Today’s faculty highlight is Dr. Dwight Friesen, Associate Professor of Practical Theology. Dr. Friesen brings more than 12 years of missional pastoral experience to The Seattle School. He was the community-curate of an Eastside emerging simple church for more than 11 years; he was ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance until surrendering those credentials in solidarity with women seeking ordination. He is a liturgical Anabaptist with progressively Evangelical and emergent sensibilities, actively seeking to root his faith practice within place while linking globally with others who are seeking to live into their contexts.

Dr. Friesen 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 ecclesial structure. He earned his master’s 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 contextual missional church movements, served for a number of years on the “Faith & Order Commission” of the National Council of Churches, and blogs irregularly at

Dr. Friesen teaches or co-teaches Leadership in the New Parish Certificate; Cultural Identity & Locatedness; Mission in the Global Context; Theories of Culture; Essential Community: On Earth as it is in Heaven; and Life Together.

Dwight, his wife Lynette, their son Pascal, and their dog Jack live in the Lake Hills neighborhood of Bellevue, Washington.

He is co-founder of the Inhabit Conference, which is a partnership between The Seattle School and Parish Collective.

What are you currently reading?

Who We Be by Jeff Chang
The Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden Lane
Structured for Mission by Alan Roxburgh
Shalom and the Community of Creation by Randy Woodley

What have you been listening to lately?

An audio journal on faith and culture
An audio course on The Art of Reading Poetry
Perfume Genius, Too Bright
The self-titled album by Augustines
Louis Armstrong, Essential Louis Armstrong

What research do you find yourself drawn to at the moment?

Gathered worship practices which render more plausible collective ways of being the church in the everyday stuff of life in a neighborhood.

If you could have dinner with any person, dead or alive, who would they be?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Rosa Parks; Michael Polanyi; Dirk Willems; Jesus would be great, but I think we already have a dinner.

If you weren’t in your current profession you’d be…?

A designer, interior or landscape; maybe a poet.

Who is your literary or living hero?

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.