Faculty & Staff
Dr. MaryKate Morse serves as the lead mentor for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin track. As lead mentor, Dr. Morse designs the content for all four semesters, leads the four F2F Retreats, and facilitates the online experiences.
MaryKate serves as the Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. She began her ministry living in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing evangelism, theological education by extension, and social projects with the Aymará Indians. Upon return, she studied spiritual formation and direction, was certified as a spiritual director, and was recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends.
MaryKate completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University where she studied the characteristics of renewal leadership as modeled by Jesus. She planted two churches, the first was a contemporary church model lead by herself and two other pastors. The second was an emerging church model, where she led a diverse leadership team.
She has taught at the Seminary for 25 years in the fields of New Testament Greek, various spiritual formation courses, and leadership and change courses. She also designed several of the Seminary programs and served in various administrative positions at the university including Seminary Associate Dean, Director of Hybrid programs, and University Director of Strategic Planning.
Besides serving at the Seminary, she is currently a spiritual director and leadership mentor and coach, conference and retreat speaker, and author including Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer, as well as various other chapters and writing projects.
- Position: LSF DMin Lead Mentor and professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation
- Academic and Professional Background: BS in Secondary Education and English Literature, Longwood University, Virginia, she earned her Masters in Biblical Studies and an MDIV at Western Evangelical Seminary, and PhD from Gonzaga University.
- Expertise and Research Interests:
- twitter: @MaryKateMorse
- facebook: facebook.com/MaryKateMorse
Position: Expert advisor; Directory of Communications, Soma Games, The Code-Monkeys; Speaker & Leader, Bootcamp NW
Academic and Professional Background: BS, Political Science, BS Fisheries Science, Oregon State University; Director of Communications, Conservation Biology Institute
Expertise and Research Interests: Blogging, speaking, communications, writing, mobile application evangelism, game design, business acumen
Position: Dissertation Advisor; University Minister, Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Academic and Professional Background: BA, Bethel University; MA Palm Beach Atlantic University; DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, college ministry, quarter-life to mid-life, leadership development, soul care/self care
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: Dissertation Advisor; Director, Larry Day Ministries, Portland, OR
Academic and Professional Background: MA, Wheaton College; PhD, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
Expertise and Research Interests: how our “concept of God” is developed and the impact it has on ministry; how self-esteem is formulated and the part it plays in ministry
Position: Expert Advisor; Faculty, University of Phoenix in composition, creative and technical writing courses
Academic and Professional Background: BA, English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Evansville; Teaching Certification in Secondary Education/English as a Second Language, Indiana University; MA English/Irish Drama, Indiana University
Expertise and Research Interests: Creative writing, theater, Irish history and drama, adult education, French language, spirituality
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
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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.
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: 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 published Hip 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
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
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.
Position: Secondary Dissertation Advisor
Academic Background: B.A. from Eugene Bible College; M.A. in Biblical Studies from George Fox Evangelical Seminary; Ph.D., University of Birmingham
Expertise and Research Interests: Pneumatology, Ecology, Christology, Missiology of Church, Biblical Studies, Green Theology, Pentecostal Theology, Lesslie Newbigin, Church History, and Pastoring in the Hawthorne.
Website: Theophilus - A Church in Southeast Portland