Tod Bolsinger, PhD

Vice President for Vocation and Formation

Tod Bolsinger joined Fuller Seminary as vice president for vocation and formation in March 2014 and was appointed assistant professor of practical theology in July 2014. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1993, Dr. Bolsinger served as senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2014. Prior to that he was associate pastor of discipleship and spiritual formation at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.

With an MDiv and a PhD in theology from Fuller Seminary, he taught graduate-level classes in theology for 14 years at Fuller’s regional campus in Orange County. He has extensive experience in church and nonprofit consulting and executive coaching, and he blogs on church and leadership formation. His faculty role at Fuller includes team-teaching the new Touchstone class that all master’s-degree students take to begin their course of study, leadership classes, and the development of a leadership cohort for DMin students.

Bolsinger is the author of three books, including Canoeing the Mountain: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory and the Christianity Today Award of Merit Winner It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives. Bolsinger has also written about building community in a virtual world in the book The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ. He blogs frequently at


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