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Dale Lemke, Ph.D.(c)

Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall 4141


Prior to teaching at Northwestern, Dr. Lemke was an Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Crown College, taught English as a second language at Ball State University, and was also an Adjunct Instructor at Nyack College. He has done missionary work in Japan through The Christian and Missionary Alliance.

I have been married to my beautiful wife, Heidi, who happens to be a Northwestern alum, for 20 years. We adopted our two girls, Mia (10) and Selah (9), while living in Japan. Since returning to the States we have added two cats (Moon and Zoe) to the family, even though two of us would prefer to have a dog.

My hobbies include reading, watching movies, cooking, gardening and lawn work, travel, playing card games, and hanging out with my wife and girls.


Biola University, Ph.D. (in process), Educational Studies
Alliance Theological Seminary, M.Div., Missions
University of Massachusetts Boston, M. A., Applied Linguistics
Grace University, B. A., Pastoral Ministry and Bible

Ministry Background

Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership, Crown College
ESL Instructor, Ball State University
Missionary to Japan, The Christian and Missionary Alliance
Adjunct Instructor, Nyack College
Young Adult Ministries, Allegheny Center Alliance Church

Professional Interests and Contributions

Theology of Work and Vocation
Disciple-centered Leadership for Ministry Multiplication
Multiculturalism, Globalization, and the Social and Cultural Foundations of Ministry
Diversity in Ministry and Leadership Teams
Bivocational Ministry
Grant Writing and Administration

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

  • The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Ordained Minister
  • Christian English Language Educators Association, Member
  • Society of Professors in Christian Education, Member

Life Verse

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” (Philippians 2:5)

If the students leave here as whole people, who can relate in a healthy way to God, to other people around them, then they'll be able to make a huge impact in this world.
Dale Lemke
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries

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