Multnomah community celebrates 80th birthday

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On February 12, graduates from almost every year of MU’s history met in the JCA Student Center. As they shared in a banquet celebration, the room was rich with stories, and the air was steeped in nostalgia.

“Being at Multnomah was one of the best experiences I’ve had,” said Alex Paterno ’11.

Bonny Lloyd ’59 agreed. “For me, Multnomah was life-changing,” she said. “I’m still teaching the Bible to young women. It’s been my life.”

University President Dr. Craig Williford addressed the importance of upholding Dr. Mitchell’s vision of loving the Savior as Multnomah continues to expand its program options. “More than ever before, the world needs MU graduates who know the Bible,” he said.


Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Needham reminded everyone to reflect on the Lord’s steadfast love over the years. “We’re here to affirm the faithfulness of God,” he said. “The God who is faithful is the God who will always love us.”

As MU moves forward in a flurry of new programs and initiatives, a time to pause and reflect on our past is a welcome oasis. “The school has come a long way,” said Mildred Dunham ’44. “My time at Multnomah was a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

A lot may have changed, but 80 years later, one thing remains the same: Multnomah is serious about providing a life-changing education deeply rooted in God’s Word.

Campus happenings

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MU ranked No. 2 on list of safest colleges, universities in Oregon

The 2016 Safest College Campuses national rankings, published by, are based on key statistics and student reviews.
Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs and alcohol usage. “We watch out for each other and take care of each other,” said Director of Campus Safety Josh Harper. “This is a large part of making our campus safe to live, work and learn in.”

MU celebrates 10 years of providing free English classes to local immigrant communities

For 10 years, MU’s TESOL program has been offering free weekly ESL classes to its diverse neighbors. “ESL meets a practical need in our community,” says TESOL Director Kristyn Kidney. “It brings the world together through dialogue and friendship.”

Lions team up with Tim Tebow Foundation, local church for Night to Shine

The women’s basketball team joined with the Tim Tebow Foundation and Central Bible Church to present Night to Shine, a prom
for people with special needs. More than 100 churches around the world were chosen to host Night to Shine events on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Roger’s Café celebrates five years of coffee and community

Five years ago, students voted to name MU’s new coffee shop after Roger, a beloved community figure who has been cleaning tables, arranging napkins and befriending students as a faithful volunteer for more than 35 years. The café has been a irreplaceable fixture on campus ever since.

Students collect food for Giving Tuesday, donate proceeds to Oregon Food Bank

Through the month of November, students, faculty and staff added non-perishable foods to large white barrels stationed around campus. The food drive culminated in a celebratory chapel on Giving Tuesday (December 2), a globally celebrated day dedicated to giving back. The full barrels were then given to the Oregon Food Bank.

‘A holy place’: 58 years later, MU’s prayer chapel remains a sacred haven on campus

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A little white prayer chapel sits in the center of Multnomah’s campus. It’s hemmed in by hydrangea puffs and leafy foliage, and its cross-topped steeple pokes above the birch and cherry trees that cast their shade against its whitewashed walls. Inside, the sunlight filters through pale magenta windowpanes onto rows of oaken pews. It smells slightly aged — like a room matured by many visitors.

The altar is the centerpiece. There is a simple wooden cross and mahogany Wurlitzer piano with a worn-out bench and open hymnbook. Above it is a stained glass image of the cross overshadowing the globe.

Those who seek the Lord have found him in the sacred silence of this hiding place.

The Center of Campus

Since its construction in 1957, the little building has been a quiet refuge, a safe hideaway, a quaint aesthetic addition, and an invitation to enter into a different sort of lifestyle.

“The chapel was built to provide a place on campus for students to get away and talk to the Lord,” says Distinguished Professor Emeritus David Needham.

“Prayer at MU is taken seriously,” says Vice President of Advancement Steve Cummings. “Everything we do is bathed in prayer because we know that we don’t move forward unless the Lord leads us.”

Alumna Emi Koe remembers the reason for the chapel’s central location: “The slogan when we were students was that the prayer chapel was the center of campus as prayer should be the center of our lives,” she says.

“It is a true and meaningful symbol to have the prayer chapel with its clean, white lines and its steeple pointing toward God in the center of campus,” adds alumna Gail Lundquist. “May it truly be Multnomah’s desire to have prayer as the foundation for everything.”

‘A Different Kind of Quiet’

But the chapel isn’t only a symbol, of course.

At the beginning of her sojourn at Multnomah, Regina Molokomme slipped into the prayer chapel to commit the next few years to the Lord. In response to God’s calling, she had recently moved from South Africa to enroll in seminary.

“I did not know about the journey ahead of me, but I just presented myself to God,” she says. From complete funding for school, to strength for her studies, to a vision for the future, Molokomme has consistently received God’s provision.“My prayers have been answered in that place,” she says.

While it serves as a site of initial dedication, the prayer chapel is also a space for continued communion with God. “When I am there, I am affirmed that he is with me,” says youth ministry major Josh Smith.

“It’s a holy place set apart from the stress of academia,” says English major Rebekah Nayduik. “There’s a peace when you walk in.”

English major Sierra McKinney agrees. “It’s a different kind of quiet. I walked in and felt this calmness.”

Memorable Moments

Throughout the process of schooling at MU, biblical studies major Curtis Bell spent intentional time in the silence provided by the prayer chapel. “I remember my best friend Cory and I praying in there daily,” he says. “We broke down and prayed for our families. We were even on the floor weeping. Those were precious moments with my best friend and the Lord.”

Alumnus Larry Day remembers similar moments within. “I would go there for quiet time when I was confused about what God wanted,” he says. “It’s a significant place to me.”

A few years ago, Day and his wife decided to refurbish the prayer chapel at their own expense. They replaced the pews, adjusted the altar area, and added a soft new carpet so that people could spend time on their knees. “There is something that happens to our soul when we kneel before God,” Day says.

Master of Arts in Counseling student Zach Jones noticed that the intimacy of the prayer chapel was also perfect for a different kind of kneeling. With the romantic addition of decorative lights and music, he proposed to his wife Sarah inside of it.

“The chapel will always be special to us,” Sarah says. “It reminds us that God was in our lives long before each other; he’s the one that brought us together.”

The Legacy Continues

After the graduation gown has been donned, and the diploma presented, and the path away from Multnomah has been blazed, the prayer chapel still stands as a monument; it’s a place for returning and reflecting.

Alumnus Scott Burns remembers God’s faithfulness whenever he visits. Although it’s a long way from his home in England, he continues to stop in from time to time.

“I’ve spent numerous hours with God in that tiny little building,” he says. “It resulted in me walking forward with a greater awareness of my need for Jesus and knowing how desperately I need His power to be at work in and through me.”

As the years roll on and the steady stream of quiet visitors filters in and out, the prayer chapel remains the birthplace of vision, the assurance of God’s presence, the place where prayers are answered, and a reminder of what he has done in each life that passes through.

“I learn something from everyone”: College professor says Doctor of Ministry program enhances her teaching

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Jody Bormuth is a mother, grandmother, wife and college professor in the rugged mountain town of Grants Pass, Ore. Over the years she has welcomed struggling teens into her home, mentored young women, taught Bible studies and developed a class on gender issues.

But just because Bormuth has been involved in Christian service for more than 40 years doesn’t mean she’s left learning behind. “I love academics in the first place, and so learning anything is exciting to me,” she says. That’s why she decided to enroll in MU’s Doctor of Ministry program with a focus in cross-cultural engagement.

Bormuth is now two years into her studies. “I love every part of it,” she says. “(The professors) are genuine and honest, and that is refreshing.”

Discussion and fellowship are regular parts of class which Bormuth thoroughly enjoys. She is continually challenged to listen well to others. “It’s the perfect environment to ask my questions,” Bormuth says. “I learn something from everyone as they share their ideas and thoughts.”


In regards to cross-cultural engagement, Bormuth is learning to interact with those who disagree with her. “It’s all about approaching others with the earnest intent to hear what they have to offer me, rather than the other way around,” she says. “It equalizes all of us as worthy and valuable in God’s image. It has shown me how to approach others in an agreeable and peaceful fashion without compromising my own convictions.”

This leads to a lifestyle of living like Jesus. Bormuth did an in-depth study of the Beatitudes earlier this year and has since been learning how to apply them in her relationships. “God is teaching me to express to others how counter-cultural Christ was and is,” she says. “We are to be the same way.”

Bormuth is constantly in awe over how God weaves themes together in her life. “It has never failed that when any crisis comes up, something we are studying or learning in school is relevant to the crisis,” she says.

Everything that Bormuth learns is immediately applied to her classroom at Pacific Bible College. Her greatest joy is seeing the “lights come on” in students’ eyes as they grasp one of God’s precious truths for the first time.

“I have taken major themes home with me and not only felt affirmed in what I’d already been teaching, but able to add to it,” she says. “These themes have enhanced my teaching and classroom, not to mention my own spiritual life. It’s caused me to see God as bigger and richer, and to see Christ’s mission on earth as more personal and all-encompassing.”

‘The fruit of the Spirit in the classroom’: MAT student Sarah Murrell infuses teaching with faith

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Ever since Sarah Murrell can remember, teaching has been an integral part of her life. Whether she’s bonding with preschoolers in a neighborhood school or tutoring students in reading, she knows she has a passion for cultivating knowledge in the classroom. “God continues to put me in opportunities to teach and has affirmed me in those places,” she says.

sittingv02The path into Multnomah’s Master of Arts in Teaching program has been a smooth one for Murrell. She received her B.A. in TESOL from MU and spent some time teaching at a school in India for her practicum. But she still had her eyes on graduate school.

“I looked at lots of other schools but was impressed with the quality of MU’s teaching,” Murrell says. “I also worked with an MAT student who had great classroom skills and spoke highly of the program.”

So Murrell jumped right in. “The program is small, but they have their act together,” she says. “Our professors have been top-quality; no class has been a waste, and each one has equipped me for what I need, and more.”

Opportunities for putting learning into action are everywhere. Last year Murrell worked as a reading tutor for a rural school in the area. “I attended MU classes on Tuesday night and was able to try out what I learned on Wednesday morning with the kids,” she says.

Now Murrell is doing student teaching in a multi-ethnic urban school, and though the atmosphere is totally different, she is able to apply the same principles. “It is always amazing to see kids grow as readers; to get them excited about learning,” she says. “I love to see kids feeling good about themselves.”

Teaching in a public school requires a different approach.  “I want the kids to learn how to reflect God’s image in creative and unique ways,” Murrell says. “I want to be the kind of teacher who pours forth the fruit of the Spirit into her classroom, but I can’t be that consistent teacher unless I prioritize a close relationship with God. That is what’s best for my students.”

Murrell is thrilled to learn how to love each child in her class. “At the end of the day I’m relying on God to give me his heart for the kids,” she says. “In order to produce anything good, I need to depend on him.”

A heart for Hawaii: M.Div. student Kunāne Hillen connects theology to his native culture

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Kunane_H_2v02For Kunāne Hillen, moving to Portland, Oregon, was a big change. “My first thoughts were, ‘It’s cold!’” he says. He was firmly attached to the sunshine, warm ocean waves, beaches and culture of his hometown — Honolulu, Hawaii. He’d never spent more than three weeks away. And yet he knew that, despite the climate change, Multnomah University had what he wanted for an M.Div.

Body surfing, ukulele, church friends and family were the main factors in Hillen’s life throughout his childhood. During his senior year in high school, Hillen took a Hawaiian history class that made him realize how much he loved his own people.

“After watching a film about Hawaiians, my heart broke,” he says. “I originally wanted to do intercultural missions, but then I got a heart for Hawaiians.”

Hillen attended Bible college on the island and earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministry. He then began to wonder what was next. “I was looking for a school that would help relate Hawaiian culture to theology,” he says.

Multnomah brought those components together for him. “MU is really helping me process my theology,” Hillen says. “I get to tie Hawaii into my papers and discussions in class. I want to learn what the gospel means, not only in the Hawaiian community but also in the global indigenous community.”


Hillen also appreciates his professors. “They are very personal,” he says. “They are willing to meet outside of class. They encourage me to talk. They don’t just teach to blank faces; they’re engaging.”

When Hillen returns to the islands, he’s excited to teach the integration of theology and culture to his fellow Hawaiians. And he’s especially eager to get back to his own warm beach. “I dream of the waves sometimes,” he says wistfully.

Lions team up with Tim Tebow Foundation, local church for Night to Shine

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The MU women’s basketball team is used to collaborating on the court. But since their recent partnership with Central Bible Church and the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Lions are unifying to present Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom experience for people with special needs.

More than 100 churches around the world were chosen to simultaneously host Night to Shine events Friday, February 12, 2016. Central Bible was one of three churches in Oregon selected for the honor.

“This is so exciting because it’s such a unique chance to serve our community,” says Tim Bieri, who coaches women’s basketball at MU. “We’re honored to be part of shining Christ’s light in this way.”

As sponsor of Night to Shine, the Tim Tebow Foundation will provide each host church with an instruction manual, financial support, individualized staff guidance, and a prom kit complete with decorations and gifts for attendees.


On the big night, guests will enter the church on a red carpet while friendly paparazzi snap photos. Inside, volunteers will provide VIP treatment: hair, makeup and corsages for the girls, and shoe shining and boutonnieres for the boys. Karaoke and dancing will round out the evening. During the crowning ceremony, every attendee will be declared prom king or prom queen.

But something more than the glittery tiaras, shimmery dresses and spiffy shoes will shine on that night. God’s love will be gleaming, reflected by the many volunteers who have poured their hearts into this special event.

During Night to Shine 2015, 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 people with special needs. This year, host churches worldwide are expected to serve more than 20,000 prom kings and queens. At Central Bible Church, a minimum of 100 volunteers will work with more than 75 guests.


A production of this size will require some dedicated workers. Fortunately, the basketball team is no stranger to commitment. The Lions are wholly responsible for planning and organizing the event, which includes coordinating vendors, sending invitations and reminders, managing volunteers and donations, and setting up and tearing down decorations.

Even though their lives are brimming with basketball, school and jobs, the women are enthusiastic to tackle this new mission. “It’s a challenge for us as a team,” says sophomore Michaela Weller. “But it’s pushing us out of our comfort zone, and that’s important. It’s a blessing to be a part of God’s work in this.”

Valerie Wakefield agrees. “It’s a great opportunity to work with Central Bible and other churches in the area,” says the sophomore. “One of my favorite things is seeing so many people come together as the body of Christ.”

The Lions didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, so they’ve deemed Night to Shine their championship game. For Nicole Verrett, the prom is a more impactful opportunity in comparison. “It’s something that will last,” says the senior. “I think (the guests) will know that people care about them and want to serve them.”

If you want to volunteer for Night to Shine, contact Tim Bieri at 503.251.6463 or

Husband and wife team tackle Degree Completion Program together

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Married life and bachelor’s degrees don’t always go hand in hand, but thanks to Multnomah’s DCP program, the two can be united.


Christian and Katie Rector met at middle school church camp and started dating their junior year of high school. “We chose to get married young, knowing that it wasn’t a popular decision in our community,” says Katie. “We felt a responsibility to finish school and not just have half-completed degrees. The DCP program sort of fell into our laps and made it possible for us to graduate together, which is an unbelievable gift.”

Katie had attended MU for several undergrad classes, and Christian had popped in to visit a few times. “I was impressed with the culture on campus,” he says, “And when we took our youth group to Multnomah’s annual Spring Thaw, I came home after the weekend and said, ‘I want to go here.’”


It took the couple a year before they realized that it was time to return to school. By then they both had full-time jobs, were youth leaders at their church, and had their own household to run. Thankfully, the DCP program is suited for busy schedules. Christian enrolled in the Business & Ethics program, and Katie in Leadership & Ministry. “The one-night-a-week format is helpful, but we have to carefully manage our time outside of those four-hour blocks,” says Christian. “This program grinds intentionality into you.”

Intentional community, in addition to intentional study time, is vital to DCP life. “The cohort is a cool dynamic,” says Christian. “When you join, you join a community. It’s about knowing people more deeply and walking with them through having babies, job changes, etc.” Caramel corn competitions are also an essential component, according to Katie and her cohort.

standingKatie is especially pleased to find that her favorite professors are involved in the DCP program. “The cream of the crop is on board and willing to participate in this program with us,” she says.

And it is not only their words, but also their actions which have made an impact on her. “One evening my professor stopped class to pray for a woman who was in the midst of a deep struggle,” she says. “Through this he showed me his heart in caring for her.”

The combination of Bible and career preparation has been important to Christian. “In class, we have been focusing on bringing the gospel to the workplace: first, through an effective business, and second, as an official messenger of Christ,” he says. “It’s the perfect ‘marriage’ of the two.”

This combination has taught Katie how to worship even in the mundane. “The Lord has showed me that work and study is my ministry right now,” she says. “Even being a wife and doing chores at home is under God’s umbrella; it’s his work, and I get to be a part of it.”

Christian and Katie don’t have solid plans for after graduation, but they look forward to taking a deep breath and starting to think about a house, kids, and maybe even graduate school. “Busyness is a season, and finishing well is the goal,” says Katie.

South African Regina Molokomme prepares to impact world leaders

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Regina Molokomme came all the way from South Africa to follow the call of God. “When God calls you, he calls you as you are,” she says. “When he calls you, know that he provides. God opened the door for me to take up my calling, and that’s how I came to MU.”

Before 2002, Molokomme would have had a different response to God’s call. She was content with her teaching career, and she never guessed that things would change. But when the AIDS epidemic struck her own household, she didn’t know how to react. Both her parents died from the disease. Then her brother was poisoned and died in his sleep. “I had three deaths in three successive years,” she says. “That was a turning point in my spiritual life.”


Although she was shaken, Molokomme used her suffering to propel her forward: She began educating herself on a solution for AIDS. Molokomme connected with an organization for religious leaders dealing with the effects of HIV/AIDS and dedicated her time to prayer meetings, travel and support visits to marginalized communities. In 2008, her efforts received recognition from the United Nations, and she was given the Red Ribbon Award.

“I was put on a platform where my voice could be heard and I could listen to other nations and have a voice in the world,” she says. “For the first time, I saw God in everything.”

When Molokomme realized how God was directing her life, she began to consider going into ministry. A friend and MU alum visited South Africa and told her about Multnomah and its unique history of prayer. Molokomme remembers thinking, “God, this is where I belong.” Her visit to campus was confirmation. “God is here, and prayers get answered here,” she says. “I knew there was something about this place.”

Regina2But the call of God isn’t an overnight thing. It was three years until God made it possible for Molokomme to come to Multnomah. “God dealt with and equipped and prepared and tested me until finally I knew that my doors were opened,” she says.

Molokomme settled into the rhythm of her studies at Multnomah and graduated with an MA in Christian Leadership in December 2015. She deeply appreciated the challenging courses and inviting community.

“The classes can impact heavily,” she says. “There is also a lot of commitment to serving God. There is a bubbling, exciting explosion of the Spirit of God at work.”

She is also involved with Women of Purpose, a local group of ethnically diverse women who meet on MU’s campus every week. Together the women support each other in prayer and share how God is using them for impact and purpose in Portland and beyond.

“I’ve always been a world-changer who is passionate about influencing nations,” she says. “I have learned to never fear or idolize people — even presidents and important people.”

Molokomme is convinced that God has prepared her to minister to world leaders, and she’s eager to see how her studies at MU will relate to her work with the UN.“I will wait and see where God wants me to go,” she says. “If he says to go back home, I will go.”

Although she’s not certain what her future holds, Molokomme is confident that she leaves MU prepared and made ready to serve. “I can’t come here and leave as the same Regina,” she says. “You come out of this place as a leader.”

‘Walking in God’s purpose’: MU graduates share their stories

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Last Friday, 61 Multnomah students walked across the stage of Central Bible Church to receive their diplomas. Among the group of participants were Sheri McCoy, Ian Domaschofsky, Sadie Walker, Brenna Coy and Nate Holm — five students who display the quality of character and commitment to Christ that set our alumni apart.

Sheri McCoy

Portland, Oregon

Master of Arts in Counseling

Best MU experience
The professors have been approachable, and I never felt ostracized, uncared for, or unnoticed.

In one of my counseling classes, we were asked to be candid and share our own stories while we practiced being clients and counselors. Some people cried as they talked, but no one was judged. I realized that this was a safe place to be vulnerable.

Favorite class
Group Supervision with Bryan Warren

Favorite thing about MU
Seeing everyone celebrate God together while also celebrating our own differences.

Favorite thing about Portland
The culture of different races and ethnicities; there is no “them verses us” mentality.

Plans after graduation 
To work as a mental health counselor with the addictions population. My purpose is to help people achieve their purpose.

How MU has impacted your spiritual journey
MU has shown compassion, love, and acceptance; they accept everyone and don’t judge — they love you. I have felt loved here.

A theme in your life 
Walking in God’s purpose for my life.

Advice to first-year self:
Stay focused and accomplish the goal.


Ian Domaschofsky

Dallas, Ore.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Best MU experience
I’ve had many paradigm shifts which have changed the trajectory of mine and my wife’s life. Paradigm shifts come along with this education.

Favorite class 
Incarnation Seminar with Dr. Robertson, which was about understanding the formation of Christological thought in the first centuries.

Favorite thing about MU
It’s a safe place for Christian men and women to engage with ways of thinking they would otherwise not be exposed to. I’ve never felt limited at MU.

Favorite thing about Portland
The food. I love the fusion of hip restaurants which are organic and local.

Plans after graduation
My family and I will be moving to Crete to run a youth hostel for at least a year. We’ll be living on a cliff overlooking the ocean. I also plan to get my Ph.D. in Early Christian Thought at some point.

How MU has impacted your spiritual journey
I’ve learned to see God as “wholly other” and to understand the richness of theological doctrine passed down through tradition. God is both intricate and simple at the same time; no matter what point you’re at, there are moments of awe.

A theme in your life
Consistency — in education, marriage, fatherhood.

Advice to first-year self
It’s all a process. Enjoy the ride.


Sadie Walker

North Bend, Ore.

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership in Ministry (Degree Completion Program)

Best MU experience
Support from the Scruggs community! From last-minute childcare to a roll of toilet paper to praying for each other.

Favorite class
Counseling — learning how to come alongside people to help them without trying to fix them

Favorite thing about MU
Staff and faculty care about students. It’s not about money and just pushing them through.

Favorite thing about Portland
So many close outdoor activities!

Plans after graduation
I’ve already started my Master of Arts in Global Development & Justice. I want to work with children and families and community development.

How MU has impacted your spiritual journey
God has helped me to reach out to people instead of being anti-social. He’s helped me to focus in on where he wants me to be and how he wants me to work.

A theme in your life
Learning to help people — different ways to do that.

Advice to first-year self
Stop procrastinating!


Brenna Coy

Longview, Wash.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Best MU experience
During my first semesters, we would take a group down to the river to worship together. We built a fire and spent hours talking, joking and singing. This brought us closer together as friends and solidified for me that I was where I was supposed to be.

Favorite class
Hebrews-Revelation with Ray Lubeck. It was a high-impact, life-changing class. Through group projects we challenged each other and dug deeper into the text.

Favorite thing about MU
The community — professors, students and friends. It’s been a community where I’ve been the most accepted and able to be myself. It’s helped me grow.

Favorite thing about Portland
Food and coffee! My favorite spots are Good Coffee and Cafe Broder.

Plans after graduation
I would love to do art therapy someday. But for now I will be working possibly as an academic/admissions counselor in the Portland area. I will also get my master’s eventually.

How MU has impacted your spiritual journey
God has grown and shaped me during this time. My Bible and theology classes have given me more questions about who God is in a way that makes me never want to stop learning. I’ve grown in confidence in the Spirit and what I’m capable of. God’s shaped me to know what I believe and to wear it proudly. My family and friends have noticed a transformation.

A theme in your life
Seek first the Kingdom in all things.

Advice to first-year self
Take a wide spread of classes. Be open to learning new things — even things you think you know.


Nate Holm

Colton, Ore.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Best MU experience
I broke my cane last week, and a group of students bought me a new one. It’s amazing the love that the student body has showed: opening doors and helping in different ways.

Favorite class
Abnormal Psychology with Jim Velez. I appreciated the way he presented material and combined it with Scripture in defining what is normal and abnormal.

Favorite thing about Portland 
Nothing. I don’t fit here; it’s abnormal. City living isn’t for me.

Plans after graduation
I plan to get my Master of Arts in Counseling in Idaho, and then to get a job with either the Vision Resource Center, Commission for the Blind, a VA hospital, an assisted living facility, or as a school counselor.

How MU has impacted your spiritual journey 
I’ve been given options for relationship on a daily basis with the student body of all ages — single, married with kids, etc. Also the spiritual growth, chapel, classroom prayer, and that we are allowed to pray with students.

A theme in your life
Be bold, fight for what you believe in, stand true to your convictions.

Advice to first-year self
Make sure you’re prepared and set yourself up for success; don’t procrastinate. Push through and don’t give up.

When I was one-and-a-half years in, I almost threw in the towel because of accessibility issues. I remember talking to Jon Mathis, and he told me that every other blind student who has been here has quit at the one-and-a-half year mark. If I could push through, I would be the first blind student to graduate from Multnomah (undergrad) in the school’s history.

I decided to go above and beyond my disability and to use it as a positive. This catapulted me to success. It’s not just about Nate. It’s about everyone to come. There has been so much trial and error, and hard work behind the scenes, as well as a lot of time involved. I didn’t want special treatment because if I did, what would my degree be worth? I want to pave the way for other blind students so that they can say, “It’s been done, so I can do the same thing.”