Lead Mentor

MaryKate Morse

MaryKate Morse, PhD

Executive Dean, Portland Seminary

Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation

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MaryKate Morse (PhD, Gonzaga University) is the executive dean of the Portland Seminary and lead mentor for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin track. She leads the seminary and serves on the Executive Academic Leadership team of the University. In her role as lead mentor, Dr. Morse sets the overall ethos of the program and coaches other program instructors. Together, they design the course content for each semester, lead the four Face-to-Face Retreats, and facilitate the online learning experiences.

Dr. Morse began her ministry living in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru doing evangelism, theological education by extension, and social projects with the Aymará Indians. Upon return, she studied at Western Evangelical Seminary where she received a Masters in Biblical Studies and then a Masters in Divinity. The seminary hired her to teach biblical languages and commissioned her to research spiritual formation for seminary students. She was certified as a spiritual director, and was recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends.

She then completed her doctorate at Gonzaga University, where she studied the characteristics of renewal leadership as modeled by Jesus. She planted two churches: The first was a contemporary church model led by herself and two other pastors; the second was an emerging church model, where she led a diverse leadership team.

MaryKate has taught at the seminary for nearly 30 years in the fields of New Testament Greek, various spiritual formation courses, and leadership and organizational change courses. She also designed several of the seminary programs and served in various administrative positions at the university, including as seminary associate dean, director of hybrid programs, and University director of strategic planning.

In addition to teaching at the seminary, she is currently a mentor and trainer for Lausanne Young Leaders, is a part of the Mentoring Community Board, and a trainer for Leighton Ford Ministries. She is a founding board member of Missio Alliance and a Leading Voice in the Writing Collective, and affiliated with Global Evangelists Forum and Africa Enterprise. Additionally, she is a spiritual director for international evangelists and church planters.

She has authored Lifelong Leadership: Woven Together through Mentoring Communities, Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and  A Guidebook to Prayer, as well as various other chapters and writing projects.

Academic Background

PhD, Gonzaga University; MDiv, Western Evangelical Seminary (Portland Seminary); MAT, Biblical Studies, Western Evangelical Seminary (Portland Seminary); BS, Longwood University

Expertise and Research Interests

Healthy enduring spiritual leadership, leadership development and formation, deep change/spiritual formation processes in individuals and in groups, power and influence, team and gender issues, spiritual direction and prayer

Research Bibliography

Research works and presentations