Staff

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Fr. Chris Sorensen     

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Abbot of The Mission Chattanooga

President of The Mission School of Ministry

Chris Sorensen serves as the leader for the pastoral staff and oversees the operations of The Mission Abbey, the organizational “hub” of The Mission Chattanooga’s church plants and diverse ministries. He also served as the first Dean of the MSM. Chris’s vision and wisdom established the MSM and created its basis as a truly unique church-based education program.

 

Dr. Samuel J. Youngs       

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Dean of The Mission School of Ministry

Lecturer in Theology & History

Samuel Youngs has been a part of The Mission Chattanooga community since 2012. As the Dean he is primarily responsible for shepherding the academic vision of the MSM. He also serves as the lead Lecturer in Theology & History for the MSM. Sam is a professor in the Christian Studies department at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has taught at Bryan since 2011. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College (London); his M.A. in Religion is from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His teaching and research interests span philosophical theology, history of doctrine, world religion, and hermeneutics. He served as the Book Review Editor for American Theological Inquiry from 2013 to 2015 and has published reviews and/or articles in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Swiss American Historical Review, The Asbury Journal, Trinity Journal, American Theological Inquiry, The Journal of Religious History, Philosophia Christi, and The Journal of Comparative Theology. His first book is under contract, entitled: The Way of the Kenotic Christ: The Christology of Jürgen Moltmann.

 

Fr. Dale Hall                       

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Spiritual Formation Director of The Mission School of Ministry

Parish Priest, The Mission Chattanooga

In leading the Spiritual Formation track of the MSM, Dale brings to bear 20+ years of full-time ministry experience and years of living into a rule of life as a member of an ecumenical Franciscan Order.  Dale serves as the primary soul friend to our students, oversees their spiritual formation, and coordinates with any other soul friends who will invest in the lives of MSM students. As a graduate of the MSM himself, Fr. Dale is committed to seeing its benefits conferred to new students and ministers.