• Pastoral Studies
  • Peace Studies
  • Christian Education


  • PhD Missions – Georgia State University
  • Master of Divinity – Westminster Theological Seminary
  • BS in Education – University of Pretoria

Rev. Dr. Karl Dortzbach serves in IGSL as PhD Peace Studies program.

He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in America and has been serving in the ministry since 1974. He was involved in church planting from 1976 to 2006 and has served as a faculty member in various theological schools since 1996. He is the founding Director of the Institute for Study of African Realities and has led the institute from 1996 to 2005.

Dr. Dortzbach is a Certified Christian Conciliator with the International Christian Conciliation, as well as a Certified Meyers Briggs user. He wrote the book Kidnapped and spent several years of itinerant evangelism speaking about the kidnapping of his wife that took place in Ethiopia in 1974.

Having personally experienced the trauma of war and destructive conflict on many levels, he is passionate that church leaders understand and embrace the principles of Biblical conflict resolution to build a society that reflects God’s shalom. He believes that the church is God’s plan for shining the light of shalom into a dark world.

Dr. Karl Dortzbach is married to Deborah Ann. They are blessed with three adult children and 10 grandchildren. One of Dr. Karl’s long time hobbies is woodworking, which has found its expression in building homes, furniture, and guest houses.

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