DMin Team, Advisors, and Guests
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 Ministry program. See George Fox Evangelical Seminary faculty page for details.
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 Interests: Contemporary theology; Christian formation; biblical narrative; Christian faith and pop culture; the Bible and metaphor.
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
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.
Special Teaching Guests
Nancy S. Thurston, PsyD, ABPP
Position: Professor of Psychology
Expertise and Research Interests: Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. Learn more about Dr. Thurston.
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.
Dissertation Studio Guide
Position: Adjunct Faculty and Dissertation Specialist/Expert Advisor, Co-founder and President of Mere Images, Inc., Bestselling author.
Expertise and Research Interests: Christian Spirituality, Whole Person Health, Life in Community, Soul Care for Influencers, Guided Writing for Creatives, Dissertation Writing, Narrative Theology, Leadership, Gender Equality and Friendship.
Past 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.
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.