Director, Master of Divinity Program
Assistant Professor, Pastoral Ministries and Practical Theology
D.Min., Western Seminary
M.Div., Multnomah Biblical Seminary
MBA, University of Oregon
B.A., University of California, Irvine
B.S., University of California, Irvine
Hired in 2011
I have 20+ years in pastoral ministry at ethnic and multiethnic churches. I still attend the church I accepted a pastorate in when I graduated from Multnomah. I am passionate about how the Gospel is revealed through diversity whether it is through such things as race, class, socioeconomics, age, and/or even politics. One of the extraordinary things about diversity is that it has much to tell us about Christ and we ignore the voices and realities of others to our detriment. Looking at the spiritual gifts, given for the common good of the Body, we should consider that things like race/ethnicity, class, education, and/or cultural background shape the expression of one’s gifting (teaching, helps, administration, leadership, encouragement, etc…). Further, these various experiences create the frame by which a person encounters Jesus. To hear a person’s story of faith or receive the blessing of their spiritual gift is to experience a different facet of who God is and what He does.
I think living in Portland is great. Not only is it a beautiful part of the country, but Portland is a dynamic laboratory for our Christian faith and life. Questions and doubts people have about Jesus and Christianity abound, and the MU community has ample occasions to share what we believe with the people around us. Our proximity to downtown Portland and the various neighborhoods of our city are opportunities that enhance the classroom learning experience.
When I escape my desk, I enjoy reading, playing soccer, following Oregon football, and the outdoors with my family and close friends (hiking or backpacking). Unplugging from technology is always a welcome respite.
I also like to visit food carts, ethnic restaurants, and Powell’s book store.
My favorite verse is Mark 9:24 — …”I believe, help my unbelief!” I resonate with this father because I am in process and want my relationship with Jesus to grow. The Lord has been gracious and patient to meet me in my places of uncertainty and to cultivate my trust in Him.