Leadership in the New Parish Facilitators
The Leadership in the New Parish Certificate is bringing scholars and practitioners together to embody a new reality.
Leadership in the New Parish was birthed out of the dreaming of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and the Parish Collective. After launching the Inhabit Conference – a unique annual gathering for practitioners of practice, presence, and place – they identified the need for an immersive training program for the unique, challenging, and enriching place-based movement happening across the world. These conspiring dreamers – Dwight Friesen, Tim Soerens, and Paul Sparks – now serve as core facilitators and producers of this dynamic certificate program.
Dr. Dwight Friesen
Dr. Friesen is the Associate Professor of Practical Theology at The Seattle School. He brings more than a dozen years of experience as a pastor and church planter, staying active with local and international missional and emerging church movements. Dwight was the community-curate of an Eastside emerging simple church for more than eleven years; he is licensed and ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance. Dwight earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at George Fox University, where his dissertation research focused on the development of a relational hermeneutic toward connective church leadership and structure. He earned his masters degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois and his undergraduate degree from Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alberta. He is active locally and internationally with missional and emerging church movements, serves on the “Faith & Order Commission” of the National Council of Churches and blogs irregularly at dwightfriesen.com. Dwight, his wife Lynette and their son Pascal live in a neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington.
Tim Soerens is a church planter, social entrepreneur, and Co-Founding Director of the Parish Collective. As Co-Director of the Parish Collective he serves and consults with ministry leaders, neighborhoods, city-wide organizations and is a founding adviser of HUB Seattle, an innovative co-working space. Previously, he was founding pastor of Cascade Neighborhood Church where he also served as vice-president of the Cascade Neighborhood Council, founding member of Lake Union Opportunity Alliance, and co-founder of the Cascade Farmer’s Market. Tim earned a B.A. in Rhetorical Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters of Divinity from The Seattle School. He lives in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Maria-Jose Soerens and their son Lukas.
Paul is the Co-Founding Director and a Lead Consultant for the Parish Collective. He is recognized as a leading grassroots organizer and expert on incarnational church planting and neighborhood placemaking. He is an ordained pastor with over two decades of ministry and community development experience. Paul is also the Co-Founder and President of Local Life Tacoma, a non-profit group which catalyzes identifiable human-scale neighborhoods through grassroots collaboration. Paul lives in an urban neighborhood at the heart of Downtown Tacoma, Washington with his co-conspiring wife Elizabeth. They curate a growing faith community comprised of friends, artists, and entrepreneurs seeking a common life together with their neighbors.
The Parish Collective joins The Seattle School as a holistic support network seeking parish reconciliation and renewal.
Parish Collective connects and resources people of faith in particular neighborhoods to be the church together in the place they live. Their grassroots-level work weaves together neighborhood churches, missional communities, and any group of Christ-followers desiring renewal in their parish. The Parish Collective is committed to neighborhood reconciliation and parish renewal through the work of coming alongside parish movements, developing rooted postures and practices for becoming more present in our neighborhoods, and inspiring greater participating in
what the Spirit is up to within our unique contexts.