DMin Team and Advisors
The DMin Team manages the program online platforms, organizes the Advances, and provides students and advisors individual and immediate support in-person or online. In short, the DMin Team is the 'glue' that holds the various elements of the program together.
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program
At the beginning of the program, faculty advisors are paired with their advisees to provide them with individual guidance and coaching. They help their advisees develop and focus their areas of specialization in the 'customized courses' and improve their academic writing skills. Faculty advisors typically serve as their advisees’ dissertation advisors.
Seminary faculty variously serve as advisors within the Leadership and Global Perspectives Doctor of Minstry program. See George Fox Evangelical Seminary faculty page for details.
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor, Guest lecturer
Academic and Professional Background: Theological Studies, Universities of Erlangen and Tübingen, DTh, Erlangen; Peter works with the ELIA (Lutheran) Church in Erlangen and serves as the National Director of Alpha Germany
Expertise and Research Interests: Celtic spirituality and mission, faith in the workplace, and postmodernity and emerging/missional church
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Guest Lecturer. Academic and Professional Background: MSc(Hons) in Computer Science, University of Canterbury, NZ; BD, Bible College of New Zealand, NZ; PhD in Theology, University of Auckland, NZ. Expertise and Research Interests: Technology, science, and theology; Media, popular culture, and religion; Theological ethics; Public and contextual theology; Systematic theology; Christian spirituality. He joined Laidlaw College as Head of School: Theology, Mission & Ministry at the start of 2014 after previously lecturing theology at the University of Auckland. With a background in computer science and theology, his research focuses upon theology in dialogue with science, technology and new media, as well religion, media and popular culture. A central theme to his research and teaching is that theology must engage with the everyday communities we find ourselves in, seeking to offer something distinctly gospel to church and world. He recently served for four years on the New Zealand Interchurch Bioethics Council and is currently co-convenor of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand's Leadership Subcommittee.
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.
Web: Next Reformation
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor, Regents Park College, Oxford University; Associate Research Fellow, London School of Theology
Academic and Professional Background: BSc (hons) Chemistry with medicinal Chemistry; MA (Distinction) Missiology, Birmingham University; PhD, King College London. Executive Director Churches in Mission: Evangelical Alliance; External Examiner, Oak Hill Theological College, 2009 - present; Visiting Lecturer Regents College, Vancouver; Director, Oxford Centre for Christian Apologies, 2005-2007; Tutor in Mission and Evangelism, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University 2005-2007; Senior Leader Elmfiled Church, Harrow 2000-2005.
Expertise and Research Interests: 'Towards a Theology of Evangelism for Late-modern Cultures: a critical dialogue with Lesslie Newbigin's doctrine of revelation', King's College London, supervisor, Professor Andrew Walker;Theology of evangelism, contextualisation, apologetics, missional Ecclesiology, homiletics, social media and social change.
Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor; Lead Pastor, Good Shepherd Africa Gospel Church, Nairobi, Chairman of the Nairobi Regional Africa Gospel Church Council, chair of Evangelism Explosion, Kenya, secretary, Word of Life International, Kenya and member of the national board of Love Inc.
Academic and Professional Background: BRel. degree – Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kericho, Kenya; MDiv, Western Evangelical Seminary, Portland, Oregon; DMin in Leadership in the Emerging Culture, George Fox University, Portland, Oregon.Expertise and Research Interests: Church planting, the training and development of pastors, empowerment of local churches to serve the most vulnerable in society, mentorship, and Kingdom entrepreneurship.
Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: BSc in Textile Economics and Management, University of Manchester; MBA, Aston University; PhD, Management Education. Caroline worked 15 years in the English textile industry. She has taught at four English universities, currently being Director of Studies for the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of Liverpool Management School.
Expertise and Research Interests: Organizational change, management learning and relational leadership. Caroline’s research and publication has centered on a practice based approach to learning and the role of conversation in creating leadership. Current projects focus on her concept that conversations travel and create new worlds (rather than just pass information). She takes a radical view that leadership is to be found in moments of relating rather than in the actions or attributes of particular individuals.
Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: BS Elementary Education and International Studies, George Fox University; MA Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Organizational Leadership, Regent University. Debby worked as a missionary with Evangelical Friends Mission in Rwanda, Africa for 20 years. During this time she participated in church leadership, started and administered a school, started two businesses, and founded a holistic community development program in Rwanda called Discipling for Development. Presently Debby teaches as an adjunct at George Fox University in the College of Business, the Department of Professional Studies as well as serving as a faculty advisor in the Global Leadership program at George Fox Seminary.
Expertise and Research Interests: Leadership (servant, transformational, empowering, authentic, LMX), followership, Biblical studies and leadership, global leadership, cross-cultural studies, African leadership, transformational development, holistic development, faith and work.
Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor
Academic and Professional Background: Diploma in Ministry, Melbourne School of Theology, Australia; BA, Psychology, University of Melbourne, Australia; DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives, George Fox University, USA; CEO, Outward Looking®,
Expertise and Research Interests: Passionate about developing leaders and organizations; worked as a psychologist followed by numerous executive roles in Australia and the U.S, working with corporate, government, and not-for-profit leaders in more than twenty countries. Completed a Doctorate in Global Leadership through George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, focusing on the relationship between leadership character and organizational performance across different cultures. Launched a global leadership consulting practice in 2010, Outward Looking®, and developed an innovative leadership coaching program that has been used by leaders in ten countries. Glenn is a published author and speaker, and lives in Australia with his wife Natalie and three children.
Expert advsiors are assigned in the second year of the program. Expert advisors provide the guidance necessary to ensure successful application of the proposed medium or media (audio, video, web, print, etc) to be engaged in the Track 02 Dissertation Artifact. They serve as a member of the Dissertation Committee.
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: 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
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 ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), the Willamette Writers, and 12 years of publishing experience, Kimberly teaches proposal writing at various west coast writers conferences. She is also the owner and operator of Living Word Literary Agency where she pursues her passion for helping new and hungry authors find a home within the publishing community.
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.
Twitter: @LivingWordLiter and @HueInHisEye
Special guest instructors
Position: Guest lecturer
Academic and Professional Background:Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and past Principal of Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Oxford Ministry Course; Professor of Theological Education at King’s College London; Honorary Canon of Salisbury Cathedral and Canon Theologian of Sheffield Cathedral; he has served as a Director the Advertising Standards Authority and currently serves as Independent Adjudicator for the Portman Group and as a Commissioner for the Direct Marketing Authority. His recent books include Clergy: The Origin of Species (2006), Engaging Contemporary Culture: Christianity and the ConcreteChurch (2005), and Shaping the Church (2010)
Expertise and Research Interests:
Past faculty advisors and special guests
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: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor
BA in Communication, University of California, San Diego; MA in Professional Counseling, Liberty University; DMin in Leadership in the Emerging Culture, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Contemporary missiology, Ecclesiology and Popular Culture, Global missional movements, Globalization, Collegiate ministry.
Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Director, Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, & Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Offutt School of Business, Concordia College; also, President, Global Leadership Development LLC.
Academic and Professional Background: Dr Ngunjiri earned a doctorate (Ed.D) in leadership studies and masters in organization development from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). Prior to her US sojourn, she earned a masters in mission studies from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Africa International University, Kenya), and her undergraduate degree in language and literature (B.Ed honors) is from Kenyatta University also in Kenya.
Expertise and Research Interests: The bulk of my research activity is within the area of leadership studies specifically looking at intersectional approaches to the exploration and explication of women and minorities experiences as leaders. Topics include: Spirituality and Leadership; Tempered Radicals; African/African American Women in Leadership; Servant Leadership; Leadership and Culture; Leadership and Social Identity; and Leadership in Religious Institutions. I also write about culturally and contextually relevant research approaches as well as autoethnography. Author of Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa (SUNY 2010) and Collaborative Autoethnography (LeftCoast Press, 2012 co-authored with H. Chang and K. Hernandez). I advise dissertations on many areas of leadership studies including topics related to global leadership, women and leadership, spiritual & religious leadership, intercultural competency and spirituality in organizations.