Peter Osborn, Ph.D.

Vice President for Adult Learning; Associate Professor of Christian Ministries; Professor of Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership

Faculty Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Bible, Religion & Ministry

Staff Positions:

Adult & Graduate Studies - Administration

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Dr. Peter Osborn serves as the vice president for adult learning in addition to teaching at both Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) and Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division. He teaches core classes at GRTS, serves on both the Educational Technology and Assessment and Planning committees, administers online courses and serves as an academic and program adviser for students. He also teaches courses in adult learning and organizational leadership at PGS.

In his years at Cornerstone, Peter has served as the director of graduate admissions and marketing (1999-2003), associate dean of students/assistant professor (2003-09), adjunct professor (2009-11), associate professor/associate dean of online (2011-14) and associate professor/associate vice president of adult learning (2014-15). In July 2015, he was promoted to vice president of adult learning providing leadership to Cornerstone's Professional & Graduate Studies, CU Online and ABTS programs.

In addition to his work at Cornerstone, Peter assists non-profit organizations in staff transitions and resolving conflict. He and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1992 and have four children: Zach, Sawyer, Jake and Issi.

"For me, teaching and learning is transformational. When we engage new ideas, learn new ways of thinking and processing information or learn new skills, it transforms who we are and oftentimes those around us. I'm a lifelong learner and so serving in a higher education context is a very rewarding environment for me."


  • Contributor to "Encyclopedia of Christian Education" (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014). Entries in Association of Theological Schools, Harvard, learning styles and Parker Palmer.
  • Book review of "The Three Dimensions of Learning: Contemporary Learning Theory in the Tension Field Between the Cognitive, the Emotional and the Social" (Adult Education Quarterly, November 2004)

Licenses, Memberships and Recognitions

  • Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI 2.0)
  • Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
  • Kouzes & Posner's Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)
  • Certified Executive Coach with the Hay Group


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University
  • Master of Arts in Educational Ministries, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Summit University


—Coaching soccer
—Mountain biking


—Organizational change (utilizing the Competing Values Framework)
—Transitioning staff well, especially in non-profit organizations
—Emotional and social intelligence