Lead Mentor

Lead mentor: Leonard Sweet


Len Sweet

Author of more than 60 books and 1500 published sermons, Leonard’s most recent publications are Rings of Fire: Walking in Faith through a Volcanic Future (2019) and co-author with Portland Seminary doctoral student, Michael Beck, Issachar’s Secret: Unlocking Contextual Intelligence in Followers of Jesus (forthcoming in 2020). Other recent publications include Mother Tongue: How Our Heritage Shapes Our Story (2017) and The Bad Habits of Jesus: Showing Us the Way to Live Right in a World Gone Wrong (2016).

For almost two decades, Len has served as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Currently he is a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He also has just become the Charles Wesley Distinguished Professor of Doctor of Theology Studies at Evangelical Seminary in Myers, Pennsylvania. He is President Emeritus of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the founder and chief contributor to the online preaching resource, preachthestory.com. Len often appears on the “Most Influential Christians in America” lists, and issues a podcast called “Napkin Scribbles” sponsored by Portland Seminary of George Fox University. His microblogs and blogs on Twitter and Facebook are ranked as some of the most influential religious sites in the world of social media. He conducts monthly webinars on semiotics and preaching that are open to everyone.

Len lives on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands (Washington State), where he frequently conducts two-to-three day campfire conversations in his home, Dolphin Cay (www.the-salish.com). He calls them “advances,” not “retreats.”