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Tudor-Stuart England class travels to London

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The following post was written by Kari Johnson, a history major at Multnomah University. 


I recently returned from a short-term study abroad trip to London. I was in a class called Tudor-Stuart England, and we spent this semester studying about the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, which lasted from 1485-1714. We read a book about daily life in Tudor England, a biography of Queen Elizabeth I, and a history of the King James Bible. We studied maps, took tests, and listened to lectures. We watched a great documentary by Simon Schama about the Tudors and Stuarts. Then the day finally came when all that studying came alive for us. As a class, we traveled to England, where we got to actually see the places we had been learning about.  It was amazing! Read the rest of this entry »

News you can use (spring 2017)

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Connecting through the new MU App

The new MU app is available from the App Store. Type “Multnomah University” for it to show up. Cruise around the App to connect to Social Media, Athletics, the MU Calendar, New Wine New Wineskins, Parent Resources, Prayer, Daily Verses, a Bible and more! Questions? Contact the Advancement Department at



Fill out this form to refer a friend to MU by email. When you submit this form, your friend will receive a code to apply to Multnomah for free.

And don’t forget to pass this along to your kid/s: If your friend is among the first 50 students to apply and you are a current student at Multnomah, you will receive a $15 gift card good at both Roger’s and the Campus Store!

You can refer as many friends as you like, and win up to three gift cards. Refer a friend today!


Payment plan information

At Multnomah, we offer a variety of payment plan options to assist you with the payment of your student account. For a small fee, a payment plan can be set up with automatic payments to manage your student account balance. Visit our student accounts page here, or call us directly at 503-251-5345.


Veteran’s education/Army tuition assistance benefits

If you are utilizing one or both of these benefits, please contact the VA Representative at Multnomah by calling 503-251-5372.


Important dates to remember

Fall 2017 Registration opened Monday, April 10, for current seniors.
Each day over the next two weeks, different groups of students within their class standing will have the opportunity to register. The Fall 2017 Course Schedule can be found here.

May 8-12 – College Final Examinations


Attention, parents of seniors!

MU’s Baccalaureate Chapel will be held on Friday, May 12, at 10 a.m.


Central Bible Church
8815 NE Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97220

The Commencement Ceremony will also be held on Friday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m.


Rolling Hills Community Church
3550 SW Borland, Road
Tualatin, OR 97062

This ceremony is open to all graduating students’ friends and family members. For any questions regarding arrival times for graduates, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 503-251-5370 or at


Important links

Multnomah University Campus Store
Order a gift basket for your student
MU Lions athletic schedules

Creative financial aid resources

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Dear MU Parent,

With kids only one year apart in school, I face the financial impact of paying two college tuitions simultaneously with some trepidation.  Fortunately, my work in the Financial Aid Office has taught me a lot about the variety of funding options available.

We are rounding the corner on deadlines for outside scholarships, but I encourage all students to seek additional resources.  Our Outside Scholarship page is a great place to start.  We also have a Scholarship Notebook in the Financial Aid Office, full of opportunities; and we are happy to assist students in their search process.  One hour of essay writing can yield a $1,000 scholarship – that’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me!


Stephanie Pollard is the director of financial aid at Multnomah University.

As we head into summer, be sure to have your student check out the Student Employment page on our website so they can secure a job at Multnomah prior to arriving on campus.  Work-Study funds are paid directly to the student in the form of a monthly paycheck (for hours worked, usually 10-20, multiplied by Oregon state minimum wage).  Having a job on campus maximizes working time; eliminating the hassle of a commute, enabling students to schedule their shifts in between classes, and offers a channel to demonstrate their Lion pride.

If we have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, please contact me for an appointment so we can map out a plan of how to make your student’s goal of a college degree financially feasible.

Stephanie Pollard | Director of Financial Aid

Student athlete profiles (spring 2017)

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Maile Kam (Volleyball and Track & Field)

MaileKam_squareAs Maile Kam was going through the college recruitment process, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to stay in the Portland area or go out-of-state to continue her academic and athletic career. A graduate from a smaller Christian high school, Maile’s desire was to find a university that had that same unified spirit and community support. Multnomah was a perfect fit for her.

“I have found a family here at Multnomah that will last a lifetime,” she says. “I’m excited to be part of the beginning stages of growing the athletic program and hopefully be a catalyst for growth in all programs. I love this community because it allows for genuine personal relationships. Being in both volleyball and track, I have been able to observe and develop relationships with numerous coaches. They display the qualities I aspire to have in my coaching opportunities — their Christian character, their ability to inspire and their love for each athlete as an individual.”

Maile, who currently coaches club volleyball, plans to focus her academic career in the field of Exercise Science, which is a new major Multnomah will offer in fall 2017.

“My dream is to coach underprivileged children in the surrounding Northeast Portland neighborhood, since community outreach is something both Multnomah University and I value,” she says. “I want to use my skills to display what it means to be an athlete and coach for God.”

To see Maile and her teammates in action, visit to learn more about upcoming Track & Field events.

Robert Kochis (Soccer and Track & Field)

RobertKochis1_squareWhen Robert Kochis was considering his options for college, he discovered that Multnomah University checked all his boxes. “What originally brought me to Multnomah was the fact that my brother Michael and I could play soccer together,” he says. “Then, when looking closely at the university, I found out it was a Christian college, and since I was raised in a Christian home it was really the one thing that made my decision clear. I wanted to come here to play sports and to grow in my faith as well as receive a degree. It was the perfect combination.”

Robert, who’s double majoring in History and Bible & Theology, attended two other colleges prior to coming to Multnomah. “I attended a college in Massachusetts and a junior college in Arizona, so Multnomah is my third college in a few years. What makes Multnomah unique is the community of believers; there’s no better environment. The staff and students are so caring and kind; it’s amazing. My coaches have really had an impact on my life too. They are showing me how to really care for people, even while competing in a physical sport like soccer. Or, in Track/Cross Country, how to win or lose and still care at the end of a race about everyone and say, ‘Good job.’ Most importantly, though, they are showing me how to live a Christian life on and off the field.”

Robert’s hope for his future includes both sports and education. “I plan to get my MA in Teaching so I can help educate youth and spread the love of Christ,” he says. “I am blessed by my family and friends’ support. Without them, I wouldn’t be here!”

To see Robert and his teammates in action, visit to learn more about upcoming Track & Field events.

Michael Escobedo (Basketball)

MichaelEscobedo_squareMichael Escobedo knew he wanted to play basketball at the college level and was thrilled when God opened the doors for him to play sports and continue his education at Multnomah University. “Everything just fell into place,” he says. “It was an easy decision.”

The smaller class sizes were a plus for Michael. “We see the same people every day, which enables us to get to know one another on a more personal level,” he says. “At a large university, that would not be as easy to do. The professors are personable and know everyone by name and even personality. My basketball coach really influenced me to build my relationship with the Lord. Before every single practice, he touched on God’s Word; before each game, he would lead us in a devotion. He truly cares about his players and treats us as brothers in Christ. He understands that there are more important things in life in comparison to basketball.”

Michael graduates this coming May with a degree in Business Administration, as well as Bible & Theology. His hope for the future is that God makes his next steps very clear. “I want to know what God wants me to do with my life,” he says. “For now, it’s about getting to the finish line and finishing strong.” Currently, Michael has opportunities to be an assistant basketball coach at the university or junior college level, and he is considering playing professional basketball in eastern Europe. We wish Michael all the best as he closes out his time with Multnomah this month!

Connecting with Student Life: The summer transition and student success

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The summer transition


Kim Stave is the dean of Student Life at Multnomah University.

For those of you who have a son or daughter living on campus during the academic year, you may be counting down the days until summer vacation when you get to have them back at home! However, remember…things most likely will not be the same as they were the last time they were living at home.

Since they’ve been away, they’ve gained more independence and may struggle with some of the family expectations that await them at home. Our encouragement is to sit down with them soon after they arrive and make sure you’re on the same page with expectations. And be sure to let them share some of their hopes for how their time with family might look. A little bit of clear communication can make a big difference!

Kim Stave | Dean of Student Life


Student success

The Student Success Center is geared up for the second half of the term! We have several ways that your student can access the tools they need to reach their academic goals:

Multnomah Career Services

Multnomah Career Services provides career coaching, testing, resume and cover letter writing/review, as well as resources for part-time student jobs and full-time careers.  Encourage your student to drop by. We’re located in the Student Success center.

Study Hall

Show up for Study Hall! This is a time when students can come to The Study, know they're going to get homework done, and have a staff member available to ask questions to when they come to a road block.


Make a tutoring appointment! Our writing tutors are amazing at reading students' papers and helping students improve them. If your student wants to maximize their grade on their final papers, be sure to send them to the writing tutors!


Meet with a staff member! If your student is struggling at all, especially if he or she is on academic probation, encourage them to come meet with a staff member. We can look at their grades so far, help them understand what needs to happen to pass their courses, and strategize ways to make it happen!


Parent to Parent: What I wish I had known about my college student

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The following post was written by Kim Vestal, parent of two Multnomah alumni, Tabitha Vestal and Samantha (Vestal) Dorsch, and one current student — Patrick Vestal.


What I wish I had known about my college student

I’ve had five kids leave home and go to college, or the other way around. When kids are not living at home, they experience life through a different lens and come home changed. They come home — adults.  As each of my kids left home and returned, I learned. Sometimes I got it right. Sometimes I totally blew it!


Kim Vestal is a proud parent of five, including two Multnomah alumni and one current MU student.

As my kids became adults, I had to learn to respect them and give them room to grow, as well as allow myself to grow into a different relationship with them. I prayed that God would give me insight, discernment, wisdom and creativity so that I would be able to approach situations in a new way. Also consider, transitions are messy. Life is messy. Adult kids will naturally pull away from you as they establish themselves. They may even pull away from the faith and the lifestyle in which they were raised.  They may even see you, the parent who has loved them, stood up for them, and cared for them, as the enemy. They may blame you, judge you and list your shortcomings. This stings. This can knock you flat, but hold fast! You cannot stand toe-to-toe with your adult child, arguing your point without losing some ground. Instead, take it to the Lord and remember: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve” (James 5:16b, CEB)!

Here are a few things I wish I had known:

  • Things won’t be the same.

When my college kids came home for the summer, I needed to realize that they’ve had a school year of independence. They had not had to tell anyone where they were going or when they would be back; whether or not they had breakfast, skipped class, called in sick to work, or stayed up all night to write a paper. They had embraced autonomy! Getting back into family routines and schedules were sometimes rocky.

My son sold his car when he left for college and had to adjust. He felt uncomfortable having to ask to use a car or ask for rides when he came home. My oldest daughter, after being away at college, started putting her name on food that she had purchased. It became an issue. I was surprised and offended. It was weird. I expressed to her, we are a family here; everything in the kitchen is for you to help yourself, like we’ve always done it. Ah, those famous last words – like we’ve always done it. I wish I would have known to approach the situation with a sense of humor and grace.

  • Priorities may look different.

When my son came home from college for the summer, I looked forward to weeks of shared family activities, only to find that he had volunteered to work at a camp two hours away for the entire summer.  I was disappointed; summer was not going to be what I had expected.

  • You can connect on a new level.

I never asked my kids to share their grades with me; that was their business. I didn’t need to add pressure; I knew they were already stressed enough. Instead, I would ask questions like:

  • How do you feel you did on that paper or test? I know you worked hard in preparation for it.
  • Which professor do you like best?
  • Which class do you feel you are learning the most from? Tell me about it.
  • Tell me about your new friends.

Patrick Vestal, Kim's youngest child, is a current student at Multnomah who is majoring in youth ministry.

As your adult student prepares to come home for the summer, first realize that they may want to sleep for an entire week! Second, include them in decisions about summer before hand. Have an email, phone call or FaceTime discussion about their expectations as well as yours.

Respect their new status; give them latitude to establish this new adult relationship at home. We want our adult kids to feel comfortable around us, to open up to us. If they feel we are chasing them or have our thumb on them, they will shut down and avoid us. Hold them with an open hand. Your “job” of raising a child is done, now is the time to establish the next level relationship. The most important thing is open communication and mutual respect.

Remember: Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone (Colossians 4:6, NLT).

University to Parent: New Beginnings

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Hello! My name is Natalie. I have the distinct privilege of serving you as our university’s new director of alumni & parent relations. I’m looking forward to meeting you and encouraging you to live out your Kingdom identity as a parent of an MU student!

I’m writing to let you know a little more about me, so we can have a head start in getting to know each other. Over the last eight years, Multnomah has played a leading role in my life story. The faculty, staff and student community created space for me to identify passions that led to a deeper understanding of my life calling. I started to anticipate and love learning within the tensions of life, when I felt as if I was without answers to my biblical and theological questions. Faculty, such as Ray Lubeck and Dan Christiansen, created safe places for me to learn from their own spiritual journeys. One of the biggest truths I realized was how to listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice and respond with faithfulness and worship.

As an alum, I can confidently say that God will continue to guide Multnomah into a new territory where we can develop an increased aptitude for learning and engaging the world around us. I’m beyond excited to discover creative ways of resourcing and partnering with our parents in the coming years.

If you’re able to come by, please consider yourself warmly invited! I’m looking forward to creating new memories and new beginnings with you soon.

Natalie Correll | Director of Alumni & Parent Relations

Global studies, MAGDJ students study abroad in Costa Rica

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The following post is written by Giovanni Gravino, a student in MU’s MA in Global Development and Justice (MAGDJ) program.

Pura Vida! Over spring break from March 22 to April 3, students from the undergraduate Global Studies program and the graduate MAGDJ program set out on a short-term study abroad opportunity to Costa Rica. Our team was led by Dr. Greg Burch, director of Global Studies Department, who had previously lived and worked in Costa Rica for numerous years. His experience and relationships provided us with extensive insight into the Latin American society.


On the grounds of La Montaña Christian Camps with the active Arenal volcano in the distance.

This trip, which is part of a course for both undergraduates and graduates, focused on youth and children in the Latin American context, as well as engaging in some of the cultural and recreational activities Costa Rica has to offer. We were exposed to effective ministry models, and it was a joy to learn from professionals who have a deep understanding of the context in which they are working. It was valuable to see these positive examples of what is working well with these organizations.


Morning lecture with Alexander Cabezas and Mark Padgett.

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Basilica de los Angeles, a well-known Roman Catholic Church located in the city of Cartago.

Costa Rica is a respected and beautiful country, as well as being considered one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. It is known as an environmentally sustainable country as well as a tourist destination that offers numerous activities and sights to see. The collectivist and polychronic culture was refreshing to be a part of. It was a good reminder of the importance of relationships. Being submersed into the language and culture was fun for us all.

Our cross-cultural experience began in Costa Rica’s capital city, San José, and each day consisted of lectures, site visits, and/or cultural and recreational activities. All of the lectures better equipped us in understanding the Latin American context within regard to youth and children, culture, religion, human rights and economic systems, and government policies. Along with lectures, we partook in site visits of a few Christian non-profits and learned from their models. Finally, being exposed to cultural and recreational activities provided us with great insight into the culture as well as memories that will be with us for a long time. These activities included visiting the Basilica de los Angeles, Volcán Irazu, Doka coffee plantation, Orosí valley, and even some Latin dance lessons, just to state a few.

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A trip to the beautiful Orosí Valley.

Two non-profit organizations we visited that stood out to us were Roblealto Child Care Association and Casa Viva. Casa Viva is one of the only Latin American organizations that centers on a healthy foster care program. MAGDJ student Amy Brownell highlighted that she was significantly impacted by these two organizations.

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Pamela Scianna, Development Director of Roblealto, giving a tour of the grounds.

Roblealto and Casa Viva are two organizations which have transitioned into a more just model of ministry with children at risk,” she said. “Instead of building orphanages and perpetuating the cycle of abandonment, these organizations assist families in working through their challenges and provide foster families for children who need to temporarily live apart from their families while they do the necessary work to become healthy and whole families once again. The holistic model these organizations provide help families and children in their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health.”

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Learning about campaigns and the need to promote Jesus-like tenderness in our families, communities and society from World Vision Latin America’s Marcela Ballestero.

The local church also plays a pivotal role in this process. It was great to hear about so many cases leading to family reunification. “It was exciting to visit these organizations and learn about their work keeping families intact,” Brownell concluded. There is great importance in children living in a family unit. These models provided such great insight and enhanced our education regarding at-risk children as we learned from those working in this context.

Other organizations and speakers included ICADS (Institute for Central American Development Studies), La Montaña Christian Camp, World Vision Latin America, evangelical theologian Don Juan Stam, ESEPA Bible College and Seminary, and PANI (Costa Rica’s Child Protective Services). We gained knowledge from each of these various organizations and speakers, leaving us with much to reflect on.

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Dr. Greg Burch (left) and our Costa Rican contact, Alexander Cabezas (right) with Don Juan Stam (center) during our visit to his home as he passionately spoke on theology and mission.


Getting ready for the Superman zip line over the cloud forest.

This educational trip also included eco-tourism, which plays a huge role in sustaining Costa Rica. We had the opportunity to explore the cloud forest in Monteverde and were able to tour butterfly gardens, hike, and zip-line through the vibrant and lush forest. One of our MAGDJ students, Jessica Resendiz, reflected, “In the cloud forest, I experienced the creativity and perfection of the Lord. His fingerprints were everywhere. It drew my heart to worship Him and refreshed my soul.” I believe all of us felt a divine connection with God at some point during this trip.

Our trip concluded with a debriefing time at the warm and sunny beach on the Pacific coast, before coming back to a rainy Portland, Oregon. Global Studies student, Tessa Shackelford explained that the end of the trip was incredibly relaxing. “It enabled me to simply pray and also reflect on what I learned over the past two weeks…I had a profound experience at the sheer magnitude and greatness of God”, as she spoke on the vastness of the ocean she stood in.

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In awe of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean during one of our last nights in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is truly a beautiful country. We had the opportunity to soak in all the flora and fauna, mountains, volcanoes, the beach, the people and the culture. God is the greatest artist and we were graciously astounded by the masterpiece of His creation. This experience was truly captivating as well as a joy to learn about and be engaged in the wonderful culture of Costa Rica.

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The lush and magnificent cloud forest in Monteverde.

The Global Studies Department offers a Global Immersion course (IS310) for undergrads and Topics in Global Development and Justice (IS660) for graduates. These courses include a guided trip to Costa Rica or Israel, with future study abroad trips being planned. Next spring, the course will be heading to Israel. For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Fancher directly at

MU hosts first community soccer camp

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On April 15, many Multnomah students, faculty and staff are coming together to host the first-ever Multnomah University Community Soccer Camp. This camp is primarily being driven by the MU men’s soccer team and the Multnomah University Athletic Department.

Junior global studies major Meghan Ward is assisting with the development of this camp. “The aim of this camp is to give an opportunity for community development and engagement right here on campus, in a way that’s enjoyable for people from all over,” says Ward. “After all, soccer is one of the most popular sports worldwide, and it’s a good platform for developing relationships with a wide range of people.”


The camp leaders are seeking to gather youth in the age range of 11-18 year old who have diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse soccer levels to fulfill this goal. The MU students hosting the camp are reaching out to target groups, fundraising, and receiving some mentoring in an attempt to make the first camp successful.

One of the goals set for this camp is that it will be a lasting and reoccurring event so that genuine relationships can be built and maintained. Junior church leadership major Kevin Cassal is one of the leaders who hopes this camp will be able to continue in future years. “My hope for the camp is that it provides a quality experience for the kids so that we can continue hosting it in the future and watch it grow,” says Cassal.


The camp is rapidly approaching — it will be hosted on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With that in mind, the group behind the scenes would love to connect with any possible participants or volunteers for this fun-filled day. All ranges of soccer experience and knowledge are welcome, as the primary goal of this camp is to build relationships while enjoying this beautiful game.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Meghan Ward at for details.


Amidst personal pain: How God used Multnomah in one student’s life

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Dear Multnomah Family,

I am continually amazed at the powerful, transforming work God does through the lives of our students. I recently heard the incredible story of Zach Muñoz, a recent graduate who illustrates how Multnomah continues to shape disciples who love the Savior.

Zach’s earliest memory is of pressing his hand against the glass divider that stood between him and his mother. She was in prison. Zach was three years old. Up until that point, his mother had grappled with drug addiction. New boyfriends trickled in and out of her home. Many of them abused Zach.

Zach was able to escape when his grandmother, his only semblance of a mother, stepped in to raise him. But at age six, he had to move in with his father. He was routinely exposed to emotional and verbal abuse. He joined a gang at age 14.


When Zach was 17, his life took a sharp turn when he met Jesus for the first time. Three years later, he enrolled at Multnomah University. During his first semester, his father died unexpectedly. Zach’s family wrongly blamed him for his father’s death and ultimately disowned him. He inherited his father’s astronomical debt, including many hospital bills, all while he was still 20. The following semester, the grandmother who raised him died too.

With no family and no money, Zach became homeless and lived out of his car to stay in classes. Multnomah was the only home he had. Overcome with hopelessness, Zach turned to alcohol to forget his pain. His faith was gone.  Everything he held onto slipped through his fingers like sand. God didn’t seem to be who he claimed he was in the Bible. If God was love, then why was this happening?

One of Zach’s professors, Dr. Ray Lubeck, and his wife Tamara, heard about Zach’s situation and invited him into their home with open arms. Tamara cooked dinner for Zach, a seemingly insignificant gesture, but it made an enormous impact on him. It began to draw him back into the loving arms of the Savior.

Hear some of Dr. Lubeck's reflections on that time:

Another professor, Dr. Jay Held, would close each class by saying to his students, “If you forget everything that I teach you, remember that I love you. I really do.” These words resonated deep inside Zach’s heart.

God was slowly building up to a transformational moment in Zach’s life. Finally, he connected with Zach’s heart during a Hebrew class. Dr. Becky Josberger and her students were reading the first of the Ten Commandments:

“You shall not have any other gods before me.”

Zach discovered the nuance behind the words “before me.” They come from the Hebrew words “al-panay,” which can also mean “before my face.” Zach realized God wanted a personal, face to face relationship with him. With tears streaming down his face in the middle of class, he re-encountered God in all his glory and love.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Josberger and hear about her memory of that special day:

Zach graduated last May with dreams of becoming a Hebrew professor. He wants to serve students the way his Multnomah professors served him. What an amazing story!

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel lately, and something stood out to me during a recent reading. In Daniel 4:2, Daniel tells the king,

“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.”

As President of Multnomah, I can also say that it’s my pleasure to tell you of the miraculous signs and wonders God continues to perform in and through students like Zach. These 25 acres are a catalyst for producing vibrant men and women of character who love the Word and are deeply in love with the Savior.

That’s why we need your help now more than ever!

Your sacrificial and generous gifts help students like Zach afford to stay at Multnomah. Will you consider giving to help our students, many of whom are going through financial hardships and personal crises? Gifts of all sizes are celebrated and appreciated.


We are grateful for participation at every level. Gifts like $10, $20, $50, or $100 each make a significant impact! Click on the button below to give for students like Zach, whose lives were dramatically changed by being here!

Thank you for supporting this amazing community, and for furthering the mission of Multnomah.


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.