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PhD Practical Theology, Center for Advanced Theological Studies

About Zachariah

Zachariah Ellis is ordained in The Church of the Nazarene and is active in the life of his church. Prior to this he served as a youth pastor in Baker City, Oregon. In 2014, He graduated with an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD Candidate in Practical Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. His dissertation focuses on shared leadership in congregations and argues that shared leadership is rooted in a trinitarian theology and is well-suited to facilitating increased participation in the life of God. He has worked on two projects for the Science, Theology, and Religion (STAR) Office at Fuller, Plpit ( and the STEAM Project (, that have focused on helping pastors integrate science into their ministry. Currently, he is working at the Fuller Youth Institute on their Youth Ministry Innovation and Ministry Innovation with Young Adults projects. In his free time, you’ll likely find him hiking with his wife and two kids or watching Sporting Kansas City score goals.


Point Loma Nazarene University

Bachelor of Arts

Nazarene Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity

Research Interests

Pastoral Ministry, Sacraments, Theology of Ordination, Wesleyan Theology, Congregational Studies.


Ellis, Zachariah. “Shared Leadership in Congregations: How to Construct a Holding Environment to Do Adaptive Work.” Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry 3, no. 2 (December 2017).

Ellis, Zachariah. “To Go or Not to Go: Faithful Presence in Short-Term-Missions.” Didache (July 2015).

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