Glen Bickford Curriculum Vitae


A pastor by training, in 2005 Glen was recruited by MN Supreme Court Head Justice Sandy Keith  (who helped establish alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes in MN) for the MN Early Neutral Evaluation Program.  Dr. Peter Steinke of Bridge Builders and Speed Leas, formerly of the Alban Institute, consultants who have worked with hundreds of churches, are mentors.

Work Experience


  • 1992-2017
  • Interim Pastor/Head of Staff, Trinity Lutheran- Princeton, MN (2016-2017)
  • Interim Pastor/Head of Staff, Salem Lutheran- Deerwood, MN (2015-2016)
  • Interim Pastor, St Paul Lutheran and Trinity Lutheran -Gaylord, MN (2014-2015)
  • Church Consultant- Twin Cities Metro, Greater MN, Northwest WI (2007-)
  •  MN Qualified Neutral (see http://adr.courts.state.mn.us/adr/Adr_query.asp ), Family Mediation Services and Minnesota Divorce Mediaton- Twin Cities Metro and Southern Minnesota (2006-)
  • Parenting Time Expeditor, Parenting Consultant and Early Neutral Evaluator- Twin Cities Metro and Southern Minnesota (2006-)
  • Writer Augsburg Fortress Press – Minneapolis, MN & WorkingPreacher.org – St. Paul, MN links https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx? post=2057 & https://www.workingpreacher.org/craft.aspx?post=266 (2010-)
  • 2007-2010
  • Pastor, Bear Creek Lutheran Church – Grand Meadow, MN
  • 1997-2007
  • Interim Pastor/Head of Staff, Mediator for various churches in SE MN and IA
  • 1995-1996, 1998
  • Chaplain, Mayo Medical Center – Rochester, MN (primarily in ER, ICU supporting patients and families mediating and facilitating between patients, families and staff)
  • 1994-1995
  • Chaplain, Alexian Brothers Medical Center – Elk Grove Village, IL- Resident (extensively in hospice, ER, ICU, attended over 70 deaths)
  • 1992-1994
  • Pastor, First Presbyterian Church – Wilmington, IL

Education and Certification

  • Discernment Counseling for Divorce Professionals, Doherty Relationship Inst. St. Paul, MN 2014
  • Family Mediation Training (Review) Erickson Mediation Institute, Bloomington, MN 2013
  • Custody Evaluation Training, MN Assoc. of Custody Evaluation Specialists, 2012
  • Elder Mediation Training, Midwest Senior Solutions, St. Paul, MN 2012
  • Parenting Consultant Training, Hamline University, St Paul, MN 2011
  • Bridgebuilders Facilitator Training, Peter Steinke and Associates  (see link here:http://www.thelutheran.org/about/person_detail.cfm?person_id=63, 2011
  • Healthy Congregations Facilitator Training, Peter Steinke and Associates, 2011
  • New Visions Facilitator Training, Peter Steinke and Associates, 2011
  • Early Neutral Evaluation Training, MN 3rd and 5th Judicial Districts 2007, 2011-12
  • Mediation Skills for Church Leaders, Lombard Peace Institute, Lombard, IL 2006
  • Qualified Neutral Civil & Family Rosters (Rule 114 MN Gen. Rules of Practice), 2006. see roster here: http://adr.courts.state.mn.us/adr/Adr_query.asp
  • Family Mediation Training, Hamline University, St Paul, MN 2006
  • Parenting Time Expediting Training, Hamline University, St Paul, MN 2006
  • Civil Mediation Training, CDR Associates, Boulder, CO 2004
  • Interim Pastor Certification (training included family systems theory and conflict mediation), Interim Ministry Network, Baltimore, Maryland 1998
  • 8 Units Clinical Pastoral Education (1988, 1994-6), ACPE, Decatur, GA (chaplaincy training based on Jungian psychology included basic & crisis counseling skills, Myers-Briggs typology, family systems theory, conflict de-escalation); certifiable hospital chaplain
  • University of Notre Dame Ph. D. Program 1989-91(Full scholarship + stipend ‘90-91)
  • Yale University Divinity School M. Div. 1989 (courses included counseling skills)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison BA 1985 (Meteorology)

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