Associate Professor of Missiology
Year Started at PTS: 2015

Contact Info


  • Ph.D., Luther Seminary / Congregational Mission and Leadership 
  • M.Div., Regent College
  • B.A., Bethel University / Youth Ministry and Communication

Recent Courses Taught

  • Theology of Missional Congregations
  • Evangelism in Context
  • Missiology
  • Planting and Leading New Churches
  • Plunging into the Neighborhood
  • Gospel and Culture
  • Money, Mission, and the Congregation
  • Planting and Leading New Congregations


Church Associations

Licensed Pastor, Canadian Baptists of Western Canada

Elder, The Open Door Presbyterian Church

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Church Planting
  • Christian Mission
  • Gospel and Cultures
  • Missional Leadership
  • Urban Mission
  • Youth Ministry

Professional Service

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Missiology
  • Academy of Religious Leadership
  • American Academy of Religion


  • 2018-2019: Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Workshop for Early Career Theological School Faculty
  • 2010: Doctoral degree honors: “with distinction”
  • 2008-2011: Researcher and consultant, Otto Bremer Foundation Grant Project: “Civic Engagement for the Future of Communities"

Additional Resources

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  • Doing it Different is a limited podcast partnership with Porshanality Media and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This podcast explores the Seminary's cutting-edge Doctor of Ministry degree and its various focus areas. In this episode we explore missional leadership, the gospel notion of mission and its distortion, the importance of place, relationship and neighborliness, and the gifts and challenges that the pandemic has offered the church. Porsha Williams Gates explores the Missional  Leadership Focus in the Doctor of Ministry Program with DMin student the Rev. Laura Strauss '09 and Dr. Scott Hagley. Listen to the podcast.