About the President

Rev. Dr. Delmar Glenn (“Dale”) Sewall

President and Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Dr. Sewall’s lifelong ministry includes being Executive Director of the North Hills Youth Ministry, an outreach to alienated teens in Pittsburgh, PA; Associate Pastor for Youth, Family & Community Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, MI; Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd, MN; and for 23 years Senior Pastor at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Mercer Island, WA. Along the way he was also a founding member of the Heartside Neighborhood Association, a downtown Grand Rapids organization addressing issues of deteriorating neighborhoods, homelessness, chronic alcoholism, safety and local political power; and founder and chairman of Dwelling Place Non-Profit Housing Corporation, which has become the largest non-profit housing organization in western Michigan, and eventually led to the complete revitalization of the downtown center of the city.

As Brainerd, MN Clergy Association President, Rev. Sewall established the Crow Wing County Jail Chaplaincy Program.  He also established the first support relationship between a Christian church and the Mid-Minnesota Women’s Shelter.

In Seattle he served as chair of the board of the Center for Prevention of Sexual & Domestic Violence (now the Faith Trust Institute); was a board member of the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, which provides prosthetic limbs for Vietnamese war veterans and the general population at its clinic in Hanoi, Vietnam; and established a long term partnership between Emerald City Outreach Ministry (now Urban Impact) in the Rainier Valley area of Seattle & Mercer Island Presbyterian Church.

With Commissioned Lay Pastor Binh Nguyen, a former prisoner in the Vietnam reeducation camps, Rev. Sewall established the Vietnam Ministry of Seattle Presbytery (now the South East Asia Ministry), through which he also supported house churches in Vietnam to become the United Presbyterian Church of Vietnam (“UPCV”).

Rev. Sewall has chaired the Board of the Vietnamese Theological College; created the International Student Scholarship Fund of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, which sponsors 300 students mostly in Southeast Asia; linked Seattle Pacific University and Duy Tanh University in Danang, Vietnam; sponsored medical teams to teach emergency medicine at the Hue Medical School in central Vietnam; worked in funding the establishment of the International Justice Mission Northern Thailand Office; and supported IJM’s anti-trafficking work in Cambodia.

As a small town child of poverty and family alcoholism, Rev. Sewall grew up with a strong sense that much was not right in the world, that human suffering needed to be addressed, and that being a follower of Jesus required practical love and support for both neighbor and enemy regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. He developed a gift for understanding and reaching out to the outsider, and for using his networks among the privileged and affluent to benefit the underprivileged and those without resources.

As a young adult in seminary during the Vietnam War, Rev. Sewall developed an emotional bond with the people of Vietnam and Southeast Asia that turned into a calling to express the love of Jesus to Southeast Asian peoples in life changing ways. Aware from his youth of the disadvantages of being poor, or being a person of color in a white world, or being a woman in a patriarchal society, he has consistently sought throughout his ministry to redress wrongs and to give power to the powerless.

Working within the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rev. Sewall has always led his congregations to look beyond themselves and their own church community, and to believe that the church is called to help transform society, using its resources and privilege in behalf of disadvantaged people beyond local church circles. He has sought to work with the affluent to put power, privilege and wide networks of advantage into service on behalf of people without such advantage.

Now retired from 40 years of pastoral ministry, Rev. Sewall serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Union University of California.

Rev. Sewall received his Master of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA, Doctor of Divinity from Union University of California, Westminster, CA and Doctor of Letters from Apollos University, Huntington Beach, CA.