Why I serve at MU
I came to Multnomah in August 1988 for the Graduate Certificate program. Soon after, I met my future wife, Adrienne, who was in the undergrad program. Today we have three adult children: Drew, also a Multnomah alum, is the Youth Minister at Spring Mountain Bible Church; Elise, a new graduate from George Fox in Business; and Hannah, who is studying Social Work at George Fox. I attend Spring Mountain Bible Church in Clackamas, OR, where I've served as an elder since 2003.
I began my working career in electronic engineering after I graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. After several years, I felt the pull towards business and missions and decided to come up for air. I attended Multnomah for one year (1988-89) to prayerfully consider business as a channel for missions work. I found a local job at an international trading company and worked there for three years as I examined the potential of trade and missions. But once Adrienne and I began expecting our first child, we determined that I should return to engineering (in the electric power industry).
In 2011, more than 20 years after leaving the international trading firm, I made a discovery while biking to work. I had been listening to audio during my ride, but found that the wind noise caused me to increase the volume to an unhealthy level. One day, in frustration, I used scotch tape to wrap my socks around the front straps of my helmet to block the wind. I was amazed at the difference. I could hear everything around me as I rode—birds, bike sounds, voices—and also the traffic. I realized about safety as well as an enjoyable ride. I approached my business-oriented daughter Elise with my idea. With her and my wife's support, Wind-Blox was born. Several months later, talked with fellow MU alum who are now missionaries running a healing home abroad for young women rescued from sex trafficking. They said that they had been looking for a business which their girls could run. We realized the potential: We could let the girls run their own manufacturing business to produce some of the Wind-Blox.
We're now working to establish product demand so that we can ensure consistent orders. It's exciting to see which doors God will open to bless these women. It's also exciting to fulfill the pull on my own life to combine business and missions — some 20 years later. The business program at Multnomah is beyond exciting to me since the combination of Bible and business is what drew me to Multnomah back in 1988. It's truly an honor to serve Multnomah as a member of the Alumni Leadership Council, and I look forward to seeing how God answers our prayers to bless the ministry of Multnomah in years to come as together we seek to use our gifts to fulfill the great commission.
Serving since 2013.