DMin Team and Project Faculty

The DMin Team

The DMin Team manages the program online platforms, organizes the Advances, and provides students and Project Faculty 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

Program and Operations Coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry Program


Office: 1-503-554-6162

Adam McGuffie

Adam McGuffie

Hybrid Learning Specialist for the Doctor of Ministry Program


Office:  443-883-6821

Guest Mentor

Ken Van Vliet

Ken Van Vliet

Position: Guest 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.

Project Faculty

Seminary faculty

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

Lacy BorgoLacy Borgo

PositionProject Faculty; 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

PositionProject FacultyAssistant 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

Holley Clough

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: 1-503-720-5599



Ken Evers-HoodKen Evers-Hood

Position: Project Faculty (Portland Seminary); Pastor, Writer, Poet, Speaker, Leadership Coach, and Adjunct faculty member at Duke Divinity School

Academic and Professional Background: BA Honors, Classical Studies, University of Texas (National Merit Finalist); MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary (Presidential Scholar); DMin, Duke Divinity School.

Expertise and Research InterestsAuthor of The Irrational Jesus: Leading the Fully Human Church; The Irrational David: The Power of Poetic Leadership; Academic interests include church leadership, behavioral economics, game theory, poetry performance, and leadership coaching.

Office: 1-503-957-9111

Nijay Gupta

PositionProject Faculty; Associate Professor of New Testament, Portland Seminary.

Learn more about Nijay. 

Kurtley Knight

Kurtley Knight

PositionProject FacultyPastor/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

Web:  www.epiphanydallas. org/our-leadership

Phil Newell

Phil Newell

PositionProject Faculty

Academic Background: BA in biblical studies, New Hope Christian College; MAET, MDiv, & DMin, Western Seminary; certified coach and spiritual director.

Expertise and Research Interests: Leadership development through coaching and spiritual direction.


Deborah Loyd

Deborah Loyd

PositionProject Faculty; 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; E xecutive 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



Jeney Park-HearnJeney Park-Hearn

Position: Project Faculty (Portland Seminary); Faculty Advisor, 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.

David Robinson

David Robinson

Position: Project Faculty; Pastor at Cannon Beach Community Church

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

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Carole Spencer

PositionProject Faculty 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, w omen in Christian History, and Spiritual Director.

Jason Wellman

Jason Wellman

Position: Project Faculty (Portland Seminary); Project Faculty, Pastor

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.

Spiritual Director

Jeff Savage

Jeff Savage

PositionProject Faculty ; 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.


Special Teaching Guests

Nancy ThurstonNancy 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: 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