Dr. David R. Osborn
Senior Professor of Christian Leadership
Dr. David Osborn served as the director of the doctor of ministry program for seventeen years. He began teaching statistics at Denver Seminary as an adjunct professor in 1993 and has served as director of the doctoral program since 1996. Dr. Osborn developed the biblically-based leadership paradigm that guided the Doctor of Ministry program. He has served as the president of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education in the United States and Canada and is currently the historian of the organization.
Dr. Osborn earned a D.Min. and an M.Div. from Denver Seminary, an M.A. from Harding College Graduate School of Religion, and an A.B. from Johnson Bible College. He studied research and statistics at the University of Colorado in order to do research for cross-cultural church planting. He was also a part of the Lilly Foundation funded Cooperative Congregational Studies Project, the most extensive research ever undertaken of congregations in the United States, serving for a time on the executive committee.
He brought to the D.Min. program wide experience as a pastor, church leader, and conciliator in conflicts. In Tupelo, Mississippi, in the 1960s, he was involved with other ministers in assisting the school system to integrate peacefully. It was in Tupelo that he first served as president of the ministerial association, a position that he held in different ministerial associations 14 different times. Ministering in Florida in the 1970s, he served as president of state and regional conventions and of a P.T.A. He has also managed a youth camp.
In the 1980s while ministering in New Zealand, he served as president of city, regional, and national ministerial associations and helped to resolve conflicts between and within churches. Since then, he has been involved in the study of leadership, has done research on churches, has edited directories of church information, and continues to work with churches to resolve conflicts.
Areas of Academic Interest and Research
Leadership and Conflict Management.