The Rev. Dr. Craig Williford
The Rev. Dr. Craig Williford, Multnomah University's fifth president, assumed the role July 1, 2014. He shares the university's passion for educating the next generation of Christian leaders, whether they choose to follow their calling in traditional ministry or the marketplace.
“I'm excited to serve at Multnomah because of its commitment to train students to love Christ and serve their neighbors through their lives and work," says Williford. "In unexpected times, God uses unexpected people in unexpected ways to influence the world for Christ and enhance the communities where they live. Multnomah equips its graduates to courageously identify and pursue these unexpected opportunities to serve God.”
Williford has a wealth of experience in higher education leadership and pastoral ministry.
Between 2009 and 2014, Williford served as president of Trinity International University (TIU), where he earned his doctorate in 1995. During his time at TIU, the university doubled its endowment and instituted numerous curricular improvements. TIU also secured funding for a new student success center while facilitating campus improvements such as remodeled classrooms and updated educational technology.
Prior to TIU, Williford spent eight years as president of Denver Seminary. He provided leadership as the seminary underwent a remarkable transformation in terms of its enrollment, curriculum, faculty development, financial health and campus facilities. He also taught pastoral leadership courses on the master’s and doctoral levels and continues to mentor five pastoral and nonprofit leaders who serve throughout the United States.
In addition, Williford served as a pastor for 20 years. His duties included leading pastoral and program staff, facilitating the strategic thinking process, preaching, leading significant change initiatives, designing new ministries, facilitating church planting strategies and pastoring two mini-congregations.
Godly, innovative leadership focused on reaching the world for Christ is his passion. He researches, writes and speaks on this topic whenever he has the opportunity. Williford loves to help leaders embrace the spiritual dimensions of their calling as Christ leads them in their lives and their organizations.
Williford and his wife, Carolyn, are authors and seminar speakers. Carolyn has written four non-fiction books and four novels that address areas of spiritual formation. Their latest co-authored books are “Faith Tango,” a practical guide on how to deepen one’s marriage through spiritual formation, and “Questions from the God Who Needs No Answers,” a devotional book for individuals, couples and small groups. Craig’s latest book is “How to Treat a Staff Infection.”
The Willifords have been married for 44 years. They have four grandchildren and two sons: Robb, who died suddenly in December 2010, and Jay, who lives in Colorado with his wife.