DMin Team, Advisors, and Guests

The DMin Team

The DMin Team manages the program online platforms, organizes the Advances, and provides students and advisors individual and immediate support in-person or online. In short, the DMin Team is the 'glue' that holds the various elements of the program together.

Loren Kerns

Loren Kerns


Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program


Cliff Berger

Clifford Berger


Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program



Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey


Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program


Office: 1-503-554-6162

Adam McGuffie

Adam McGuffie(profile)

Hybrid Learning Specialist for the Doctor of Ministry Program


Office: 443-883-6821

Faculty advisors

At the beginning of the program, faculty advisors are paired with their advisees to provide them with individual guidance and coaching. They help their advisees develop and focus their areas of specialization in the 'customized courses' and improve their academic writing skills. Faculty advisors typically serve as their advisees’ dissertation advisors.

Seminary faculty

Seminary faculty variously serve as advisors within the Leadership and Global Perspectives Doctor of Ministry program. See Portland Seminary faculty page for details.

Lacy BorgoLacy Borgo

PositionFaculty Advisor; Spiritual Director; Teacher

Academic and Professional BackgroundBA, English with Teaching Certificate University of Texas Permian Basin; MS, Education, State University of New York, Geneseo; DMin, Portland Seminary; Spiritual Formation Certificate, Renovare Institute,;Spiritual Direction Certificate, Portland Seminary

Expertise and Research InterestsSpiritual Formation, Spiritual Direction, Children’s Spirituality, Healing of Childhood Wounds in Adulthood


Anderson CampbellAnderson Campbell

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Brenau University; MA, Regent University; DMin, George Fox University

Expertise and Research InterestsContemporary theology; Christian formation; biblical narrative; Christian faith and pop culture; the Bible and metaphor.


Office: 503-554-2662

Julie DodgeJulie Dodge

Position: Faculty Advisor

Academic BackgroundDMin in Leadership and Global Perspectives, George Fox University; MSW, University of California, Los Angeles; BA in Christian Education, Biola University.

Expertise and Research InterestsCultural empathy, prevention, resilience, strengths-based leadership, program development and grant writing.

Office: 503-280-8610

Michael Gama

Position: Faculty, Dissertation and Expert Advisor

Academic Background: BA, Westmont College; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Advertising and marketing experience in numerous companies from smaller advertising/marketing agencies to Fortune 500 high-technology companies. Adjunct instructor in database and direct marketing at the Oregon Graduate Institute and Marylhurst University. Instructor in theology at the Avila Institute. 

Expertise and Research Interests: Eastern Christian spirituality, monasticism and soteriology, contemporary culture.

Kurtley Knight

Kurtley Knight

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Pastor/Church Planter, Epiphany Church in Dallas, TX

Academic BackgroundBA, Theology, Oakwood University; MDiv, Andrews Theological Seminary, DMin, Portland Seminary at George Fox University

Expertise and Research InterestsLiturgical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Congregational Formation, Spiritual Formation & Direction, New Testament Studies


Shawna Lafreniere

Shawna Lafreniere

Position: Faculty Advisor

Academic Background: BA, Briercrest College; MA, Trinity Western University; Theology Certificate, Briercrest Biblical Seminary; Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University.

Expertise and Research Interests: Leadership, Leadership and Gender, Conflict Management, Higher Education, Student Learning Assessment, Educational Effectiveness, Faculty Development, Teaching and Learning.

Phil Newell

Phil Newell

PositionFaculty Advisor.

Academic Background

Expertise and Research Interests




Deborah Loyd

Deborah Loyd

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor at Portland Seminary; Scholar Practitioner of Spiritual Formation and Vocation at Warner Pacific College; Co-founder and Pastor Emeritus, The Bridge Church of Portland; Co-founder of Women’s Theology Hub; Executive coach for church planters through Forge/ CollaborateAuthor 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, Excelsior College; MA in Exegetical Theology, Western Seminary; DMin in Transformational Leadership, Bakke Graduate University

Expertise and Research Interests: Emerging Culture, Urban Church Planting, Leadership Development



David Robinson

David Robinson

Position: Faculty Advisor

Academic Background: BA, Comparative World Religion, University of Washington (1979); MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary (1984); DMin in Christian Spiritual Formation, Fuller Theological Seminary (2009). Lead Pastor of Cannon Beach Community Church; Benedictine Oblate with Mount Angel Abbey, in Mount Angel, Oregon in 2006; Spiritual Director within the Pacific NW Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Writings include: The Sacred Art of Marriage: 52 Creative Ways to Grow Your Married Life (Cascade Books, 2016); Soul Mentoring: Discover the Ancient Art of Caring for Others (Cascade Books, 2015); Ancient Paths: Discover Christian Formation the Benedictine Way (Paraclete Press, 2010); The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality: Practical Lessons for Modern Living from the Monastic Tradition (Crossroad, 2009); The Christian Family Toolbox: 52 Benedictine Activities for the Home (Crossroad, 2001);The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home (Crossroad, 2000).

Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual formation and direction.

Office: 1-503-436-1222

Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage

PositionFaculty Advisor; Spiritual Director; Pastor, First Baptist Church of Springfield; Retreat Facilitator.

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. Long-term pastorates, congregational revitalization; leadership and transformation of organizational culture.

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Carole Spencer

Position: Dissertation and Expert Advisor; 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, women in Christian History, and Spiritual Director.

Special Teaching Guests

Nancy S. Thurston, PsyD, ABPP

PositionProfessor of Psychology

Expertise and Research Interests: Board Certified in Clinical Psychology. Learn more about Dr. Thurston.


Mark Strong

Mark Strong

Position: Faculty advisor 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


Dissertation Studio Guide 

Donna WallaceDonna Wallace

Position: Adjunct Faculty and Dissertation Specialist/Expert Advisor, Co-founder and President of Mere Images, Inc., Bestselling author.

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Clinical Sociology, Vanguard University; MA in Theological Studies, Vanguard University; DMin in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, George Fox University

Expertise and Research InterestsChristian Spirituality, Whole Person Health, Life in Community, Soul Care for Influencers, Guided Writing for Creatives, Dissertation Writing, Narrative Theology, Leadership, Gender Equality and Friendship.

Office: 406-581-1160