Humble dependence: Person to Person, Fall 2015

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MichelleDear Multnomah Family,

Once every fall and spring, Multnomah cancels classes for the day so our students can devote their whole morning to service. Volunteering at locations around the Portland area, we have what we call our traditional Day of Outreach. Our fall focus was centered on serving people within the community and sharing Jesus' love with them.

I was able to work together with a couple of our freshmen students, roommates Abigail and Hannah, and I was so encouraged by our time together. As we walked through the streets — picking up trash and conversing with pedestrians and business owners — it was such a joy to hear their stories and watch them interact with one another. I couldn’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia and pleasure in thinking about former MU students, as well as the amazing men and women God continues to lead to Multnomah today.

Abigail’s grandfather, James Bruce Sinclair (Dip '39), was from the first graduating class of Multnomah. He spent a lifetime of commitment to the Lord, training and teaching in the back roads and barrios of the Philippine Islands. As I understand it, he also built a Christian High School in the Hawaiian Islands. Now, nearly 80 years later, Abigail follows in his footsteps as a music major and elementary education minor, with aspirations of teaching young people and furthering God’s kingdom for His glory.

Though Abigail never had the privilege of meeting her grandfather in person, she feels his prayers and support today. “As soon as I came to Multnomah, it felt like home,” she said. “I had looked at other schools and felt that they could be a good fit in support of my goals, but by choosing MU it was as if I was putting my life in God’s hands. I knew it was His choice for me.”


Abigail Green (right) and Hannah Ferguson.

In just the few short weeks that Abigail has been on campus, she has already jumped into ministry and is helping lead worship in our weekly chapels. She would say that, though it has been a challenging few weeks, her faith has grown and she is learning to trust Him more in this season. “I could chart my own course in choosing a direction that seemed more predictable, or I could move in the direction I felt the Lord leading and allow Him to chart my course,” she said. Such great wisdom for us all.

No matter where you may find yourself on the continuum of MU’s legacy, whether you graduated 50+ years ago, or just last year; my prayer for us all today is that we too would walk in such humble dependence. As we yield our lives, our wills, our plans to Him, may He chart our course and use our stories for His glory.

Thank you for the part you play in the ongoing legacy of Multnomah.

Michelle M. Peel-Underwood

Director of Alumni Relations
Multnomah University

Greetings from the Vice President — Fall 2015

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Dear Multnomah Family,

I am on a journey to grow my heart to be rich toward God (Luke 12:21).  It hasn’t always been easy, as I used to see my money as…well...MY money. That is, until God got a hold of my heart one day in a very subtle way. It was about 6 years ago, but it seems just like yesterday. I was working for Prison Fellowship, enjoying my new role of raising resources for the kingdom and encouraging those that God put in my care to be generous. I pulled up to the post office with 200 letters tucked under one arm.  I was excited to sow seeds of biblical truth and encourage others to respond, no matter where God led them to give.

As I walked up, I saw a young man, 19 or 20 years old, standing near the door holding a 3x5 card. He needed $3.00 for a bus fare and lunch.  I did what we all do.  I avoided eye contact and kept moving.

Side note: I used to love to collect change in my car ashtray: quarters, dimes and nickels. I loved to watch it pile up. I never used it. My family knew not to touch “Dad’s coin tray.” It’s for looking at and admiring the collection as it grows. It made me feel like I was saving up for something special, for some rainy day that never came. It gave me a sense of control. Because, after all, it was MY money.


So, I’m standing in line with this mass mailing I’m sending out for God to help His people be generous, and instantly I hear the Holy Spirit nudge me and quietly speak into my heart:  “You know all that change you have in your ashtray? I want you to give it ALL to him.” 

But LORD! I immediately protested, That’s MY... — but as soon as I said the word “my,” I stopped. Here I was being the “good messenger of God” and the Spirit was speaking to me to lead by example. How could I encourage others to give generously when I myself needed to let go of “my stuff” and see it as His? Everything I have been blessed with is “His stuff.” I am just privileged to manage it for my Master.

After mailing my letters, I went immediately to my car, with exuberant joy in my heart for what I was about to do. I couldn’t wait to see the expression on his face. It took me awhile to scoop out the  $30 worth of change and get it all into my two cupped hands, but I did it, and I walked up to him with a huge ear-to-ear grin.

“Hi, I’m Steve. What’s your name?”  He gets a pen out and writes his name down for me. It turns out he is deaf. “Mark,” he scribbles. I said, “Mark – God asked me to give this to you. It’s for you. He wants you to know He loves you and is taking care of you.”

You should have seen his eyes bug out. He only needed $3. I just gave him $30 of God’s money!

I wish I could say Mark came to Christ that day, but I don’t know. But I do know that I will never forget that day. God changed my heart that day — or should I say my wallet? I took a major step forward in my journey of generosity and haven’t looked back. Who do you think was blessed MORE: Mark or Me? I believe it’s always the giver who receives the greatest joy. It is a joy to steward all that God has entrusted to us: our time, our talent and our treasure for the kingdom.

steve-cummingsThat’s exactly what we are fostering here at Multnomah. Not because God needs our money. He already owns it and is really the “Chief Fundraiser” here at MU. God wants our hearts. I pray you stay engaged with us and grow with us in your journey of generosity.

Steve Cummings, M.Div.

Vice President of Advancement
Multnomah University

Multnomah University Updates — Fall 2015

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MU celebrates Alumnus of the Year Dave Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather


Multnomah University was proud to give Dave Munson the Alumnus of the Year award in September. After graduating from Multnomah with a degree in Bible and Theology, Munson moved to Mexico and began teaching English. He looked everywhere for the perfect carry-on to hold his school books, but nothing fit his criteria. That’s when he collaborated with a local craftsman to design his first leather bag.

When the bag started receiving multiple compliments a day, a lightbulb turned on in Munson’s head. He scrimped and saved for more bags and then sold them — first out of his Land Cruiser, then via eBay, and now through Saddleback Leather Company, his thriving business that crafts high-quality luggage, wallets, backpacks and more.

“Even if I knew the path of my life back then…even if I knew that one day I’d own Saddleback, I would go to Multnomah again,” says Munson. “It was instilled in all of us there to be honest. There was a constant pounding on the drum for integrity.”

Read more about Dave Munson and his kingdom-minded business model.

Different dreams, one purpose: Students from all over the world join MU

ClassOf2019Students with different dreams and goals arrived on campus for fall orientation. Some had included MU in their plans for years, while others made last-minute decisions to attend. But regardless of their backgrounds, all of our new students desire a higher purpose in their careers. They look to their faith to infuse meaning in all they do.

Miguel Ruiz traveled all the way from his hometown in Mexico to experience MU. “I basically came to follow my dream,” he says. “I want to have a sports ministry. I have played soccer my whole life, and I want to go back to Mexico and share the gospel there through soccer.” The youth ministry major is convinced MU is the perfect place to pursue his ambitions. He says he wants to learn everything he can while he’s here. 

Read more about our new students and fall orientation.

MU alumni, missionaries impact students during recent visit


Dan (’97) and Janell (’00) Hartley have a desire to transform lives. For the past 10 years, they have been sharing the gospel as missionaries in Southern Africa. During a recent trip to their alma mater, the couple brought their passion for the gospel to Dr. Karen Fancher’s Pressing Global Issues class.

“As alumni, our hearts are connected to Multnomah,” says Janell. “We hope that our stories — the chapters we have done well and the chapters we have learned from — will be a blessing and ignite a passion for doing missions.”

Read more about the Hartleys and the students they inspired.

Athletes kick off first season in NAIA

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MU students have officially started playing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which announced its acceptance of Multnomah in April, marking a historic achievement for the university. The NAIA is the largest sports association the institution has been involved with since MU’s establishment in 1936.

I am thrilled that MU has been accepted into the NAIA,” Athletic Director Lois Vos said. “This historic time is directly related to the hard work each person has invested in MU to make it an athletic department that stands for excellence and for making it the best experience we can for the student athlete. We are truly blessed!” Vos has been serving at Multnomah for 26 years, and she said this is the most significant development during her tenure as athletic director.

Read more about our Athletic Departments historic achievement.

Students experience the power of service


Once every fall and spring, undergraduate students volunteer at several locations in the Portland community. A volunteer site can be anywhere: a nonprofit, a community center, a school. Even a MAX station. MU cancels classes for the day so students can devote their whole morning to service.

During Day of Outreach this fall, the commuters waiting to ride the nearby MAX Light Rail brightened up as Multnomah students offered them steaming cups of coffee and fresh donuts. Freshman Megan Flikkema loved the opportunity to brush shoulders with people she wouldn’t normally meet.

“It’s a great connector,” she said. “It’s an easy way to pass out breakfast and talk about Jesus.” Flikkema was right: Many students took time to engage in meaningful conversations with people they encountered, listening intently to their life stories.

Read more about Day of Outreach, and the students who made it successful.

Multnomah University Updates — Spring 2015

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Torah unrolls new learning opportunities

Torah_blogLast fall, Ken and Barbara Larson gifted a rare and valuable Torah to Multnomah Biblical Seminary. The Torah, a parchment scroll on which the first five books of the Old Testament were written, is hundreds of years old and was likely used in a synagogue in Eastern Europe.

The scroll’s formal dedication was hosted on campus February 5. “We can feel your enthusiasm in the air,” said donor Barbara Larson. “We’ve been impressed by your faculty and students, and we’re excited for what this Torah will do for the school.” Hebrew professor Dr. Karl Kutz says the scroll will help students learn about scribal work and the transcription process.

The dedication was followed by an on-campus colloquium, where Ancient Manuscripts Expert Dr. Scott Carroll treated listeners to the scroll’s history and features. “If this Torah could talk to us, imagine what it could say and what it’s seen,” said Carroll. “It was preserved through the Enlightenment and the Holocaust. Through a wonderful turn of Providence, it’s in your community now.”

Read the full story.

Spring Thaw energizes, educates 650 high school students

Spring Thaw 15 Blog 2MU’s sixth annual youth retreat led by Dr. Rob Hildebrand proved to be another success this March. The event drew 650 high school students who stayed on Multnomah’s campus for 44 hours filled with exciting games, rich theology seminars, comedy skits, worship, a petting zoo and limo rides.

Volunteers composed of MU students and staff planned, built and facilitated the retreat. A small group of students majoring in Youth Ministry took on larger leadership roles and served as interns. Four Multnomah professors led theology seminars covering topics ranging from missions to modern-day dilemmas.

“You guys put a lot of effort into Spring Thaw,” says Austin Thompson, a senior from Gladstone First Baptist Church. “And it’s not about getting people to attend MU — it’s a chance for people to come together. I think that’s an amazing, selfless thing for a university to do.”

Read the full story.

MU to launch a five-year B.A./M.Div. program

summit2_featureimageMultnomah University is launching Summit, a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program that reduces the time and cost traditionally spent on the individual degrees. “Summit is an opportunity for people to get into ministry sooner,” says Roy Andrews, dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary. “It’s five years of your time — not seven — and costs about 30 percent less than it would to take the programs separately.”

Once students jump into the program, they’ll be immersed in classes, service learning, mentored ministry and internships. “All these things are ingredients in the recipe for making people prepared for full-time ministry,” says Andrews. “Our students will get a lot of guided practical application. Though we’re condensing two programs, we won’t sacrifice the quality of either.”

Summit will launch in fall 2015 thanks to a $565,000 grant from The Kern Family Foundation, an independent grant-making organization based in Waukesha, Wis. The grant will be used to support a program director, student scholarships and marketing efforts.

Read more about Summit.

Business & Organizational Psychology degree set to launch this fall

FallGrad2014_featureimageMU will launch a business & organizational psychology degree in fall 2015.

Graduates will be skilled at assessing an entire organizational domain and focusing on aspects that affect the organization’s bottom line. Areas of occupational focus include:

  • Efficiency of the work environment
  • Conflict managements
  • Effectiveness of marketing campaigns
  • Motivation and performance
  • Stakeholder involvement

Graduates will utilize their training to create business policies and methodologies with the goal of improving the organization’s ability to better meet the expectations of its customers and stakeholders.

For more information, contact Admissions at 503-251-6485 or

Business Department announces concentration in accounting

Bernie_featureimageIn fall 2015, MU will launch an accounting concentration under its business program.

The four-year program will be rigorous. The degree is 127 credits, including 24 credits of accounting. All classes will be taught by practitioners in the field.

Students will be prepared for CPA licensure in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The program will also provide excellent preparation for the Certified Management Accountant Exam and the Certified Fraud Examiner Exam.

For more information, contact Admissions at 503-251-6485 or

Intercultural Studies is now Global Studies

Greg_featureimageMU’s intercultural studies program was recently renamed the global studies program. Students will specialize in one of four new concentrations:

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Children at Risk
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Global Ministry

“Over the past couple of years, our department has been researching a way forward for our program given the complexities of our globalized world,” says Global Studies Chair Dr. Greg Burch. “If you’re interested in serving people, working with ethnic groups, church-planting, international vocations — this program is critical for you. You’ll be given the tools to thrive. Each concentration has its values and provides practical skills.”

Read the full story.

State of the University Address: A Message from Dr. Craig Williford

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Dear Alumni Family,


Greetings from Portland. I pray God’s presence in your life is strong and clear these days. Here at Multnomah University, we are fast approaching the end of the semester and graduation.

Each month we gather as a community of faculty, staff and administration for what we call Lionshare. The name is a combination of our athletic mascot, a lion, and our purpose for meeting — to share and update one another on what’s happening in the MU community. Each meeting we celebrate, communicate, encourage and pray. During this month’s Lionshare, I gave a State of the University address restating our university-wide commitment to Christ, the gospel and biblical integrity. I thought you might enjoy reading some of these thoughts.

Before I began my address, I asked our employees, “Why do you serve at MU?”  They listed the quality of our students, MU’s commitment to biblical integrity, MU’s godly faculty, how lives are impacted, and their belief in our mission and values. You might give many of the same answers if I asked you.

I followed this discussion by answering why I choose to serve at MU. I serve at MU because:

  1. I believe in Christian higher education, and I believe God meets and molds students at MU.
  2. I love showing students how to be a godly influence in all walks of life.
  3. I understand how critical biblical wisdom and power are to all human existence, so I value our biblical commitments.
  4. I enjoy the pursuit of Christ through the exploration of truth at a learning community committed to the Bible and honoring Christ.
  5. I fell in love with the people and community of MU.
  6. I respect the global impact of our alumni and professors.

During the next section of my address, I explained what we mean when we say “MU is building a biblical university.” As MU seeks to combine the strengths of a traditional Bible College with the strengths of a traditional liberal arts school, these are some of the unique characteristics you’ll find:

  • A place where we focus on pursuing biblical wisdom and power
  • A place where the study of the arts and sciences collaborate and collide with the study of Bible and theology to provide clarity to life’s most important questions
  • A university where the integration of our faith to all areas of study is intentional and comprehensive throughout the educational experience
  • A university where students learn to think and live biblically
  • A university that designs spaces where the Holy Spirit can craft a love relationship with his children
  • A university where students are shown how to be a godly influence for the enrichment of their communities
  • A university where God’s creativity is modeled in a learning environment filled with curiosity and creativity
  • A university where deeper levels of understanding are applied through the wise application of learning theory and educational technology
  • A university that skillfully connects theoretical and concrete learning
  • A university where students prepare for a career and discover a life that matters

In the month ahead, you’ll hear even more about this distinctive.

In the final section of my address, I gave numerous updates on new degrees and programs that we’re building. These include:

  • Four accredited, fully online degrees launching in fall 2015
  • A new residential degree in business and organizational psychology launching in fall 2015
  • A new concentration in business accounting launching in fall 2015
  • A new biology degree launching in fall 2016

We’re also launching Summit, a five-year B.A./M.Div. program, this fall. Summit provides a way for spiritually and academically gifted young leaders to complete a B.A. and M.Div. degree in five years instead of the usual seven years. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships. Check out our Summit page for more information.

This update simply cannot explain all the new programs, degrees and other exciting news. Keep watching our website and our monthly alumni updates for more information. Please continue to pray and stay in touch.



G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

Person to Person: “Shake and Shine”

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You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house: Matthew 5:13-15

MichelleWhat a wonderful time these past few months have been. MU’s 2015 Presidential Tour is well underway. We’ve been traveling across the states and Alaska, connecting with alumni and friends of MU as we’ve introduced Multnomah’s new president, Dr. Craig Williford. Nine stops down and two more to go.

Though it’s been a bit tiresome given the rigorous schedule we’ve been keeping, my heart is full. I’m feeling refreshed after the wonderful opportunities to connect with the amazing men and women represented in our MU family.

During our last stop in Dallas, Texas, I had the privilege of attending church with one of our alums at Stonebriar Community Church. I was so encouraged by Chuck Swindoll’s message from Matthew’s gospel to “shake and shine.” As I sat and listened, I couldn’t help but think of Multnomah’s mission and the great privilege it is to be a part of a ministry whose sole focus is to do just that: to be salt and light in a world so desperately in need.

Multnomah’s mission is to become a globally influential biblical university that dynamically shapes Christian students into ambassadors of Jesus Christ, saturated in Scripture and ready to serve. As we aim to equip men and women through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders; we desire that they would be shaped to be a transforming force in the church, their community, and the world.

One of our passionate desires as Christians is to make a difference. We desire that our investment would cause others to be transformed for the better through the influence we have. Webster’s dictionary defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command.”

Swindoll shared, “In numerous ways, some of them intangible, influential people sway others’ opinions, prompt decisions, and encourage actions. Parents influence children. Teachers influence students. Mentors influence disciples. Leaders influence those in their organizations. In the same way, we Christians influence those we are around. The question is how? Jesus’ answer, given many centuries ago, is the best. We should shake the salt and shine the light!”

Then he challenged us: “Make people curious by the way you live. It’s not us; it’s Christ at work in us. It’s not that we carry salt and light; Scripture tells us that we are the salt and the light.”

Salt: a wonderful metaphor in a world that is decaying. As salt, we are to serve as preservatives. Salt adds taste to an otherwise tasteless world, and it creates a thirst. May we live vibrant, Christ-centered lives that cause others to become thirsty to know more of him.

Light: a beautiful image for a world that is plunged in darkness. You are the light in a world so desperately in need. You are a living lamp bearing his light. Let your light shine!

As Swindoll closed our time together, he left us with 3 simple don’ts that I thought noteworthy to share:

  1. Don’t overdo it. What happens when you put too much salt on something? You ruin the meal. Don’t shake too much.
  1. Don’t hold back. Risk standing alone. You’ll have thoughts that others won’t have, and you’ll have visions that no one else will see. Follow your heart and do what God is calling you to do.
  1. Don’t worry about the critics. They hated Jesus and the apostles as well. They’ll hate you, but stay engaged and be the salt and be the light!

The world is watching us as we shake and shine. People watch how we react to pressure and trials. They watch how we treat others. They watch how we handle promotions when we’re promoted and how we handle failures when we fail.

Salt that stays in the shaker does no good. A light turned off has no impact. My prayer for us today is that we would continue to shake and shine as we aim to walk in his wisdom and grace as ambassadors of Multnomah and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Shaking and shining for his glory,

Michelle M. Peel-Underwood

Director of Alumni Relations

Reflecting on Life’s Joys and Sorrows: Person to Person, Winter 2015

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michelle_mainimage_portraitIn taking time to reflect on 2014, I was reminded of the sovereignty, goodness and faithfulness God shows when walking with his children. I found myself recalling moments of great delight and deep grief — a tapestry of joy and sorrow that had been woven so beautifully.

As it is with the ebbs and flows of life’s journey, there are often seasons of intense grief amid great joy. And while it’s completely natural to want to fast forward through life’s pain, we can miss what God has for us in these seasons if we’re not careful.

As we learn to embrace life’s moments — the joys and the sorrows alike — we can truly appreciate the gifts wrapped inside: peace, patience, grace, growth, character, spiritual maturity and a deeper dependence upon him.

Here are some memorable moments of 2014.

  • January began with the celebrations of two milestone birthdays: my step-son’s 16th birthday and my husband’s 50th.
  • March saw us honoring Senior Vice President and CEO of Wycliffe Bible Translators Russ Hersman (Class of ’78) as Multnomah’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.
  • April was filled with incredible hope and excitement when Dr. Craig Williford was selected as Multnomah’s fifth president.
  • May was a special month of celebration as MU’s class of 1964 had its 50-year reunion and we honored our spring graduates with a commencement ceremony.
  • June was full with wedding celebrations in support of students and sweet friendships the Lord has given me at Multnomah.
  • July brought difficult news of the loss of our fourth president, Dr. Dan Lockwood. I never imagined it would be so difficult to say good bye to such a great leader and dear friend.
  • August was filled with more celebrations: my first wedding anniversary and my father-in-law’s 75th birthday. The month was not without its challenges though. I totaled my jeep after hitting a bull elk (ironically the day right before opening season). I escaped with minor cuts and bruises, but that’s more than I can say for the elk. We are thankful for God’s protection, as it could have been much worse.
  • September brought the exciting news that our seminary was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to receive part of a $1.5 million grant to incorporate science into our core theological curricula.
  • October offered reasons for celebration again with the scheduled events of Dr. Craig Williford’s Presidential Inauguration. But that was followed by the difficult news that some dear friends (Multnomah alumni) had tragically lost their youngest son. My heart continues to break for them as they grieve incredible loss and learn what it means to lean into Jesus in new ways.
  • December saw our winter graduates walk across the stage of Central Bible Church to receive their diplomas. As they move into graduate school, the workforce or wherever God leads them, we prayed for his blessing and peace on their lives.

Now here we are at the top of a new year. I’m not sure what 2015 will hold, but I keep learning what it means to trust in the one who does.

As you reflect back on 2014, my prayer is that you too would realize his goodness and faithfulness in new ways — even perhaps amidst suffering. For suffering, though difficult, can be God’s way of enhancing our sense of his presence within our lives. It’s often within these difficult places that we find some of his sweetest gifts.

As you walk by faith into seasons unknown, may you walk with confidence, knowing that he walks beside you. And may he continue to weave a beautiful tapestry, through joy and pain, as he shapes you into a deeper dependence upon him and into a greater likeness of his son.

For his glory,


Multnomah University Updates — Winter 2015

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Looking back on 2014

crosscountry_mainNathan Meeker wins NCCAA Division II National Championship

Nathan Meeker is the first runner from Multnomah University to win an NCCAA cross country title and the first person in MU history to win any type of individual-sport championship. Meeker ran the 8K course in 26 minutes, 39 seconds. His teammate, junior Ryan Brown, finished third in 27:46. 

The rest of the University men's cross country team, as well as Sindy Larson from the women's team, also competed at the championship event, hosted in Houghton, N.Y. “The state of Oregon has a long and rich history of successful distance runners,” Coach David Lee said. “Multnomah is now a part of that history.”

Read Meeker's full press release.

Read Sindy Larson's article.

Community counseling center is open, accepting new clients

CounselingCenter_featureimageThe MU Community Counseling Center, which opened in October 2014, is now seeing and accepting clients. Sandwiched between Sutcliffe Hall and Montavilla Park, the center meets two vital needs: training MAC interns and serving Portland community members with low-cost therapy.

Counseling Center Coordinator Chris Cleaver helped his interns develop a sliding scale that charges session fees based on clients' household incomes. Cleaver says the scale makes counseling affordable for people who might not otherwise be able to pay for therapy. “I see this center as a gateway to our community,” he says. “Our interns have great training, and we're passionate about serving people.”

The counseling center is also available for Multnomah alumni. Visit the counseling center page to learn more, check prices or make an appointment.

Read the full article.

Seminary awarded national 'Science for Seminaries' grant

SeminaryGrant_thumbLast fall, Multnomah Biblical Seminary was one of 10 seminaries nationwide selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for a combined $1.5 million in grants to incorporate science into core theological curricula.

The grant will provide resources to integrate science into select core courses, such as systematic theology, biblical studies, church history and pastoral theology. The courses will be developed and implemented over the next two years and provide seminarians with solid, science-focused instruction.

“The evangelical movement has benefited greatly from implementing scientific and technological advances in communication and media for gospel proclamation,” said Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, MU seminary professor and director of its Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins.

Read the full press release and FAQ.

Looking ahead in 2015

MU to host Torah dedication ceremony

scroll_featuredLast fall, Ken and Barbara Larson gifted a rare and valuable Torah to Multnomah Biblical Seminary. The Torah, a parchment scroll on which the first five books of the Old Testament were written, is more than two centuries old and was likely used in synagogues.

The scroll’s formal dedication will be hosted February 5, 2015, in the Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center. All alumni are welcome to attend the event, which includes a special chapel at 10 a.m. and colloquium at 11 a.m.

RSVP before January 27 by contacting Joy Kruger at 503-251-5361 or

Read the full press release.

President to share vision for MU's future during national tour

This is your chance to meet MU's new president, Dr. Craig Williford, and hear his vision for Multnomah, which includes:

  • Creating a global campus
  • Inspiring an infectious love of service
  • Building moldable and resilient Christian character
  • Developing a diverse learning community

Vice President of Advancement Steve Cummings and Alumni Director Michelle Peel-Underwood will join Craig as he connects with alumni and friends of MU across the U.S. Visit the presidential tour page for a full list of events and locations.

50-year alumni society event

50YearAlum_thumbMultnomah annually honors its graduates of 50 years by inducting them into our 50-Year Alumni Society. To applaud this important achievement, we have a special day of celebration planned on Friday May 8, 2015. The day's activities will include a baccalaureate chapel, special luncheon and induction ceremony, 50-year class reunion, tour of the campus, and participation in Multnomah's graduation ceremony that evening. This special event is a great way to reconnect with friends and review the Lord's faithfulness for the last 50 years.

RSVP by contacting Michelle Peel-Underwood at 503-251-6458 or

Looking Forward: A Greeting from Dr. Craig Williford

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A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?

Proverbs 20:24, NIV

By Wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.  

Proverbs 24:3-4, NIV

craig_mainimage_portraitAs a young pastor, I fell into the mistake of developing what I thought were good plans for the church I served and then asking God to bless my plans. Quickly, I discovered my arrogance and the shortcomings of this approach.

Experience has taught me to seek God’s plans for the organizations I served first and then pray that he would enable us to mobilize the organization to accomplish his plans. This humble acknowledgement of our need for biblical wisdom and power — not our own human wisdom and power — is Multnomah University’s starting point and central focus for 2015.

For 2015 and beyond, we believe God wants us to continue building a global campus where more students can receive an MU education from anywhere and at anytime. Providing this less expensive and more accessible MU education will allow students who could not previously afford an MU education the opportunity to be trained and formed as Christ’s followers to serve in numerous capacities. More pastors and lay leaders will be able to gain an in-depth understanding of the Bible and theology. Lawyers, doctors, engineers, teachers, civic leaders and those who aspire to serve in these capacities will gain an education saturated in the Bible and professional training.

Watch for the exciting and official news about our new fully online degrees that will be announced in the late spring. These high-quality educational experiences will start with our Bible and theology courses and quickly expand to include fully online options for numerous other programs we offer here at MU.

So, what is happening to our residential programs? I am pleased to say that we will continue to make our residential experiences vibrant and effective. At Multnomah Biblical Seminary, we are working on moving many of our courses to late afternoons, evenings and weekends so working students can find easier ways to complete their course work. We are also going to provide more of our intensive style courses that begin on a Monday and conclude the following Friday.

Also, our seminary dean and faculty are prayerfully considering how we might provide certificates and new programs that would better fit the needs of all those who could benefit from in-depth Bible and theological training. That means a church or community Bible study leaders could access a program uniquely suited for them without all the expense and time to earn a Master’s degree. Stay-at-home moms could take coursework provided in ways that fit the crazy demands and busy schedules they face.

Also, plan on attending one of the upcoming alumni events in your area during the 2015 Presidential Tour. Carolyn and I will be participating in many of these events, where I will be sharing more about MU’s future and answering questions you may have about the marvelous work God is doing at and through MU and its alumni. See you there.



President’s Greeting — Fall 2014

Comments Off Written on October 2nd, 2014 by
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Dear Multnomah Family,

The new school year is successfully under way. I am thankful for all our new and returning students. God enabled us to meet or exceed almost every one of our new student enrollment goals.

Carolyn and I just returned from the All School Retreat, and it was a blast. The Young Life Washington Family Ranch in Eastern Oregon is a beautiful facility. The students, staff and faculty who attended seemed to have a wonderful time. There was such a positive and exciting spirit among all who attended. I judge God was moving in our midst, and I was honored to experience His presence with our students.

Biblical wisdom and power in contrast to human wisdom and power is one of the main themes I am exploring with our Multnomah Family this year. The Apostle Paul said, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel — not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power” (NIV, I Corinthians 1: 17). And King Solomon told us that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

I suggest the sacrificial death and resurrection of Christ may be the most complete expression of God’s wisdom and power. When we pursue biblical wisdom we are actually pursuing Christ, who is the living example of biblical wisdom and power.

So, I am calling our Multnomah Family to pursue Christ together this year. I am asking if we, as the body of Christ here at MU, might deepen our love for Him over the months ahead.

On another note, you probably have heard me call Multnomah University a “biblical university”. It may help if I explain in more detail what I mean when I use that descriptor. Here at MU we are biblical university that:

  • Combines the strengths of the Bible college with the strengths of the Christian liberal arts school as we pursue biblical wisdom and power
  • Commits to the inspired, inerrant, authoritative word of God as it frames our explorations and expressions of God’s truth
  • Intentionally works so that biblical and theological studies collaborate and collide with studies in arts and sciences to provide clarity to the most important questions of life
  • Prepares graduates to effectively and faithfully serve in a variety of vocational settings (like full-time, vocational ministry or the public market place) with passion for Christ, a servant’s heart, and a Holy Spirit-formed mind and soul

May I ask a favor? With this deeper understanding of MU as a “biblical university”, will you share the exciting story of MU with your friends and family? Will you continue to pray that God will empower us to do this work He has called us to do?

When you are on campus please introduce yourself — I value meeting members of the MU Alumni Family.

God’s blessings.

Craig Williford

President, Multnomah University