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. Fredrickson has written with Fuller’s Cameron Lee, That Their Work Will Be a Joy: Understanding and Coping with the Challenges of Pastoral Ministry (Cascade, 2012).
“The church is involved in the risky mission of being sent into the world—so it needs a new tribe of leaders who are being equipped to engage the world in new ways,” says Fredrickson. “My passion is to help churches missionally engage with the culture, extending blessing and good news—and to offer church leaders a new sense of hope, fostering new imaginations as they navigate through societal shifts.”
Fredrickson has himself 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.
- 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, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Church revitalization, evangelism and church growth, missional church, pastoral theology, congregational and denominational studies, and American religious culture.
- “Response to Edwards (Good Citizenship: A Study of Philippians 1:27 and Its Implications for Contemporary Urban Ministry by Dennis R. Edwards),” Ex Auditu 29, 2013.
- Cameron Lee and Kurt Fredrickson. That Their Work Will Be a Joy: Understanding and Coping With the Challenges of Ministry. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
- Five articles in the Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture, Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2010.
- Article in Viral Hope from the Burbs: Good News from the Urbs to the Suburbs. Los Angeles: Ecclesia, 2010.
- “The Evangelical Covenant Church as Mission Friends: Missional Imaginations for a Denominational Future,” The Covenant Quarterly 66.2, May 2008.