Tod Bolsinger

Vice President and Chief of Leadership Formation and Assistant Professor of Practical TheologySchool of Theology

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BA, California State University, Northridge
MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

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Tod Bolsinger joined Fuller Seminary in 2014 as vice president for vocation and formation and assistant professor of practical theology, and now serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation. 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.

Holding both a PhD in Theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller, Bolsinger taught graduate-level classes in theology for 14 years at Fuller’s regional campus in Orange County prior to joining the seminary's regular faculty. He has extensive experience in church and nonprofit consulting and executive coaching, and writes frequent weblogs on church and leadership formation. His faculty role at Fuller includes team-teaching the Practices of Vocational Formation class that all theology and intercultural studies master’s-degree students take to begin their course of study, teaching leadership classes, and developing a leadership cohort for DMin students.

Bolsinger has authored three books, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives (Brazos, 2004), Show Time: Living Down Hypocrisy by Living Out the Faith (Baker, 2005), and, most recently, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory (IVP Books, 2015). Bolsinger has also written a chapter about building community in a virtual world in the book The New Media Frontier: Blogging, Vlogging, and Podcasting for Christ (Crossway, 2008).

Courses Taught

  • EV525: Contemporary Culture and Evangelism
  • IS500: Touchstone Course
  • MC532: Evangelizing Nominal Christians

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Discipleship, community building, church and organizational leadership, strategic planning, change management

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Dr. Bolsinger’s weblogs:

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