Kurt Fredrickson, PhD
Associate Dean for Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education
Kurt Fredrickson, as director of Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry program—designed for leaders who are already serving in ministry, many in the church—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. Prior to coming to Fuller in 2003, he was on the pastoral staff at Simi Covenant Church in Simi Valley, California, for 24 years, serving as senior pastor for 18 of those years.
With an eye on trends in the church, Dr. 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). Fredrickson’s 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 and 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.