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Students in MU’s Summit program can earn a B.A. and M.Div. in five years

Multnomah University is launching Summit, a five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program that reduces the time and cost traditionally spent on the individual degrees. “Summit is an opportunity for people to get into ministry sooner,” says Roy Andrews, dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary. “It’s five years of your time — not seven — and costs about 30 percent less than it would to take the programs separately.” The savings amount to $41,000, and that’s before scholarships are added.

Summit will target high-achieving high school seniors who aspire to be church leaders. Some students will receive full-tuition scholarships covering the undergraduate portion of the program. The scholarships are primarily designed for recent high school graduates, although transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional scholarships are available for Summit students who don’t receive full-tuition scholarships.


Andrews says anyone may join the program as long as they’re prepared for the academic rigor and intensive training. “Summit’s program director will help potential students figure out if they’re called to pursue ministry,” says Andrews. “Then they’ll discern if students are ready for the program. Some students might not have thought about it and just need to be exposed to it. But it’s not about arm wrestling them into it; it’s about introducing ideas.”

Besides MU’s standard admission requirements, eligible students will need a minimum 3.5 high school GPA and an additional reference letter from a church leader. “We want to affirm from their church’s perspective that they’re a good candidate,” Andrews says.

Once students jump into the program, they’ll be immersed in classes, service learning, mentored ministry and internships. “All these things are ingredients in the recipe for making people prepared for full-time ministry,” says Andrews. “Our students will get a lot of guided practical application. Though we’re condensing two programs, we won’t sacrifice the quality of either.”
Summit students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology before earning a Master of Divinity. To remain enrolled, they must maintain a 3.0 GPA and meet all character and activity requirements for the program.


Andrews is confident Multnomah’s option will stand out from other five-year B.A./M.Div. programs. “Some products look the same on the shelf, but when you see how they’re produced, you realize they’re different,” he says. “The other programs do a fine job educating people. But we give great attention to the Word of God, and it’s part of MU’s ethos to hold in tension the two commandments of Christ: loving God and loving your neighbor. With a thankful heart, we think we’re the best at doing that.”

Summit will launch in fall 2015 thanks to a $565,000 grant from The Kern Family Foundation, an independent grant-making organization based in Waukesha, Wis. The foundation, which funds broad-impact, long-term programs, is committed to promoting strong pastoral leadership and educational excellence.

The grant will be used to support a program director, student scholarships and marketing efforts.

“The Kerns are passionate about getting young people into ministry faster with little to no debt,” says Andrews. “Summit graduates won’t be bound to the indebtedness that prevents many from getting into vocational ministry. We do have a responsibility to help these students, so this is a great gift.”

Learn more about Summit.

Caring for the Soul

Once every spring and fall, Multnomah undergrad and seminary students, along with several faculty members, gather together in the JCA Student Center for Day of Prayer. MU cancels classes so students can devote their whole day to connecting with God. The time is not restricted to prayer, though; students are encouraged to commune with the Lord through meditation, reading, writing and worshiping.  Read the rest of this entry »

MU Plays a Key Role in Reno’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking

Comments Off Written on June 11th, 2013 by
Categories: Faculty, General, Media

Director of MU Reno-Tahoe John McKendricks and Awaken, Inc. saw some of the fruit of their labor this past week when Nevada's Governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill in support of sex-trafficking prevention. What began as an effort by Multnomah to minister to their community in Reno has continued to grow and flourish with real, tangible results in view. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Flip Side – Kathryn Dunbar (’98 MAPS)

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Categories: Alumni, General
On the Flip Side – Kathryn Dunbar (’98 MAPS)

Kathryn Dunbar (‘98 MAPS)

Kathryn graduated from Multnomah University with a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies and an emphasis in Women’s Ministries. She secured a position in the Registrar’s office at Multnomah, and worked there for four years. After studying and working at Multnomah, the Lord led Kathryn back home to Fresno. Kathryn said, “leaving Fresno to take a job at Multnomah was one of the hardest decisions to make, but returning home was almost as difficult. I created a new network of family and friends, loved my job and got involved at a church. The Lord has certainly blessed my move back.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Letter from Dr. Dan – March 2010

March 15, 2010 - Dr. Lockwood, President of Multnomah University frequently writes letters to alumni, donors and friends of the school. Here's his latest.

The “new year” is not simply upon us; it’s in the middle of its third month!  As we in Portland are grateful for a fairly mild winter, we at Multnomah are encouraged by the things God is doing during the first two and one-half months of our spring semester.  Let me give a few updates.


Our total enrollment for the spring semester stood at 844 students (headcount) when registration was complete.  We have 629 students in the college and 215 in the seminary, just two off from last spring.  Our two Portland campus programs are about on pace from last spring, but our university master’s programs show a significant increase (61).  At our off-site locations, we have 17 collegians and five seminarians taking classes in Reno, and five seminarians registered in Anchorage.  We praise the Lord for these students; Multnomah continues to impact students with God’s Word.  These numbers also represent a stability in tuition revenues—an encouraging sign in a continuing tight economy.

New Seminary Faculty

At the seminary, under Dr. Redman’s leadership, we have developed a new paradigm to fill faculty vacancies.  Three faculty members have been appointed as “regular part-time” faculty in pastoral ministry.  This means they will continue to lead their local churches while teaching a half-time load at the seminary.  What is unique is this: they will be active participants in faculty discussions with full “voice and vote.”  In this way, they will provide valuable expertise for fashioning a pastoral ministry curriculum for the next generation.  Our regular full time faculty members can anticipate a multi-dimensional team of colleagues with a hearty esprit d’corps.  Our three appointees for the next academic year are:

  • Dr. Gene Curtis, D.Min, pastor of Meadow Springs Community Church, Multnomah Biblical Seminary graduate.  He will teach homiletics.
  • Dr. Rick McKinley, D.Min, founding pastor of Portland’s Imago Dei, a Multnomah Bible College graduate.  He will teach in the area of biblical leadership.
  • Prof. Tom Schiave, D.Min (cand.), pastor of Gateway Baptist Church.  He will teach in the areas of spiritual formation and communication.

Global Ministries Conference

Multnomah held its annual Global Ministries Conference the last week of this month.  With its “Harvesting the Desert” theme, this year’s emphasis was God’s work in the Middle East.  Twenty-five mission agencies and 68 missionaries were on Multnomah’s campus.  [Name Witheld], who works with Arab believers through [Ministry Organization Name Witheld], and Sarah Perlman, who works with Jews for Jesus, served as plenary speakers.  They provided complementary—and controversial—perspectives on Middle Eastern ministry.  Multnomah continues to send a significant number of students into global ministry opportunities each year, and this conference again was a catalyst for God’s Spirit to nudge open hearts.

[Names witheld above for security reasons]

Regional accreditation (NWCCU)

Accreditation is always on our horizon, but now more than ever.  Last summer, we were informed that NWCCU was revising its accrediting standards, and that Multnomah University would be up for a full self-study visit in April 2011.  That’s just a little over a year from now!  Dr. Wayne Strickland, who will lead this effort, is already hard at work in responding to these new standards.  We are being asked to evaluate our institution according to basic themes, such as knowing God’s Word, thinking critically, growing in Christ-likeness, and engaging our culture.  Please pray for us as we embark on this important self-assessment.

Online technology

Technology supports Multnomah’s mission more than ever before, and we are grateful for our professional IT staff.  Several new things are happening.  First, our Promotions & Communications department is in the process of thoroughly redesigning our website.  This is extremely important since more and more students learn about—and apply to—Multnomah through this online portal.  In fact, January saw an unprecedented spike in online applications for this coming fall.  Working for over a year, we anticipate the official launch this spring. 

Second, our Career Development Department, which now serves the entire university under Jim Saemenes’ direction, uses the Ministry Web Directory.  This amazing tool connects students with ministries and marketplace opportunities.  Already, prospective students are drawn to Multnomah because of such vocational opportunities when they graduate.

Financial support

The Lord has favored our advancement department, under Paul’s Griffin’s oversight, with wonderful success.  Of course, the development staff has worked extremely hard during this economic recession, too.  For example, the team is on track to hit its financial targets for the last eight months, largely, I believe, by cultivating personal relationships with people like you.  They also did a terrific job in planning, organizing, and pulling off our largest Student Aid Banquet event on the Saturday of March 6th.  Over 450 attended to hear wonderful testimonies from students and alumni of what God is doing in them because of Multnomah.  Many, many people gave.  They remembered what Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9).

Thank You

Thanks you so much for your faithful prayer support of Multnomah’s vital ministry.  I cannot tell you what this means to our faculty, staff, and students. Your prayers have a way of saying to faculty and staff, “You’re not alone in this ministry.  The Lord is confirming the work you do.”  Your support speaks clearly to students that the Lord will provide in many ways—including through gifts from supporters they may never meet.  These serious-minded men and women are empowered to study deeply the Word of God at Multnomah and to pursue wholeheartedly their dreams of being equipped for the vocation God has chosen for them. 

Longing for the eternal dwellings, 

Daniel R. Lockwood