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Leroy W. Goertzen


Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
253-759-6104 ext. 106

B.A. History and Philosophy - Grace University
Th.M. Old Testament - Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min. Leadership and Church Ministry - Talbot School of Theology

Professional: Dr. Goertzen teaches theology, church ministry and Christian leadership and serves as the Director of the Doctor of Ministry program. He is involved with the School of Ministry’s Bible certificate training program for pastors in Cameroon, West Africa.

Prior to joining the staff of Corban in 2010, Dr. Goertzen served as a professor and D.Min. director for Northwest Baptist Seminary. Since entering ministry full-time in 1982, most of his career has been devoted to serving the church in associate and senior pastoral positions.

Dr. Goertzen is the author of Understanding, Managing & Redeeming Church Conflict (2012) and has contributed articles for Corban’s online journal, Dedicated, and the Great Commission Research Journal. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Great Commission Research Network, and the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education.

Personal: Leroy married his wife, Karen, in 1976, and they have three children: Tanya, Angie and Mindy. He loves spending time with his family—his seven grandchildren in particular—playing guitar, mandolin and percussion instruments, keeping abreast of Big Red (the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team) and engaging in outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, camping and hiking.

Why Corban: “After being integrally involved in church ministry for 25 years, I grew increasingly passionate about training those whom God will use to build His church. Corban University shares my passion as evidenced by their long successful track record of training and placing Christian ministry practitioners in the church and so many other places of influence in the northwest and around the world. It’s a fulfilling life dream to serve in unison with those on mission to train Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ.”