Clifford Berger

Clifford Berger, DMin

Associate Director of Doctor of Ministry Program


Office: Portland Center South: Office 296


My career has been primarily with adult education and ministry. This includes more than 20 years in local church ministry and more than 15 years with non-profit organizations and in higher education. I have been part of the Doctor of Ministry team here at Portland Seminary since 2008. I see my work with our DMin students as an extension of pastoral ministry, supporting them for success in our program and in their own ministries and in their own formation as leaders and as followers of Jesus.

My wife and I are parents of two young adult children, both graduates of George Fox University. My personal interests include travel (around the US and international), listening to music, and creating some of my own music on guitar, banjo and fiddle. I also like walking, old barns, reading history, leather-bound books, the old west, fly-fishing, English pubs, coffee, things made of wood, and the smell of tire stores, horses, freshly-baled hay, and things made of leather.

Academic Background

DMin,  Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan; MDiv,  Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan BA, Northwest Christian University; Graduate study in history at Portland State University

Academic Interests

Adult education, leadership development and formation, trends in theological education, historical context and culture


DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources
DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation
MLDR 519 Personal Transformation
LACC 221 United States in the 20th Century (adult degree program)