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

Campus Happenings, Spring 2017

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MU hires new MAC director


Dr. Kristen White

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.

Dr. Karen Fancher, interim director of the MAC program, said White is devoted to the field of clinical psychology and dedicated to helping students follow their calling. “Dr. White brings a depth of clinical insight, experience in counselor education and a passion for spiritual formation,” Fancher said. “She is passionate about becoming all God created her to be and helping others to do the same.”

Read the full article here.


Lady Lions make history

On February 21, the Lady Lions of Multnomah made school history by being the first team to make the Cascade Conference playoffs. The Lions faced the Southern Oregon Raiders in Ashland, where they played well but ultimately lost by a score of 84-62.

The loss concludes the 2016-17 women’s basketball season for the Lady Lions, with a record of 8-21 overall and 6-15 in the Cascade Conference. Multnomah women’s basketball graduates four seniors this year, with six juniors, four sophomores, and four freshmen.

Read the full article here.


The Den celebrates grand opening

This January, MU celebrated the grand opening of The Den, a new space on campus designed with commuter students in mind. The Den is located in the building north of the JCA that used to host Windows Books, which moved off campus last year. The space has since been completely remodeled and now includes leather couches, study desks and a kitchenette.
While The Den will be reserved for commuters on weekdays, the Student Life Department will be using the new locale during nights and weekend to host a slew of events ranging from karaoke sing-a-thons to the student-led chapels.

Read the full article here.


New study space opens in JCA

This February, MU celebrated the grand opening of The Study, a new space for students who want to focus on homework. An extension of the Student Success Center, The Study is located in the southwest corner of the JCA. It takes the place of the former Commuter Center Lounge, which has since relocated to The Den.

The new space will be overseen by Christy Martin, assistant director for housing & academic support, and will host weekly study hall sessions when students can stop by without an appointment to meet with a staff member or tutor. “We want this to be a place where people can learn from one another, connect with staff, and just drop in and get some homework done,” said Martin.

Read the full article here.


GMC focuses on creation care

Multnomah hosted the 77th annual Global Missions Conference (GMC) from February 21 to 23. The title of this year’s conference was “Cultivating Renewal: Back to the Beginning.” The seminars, plenary talks and activities revolved around creation care in its many aspects.
“We put on the GMC each year to give students an opportunity to open their eyes to issues going on around the world and even our own community,” said GMC Promotions Coordinator Kara Swanson. “Caring for God’s creation plays a significant part in how we care for God’s children, and I was excited to hear how we can be better stewards of the gifts he’s blessed us with.”

Read the full article here.

Six kinds of givers Jesus knew (Part 2 of 3): Faith Raising, Spring 2017

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Steve Cummings is Vice President of Advancement at Multnomah.

In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus introduces us to six givers he wants us to know.
We looked at two of them already in our last edition:

1.The Unsuspecting Giver (Luke 8:1-3)
2.The Called Giver (Luke 9:3 and 10:4)

(Read the full article here.)

Let’s look at two more.

The Compassionate Giver

Luke 10:30 introduces us to a fictional character, but the story is no less powerful. Today we call him The Good Samaritan, a man who allowed his day to be interrupted. He didn’t permit the inconvenience or expense to stop him. Whatever others might have said about his investment in a troubled person did not matter. He gave compassionately and comprehensively. No trite pat on the back here. Rather, he gave time, energy and resources over an extended period for a man he might never see again.

Giving people are both humble and alert. This story could look a little heroic, but it’s really about common courtesy. If you can’t be stopped in your tracks, you will never be able to give compassionately.

The Investing Giver

Luke 12:16 shows us another fictional character in a very real situation. It’s a successful businessman tempted by greed. His thriving business has put him in a quandary. His barns are too small, so he builds bigger barns to store his wealth and coast into the future. But then life changes, and money can’t solve his spiritual problem. Focusing on an earthly investment did not pay off as he anticipated.

Jesus’ instructions are to live by faith and not put trust in worldly wealth. Instead, we should be rich toward God and give to the poor. This will reap an unstoppable reward and grow a giving heart toward God. Seeing the future clearly helps us hold loosely the things of today.

Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series, which will be published in the Fall 2017 issue of the MU Connection.

Looking forward to creating new memories

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Hello, MU Family and Friends!

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, learning how your journey has been shaped by MU, and encouraging you to live out your Kingdom identity!

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 alumni and parents in the coming years.

Quite a few of you have already stopped by the Alumni Office to introduce yourself to me — thank you for that. 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

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!


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.

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

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.

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.