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Multnomah Hires Three New Faculty for Seminary


Multnomah Biblical Seminary welcomes three new faculty members: Rev. Thomas Schiave, Dr. Gene Curtis and Dr. Rick McKinley. All three have regular faculty appointments and will continue their present ministries and teach part-time at Multnomah.

The new professors' status as regular part-time full-faculty is unusual but best fits the seminary's budget resources and enables the professors to continue their pastoral ministries. Drs. Curtis and McKinley and Rev. Schiave fill the faculty positions left by the departure of Dr. Calvin Blom and Dr. John Wecks.

Already adjunct faculty, Curtis and Schiave will continue teaching their current courses but will potentially add new courses. McKinley will teach courses in leadership development and connecting church with culture. The three new faculty members will start July 1, 2010.

Rev. Thomas Schiave:

A pastor with 30 years of church experience, Rev. Schiave comes highly skilled in ministry communication and biblical discipleship. He has an M.Div from Denver Seminary, and will complete his D.Min from Western Seminary in 2011. Rev. Schiave is currently the senior pastor at Gateway Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. Also, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Multnomah Biblical Seminary for 14 years, teaching classes on communication and discipleship.

Dr. Gene Curtis:

Dr. Curtis graduated from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in 1993 from the M.Div program. In 1999, he received his D.Min in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Curtis is the teaching pastor at Meadow Springs Community Church in Tigard, Oregon. At Multnomah, Dr. Curtis will contribute his significant preaching and communication experience. He has been an adjunct professor teaching Homiletics at Multnomah Biblical Seminary for the past 14 years.

Dr. Rick McKinley:

Dr. McKinley is a Multnomah alumnus and lead pastor of Imago Dei church in Portland. He is a nationally-known speaker on spiritual formation, church leadership and missional engagement and author of Jesus in the Margins, This Beautiful Mess and The Advent Conspiracy. Dr. McKinley earned his D.Min from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2007.


"Hiring Gene Curtis, Tom Schiave and Rick McKinley really gives us an opportunity to rebuild, retool and reload our pastoral ministry with quality ministry leaders," Multnomah Biblical Seminary Dean, Dr. Robert Redman, said. "Hiring faculty who continue in their ministries and yet have a full-faculty status is a new arrangement, but it's a good indicator of the new kind of partnership that Multnomah Biblical Seminary seeks to have with local churches. Adding Curtis, Schiave and McKinley is moving Multnomah ahead significantly with the right kind of teachers for the leaders of today and tomorrow."

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For more information about Multnomah Biblical Seminary, call 800.275.4672 or email

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.