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Multnomah Celebrates 70 Years of Biblical Education


On February 14, 2006, Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary celebrates its 70th birthday. Founded as Multnomah School of the Bible by the Rev. John G. Mitchell, the school has grown to an enrollment of more than 800 students.

Multnomah plans to celebrate this 70-year milestone over the course of 2006. In less than a month, the new Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center will be completed. Multnomah looks forward to the closing accreditation site visit and the anticipation of finalizing additional accreditation goals. The athletics department will select a new mascot for the sports program to provide new vitality for Multnomah's teams. Additionally, the school has already kicked off a new Website homepage, the Next identity campaign, an online bookstore, and an updated doctrinal statement.

Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood, president of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary, has appropriately dubbed that Multnomah has a tradition of innovation. "The occasion of Multnomah's 70th birthday is a tremendous opportunity to reflect on God's faithfulness and goodness over the years," said Lockwood. "In many ways the school is in the best shape of its life, but even so I'm looking forward to what the next five years will bring as we launch new initiatives and programs in anticipation of our diamond anniversary."

70 years ago, a group of Portland-area ministers and Christian businessmen got together at the request of Rev. John G. Mitchell. He was convinced that the Pacific Northwest needed a school that would faithfully instruct men and women in the truths of God's Word. Other men at this meeting shared Dr. Mitchell's vision, and subsequently Multnomah School of the Bible came into existence. Originally housed in a building on NE Multnomah Street in the Lloyd Center area of town, Multnomah moved to its present campus, near the corner of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Glisan Street in 1952, purchasing what was then the Oregon State School for the Blind. Since that time, Multnomah has developed its 24-acre campus, which includes the soon-to-be-completed Joseph C. Aldrich Student Center.

The college continues to grow, while staying true to its original mission statement: to educate, equip, and enrich Christians for leadership in their church, their community, and their world.

For more information about Multnomah or its 70th birthday, contact Kristin Kendall at 503.251.6452 or