Dr. Roy Andrews
B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Academic Dean of the Seminary
B.S. - Ball State University; M.A. - Ashland Theological Seminary; Ph.D. - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care."
Where I come from and faith story
I grew up in central Indiana, born and raised in a happy pagan home. When a basketball scholarship landed me in a Christian college, I was overwhelmed by the reality of a personal God and on Easter Sunday of 1983, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. I returned home that summer and rekindled a friendship with a high school classmate, led her to Christ, and married her the following summer.
I knew the moment I was saved that I would serve God full time, but I wasn't sure exactly what that would look like, so I completed a B.S. in Secondary Education, taught High School Social Studies, and coached football, basketball, and golf. Through some dramatic circumstances, the Lord called me to attend seminary, where I completed a M.A. in Church Administration. I served as the Associate Pastor at the First Brethren Church in Nappanee, Indiana for eight years and then as the senior pastor at the First Brethren Church of Elkhart, Indiana for six years. During the latter years of my time in the pastorate, I completed my formal training with a Ph.D. in Education.
Why I teach at Multnomah
I teach at Multnomah because I daily have the opportunity to influence the lives of students who will impact their communities around the world. One person stated it thus: “Roy is a zealous sender!”
Current ministry outside class
I worship at East Park Church in Vancouver, Washington where I also teach on occasion. I have done training events on various topics (i.e., teaching, leading, conflict management) and sometimes provide pulpit supply for local churches.
People who inspire you
I get goose bumps when I see or hear about someone who is an overcomer. That could be an underdog who overachieves or a top dog who rebounds from failing. God is constantly painting pictures of redemption all around me through the lives of people He has restored – that is inspiring!
Favorite book and people in the Bible
The book of Philippians is a great short story of joy and encouragement so I find myself there often. I can relate to Saul/Paul in my early transformational years – before Christ and after conversion. I am enamored by the Old Testament stories surrounding the lives of Joseph and Daniel – who did the best of things in the worst of times. I strive to be a leader like David – whole-hearted warrior king.
Ultimately, I must teach as Jesus taught – by asking more than answering, by telling the story instead of giving an outline, and by walking through life with students to experience the adventure.
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I have enough hobbies to keep me busy when retirement comes, but I don’t ever plan to retire. Alas, I’ll just have to work in all the movie/sports watching, book reading, wood working, coin collecting that I can around a busy but manageable work life.
I am married to Mesu who has a vibrant career as an author/speaker and we are the grateful parents of two adult daughters, Trina and Emily. The family dog, Bouzer, is a Rottweiler/Pit Bull mix – don’t worry he’s a lover not a fighter!