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)

Program and Operations Coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry Program

Email: hrainey@georgefox.edu

Office: 1-503-554-6162

Adam McGuffie

Adam McGuffie(profile)

Hybrid Learning Specialist for the Doctor of Ministry Program

Email: amcguffie@georgefox.edu

Office:  443-883-6821

 

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

Colleen Butcher Colleen 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.edu theolibri@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; a uthor page:  http://agapecoc.com/ron-clark

Email:  rclark@agapecoc.com

Webwww.agapecoc.com/ron-clark

KKaren Claassenaren Claassen

Position: Faculty Advisor; Designated Pastor

Academic and Professional Background: BA, University of California at Santa Cruz; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin, Portland Seminary. 

Expertise and Research Interests: Multi-cultural, Aboriginal-Indigenous, and intergenerational ministry; leadership formation; mentoring students; conflict mediation and management; healthy practices for legacy congregations; preaching and teaching for the contemporary context; interim and intervention strategies

Email: revkaren.downeyfpc@gmail.com

Web: 208-816-8402

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

Edwards, Matt

Matt Edwards

Position: Faculty Advisor; Ministries Director at Believers Fellowship in Gig Harbor, WA

Academic and Professional Background: BA Cross-cultural Ministry, Cedarville University; ThM New Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary; Post-graduate study in New Testament PhD program, Dallas Theological Seminary (no degree); DMin in Semiotics, Portland Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Intergenerational Church

Email: matt@believersfellowship.net

Office: 253.973.3712

Twitter: @realmattedwards

Web: www.believersfellowship.net

Cal Habig

Cal Habig

Position: Faculty Advisor; Online Instructor; University of Phoenix (2009-present); Adjunct Online Faculty; Grand Canyon University (2009-present); Adjunct Professor, Manhattan Christian College (2008-present)

Academic and Professional Background: BS, Manhattan Christian College; MDiv, Emmanuel Christian Seminary; DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Lay leadership development; American church history; ethics in coaching relationships

Email: cal.habig@gmail.com

Office: 503-970-8449

Web: calhabigcoaching.com 

David McDonaldDavid 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

Instagram: @doctordavidmcdonald

Webfossores.com

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson

Position: Faculty Advisor; Pastor of Colbert Presbyterian Church in Colbert, WA

Academic and Professional Background: BA in Theology, Whitworth; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; DMin from Portland Seminary.

Expertise and Research Interests: Sacramental Theology

Email: eric@colbertpres.org

Office: 509-468-9923

Web: colbertpres.org

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