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Dominic Done, pastor at Westside: A Jesus Church, will serve as a professor of applied theology

The lead pastor at Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland is joining the faculty at George Fox University. Dominic Done will serve as a professor of applied theology, according to a release from the Newberg school.PHOTO COURTESY OF GFU - Dominic Done, pastor at Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland, has joined the professorial staff at George Fox University and will teach applied theology.

Done, who has been in his role at Westside for five years, will teach a theology course for freshmen titled THEO, which the university said "incorporates a large weekly plenary lecture, small-group mediated discussions and large-group panel discussions to engage students."

It is a new approach to teaching theology, the release said, and will not follow the old models of teaching the subject such as extended lectures and traditionally studying biblical texts. Instead, the course will go nontraditional routes such as utilizing Netflix and other forms of media to better connect with the new generation.

"I love the ethos of George Fox and I'm so excited to be a part of the teaching community there as well as investing in the lives of students," Done said in the release. "The topics we'll be unpacking this year are not only relevant for our own personal growth and formation, they will also help shape our capacity to be intellectually and culturally prepared to engage in our post-Christian world."

Before the pastor position at Westside, Done worked in ministry at a wide variety of places. He was a senior pastor in Hawaii for seven years and worked as a missionary in Mexico and Vanuatu, taking some time in 2002 to teach English in Austria.

Done is also an author. His book, "When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt," was published in February and explores many of the topics he plans to discuss in his classes at GFU.

One of the other classes beyond THEO that he will teach is called Faith and Doubt, which he said will "explore some of the issues that create doubt in our lives, and how we can move through those seasons in pursuit of deep faith."

Done's education background is impressive. He received a master's degree in theology from the University of Oxford in 2012, a master's in religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in 2010, and a pair of bachelor's degrees in psychology and religion from Liberty University in 2009.


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