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Anne-Marie Finsaas

Job Title

  • Adjunct Professor
    Children's & Family Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel



  • University of Minnesota - B.S. Nutrition and Dietetics, 1988
  • Bethel Theological Seminary - M.A. Children's and Family Ministry, 2004
  • George Fox Evangelical Seminary - D.Min. Leadership and Spiritual Formation, 2015

Areas of expertise

Faith formation in children and adults; the role of suffering in faith formation; ministry to families; cross-cultural teaching


Anne-Marie Finsaas has served the church for twenty years and as adjunct faculty, locally and globally, for almost a decade. Currently, she serves as associate pastor of spiritual development at Church of the Open Door where she had been instrumental in developing The Center for Spiritual Formation. She has taught Children's and Family Ministry graduate courses at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia, Eastern Theological College in Jorhat, India, and Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. As associate director for global initiatives with The Cory Center for Children's Ministry, she also teaches cross-culturally in both formal and non-formal educational settings. Anne-Marie is married and has three grown children.

Courses Taught

At Bethel Seminary: Spiritual & Personal Formation; Introduction to Children’s & Family Ministry; Ministering to Families; Curriculum Development & Assessment; Development across the Lifespan

At Richmont Graduate University: Ministry to Children and Families

At Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, India: Ministering to Families

At Evangelical Theological College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Child in Context and Biblical Parenting

At Global Children's Forum Leadership Experience, Johannesburg, South Africa: Faith Formation