PORTLAND, Ore. —The Cascade Collegiate Conference approved Multnomah University’s membership application this week, moving the Lions one step closer toward conference participation during the 2015-16 season. Read the rest of this entry »
Categories: General, Press Releases
Spring term has now come to a close. Last Friday night graduates walked across the stage, accepted their diplomas and tossed their hats into the air in celebration. I sat down with several of our exceptional graduates from our college, graduate school and seminary to hear more about their experiences and the impact a Multnomah education has had on them.
Name: Danae Cowan
Hometown: Sweet Home, Ore.
Majors: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite MU memory: “During a late-night study session with my roommate in Memorial Hall, we were struggling to stay awake. Every hour on the hour, without a word, we’d drop our books and run one lap around our dorm. By the second and third time, we were laughing so hard we couldn’t stop.”
Dream job: “I’d love to work with women who are hurting and are in need of healing.”
Favorite professor: Dr. Val Clemen, who taught her Gender in Ministry class. “I love the way she connected with her students. She has such a huge love for Jesus and her students.”
Local perks: “I went to the Portland Art Museum this year and loved it. I also enjoy just walking through the city and people watching.”
Lesson learned: “Multnomah is a place where I learned about grace.”
Name: Ethan Knudson
Hometown: Renton, Wash.
Majors: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite MU memory: One night during his junior year when he and his friends were playing soccer. “My friend Charlie said to us, ‘If I make this next goal, you have to copy me and do whatever I do next. Deal?’ He made the goal, and then we all had to run through the sprinklers, which had just come on. That was a fun night.”
Dream job: After earning a master’s degree in teaching, Ethan hopes to become a theology professor and team teach alongside his fiancée. “I want to be in a position that allows me to connect with students and mentor them.”
Favorite professor: Dr. Karl Kutz, his Hebrew professor. “He’s brilliant. He cares about the heart and soul care of each student. He prepares you to face tough questions and tough seasons in life.”
Lesson learned: “Being at MU has been the most life-defining experience I’ve had. I’ve learned to be OK with not having all the answers, whether it’s about theology or life in general. That’s been freeing and has allowed me to enjoy life.”
Name: Clarissa Smith
Hometown: Golini, Kenya
Majors: Bachelor of Arts
Favorite MU memory: “One night Danae Cowan and Kayla Thomas and I dressed up and went out to dinner in Portland. It’s was pouring rain. You should have seen us balancing umbrellas in our heels trying to find the restaurant. We had a blast. After dinner, we went to Fred Meyer and bought roses to bring to Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital. While we were at Fred Meyer, our car broke down! After we got it running, we took the tram up to the hospital and delivered the roses to nurses. That was super fun. The women I’ve become friends with at MU are wonderful. Together we laugh, cry, go on adventures and share what God has been doing in our lives.”
Next job: She’s moving to China to teach English for one year. “Only the Lord could take a girl who grew up in a tribal village in Kenya and send her to the big cities in China to teach English.”
Favorite professor: Dr. Ray Lubeck, who taught her Old Testament and Biblical Theology class: “His ability to take big concepts and present them in a way that’s understandable and relatable is unique. He gives his students a curiosity to learn for the rest of their lives.”
Local perks: “I love going to Monty’s Café for chai tea or Palio’s for a late-night study session. Another favorite activity is going to get frozen yogurt at YoCream (frozen yogurt.) Also, the international food scene here in Portland is really good.”
Lesson learned: “To live my life with open hands.”
Name: Jason Cybulski
Hometown: Burlingame, Calif.
Degree: M.A. in Pastoral Studies/Christian Leadership
Favorite MU memory: Jason, who lives in married housing with his wife and two daughters, spoke highly of the Multnomah community. “There’s nothing better. It’s great to meet new people and live life together with our families.”
Next job: Teaching Pastor at Potter’s Hands in Tigard, Ore.
Favorite professor: “That is an unfair question. One of my favorites is Prof. Tom Schiave, who taught my Theology of Community in Ministry class. He took time away from academia to shepherd those of us who wanted to go into vocational ministry.”
Local perks: He and his family enjoy discovering new places to eat. “The food here in the city of Portland is great.”
Lesson learned: “It’s important to cultivate the mind of a scholar, but that’s not worth anything without a pastor’s heart that can shepherd people.”
Name: Rie Doss
Hometown: Kyoto, Japan
Favorite MU memory: Rie remembers the MU community fondly. “I enjoyed learning from my classmates.” The M.Div. program is so rigorous that Rie stressed the importance of the support she found at MU. “We encouraged each other.”
Next job: Chaplain Fellow at Portland VA Medical Center
Favorite professor: Dr. Roger Troutmann, her advisor. “He was a great mentor — always there for me and very encouraging.”
Local perks: Hiking in the Gorge during the spring and summer and snowshoeing in the winter opened doors for her to enjoy God’s creation.
Lesson learned: “Trust in God. Keep working. At the beginning, I felt very scared. But I took one week at a time and one class at a time.”
Categories: General, Press Releases
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Multnomah University Board of Trustees announced today that the Rev. Dr. Craig Williford will serve as the University’s next president.
Williford will take on some leadership responsibilities immediately as president-elect and assume full presidential duties July 1. “Carolyn and I are honored to join the Multnomah family to serve as president and spouse,” he said. “We humbly take our place within the distinguished line of former and current trustees, faculty, staff, administration and presidents who served so sacrificially.”
The Board of Trustees selected Williford on a unanimous vote this past weekend. Board Chairman Jack Dryden said God’s faithfulness was evident throughout the presidential search process. “The Board of Trustees has been praying earnestly for some time that God would direct us to the person He was calling to lead Multnomah University for the next season,” Dryden said. “We are thrilled, but not surprised, that our gracious and kind Father in Heaven has exceeded our expectations. We are grateful for this gift.”
Over the past five years, Williford served as the president of Trinity International University (TIU), where he earned his doctorate in 1995. During his time at TIU, the university doubled its endowment and instituted numerous curricular improvements. TIU also secured funding for a new student success center while facilitating campus improvements such as remodeled classrooms and updated educational technology.
Prior to TIU, Williford spent eight years as president of Denver Seminary. He provided leadership as the seminary underwent a remarkable transformation in terms of its enrollment, curriculum, faculty development, financial health and campus facilities. He also taught pastoral leadership courses on the master’s and doctoral levels and continues to mentor five pastoral and nonprofit leaders who serve throughout the United States.
In addition, Williford served as a pastor for 20 years. His duties included leading pastoral and program staff, facilitating the strategic thinking process, preaching, leading significant change initiatives, designing new ministries, facilitating church planting strategies and pastoring two mini-congregations.
Godly, cross-cultural, innovative leadership focused on reaching the world is his passion. He researches, writes and speaks on this topic whenever he has the opportunity. Williford loves to help leaders embrace the spiritual dimensions of their calling as Christ leads them in their lives and their organizations.
The Willifords have been married for 41 years. They have four grandchildren (Tucker, Abby, Tyler and Nathan) and two sons: Robb, who died suddenly in December 2010, and Jay, who lives in Colorado with his wife, Rachael.
The Willifords are also authors and seminar speakers. Carolyn has written four non-fiction books and three novels that address areas of spiritual formation. Their latest co-authored books are “Faith Tango,” a practical guide on how to deepen one’s marriage through spiritual formation, and “Questions from the God Who Needs No Answers,” a devotional book for individuals, couples and small groups. Craig’s latest book is “How to Treat a Staff Infection.”
Williford will take over for Acting President Wayne Strickland, who assumed presidential duties when Dr. Daniel Lockwood stepped down Nov. 1. Williford said he and his wife are excited about the next chapter in their lives. “Please join us in praying that God will provide the faith, courage and wisdom needed as I now assume presidential responsibilities,” he said. “We look forward to meeting all members of the Multnomah community as soon as possible.”
About Multnomah University
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit http://www.multnomah.edu/
Categories: General, Students
You're invited to attend a music recital presented by Multnomah University's music majors from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 3.
Categories: General, Seminary, Students
Once every spring and fall, Multnomah undergrad and seminary students, along with several faculty members, gather together in the JCA Student Center for Day of Prayer. MU cancels classes so students can devote their whole day to connecting with God. The time is not restricted to prayer, though; students are encouraged to commune with the Lord through meditation, reading, writing and worshiping. Read the rest of this entry »
Categories: General, Pray For MU, Students
Multnomah will host a Day of Prayer from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, November 20, at the JCA Student Center. Dr. Morris Dirks, who has been a pastor for more than 25 years in the Pacific Northwest, will lead the event. Dirks has a doctorate in leadership and spiritual formation and recently published "Forming The Leader's Soul: An Invitation to Spiritual Direction." He is the founder and director of SoulFormation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the spiritual and emotional health of Christian leaders. Read the rest of this entry »
Multnomah University held an appreciation dinner for Dr. Dan Lockwood on November 9 to honor him for his exceptional work at MU. Lockwood was the seminary dean for seven years before he served 16 years as president. He taught theology at the University for 34 years. Read the rest of this entry »
The Information Sessions for MU’s Degree Completion Program are on Monday, November 11, and Thursday, December 12. Both sessions will be held on campus at 7 p.m. in Travis-Lovitt Hall, Room 116. Read the rest of this entry »