Lead Mentor: Leonard Sweet

Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics, Church, and Culture

Dr. Leonard SweetAuthor of more than 70 books and 1,500 published sermons, Leonard Sweet’s most recent publications are St. Is: Book One (2020) with Lisa Samson, Contextual Intelligence: Unlocking the Ancient Secret of Mission on The Front Lines (2020) with Portland Seminary distinguished doctoral graduate, Michael Beck, and Rings of Fire: Walking in Faith through a Volcanic Future (2019). He has recently started his own publishing company called The Salish Sea Press, which will feature his writings as well as those of novelist Lisa Samson.

For almost two decades, Len has served as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Currently he is a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He also has become the Charles Wesley Distinguished Professor of Doctor of Theology Studies at Evangelical Seminary/Kairos.

He is president emeritus of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and is the founder and chief contributor to the online preaching resource, preachthestory.com, part of which is a weekly lectionary vlog. Len often appears on the “Most Influential Christians in America” lists, and issues a podcast called Napkin Scribbles sponsored by Portland Seminary of George Fox University. His microblogs and blogs on Twitter and Facebook are ranked as some of the most influential religious sites in the world of social media.

Len lives on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington state, where he frequently conducts two- to three-day campfire conversations in his home, Dolphin Cay (the-salish.com). He calls them “advances,” not “retreats.”