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Dwight Friesen, DMin

Dr. Friesen brings decades of missional pastoral experience to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. He was the community-curate of an Eastside emerging simple church for more than 11 years. Formerly ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Dr. Friesen surrendered 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.

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 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. Dwight 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. He is co-founder of the Inhabit Conference.

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


  • Leadership in the New Parish Certificate
  • Introduction to the Hermeneutical Task: The Art of Reading Beyond the Page
  • Mission in a Global Context
  • Theories of Culture
  • Essential Community: On Earth as it is in Heaven
  • Life Together 1: Ancient Future Church & Worship
  • Life Together 2: Relational Leadership & Pastoral Ethics
  • Integrative Project: Exploring the Future
  • Advanced Seminar (themes change each year)


Published Chapters in Edited Books

Dwight has also published articles, book reviews, and interviews in The Other Journal, Views from the Edge, aLife, Leadership Journal, Homebrewed Christianity, Mustard Seed Newsletter, Soulerized, National Council of Churches, Next-Wave