Deborah served as church planter and collaborative pastor at The Bridge Church in Portland for eleven years where she focused on serving the marginalized of the city and training young leaders for that task. She is also an experienced entrepreneur who has started five successful businesses. She has a passion for helping leaders find the right fit for their ministry and life context. Helping leaders to find their voice in a world that is full of chatter is a journey that Deborah particularly enjoys, especially with women who are making their way in the church world. She has a high value for experiences that are both profound and fun, which brings both levity and depth to any mentorship coaching relationship that she has.
Deborah is currently an adjunct professor at George Fox Seminary where she has taught pastoral ministry, mission, communications, worship, spiritual life and ministry leadership coaching. She mentors leaders and teaches at Warner Pacific College and is co-creator of Convergence, an organization that supports women leaders in Christian ministry.
Deborah has an Associates degree in Accounting, a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies, a Masters degree in Exegetical Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Leadership.
In her spare time she is an artist, and she loves to run and read. Deborah is married to Ken, the love of her life, has three grown children, of whom she is very proud, and two beautiful granddaughters who can do no wrong.