Lead Mentor

Lead mentor: MaryKate Morse


MaryKate Morse

Dr. MaryKate Morse is the Professor of Leadership; Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary. As the Lead Mentor for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin track, she designs the content for all four semesters, leads the four Academic Retreats, and facilitates 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 spiritual formation and direction, was certified as a spiritual director, and was recorded as a pastor with the Evangelical Friends. She completed a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity with Western Evangelical Seminary.

MaryKate 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 lead by herself and two other pastors. The second was an nontraditional church model, where she led a diverse leadership team.

She has taught at the Seminary for nearly 30 years in the fields of New Testament Greek, spiritual formation, and leadership and organizational change. She also designed several of the Seminary programs and served in various administrative positions at the university including 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.

In 2019, she received the Dallas Willard award presented by Missio Alliance, which is given ever other year in honor of the vision and legacy of Dallas Willard. She received it "As a champion and pioneer in the field of spiritual formation, especially as it relates to Christian leadership."

She has authored Making Room for Leadership: Power, Space, and Influence and A Guidebook to Prayer (5th edition), as well as various other chapters and writing projects.


  • Position: Lead Mentor and Professor of Leadership; Spiritual Formation
  • Academic and Professional Background: BS in Secondary Education and English Literature, Longwood University, Virginia; MA in Biblical Studies, Western Evangelical Seminary (WES); MDiv, WES; PhD from Gonzaga University.
  • Expertise and Research InterestsHealthy 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.
  • Emailmkmorse@georgefox.edu
  • Twitter@MaryKateMorse
  • Blog: http://www.missioalliance.org/author/marykate-morse/
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