Dr. Rex A. Koivisto

Rex A. Koivisto
Dr. Rex A. Koivisto B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D.
  • Assistant Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Bible & Theology Division Chair
  • Professor Biblical Languages



B.A. - California State University, Hayward; M.Div., Th.M. - Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; Th.D. - Dallas Theological Seminary

Favorite Quote

“The world will never starve for want of wonders – but only for want of wonder.” -G.K. Chesterton

Where I come from

Born in Northern Minnesota to Finnish-American parents, I was raised in California and stayed there through the college years. I did not move to Oregon until the fall of 1972, when graduate school beckoned.

Faith story

Like many Scandinavians, I was raised as a Lutheran. But I never truly embraced the faith; rather, I avoided going to church as often as I could. It was not until, as a senior in high school, I first heard of the gospel of the grace of God in Christ through a friend, who shared with me the “four spiritual laws.” I knew that was what I needed deep in my soul, and I called on the risen Christ for forgiveness and direction. My life was changed radically from that point.

Why I teach at Multnomah

While approaching the end of my Th.M. program in Portland, I became aware of Multnomah’s reputation and compatibility with my own developing theology. I was ultimately hired as an adjunct soon after my wife and I married. With no options of full-time employment without a doctorate, we went to Dallas to secure one. We were delighted to be welcomed back to Multnomah in January of 1981.

Favorite book in the Bible

My favorite book is Ecclesiastes. I find it to be a realistic perception of life when possessions, relationships, talents, or any other things are used in an attempt to give us a sense of significance instead of intimate relationship with God.

Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities

Since about 1991, I have worked closely with Oaktree Software out of Orlando, Florida, to develop Greek biblical texts for searching on their Accordance Bible software.


My interests include hiking/backpacking, Macintosh computing, stamp collecting, and amateur astronomy. My wife, Joan, and I have three adult children, two of whom are married, and we have been blessed with four grandchildren.