Multnomah University

Student Stories


  • Helping People Heal

    Business major Alex Anderson is working toward becoming an oncologist. 

  • Blazing Her Own Trail

    Elementary Education major Kylie Cole opened her own business just a year after graduating. 

  • Building Relationships

    Pastoral Ministry major Davey Walker had switched his major six times. Nothing felt right. Then he came to MU.

  • Better and Stronger

    Psychology major Erik Mendoza won the Pete Maravich Memorial Award and built the foundation for his marketing career at Adidas. 

  • Impacted by Love

    Global Studies major Heidi Burch traveled to Rwanda with a group of MU students to volunteers at nonprofits. 

  • No Boundaries

    Greek major Koby Krikac has big dreams, and MU is proving to be the perfect launching pad.

  • Preparing the Mind and Spirit

    Hebrew major Quincy Robinson is on an academic journey, and MU is equipping him to pursue his passions.

  • Defining Faith

    Global Studies major Rachel Piñon was struck by the kind of people she met at MU. Now she's enjoying a rich life on campus.

  • No Regrets 

    Bible & Theology major Russ Hersman gained the skills he needed to build a long-standing career at Wycliffe Bible Translators. 

  • Created to Sing

    Music major Wendy Contreras wanted to pursue music in college, but she wasn’t convinced that she was capable. Everything changed when she took her first voice lesson.

  • Keep Going

    Educational Ministries major Sindy Larson was the first woman from MU to qualify for the NCCAA Cross Country National Championships.

  • Making Life Matter

    Educational Ministries major Paul Pastor is an associate editor for Christianity Today and editor of PARSE, one of the world's top 10 ministry blogs.

  • Finding Freedom in Christ

    Educational Ministries major Anne Partridge once thought Multnomah would be the last place she'd attend. A visit to campus changed her mind entirely.


  • Influencing Generations

    Doctor of Ministry student Jody Bormuth is learning to be counter-cultural as a college professor in a rural Oregon city.

  • A Heart for Hawaiians

    Master of Divinity student Kunāne Hillen found a way to unite his passion for ministry and his heart for the Hawaiian people.

  • Cultivating Knowledge

    Tawny Johnson is a literary agent whose Master of Theological Studies degree equipped her for working with authors.

  • Engaging Culture

    MU prepared Master of Divinity student Emil Khooda to speak meaningfully into peoples' lives as a hospital chaplain.

  • Finding a Balance

    Geneva Arnold found rigorous academics and meaningful friendships at MU's Reno-Tahoe campus while earning her Master of Divinity degree. 

  • Striving to Serve

    Ruben Alvarado was reluctant to go to seminary, but the Master of Divinity student found a community that surpassed his expectations.

  • Vibrant Life, Open Doors

    With a bachelor’s degree and limited ministry experience, Ben Tertin wanted more training. MU's Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees fit him perfectly.


  • Adventure is Out There

    The Master of Arts in TESOL program is the perfect launching pad for Tirzah Allen as she combines her love of teaching English with her love of travel.

  • Learning to Love

    Sarah Murrell has found her sweet spot in the front of the classroom, thanks to MU's Master of Arts in Teaching program.

  • Following the Call

    Regina Molokomme is confident that MU's Master of Global Development and Justice program will equip her to minister to world leaders.

  • Offering Hope

    Laura Boland moved from London to join MU's Master of Arts in Counseling program.

  • Living Joyfully in the Present

    Frank Ocampo's goal is to open a community center for at-risk youth; the Master of Arts in Counseling program is preparing him with rigorous classes and hands-on experience to fulfill his dreams.   

  • Making an Impact

    After earning her Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Amanda Schick found her dream job teaching at a local high school. 

  • Representing the Master Teacher

    The Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program equipped Bernie Bernardo to teach at a Portland college and a local prep school.

  • Feeling at Home

    Max Olwa traveled all the way from Kenya for the Master of Arts in Global Development and Justice program, but he feels like he's always belonged at MU. 

  • Putting God's Word into Practice

    MU’s Master of Arts in Counseling program laid the groundwork for Diane Moore's successful private practice.

Degree Completion

  • Uniting Faith and Career

    Christian and Katie Rector have decided to conquer their  Business & Ethics and  Leadership & Ministry degrees side by side, and MU's DCP program is the perfect medium.

  • Fulfilling a Purpose

    Gayle Fidanzo's Leadership & Ministry degree prepared her for an executive role at a local adoption agency. Now she's mentoring employees, counseling parents and matching children with loving families.

  • Reaching a Worthy Goal

    After years as a successful entrepreneur, Mitch Priestley decided to turn his attention back to school. MU's Leadership & Ministry program helped him chart a new course as a Christian leader.

  • Understanding Life's Fullness

    Michael Watson just wanted to finish his degree before he was 30. But now he's learning more than he ever imagined thanks to MU's Biblical Foundations program. 

  • Fixing Cars, Changing Lives

    Brian Wiggs is combining his skills as an automotive technician with our Leadership & Ministry degreeso he'll be equipped to mentor homeless men in Honduras.