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Dr. Garry Friesen Named Spring 2013 Graduation Commencement Speaker

Dr. Garry Friesen, beloved and soon to retire, Multnomah University professor of Bible and Theology for the past 37 years, has been selected as the Commencement Speaker for MU’s Spring 2013 graduation ceremony happening May 10 at Rolling Hills Church in Tualatin, Oregon. His selection marks the first time a current MU professor/staff has been chosen to lead the ceremony.
Dr. Friesen has been a pillar within the MU community since 1976, and will be retiring from his position as professor of Bible and Theology to teach full time at Africa College of Theology in Kigali, Rwanda.

Commencement Ceremony

  • When: May 10, 2013
    • Graduates should arrive at 6:45 pm
    •  Doors open for guests at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Rolling Hills Community Church
    • 3550 SW Borland Road
    • Tualatin, OR 97062
  • Contact Information: 503.251.5370
For directions to Rolling Hills Community Church visit

Dr. Garry “Dr. G” Friesen

Dr. Friesen taught the Pentateuch, Spiritual Gifts courses, and The Life and Thought of CS Lewis for 35 years at Multnomah University. In the form of community and relationship building, teaching, and academia formulation, Dr. Garry Friesen has been a pillar of godly living in the MU community.
For the last twelve years, Dr. Friesen has opened up his home where he has housed and mentored over 80 young men in “Aslan’s How”, his C.S. Lews, Narnia themed home. He fellowshipped with MU men, mentored them, taught and encouraged them, assisted them with the rigors of life, and helped them in their walk to become men of God.


“Multnomah students are my favorite. They are sacrificing to come to college and learn the Bible,” Dr. Garry Friesen said “So, motivated Bible students for a Bible teacher is like a dream come true.  I love to be with students for class, lunches, Days of Prayer and especially Days of Outreach.  Having six men students in my house, Aslan’s How, for the last 12 years has been one of the best things that I have ever experienced.”
“Students have changed, but the joy of watching the lights come on and the Bible making sense will always be a highlight for me,” Dr. Garry Friesen said. “Someone asked me why I did not get tired of teaching Pentateuch for 35 straight years. Finally, I realized that I’m not teaching the Pentateuch. I’m teaching students and the Bible class is our reason for meeting. Students are new every year and so teaching them will never get old to me.”
“Multnomah has been my dream job, blessing me with the joy of teaching my passion, Scripture, and my hobby, C.S. Lewis.”

About Multnomah

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