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2009 President’s Annual Report

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Categories: Alumni, General, Media, Programs, University Name Change

At the beginning of every year, many folks tend to go through their time of reflecting on the year just passed and looking forward to developments in the year ahead. Well, we do the same things as an organization here.


At Multnomah, we ask many things of our president. Among them a "reflection," if you will, in the form of an annual report.

2009 President's Annual Report (PDF)

Looking Forward

In "looking forward," we've also asked Dr. Dan to star in an online video series where he discusses issues facing Multnomah and what we all might expect in the future. But far be it from him to simply lecture (it's not a classroom, afterall) - these videos are intended to be sparks that will bring feedback from you! As such, we've named the series "Conversations with Dr. Dan".


A Christmas Message

Comments Off on A Christmas Message Written on December 24th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, General, Missions, Pray For MU, Seminary, Students

Christmas is a time for giving. It is also a season for reflecting on the gracious generosity God displayed in sending the gift of Jesus to a darkened world.


One Christmas became memorable for me precisely because of a stranger’s simple, generous invitation.

In December of 1977, my wife Jani and I were living in Dallas, Texas, where I was in the middle of doctoral studies. Since Jani’s brother Albert was studying at the University of Guadalajara, we decided as a family to rendezvous in Mexico to celebrate Christmas south of the border. So, as soon as my last blue book exam was submitted, Mom and Dad Iguchi joined us in Dallas. Together we flew to Mexico City for a few days of sightseeing before winging to Guadalajara to spend Christmas with Albert.

The sights of Mexico City were intriguing. We climbed the Aztec Teotihuacan Pyramids and watched a bullfight. Ole! Then we headed to Guadalajara, one of Portland’s sister cities. Because Albert was involved deeply with a Mennonite church in the city, we were invited by “Heddy,” a Canadian missionary, to stay at her apartment over Christmas. She was planning on being out of town and graciously made her home available to us.

An Unusual Invitation

We had an incredible time celebrating Christmas together, but what I remember most is the serenity and graciousness of many people, from our host herself to a man joyfully shining shoes on Christmas day in the city’s piazza. But most memorable was an unusual invitation. We drove Heddy around the city as she completed errands before her departure. Stopping at her bank, she introduced us to the bank manager. This man, who had never laid eyes on us before, greeted us and immediately invited us to his home. “No one should be alone at Christmas,” he said simply.

Though we declined because we had other plans, the sincerity of his generous offer struck me in a way I’ll never forget. I could not help but think of the gift of God who graciously sent His Son to earth on that first Christmas centuries ago, making it possible that our joy might be full. I was reminded that Christ came to all people, regardless of class, socio-economic status, education, vocation, nationality, ethnicity, or gender. I was convicted that I needed to show greater generosity to others, not just at Christmas but all year round, as an expression of my gratitude for God’s gracious gift.

God's Grace and Multnomah Students

God continues to be gracious to our students at Multnomah, too. One of my Grad students, Annet Kyomugisha, tells a remarkable story of how the generosity of God’s people made it possible for her to study at Multnomah. She, her husband Fred, and their daughter Deborah travelled to Portland from Rwanda in the fall of 2008. Fred, one of my theology students last year, is now in his second year at Multnomah pursuing his MAPS.

Annet desperately wanted to enroll in seminary, too. She realized how important her education would be for their work in Rwanda. From a human standpoint, the financial need seemed impossibly great. Yet she had enough faith to apply to the seminary, though without hope that funds would be available. When her application was accepted last summer, she put it on the shelf and continued to pray. Then, one day just before school began, something amazing happened.

“That morning, I received a $1,000 check in the mail from a friend in Portland,” she said. That same afternoon, a friend from Washington, D.C., and then a friend from Texas called, inquiring about their financial needs. Fred explained their desire for Annet to enroll in seminary. One person pledged $5,000 for her education, and the other promised $4,000.

“I did not send out letters requesting financial aid,” Annet explained, “so it is still not clear to me why these generous people decided to respond the way they did.”

But respond they did. Eventually, $16,000 was given from these three people, and she was able to begin classes this fall.

Two things struck me about Annet’s story. One was her remarkable faith. She applied to Multnomah when she had no earthly reason to believe it was possible. Yet she believes in a God of the impossible. Had she not applied, her matriculation might have been delayed a full semester. Annet’s experience seems to say, “Step out in faith and trust God to provide the way.”

Joy of Generosity

The other important lesson is that God’s provision and timing is always perfect. He provided what she needed just at the right time. More than that, he involved other believers in the process, allowing them the joy of generosity. Because of their gifts, a beautiful couple poised to make a strategic impact on the spiritual and theological landscape of Rwanda, may return to their native country equipped for the task God has for them.

Transformed by the generous Gift of God,

Daniel R. Lockwood

Reflections from Dr. Willard Aldrich’s Memorial Service

Comments Off on Reflections from Dr. Willard Aldrich’s Memorial Service Written on December 15th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General

December 12, 2009

2007I am privileged to be invited to reflect on Dr. Willard Aldrich’s influence on Multnomah University.  Believe me, Multnomah would not be what it is today without his profound tenure as our second president.

I will always remember Dr. Willard as a distinguished man.  He was distinguished in appearance, in demeanor, and in manner.  But when I assess his impact on Multnomah, I would call him a man of distinction.  Of course, he was a distinctive president in some obvious ways.  He was Multnomah’s youngest president, appointed to the office when he was only 34 years old.  He also served the longest tenure of any of the four presidents—a remarkable 35 years.  I doubt whether those two records will ever be broken.  They certainly will not be surpassed by the one Multnomah president still standing in the room!  But Dr. Willard was a man of distinction in much deeper ways.

Dr. Willard, the TheologianDrWillardAldrich

First, Dr. Willard was a man of distinction as a theologian.  He loved teaching students theology and did so throughout his entire career.  He will be remembered especially for his two beloved specialties: the great doctrines of our salvation and of the grace of God.  But more importantly, Dr. Willard was a noted theologian at a time in the Bible college movement when theology was often regarded with suspicion.  To have a theologian as president identified Multnomah as an institution which takes the great doctrines of the faith seriously.

As a theologian, Dr. Willard was also a Biblicist.  He loved the Scriptures.  He was, after all, the one who coined Multnomah’s famous motto, “If it’s Bible you want, then you want Multnomah.”  But Dr. Willard always elevated the Bible over doctrine, always willing to adjust his theological conclusions if the biblical text demanded, not the other way around.  Not every institution takes this priority seriously.  Multnomah University does so today, and it is part of Dr. Willard’s legacy.

His theology was a warm theology.  The tag line on Multnomah’s doctrinal statement for many years was, “and we believe in doing something about it.”  I do not know whether he actually wrote this, but he certainly believed it, modeled it, and lived it.

After Dr. Willard retired from the presidency in 1978, he continued to teach theology for half a decade more.  I was on faculty when he finally retired from teaching.  At a ceremony I will never forget, Dr. Willard received a new Jeep.  I understood the practical nature of this gift, of course, but I always suspected it was also a metaphor for a man who enjoyed spending his life navigating the rocky roads of contemporary theology.

willard005Dr. Willard, the Educator

Second, Dr. Willard was a man of distinction as an educator, overseeing Multnomah’s development from a financially fragile Bible School to a robust institution of excited Jesus people.  He understood curriculum, having begun his career as registrar, and he spent his entire tenure developing a respected faculty.
He oversaw the move of the campus from the mortuary on NE Halsey St. to a blind school on NE Glisan St.  Believe me, I think I’ve heard every possible joke about this!  He was a great builder.  Memorial Dorm, Bradley Hall, the Prayer Chapel, Lytle Gymnasium, and his beloved A-Frame remain as part of his legacy.  Out of a passion for missions, he launched the Grad Certificate program in 1947.  He added college majors in the early 60s and developed two master’s programs that became cornerstones for Multnomah Biblical Seminary years later.

He was a charter member of the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC) and led Multnomah to its first national accreditation five years later, proclaiming Multnomah’s commitment to quality biblical training and positioning Multnomah to pursue accreditation in the future.

Dr. Willard, the Servant-Leader

Third, Dr. Willard was a man of distinction as a servant leader.  The term servant-leader is a term that is tossed around a lot these willard_bradleydays.  In my last twelve years in this office, I have met many presidents of Bible College and seminaries.  I have not found that humility and grace are ubiquitous traits!  But for Dr. Willard they were genuine.  I have often wondered how such humility was formed.  Was it that he was mentored very early by two older, godly men, Dr. Mitchell and Dr. Sutcliffe?  Or was it that he served for decades beneath their long and significant shadows without complaint.  Perhaps humility was fostered by raising nine children, and keeping family such a high priority.  Or perhaps it was formed in the crucible of tragedy, including the loss of his first wife.

Dr. Willard served continuously as a trustee from 1936 to 2004, a period of 68 years.  I know he did not agree with all the decisions I made, and he would appropriately express his opinion in trustee meetings.  But outside the meetings, perhaps passing me in the parking lot, he was always generous with his encouragement.  “You’re doing a fine job, Dan,” he would tell me.  “You’re the right man for president.”  He did not need to say this; but he did and it meant the world.

Yes, Dr. Willard was a man of distinction: as theologian, as educator, and as servant-leader.  But I actually will remember him for something more, something greater, and something far more important.  It was something he shared with his son, Dr. Joe.

This last year has been a difficult one for us, and for the Aldrich family.  Two of Multnomah’s four presidents have passed to glory.  But what characterized both of these men—father and son—is that they were faithful to the end.  They finished well.  When I think of Dr. Joe, I think of Abel—a man of faith cut off in the prime of his life by a tragic event.  But Dr. Joe finished well.  Dr. Willard, living over 100 years, was, I think, more like Enoch.  Throughout his long life, he simply walked with God.  But Dr. Willard was faithful to the end.

What a legacy.  I pray it is mine—and yours!


A Note Of Thanksgiving From The President

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Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Pray For MU

(Note: This is the first one in a series of posts where we will publish a near-monthly letter from the Dr. Lockwood that usually goes out to donors and supporters of Multnomah's ministry.)

Of Psalm 100 & Thanksgiving

I am not sure why I often think of Psalm 100 when Thanksgiving rolls around.  Probably, it’s because I memorized it as a child and it still sticks.  After all, who can ever forget that we are to “make a joyful noise!”

Apparently, I’m not alone.  Christians over the centuries have called this psalm, “The Old One Hundred.”  This November, in church services across the land and in hundreds of thousands of Christian homes, this psalm will be recited, read, prayed, or sung before the ritual of devouring the turkey begins.

What delights me most is that this venerable poem (for Hebrew poetry it is) is such good theology.  Its five short verses are anchored by two great truths about God.  Let’s explore them together, with illustrations from God’s work in, through, and with the people of Multnomah.

The Lord is God

The first great truth affirms the greatness of God (v. 3).  The Lord—Yahweh—is God, indeed!  And fittingly, this portion of the psalm is a call to exuberant worship.  Shout!  Rejoice!  Sing!  The psalmist summons us to uninhibited praise because that truly is the only acceptable response when we stand in the presence of the Lord our God.

Our students take this call to uninhibited, joyful worship literally.  This fall, our college chapel program moved onto campus, meeting often in the Joseph C. Aldrich student cafeteria.  It’s not as convenient as Central Bible’s auditorium: extra sound, lighting, staging, and a digital projector and screen had to be added.  A crew of student volunteers moves the dining room tables out of the way and arranges the 400 chairs in rows before chapel begins.  The space itself is barely large enough for our student body as they pack into the chairs or stand shoulder to shoulder in the back.

But they love it!  They define “close communion” creatively.  Veteran chapel-goers like me can sense renewed energy and excitement among the students for prayer, singing, and responding to the Word of God.

The psalmist, after exclaiming that the Lord is the sovereign God, then reminds us of who we are.  Notice the two descriptions (v. 3): we are His creatures (the Lord made us) and we are His sheep (the Lord shepherds us).  Just think of it!  Our great God is our Sovereign and our Shepherd.  We, on the other hand, are His fragile vessels and His vulnerable lambs.  No wonder we are called to worship this sovereign Shepherd.  All we are, all we have, and all we can become belong to Him.

As a campus community, we have witnessed—and endured—great sorrow this year.  Dr. Joe, Multnomah’s beloved third president, passed away last February from a debilitating fifteen years with Parkinson’s.  In May, Laura Silva and her brother-in-law alumnus Tony Silva were tragically taken in a climbing accident.  This September, Gordon Peterson, a well-regarded high school teacher in Vancouver and a 1984 alumnus, was struck and killed while riding his bicycle.  His daughter, Julia, a freshman at Multnomah this fall, continues to grieve with her family.

We cannot explain these events, nor are we called to do so.  Rather, we find comfort in a sovereign Shepherd who loves His sheep. 

The Lord is Good

The second great truth underscores the goodness of God (v. 5).  The Lord our God is a good God, the palmist explains.  And our appropriate response to this is thanksgiving—thanks laced with the praise that a supplicant would bear to a majestic ruler as he passes through the palace gates and enters the royal court.  How fitting!  We worship God because He is great.  We thank Him because He is good.  And, God’s goodness, the psalmist tells us, is expressed in two magnificent ways: His enduring love and His everlasting faithfulness.

At Multnomah we have witnessed God’s enduring love time after time.  We see it in the hundreds of new and returning students He entrusts us with each semester.  Each one is a walking miracle of God’s love and grace.  We observe it in the ways transformation takes place in those lives, even within the span of a semester.  We catch in the students that go out from here into all kinds of effective service—from vocational to marketplace ministries.

We also experience His everlasting faithfulness.  I don’t need to remind you that we are in a difficult economic climate.  Our enrollment has suffered in our traditional programs this fall, in large part because many students cannot afford to attend Multnomah right now.  All of us on faculty and staff are cutting necessary expenses to keep ahead of the financial curve.

Yet the Lord remains faithful, especially to some of our faithful donors have had to reduce their support as they deal with depleted retirement savings or loss of jobs.  I am so grateful at this special time of year for your faithfulness in supporting this work.  You indeed reflect God’s faithfulness to us!

Making a joyful noise to the Lord,

Daniel R. Lockwood

For Your Listening Pleasure

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Categories: Alumni, Faculty, General, Media

h0109-216I recently ran across a recording of Dr. Lockwood preaching at Laurelwood Baptist Church on May 31, 2009. It was pretty good (even if he wasn't the boss around here, I'd still say it was good!). I recommend it.

Intimacy With God

He preaches for 31 minutes about Gideon's Ephod from Judges 8

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Brown Bag Bible Study

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Categories: General

In an effort to keep the "summer dust" off of Multnomah employee Bibles, I (Dr. Dan Lockwood) will be conducting lunch-time staff Bible studies (most likely from the book of John).


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President’s Annual Report

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Categories: General

Just for posterity - we want to make sure that everyone has access to the 2008 President's Annual Report just published in February. You can find it online in the President's Corner or at the end of this post.


  • Dr. Dan Lockwood recaps the year
  • Paul Griffin lays out the financial facts
  • Charts-a-plenty for spatial readers
  • Student profiles
  • Multnomah timeline with cultural cues
  • Our esteemed donor list for FYE 2008
  • Enrollment figures
  • Financial aid dispursements
  • Donation charts
  • And many great photos

2008 President's Annual Report


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