D.Th., University of South Africa
M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
B.S., Multnomah Bible College
Hired in 1991
My name (and officially preferred title) is Ray. I was born a Texan to Canadian parents and German grandparents. I grew up in deserts, but now I live in green, green Portland. I drive either my MINI Cooper or Ram 4×4, and like smoked oyster pizza, playing guitar and bass, hanging with our adult kids and young grandkids, and watching “wildlife” like Seahawks and Ducks. I’ve taught at Multnomah for over a century and a half (in dog years). I’ve had my ‘stache for 7.2 years (in Celsius). And I’ve been happily married for over three and a half decades (normal years) to my wife, Tamara (actually, far better than normal). After graduating from Multnomah, I attended five different graduate schools in four different countries on three different continents. I am now a professor and so I still go to school every day. And I’m thankful for that every morning!
I’ve written Read the Bible for a Change and Swallowing Jonah: Strategies for Reading Biblical Narratives, edited Ed Goodrick’s Is My Bible the Inspired Word of God?, and contributed book chapters, articles, papers, and reviews for a number of publications.
My wife and I are active in our church, Family of Grace, located in a high-need, underserved area of Portland (Burnside & 124th). There I preach, help lead worship, and serve in leadership.
And most of all, I desire to grow in my love life with Jesus, my wife, my family, my church, my students, my community and with others.