DMin Team, Advisors, and Guests

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


Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program


Cliff Berger

Clifford Berger


Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program



Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey


Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program


Office: 1-503-554-6162

Adam McGuffie

Adam McGuffie(profile)

Hybrid Learning Specialist


Office: 1-503-554-6037

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 Ministry program. See George Fox Evangelical Seminary faculty page for details.

Anderson CampbellAnderson Campbell

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Brenau University; MA, Regent University; DMin, George Fox University

Expertise and Research InterestsContemporary theology; Christian formation; biblical narrative; Christian faith and pop culture; the Bible and metaphor.



Michael Gama

Position: Dissertation and Expert Advisor

Academic Background: BA, Westmont College; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Advertising and marketing experience in numerous companies from smaller advertising/marketing agencies to Fortune 500 high-technology companies. Adjunct instructor in database and direct marketing at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Marylhurst University. Instructor in theology at the Avila Institute. 

Expertise and Research Interests: Eastern Christian spirituality, monasticism and soteriology, contemporary culture.

Deborah Loyd

Deborah Loyd

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor at George Fox Seminary; Scholar Practitioner of Spiritual Formation and Vocation at Warner Pacific College; Co-founder and Pastor Emeritus, The Bridge Church of Portland; Co-founder of Women's Convergence and Women’s Theology Hub.

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Biblical Studies, Excelsior College; MA in Exegetical Theology, Western Seminary; DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University

Expertise and Research Interests: Emerging Culture, Urban Church Planting, Leadership Development


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Carole Spencer

Position: Dissertation and Expert Advisor; Recently retired from 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.

Special Teaching Guests

Nancy S. Thurston, PsyD, ABPP

PositionProfessor of Psychology

Expertise and Research Interests: Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. Learn more about Dr. Thurston.


Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Position: Faculty advisor and Seminary Regent. Pastor at Life Change Church, Portland, Oregon.

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Clinical Sociology, Vanguard University; MA in Theological Studies, Vanguard University; DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: Urban ministry, fatherlessness and fatherhood, prayer, local church and community.

Office: 503-288-0479


Dissertation Studio Guide 

Donna WallaceDonna Wallace

Position: Adjunct Faculty and Dissertation Specialist/Expert Advisor, Co-founder and President of Mere Images, Inc., Bestselling author.

Expertise and Research InterestsChristian Spirituality, Whole Person Health, Life in Community, Soul Care for Influencers, Guided Writing for Creatives, Dissertation Writing, Narrative Theology, Leadership, Gender Equality and Friendship.

Office: 406-581-1160


Past 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.

Joshua Kang

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.


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