Associate Professor, History and Bible
B.S., Seattle Pacific University
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
MSLIS., University of North Texas
Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
Hired in 1997
I was born in Philadelphia while my father was in seminary. My parents moved to Wisconsin, then Indiana, then Connecticut, and then Washington State as my father pastored small churches in the CBA denomination.
Although I regularly heard the gospel as a young child, I was not ready to receive the Lord until around age 7 when I heard Billy Graham on television as he spoke from a crusade in New York. That evening as I went to bed, I asked my father how to receive Jesus. He told me to just ask. So after the door was closed I did just that. My next thought was that nothing happened so that maybe I did it wrong. I tried again with similar results. As I thought this through, I realized that it wasn’t how I felt that was important, but what I believed about Jesus’ invitation and my response to it. I was then at peace knowing that my salvation was now assured by His promise.
I teach at Multnomah as a wonderful benefit of being the Library Director. I love building the library collection and creating a comfortable environment for study and research. I also thrive in a classroom environment teaching American History classes for the college, Church History classes for the Seminary, and Bible classes where needed.
As a professional historian (as well as a librarian) I am especially interested in 19th century American history. At this time, I am pursuing two lines of research. I investigating the beliefs of 19th-century evangelical men as they wrestled with the changing roles of men and women in that century. I am also studying the interplay of missions, manifest destiny, and the history of Hawaii.
I’ve been married since 1973 and have two children and three grandchildren. I regularly join my wife in singing the great hymns of the faith in our choir at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. I also do pulpit supply as the opportunity comes my way. Other activities I enjoy are playing long-distance Xbox games with my son who lives in Dallas, TX. I spend winters doing Charles Wysocki puzzles, read mysteries. and watch British comedy.
People who inspire me include two key faculty members from Dallas Theological Seminary: Dr. Elliott E. Johnson (not a relative) and Dr. John D. Hannah. My favorite passage in the Bible is Psalm 121 and my favorite book in the Bible is Ruth.