Brian Wiggs: Leadership & Ministry

“The road to Multnomah was one I never saw,” says DCP student Brian Wiggs. The Washington native grew up playing football and going to keggers before joining the Navy for 10 years. When his service was over, he moved back to his hometown of Spokane. “It was more of the same [lifestyle]; it was me and the rest of the world,” he says. “I was trying to fill a hole that I never knew was there.”

The leadership and ministry major enrolled in an automotive technology program and started fixing cars. Fast forward 16 years: Wiggs was a Christian, seasoned mechanic and taking his first mission trip to Honduras, where his team was building a church in the middle of the jungle. It was there that Wiggs found his true calling in life. The builders were waiting for a load of dirt to show up when they realized the dump truck had broken down on the road. Wiggs was able to fix the car and get it running. That’s when the light bulb went on. “At that moment I thought, ‘Here we go!’” he says. “I’m going to be a missionary to missionaries in Honduras — I’m going to come down here and fix cars.”

The following year, Wiggs was back in Honduras with his team, building a church in the mountains. That’s when he heard about the Micah Project, a nonprofit ministry that helps homeless Honduran children. “I started seeing this kids that have no hope or future,” Wiggs says. “I realized that I’m supposed to teach these kids how to fix cars. That was God raising the sail. He told me that this is where I was going but that I had to prepare.”

And when Wiggs heard about Multnomah’s degree completion program, he knew where he wanted to prepare. “I came into the program not knowing what to expect or what the work load was going to be like; I started to worry if it’d all fit together,” he says. “But it did. I had the support of the degree completion office and the support of professors that encouraged me. They gave me a new hope, a new vision, a new direction for my life.”

Wiggs credits his teachers with challenging him and holding him accountable. And the leadership and ministry program is giving him the tools he needs to empower the young men he’ll serve. “The kids we’re dealing with have huge issues — they’ve been abandoned and abused…they’re the trash of Honduras according to most people,” he says. “They need to know that they are leaders within themselves, that they’re the ones who are going to change their country. Nothing is impossible.”