Dr. MaryKate Morse Named Dean of Portland Seminary 

July 1, 2020

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Dear seminary community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. MaryKate Morse as the dean of Portland Seminary, effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Morse has been with George Fox for more than three decades in a variety of faculty and administrative capacities, including her present position as professor of leadership and spiritual formation. She helped move the seminary to hybrid learning models, and early in my presidency, she effectively served as the university director of strategic planning. Most importantly, she has led the seminary in developing spiritual formation as a hallmark across all degree programs. She has modeled Christ-centered leadership through her fruitful career in ministry, which has taken her from living among the Aymará Indians in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru to planting two churches in the Northwest. She has authored three books on spiritual formation and leadership, most recently Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together Through Mentoring Communities. Dr. Morse is the recipient of the Dallas Willard award recognizing her contribution to the formation of leaders. She is an internationally recognized speaker and has partnered with many prominent organizations, such as Lausanne and Missio Alliance. Dr. Morse will continue to serve as lead mentor for the doctor of ministry in leadership and spiritual formation program.

Here are Dr. Morse’s thoughts on the transition …

“I am honored to serve as dean of Portland Seminary at such a time as this. For more than 30 years I have witnessed and been a part of what the seminary can be and accomplish when it is at its very best. First and foremost, Portland Seminary at her best has Christ and the Church at the center of her heartbeat. Second, Portland Seminary at her best has been relentless in innovating to prepare women and men to lead well, whatever circumstances we might face in today’s fast-changing world. Third, Portland Seminary at her best has sought to mentor, form, and prepare students to flourish as human beings who know they are beloved of Christ and are called to do meaningful work for him. We have been a whole-person seminary engaging and forming the mind, the heart and character, and the dreams for every student who comes. I look forward to partnering with the gifted faculty and staff to develop and be Portland Seminary at her best.”

As we prepare for an unprecedented fall start to the seminary, I am confident in Dr. Morse’s abilities to effectively further the seminary’s renewed commitment to the church during these challenging times. Together with an excellent faculty and staff, I look forward to Portland Seminary continuing to serve its mission with passion and care.

In Christ,
Dr. Robin Baker
President, George Fox University

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