Rev. Dr. Craig Williford

On July 1, 2014, Rev. Dr. Craig Williford assumed his role as President of Multnomah University. With a passion for Godly, cross-cultural, innovative leadership, Dr. Williford leads Multnomah University with grace and dignity, informed by his wealth of experience in higher education leadership and pastoral ministry. Rev. Dr. Craig Williford is Multnomah University’s fifth president.

Before coming to Multnomah University, Dr. Williford served as a pastor for 20 years, leading a team of staff, facilitating church strategy, preaching, and pastoring a congregation through many transitions.

In 2000, Dr. Williford became the president of Denver Seminary and served them for eight years. During his time there, he also taught pastoral leadership courses on the masters and doctoral levels. To this day, Dr. Williford continues to mentor five pastoral and nonprofit leaders who serve throughout the United States. After serving at Denver Seminary, he returned to serve at Trinity International University, where he earned his doctorate in 1995, as their president from 2009 and 2014.

Dr. Williford has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for forty-two years. Together, they have two sons, Robb and Jay, and four grandchildren, Tucker, Abby, Tyler, and Nathan.

“I’m excited to be at Multnomah because of its commitment to biblical competency and academic proficiency. MU is serious about spiritually forming students and helping them understand what it means to engage the culture in a way that honors Christ and provides the opportunity to share the gospel — not just in words, but also in action.”

Rev. Dr. Craig Williford


  • Williford, C. (2007). How to treat a staff infection: Resolving problems in your church or ministry team. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.
  • Williford, C., & Williford, C. (2002). Faith tango: A liberating approach to spiritual growth in marriage.Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press.
  • Williford, C., & Williford, C. (2003). Questions from the God who needs no answers; What is he really asking you? Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press.

Meet the President’s Council

Ted Allen
Ted Allen
Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer (503) 251-5344
Staff Headshot Robby Larson
Robby Larson
VP of Advancement (503) 251-6464
Staff Headshot Joe Slavens
Joe Slavens
VP of Student Life (503) 251-5314
Staff Headshot Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor
VP of Diversity & Inclusive Development (503) 251-6440
Staff Headshot Alin Vrancila
Alin Vrancila
Chief Academic Officer (503) 251-6432

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