Dr. Roger Trautmann
B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Director of Mentored Ministry
M.Div./Chaplaincy Track Coordinator
Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Director of Service Learning
B.A.- Colorado Christian University; M.Div.- Western Baptist Seminary; D.Min.- Biola University, Talbot School of Theology
“Father, I pray that no circumstance, however bitter or long drawn out, may cause me to break your love, the law of love to you and to my neighbor. That I may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hat or become embittered by life’s circumstances, but that in all and through all I see your guiding hand and have a heart of gratitude for your daily mercy, daily love, daily power and daily presence.” –Eric Liddel (Olympic runner and Missionary statesmen, in the disciplines of the Christian Life)
Where I come from
Although born in Nebraska, I grew up for the most part in eastern Washington. During the High School years, my family moved to Colorado.
I placed my faith in Jesus Christ at around 10 years of age when my parents sent me to a nearby Lutheran church. There I heard about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins to give me a new life in Him. As a senior in high school, my basketball coach challenged me to anchor my life in Christ and attend a Bible college to anchor my thinking in Scripture as I prepared for adult life. Bible college became a point of life transformation through Bible courses, teacher discussion, and mission speakers. I remember a point after talking to a missionary who had given herself to serve with her husband to an aborigine tribe in New Guinea. I spent time in the Red Rock area outside Denver telling God that I would do whatever He called me to do and go where He opened the doors to serve Him. God led me into the pastoral ministry where I was able to serve for more than 20 years, as well as, train ministry leaders in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi. Now He has allowed me to be at Multnomah Biblical Seminary where I get to be on a team that helps develop the next generation of missional ministry leaders.
Why I teach at Multnomah
Multnomah is a unique community of learners where students make life-changing choices. It is great to interact with the Word of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit and to see God at work in the lives of those who come.
Current ministry outside class
I serve on the board of two missional organizations. First, International Christian Ministries, which specializes in in-service theological education primarily in Africa. Second, I serve on a board of a local Portland ministry, Compassion Connect, which facilitates church and community service for the common good. I also am president of Ministry Dynamics which provides a resource to start-up missional ministry organizations in the U.S. and cross-cultural contexts.
Education and research
My doctoral work focused on the mentoring model in ministry training and mobilization. I have done work in helping people find their ministry in the body of Christ and set a strategy of action and ministry development.
People who inspire you
Men and women who are diligent in the faith, compassionate in their service, and seek to exemplify Christ through their calling in life.
Favorite Bible verse
“He [Christ] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the Body, the church and he is the beginning, , the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything…We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and leaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” (Col 1:17,18,28)
Extra-curricular, non-ministry activities
I celebrate vibrant outdoor recreational hobbies – hiking, backpacking, and kayaking. I consistently run and have done 15 marathons with the prize of running the 100th Boston in 1996.
My sweetheart, Iola, and I will celebrate 45 years of marriage. We have been blessed with three grown children and five grandchildren.