About Deborah

My Passion…

I am passionate for God and Jesus. I am passionate for people. I am passionate about the wisdom of the Bible. I am passionate about healing and helping others find the pathway forward for their lives. The perfect storm for me is when all of these converge, creating a living growing community where each participant has a sense of who they are in God and in community,  where each voice is important, and each voice contributes.

Who I am…

Presently I lead faith communities, speak at events when someone wants to hear me,  and teach  undergrad and seminary . My most notorious public act was starting The Bridge Church in Portland, Oregon in 1998 with two other pastors. The Bridge is a church that loves the subculture of Portland and has made a safe place for those who do not fit in other contexts. I have the pleasure of co-creating Women’s Convergence with some dear friends. Convergence is an organization that supports women in Christian ministry, especially those who have not been accepted in patriarchal atmospheres.  I delight to provide safe space for the disenfranchised.

I have some degrees which, in the process of earning, have only proved to me how much I don’t know: Bachelors in Biblical Studies, Masters in Exegetical Theology and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership.

I am married to the love of my life, Ken, who plants churches for those who live outdoors. Matthew, Stephanie, Tirzah and Rebecca are my children and I am very proud of each of them. And I cannot get enough of Alabama and Haley, who are my beautiful granddaughters.

26 thoughts on “About Deborah”

  1. Glad to “meet” you Deborah! So happy to have discovered you and your blog by way of Pam Hogeweide.
    I look forward to hearing more from you. 🙂

  2. Welcome to the blogging world, Deborah. I look forward to learning from you.

  3. welcome to blog world

  4. YES! so excited to have you “in print”. 🙂

  5. Deborah— I have been looking forward to your first post on your new video blog. Now you have me LOOKING UP for the next one!

  6. Look forward to reading your blog and thoughts on bringing the good news to the disenfranchised.

  7. Hi Deborah,
    welcome to blogging! I look forward to hearing more of what you have to say…
    Tamara Buchan, http://www.reclaimthetrueyou.com

  8. I just want to make a public declaration of my gratitude for sharing yourself and family with me. Because of you I don’t feel alone in this world and am strengthened to fulfill my course on this earth. Love u my friend.

  9. Welcome to the Blogosphere, Deborah. You will do great and enjoy it, I am sure! Looking forward to it!

  10. itseliz said:

    Very exciting! Grateful for your writing!

  11. Looking forward to following along your blogging journey! I’m glad I know you. 🙂

  12. Crystal Ward said:

    So excited to say I knew you when…..I love the blog and look forward to more,

    more, more!

  13. Gail Wells said:

    How exciting to see your unique and practical wisdom in a blog for all to benefit from. You express yourself in a way that leaves your listener saying, “Why of course, why didn’t I think of that. I can do that.” You truly have found a way to do anything you want. But then, I’m uniquely biased aren’t I? Mom/Gail

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