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Multnomah Biblical Seminary Receives $500,000 Grant


A $500,000 grant was awarded to Multnomah Biblical Seminary by the Kern Family Foundation for the development of three programs at the Seminary, including a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree.

In addition to the D.Min, the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) and the Master of Divinity (M.Div) will be restructured to be offered also as distributed learning programs. Such programs are geared to prospective seminarians who are involved in ministry but find it difficult to uproot and move to the Portland campus. A combination of online, on-site, and on-campus course offerings would make a degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary a reality for long-distance learners.

The Proposal

The $500,000 grant proposal was submitted to the Kern Family Foundation on December 1, 2008. It outlined details of converting two degrees into distributed learning programs and of developing and launching a D.Min program, all in a time span of four years.

In the afternoon of January 8, 2009, Fred Oaks, director of the foundation, called Dr. Daniel R. Lockwood, president of Multnomah University, to inform him that the Seminary was one of five recipients of the full grant.

The Next Step

Dr. Robert Redman, the new dean of the Seminary, and key faculty members will soon begin work developing the new programs. He and Dr. Lockwood will meet with the Kern Foundation and the other four seminary recipients on February 23-25, 2009, to hone the project and to share ideas about using this project to effect substantive and innovative change at the seminary.


"It was exhilarating to receive this wonderful news," Dr. Lockwood remarked, "because this grant exactly fits both the mission of Multnomah Biblical Seminary and our long-range strategic plan."

"In the past, we have started new programs without a margin of resources to develop, launch, and promote them the way we would like," he added.  "This providential grant provides an extraordinary cushion to move forward innovatively without undercutting already existing programs."

"Most importantly, we will touch students that could never have come to the Portland campus with practical ministry training."

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.

About the Kern Family Foundation

Established in 1999, The Kern Family Foundation of Waukesha, Wisconsin invests in the future through support of programs that promote values, education and innovation. The Foundation aims to effect systemic change through broad-impact, long-term initiatives, including Education Reform, K-12 STEM Education, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network, American History, Economics & Religion, and the Pastoral Ministry Program. The Pastoral Ministry Program began in 2002 and is comprised of four areas of investment: the Pre-seminary Initiative, the Kern Scholars Initiative, the Postgraduate Initiative, and the Theological Education Initiative.