Background:
Expertise and Research Interests:
Email: david.mcdonald@westwinds.org
guerillahost.blogspot.com
shadowinggod.blogspot.com

Chris Meade

Chris Meade

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Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Assistant Professor of Management and Coordinator, Community Service Consulting Projecst, GFU Boise Center
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; MM, Christian Ministry, Northwest Nazarene University; MAOL, Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; PhD, Organizational Learning with a Leadership Concentration, University of Idaho; Founder & Lead Pastor, Grace Chapel in Boise, Idaho; President/Consultant, Leadership Alive®, Inc., Boise, Idaho; Author: Leadership Alive: Changing Leadership Practices in the 21st Century World; Christianity Alive: Faith. Love. Action; New Testament Alive: The Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
Expertise and Research Interests: Organic Leadership, Change, Cultural Architecture, Futurist Issues, Emerging 21st Century Culture, Neuroscience, Eomtional and Physical Health, Ethics, Philosophy, Theology and Worldviews, Spiritual Formation and Personal Growth.
Email: cmeade@georgefox.edu
Office: 1-503-554-2647
LeadershipAlive.com
GraceChapel.com
facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179727286

David Merwin

David Merwin

Position: Expert Advisor; Senior Designer, Oregon Center for Applied Science. Chief Creative, Pure Blue Design
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Painting with an Independent Study in Media Installation, Purchase College
Expertise and Professional Interests: Web design, user experience, mobile application design, web application design, and game design
Email: dave@davemerwin.com
Office: 1-541-335-1832
davemerwin.com/
http://orcasinc.com/
purebluedesign.com/
twitter.com/davemerwin
facebook.com/davemerwin
linkedin.com/in/merwin
flickr.com/photos/merwin/

Phil Newell

Phil Newell

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
Email: phil.newell@crmleaders.org
Office: 1-503-481-3539
portlandopenbible.com

Gina Oschner

Gina Oschner

Position: Expert advisor; faculty Seattle Pacific University Low-Residency MFA creative writing program
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Secondary Education, MA, Science of English, MFA in Creative Writing
Expertise and Research Interests: Creative writing, Slavic and Baltic languages, Roma culture in Eastern Europe, evangelism. Gina has publishedThe Necessary Grace to Fall, a Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, People I Wanted to Be: Stories, and The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight
Email: gina@withnellauto.com
Office: NA
ginaochsner.com
portobellobooks.com/Authors/Gina-Ochsner

Leah Payne

Leah Payne

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.
Email: lpayne@georgefox.edu

Gary Railsback 

Gary Railsback

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Dean of the School of Education, Point Loma Nazarene University
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Northwest Christian College; MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, education, University of California, Los Angeles.
Expertise and Research Interests: Moral and religious development of college students was the topic for my dissertation. Currently finishing a research article on the topic of "Growing pains: The phenomenal growth of George Fox University from 1983 to 2003." Students under my direction have interviewed more than 80 current and former George Fox faculty and administrators using a qualitative case study design.
Email: GaryRailsback@pointloma.edu
Office: 1-619-849-2323
pointloma.edu/SchoolofEducation/FacultyStaff.htm

Jon Robertson

Jon Robertson

Position: Dissertation Advisor; Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and New Testament, Multnomah Biblical Seminary
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Wichita State University; MDiv, Western Seminary; MSt, PhD, University of Oxford
Expertise and Research Interests: Patristic theology
Email: jrobertson@multnomah.edu
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multnomah.edu/bio/jon-robertson/

Ken Ross

Ken Ross

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Senior Pastor, Arbor Heights Community Church, West Seattle
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Concordia College; MAET, Western Seminary; DMin, George Fox University
Expertise and Research Interests: Biblical Studies, pastoral leaderhip, spiritual formation, administration
Email: kenross51@hotmail.com
Office: 1-206-935-5714

Jared Roth

Jared Roth

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
Email: jaredroth10@gmail.com
Office: 503.929.7225

Kimberly Shumate

Kimberly Shumate

Position: Expert Advisor; owner/operator of Living Word Literary Agency with 12 years of publishing experience.  Her ability to identify and polish talent provides first-time authors with the guidance and encouragement needed to fit easily within quality standards of the publishing industry. 
Academic and Professional Background: Discovering numerous new authors for Harvest House Publishers with sales topping 750,000 copies, several of them have gone on to find success with various book deals, Christy nominations and awards, and PW star ratings. As a member of the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), the CMA (Christian Media Association), and the Willamette Writers, Kimberly teaches proposal writing at various west coast writers’ conference.
Expertise and Research Interests: Book proposal construction; fiction—character development, plot pace, storyline, and overall manuscript coherency; non-fiction—theme, organization, markets, and platform building guidance.
Email: livingwordliterary@gmail.com
Phone: 1-541-683-6567
livingwordliterary.wordpress.com

Mark Strong

Mark Strong

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
Email: strong@lifechangecc.org
Office: 1-503-288-0479
lifechangecc.org

Courtney Stubbert

Courtney Stubbert

Position: Expert Advisor; Designer, Creative Director, Co-founder - ArtsDigital.co; Director, Co-founder - Eugene Contemporary Art; Member - Public Art Committee for Eugene, Oregon; Board Member - BlueTower Arts Foundation
Academic and Professional Background: AA, Visual Communication (Graphic Design, Illustration) Art Institute of Seattle; BA, Art History, University of Oregon
Expertise and Professional Interests: Design, art, music, media and culture, the intersection of faith and culture, philosophy and contemporary art theory; maintains a consistent fine art studio practice since 2001 with first solo exhibition in 2006
Email: courtney@artsdigital.co
Cell: 541.513.8779
Design Portfolio: artsdigital.co
Fine Art Portfolio: courtneystubbert.com
twitter.com/getpunched
facebook.com/courtney.stubbert
linkedin.com/in/courtneystubbert

Derek Voorhees

Derek Voorhees

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
Email: derek.voorhees@gmail.com
Office: 303.776.2927
twitter.com/derekvoorhees
facebook.com/derekvoorhees

Staff

Dee Small

Heather Rainey

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Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program
Email: hrainey@georgefox.edu
Office: 1-503-554-6162


Andy Campbell

Andy Campbell

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Facilitator of Online Education for the DMin program
Email: acampbell@georgefox.edu
Office: 1-503-554-6034


Rochelle Deans

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DMin Department Editor
Email: slightlysmall@gmail.com
Office: 1-503-729-9719