Arrival in Rose City
My first visit to Multnomah convinced me that this was a place that emphasized piety, world missions, Bible education, and personal mentoring. It attracted quality students with these values. Its requirement of fifty-two hours of Bible and theology in the curriculum was a dream come true for a Bible teacher.
Story of grace
I grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area and responded to the gospel in high school. My family and home church were key in this new direction. I immediately had a hunger for Scripture and for ministering to others. In college, I was a county director for Youth for Christ and loved being in campus student leadership.
A million questions
I had a million questions and a desire to share God’s truth and love. This led me to seminary for seven years. My master’s thesis led me to a life-long love of the writings of C.S. Lewis. My doctoral work was on God’s will and later became the book Decision Making and the Will of God.
A dream come true
My dream job and my first full-time job were the same – Multnomah Bible College. This last 35 years have included serving as faculty, Bible department chair, academic dean, and then back to teaching. My favorite courses include Pentateuch, Spiritual Gifts, and The Life and Thought of C. S. Lewis.
Mentoring at Aslan’s How
For the last ten years I have had students living in my home near campus. The house is called Aslan’s How and we are living life together. Our house is also a teaching tool as it is decorated after C.S. Lewis and his Narnia Chronicles. Regular tours bring people to see and feel some of Lewis’ magic.
Imago Dei – Latin is in!
Imago Dei means “image of God.” Some of our past students planted a church in Portland called Imago Dei Community and it has been an adventure for me to chair its council of elders for the last four years.
Fingerprints of God
My blog is the “Friesen Fortnightly” and shares life from Aslan’s How, MBC, and Imago Dei. It shares the fingerprints of God that I see in life and ministry. I’m drawn to the story of Joseph where God’s hidden providence takes him through the highs and lows of life on a fallen planet.
On the back burner
Currently, I have just started a second mentoring house called “Eagle and Child” with seven men. I’m hoping to publish my Friesen Fortnightlies and join it with student pieces and photographs. I’ve finished 20 years of work on a Scripture Index of all of C.S. Lewis’s writings and currently am working on a book called “Spirit Filling and the Will of God.”