DMin Team and Advisors

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

(profile)

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Emaillkerns@georgefox.edu

Office503-893-4788

Clifford Berger

Cliff Berger

(profile)

Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Emailcberger@georgefox.edu

Office1-503-554-6163

Heather Rainey

Heather Rainey(profile)

Administrative Assistant for the Doctor of Ministry Program

Email: hrainey@georgefox.edu

Office: 1-503-554-6162

Adam McGuffie

Adam McGuffie(profile)

Hybrid Learning & Creative Content Specialist

Email: amcguffie@georgefox.edu

Office: 1-503-554-6037

Faculty advisors

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.

Portland 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.

Doug Balzer

Doug Balzer

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor

Academic and Professional Background: BA, New Hope Christian College, MA (2008) and MDiv (2009), George Fox Evangelical Seminary, DMin Semiotics and Future Studies, George Fox University;Adjunct Professor & DMin Academic Advisor, George Fox University, Adjunct Professor New Hope Christian College. Free Methodist Church Minister. 

Expertise and Research Interests: Semiotics and Future Studies, Positive Deviance Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Practical Theology, Critical Issues.

Email: dbalzer@georgefox.edudrdouglasbalzer@gmail.com

Office: 503-939-1354

Gregg Borror

Gregg Borror

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; ; Lead Pastor Mountain Park Church

Academic and Professional Background: BS Psychology, Warner Pacific College; MDiv. Western Seminary, Portland, OR; DMin. Portland Seminary

Expertise and Research Interests: Practical theology, philosophical and cultural considerations in light of biblical truth; Semiotic understanding and communication in contemporary context; narrative theology

Email: greggb@mtnparkchurch.org

Web: www.mountainpark.org

Tricia Gates Brown

Tricia Gates Brown

Position: Dissertation and Expert Advisor

Academic and Professional Background: BA, George Fox University; MA, George Fox University; PhD University of St. Andrews. Owner of TGB Editing Services. Licensed Oregon Landscape Construction Professional/Garden Designer.

Expertise and Research Interests: New Testament Studies; Practical theology; Spiritual formation and emotional wellness; Writing/Editing. Current interests: Evolutionary Christianity; Depth psychology; Spiritual care (chaplaincy). Books include: Jesus Loves Women: A Memoir of Body and Spirit (2011); Season of Wonder: Losing and Finding (2016); Free People: A Christian Response to Global Economics (2004). Novel in progress.

Email: triciagatesbrown@outlook.com

Office: 503.322.3725

Web: theologyofnonviolentresistance.com

Colleen ButcherColleen Butcher

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor

Academic and Professional Background: Bachelor of Music (BMus), University of Western Ontario; Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Schulich School of Business, York University; Doctor of Ministry, Semiotics and Future Studies (DMin). George Fox University. Certifications in Business Analysis and Agile Software Development. Adjunct Faculty at Clark College, WA. Academic and Business Editor.

Expertise and Research Interests: Professional expertise in Business Process ReEngineering and Change Management. Research interests/expertise in creativity and innovation, especially as it relates to teaching and learning, design thinking, semiotics, and cultural engagement.

Email: cbutcher@georgefox.edu

Web: colleenbutcher.com 

Phil Carnes

Phillip G. Carnes

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor

Academic and Professional Background: DMin, George Fox Evangelical Seminary, Portland, OR; MAR, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC; MAEd, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ; BA, English Lit., Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA; Postgraduate Studies in Coaching, Western Seminary, Portland, OR. Professional Investor;Executive & Organizational Coach; Board Chair, LifePoint Church.

Expertise and Research Interests: Spiritual Formation, Executive & Organizational Coaching, Ministry strategy & development, Leadership, Christian Education, Board Governance, Church/Ministry renewal.

Email: pcarnes@georgefox.edutheolibri@mac.com

Office: 1-775-782-0800

Ron Clark

Ron Clark

Position: Faculty and Dissertation Advisor; Minister/Lead Church Planter, Agape Church of Christ

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Biology and Chemistry, University of Central Missouri;. MDiv and D.Min, Harding School of Theolgy.

Expertise and Research Interests: Evangelism, abuse/sex trafficking, Prophets, Luke/Acts. Lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in downtown Portland; author page: http://agapecoc.com/ron-clark

Email: rclark@agapecoc.com

Webwww.agapecoc.com/ron-clark

Tim Dolan

Position: Faculty Advisor; DMin Thesis Coordinator/Advisor, Denver Seminary

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Education, Western Washington University; MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; DMin, Fuller; PhD, Gonzaga University.  

Expertise and Research Interests: Leadership and organizational leadership, new and innovative ways of doing theological education; equipping lay people for ministry. 

Email: timdolan73@gmail.comtim.dolan@denverseminary.edu

Office: 509-465-0826

David McDonald

David McDonald

Position: Faculty Advisor; Lead Pastor, Westwinds Community Church, Jackson, MI

Academic and Professional Background: Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, Michigan and the founder of Fossores Global Ministry development, a training network for creative pastors. His work has been been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. 

Expertise and Research Interests:

Email: dmcdonald@georgefox.edu

Twitter: @fossores

Derek Voorhees

Derek Voorhees

Position: Dissertation Advisor; President & Bible Professor, Boise Bible College, Boise, ID; recently: Spiritual Development and LifeGroups Minister, LifeBridge Christian Church, Longmont, CO; Online instructor, Dallas Christian College.

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Ozark Christian College; MA in New Testament and MDiv, Lincoln Christian Seminary; DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: New Testament studies focusing especially on Pauline literature, the book of Ephesians; spiritual formation and discipleship of church leaders.

Email: derek.voorhees@gmail.com

Office: 208-376-7731

Twitter@derekvoorhees

Facebookderekvoorhees

Lori Wagner

Lori Wagner

Position: Faculty Advisor (Portland Seminary); Adjunct Professor (Wesley Seminary); Senior Pastor (Salem UMC); Weekly Sermon Writer (PreachtheStory.com); Author (Books, Bible Studies, Lectionary).

Academic and Professional Background: BA Lebanon Valley College; MA/PhD University of Pennsylvania; MDiv Drew Theological Seminary; DMin pending completion.

Expertise and Research Interests: Hebrew scripture stories and how they inform our understanding of Jesus; metaphorical preaching; practical theology; John Wesley; church and culture; relational theology; creativity and field thinking.

Email: lwagner@georgefox.edu, loribethwagner@gmail.com

Office: 360-298-8327

Facebook: lori.wagner.9279

Web: preachthestory.com

Expert Advisors
Linda Clare

Linda Clare

Position: Expert Advisor; Linda has worked almost ten years as a writing instructor for Lane Community College, teaching Essay, Memoir and Novel writing, as well as a class focusing on publishing, platform building and social networking for authors. She often presents workshops at writing conferences such as Willamette Writers and Oregon Christian Writers. She has done freelance editing for Multnomah Publishers; ghostwriting, mentoring and editing for private writing clients. In addition to her books, she has published many essays, articles, stories and poems in anthologies and publications such as The Philadephia Inquirer, The Denver Post, The Oregonian and The Christian Reader. In 2004 one of her short stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Academic and Professional Background: Graduated with a BA in Art Education from Arizona State University. She earned a Special Education teaching credential from San Diego State University. She has taught art and elementary education for public and private schools in Arizona and California and has directed a Christian preschool program. She also taught at Lane Community College for more than a dozen years, in fiction and nonfiction as well as platform and social media techniques for authors. Currently teaches fiction for Wordcrafters (Wordcraftersineugene.org) and coaches and mentors writers in every stage of the writing journey. Frequent presenter at conferences such as Willamette Writers, Oregon Christian Writers and Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference (San Jose, CA). Linda has published The Fence My Father BuiltMaking Peace With a Dangerous GodRevealed: Spiritual Reality in a Makeover World, Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them, A Sky without Stars, and Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (The Writer's Toolbox Series).

Expertise and Research Interests: Manuscript evaluation and concept development for fiction and nonfiction, organization and structural analysis, proposal writing, market research and platform building. Personal interests include reading, gardening, singing and her family.

Email: Lindasclare@gmail.com

Home541-689-4210

Mobile: 541-606-5563

Web: Linda Clare's Writers Tips

Facebooklindaclare

Twitter@Lindasclare

Expert advisors
Hope Lyda

Hope Lyda

Position: Expert Advisor; Substantive editor for Harvest House Publishers and the author of more than 20 fiction and non-fiction books, including her popular One-Minute Prayers and One Minute with God series.

Academic and Professional Background:BS in Journalism and Telecommunications and Film, University of Oregon; she has a publicity and editorial background in publishing and higher education. Hope is also a trained spiritual director, graduating from Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality through its program based at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Expertise and Research Interests: Professional emphases include manuscript evaluation and structure assessment, concept and content development, writing coaching, and marketing writing; personal interests include written prayer, spiritual memoir, and faith/life/creativity development through journaling. Hope's books have sold more than 1.3 million copies. Included in her releases are: Life as a Prayer, One-Minute with Jesus for Women, and her top-selling One-Minute Prayers for Women.

Email: hopelyda@yahoo.com

Web: http://hopelyda.com

Instagram: @hopelydawrites

David Merwin

David Merwin

Position: Expert Advisor; Senior Designer, Oregon Center for Applied Science. Chief Creative, Pure Blue Design

Academic and Professional Background: BA, Painting with an Independent Study in Media Installation, Purchase College

Expertise and Professional Interests: Web design, user experience, mobile application design, web application design, and game design

Emaildave@davemerwin.com

Office: 1-541-335-1832

Webdavemerwin.com/ ; purebluedesign.com/

Twitter@davemerwin

Facebookdavemerwin

LinkedInlinkedin.com/in/merwin

Kimberly Shumate

Kimberly Shumate

Position: Expert Advisor; owner/operator of Living Word Literary Agency with 12 years of publishing experience.  Her ability to identify and polish talent provides first-time authors with the guidance and encouragement needed to fit easily within quality standards of the publishing industry. 

Academic and Professional Background: Discovering numerous new authors for Harvest House Publishers with sales topping 750,000 copies, several of them have gone on to find success with various book deals, Christy nominations and awards, and PW star ratings. As a member of ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association), the ACFW  (American Christian Fiction Writers), the Willamette Writers, and 12 years of publishing experience, Kimberly teaches proposal writing at various west coast writers conferences. She is also the owner and operator of Living Word Literary Agency where she pursues her passion for helping new and hungry authors find a home within the publishing community.  

Expertise and Research Interests: Book proposal construction; fiction—character development, plot pace, storyline, and overall manuscript coherency; non-fiction—theme, organization, markets, and platform building guidance.

Email: livingwordliterary@gmail.com

Phone: 541.870.1614

Weblivingwordliterary.wordpress.com

Twitter: @LivingWordLiter

Linkedinhttps://www.linkedin.com/pub/kimberly-shumate/9/990/724

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