Archive for January, 2017

Dr. Kristen White to join MU as director of MAC program

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Dr. Kristen M. White has been selected as director of Multnomah University’s Master of Arts in Counseling program. She will begin serving in her new role in April. Read the rest of this entry »

Forum shines a light on anxiety and depression

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A forum on anxiety and depression, “Bridging Troubled Waters,” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Gateway Church. The event is being presented by The Institute for Theology and Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. Read the rest of this entry »

MU opens The Den with pancakes and karaoke

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The Den is a new space on Multnomah’s campus designed with commuters in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Alumni news

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Keep us up to date on what is happening in your life! Let us know about births, deaths or marriages via email at, or you can fill out a short update form here.

HasenkampGarrett and Mindy Kate

Garrett and Mindy Kate ‘11 (Rawlins) Hasenkamp were married on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Langdon Farms in Aurora, Oregon. Garrett is currently the activity director at an assisted living community, and Mindy Kate is the director of Admissions at Multnomah University.


CorrellLucas and Natalie

Lucas and Natalie ‘16 (Tidswell) Correll were married on Friday, October 9, 2015, at The Aerie at Eagle Landing in Happy Valley, Oregon. Natalie works as the campus visit coordinator in the Admissions Department at Multnomah University, and Lucas is a student at MU. The Corrells are part of the Bridgetown Church Community in downtown Portland. They are both pursuing vocations in local church-focused ministry.

WoodhurstAnthony and Carly

Anthony and Carly ‘16 (Nicholson) Woodhurst were married on Saturday, October 08, 2016, at First Evangelical Church in Vancouver, Washington. Carly is currently working for the Pioneer Catering Company at Multnomah University. After graduation, Anthony wants to join the Portland Police Department, and Carly plans to pursue a master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in church history.

PerryKevin and Rachel

Kevin and Rachel ‘16 (Piñon) Perry were married on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Multnomah University on North Bradley Lawn. After Kevin graduates, the Perrys are possibly moving to Austria to work with Muslim refugees alongside other missionary couples.

The Perrys say they are so thankful for how the Lord has orchestrated their lives so far — they can’t wait to see what’s next, and how the Lord will use them as a couple!


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Callaway BennettCallaway Bennett

Peter ‘12 and Molly ’12 (Callaway) Holmes welcomed son Callaway Bennett Holmes on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 8:10 a.m. He arrived 11 days early, but weighed seven pounds, six ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Anna Joy Brock

Greg ’01 and Carolyn ’01 (Olson) Brock welcomed their fourth baby into the world on August 13, 2015. Anna Joy was born at 1:45 a.m. She weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Robin RinneRobin Claire Rinne

Nathan ’14 and Kaitlin ’12 (Handley) Rinne welcomed daughter Robin Claire Rinne on January 30, 2016. Robin weighed six pounds, four ounces. Nathan and Kaitlin are living in the Spokane area while Nathan is working on his aviation internship at Moody Aviation.

Araina BellAraina Bell

Curtis ’16 and Annie ’14 (Partridge) Bell welcomed daughter Araina Bell on July 28, 2016, at 11:30 p.m. Baby Bell weighed seven pounds, three ounces. Araina is a sister to big brother Odin.

Amalia VelasquezAmalia Rose Valasquez

Carlos ’01 and Christine ’01 Velasquez welcomed daughter Amalia Rose Velasquez on October 13, 2016. Baby Amalia weighed eight pounds and six ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Kaylin BedlionKaylin Noelle Bedlion

Ben ’13 and Leanne ’13 (Gish) Bedlion welcomed daughter Kaylin Noelle Bedlion on July 17, 2016, at 6:11 p.m. Baby Kaylin weighed nine pounds and measured 20 ¾ inches long.

In Memoriam

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Ryan Mark Franklin

Ryan Mark Franklin ’05 was born October 4, 1981, and died May 18, 2016. Ryan was born in Eugene, Oregon, to Mark and Margaret Franklin. He was soon joined by his two younger brothers Kevin and Aaron. He attended Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon, and played basketball as a Multnomah Ambassador. When he didn’t skip class, he worked toward a bachelor’s degree in education. He graduated in 2005. He met Amie at Multnomah, and in July of 2004 they were married at her home ranch in Idaho. He is survived by his wife, Amie, three daughters and 12-month-old son.

Leah Johnson

Leah (McInnelly) Johnson ’60 was born on August 06, 1938, and passed away on May 21, 2016, in Plano, Texas. Leah is survived by Neil Johnson, her loving husband of 49 years. They were married in Tacoma, Washington, on July 1, 1967. Leah is lovingly remembered by her children: Keven Johnson and his wife Katrina of Van Alstyne, Texas; Janelle Johnson Hyde of Fairview, Texas; and Rebecca Hiza of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She is missed by her grandchildren: Kayla Brazeal, Bronwyn Brazeal, McInelly (Elly) Hyde, Gemma Johnson, Rylan Johnson, and Samantha Padilla. She is also survived by her siblings: Steve McInelly of Pinetop, Arizona; Jeanie Standley of Los Alamos, New Mexico; and V. Don McInelly of Scottsdale, Arizona. Leah is predeceased by her father Ruebuck McInelly, mother Alice McInelly, and daughter Melani Corrine Padilla.

Betty Jean Wellsfry

Betty Jean (Vrieling) Wellsfry ’56 was born on January 10, 1935, and passed away on January 30, 2016. God chose Betty on September 27, 1952. She was 17 years old. From that moment on, she had a hunger for the Word, a love for Jesus, and a desire to obey. Howard and Betty met at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon in 1953.

Seymour Waldo Baybrook

Seymour Waldo Baybrook ’51 was born on February 17, 1926, and peacefully entered eternal life on April 14, 2016. He came to Oregon in 1942 to finish high school and attend Oregon State University. After graduating with a B.A., Seymour went on to get an M.A. at Eastern Oregon State. He also attended Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon. He is survived by his brother George W. Baybrook, his sister-in-law Margie (nee Young) Baybrook, his nephew Stephen Baybrook, nieces Grace Takamura and Becky Baybrook (married to Jim Heckenbach), as well as two grand-nephews, Mark and Jon Takamura.

Richard Carl Ryder

Richard Carl Ryder ’60 was born on March 27, 1939, and passed away on March 7, 2016. He attended Ceres High School, Multnomah University and Biola University. Richard proudly served in the US Army. He is survived by his loving wife, Dixie Ryder (Froggatte).

Yaoki Peter Iijima

Yaoki Peter Iijima ’62 was born August 31, 1932, and passed away September 9, 2016. In 1961, he came to Portland, Oregon, for a one-year Bible course at Multnomah School of the Bible. He met Geneva Cobb at an area church, and they were married August 25, 1962. Yaoki is survived by his daughters Robin Clement of Aloha, Oregon, and Crystal Kfir of Jerusalem, Israel, and his sons Stephen Iijima of Tokyo, Japan, and Timothy Iijima of Alexandria, Virginia. Yaoki has eight grandchildren: Jonathan Rohr, Grace Iijima, Sofia Iijima, John Iijima, Leo Iijima, Antonio Iijima, Itay Kfir, and Liron Kfir.

Virgil Owen Vater

Virgil Owen Vater ’60 was born on November 5, 1926, and passed away on May 6, 2016. In 1945, Virgil met Martha Ellen Jones (Marty). They married in Seattle on June 25, 1948, and they shared 64 years until Marty passed away in 2012. Virgil is survived by sons Roger (married to Kathy) of Marysville; Randy (married to Bonnie) of Sultan; Ron (married to Jana) of Burlington; and daughter Renee (married to Lou) of Peoria, Arizona. Grandchildren include: Laura (Vater) Elsing, Leah Usack, David Vater, Daniel Vater, Simon Vater, and Jake Farley, as well as great-granddaughter Summer Elsing. Virgil also leaves behind his sisters Jackie Warner and Pauline Wharton, and his brother Raymond (married to Jeanette). He was preceded in death by his wife Marty and his sister Betty Florence.

Marlene Virginia Geraud

Marlene Virginia Geraud ’57 was born on October 25, 1936, and passed away on August 27, 2016. She graduated as valedictorian from Grand Coulee High School in 1954, and Multnomah Bible School in 1957. She is survived by her sister, Beverly Durstan of Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada; nephew, Brian Durstan of Salmon Arm, British Columbia; and three nieces: Connie Johnson of Steinbach and Kathy Elias and Leanne Allison of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was preceded in death by her parents.

V. Deane Keller

V. Deane Keller ’52, ’55 was born on December 19, 1929, and passed away on February 26, 2016. Deane received his diploma from Multnomah School of the Bible in 1952. He also received his Bachelor of Theology degree from Multnomah in 1955. He also taught at Multnomah from 1976 -1978. After he retired, he was an Elder at Calvary Baptist Church in The Dalles, where he led Wednesday night Bible studies before moving to Arizona. He is survived by three children: Tim Keller, Ruth Ann Lash, and Marilee Ade. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris.

Marvin Thiessen

Marvin Thiessen ’50 passed away on November 24, 2016.

Samuel Teeny

Samuel TeenySamuel Teeny was born October 10, 1924, and passed away on October 27, 2016. Sam attended Multnomah Bible College and followed God’s call to Lebanon, traveling there multiple times. He married Minerva Ghossian on July 10, 1949. In 1964, Sam and Minerva opened Middle East Bakeries, coined the name Pocket Bread™, and shared God’s love by putting a Bible verse on every bag of bread. Sam is survived by his wife of 67 years, Minerva Teeny and their five children: Parry (married to Alexa), Suezette (married to Craig), Rick (married to Debbi), Scott (married to Kelly), and Andrea (married Dan). The Teenys have been blessed with 11 grandchildren: Rebecca (married to Wayne), Andrew (married to Jeanette), Mark, Nathan, Naomi, Daniel, Isaiah, Tonia, Theo, Kaetha, and Erika. They also have four great-grandchildren: Joelle, Timothy, Luke, and Peter.

Alice Sturz

Alice Sturz ’54 was born on May 7, 1926, and passed away on January 1, 2015. She spent many years serving the Lord in Ivory Coast, West Africa, as a missionary nurse with the Conservative Baptists. She moved to Denver when she retired and then moved to California shortly before the Lord took her Home. The night of her Home-going, she asked her caregiver to draw a bath and to put clean sheets on her bed. When she was ready, she lay down, saying, “I’m going to meet my Bridegroom.” And, in her sleep, she did.

Campus Happenings, Winter 2017

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MU to change name of pastoral ministry major

Multnomah University is changing the name of the pastoral ministry major to church leadership. The revision will take effect at the start of the 2017 spring semester. “In many ways, the two titles are synonymous,” says Practical Theology Division Chair Dr. Hildebrand. “The heart of the program will remain the same, and the training will largely remain the same.”

Dr. Derek Chinn selected as dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Dr. Derek Chinn has accepted the position as dean for the School of Biblical and
Theological Studies and dean of the Seminary on December 6, 2016. “Dr. Chinn’s experience as a pastor and academic administrator combined with his M.B.A. and seminary degrees uniquely qualify him for this new role,” said University President Dr. Craig Williford. “His outstanding leadership as our interim dean over the past few months also affirmed that he is our best choice.”

Veterans Resource Center

Multnomah University celebrated the grand opening of its Veterans Resource Center on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day. Veterans can shop at the center’s food pantry, browse pamphlets for off-campus resources, and connect with other veterans. If you’re interested in volunteering at the Veterans Resource Center, contact Matthew Comprix at You do not need to be a veteran to volunteer.

Fall graduation

Multnomah University celebrated its fall graduation ceremony at Central Bible Church on December 12, 2016. Friends and family looked on as 73 graduates crossed the stage and received their diplomas.

Dead Sea Scrolls event

Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz and a number of his students presented their recently published research on several Dead Sea Scrolls fragments on October 10, 2016, at Multnomah University. In addition, the Museum of the Bible from Washington D.C. brought the fragments themselves for an exhibit in the university’s upper library. Research on these Dead Sea Scrolls fragments has been ongoing at MU since 2014 as part of the Scholars Initiative program, a research arm of the Museum of the Bible. The Scholars Initiative provides opportunities for students to work closely with mentor-scholars in research of ancient texts provided by the Museum Collection, one of the largest private collections of biblical texts and artifacts in the world.

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 1 of 3): Faith Raising, Winter 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

When it comes to giving generously, we can often feel inadequate. But the Bible has great lessons about people who lived attainable, generous lives on a daily basis. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to men and women, both mature and immature in their faith. He describes both real and fictional characters engaged in very normal activities, and still they manage to live abundantly generous lives.

The Unsuspecting Giver

Luke 8:1-3 tells us about some of the early actions of the 12 disciples and several ladies. These early recruits were newbies in the faith, straight out of the marketplace. On top of that, the women are described as formerly having evil spirits, diseases and demons. Still, these early adopters, who are taking their first steps of faith, are said to be supporting Jesus “out of their own means,” and Jesus wants to make sure we know them. There are no high and lofty requirements to generosity — you just need to give.

The Called Giver

Luke 9:3 and 10:4 introduce us to an extreme giving request of Jesus. He called His early disciples, over 80 of them, to give up everything for the sake of a short-term mission trip. He sent them all out into the harvest, to share the good news and help people with their needs. Jesus called them to go while taking nothing with them, not a dime or a change of clothes, not even a snack. We are called to support Jesus at times by giving up all that we have. Don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person Jesus asks or sends out — just one of many who have learned to enjoy the adventure.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, which will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Saying farewell after many years of service: Person to Person, Winter 2017

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To everything there is a season and a time for every matter and purpose under heaven …
Ecclesiastes 3:1


Michelle Underwood is Director of Alumni Relations at Multnomah University.

There’s something invigorating about the freshness of a new year: time unmarked, a new beginning, a fresh start. This season marks not only the beginning of a new year, but for some of our most recent alumni, it marks the beginning of a new journey. We welcomed 73 new graduates into our Alumni Association this past month at our winter commencement ceremony. It was a significant celebration for me in that my step-daughter Meredith was among those graduating with master’s degrees. Significant as well was that it marked my final commencement ceremony and season of serving as Multnomah’s alumni director.

There are no words to express the gratitude in my heart for the honor it has been to serve Multnomah and our alumni these past 11 years. Thank you for the ways that you represent Multnomah and its mission and most importantly our Savior. As we usher in new seasons of life, we trust God with each new step along the way, and in doing so, we learn a deeper dependence upon Him.

In January, I will begin serving in my new role as human resources director, supporting our family businesses. I am excited for this new opportunity and for learning deeper ways of growing in dependence. I’m excited as well for what God will continue to do in and through Multnomah. This isn’t goodbye — only farewell, as I’m sure our paths will cross again.


Reflecting on a year of growth and progress

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Greetings from Multnomah University.

We continue to experience God’s presence and empowerment as we work together to build a sustainable path for growth and increased mission fulfillment. Watching the Holy Spirit complete His work in the lives of our students through their MU experience encourages and reminds me that God persists in His effort to raise up godly leaders for His kingdom work.

Like Daniel, Esther, Nehemiah and Ezra, we believe God will place our students in unusual places where they can influence society for the sake of the gospel. How does the saying go? “Good acts produce goodwill that produces conversations to share about the Gospel of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

We finished the 2015/16 fiscal year strong, exceeding our revenue goals while keeping expenses below budgeted amounts. We welcomed new and returning financial partners and exceeded our annual student scholarship goal.

This fall our undergraduate student body increased by around 11 percent. Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s student body also grew slightly. Graduate school enrollment did see a decrease, which we are addressing. We rejoice that our enrollment is growing now and is projected to keep increasing.

We continue to work on crafting more intentional and comprehensive strategies to mature our students’ faith and character. Saturating the entire MU educational experience with our biblical and theological understandings remains at the heart of what we do. We also recently gained accreditation approval to begin offering new majors in environmental science and exercise science in the fall of 2017.

Thank you for your prayers, financial support, encouraging emails, and for recommending MU to prospective students.


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.