Loren Kerns, PhD

Associate Dean of Academic Operations

Loren Kerns



Office: Portland Center South: Office 268

Dr. Loren Kerns is the associate dean of academic operations, a position he assumed in 2023 after serving as director of Portland Seminary’s doctoral programs since 2008.

He enjoys spending time with his four growing children, photography, distance running and hiking with his wife, coffee, and Oregon State University Beaver football.

Kerns firmly believes that seminary-based theological education provides one of the best avenues for equipping church and nonprofit leaders to better carry out the mission of the gospel today. He finds great joy in journeying with students as they seek both to grow personally and to make a contribution to their ministry contexts. 

Kerns and his wife attend Bridgeport Church in Tigard, where they serve in a number of capacities.

Academic Background

PhD, King’s College London; MATS, Portland Seminary; BA, Oregon State University

Expertise and Research Interests

Philo of Alexandria, ancient psychology and formational theories, patristics, adult theological education