LGP Stories

Personal Stories from DMINLGP

Pablo Morales – Student Spotlight Bio Story

May 20, 2016 | no responses

Pablo Morales-FamilyPablo Morales is a Christian Theologian and Ordained Pastor who loves God, loves teaching, loves people, and loves diversity. He has a passion for helping people from all backgrounds learn God’s Word in a way that is clear and relevant. That is why he enjoys so much explaining the Gospel to people who are seeking God and mentoring new believers in their spiritual journey. This passion is evident in the diversity of training materials he has produced throughout the years. Whether be through the Gospel Explanation, the Discipleship Mentorship, From Singleness to Oneness, or the Strategic Leadership Training, God has used him to touch many lives across the globe.

In addition to his passion for teaching, Pablo also has a passion for diversity in the church. This passion has led him to help shape the vision of Ethnos Bible Church to minister in the sixth most diverse city in America. He is developing a church model that seeks to embrace people from different ethnicities and languages into one community inspired to love God and serve Him with devotion.

Even though Pastor Pablo has a passion for teaching and embracing diversity in the church, his deepest passion is to love his wife and children as Christ loved the Church. Pastor Pablo and Sara married while attending Dallas Theological Seminary. The Lord brought them together from Chile and Thailand and called them to serve Him as one international and multilingual family in leading a multiethnic church. God has blessed Pablo and Sara with four children born in Texas: Alex, Sofia, Max, and Lucia. Sofia is now with the Lord.

Despite the fact that Pablo enjoys teaching, church ministry, and people, he gets recharged by spending time alone and with his family. He is not much into sports and big crowds. Instead, he enjoys relaxing in nature and admiring God’s creation. His creative mind gets replenished by doing photography, graphic design, playing guitar, singing, making vocal arrangements or simply playing piano in his living room at night. His drive for learning gets replenished by watching documentaries, reading, and being engaged in analytical conversations with anyone passionate about ideas. He always enjoys drinking a nice cup of strong black coffee accompanied with something sweet. He has discovered that the secret to maintaining a young spirit is to play tickling monster with his kids on a weekly basis.

Pablo was born in Chile to Nelson Morales and Rebeca Fredes as the fourth of seven children.  He grew up in a family that loved God and trusted in Christ as his Savior at age 6 after his father explained the gospel to him at bed time. Pablo served as a missionary in Mexico City, and has been the Lead Pastor of Ethnos Bible Church for over a decade. He holds a BA in Bible Studies from Rio Grande Bible College, a Master’s in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Leadership and Global Perspectives at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

From all his favorite Bible verses, perhaps the one that defines Pablo’s lifestyle the most is found in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” With this eternal perspective, Pablo seeks to follow Jesus Christ and serve God with excellence out of his love for the Lord. So, in all of his pursuits Pablo seeks to do his best, honor his wife and children, learn in order to improve, and develop solutions in a team effort to seek God’s interests in the world. He looks forward to enjoying God in the new heaven and the new earth and to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”



Liz Linssen – Year in review blog post

April 11, 2016 | no responses

Chartering the Waters of a Doctorate of Ministry

Three years ago I felt the Lord impress on me the need to do a Doctorate of Ministry course, something I had not at all expected to pursue. So began my quest to find a quality course that fulfilled the following personal criteria:

  • A college with a positive attitude towards women in ministry
  • An openness to various theological backgrounds
  • Affordable and professional

George Fox Seminary fulfilled each of these and so in September 2013, I set sail on my quest to begin my journey of pursuing a D.Min. The following is a summary of the benefits I have encountered in this great adventure. (more…)

Claire Appiah Spotlight Bio Story

February 25, 2016 | no responses

DMIN 727: Student Spotlight Bio Story


Claire Appiah

Instructor: Dr. Jason Clark

February 25, 2016

Claire Appiah is a senior African-American woman who was born in Canton, Ohio, the ninth child born to parents John and Lydia Crawford. She has been residing in Los Angeles, CA since the 1950s where she has received all her formal education. She graduated from Dorsey High School and subsequently from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA degree in philosophy, and Liberty University Seminary with a MA in theological studies. She is currently pursuing a doctor of ministry degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with an emphasis on global perspectives. She is married with three grown children. For nearly three decades she served as a deputy probation officer with the Los Angeles County Probation Department working with juveniles in detention facilities and with adults in field offices.

Appiah has a passion for multi-cultural experiences and high adventure. She possesses a genuine curiosity for learning about various cultural traditions and norms mainly from an anthropological perspective and learning about the history of a new region being explored. She makes an effort to engage in a new culture to the fullest extent possible.  Although she takes special delight in the visual impact of these new sights, it is the cusine and the music that are especially memorable. Cultural engagement probably inspires Appiah because she grew up in Ohio in an international community, surrounded by and/or having direct contact with people from various nations around the world. She gained an appreciation and respect for their stories and their indigenous contexts.

For years, Appiah has pursued this passion, having traveled to Canada, Mexico, Spain, Gilbraltar, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda, Namibia, India, China, Philippines, and Tahiti. But of late, she has not been able to pursue this passion as she formerly did for several prohibitive reasons. In the future, Appiah plans to coordinate her travel plans with ministry opportunities.

The most significant thing that Appiah is currently doing is preparing for cross-cultural ministry through her seminary studies at George Fox. The motivation for this educational endeavor is to be as thoroughly equipped as possible to perform the prospective task ahead of her on a professional level. Although Appiah’s ministry goals are still not fully crystallized, she does know for certain that she has a burden to work with at risk children in sub-Saharan Africa due to a divine call by God.

Some of Appiah’s favorite things to do are to dabble with interior design motifs and to shop for articles that pertain to home interiors. This profession almost became a career choice for her. She also likes what she considers tasteful art and is fascinated by various architectural structures and designs.  Appiah’s curiosity has led her to be a regular visitor of museums and historical sites on vacations. Appiah is also fond of the performing arts in dance, drama and music. She fulfills a pledge to accompany her daughter to the Alvin Ailey Dance performance in Washington D. C. each year on her birthday.

Unlike the majority of the global population, Appiah is not thrilled with using new systems technologies and she has an aversion for social media.



The Triple-S Forces of a DMin Program – Year-in-Review Story

February 12, 2016 | no responses

It does not seem that long ago when I sat in an entirely empty house doing my first online chat that fateful day of September 2013. We had just bought our first home in Florida after transplanting to the Sunshine state the previous summer. We had fully moved all of our belongings the week before. Due to the delay in connecting of our internet I had to return to our rent house with a TV dinner tray, a folding chair, and my computer. Thus began my matriculation into a doctoral program with George Fox University. (more…)

That Was Fast! – 2 Years in Review

January 28, 2016 | no responses

I know that time doesn’t move faster and can’t move faster, but these two years have gone by very quickly. While the schedule has been intense, it has not been burdensome. As a full-time lead pastor with a family and all the responsibilities that both require, this LGP program has been grafted into my life, enriching, expanding and enhancing at every turn of a page and a calendar. (more…)

Living the Dream: Lessons and Life of A Doctoral Student

January 18, 2016 | no responses

What had I gotten myself into? I must have been crazy to think I could do a doctoral program. What was I thinking? Now two years into the program, I am actually within reach of a doctorate degree. How was it even possible to achieve this longed held dreamed? (more…)

David Young – Year in Review

December 16, 2015 | no responses

I brought a frustrating issue into the program that surfaced early and almost derailed me. My starting perspective was “this program is great – it will push me to grow professionally!” Like most mid-career pastors, I had lost ministry passion and focus. However, from the beginning of the program, I was asked about what I would research. Research? Really? I’m a practitioner not an academic. Okay, I knew I had to write a dissertation eventually but can’t we put that off a couple of years? The obvious answer was “no”—even in our orientation we saw how the program was built to produce the dissertation. Right from the beginning we had to wrestle with research. Intensifying my self-doubt surrounding doing scholarly work was the additional angst that came from my resource-deprived and obscure field of research (the international church’s role with God’s diaspora). These two pressures tempted me to drop the program early. But today, with a year behind me, I’m confident I’ll continue to completion. What’s changed? Where did the fresh confidence come from? I’ll offer three sources of personal growth. (more…)

Hong Kong VE Assignment

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong VE Assignment


Students Personal Interests








I started my journey to Hong Kong with a detour through Nanning to visit my Uncle. My Uncle Mike is a rogue American that has made China his home for 10+ years. My time with him was fascinating. I got to meet his Chinese family, we talked economics, religion, and toured many of the local places of interest. (more…)

The Agency of Voice

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong skyline

“So how was Hong Kong, Mary?” When people ask that inevitable question, I’ve struggled to find an answer that is unique to Hong Kong.  The iconic skyscrapers set the city apart from most other places; the price of square footage for a flat seems outlandish; and even though there are crowds of people, those who live in Hong Kong are kind, helpful, and hospitable. However, after traveling in a few different countries over the years, I find Hong Kong’s impact similar to other places: a satiated curiosity as I listen to another language and/or accent; a greater confidence as I learn my way around an unknown territory without an initial sense of geographic reference; and that scary yet welcomed disorientation in an effort to adapt to another culture with an acute sense of “I’m different yet the same.” (more…)

I Feel Compelled

December 2, 2015 | no responses


In light of my ministry context, I have been looking for a doctoral program that could provide me with three things: deeper studies in leadership dynamics in the context of globalization, a program that would not only emphasize knowledge but community, and interaction with a broader body of Christians outside my denominational circles. When I left Dallas to meet my cohort in Hong Kong, I did not know what to expect.   In many ways I was leaving my comfort zone to start a new journey in my life, and I hoped that I would not end up regretting it. This trip was going to be the moment of truth—Would this program fit my ministry needs? (more…)

Come Fly with Me

December 2, 2015 | no responses

VE Hong Kong   (please press “VE Hong Kong” to preview) (more…)

Visual Ethnography Hong Kong Kevin Norwood /Stills

December 2, 2015 | one response


Landing in Hong Kong brought many surprises. One of them was that everything was clearly marked in English. (more…)

Hong Kong: A City of Contrasts

December 2, 2015 | no responses

As I arrived in Hong Kong, I was not quite sure what to expect.  While I understood it was where East met West, I questioned how that would play out within the life of the city.  Would it be more West than East or the converse?  Once I saw the stunning views and the immensity of the city, I found that it would be equally East and West. (more…)

Hong Kong Advance: A Phenomenal Experience

December 2, 2015 | no responses

Hong Kong Advance: A Phenomenal Experience

Personal Interests

My participation in the George Fox Evangelical Seminary 2015 Advance in Hong Kong was a very unique and rich experience, enhanced by preparatory reading/discussion assignments before arrival.  The experiential factors involved using all my sensory and mental faculties to take in Hong Kong society  in order to know and understand the culture better. The Advance agenda was played out in the midst of this learning process which entailed: daily worship service in chapel, guidance and support sessions by Seminary faculty leaders, education through the various field encounters and guest speakers, presentations by Seminary advisors on excellence in Christian leadership, academic research perspectives through the presentations of the dissertation students, building relationships and general camaraderie, and discovering ways to engage the Hong Kong culture. (more…)

Seeing, Hearing, and Conceiving – Year One Review

November 26, 2015 | no responses

Seeing, Hearing, and Conceiving 

9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”[d] 10 But[e] it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.[1]  1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT)

The Leadership and Global Perspectives doctorate of ministry has been the paramount experience of the last year in my life. Far beyond what I hoped to see, hear and be able to conceive, have been the effects of this program on my heart, soul, and mind. Three words encapsulate my experience best—expansion, accuracy, and passion.


Perspective Shake

November 21, 2015 | no responses

HKquakeIt pretty much hit in a single moment. We were in the lecture hall at HKSKH Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong, when the quake occurred.  Dr. Philip Wickeri, our guest presenter stated, “If I were to generalize the state of Christianity across China, I would have to conclude it is pretty good. And if you were to ask me how I felt about Christianity’s future across China, I would have to say I am quite optimistic.”  In that moment I registered a seismic shift in my global perspective of Christianity.  What shook me most about his statement and Dr. Wickeri’s generalization about Christianity across China, was how diametrically opposed his assessment was to my global view upon arriving in China. (more…)

Nick Martineau – Year In Review

November 12, 2015 | no responses

I knew that starting the LGP program would be life changing but I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew going back to school meant reading more books, writing papers, and having teachers issue grades. However, I was surprised to find out just how personable and accessible all the advisors and lead mentor have been. I was surprised to find colleagues becoming friends, I’ve been surprised at just how practical the readings/teachings have been to my personal ministry, and I’ve been surprised at how this program has impacted my heart and deepened my relationship with the Father. (more…)