Rev. Dr. Rick Diamond is the Director of the Intersectional Program at Northwind Seminary.


Rick holds degrees in English from Baylor University. He was an award-winning Instructor of
English for a decade before becoming a United Methodist minister in 1996.


He earned a Doctor of Ministry
degree from Drew University in 2001.

Dr. Diamond has served as a pastor at mainline churches and then became the founding pastor of Journey Imperfect Faith Community, an experiment in open-source, post-religious church in Austin, TX. He served there for 17 years.


Rick has led hundreds of regional and national workshops, retreats, and classes on issues in rethinking scripture, men's spirituality, 21st-century church, spiritual formation, and more.


He is an adjunct faculty member at Drew University and Austin Seminary. He is also the host of the podcast: "Rick and Jesus Knock Shit Over". 


Rick and his wife, Christina Wisdom, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he reads, draws, fishes, writes, and gets in good trouble. 

Program Description:

The Program for Intersectional Church Leadership is designed to equip leaders across denominations – and
faiths – as they explore the many paths and opportunities in the decades ahead. What is God doing, whether
in how we create and experience community, social justice, theological formation, and more – and what is the
part each of us is called to play? Let’s discover, together.

Student Description:

Whether you are a pastor, rector, priest, minister, rabbi, imam, pastoral caregiver, church leader, parachurch
leader, spiritual creative, worship leader, writer- or artist-in-residence in a spiritual setting, worker for social
justice, pilgrim, or simply someone who loves God and loves people and is looking for tools and insights to
help you follow your heart’s calling, the Program for Intersectional Church Leadership is for you.

Doctor in Specialized Ministry

Intersectional Church Leadership

COURSE OF STUDY - 36 Credits

Students will enjoy Oxford-Style Courses with an assigned Faculty Mentor.

Tutorial Courses: 3-credit courses

  • Theology in the Ruins

  • Emerging Culture and Contexts

  • Experiential Alternative Worship Curation

  • Leading and Listening in the Intersectional Church

Portfolio Experience - six-credit courses

  • Portfolio Research Methods

  • Portfolio Research I

  • Portfolio Research II

  • Portfolio Paper

Students will be encouraged to publish their Portfolio Paper on the Northwind site and as a Monograph for wider distribution in select peer-review journals.

Program Costs:


  • $300 per credit hour


  • Application - Waived

  • Enrollment - $300

  • Library        - Waived

  • Graduation - $300