Multnomah University in Reno-Tahoe?

6 comments Written on July 1st, 2008 by
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Today marks an important beginning for Multnomah—for two reasons. First, on this day we begin operating as Multnomah University. And second, as Multnomah University we now occupy a significant footprint in Reno, Nevada, right in the heart of the mountain west.

Our Reno-Tahoe presence has been a long time in the making. Conversations began over nine years ago when several church and business leaders from northern Nevada approached Multnomah about the possibility of creating a Bible college in Reno.

“Many of our young people leave Reno for their college education,” says Multnomah alum Tony Slavin, one of the original trustees who serves on the pastoral staff of Grace Community Church, “but then they would never return to Nevada. We needed a place in Reno where they could be equipped to minister in the church here.”

For seven years, Multnomah, pursuing regional accreditation with NWCCU, could not launch extension education. However, Dr. Larry Ayers, a Multnomah adjunct faculty with higher education experience, spent a year in Reno organizing their board and securing approval from the State of Nevada to operate Meadows Bible Institute (MBI) as a state-authorized Bible institute, the only faith-based institution of its kind.

Then, last February, Multnomah’s board of trustees approved a recommendation to take over the facility in Reno for the purpose of offering accredited, biblical education for northern Nevada. After MBI’s board accepted this recommendation, Multnomah and Meadows negotiated an agreement that would transfer all its assets to Multnomah. We signed this historic agreement the evening of June 30, 2008, with joy, prayer, and celebration.

Looking Ahead
Now the work begins. Jason Daniels will continue as administrative director of the Reno-Tahoe site, reporting to me and working with each of the Portland campus departments. In cooperation with our accrediting agencies, we hope to begin offering accredited courses, perhaps as early as this fall.

Rejoice with us! God has, I believe, opened a portal of opportunity to enlarge Multnomah’s mission and ministry into the mountain west region of the United States!

Read the official press release here


Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood is Multnomah University's fourth president. Inaugurated in 1997, he has overseen an era of exceptional transitions. Under his leadership, Multnomah has achieved regional accreditation; solidified name and logo branding; changed to a University structure; built several buildings and launched numerous new programs.

6 comments “Multnomah University in Reno-Tahoe?”

If you’re interested in having some adjunct faculty members–I’ve got both the biblical and psychological training needed to help launch things and build the extention campus into a “force to be reckoned with” in God’s kingdom!

Really glad to see this progressing so well. I know that this will be a real blessing to our area. Good Luck and God Bless!

Please!! We need fewer ecclesiogenic neurotics, not more. You people who supported the murderous, corrupt, criminal bush crime cluster are hypocrates to the 99th degree. You have a perverted moral compass! Please stay away.

@p edwards –

I have to admit, I actually had to look up the term “ecclesiogenic neurosis” to see exactly what you meant (and had a hard time since “ecclesiogenic” is not defined in dictionaries).
This is the best I could find:
It is my contention that you are mistaken on several fronts about the intended purpose of this obscure and seldom supported term. We aren’t Catholics, there is no central “dogma”, and our beliefs do not fall under any reasonable psychological classification of neurosis.

I’m not sure why you think we all support the “criminal bush crime cluster”, but we don’t take a position on political occurrences or officers. We are an institution of higher learning with a doctrinal statement. Believe me, there are many different opinions on the state of world affairs in the Christian community.

I hope we will be able to contribute to and benefit the entire Mountain West region around Reno. We are thankful for academic freedom, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. Please be patient and I’m sure you will see that we seek to contribute as a partner in a community for the benefit of all.

I have been looking all over the Reno area for an accredited Bible institute. It has not been easy. Do you offer Associate Degrees? Have you started the classes in the Reno area?

@rachel –

Hello rachel, right now, we’re working with the State of Nevada on the accreditation issue. It’s just a process that every state handles differently and at their own pace! At any rate, Multnomah University in Portland is accredited, so it’s only a matter of time and paperwork before the Reno-Tahoe campus is finished!

Currently, we are offering classes, but right now they are adult Bible education classes only. Eventually, we will offer all the way up to a bachelor’s there, but it takes time to do it properly. You are welcome to contact the staff there directly for information until all of the above is settled.

There are more details about this process coming out in our next Multnomah Magazine in November. If you’d like to subscribe for free, please email me your information at

I’ll do my best to keep you informed.