Dr. Joseph C. Aldrich

“God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick.”

Multnomah President 1978-1997

Dr. Aldrich, one of Willard Aldrich’s nine children, was born in Portland and grew up in Vancouver. In 1962, he married Ruthe Miles and they had two children: Kristen and Stephen. He was appointed Multnomah’s president in 1978 on Willard Aldrich’s retirement. He retired in 1996 due to Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Aldrich died February 12, 2009 at the age of 68 after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s.

  • Construction of the John and Mary Mitchell Library (1980)
  • Founding of Multnomah Graduate School of Ministry (1987) and renamed it Multnomah Biblical Seminary (1993).
  • Charter membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). (1988)
  • Chairman for the Pacific Northwest Billy Graham Crusade. (1992)
  • Renaming Multnomah School of the Bible to Multnomah Bible College and Seminary. (1993)
  • Second majors introduced. (1994)
  • Construction of the Scruggs Married Student Apartments. (1995)
  • Accreditation of Multnomah Biblical Seminary through the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). (1996)
  • Wrote more than a dozen books, including “Lifestyle Evangelism: Learning to Open Your Life to Those Around You.”
  • Frontieered the prayer summit movement called Northwest Renewal Ministries, now independent and renamed International Renewal Ministries. (1994)