News and Student Stories

Dr. Melissa Ramos

Dr. Ramos Joins Faculty as Asst. Prof. of Biblical Studies 

We are excited to announce Dr. Ramos has joined the seminary faculty full-time!

Kurtley Knight

Dr. Knight Hired, new Asst. Professor of Spiritual Formation 

We welcome Dr. Knight into his new role as assistant professor of spiritual formation.

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A Reflection by Incoming Dean, Dr. MaryKate Morse

Incoming Dean, Dr. MaryKate Morse, shares a few thoughts about the journey ahead

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Dr. MaryKate Morse Named Dean of Portland Seminary

Portland Seminary is excited to announce Dr. MaryKate Morse as the new Dean!

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Dr. Nam Accepts New Position

Dr. Roger Nam, Dean of Portland Seminary, has accepted a new faculty position.

Jakes Divinity School and GFU DMIN staff pose together

Seminary Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Ongoing decisions and updates at Portland Seminary in response to COVID-19

Jakes Divinity School and GFU DMIN staff pose together

New DMin Degree in partnership with Jakes Divinity School

Portland Seminary announces partnership with Jakes Divinity School.

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Legacy of Dr. Larry Shelton Honored

Portland Seminary remembers the legacy of Dr. Larry Shelton, Professor Emeritus


Nijay Gupta

Dr. Nijay Gupta Accepts New Position

Dr. Nijay Gupta, Associate Professor of New Testament, has accepted a new faculty position. 


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Portland Seminary Receives $1 Million Grant to Support Churches

The Lilly Foundation has awarded the Seminary $1 million to mentor and support diverse local congregations in adapting and thriving amidst changing contexts.  

Portland Seminary Partners with Renovaré Institute

Renovare LogoPortland Seminary has established a new partnership with the Renovaré Institute for
Spiritual Formation.

Gaby Viesca Gaby Viesca joins Seminary Administrative Team

Learn more about Gaby's background and her new leadership role.

Leah Payne Wins 2018-19  Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Leah Payne is awarded the 2018-19 Faculty Achievement Award for Graduate Research & Scholarship.

Meet New Faculty Member, Ekaterina Lomperis

Meet Dr. Lomperis, assistant professor of Theological Studies.

Meet Dr. Jeong. She is a Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow and a practical theologian of homiletics and liturgics.

Ekaputra Tupamahu Hired as New Testament Professor

Meet Dr. Tupamahu, assistant professor of New Testament.


Steve Delamarter

Steve Delamarter retires after 26 years

Old Testament professor, Steve Delamarter, reflects on his memories, legacy, and joys serving at the seminary. 

Seminary Announces New Masters Faculty for Fall 2019

Three new professors will join the faculty of the master's programs.


LGP DMin alumni event set for Fall 2019

Alumni join students to celebrate 10 years of the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin 
program in London and Oxford, Fall 2019.

Napkin Scribbles The Return of Napkin Scribbles

In partnership with Portland Seminary, Leonard Sweet's "Napkin Scribbles" return to iTunes.


Lilly Grant Principals George Fox University receives $1 million dollar grant to support the thriving of pastors

George Fox University receives a grant of $1 million as part of Lilly Endowment Inc’s Thriving in Ministry 2017 Initiative, which seeks to develop programs to help clergy thrive as pastoral leaders in congregational settings

Lilly Grant Principals Erica Ramirez Joins Faculty

A San Antonio native, Ramirez has earned degrees from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Wheaton College Graduate School, and she is a  PhD  Candidate at Drew University, Graduate Division of Religion.

NAIITS logo NAIITS Symposium: UNDRIP: Right Relationships, Right Relatedness

14th annual NAIITS Symposium to be hosted by Portland Seminary at George Fox University

Missio Alliance logo Missio Alliance Awakenings 2017

Portland Seminary Professors and Students to Present at Missio Alliance North American Gathering.

Len Sweet Sweet to Lead Semiotics, Church & Culture DMin Program

Portland Seminary, in partnership with Lead Mentor Dr. Leonard (Len) Sweet, is pleased to announce a revision of the Semiotics and Future Studies Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program.

Dr. Bo Sanders Bo Sanders: An Interview with the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology

Bo Sanders discusses ministry, faith, and his research at Claremont.

Dr. Tom Sine Innovation 2020: Creating New Possibilities for Life, Faith, and Changemaking

Tom Sine discusses creating innovative new responses for our lives, neighborhoods, and churches.

Dr. Leah Payne Leah Payne Joins George Fox University Faculty

Payne appointed as Assistant Professor of Christian Studies.

Resurgam logo Chris Marshall and Resurgam Coffee bring hope to La Limonada

DMin graduate founds Guatamala-centric coffee business to bring transformation.

One Nation Graphic Event: One Nation Under God?

Laura Simmons and Tommy Givens discuss what it means to be ''One nation under God'.

Martyn Percy Leadership and Global Perspective DMin students to be hosted at Christ Church college, Oxford University

Prof. Martyn Percy , Dean of Christ Church, Oxford University , has invited LGP DMin students and advisors to Christ Church

Deb Hirsch The Gift of Interruption Inspires Laundry Love

Nonprofit offers clean clothes and companioning.

Deb Hirsch Missio Alliance Event: Sexuality and Spirituality w/ Debra Hirsch and Special Guests

Presentations about Debra Hirsch's new book  Redeeming Sex with a special guest panel discussion.

God's Two Books Rolling Oasis Grocers Connects Neighbors, Cares For the Earth, and Models Shalom

Portlander Brandon Rhodes ('13, DMin) delivers organic vegetables by bicycle.

God's Two Books Event: In Love with God's Two Books

Steve Delamarter, Beth Habecker and Stan Baker guide us to Faith and Wonder through Scripture and Science

Darla's headshot Showing 'Just Compassion' to the Homeless

Darla Samuelson ('09, MDiv) starts a local nonprofit in Tigard, Oregon.

Roger's team for high school theology camp George Fox University Receives $462K Grant to Establish 'Theology Camps" for Youth

Funds are part $44.5 million Lilly Endowment in grants given to select group of 82 schools nationwide.

David McDonald First-ever Doctor of Ministry (Dmin) Postdoctoral Fellow: David McDonald

2006 DMin alumnus returns to seminary to serve as postdoctoral fellow with the Preaching as Story DMin track.

Nam’s Sabbatical Offers Real-life Exploration of Trauma, Power, Identity and Hope Nam’s Year in Korea Offers Insight into Study of Exile and Return  

Nam’s sabbatical offers real-life exploration of trauma, power, identity and hope.

Cheap Justice? Cheap Justice? A Series of Honest Conversations About Living Justice in Community

The Portland Seminary symposium series continues this fall.

Threshold: Where Community Begins. Josh Sweeden - Faithful Living in the World

Bob’s Red Mill, Culture and Systems Change, and living faithfully in the world.

Threshold: Where Community Begins. Threshold: Where Community Begins

Threshold Event Set to Launch 2015 Students

Jodi Hansen at Love INC Hansen Finds Ministry Fit in Her Own Neighborhood

Jodi Hansen see that Portland Seminary was God-ordained preparation for her part in “building Christ’s kingdom.”

Camino de Santiago Crossing Paths on the Camino de Santiago

Laura Simmons and Leah Stolte-Doerfler (MDiv, '04) walk the Camino on the 800th anniversary of St. Francis' pilgrimage.

Steve and the Sphynx Steve Delamarter Teaches Creation Theology in Egypt

Delamarter Teaches from ‘The Book of Creation’ in Cairo

Len Sweet Postdoctoral Position for the Preaching as Story DMin track

Postdoctoral Position Announcement

Len Sweet Preparation for Passionate Communication of the Story in Scripture

Sweet Launches Preaching Site

Jenn Williamson Setting Aside Life Plan to Embrace Missions in France

Jenn Williamson Joins France’s Spiritual Momentum

Drew and Hannah Community Life Coordinators Advance “Be Known, Belong, and Become”

Drew Scott and Hannah Souter put into practice the seminary’s motto: “Be Known, Belong, Become.”

David Huffman Just One Small Push [Cart] Starts a Ministry

Entrepreneurs Haylee (MDiv, '13) and David (MDiv '15) Huffman start Swell Pops

Dan Ward From Atheist to Christian Pastor

Dan Ward (MDiv, '15) shares his journey from Atheist to Christian Pastor

Ecotheology Professors Will God Save Us from this Ecological Mess?

Ecotheology Professors Use Current “Ecological Mess” to Promote Constructive Dialogue.

Nathan Glancy Nathan Glancy Leads Ebola Response

Nathan Glancy (’10) Leads Response to Ebola with Samaritan’s Purse.

Len Sweet One-Time 'Preaching as Story' DMin program with Len Sweet

ONE-TIME 'Preaching as Story' DMin with Len Sweet to start September 2015.

MaryKate Morse Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin 2.0 with MaryKate Morse

MaryKate Morses becomes lead mentor of a new iteration of the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin program . .

Len Sweet Community cafe blurs the lines between food bank and coffee house

Greg Glatz's ('14) Bell Tower cafe brings together city and church, helper and helpee, food bank and coffee house.

Luke McFadden Luke McFadden ('14) Sells Everything to Serve Trafficked Girls in Cambodia

When Luke McFadden considers the plight of innocents mired in the human trafficking industry, his personal “sacrifices” don’t compare.

Shaun Short Shaun Short – Biblical Archaeology Society Scholarship Winner Goes Digging

" excited to merely step foot in [Israel], breathe in the culture and of course get my hands dirty in that ancient soil "

John Sawyer John Sawyer – Robious Corridor’s 2014 Person of the Year

" He connects people. He supports. He helps bridge the gaps in humanity"

Leah Payne Leah Payne - Passion for the Church and Academy

Loren Kerns sat down with Leah Payne to discuss her passion for the church and the academy.

Nijay Gupta Nijay Gupta - Good Scholar, Passionate Teacher

Loren Kerns interviewed Nijay Gupta, one of our newest faculty, to discuss his vision for teaching and scholarship.

New adjunct professors, Leah Payne and Steve SherwoodBroad Perspectives

New professors examine the intersections of theology and gender roles, intercultural relations, and postmodern culture.

Miriam MendezA Call to Serve

Miriam Mendez ministers to the growing Latino community in Portland.

Ruth GrahamOpen and Real

Ruth Graham visits the seminary to share how her personal struggles led her to envision a transparent church.

Tom Durant ('06), Bringing Hope to HaitiBringing Hope to Haiti

Tom Durant (‘06) is helping to create economic self-sufficiency in the community of Ranquitte, Haiti.

Tom Durant ('06), Bringing Hope to HaitiBeing Church Together

Bishop Todd Hunter (’05) inspires meaningful connection that reaches today’s culture.