Press Releases

University Students Host Community Worship Event

4 comments Written on April 27th, 2012 by
Categories: General, Press Releases
University Students Host Community Worship Event

Going Back to the Heart of Worship

Multnomah University student Carl Laws has organized a community worship event on Saturday, May 12, titled Going Back to the Heart of Worship. Laws will headline the event and feature fellow student Hannah Glavor. Both musicians are motivated by a desire to bless the community in a time of worship that features something for everyone in a variety of musical styles. Read the rest of this entry »

Defending National Champs End MU Dreams

3 comments Written on March 6th, 2012 by
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Press Releases, Students
Defending National Champs End MU Dreams

Check out this end-of-season recap from Coach Bickley. It had a heart breaker of an ending, but was a memorable season nonetheless!

Tonight ended a great season by the Multnomah University Lions. We lost to Hillsdale by a score of 81-86. We were down by 4 at the half, fell behind 76-64 in the second half, then came storming back. Down by 8 with just over a minute to go, Willey Yates nailed a deep three pointer, then MU got a steal and Steve Bustrin added another three pointer to cut the lead to 2 points with 40 seconds left. Hillsdale scored to go up 85-81. Gian Cook got a great look from behind the arc but could not get it to go as the final score was 86-81. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Students in Salvation Army Design A Dorm Challenge

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Categories: Contests, General, Press Releases, Students
12 Students in Salvation Army Design A Dorm Challenge

Used goods will turn into prized goods as 12 Multnomah University students design three dorm rooms using only items from The Salvation Army Family Stores.  Beginning in August, The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) will be partnering with these students in a competition called "Design a Dorm Room on a Budget." With a budget of $250 per team, three teams of students will head to local Salvation Army Family Stores to design a creative dorm room. Read the rest of this entry »

Alumni + Compassion + Radio

As many of you know, MU is combining the annual PDX Alumni Chapter event with a ministry outreach called Compassion Connect to help run a Downtown Compassion clinic day.

New Wine, New Wineskins’ Spring Conference

Comments Off Written on April 7th, 2010 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Pray For MU, Press Releases, Seminary

(The following is a reprint of our press release - but since space is filling up fast at this event, we thought we should get something up right away!)

Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins will hold two seminars to promote unity in the church and outreach to the poor on April 9th and 10th, respectively. Together, these seminars make up the annual Spring conference that New Wine puts on in the community.

People often think caring for the poor in the analogy of giving a poor man fish to eat or teaching him to fish so he can eat forever. Neither approach moves beyond charity, which keeps the poor dependant and demeans their humanity. Instead, Christians must help the poor become entrepreneurs so that they can own the pond together.

An Evening of Inspiration, April 9th

At the introductory seminar, "An Evening of Inspiration: breaking down barriers", Dr. Paul Louis Metzger will discuss how the white church has historically failed to build a relationship with the black church. Together, Dr. Metzger and Dr. John M. Perkins will urge the church to long for unity and will lay the foundation of what "owning the pond together" means.

Owning the Pond Together, April 10th

The second seminar, "Owning the Pond Together: developing communities through entrepreneurship", suggests that community development involves partnering with the poor by thinking creatively and fostering micro-enterprise. The seminar stresses the importance for Christians to move beyond charity and toward cultivating community through effective business practices. In this way can Christians and the poor own the pond together and protect the community from being sold out to the highest bidder.

Perkins, Metzger, and Pastor Eric Bahme will present the importance of partnering with the poor and how to put "owning the pond" principles into practice.

Church Partnership

Following Perkins and Bahme's lead, churches can help form local enterprises that meet local needs and employ indigenous people by partnering with the poor, sharing skills and economic resources and investing capital so the poor will have ownership in the community. Churches can also become partners to foster business ownership among the local people.


Dr. Willard Aldrich, You Will Be Missed

9 comments Written on November 30th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Press Releases, Willard Aldrich

DrWillardAldrichHe Wanted Bible

Dr. Willard M. Aldrich was committed to Christ and to creating a biblically focused Bible college. As a founder and president of Multnomah University, he coined the slogan, “If it’s Bible you want, then you want Multnomah.”

On November 27, 2009, Dr. Aldrich passed away due to natural causes. He was 100 years old.


A Rich History

Dr. Aldrich founded Multnomah School of the Bible with Dr. Sutcliffe and Dr. Mitchell in 1936. He served as Multnomah’s first registrar and married the dean of women, Doris Coffin. They had nine children: Jonathan, Jane, Joe, Becky, Tim, Virginia, Annette, Tad and Bobbie. All nine children graduated from Multnomah, including future Multnomah president Dr. Joseph Aldrich. After Doris died, he married Multnomah alumna Mildred “Mimi” Boukaert in 1959. Dr. Aldrich and Mimi were married 47 years until her death in 2007.

In 1940, Dr. Aldrich resigned from faculty and was absent from Multnomah for two years. He returned as an instructor in 1942 and became president in 1943 at Dr. Sutcliffe’s retirement. During his service as president, Dr. Aldrich lead Multnomah through the end of World War Two; under his guidance, Multnomah responded to the post-war enrollment boom by relocating to a new campus and renovating buildings and grounds. His efforts moved Multnomah to become one of the earliest degree-granting Bible Colleges. Multnomah’s second president, Dr. Aldrich served for 35 years until his retirement in 1978. He subsequently served on the board of trustees until his retirement in 2004 and was an Honorary Life Member.

A Tribute to Dr. Aldrich

“As the second president of Multnomah School of the Bible, Dr. Willard assumed leadership during its fragile beginnings,” Dr. Dave Funk said. “From its start during depression years, through low enrollments during World War II, the boom of materialism and the free spirit of the hippie years, Multnomah’s survival depended on a man committed to the long haul and to the vision he shared with co-founder, Dr. John G. Mitchell. As a co-founder, Dr. Aldrich shared the commitment to biblical values and ministry emphasis that characterized Multnomah’s position in the Bible college movement.

“Describing Multnomah’s emphasis he coined the slogan, ‘If it’s Bible you want, then you want Multnomah.’ Personally Dr. Willard exemplified both priorities, theological and pastoral.”

Education, Pastorship, and Authorship

Dr. Aldrich held a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and a Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. He pastored Emmanuel Baptist Church in Vancouver, Wash. and served on the Board of Reference for several mission societies. He pioneered leaflet evangelism through the monthly publication, “The Doorstep Evangel,” which brought the gospel to many people for 38 years. Dr. Aldrich was an early founder and later president of the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges. He also authored several books, including “The Battle for Your Faith,” “Grace,” “The Death of Christ” and “When God Was Taken Captive.”

Leaving a Legacy

Known for his graciousness, faithfulness, and friendliness, Dr. Aldrich was greatly loved in the Multnomah Community. He influenced many people for Christ, both at Multnomah and throughout his life. The Willard M. Aldrich Hall was dedicated in February, 2000, in his honor. Today, both North and South Aldrich Hall buildings are used as a college men’s residence hall.

Memorial Service

A memorial will be held at Bethel Community Church in Washougal on December 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.


Application Deadline Extended

Comments Off Written on July 16th, 2009 by
Categories: General, Press Releases, Seminary, Students

Times are tough and making big decisions is hard - harder than usual. We hear this from many, many potential students who are telling us about the difficulties they face.

Well, we, as a former US President once said, "...feel your pain."

So, since Multnomah still has some class seats open and since there was an abnormally high amount of applications yesterday (the original deadline of 7/15), the "deciders" at Multnomah extended the application deadline out to August 10th for this year only.

Maybe some of that influx of applications was due to this?

More Details

See the official press release

Or You Can Just Apply


Multnomah Distribution – First Reno, Now Anchorage?

Comments Off Written on July 6th, 2009 by
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Municipality of Anchorage

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Last week, Multnomah Biblical Seminary announced the expansion of it's "Connect" distributed learning program to a new site in Anchorage, Alaska.

Please read the official release on MU's site for the details.

In Short

  • All MBS students will have access to more online classes
  • Actual MBS professors teach - not just adjuncts, videos, or assistants
  • You can complete many classes not offered online at  one of two locations outside Portland: Reno, NV or Anchorage, AK
  • A short on-site period at the main campus in Portland is all you need for the complete degree
  • You don't have to relocate - perfect for families and in-ministry situations that can't travel
  • While not as all-inclusive as tradtional "in-residence" programs, it is a great way to save time and money if you want to further your ministry qualifications
  • Brings Bible-based seminary instruction closer to you (MBS is prayerfully considering more locations in the future)
  • Through Connect, earn a Grad Certificate, MAPS, or M.Div.

The Official Line

This blog post does the program no justice - so please read the press release or contact Admissions for more information:

Oregon Independent Colleges Keeping Costs Down

Comments Off Written on June 27th, 2009 by
Categories: General, Media, Press Releases, Programs, Students

In this day and age, every penny saved counts. One story that I've wanted to talk about for some while is that of how there is increased public scrutiny over college costs - and what colleges are doing to keep them down. Let's face it, it's expensive to run an institution of higher education - even one like Multnomah which operates with minimal staffing and even less physical overhead.

One Big Difference Between Publics & Privates

Recently, almost all public institutions (including community colleges) have announced sizeable increases in their tuition and operating expenses - and have lobbied for more taxpayer support (And why not? It's even more expensive to run a major public research institution).

As you may know, private independent institutions are not subsidized by public money. The good part about this is that it forces us to tighten our belts when the times get tough and endowments take dives with the stock market. This can be a very healthy thing, forcing us to focus more on achieving our mission efficiently.

The Charge of Stewardship

Instead of passing all the costs on to students and their families or asking donors to throw more money at the operation (although, we'll gladly talk to any donor willing to contribute!) we have to trim expenses and make wise moves to demonstrate good stewardship with an eye toward future health. At Multnomah, this stewardship principle takes on a whole new meaning, because we know it is not "our" operation to begin with - we are only taking care of what God has charged to us.

But Not Just Multnomah

Multnomah belongs to an organization called the Oregon Independent Colleges Association (OICA). As a collective, it has become a mantra to show a commitment to keeping cost increases to an absolute minimum. Recently, OICA sent out a news release that gave a brief overview of what these institutions are doing.

OICA College Cost Containment Press Release

Also, don't forget about our new Tuition Relief Scholarship we announced after this press release went out.

Tuition Relief Scholarship Available To Undergrads!

Breaking News for MBC Undergrads

tightwalletA Tough Economy

Multnomah's leadership, under the direction of President Dan Lockwood, got together to discuss what they'd been hearing from students and parents: "Help! This economy makes going to college more difficult!"

Doing Something About It 

As of today, Multnomah is offering a "Tuition Relief Scholarship" this year for our Bible College students.

It's Simple
To earn the Tuition Relief Scholarship, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 14 credits in a Bible College undergraduate program offered on the Portland, Oregon campus. If a student enrolls in 14 credits, they will then get every additional credit up to 17 free - for a total savings of up to $1500 per semester or a total of up to $3,000 for the year.

Simpler Still
This means that if you enrolled in 15 credits, you only pay for 14. If you enroll in 16 credits, you only pay for 14. If you enroll in 17 credits, you only pay for 14! That's the equivalent of a whole class. Or $1500. Per Semester.

I don't know about you, but getting done with college faster and doing it with an extra $3000 sounds like a pretty good deal to me. (As if being the lowest priced around wasn't already a great value...but I digress).

The Official Details

There are some conditions, so be sure to Read the Offical Press Release.

Spread the Word

We need to get the word out to current and new students - so please Tweet it or Spread it on Facebook...text your buddies. Find our accounts to repost/tweet here: