Meadows Bible Institute
Our Reno-Tahoe presence has been a long time in the making. Conversations began over a decade ago when several church and business leaders from northern Nevada, including current Dean of Students Tony Slavin, approached Multnomah about the possibility of creating a Bible college in Reno because many locals were leaving town for college – and never returning.
For seven years, Multnomah, worked to secure regional accreditation for a Reno location. In the meantime, Dr. Larry Ayers, a Multnomah adjunct faculty with higher education experience, spent a year in Reno organizing a local school board and securing approval from the State of Nevada to operate Meadows Bible Institute as a state-authorized Bible institute, the only faith-based institution of its kind in the state. With the help of generous supporters in the community, Meadows first offered classes in the Fall of 1999.
Soon, Meadows’ leaders approached Multnomah with a proposal to take over its facility for the purpose of offering accredited biblical education to the residents of Reno and the surrounding areas. In February 2008, Multnomah’s board of trustees approved a recommendation to receive the Meadows facility. After Meadows’ board also accepted this recommendation, the two schools negotiated an agreement that would transfer all of Meadows’ assets to Multnomah. This historic agreement was signed the evening of June 30, 2008, with joy, prayer, and celebration. In Fall of 2008, Multnomah began offering classes in Reno. One byproduct of Multnomah’s arrival was that seminary classes were offered in addition to undergraduate courses. Multnomah Biblical Seminary was the first seminary in the State of Nevada.
In the Fall 2011, Multnomah Reno-Tahoe opened the only recognized theological library in the State of Nevada.
John McKendricks is the Executive Director of Multnomah Nevada.