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Professor Jay Held Joins Multnomah Faculty

2/4/2003

Multnomah Bible College is pleased to announce that Professor Jay Held will join the faculty on a regular, full-time, tenure-track position.

Jay has served as interim Pastoral Ministries chairman this academic year and will continue to teach in this department. He will also serve as Chair of the Pastoral Ministries department beginning July 1, 2003.

After receiving his B.S. (Theology and Missions) from Baptist University of America in Decatur, Georgia, Jay went on to earn his M.A. (Missions) from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, IN; an M.A. (Counseling) and an M.Div. (World Ministry) from Western Seminary, Portland, OR. He has also participated in a study tour of Israel and done graduate studies at the Jerusalem University College on Mount Zion, Israel.

Currently, Jay is working on his Th.M. (Theology) at Western Seminary and a D.Min. (Leadership), Denver Seminary in Denver, CO.

In the spring of 1989 Jay raised support to serve on a team as a church planter of North Portland Bible Fellowship, a new urban church. Then in July of 1992, Jay was appointed by the Missions to the Americas to serve as an Urban Missionary to minister at Mt. Sinai Community Baptist Church, an inter-city, African-American church. While there, Jay developed and directed the outreach and discipleship ministry for all ages. In 1994, he answered the call to recontextualize North Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. This interracial, inter-generational, inner-city church nearly closed but found renewal and reinvented its ministry. By January of 2002 the church called its own full-time pastor and Jay transitioned out of the church in June of 2002.

Jay and his wife Laureen have four children: Joy, Joel, Jonathan, and Jean.