Global Evangelism students learn valuable skills during 10-day intensive

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The following post was written by Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani, a student in the Global Evalgelism track of Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program. 


If a textbook conclusion to a Multnomah Biblical Seminary course is possible, Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students experienced it Friday, June 16, 2017.

Leading up to the beginning of the 10-day intensive, Track Instructor Dr. Tim Robnett had pitched the classes as “MUST” attend. He never talked about the exhilaration awaiting students, but quietly built keen interest for the coursework.

As an evangelist, Dr. Tim has reached over two hundred thousand individuals in over forty-five countries over the past decade proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the applause was spontaneous when he counselled, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation,” at the end of this year’s session.

For the duration of the two five-day classes, the atmosphere was lively and energizing. As hopeful evangelists, we eagerly welcome proven skills of proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ worldwide.

From day one, it was quite evident that students would get more than their money’s worth. There were no dull moments as the lineup of evangelists and presenters imparted their knowledge to students. Indeed, “all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28) became a reality. Clearly, the overarching theme was the preaching of the cross of Jesus Christ followed by an invitation to accept Him as Lord and Savior. Dr. Tim held the attention of students for seven hours and thirty minutes each day during the first five days. Every session increased eagerness for the next.

Before we knew it, one week had gone as Dr. Tim imparted valuable lessons on the theology of evangelism in the Bible. Then came other evangelists linking the dots for the cohort. Dr. Wingfield hammered home the inevitable truth that the Cross must always be the center of an evangelist’s message. Evangelist Mike Silva of Promise Keepers fame honed-in on the point that an evangelist’s role is like that of a ‘striker’ in soccer whose primary responsibility is to score goals. We are strikers for Jesus whose main goal is to get the ball into the net. Leading up to the final class, author David Sanford offered to be a “Barnabas” to those with interest in publishing, and Brad Butcher, Dr. Tim’s TA, expounded on the immeasurable social media platforms currently available.

In Dr. Tim’s summation, first came the advice to narrow our area of interest. There must be no doubt about the evangelist clear mission from God. Recounting his experience as a carpet cleaner salesman earlier in life, he explained that his boss told him to master the company’s sales manual and “stick to the script.” His final words were, “Stick to the script and remember that there is no good news without an invitation.” Deprived of an open invitation to Christian Discipleship, a proclamation is anything but the undeniable gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed, it was a textbook conclusion for Multnomah Biblical Seminary’s Global Evangelism Doctorate and MAAT students.

Sola Gratia,

Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani


Kemoh (Sullay) Sulimani

MAGDJ students empower Bhutanese refugee community

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The following post was written by Fabi Colmenarez, a student in Multnomah's Master of Arts in Global Development & Justice (MAGDJ) Program.

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As part of the Applied Research Methodology course for the MAGDJ program, and in partnership with Beaverton Foursquare Church, a team of students (including myself) was formed to work with an amazing group of refugees from Bhutan during the 2017 spring semester.

Through the research project, we developed strong relationships with the refugees and heard their personal stories. The research process provided us opportunities to walk alongside them in discovering the challenges that they face as they resettle in the United States.

June blog photo 3We incorporated a Participatory Approach (PA), which included a host of methods that focused on empowering the resettled refugees to identify the primary challenges they were facing, reveal the root causes of those challenges, and pinpoint the impact of these challenges that were affecting their lives on various levels.

The PA tools that were used assisted them in creating a safe environment where men and women from different generations could work together; thus, leading them to a consensus in understanding their current situation. We learned that this is the first step toward finding a solution to complex situations.

Through this experience, we were witnesses to the transformational power of the PA methodology. As a team, we were able to witness first-hand the role that research plays in empowering a community to transform their reality in meaningful ways by using their own resources.

As MAGDJ students, this project gave us the opportunity to live what we're learning in our courses: to be agents of transformational development who can go beyond this course and into future careers focused on development and justice.


Fabi Colmenarez

MAGDJ Student
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Why you are part of the ripple effect

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Categories: Alumni, Students



Dear MU Family,

Celebration and sighs of relief are in the air at Multnomah University! The light pink cherry blossoms are in full bloom, much like the burgeoning graduates who recently received their hard-earned diplomas. One of them — a global studies major named Kevin Perry — has an amazing story I’d like to share with you.

The youngest of six children, Kevin was born into a military family and raised on a military base in Germany. Youth camps, outreach groups, and missions organizations visited the base frequently, but one group changed the course of his life forever.

In 2010, Youth Ministry Department Chair Dr. Rob Hildebrand brought a group of Multnomah students to minister to the military kids on Kevin’s base. One of these students was Anthony Beatty, who was given the opportunity to share the gospel. Though Kevin had heard the story many times before, Jesus had been preparing his heart for the special moment when he prayed with Anthony. With tears streaming down his face, Kevin committed his life to Christ, no matter the cost.


When you follow Christ, your faithfulness creates a profound ripple effect. In fact, you may never know how many people your converted life touches.

Anthony grew up in a spiritually mixed home comprised of atheism and Christian Science. Even still, he came to know the Lord through his youth pastor, Will Vollstedt. Will was a Multnomah graduate.


Anthony (left) and Kevin (center) hike with a group to Oneonta Gorge.

The ripple effect connects Will, Anthony and Kevin to this day. Will is now the senior pastor at Grace and Glory Community Church in Vancouver, Washington. He is still one of Anthony’s pastors. Anthony runs his own video company called M25 Productions (named after the parable of the talents in Matthew 25). He regularly works with clients such as Nike, Old Trapper, Timbuk2 and even Multnomah. He and Kevin have remained close friends. And now that he’s graduated, Kevin and his wife (also an alum) are committing to full-time missionary work in Austria.


Kevin and Rachel Perry on their wedding day

We recently got the chance to hear Anthony and Kevin retell their remarkable story in person:

Friends, it’s incredible to see these lives bonded by continued friendship, a love for Jesus Christ and Multnomah University. From Will’s obedience, to Anthony’s faithfulness, to Kevin’s acceptance, there are two things for certain: The Gospel will never cease to go out, and Multnomah will never stop equipping people to share it.

In Matthew 28, Jesus shared his vision for the entire world with his disciples:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the

Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

As the president of Multnomah University, I’m proud to share that we take this mission to heart, and we take it very seriously. Christ’s mission, the Great Commission, is our mission! I also have the responsibility to strategically implement ways to equip our students to meet the world’s current needs while embodying both the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.


To be a pivotal transforming force in the world, we need several things, and they all require you!

First, we need you to tell more people about Multnomah. More than 94 percent of our students came here because a friend, family member, alum, pastor or coach recommended it. In fact, prospective students are over nine times more likely to enroll by a word-of-mouth referral than any other source!

Second, we need your prayer. You already know Multnomah was founded on the bedrock of prayer. On February 14, 1936, Reverend John G. Mitchell came together with Portland-area ministers to pray about this place, which was still an ethereal idea at the time. Eighty-one years later, we are still here, because of prayer and because of God’s blessing through you.

Third, we need your faith. We need your faith that God will supply all of Multnomah’s needs as we seek to follow his will for this place. We need your faith that he will provide for your needs as you help meet ours. The simple fact is Multnomah would cease to exist if it weren’t for your help.

We still need to raise $609,491 by June 30. We whole-heartedly believe in God’s ability to stir the hearts of MU family members like you. We need your help. Will you help us reach our goal by June 30? There are so many opportunities to participate — cash gifts, stock gifts, and IRAs are just a few ways you can help.


Your gifts, your support, your prayer and your recommendations are vitally essential for us to heed Christ’s command — to go out and make disciples!   

Thank you for furthering the mission of Multnomah, and for being a part of the ripple effect.


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

Tudor-Stuart England class travels to London

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The following post was written by Kari Johnson, a history major at Multnomah University. 


I recently returned from a short-term study abroad trip to London. I was in a class called Tudor-Stuart England, and we spent this semester studying about the Tudor and Stuart dynasties, which lasted from 1485-1714. We read a book about daily life in Tudor England, a biography of Queen Elizabeth I, and a history of the King James Bible. We studied maps, took tests, and listened to lectures. We watched a great documentary by Simon Schama about the Tudors and Stuarts. Then the day finally came when all that studying came alive for us. As a class, we traveled to England, where we got to actually see the places we had been learning about.  It was amazing! Read the rest of this entry »

Writing tutors encourage students, inspire confidence

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For several years now, certain MU students have dedicated hours to assisting their peers with writing. English Professor Dr. Domani Pothen sought to formalize this practice by initiating a writing tutor program with the blessing of university administration. With the initiation of the Academic Support Center, the writing tutor program was officially supported and formalized.

At the end of the fall 2016 semester, the writing tutors Pothen had a vision for scored quite high in student satisfaction surveys. To see why students appreciated their work so much, one of the tutors gave us insight into what they do for the MU community.

Senior English major Hogan Schaak is a writing tutor who believes writing is how we often manifest our thoughts to the world. He has been tutoring under the supervision of Pothen since he began his sophomore year at MU. “When people show up who really want to be here, it’s great to see how they think and what makes them excited,” says Schaak. “Improvement in critical thinking through writing makes you more confident in yourself and gives you the ability to engage readily with others. This is probably the most fun job I have had.”

Pothen took this opportunity to acknowledge the character of the writing tutors under her tutelage: “The tutors have always been caring and lowly people,” she says. “They are willing to meet their students, hear them, see how they express themselves and then encourage them.”

With humble students encouraging their peers to develop skills that will give them more confidence throughout life, it’s no surprise that the writing tutors ranked high in student satisfaction surveys. As the end of the semester approaches with hordes of final papers and projects, the writing tutors will undoubtedly be the encouragement needed by many to make it through these last few weeks.


This post was written by Marketing Assistant Meghan Ward.

Grounds crew keeps campus beautiful, builds community

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Blossoming flower trees, green grass and warmer weather are slowly pushing winter away. As the campus begins to welcome spring, one department stands out for their effort in the welcoming — the grounds crew. The grounds crew scored high in last semester’s satisfaction surveys. Their work to keep the campus beautiful has been noticed and appreciated by many.

Bible and theology major Michael Len works as a member of the grounds crew. He has been a member since his first semester at Multnomah two years ago. Some of the work Len could possibly do on any given day includes raking leaves, trimming rose bushes, mowing lawns and doing general cleanup around campus.

However, what makes this job fun to Len is the community around it. There are normally five other grounds crew members working alongside him throughout the year. “The community built when we talk about life while we do something like raking leaves with each other is great,” says Len. The grounds crew, he adds, enjoys playing small pranks on each other. And they all love their boss, Grounds Manager Ron Casey. “He treats us like family and genuinely cares about us,” says Len.

Casey’s favorite part of working as the grounds supervisor is getting to know the students and interacting with them, especially in the summer time. “Over the summer, we have a good routine where we meet in the morning and pray and read Scripture together for 20 minutes,” says Casey. “It is great to see answered prayers come around when we are together.”

With solid leadership and a close-knit community, the grounds crew is able to keep the campus of MU beautiful and welcoming. The individuals who work there find enjoyment in doing some of the “dirty work” on campus as they spend time in their Bibles and with each other. The hard work has not gone unnoticed, and the MU community is quite thankful for the daily tasks completed by the grounds crew.


This post was written by Marketing Assistant Meghan Ward.

MU hosts first community soccer camp

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On April 15, many Multnomah students, faculty and staff are coming together to host the first-ever Multnomah University Community Soccer Camp. This camp is primarily being driven by the MU men’s soccer team and the Multnomah University Athletic Department.

Junior global studies major Meghan Ward is assisting with the development of this camp. “The aim of this camp is to give an opportunity for community development and engagement right here on campus, in a way that’s enjoyable for people from all over,” says Ward. “After all, soccer is one of the most popular sports worldwide, and it’s a good platform for developing relationships with a wide range of people.”


The camp leaders are seeking to gather youth in the age range of 11-18 year old who have diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse soccer levels to fulfill this goal. The MU students hosting the camp are reaching out to target groups, fundraising, and receiving some mentoring in an attempt to make the first camp successful.

One of the goals set for this camp is that it will be a lasting and reoccurring event so that genuine relationships can be built and maintained. Junior church leadership major Kevin Cassal is one of the leaders who hopes this camp will be able to continue in future years. “My hope for the camp is that it provides a quality experience for the kids so that we can continue hosting it in the future and watch it grow,” says Cassal.


The camp is rapidly approaching — it will be hosted on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With that in mind, the group behind the scenes would love to connect with any possible participants or volunteers for this fun-filled day. All ranges of soccer experience and knowledge are welcome, as the primary goal of this camp is to build relationships while enjoying this beautiful game.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email Meghan Ward at for details.


Amidst personal pain: How God used Multnomah in one student’s life

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Dear Multnomah Family,

I am continually amazed at the powerful, transforming work God does through the lives of our students. I recently heard the incredible story of Zach Muñoz, a recent graduate who illustrates how Multnomah continues to shape disciples who love the Savior.

Zach’s earliest memory is of pressing his hand against the glass divider that stood between him and his mother. She was in prison. Zach was three years old. Up until that point, his mother had grappled with drug addiction. New boyfriends trickled in and out of her home. Many of them abused Zach.

Zach was able to escape when his grandmother, his only semblance of a mother, stepped in to raise him. But at age six, he had to move in with his father. He was routinely exposed to emotional and verbal abuse. He joined a gang at age 14.


When Zach was 17, his life took a sharp turn when he met Jesus for the first time. Three years later, he enrolled at Multnomah University. During his first semester, his father died unexpectedly. Zach’s family wrongly blamed him for his father’s death and ultimately disowned him. He inherited his father’s astronomical debt, including many hospital bills, all while he was still 20. The following semester, the grandmother who raised him died too.

With no family and no money, Zach became homeless and lived out of his car to stay in classes. Multnomah was the only home he had. Overcome with hopelessness, Zach turned to alcohol to forget his pain. His faith was gone.  Everything he held onto slipped through his fingers like sand. God didn’t seem to be who he claimed he was in the Bible. If God was love, then why was this happening?

One of Zach’s professors, Dr. Ray Lubeck, and his wife Tamara, heard about Zach’s situation and invited him into their home with open arms. Tamara cooked dinner for Zach, a seemingly insignificant gesture, but it made an enormous impact on him. It began to draw him back into the loving arms of the Savior.

Hear some of Dr. Lubeck's reflections on that time:

Another professor, Dr. Jay Held, would close each class by saying to his students, “If you forget everything that I teach you, remember that I love you. I really do.” These words resonated deep inside Zach’s heart.

God was slowly building up to a transformational moment in Zach’s life. Finally, he connected with Zach’s heart during a Hebrew class. Dr. Becky Josberger and her students were reading the first of the Ten Commandments:

“You shall not have any other gods before me.”

Zach discovered the nuance behind the words “before me.” They come from the Hebrew words “al-panay,” which can also mean “before my face.” Zach realized God wanted a personal, face to face relationship with him. With tears streaming down his face in the middle of class, he re-encountered God in all his glory and love.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Josberger and hear about her memory of that special day:

Zach graduated last May with dreams of becoming a Hebrew professor. He wants to serve students the way his Multnomah professors served him. What an amazing story!

I’ve been studying the book of Daniel lately, and something stood out to me during a recent reading. In Daniel 4:2, Daniel tells the king,

“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.”

As President of Multnomah, I can also say that it’s my pleasure to tell you of the miraculous signs and wonders God continues to perform in and through students like Zach. These 25 acres are a catalyst for producing vibrant men and women of character who love the Word and are deeply in love with the Savior.

That’s why we need your help now more than ever!

Your sacrificial and generous gifts help students like Zach afford to stay at Multnomah. Will you consider giving to help our students, many of whom are going through financial hardships and personal crises? Gifts of all sizes are celebrated and appreciated.


We are grateful for participation at every level. Gifts like $10, $20, $50, or $100 each make a significant impact! Click on the button below to give for students like Zach, whose lives were dramatically changed by being here!

Thank you for supporting this amazing community, and for furthering the mission of Multnomah.


Rev. G. Craig Williford, Ph.D.

Two Hebrew students selected for research trip in Israel

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Multnomah seminary students Chad Woodward and Alyssa Schmid will embark on a one-of-a-kind research excursion this summer in Israel. The two Hebrew students will partake in several archaeological digs, take various tours of the Holy Land and learn about Israel’s history from the Bronze and Iron Ages up through the modern day.

Woodward views the trip as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “It’s always been my desire to experience the Holy Land and see the places mentioned in Scripture,” he says. “I think this trip has a great mix of work and sight-seeing.”

The month-long expedition is made possible by the Scholars Initiative, the research arm of the Museum of the Bible, one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts. Multnomah has been connected with the Scholars Initiative since 2013, when Biblical Languages Chair Dr. Karl Kutz was chosen to translate a fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls with four of his students.

Since then, MU has been trusted with even more research projects, which opened the door for students to apply for trips sponsored by the Scholars Initiative. Over the past three years, seven Hebrew students have been selected to attend the Logos Conference, a two-week internship at Oxford. Similar to the Oxford internship, the Israel trip is limited to students working on Scholars Initiative projects.

Kutz couldn’t be more proud of his students. He views the trip as a great addition to Woodward and Schmid’s academic experience.  “The chance to work on a dig is a tremendous opportunity,” he says. “The students will get to see firsthand how the archaeological process works and learn from scholars who have devoted their lives to this area of study.”

The trip, which starts in Jerusalem in mid-June and ends in Bethlehem in mid-July, will be an immense privilege for Woodward and Schmid, who are already so familiar with the ancient Near East. As the two students travel, they will take with them all the passions and skills gained during their time at Multnomah.

“I’m honestly humbled by this,” says Woodward. “I think the Hebrew program really supports their students well and creates amazing opportunities.”

Redesigned programs offer greater flexibility to seminary students

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Multnomah University is redesigning its seminary degrees to help students balance the academic demands of the programs with the responsibilities of everyday life. The changes, which involve reducing the number of required credits to earn MA and MDiv degrees, will take effect in fall 2017.

“We recognize that getting through seminary can be a balancing act,” said Derek Chinn, dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary. “Students have a variety of priorities that can include a spouse, children, work, church responsibilities and social life. The reduction in credits and courses required for a seminary degree helps our students graduate sooner while reducing their financial liabilities.”

The core components of the MDiv and MA programs have been retained with slight reductions in credit hours and coursework. For the MDiv, the elective pool also has increased to 13 credits, allowing students to focus on their specific degree tracks and strengthen their studies based on their calling.

“The quality of the program has not been lessened in any way,” Chinn said. “All of the core elements have been retained. In addition, the redesign puts a greater emphasis on degree personalization and faculty mentorship so students can craft the MDiv to match their intended life goals.”

Chinn noted that some students have struggled to complete the three- and two-year programs on time. The redesigned programs respond to that reality and allow students to get into full-time ministry sooner.

“We view ourselves as partners in their education,” Chinn said. “By giving students a little more margin in terms of time and money, we’re hoping this will help them manage the obligations they have toward others, work and church.”


About Multnomah University

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon, with a teaching site in Reno, Nevada. 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