One day, a wise and respected member of the Multnomah community with some knowledge and history under his belt mentioned to us that there used to be "Extension Sites" long ago for Multnomah. Certainly long before MU Reno-Tahoe was established!
I won't mention any names, but I'll shamelessly plug his blog here!
This would appear to be a problem since we're calling Reno-Tahoe our first extension site...so I did some sleuthing (big thanks to Dr. Lockwood for pointing me in the right direction).
Was Reno The First?
Upon further research, we have come up with this general consensus:
- In the 1950's and 1960's, Drs. John Mitchell and Willard Aldrich used to travel to various locations in the Northwest and conduct Bible classes.
- These included at least Puget Sound/Tacoma, Eugene, Spokane, Shasta, and Reno. There may have been others.
- It is true, some expired and others have developed into independent Bible institutes.
- Shasta has become Shasta Bible College and is now accredited by TRACS (the Trans-national Accrediting Association).
- Spokane eventually was taken over by Moody Bible Institute.
- The one in Tacoma/Puget sound became Cascade Bible College and approached us for a merger in the 1990's. We were not prepared to take it over. Eventually it was absorbed by Antioch Bible Church and merged with their Imago Dei Institute.
- Reno had several incarnations, but never made it until Meadows Bible Institute emerged - which is now MU Reno-Tahoe.
- None of these were ever intended to become extension sites of Multnomah.
- Dr. Mitchell certainly never indicated that he envisioned a network of Multnomah campuses around the Northwest and West.
- He was willing to help others get a work like Multnomah started and then let them develop independently if they desired.
- Therefore, there were no Multnomah School of the Bible extension sites.
- We understand them as good-faith efforts of the early founders to do ministry in other cities, but not to develop extension sites for Multnomah School of the Bible per se.
There You Have It!
How's that for a history lesson? I should write a textbook (*imagine my sarcastic intonation here)!