Kurt Fredrickson

Associate Dean for the Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry

BA, Westmont College
MDiv, DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary
Orientation Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

MC500: Church and Mission in Global Contexts

PM503: Pastoral Theology

DM711: Exploring the Contours of Ministry

DM710: The Local Congregation as a Missional Outpost

Areas of Expertise

Church revitalization, evangelism and church growth, missional church, pastoral theology, congregational and denominational studies, and American religious culture.

“I call it the dance. When I am about to step into a difficult situation, I offer up a prayer for wisdom and strength; I take a deep breath, and then I engage, taking my cues from those who are hearing the news. Every situation is different. There is no script. Whatever the grieving person needs at that moment, we offer. Through words of sympathy or silence, and simple acts like getting someone a glass of water or making a difficult phone call, we sit and we seek to care.”


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Kurt Fredrickson is associate dean for Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education programs and assistant professor of pastoral ministry. Prior to joining Fuller in 2003, he was on the pastoral staff at Simi Covenant Church in Simi Valley, California (40 miles north of Los Angeles) for 24 years, serving as senior pastor for 18 of those years.

As director of Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry program—designed for leaders who are already serving in ministry, many in the church—Dr. Fredrickson utilizes his own MDiv, DMin, and PhD degrees from Fuller, along with his extensive church ministry experience, to prepare students for effective leadership in the twenty-first century. With an eye on trends in the church, Fredrickson helps church leaders understand and harness today’s cultural and global changes as they seek growth and revitalization for their congregations. With Fuller’s Cameron Lee he has cowritten the book That Their Work Will Be a Joy: Understanding and Coping with the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Cascade, 2012).

Fredrickson has engaged the world and culture around him in numerous ways. During his tenure at Simi Covenant, the church developed a strong mission orientation that included a broadening role in local compassion ministries, planting a Hispanic congregation in Simi Valley, and becoming involved in global missions in Mexico, the Philippines, and Albania.

He is widely involved in his community. He has organized pastoral groups and ecumenical gatherings in Simi Valley. He continues to serve as supervising chaplain with the Simi Valley Police Department, as a member of the city’s Homelessness Task Force, on the board of the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, and as a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise. Fredrickson was honored as one of the “Top 25 People of 2011” by the Simi Valley Acorn, and as the 2012 City Volunteer of the Year by the Simi Valley City Council.

Ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church, Fredrickson has served in many leadership roles with that denomination—on the regional executive board, church revitalization task force, task force on the ordered ministry, and the board of church growth and evangelism. Fredrickson’s blog, Church Then and Now, features timely updates and perspectives on changes in the church and culture, as well as helpful resources for pastors.

Download Dr. Fredrickson’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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