Dr. Wayne Strickland grew up in a military home where he was exposed at an early age to diverse cultures both within the United States as well as internationally. Although he was not raised in a Christian home, his parents were loving and caring. He met Christ as Savior in Mannheim, Germany and developed a passion for Christ and His Word from a Multnomah graduate who had served with the founder of Multnomah.
After graduating from the University of Washington, he decided to enter full-time ministry and headed for Dallas, Texas, for further professional training.
Upon graduation from Dallas Theological Seminary, he taught at the seminary level in the Washington D.C. area and often served in interim pastorates. God had been tugging on his heart to minister in the Pacific Northwest, so he jumped at the opportunity to teach at Multnomah when it was offered in 1991.
Dr. Strickland is a cofounder of Clear Creek Community Church in Gresham, Oregon, and Grace Fellowship in Glide, Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society, having served as regional chairperson. He is also the general editor and contributing author of "Five Views on Law and Gospel" in Zondervan's Counterpoint Series. He and his wife, Marie, have three adult daughters. One of their favorite activities is scuba diving.
"Multnomah is a special place emphasizing the cultivation for the love of Jesus Christ," Dr. Strickland said. "The education of the student begins with understanding that Christian formation begins and ends with knowing Christ more deeply every day! Paul states that the Law of Christ is love, and I have seen that love demonstrated in the lives of Multnomah faculty, staff, students and alumni alike! God has been using Multnomah in the lives of people for 75 years! I have been profoundly affected to grow in personal Christ-likeness and have seen others grow in their love for Christ as well over the years. That’s the kind of place I want to be in."