CURRICULUM VITAE

matthew j frizzell, phd

 

passionate advocate for responsible constructive contemporary theology and ethics

 

practical interests:

globalization, the church, social justice, community, diversity, and peacemaking  

 

academic interests:

contemporary theology, critical social theory, postmodernism,

 political-economy, economic justice, race, gender and sexuality

in postmodernity,

leading is learning, collaborating, and serving 

   

Currently, I lead the professional human services team for a small global denomination,

Community of Christ;  I teach graduate seminary courses as former Dean of

Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University

 

professional experience as a church administrator, pastor, campus minister, and youth minister;  also in mutual funds, youth corrections, and manufacturing

learning what is as important as learning how.

professional experience

Lead, Human Resource Ministries, Community of Christ.

2018 - present

 

Human Resources director for small global denomination established in over 50 countries and with employees throughout the world; responsible for strategic human resource functions including budget, benefits, hiring, compliance, and compensation;  coordinates with church leaders on mission, transition, and support of local staff; requires humility, problem solving, research, cultural sensitivity, analytics, decision-making and relational skills. 

 

Dean & Faculty, Community of Christ Seminary, Graceland University

2015 - 2018

 

Lead administrator for Master of Arts of Religion program;  grew enrollment through marketing and collaboration with church leaders;  developed assessment and compliance of MAR curriculum with university administrators;  ensured accreditation of seminary through Higher Learning Commission in 2017 accreditation review;  taught Christian Theology; Christian Ethics for Leadership; Contemporary Cultures and Theologies; Portfolio Review

 

Campus Minister, Faculty in Religion, Graceland University

2011-2015

 

Assessed and expanded campus ministries program through expanding existing Christian Leadership program, chaplain training, Christian athletes student group (open to all faiths); on-campus observation of Christian calendar, expanded use of religious symbols on campus, and supporting student-led worship; developed and taught undergraduate religious courses:  Intro to Religion, Religion and Social Justice, Life and Writings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Christianity and Consumerism, Intro to Ministry, and Restoration Scripture

education

Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL.  (PhD)

Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences 2010 

Area of Study:  Theology, Ethics, and Critical Social Theory

Dissertation: “Liberation and Economy: 

Marx, Dussel, and Contemporary Approaches to Theology and Economy”

Advisor:  Dr. Laurel Schneider

 

Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri (MTS)

 

Masters of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) 2001

Concentration in Church and Society

Thesis:  “A Return to Zion: 

A Look at the Development of the Tradition that

Defines the Community of Christ in Society”

 

Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa (BA)

 

B.A. in Psychology, cum laude 1996     

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