Since there are no chapels in the summer time, the Alumni Department is responding to your interest in hearing more about the professors who have worked at Multnomah and have special places in your hearts. Below is a short synopsis from one of our former faculty members, Professor David Needham who worked at Multnomah for 44 years and deeply changed the lives of many.
Professor Needham has recently traveled with Director of Alumni Relations, Michelle Peel, to be the speaker at our Southern California alumni regional event.
What is Professor Needham doing now?
Since his retirement from Multnomah University, Professor Needham has continued to be quite involved teaching an adult class at Hinson Baptist Church. He enjoys the extra time that retirement has afforded him to prepare for teaching and write another book which he has just finished called, "How Does It Look From the Top of the Wall?". In this book, he expresses what he believes to be the most significant things found in the book of Isaiah. He also enjoys travelling, spending time with family and his wife, Mary Jo whom he will have shared 57 years with this summer (pictured to the right). They have two children and three grandchildren. When time allows, he also looks forward to an occasional visit back to campus to maintain dear friendships here, and he has access to the Library!
When we asked him what he has been learning since retirement, he responded that after all his years of study, he is continually amazed by the truth that God loves us. There are so many things in life that challenge this seemingly simple statement, and yet there are so many facets to this truth that he is still learning ever more and more deeply. When asked about what counsel that he would give in order to encourage alumni, he said "Never weary of being good receivers of the grace and love of God. Though the Bible says "It is required of a steward that he/she be found faithful," I am convinced that the most crucial "faithfulness" issue is in faithfully living in dependency upon the Holy Spirit to release through us the risen life and love of Christ, keeping in mind that we are moving ever closer to an awesome destiny."
About the Professor
David C. Needham was raised as one of four children in an authentic Christian home in a rural, ranch environment in Southern California. Graduating from both Westmont College and Dallas Theological Seminary with BA and ThM degrees, he accepted a youth and Christian education ministry position in his home church, the Community Church of Vista, California. Four years later he became pastor of the Laguna Beach Calvary Evangelical Free Church. Another four years later he was invited to join the faculty at Multnomah University where he eventually became Distinguished Professor of Theology. Presently in print are two books he has written titled, Close to His Majesty and Birthright, Christian Do You Know Who You Are? These books strive to encourage others to live as receivers, responders, and displayers of God’s love, is his passion, encouraging fellow believers in an enthusiastic, relational response to God and his Word.