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Multnomah Biblical Seminary Awarded National ‘Science for Seminaries’ Grant

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PORTLAND, Ore. − Multnomah Biblical Seminary is 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.

SeminaryGrant_mainThe 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.

“Many people look to their religious leaders for guidance on issues relating to science and technology, even though clergy members may get little exposure to science in their training,” said Jennifer Wiseman, director of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, MU seminary professor and director of its Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, said evangelical Christianity has often experienced a difficult relationship with the contemporary sciences. “Ironically, the evangelical movement has benefited greatly from implementing scientific and technological advances in communication and media for gospel proclamation,” he said.

MU educates countless pastors, whose churches draw people from diverse backgrounds and vocations, including the sciences. “Often these parishioners feel like they live in two universes: one of faith and one of science,” said Metzger, who serves as the project leader. “Through New Wine, New Wineskins’ oversight and coordination, this generous grant will make it possible for our seminary faculty to equip students in the integration of faith and science. Our students will be more effective as pastoral leaders in serving their members, their vocations and their communities in our scientific age.”

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Couple Donates 18th-Century Torah to MU

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Ken and Barbara Larson, from Bonita Springs, Fla., are giving a rare and valuable Torah to Multnomah University.

scrollThe Torah is a parchment scroll on which the first five books of the Old Testament were written. The Larsons purchased several scrolls, all of which are hundreds of years old, in Israel.

Ancient Asset Investments, a brokerage firm dealing in rare biblical artifacts, is assisting the couple with the donation process. Todd Hillard, the firm’s owner, said the Larsons had a vision for placing the Torahs in leading seminaries. “The Larsons have a deep passion for seminary education,” he said. “They want history to influence future scholars.”

Vice President of Advancement Steve Cummings said the gift will further ignite students’ passion for God’s Word. “This is an incredible and generous gift,” he said. “It will bring an added dimension to their educational experience that will last for many years.”

Although the scroll is more than two centuries old, Hillard said it’s durable enough to be used frequently for decades to come. “All Torahs are innately priceless,” he said. “This one is in perfect condition.” He added that the scroll — which is two feet tall and 100 feet long — was likely used in synagogues.

University President Dr. Craig Williford said the artifact will help sharpen students’ interpretation skills while enhancing their appreciation for the Bible’s reliability. “Having direct access to such an important historical copy of the Torah will enable them to connect to the rich heritage of biblical transmission and translation work,” he said.  “This will affirm their appreciation of the Scriptures as God’s inspired, authoritative word.”

The scroll’s formal dedication will be hosted on campus and is tentatively set for early February.

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Steve Cummings Joins MU as Vice President of Advancement

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Steve Cummings has been selected as vice president of Multnomah University’s Advancement Department.

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Former Multnomah University President Dr. Dan Lockwood Dies at 65

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Dr. Daniel Lockwood, former president of Multnomah University, has passed away at age 65.

Lockwood died peacefully in his Portland home July 9. He was surrounded by family when he entered into the arms of Christ.

“We are all thankful for the way Dr. Dan invested his life in others as a dedicated follower of Christ, leader, teacher, encourager and humble servant,” said Dr. Craig Williford, Multnomah’s current president. “Serving others in the name of Christ was his passion and life commitment. He positively impacted our lives in numerous ways. We will miss him.”

Lockwood worked at Multnomah for more than 34 years. He taught theology for 11 years before serving seven years as seminary dean. In 1997, he became Multnomah’s fourth president. Throughout his time at MU, Lockwood continued to teach theology.

Due to health concerns related to cancer, he retired from the presidency November 1, 2013. He spent the past eight months in close connection with his family.

During Lockwood’s 16-year tenure as president, the University constructed seven buildings on its Portland campus, opened a campus in Reno, Nev., and launched a teaching site in Seattle, Wash. Eight graduate and seminary degree programs were created, and nine undergraduate majors were initiated. The Adult Degree Completion Program, which now provides three majors, was born in 2007. Multnomah was granted university status in 2008.

The Multnomah community mourns the loss of a gentle leader and an outstanding teacher. He leaves a legacy of theological integrity and unreserved faith in Christ.

Lockwood is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jani, and their daughter, Elise. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church in Lake Oswego, Ore. All are invited to attend.

UPDATE: Listen to Dr. Dan's memorial service recording.

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Cascade Collegiate Conference Approves MU’s Membership Application

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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 »

Dr. David Manock Joins MU as Director of MAC program

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Dr. David Manock has been selected as director of Multnomah’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program.

Manock, who holds a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy, brings a wealth of experience to the position. In addition to teaching at three universities and one seminary on the West Coast, he’s a licensed marriage and family counselor with nearly two decades of experience running a private practice.

Manock said he’s excited about meeting the MAC students at Multnomah University. “I’m looking forward to learning how I can help them succeed as professionals,” he said. “I’m committed to excellence in clinical counseling so that students will know their craft and find their place in the community.”

Multnomah’s history of having a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ drew him to the University.  “Although MU values academic excellence, the school is about more than education,” he said. “Multnomah cares about the heart of each grad.”

Manock clearly has a heart for families. He ran a marriage and family therapy private practice in Pasadena, Calif., from 1996 to 2005, and has run the same practice in Salem, Ore., since 2006. He also has served in various pastoral roles within assorted churches over the past 39 years and currently serves as a part-time teaching pastor in Salem.

In 2011, Manock founded the NW Institute for Integrative Counseling and Training, which equips students to use emotionally focused therapy and intersubjectivity psychoanalysis. He has been involved in more than 24 publications and presentations, and he’s currently involved in seven research projects.

In addition to his Ph.D., Manock holds a master of divinity degree and a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling. His teaching experience includes positions at George Fox University, Western Oregon University, Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

As Manock walked around the Multnomah University grounds for the first time, he was moved when he spotted the prayer chapel in the middle of campus. “It’s the smallest building here, but it struck my heart because it concretely spoke to the heart of the University,” he said.

During the interview process, Manock was impressed by the love and care shown by MU administrators. “Multnomah really embodies the incarnate presence of Christ,” he said. “You could tell they were a secure family. I’ll be able to find a home here.”

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Lee Sellers to Lead Multnomah’s Business Administration program

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PORTLAND, Ore.- Multnomah University has hired Lee Sellers to lead its Business Administration program.

As chair, Sellers will teach and mentor students, hire and supervise adjunct instructors, manage curriculum, and identify ways to grow the program. He also will help develop marketing, recruiting and retention strategies while cultivating partnerships that benefit students and the community at large.

Sellers, who holds an MBA, comes to Multnomah with considerable experience in business and higher education. In addition to teaching at two colleges and two universities, Sellers has owned and operated his own consulting business for more than 14 years.

Sellers said he’s looking forward to getting into the classroom and connecting with students. “I enjoy challenge, and I’m excited to build something here,” he said. “I want to develop a world-class program that prepares students to go into the real world and make connections with people that reflect the gospel.”

Multnomah’s emphasis on biblical integration drew him to the University. “I don’t have to covertly communicate my faith like I had to at my old jobs,” he said. “I can talk about it openly here.” And the position itself was too good to pass up. “The job description fit me so perfectly,” he said. “I still can’t believe this is real.”

Sellers focused on leadership, organizational behavior and ethics while earning his MBA. His teaching experience includes positions at George Fox University, Eastern Oregon University, Clark College and Mount Hood Community College.

He has a broad background spanning business, academia and non-profit environments, and he has created, developed and grown several businesses. In each business, Sellers was responsible for all aspects of strategy, finance, sales, marketing, personnel, operations and internal controls.

Sellers is committed to community service. He has spent more than 26 years volunteering at various nonprofits, including the American Red Cross, St. Benedict’s Hospital and Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also uses his consulting business to provide free personal finance training for low- and middle-income families. “My goal is to assist families in becoming debt free and meeting future financial goals,” he said.

During his time at Multnomah, Sellers plans to change the Church’s often skewed perception of Christian business leaders. “You don’t have to be a pastor or a missionary to serve God well — you can be salt and light in the business world too,” he said. “It’s not a second-class calling. Every time our business majors graduate, I hope they find their true purpose and that they are adequately prepared to pursue it. I want them to have the chops to hit the road.”

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

College Basketball’s Top Sharpshooter Plays for the Lions

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah University student Stevie Sansone is the most prolific long-range shooter in college basketball. Statistically speaking, he shot (423) and made (157) more three-pointers this past season than any player in the country — at any level.

Sansone is a junior at Multnomah University, which holds a dual affiliation in the smallest college associations in the country: the National Christian College Athletics Association Division II and the Association of Christian College Athletics.

“Stevie has been a blessing to have in our program,” Coach Curt Bickley said. “He is a great leader and can really shoot the ball.”

When you see him on campus, the 6-foot Sansone appears to be a typical college student. However, meet him on a basketball court and get ready to witness a shooting clinic. Sansone’s smooth form and quick release allow him to drain threes at a rapid clip.

“His off-season shooting program with Mike Penberthy has made a tremendous difference,” Bickley said. “The difference between a good shooter and a great shooter is 1,000 shots a day — that is Stevie.”

Even with his incredible athletic abilities, Sansone possesses the qualities of humility and perspective.  Many 21-year-old college athletes might be tempted to boast after accomplishing a feat like this, but not Sansone. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to get Sansone to admit his accomplishment without first watching him blush and redirect the attention.

“I believe that my passion for basketball and for being in the gym is truly from God,” Sansone said. “My hope is that whoever sees me shooting can see that this really is a God-given gift.”

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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. Composed of a college, seminary, graduate school, degree completion program and online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as professional certifications and endorsements. For more information, visit multnomah.edu.

Dr. Craig Williford Selected as President of Multnomah University

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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 groupsCraig’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.”

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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/

Multnomah Moves Toward University Status

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Below is the full-text of the official Press Release regarding Multnomah's move to the name "Multnomah University" - it is worth the read to get the official word on what a name change is and is not.

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Multnomah Moves Toward University Status 

Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary will soon exist under the institutional name Multnomah University. In a unanimous vote, Multnomah's board of trustees resolved to take the necessary steps to become a university by July 1, 2008. The college and seminary names, missions, and curriculum emphasis will remain unchanged, but they will be included under the broader institutional name Multnomah University. Multnomah's faculty, president, and board of trustees were motivated by key strategic reasons to pursue university status.

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