DMin Team and Advisors

The DMin Team

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.

Loren Kerns

Loren Kerns

(profile)

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Emaillkerns@georgefox.edu

Office503-893-4788

Clifford Berger

Cliff Berger

(profile)

Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Emailcberger@georgefox.edu

Office1-503-554-6163

Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey(profile)

Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program

Email: hrainey@georgefox.edu

Office: 1-503-554-6162

Faculty advisors

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.

GFES faculty

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. 

Peter Aschoff

Peter Aschoff

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

Email: peter@aschoff-net.de

Phone: +49-9131-203018

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facebook.com/peter.aschoff

Stephen Garner

Stephen Garner

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.

Email: sgarner@laidlaw.ac.nz

Web: www.laidlaw.ac.nz ; www.greenflame.org

Twitter: @kiwigreenflame

Facebook: sgarner

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

Krish Kandiah

Krish Kandiah

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.

Email: krishkandiah@yahoo.co.uk

Phone: +44-207-207-2100

http://krishk.com/

Patrick Murunga

Patrick Murunga

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.

Email: palumu02@gmail.com

Office: +254-7-2139-9260

Caroline Ramsey

Position: Faculty Advisor and Dissertation Advisor

Academic and Professional Background:

Expertise and Research Interests: 

Email:

Office: 

Glenn Williams

Glenn Williams

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.

Email: glenn@outwardlooking.com

Office: +61-488-775-558

Twitter: @outwardlooking

www.outwardlooking.com

Expert advisors

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.

Linda Clare

Linda Clare

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 BuiltMaking Peace With a Dangerous GodRevealed: 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.

Email: Lindas352@comcast.net

Office: 1-541-689-4210

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facebook.com/lindaclare

twitter.com/Lindasclare

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

E-maildave@davemerwin.com

Office: 1-541-335-1832

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http://orcasinc.com/

purebluedesign.com/

twitter.com/davemerwin

facebook.com/davemerwin

linkedin.com/in/merwin

flickr.com/photos/merwin/

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

Special guest instructors

Martyn Percy

Martyn Percy

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:

Email:

Phone: +44-1865-877404

Past faculty advisors and special guests

Byongchul Joseph June

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

Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis

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.

Email: spiritfarmer@gmail.com

Phone: 1-425-466-5077

spiritfarmer.com

twitter.com/spiritfarmer

facebook.com/spiritfarmer

Faith Ngunjiri

Faith Ngunjiri

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.

Email: fngunjiri@georgefox.edu ; wamburangunjiri@gmail.com

Phone: 1-215-967-1529

Skype: wamburangunjiri

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