Seminary Doctoral Faculty and Team

Lead Mentor

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MaryKate Morse

Executive Dean, Portland Seminary; Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation

Learn more about MaryKate.


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Kurtley Knight

Position: Mentor; Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary

Learn more about Kurtley.

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Ken Van Vliet

Position: Mentor; Pastor, Monte Vista Chapel

Academic and Professional BackgroundBA, Business Administration, California State University Stanislaus; MDiv, Bethel Theological Seminary; DMin, Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation in the local church; systemic, organizational and cultural change; leadership development; pastoral coaching.,

Special Teaching Guests

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Mark Strong

Position: Project Faculty and Seminary Regent. Pastor at Life Change Church, Portland, Oregon.

Academic and Professional Background: BS in Speech Communications, Portland State University; MA in Biblical Studies, Western Evangelical Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Urban ministry, fatherlessness and fatherhood, prayer, local church and community.

Office: 503-288-0479


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Rob Westervelt

Position: Vice President for Strategy and Innovation, Lindenwood University. Founder and partner at TG THREE, a strategy company.

Academic and Professional Background: BS in Communication, Minor in Business Administration at Weber State University; MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology; Professional Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.

Expertise and Research Interests: Strategy, Innovation, Marketing, Branding, High-Performance Leadership.

Office: 636-949-4138

Project Faculty

At the beginning of the program, Project Faculty are paired with their advisees to provide them with individual guidance and coaching. They help their advisees develop and focus their areas of specialization within the project portfolio research sequence.

Seminary faculty routinely serve as Project Faculty within the Doctor of Minstry program. See Portland Seminary faculty page for details.

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Dominic Abaria

Position: Project Faculty, Portland Seminary; Pastor of Spiritual Care and Development, Portland Rescue Mission; Elder and Pastor, Roots Community Church; Founder & Spiritual Director, Fermata Ministries.

Academic and Professional Background: DMin, "Combating Ministry Burnout by Honoring Human Limitations," Portland Seminary; MDiv, Western Seminary; BA, Concordia University

Expertise and Research Interests: Ministerial and Clergy Burnout, Non-profit Organizational Leadership, Pastoral Leadership, Preaching, Teaching, Christian Spiritual Formation, and Spiritual Direction



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Jacqueline Bland

PositionProject Faculty; Adjunct Faculty at Institute of Biblical Studies with Cru Ministry; Instructor of Faith Formation Courses at Saint Paul's Baptist Church University; Instructor and Coach with Arrow Leadership Ministry; Speaker, Author, Writer

Academic BackgroundDMin, Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary; MA, New Testament, Biblical Theological Seminary, BS, Speech Communications, East Tennessee State University

Expertise and Research InterestsAuthor of Our Identity in Christ: A 40-Day Experience; Becoming a Resolute Leader: Things a Sistah Learned Along the Way; Academic interests include church leadersip, life learning, leadership coaching, practical theology, and spiritual formation.

Office: 804-332-9472


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Holley Clough

Position: Project Faculty (Portland Seminary); Adjunct Faculty of Bible and Ministry Practicums, Coaching and Seminary Graduate Courses at The King’s University; Fernwood Adult Education Practice, Principal, Implementing Director Emeritus, Multnomah University Adult Degree Completion Program. 

Current Board Activity: World Team, Intl., Christian Adult Higher Education Association, Mission ConneXion

Current Mission Activity: Agros International serves the poor in Central America through holistic development. Leader and participant since 2004.

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; MA, Pastoral Care and Life Coaching, Western Seminary; DMin,Teaching and Writing (Hornecker Award, Dissertation), Gateway Seminary; International Coach Federation, Professional Coach Certification (PCC Level).

Expertise and Research InterestsAdult higher education and life learning, pastoral ministry and leadership development, life coaching, holistic cross-cultural development, leisure and educational travel.,

Office: 503-720-5599

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Luisa Gallagher Stevens

Position: Project Faculty

Academic and Professional Background: PhD in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga
University, Spokane, WA; MA in Educational Ministry, Wheaton Graduate School,
Wheaton, Illinois.
Certifications: Ordination with The Ecclesia Network of Churches; Certificate in
Leadership Development and Wilderness Programming from Wheaton College
Graduate School.
Expertise and Research Interests: spiritual formation, leadership, sabbath rest and
pastoral care, preaching and teaching, experiential and holistic education


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Deborah Loyd

PositionProject FacultyVocational purpose Coach; Adjunct at Warner Pacific University, specializing in leadership development; Pastor Emeritis and Co-founder to The Bridge Church of PDX, Retrofit, and founder of Finding Forward Coaching. Author of Your Vocational Credo , and co-author of Dynamic Adventure: A Guide to Starting and Shaping Missional Churches.

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Biblical Studies and Business/Accounting, Excelsior College; MA in Exegetical Theology, Western Seminary; DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University

Expertise and Research InterestsEmerging Church Culture and Spiritulaity, Leadership Development, Vocational Discernment.

Office: 503-516-1415


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Jeney Park-Hearn

Position: Project Faculty (Portland Seminary); Pastor of Congregational Care at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church (Seattle, WA).

Academic and Professional Background: BA Psychology, University of Michigan; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; MTS, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, PhD, Claremont School of Theology.

Expertise and Research InterestsPractical theology, pastoral theology, pastoral care and counseling, spirituality and psychology, spiritually-integreted couples and family therapy, constructive pastoral theology.

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Ekaterina Lomperis

Position: Project Faculty; Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Thought, Portland Seminary

Learn more about Ekterina.

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Kathy Noling

Position: Project Faculty and Spiritual Director

Academic Background: BA in Political Science, San Diego State University; MA in Communications, California State University, Fullerton; MA in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary; DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary.
Professionally have served as a campus pastor at Westmont College and a graduate chaplain and adjunct professor in spiritual formation for Azusa Pacific University.

Expertise and Research Interests: Millennial engagement, spiritual practices, mentoring, contemplative retreats.


Office: 805-698-4643

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Jeff Savage

PositionProject Faculty; Spiritual Director; Retreat Facilitator; Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church of Springfield, OR.

Academic Background: BA, History, Westmont College; MDiv, Palmer Seminary; DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation, Christ-centered community, spiritual friendship/direction, discernment practices, Luke/Acts, the Gospel of John, clergy wellness, long-term pastorates.

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Carole Spencer

PositionProject Faculty; Recently retired from Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Earlham School of Religion - Richmond, Indiana

Academic Background: MA, Western Evangelical Seminary; PhD, University of Birmingham, England

Expertise and Research Interests: History of spirituality, Christian mystics, spiritual formation, Quaker history and theology, w omen in Christian History, and Spiritual Director.

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Ekaputra Tupamahu

Position: Project Faculty; Assistant Professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary

Learn more about Ekaputra.

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Donna Wallace

PositionProject Faculty; Bestselling Collaborator with Celebrity Authors; Spiritual Director; and Personal Writing Guide

Academic Background: DMin Portland Seminary, Leadership and Spiritual Formation; MTS Intimacy Issues for the Clergy; BA Clinical Sociology, Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, CA

Expertise and Research Interests: Narrative Identity and Formation; Gender Reconciliation; Life in Community; Whole Person Health; Professional and Creative Writing.

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Jason Wellman

Position: Project FacultyPastor

Academic and Professional Background: BS, Music Education, Bluffton University; MDiv, Ashland Theological Seminary; DMin, Portland Seminary

Expertise and Research InterestsWesleyan theology, faith and work/vocation, faith integration, church and pastoral leadership, discernment practices, spiritual formation, leadership coaching.

Seminary Doctoral Team

The Seminary Doctoral Team manages the program online platforms, organizes the Advances, and provides support to students and Project Faculty, in-person or online. In short, this team is the 'glue' that holds the various elements of the program together.

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Director, Doctoral Programs

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Associate Director, Doctoral Programs

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Jen Macnab, MPA

Assistant Director of Academic Engagement, Doctoral Programs

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Program and Operations Coordinator, Doctoral Programs