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Dean Retires from Multnomah Biblical Seminary


Dr. Donald Brake, vice president of Multnomah University and dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary will retire this winter after 22 years of service. Dr. Brake looks forward to spending retirement with his family, guiding biblical tours in the Middle East and Europe, improving his golf game, and writing on the subjects of the English Bible and the life of Jesus.

Dr. Brake is well known for his collection of ancient Bibles and manuscripts, and is considered one of the top Bible collectors in the world. He is also known for his love of history, geography, and archaeology.

Dr. Brake's interests culminated earlier this fall with the release of his new book A Visual History of the English Bible: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book, which earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly. After the release of his book, he was awarded the Arnold D. Ehlert Award by the International Society of Bible Collectors for his contribution to the field.


Dr. Brake first accepted a teaching position at Multnomah in 1977 and became the first dean of the Seminary in 1987. In 1990, Dr. Brake left Multnomah for nine years, during which he served as president of Jerusalem University College (1990-1993), and pastored a church in Carrollton, Texas (1993-1999). He then returned to Multnomah in 1999 to resume his position as Dean of Multnomah Biblical Seminary.

As Dean of the Seminary, Dr. Brake was the biggest advocate and motivator for the Seminary's faculty to become more published, the fruits of which can be seen in the number of faculty who are now publishing books.

Under Dr. Brake's leadership, Multnomah Biblical Seminary launched several academic programs, expanding its programmatic offerings in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, the Master of Divinity in Theological Studies, and the Master of Theology. He has also played a significant role in the development of several future Seminary programs.


Dr. Brake has many fond memories of his time at Multnomah. "During the early eighties I was assistant men's basketball coach and traveled to Germany, Portugal, France and Hawaii with the teams playing local teams and giving half-time testimonies," Dr. Brake said. "These were great times of ministry and getting to know the players and cheerleaders."

"I have reached the place in life where it is time to turn the leadership of the seminary over to a younger man, to bring new ideas, and to insert enthusiasm into the program," Dr. Brake said. "It has been a great ride but all good things must come to an end."

"I have family in Texas and grandsons playing sports," Dr. Brake said. "My wife, Carol, and I want to spend time with them. I also have family here in the Portland area and want to spend time with them as well."