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A Publication of Corban University



Summer 2013

Dedicating Heart and Mind to God

It is the mission of Corban University to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. The Hebrew word for corban (qorban) represents the highest gift given to God. “In view of God's mercy…offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—which is your spiritual worship” Romans 12:1 (NIV). Our students are trained to become leaders who are set apart for a life of spiritual sacrifice and service, able to advance as salt and light in a darkened world. Corban Staff Publisher Sheldon C. Nord ’82 Editor J. Steven Hunt ’69 Writer Sheldon Traver Designer Ronald Cox Contributing Writers Deleen Wills Sheldon C. Nord ‘82 Photographers Jessica Marple Sheldon Traver Contributing Photographers Deleen Wills CORBAN magazine is published by the Office of Marketing & Communications at Corban University and is sent to alumni, parents, supporters and friends of the University. Our missional themes are transformative learning, holistic development and Christian stewardship. Send address changes to: Office of Advancement 5000 Deer Park Drive SE Salem, OR 97317-9392 Email or call 503-375-7003. Corban Magazine is printed by Lynx Group in Salem, Ore. U.S.A.

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With Corban’s new president Dr. Sheldon C. Nord

09 2013 20 Hoff



DEPARTMENTS 2 Fall Portrait 4 From the President 5 Faculty News 6 News Briefs 22 2013 Homecoming 26 Alumni Action 29 Upcoming Events 30 New Alumni 34 Class Notes


from the president We are in the midst of leadership transition and change at Corban University. I find it helpful during this time to “go back to the basics,” and be reminded of our heritage and our past. The Corban Difference is that Jesus Christ is central to all of our teaching and learning. This might seem obvious in courses related to Bible, theology, Christian living, ministry and church history. But at Corban it is equally true in the arts, the natural sciences, the humanities. Jesus Christ is central to chemistry, to sociology, to the history of music; to English literature, to Western civilization, to abnormal psychology, to physics and to philosophy. As we roll out our plans and declare our aspirations for the future, I want to be clear. During this time of transition we celebrate the contributions, hard work and faithfulness of those who have gone before us. Arthur Woods and Eugene Eymann provided bold leadership and vision for Phoenix Bible Institute; Herb Farrar, Heber Van Gilder and Fred Brock similarly for Western Baptist Bible College. Tom Younger and John Balyo served as change agents and in their unique ways helped Corban navigate financial challenges and constituent transitions. David Miller and Reno Hoff provided leadership to prepare and implement capital projects, enrollment growth, the name change to Corban College, the merger with Northwest Baptist Seminary and the change to university status. We are able to now have big aspirations because of these men, and many other men and women of faith, who worked tirelessly to provide Christ-centered education up and down the West Coast. Our current goals and ambitions are actually their legacy. I am indebted to so many past and current Corban trustees, faculty, staff and alumni for their personal attention to my growth and ability to think and reason. The Apostle Paul put it like this in Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world,

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The gift I’ve been given by Corban is a framework for human thinking. The discipline of making decisions about what ideas I will think about, embrace, and apply to my life. Corban instills the discovery of ideas, thoughts, values, and perspectives of Jesus Christ, applying these concepts to our lives in such a way that Christ can be woven into the fabric of our lives. To speak of Christ-centered education is to make the claim that Jesus is the centerpiece of all human knowledge, the reference point for all our experience. It directs our attention to the only One who can serve as the centerpiece of an entire curriculum, the One to whom we must relate everything and without whom no fact, no theory, no subject matter can be fully appreciated. It is the claim that every field of study, every discipline, every course, requires Jesus Christ to be rightly understood. When change and transition lead us to feel overwhelmed and inadequate, it’s right where the Lord can work and be glorified. We greatly appreciate your prayers for Reno and Linda Hoff, the Board of Trustees, our administrative leadership team and the Inauguration Steering Committee. We serve a good and gracious God, and commit this magazine, and our thinking, planning and activities to Him. Soli Deo gloria. Sheldon C. Nord


Did You Know? Corban undergraduate students are required to take 24 units of Bible and theology in any major as well as perform 150 hours of church and community service before graduation. 4

faculty news Ecclesia and Ethic Conference reaches hundreds worldwide

ranged in ages from 13 to 70. They heard words of encouragement, but also the realities of writing as a career.

On May 19 and 25, Corban hosted a unique ministry conference attended by more than 200 people around the world.

Some attendees took advantage of Corban’s newly completed Inspiration Garden Walk for reflection and writing. A group of middle school students practiced spontaneous poetry by writing poems in chalk on concrete walls, sidewalks, and the stairs next to the Psalm Performing Arts Center.

Corban’s Salem and Tacoma campuses did not see an influx of foreign visitors, although the online conference featured 55 speakers from five continents. The program presented the Role and Relationship of the Church to Christian Ethics and/or Moral Formation. “The conference was a great opportunity to listen to and interact with both world-class scholars and up-and-coming students of the Bible, and did so without ever having to leave my office,” said conference organizer Allen Jones, Ph.D., a Corban assistant professor of Bible. “I was excited to be able to sit ‘e-face-to-e-face’ with speakers from around the world. It was a real effort at trying to hear from the global church.” A broad spectrum of Christian thinkers joined the conversation, including Dr. Dennis Hollinger, President of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and N.T. Wright, a renowned NT scholar and professor of NT and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The conference was successful in part because it allowed pastors to hear different views on key issues facing the Christian church. Corban believes it is important that we engage with a variety of perspectives, even those with whom we do not agree. Further, it allowed pastors to attend without the cost of transportation, accommodations and other expenses. A $10 donation to charity was suggested, but not required. Ecclesia and Ethics Conference organizers are already preparing for a May 2014 conference tentatively titled “Ecclesia and Ethics: Being a Digital Christian in an On-Line World.” Organizers also hope to publish a book with papers from the May 2013 conference. For more information about the May 2013 conference or future Ecclesia and Ethics conferences, email Jones at

Orchestra aficionado joins Corban music department Mark Stanek, D.A., new assistant professor of music, moved with his wife, Emily, from Indiana to Salem. He previously worked as an adjunct music professor at Anderson University and as a visiting professor at Indiana University East. Stanek has a B.A. in music education and an M.A. in guitar performance. His doctorate work was focused on classical guitar performance and orchestral conducting. He continues to love to study new music trends and other related topics. “I’m especially interested in film music,” he said. “I’d like to do some additional research in this area and see what comes of it.” Stanek will teach music history, ear training, guitar and conducting during the fall semester. Additionally he will lead Corban’s orchestra. Stanek can be reached by email at

Corban hosts 2nd annual Portals Writers Conference The 2nd annual Portals Writers Conference brought aspiring writers to Corban’s Salem campus June 20-23 to hone their craft with help from many well-known Christian authors, bloggers and artisans. Attendees

Digging deep and wrestling with the authentic faith-based content was evident in Dan Merchant’s award-winning documentary “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers,” as well as Fritz Liedtke’s nationally- acclaimed collection of photos titled “Skeleton In the Closet,” an exhibit featuring young men and women struggling with eating disorders. Open-mic readings followed evening presentations as attendees, scholarship recipients and visitors from the Salem area read their work to an appreciative audience. The conference was the culmination of more than a year of planning by Corban Writer-in-Residence Gina Ochsner. “There’s an old Russian saying, ‘Those on the threshold need the biggest push,’” she said. “The guiding vision behind Portals is to throw open the doors and invite those at the threshold to come in. We want writers and artists of all ages and of any experience or skill level to know that the making of art is important—sacred even. Each of us has a story to tell and have a voice that needs to be heard.” The next Portals Writers Conference is scheduled for June 19-22, 2014 and will feature several well-known keynote speakers and workshop leaders. These include Nathan Foster, author of “Wisdom Chasers: Finding My Father at 14,000 Feet”; Paul Willis, a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in several anthologies including “Best Spiritual Writing” and “Best Christian Writing”; and musician Jeff Johnson of Ark Records, Inc. whose repertoire includes the acclaimed Windham Hill release “The Music of Celtic Legends’ The Bard & The Warrior.”

Tom and Rebecka Vessey With mountains, the Pacific Ocean and other outdoor recreational opportunities all around them, Tom and Rebecka Vessey knew they weren’t in Kansas anymore. The pair moved to Salem from Sterling, Kansas with their six children in June. Tom Vessey joined the Corban faculty as an assistant professor of psychology. He previously taught at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and in Minnesota at Crown College. He has a master’s degree in historical theology, 200 graduate credit hours in psychology, and is working toward a doctorate degree. Rebecka Vessey was hired to replace Chris Vetter, Ph.D., as Corban’s new registrar. She previously served as the assistant registrar at Sterling College and will work under Pam Teschner, Ph.D., Corban’s new associate provost for academics. Rebecka Vessey likes the abundance of hiking opportunities and said she is looking forward to exploring the state’s parks with her family. Along with outdoor activities, the family enjoys playing soccer and taking to the stage in community theatre productions.


news Briefs Alumna earns two major journalism posts In the face of today’s unprecedented challenges within the world of journalism, Kate Tracy ’13, an English major and editor of Corban’s award-winning student newspaper, is learning how to navigate the changing landscape. In April, Tracy earned a Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism summer internship. Soon after, she was told she earned a one-year, $30,000 residency with Chicago-based Christianity Today, Inc. “I am a very excitable person,” she said. “I was just so unbelievably pumped to get the Snowden, and have my foot in the door as far as journalism goes.” She started the Snowden internship in June working with the “Herald and News,” the daily newspaper in Klamath Falls, Ore. In September, she will move to Chicago to begin her residency with Christianity Today, Inc. Its online and print publications are read around the world.

Corban University hosts NAIA National Men’s Golf Championships Between May 14 and 17, Corban University played co-host to some of the best collegiate men’s golfers in the country. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics held its Men’s National Golf Championships at Creekside Golf Club in Salem for the second year. More than 150 golfers from 44 schools participated, including five from Corban who were seeded as part of the hosting agreement. The Cascade Collegiate Conference also co-hosted the championship. Corban Sports Information Director Mark Colachico led a team of Corban employees and volunteers who played a pivotal role in the event’s success. Some compiled live stats, which were posted on the Internet and viewed by thousands worldwide. Others gathered interviews and video clips from the golf course, which were produced into an evening online video broadcast. The presentation, called “Sunset in Salem,” was hosted by Colachico and Warrior radio announcer Justin Herr. “We enhanced some of the features that we offered to our fans last year in order to bring the tournament to life,” Colachico said. “The addition of on-course interviews and highlight footage brought ‘Sunset in Salem’ to another level, and help from everyone involved made an impact nationwide.” Although it rained three of four days, returning golfers and coaches said it didn’t compare to the torrential downpours and winds that marked the 2013 championship. This helped the course play faster and scores to


remain low. Norwegian golfer and championship winner Sondre Ronold said this year’s course and weather were reminiscent of playing at home. Additionally, the golfers helped children learn the fundamentals of golf at NAIA Champions of Character events held at elementary schools across Salem and at Creekside. “If you look at the culture of sports today, it’s pretty negative,” said NAIA Vice-President Lori Thomas. “These athletes are spending one-on-one time with these kids and the kids are looking up to them. What this does is plant a seed of sportsmanship and character within each of these kids, which they will hopefully later take to their own sports.” Colachico said the tournament was a success in nearly all respects, although Corban didn’t win its bid to host the championships again in 2014 and 2015. “Thanks to everyone from Corban, the Cascade Collegiate Conference, Creekside and the NAIA who helped during the event. The tournament brought a positive light on Salem and the Northwest. FORE! Salem and Fellowship of Christian Athletes also played a great role and a huge thank you goes out to both of their groups for making this a tournament to remember.”

Three Corban accounting students honored On May 9, the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants honored two of Corban’s top accounting students at the Circle of Excellence Banquet in Portland, Ore. Sarah Longwell ’13, was named the Top Accounting Student and Hanna Ellis ’14, received the Boldt, Carlise and Smith Accounting Scholarship. Additionally, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants announced that Alexandra (Ali) Lowe ’14, was a finalist for its Minority Student Scholarship, a highly-selective national scholarship program. Longwell chose to attend Corban because of its strong Christian identity and its highly-regarded School of Business. On May 4, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Accounting and is quick to credit her professors for her successes so far. Longwell’s résumé includes working as a library assistant at Corban, interning at Big Town Hero, working at Pizza Hut, serving with Corban Consulting Partners at Kris’ Kitchen Artisan Bakery, and working as an entry-level tax preparer at Hanson Vaughan LLC. Her goal is to earn her CPA and then land an entry-level job at a CPA firm in the Salem area. Ellis plans to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Accounting in three years. She came to Corban on a basketball scholarship and her team won the 2012 Cascade Conference Collegiate championship. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and received Cascade Academic All-Conference honors during the 2012-13 basketball season. Her goal is to graduate in May 2014. Ellis’ résumé includes working at the “See Ya Later” Spring Break Basketball Camp five years straight, working at Dairy Queen during the past two summers, serving as a Church on the Hill volunteer caregiver for two years, working at Northwest Senior & Disability Services for two years, and working for Corban’s Office of Admissions. In May 2012, she took a Corban-sponsored business education trip to Singapore and Indonesia where she learned about micro-financing and taught basic business principles to female Indonesian entrepreneurs. Lowe intends to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Business

Management & Accounting. Winning scholarships is nothing new for her. She is a Chancellor’s Scholar, a Herb Anderson Achievement Scholar, and a Dale Krueger Scholar. What’s more, she has served in 10 volunteer ministry roles. “My two loves definitely are ministry and international business,” she said. During summer 2013, she traveled to China to teach at Englishlanguage camps.

Teschner and Vetter assigned new administrative roles On July 1, Provost Matt Lucas, D.A., implemented administrative changes that reflect the growing needs of the Corban student body, faculty and administration. Two new associate provosts will lead the academic and enrollment management teams. Pam Teschner, Ph.D., will serve as Associate Provost for Academics. She recently served as Corban’s Director of Institutional Assessment, a role now filled by Benjamin Moll. In her new position, Teschner will oversee faculty development, institutional research and data reporting. Additionally, she will lead the direct student support services team including the Registrar, Director of International Student Support and the Director of Student Support. Chris Vetter, Ph.D., is now the Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. He previously served as Corban’s Registrar. In his new role he will oversee undergraduate, graduate and adult degree program (ADP) enrollment management staff, and help develop marketing strategies for recruitment and retention of students.

Corban publishes Greek handbook Corban University School of Ministry students studying Greek will have a “new” handbook when they begin classes on Sept. 3.

“During my years at seminary Philip Williams was a source of encouragement and blessing to me and to all my fellow students,” Gunn said. “His expertise in the Greek language, both Classical and Hellenistic, was obvious in all his lectures and encouraged us to academic excellence. But more importantly, his humble, Christ-like character encouraged us to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. When he graduated to glory, the earthly realm lost a great man, but heaven gained a precious soul. “Williams’ ‘Greek Grammar and Syntax Notes’ constitute a wonderful, concise summary of Hellenistic Greek syntax,” he added. “Though not a complete syntax (covering only the verb, the noun, and a few other matters), the areas it does cover are explained well and are provided with many helpful examples from the New Testament. I have used these notes in teaching Intermediate Greek for more than twenty years and find them still to be of great help alongside of some of the more wellknown published works.”  “Greek Grammar and Syntax Notes” is available at Corban’s bookstore and many online retailers, including Amazon.

Corban softball player earns national recognition As her college academic career wound down in April, Stephanie Nippert ’13, was continuing to earn national accolades. She finished her career as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics softball home-run career leader. By the time her team ended its playoff run, Nippert had smashed 83 balls over the fence. The previous NAIA record of 76 was set in 2010. In June, she was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s (NFCA) NAIA All-American for the second straight year. Nippert was named a first team member and was the only non-Southern California player from the West Coast on this year’s teams. Additionally, the 5-foot-8 first baseman was named Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year and NAIA All-American First Team member for the third straight year, while leading the nation in home runs (30), home runs-per-game (0.51), total bases (168), and slugging percentage (1.098). What’s more, Nippert ranked second in RBIs (82) and third in runs scored (77) while hitting .438 for the CCC regular season champions. In her final season as a Warrior, Nippert set single-season school and conference records for home runs, runs batted in, and walks. She was in the top 10 all-time in seven statistical NAIA categories: home runs (1st - 83), slugging percentage (2nd - 0.954), total bases (2nd - 564), walks (3rd - 120), runs batted in (5th - 240), batting average (6th 0.447), and runs scored (t-6th - 220).

During summer 2013, the University published “Greek Grammar and Syntax Notes” by former Corban professor Dr. Philip R. Williams, who passed away in 1994. Williams’ extensively studied Latin and Greek literature, trained in exegesis of Hebrew and Greek biblical texts, paid careful attention to a wide reading of Greek grammarians, and his explanations of the various Greek “syntactical categories” led to the creation of this well-organized set of notes on Greek grammar and syntax. Williams’ views of Greek grammar were honed through frequent and meticulous reading of the biblical text as well as his broad exposure to classical Greek during his doctoral studies. He loved working his way through a given book of the New Testament with an overhead containing the Greek text. His finger and his lips were synchronized as he explained the meaning in English, while his fingers showed the line of thought in the Greek. Dr. George Gunn’s friendship with Williams led to many refinements of this book.


Corban hires Director of Human Resources

where he helped secure private donations to help rebuild the school’s aging athletic fields.

With the number of staff, faculty and administrators at Corban continuing to grow along with the student population, the University needed someone to manage employment details full time. In August, Corban hired Nancy Marshall as its first director for human resources. She previously worked as an HR generalist for Maps Credit Union, has a background in program development and communication, and has worked for Greater Salem Young Life, USA Gymnastics and NBC News. At Corban, she will work under Vice President for Business Kevin Brubaker. Marshall will be responsible for maintaining employee records, analyzing employment applications, assisting in hiring decisions, helping employees with personnel and payroll issues and facilitating employee training.

new Director of Assessment Comes to corban

As Corban’s director of athletics, Eide plans to blend his business and athletic experiences to help grow the University’s athletics program. Additionally, he will serve a pivotal role in the expansion of Corban’s athletics facilities. “I’m so impressed by the quality of coaches and staff here,” Eide said. “I may be here to provide leadership, direction and vision, but I really see my role here as one of support. If I can use my experience and skills to help each of their programs be successful, then Corban Athletics will be successful as a result of that. “I am privileged to be able to continue building on the great athletic traditions at Corban,” he added. In his first month as director of athletics, Eide was instrumental in securing a Nike contract for athletic uniforms.

Flexibility key for new executive assistants

According to Corban’s new Director of Assessment Ben Moll, decisionmakers who rely on an intuitive combination of relationships and data tend to create an environment of success for their institutions. As Corban continues to grow, Moll plans to help provide the tools needed for the University’s leaders to make these decisions. Moll has worked in higher education since 2005, assisting with outcome assessment, research, policy development and more. He will work under Associate Provost for Academics Pam Teschner, Ph.D., to collect and analyze data to see what tools and resources help students and faculty, how much they help, and how the University can further improve services for students. Additionally, he will work with Teschner to perform analysis and other assessment needs. Moll and his wife, Tara, have been married for 11 years and have three children. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in higher education and leadership through Washington State University.

Greg Eide hired as new Director of Athletics For decades, Salem resident and athletic enthusiast Greg Eide made a difference in his community through his businesses and as a coach. Now he is using his business experience and relationships in the sports community to make a difference for Corban as the new director of athletics. Eide previously worked as the athletic director at Scio High School,


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Corban’s new executive assistant to the president arrived at Corban in April. The office once occupied by Dorothy James is now under the care of Jodi Carlson. Carlson’s degree in journalism and speech has given her many opportunities to serve in ministry. She previously worked for Focus on the Family, World Vision and the Luis Palau Association. Since 2005 Carlson had considered a move to a Christian college and the opportunity to serve at Corban was a fulfillment of that goal.

Carlson is tasked with helping President Sheldon Nord with his day-today schedule, office organization, meeting preparation, travel itineraries and much more. Her role is intentionally flexible as everyone adjusts with the natural transitions of a changing presidency. “My heart is really with the undergrad age group because it is such a pivotal time in their lives,” she said. “I love writing and editing, but I also wanted to get into a more service-oriented position. This job allows me to be part of students’ lives and part of the very exciting things happening at Corban right now.” In addition to Carlson, Liane DeHart, ’13, was hired as Administrative Specialist in the Office of the President. She will assist Nord and Carlson with various special projects. She graduated with a degree in accounting and worked with Corban Consulting Partners for her School of Business capstone project.

Corban celebrates with nearly 300 new grads May 4 was a day marked by transitions and joy for more than 250 graduates, families and friends at the school’s 77th commencement ceremony. Many of the newest alumni buzzed about their transitions from student to job seeker and others about their move from residence halls to their own places. In all, 284 students graduated including 167 undergraduates and 55 Adult Degree Program students. Fifty-nine students earned graduate degrees, including eight from the Tacoma campus. Additionally, the two-hour ceremony marked a milestone for the university as the first three Doctor of Ministry degrees were awarded. They were earned by Stephen Button, James Isaacson and John Mosser. During the ceremony, Provost Matt Lucas named the Distinguished Traditional Undergraduate and Distinguished Adult Degree Program Award recipients.

“This individual is viewed as a trailblazer in that she led the way where none have gone before,” Lucas said about Esther Gallaway, who was named the Distinguished Traditional Undergraduate. “She perceives the need for student leadership and humbly assumes the role of a leader. One example of this is the role she took as the student leader of the Haiti Medical Mission team. By leading this trip for two years, she served humbly to provide the opportunity for students to minister and act out their faith in their desired professions.” The Distinguished ADP Award was presented to Susan G. Smith. “As an exceptional student in the program, she exhibited a high degree of care and empathy for the educational and spiritual welfare of underprivileged students at Taft Middle School & High School in Lincoln City, Ore.,” Lucas said about Smith. “This was specifically exemplified in her Family Studies

Independent Study Project which focused on preparing students for life after high school. She coordinated with the national secondary education assistance program called GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), working daily with students to encourage them to plan and prepare for college. She introduced students to various colleges and was responsible for bringing the colleges to students by sponsoring college fairs and field trips.” The commencement also marked a transition for retiring faculty and administrators. In honor of president and business program founder Reno Hoff, and his 44 years of service to the University, the School of Business was renamed the Reno Hoff School of Business. Additionally, retiring faculty members Claudia Green, Ed.D., Rich Meyers, Ph.D., and Bruce Merritt, Ed.D., were recognized for a combined 82 years of exemplary commitment to Corban.

Please Save the Date of Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. For the Inauguration of




On July 1, Dr. Sheldon C. Nord became the 10th president of Corban University as successor to Dr. Reno Hoff who served from 1999 to 2013. Over the past three decades, Nord has been part of the Corban family on almost every level: student, alumnus, employee, vice president, trustee, president-elect, and now, president. Nord’s career includes Advisor to the President at Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesia), 1994-95; Assistant Director of Admissions, Indiana University, 1995-96; Dean and


Vice President for Student Affairs at Oregon Institute of Technology, 1997-2002; Dean of Students, Weber State University (Utah), 2002-03; Vice President for Student Affairs, Eastern Oregon University, 2003-07; President, Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesia), 2007-10; Vice President for Student Services, North Idaho College, 2010-2012; and Presidentelect at Corban, 2012-13. His education includes a B.S. in Social Science from Corban University; Ed.M. in College Student Services

Administration from Oregon State University; Ph.D. in Higher Education at Indiana University; and post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Institute for Higher Education. Nord’s family includes his wife, Jamie, and daughter, Hannah, ’13. In this in-depth interview, President Nord talks about why he resonates so deeply with Corban’s motto, mission, core values, and solid biblical and theological commitments. He also talks about his own enthusiasm for Corban’s future.

How do you feel about your new leadership role as Corban’s 10th president? To be honest, it’s already been a lot of work, but mostly I’m humbled and overwhelmed. I’m so thankful for how God raised up and used President Reno Hoff in profound ways to bring us to this point. I’m also thankful for Dr. Hoff’s and the Trustees’ vote of confidence, encouragement, support and trust over the past year. They have handed the baton to me. Please pray for God’s good hand of blessing to bless us in wonderful new ways in the months and years ahead.

Describe your personal worldview.

What is ultimate truth? Is there anything worth living for?

The term worldview is a translation of the German word Weltanschauung, which means a way of looking at the world (Welt=world; shauen=to look). The reality is that everyone has a worldview. As I’ve seen in public higher education, some worldviews are incoherent, being merely a smorgasbord of ideas from natural, supernatural, premodern, modern and postmodern options. An examined and thoughtful worldview is a comprehensive life system that seeks to answer the basic questions of life: What is the meaning of life?

According to C.S. Lewis (in Nancy Pearcy’s book “Total Truth”), understanding worldview is a bit like trying to see the lens of one’s own eye. We do not ordinarily see our own worldview, but we see everything else by looking through it. In other words, our worldview is the window by which we view the world, and decide, often subconsciously, what is real and important, or unimportant. This helps me understand the explicit and implicit impact an individual worldview has on daily behavior.


We have to insist on presenting Christianity as a comprehensive, unified worldview that addresses all of life and reality. A Christian worldview is not built on various types of truth (religious, philosophical or scientific), but on a universal principle and all-embracing system that shapes religion, natural and social sciences, law, history, health care, the arts, the humanities and all disciplines of study with application for all of life. In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter writes, “Always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” The Greek word for “defense” is apologia (the root word in apologetics) and it was originally a legal term, meaning the defendant’s reply to the prosecutor in a court of law. Later the same term was used of the early Christian apologists—philosophically trained theologians who defended the new faith against the rampant paganism of the Roman Empire.

Describe the role of the Bible in the development of your worldview. God reveals Himself to humanity in two ways, the written Word and the world—the world being the whole organic complex of nature and history and human culture. The Bible is inspired and authoritative, gives the decisive meaning for all things, and sends us over and over again to the world for learning. “Consider the birds; consider the lilies.” (Matt. 6:26, 28). “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Prov. 6:6). “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps. 19:1). “Lift up your eyes on high and see who created these” (Isa. 40:26). I believe that followers of Jesus Christ must be students of His Word. While I do not have seminary training, my wife, Jamie, and I pray earnestly that the Lord will incline our hearts to His Word (Ps. 119:36), and open our eyes to see wonders (Ps. 119:18). When 12

we do that, the impulse God gives us (through His Word) is, “think over what I say” (2 Tim. 2:7). Dig for understanding, “seek it like silver” (Prov. 2:4). The entire curriculum of Corban University should be permeated by the study of the Bible. The Bible gives the key that unlocks the deepest meaning of everything else. A biblical motivation for studying worldviews should be the same principle that motivates all authentic discipleship. The goal is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37–39). In 2 Cor. 5:20 Christians are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ. Living abroad, we received training to prepare us for working and living in a different culture with a very different worldview. We learned that a critical factor in engaging a foreign culture is not only learning the language but also learning the worldview. After all, the first rule of effective communication is “know your audience.” To get a message across to people, you must address their assumptions, questions, objections, hopes, fears and aspirations—in short, their worldview. Let me end with a trademark quotation from Francis Schaeffer, which is as surprising today as it was back in 1974: “One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary.”

The technical meaning of conservative is to conserve the status quo. Schaeffer was arguing, “we must teach the young to be revolutionaries, revolutionaries against the status quo.” We are to resist false idols and the power they exert over minds and hearts. Christians should be on the front lines fighting to liberate society from its captivity to secular worldviews. Discuss your understanding of spirituality, including how spirituality informs personal character and leadership philosophy. Spirituality points to our inner, subjective life, as contrasted with the objective domain of observable behavior and material objects that we can point to and measure directly. Spirituality also involves our affective experiences at least as much as it does our reasoning or logic. More specifically, spirituality has to do with the values that we hold most dear: (1) our sense of who we are, (2) where we come from, (3) our beliefs about why we are here—the meaning and purpose

“Christians should be on the front lines fighting to liberate society from its captivity to secular worldviews”

that we see in our work and our life— and, (4) our sense of connectedness to one another and to the world around us. Of course the root word for “spirituality” is “spirit,” and a key passage for understanding these concepts is 1 Corinthians 2:12-13: “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” I also appreciate John 4:24 which states that “God is Spirit,” John 6:63 which states that the Spirit gives life, Romans 7:22-25 which describes the spiritual battle for our hearts and the importance Christfollowers have for appropriate priorities, and Romans 8:14 which reminds us that all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Our spiritual growth certainly affects our personal “character”—an evaluation of a particular individual’s moral qualities. We see clearly from Scripture that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-5); that our behavior reveals our character (Ezekiel 20:43-44); and that a good name and reputation are to be valued and pursued (Proverbs 22:1). Spiritual development also has a direct impact on leadership philosophy and effectiveness. The Bible teaches that: (1) leaders will be able to rightly handle the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15 and following), (2) the servant leader will have humility (Galatians 3:2729), (3) leaders will be accountable before men and God (Hebrews 13:17), (4) leaders will demonstrate servanthood (Luke 22:26-27), and (5) we should expect speaking the truth and handling well the Word of God from a responsible leader (Hebrews 13:7). I believe

that our learning of leadership skills is informed by our spiritual development, and that leadership opportunities are a sacred trust.

Describe your leadership history and experiences in higher education. How have you approached the general and uniquely Christian issues you have faced? My progressively responsible management and administrative experiences encompass diverse institutional settings, including a small Christian liberal arts university (Corban University), a mediumsized land-grant, research university (Oregon State University), a large public comprehensive research university (Indiana University), a small public institute of technology (Oregon Institute of Technology), a medium-sized teaching university (Weber State University), a small regional university (Eastern Oregon University), an international Christian university that has grown to 11,000 students in 19 years (Universitas Pelita Harapan), and a medium-sized two-year community college (North Idaho College). Thus, I have spent approximately 15 years in Christian higher education, and approximately 15 years in public higher education. I have worked under the leadership of nine presidents at six institutions. These diverse professional experiences have enriched my professional perspective. I have found more similarities than differences when comparing my experiences in public and Christian higher education. In both we find challenges such as students with more interest in a credential than an education (though a bigger proportion of this is in the public setting), challenges with funding (keeping tuition affordable while still balancing the budget), rising costs of health care and other costs of doing business, implementation of unfunded mandates from

accreditation agencies, as well as state and federal government, and avoiding mission creep. Unique to Christian higher education is the opportunity we have to help students form a Christian philosophy of life and vocation, including a philosophy of good and evil derived from sustained reflection on the drama of creation, fall, and redemption. In public post-secondary settings, religious approaches to learning are generally unwelcome— sometimes dismissed, but more often simply ignored. Thus, it would be unusual in a public university classroom to find a discussion of spiral and elliptical galaxies that referred not only to their beauty and immensity but also to the even greater beauty and immensity of their Creator. It would be rare to find a discussion of economic relations that focused on the spiritual significance of poverty or of consumerism. It would be uncommon in a discussion of racism to find it rejected because it fails to honor the image of God in other human beings. The biblical account of God’s creation of all human beings in His image is simply absent from the vast majority of public university settings. In my years of experience in public higher education, I have, to the extent I felt it possible, used biblical principles, if not specific passages, in one-on-one discussions, staff meetings, and/or group presentations. When talking about diversity and individual differences, I have found John 4 (Jesus the Jewish man and the Samaritan woman at the well) and Luke 10 (the Good Samaritan) to be helpful passages and/or principles. Matthew 9 is so helpful in talking to students who need to know that past mistakes are forgivable and any wound can be healed. I have had the opportunity to discuss homosexuality in the context of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Genesis 13:13, Leviticus 20:13 and Romans 1:24-32. I have had the opportunity to discuss premarital


“Servant leadership is exercising real, godly leadership, and influencing, equipping, and empowering people to accomplish God’s purpose and plan.” 14

sex in the context of 1 Corinthians 6:18-20, 1 Corinthians 7:1-2, and 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23. And, finally, God has provided me the privilege of discussing the process of “choosing a mate” in the context of Genesis 2:18, 1 Corinthians 13, and 2 Corinthians 6:14. Of course, the message is different if we are having a ministry with students who are Christ followers, than if they are unbelievers. One of the biggest differences between the work in a Christian vs. public setting, and one of the things I missed before coming back to Corban, was the ability to talk to students about the foundation of their thinking and belief system. In public higher education we are limited to talk about educational outcomes and behavior, while in a distinctly Christian setting we can discuss the beliefs that lead to behavior, and the battle of the mind (long before the thinking and beliefs become actions). Finally, based on my experience in public higher education, I am increasingly convinced that Christians should not only know their own playbook, they should also know the other side’s playbook. As the apostle Paul wrote, we must become “all things to all people” in order to win them over (1 Cor. 9:22). A personal leadership philosophy should speak to, and accommodate, the Great Commission of Matthew 28.

What is your understanding of servant leadership? How would that approach apply to a Christian university presidency? Servant leadership is exercising real, godly leadership, and influencing, equipping, and empowering people to accomplish God’s purpose and plan. It is serving others unselfishly while influencing and empowering them to grow in Christ-directed, purposeful ways. This was an uncommon trait in Jesus’ time, just as it is in ours. Being a leader in the church, in our

homes, or in the workplace, is never a force of personality; it is service to others out of love and care (1 Kings 3:9; Luke 22:25-28; Matthew 25:21; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Timothy 2:24; Hebrews 13:17). Servant leaders of Jesus Christ and His church have His “basin and towel” attitude (John 13:1-17), and do not seek power and/or influence; rather, they are revolutionaries showing that the world’s ways are ludicrous and ineffective (Mark 9: 33-37). Finally, servant leaders honor, respect, trust and support one another as joint-heirs and partners in service to the Body of Christ (Rom. 8:14-17; Titus 3:7). I believe in surrounding myself with the best possible talent, and doing all I can to help those people be successful. For a Christian university president, this translates into dependence on team members in this important work—surrounding oneself with talented and committed individuals who are also willing to boldly debate and discuss (and critique) the best ways forward. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln believed in the importance of cultivating a “team of rivals”—smart individuals who are committed to the well-being of the institution and are willing to speak their minds to achieve it. I adhere to this same philosophy. In the current environment of challenging financial markets, declining public confidence in government and other institutions, increasing public demands for accountability and outcomes, and a shortage of leaders with a moral rudder, I believe Christian universities need presidents who step forward with bold confidence and a healthy dose of humility.

Describe what it means to think “Christianly.” A call to intentional Christian higher education is a call to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Paul’s words call us toward a wholehearted devotion

to Jesus Christ—not just with our hearts but with our minds as well. It is a call to think Christianly. We need more than just novel ideas and new delivery systems; we need “to think in Christian categories.” This means being able to see life and learning from a Christian vantage point; it means thinking with the mind of Christ. Fifty years ago, J. B. Phillips wrote a little book that warned of a too limited vision of God, titled “Your God Is Too Small.” In the same way, I have a growing sense that for many of our churches, and many of us personally (including myself), it is possible that our Christology may be too small. Also, I have a growing concern that too often, the church has been ambivalent about “the life of the mind.” R. C. Sproul has written, “we live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” However, thinking is not the goal of life. Thinking, like nonthinking, can be the ground for boasting. Thinking, without prayer, without the Holy Spirit, without obedience, without love, will puff up and destroy (1 Cor. 8:1). But thinking under the mighty hand of God, thinking soaked in prayer, thinking carried by the Holy Spirit, thinking tethered to the Bible, thinking in pursuit of more reasons to praise and proclaim the glories of God, thinking in the service of love—such thinking is indispensable in a life of fullest praise to God. I find these particularly salient issues as we consider the role of a Christian university in leading the dialogue regarding making the Gospel of Jesus Christ the “only thing” as we train young men and women for a life of service to Him. Do you consider yourself a visionary? How is your vision passed on to others? “Visionary” means: (1) able or likely to see visions, (2) one who can envision the future, (3) disposed to imagining, and (4) having or marked by foresight and imagination. Based on the first definition, I 15

would say I am most definitely not a visionary, and based on the second, I’m still not sure I meet this standard. However, based on the third and fourth definitions, I would argue that “yes,” I am a visionary. I believe I have consistently articulated a compelling vision for the campus (at which I have responsibilities), one that encompasses the expectations of the campus about what the institution can become and challenges it to raise its aspirations. John Stott writes, “Vision begins with a holy discontent with the way things are.” The following are examples in various personal and institutional settings where I have been discontent with the status quo and have been bold with new initiatives. Educational achievement: I come from a family of hard-working, Godfearing Norwegians and Swedes, most of whom received no education beyond their high school diploma. It is certainly by God’s grace that I was able to attain B.S., Ed.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Corban, Oregon State University and Indiana University. I believe God gave me the vision, desire and aptitude to achieve something educationally that was not the norm in our family. Recruitment of students at Corban: When I became the Director of Admissions at Corban in 1985, we operated with no computer database and limited word processing capability. We had little or no marketing expertise, and even less budget. What we did have was a vision that we could do what others were doing, and we were not afraid to work hard and risk failure to realize our vision. We made huge strides in our marketing quality, branding and systems, and we see the fruit of that work even today. Establishment of Universitas Pelita Harapan: I was one of two American educators invited to establish a Christian university in Indonesia in 1994, the largest Muslim 16

population country in the world. I was able to bring administrative structures and processes of which my local Indonesian colleagues were not aware, nor could even imagine possible. I am convinced that UPH has grown to 11,000 students and three campuses in large part because we were blessed with the ability to broaden our thinking and possibilities to realize outcomes that had never been accomplished in either Indonesia or the U.S.A. Corban’s involvement with UPH Teachers’ College: When I served as President (and Dean of Education) at Universitas Pelita Harapan, we were struggling to attain government recognition and program quality for our Teachers Training program. We discussed working with other Indonesian universities, with several Australian universities, and other models to gain recognition and improve quality. I recommended we begin dialogue with Corban to provide teacher education under Corban’s umbrella of NWCCU accreditation, something that had never been accomplished. I was familiar with the accreditation standards, the NWCC staff in Seattle, the leadership team at Corban at the time, and we were ambitious enough to request and pray for a new model of placing this “international education” model under the NWCCU standards. Through our vision, the hard work of colleagues on both sides of the Pacific, and God’s grace, this is now a reality. Long-Range Visioning and Planning at North Idaho College (NIC): In June 2011, the NIC Board of Trustees commissioned the president to conduct a Long-Range Visioning and Planning process in fall 2011, including creating new vision, mission, and value statements, as well as beginning the work on a new Strategic Plan. The intent was for these documents to serve as the search criteria for hiring a new president in spring 2012. This process was led and facilitated by the vice president for instruction and myself,

in large part because the Board and president felt we were the two who had the vision for new possibilities, and the skill set to facilitate these discussions and processes. I want to be careful that while the above examples demonstrate my propensity to be “visionary,” we cannot do any of these things absent of the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father. These decisions and plans must always be bathed in prayer, and the credit and glory must go to Jesus Christ. Below is a great story that I feel exemplifies visionary leadership: “There is a tale of a king who wished to build the grandest cathedral in the land. He assembled a team of the finest craftsmen and put them to work under the leadership of a brilliant foreman. But when the construction of the cathedral was barely half finished the foreman died. The king was saddened by the loss, and he knew this man would be difficult to replace. His successor would have to be an accomplished craftsman, but he must also be one who shared the king’s exalted vision. Thus the king took it upon himself to find a replacement. “Visiting the work site, the king came upon a mason preparing tiles for the mosaics on the floor. The king admired his skill and inquired what he was doing. ‘Why, your Majesty,’ the man replied, ‘I’m cutting tiles for the mosaics on the floor.’ Next the king found a carpenter constructing beams for the roof. The king admired his craftsmanship too and asked him what he was doing. The man replied, ‘Oh Sire, I’m fashioning beams for the roof.’ Next the king found a stone-carver who was fitting stones for the great buttresses. Admiring the beauty and precision of his work, the king again asked what he was doing. ‘I’m building the grandest cathedral in the land,’ the man replied. “‘Yes!’ cried the king. ‘Here is my

new foreman!’” Any Christian university will be well served to have a president who, like the stonecutter, understands his calling. The stonecutter was not merely an individual artisan going about his craft; his craftsmanship was the servant of something larger and far grander. In the same way, Corban’s president must view his work as larger than himself, in fact larger than the institution itself. The president must look not only at what is being created, but also ensure its Christ-centered implications. This tethering of the temporal to the eternal provides meaning and significance and beauty to what we do and generates the highest motivation for excellence. Our work

becomes an act of worship. We work to deepen our understanding and appreciation of, and ultimately our relationship with, the Creator of the Universe, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How do you approach the identification and management of risk? I believe that educational administrators are risk managers. We live in a litigious society, and we should mitigate risk by being welltrained and having breadth and depth of experiences. I am confident in my abilities as an executive administrator due to: (1) the training I’ve attained—both

my master’s and doctoral degree included classes regarding legal, educational and fiscal management of risk, (2) the broad experiences I’ve had at executive levels in varied institutional settings, and (3) my faith in the truth that our responsibility is to be competent and diligent, and that we serve a Lord who is responsible for the results. Risk Takers Living with uncertainty and rapid change requires a measure of boldness coupled with trust in oneself and one’s decisions. There is a growing sentiment in higher education that “leaders can no longer be caretakers; they are here to take the risks. The environment is changing so fast that nothing we do 17

is certain to work.” Effective leaders will need to take those risks and put into motion ideas that are novel and innovative. Being Safe Management of risk has unique nuances for Christ followers. I have been reading about living a more radical Christian life, and living “out loud” to promote the Gospel of Christ with my life. Jesus never promised that serving him would be safe, only that He, the Lord of the Universe, would accompany us at every moment, even to the end of the age. Perhaps we need only be reminded of that memorable scene in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in which Mr. and Mrs. Beaver instruct Lucy about the challenges of approaching Aslan, the lion Christfigure: “If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly. “Then he isn’t safe? said Lucy. “Safe? said Mr. Beaver. Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said 18

anything about safe? Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” I believe it is incumbent on us to have training, experiences, competence, and wisdom (with prayer) that informs “calculated” risks on behalf of our institutions. The times in which we live demand that we be responsive and innovative, taking “responsible” risks that allow our institutions to be as vibrant and effective as possible.

To what extent are you in tune with the doctrinal and cultural heritage of Corban University? I attended Corban from 1978 to 1982, spent the first 11 years of my professional life there from 1982 to 1993, and served on the Board of Trustees 2001 to 2011. The more I have experiences at other universities (large and small, public and Christian, two- and four-year), the more committed I am to the mission of Corban University, and thus the reason I encouraged my one-and-only child to attend Corban University.

Jamie and I were so delighted to be here when Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in May 2013. Part of my decision to attend Indiana University for my Ph.D. program was the work being done by George Kuh in studying institutional culture. George became my advisor, and his research on “institutional culture” confirms the role of tradition, ceremony, values, norms, symbols, rituals and myths. Everything from chapel services, the curriculum, and the numerous extra-curricular activities make up the culture of the institution. I am completely at ease with the culture of Corban, and enthusiastic about working with the Trustees and my colleagues to strengthen and enrich that culture.

Discuss how you will approach personal and institutional community involvement. I believe in the value of communication excellence with all Corban stakeholders. This should start with faculty, staff and students,

“I attended Corban from 1978 to 1982, spent the first 11 years of my professional life there from 1982 to 1993, and served on the Board of Trustees 2001 to 2011.” and continue with alumni relations and church relations. For the local Salem area community, I recommend an explicit plan for Corban representation in all community organizations, including Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. I believe there are opportunities for Corban to make and/or enhance relationships at state and regional (Pacific Northwest) levels. I would like to reach out to the Oregon University System to explore collaboration on academic programs. Through this sort of collaboration, Corban could provide academic programs that Christian universities might never be able to provide on their own. Corban would also be well served to be a more active member in the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and other similar organizations. Earlier, I briefly mentioned the need to “think Christianly” and promote the “life of the mind.” I am interested in discussing how Corban can

increasingly become “the” resource for Christian scholarship and ministry in the Pacific Northwest— to be the place pastors, educators and business leaders look for answers to life’s most challenging questions. This might mean that we have an annual pastors’ conference on campus. It might mean that we host seminars regarding creationism, controversial social and political issues, local community concerns, and other issues of relevance. I would consider these possibilities part of an overall marketing and community relations strategy.

Any final comments? We find it fascinating that Paul was able to proclaim the greatness of God not only in the religious places (the synagogue) and the marketplaces (Acts 17:17) but also in the center of the intellectual world (Acts 17:19). We would certainly expect the apostle Paul to be comfortable proclaiming the greatness of God in the synagogue, and we are not surprised that he moves easily into the marketplace. But to take the concept of the grandeur of God into

the Areopagus, the intellectual center of the city, might be surprising to some. This is no surprise, however, to those who recognize that Paul saw all of life from a God-centered perspective (Romans 11:33-36). Corban University is committed to making Jesus Christ central to all teaching and learning. This includes Bible, theology, Christian living, ministry, church history, as well as the arts, the natural sciences, humanities, chemistry, sociology, history of music, English literature, Western civilization, abnormal psychology, physics and philosophy. So the entire curriculum of Corban is permeated by the study of the Bible. The Bible gives the key that unlocks the deepest meaning of everything else. Our family has a deep and profound appreciation for Corban University. We know our lifestyle and family interests are consistent with the Corban and Salem lifestyle. I have a love for the people at Corban and a commitment to its mission. It’s great to be home.


Hoff Tribute On April 28 the Corban community gathered to honor Dr. and Mrs. Reno Hoff for 44 years of service to the University. The tribute looked back on many wonderful milestones and memories.

Students line the campus main drive and applaud the arrival of the Hoff family.

A color guard escort leads the presentation of President and Mrs. Hoff. Dr. Hoff is an Army veteran.

The Hoffs look on from their vantage point at the side of the stage.

Dr. Rich Noland serves as emcee for the tribute. Noland’s part in the business department, as student and faculty, connected him with Dr. Hoff over the past few decades. 20

“More than anything, I’m confident that Corban University’s best days are ahead. I continue to thank God daily for His good hand of blessing on us,” Hoff said.

The arrival at the Psalm Performing Arts Center.

A citation is read, honoring Dr. Hoff for his service in the military.

A gallery show, featuring a newly commissioned portrait of Dr. Hoff by artist Annie Salness, documents his career and accomplishments.

Guests for the event fill the Psalm Performing Arts Center.

Provost and Executive Vice President Matt Lucas served with Dr. Hoff and assisted in the presidential transition.

Dr. Bryce Bernard gives his tribute, representing his association as student, faculty and interim Business Dean.

Dorothy James served as executive secretary with three university presidents and retired this spring along with Dr. Hoff.

Local businessman Dick Withnell was one of several regional guests to speak.

Alumni quartet Joe Greenwood, Billy Cordero, Bryce Bernard and Don Leavitt, Jr. sings Wonderful Grace of Jesus, a favorite of Dr. Hoff’s.

Rodney Hoff, son of Dr. and Mrs. Linda Hoff, gives a tribute to his father.

Member of the Board of Trustees Tom Carlson speaks of his long association with the Hoff administration.

Dr. Hoff speaks, giving his perspective on his career and his thanks.

A lighter moment with Rich Noland.

Incoming president Sheldon C. Nord speaks of his association with Dr. Hoff and the past year of transition.

Reception line greetings from alumnus Adrian Petrisor and his wife, Monika.

The Hoff family.

Back row: Left to right:  Robert Hoff,Tyler Hoff, Rod Hoff, Brandon Hoff. Front row, Left to right:  Stefanie Malenowsky, Christina Hoff, Reno Hoff, Linda Hoff, Ruth Hoff, Abigail Hoff. 21

Corban University all-alumni H Dear Warrior Alumni, We look forward to having you return to campus this fall for Homecoming. In addition to reconnecting with classmates and friends, we are providing opportunities for you to rediscover your alma mater. We welcome you back for this special time dedicated to you, our alumni. Enjoy time with friends as you relive memories of your days as a student, no matter which campus you attended. Make your reservations by going online at and we will see you soon. Serving you, Deleen Wills, Director of Alumni Services

For more information on Homecoming 2013: Call 503-589-8182 Email Check out our website and register online at A map of campus is available at

Events Thursday October 3 Welcome Party .................................6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Phoenix Inn & Suites, South Salem

Friday October 4 Alumni Chapel Service........................................10:00 a.m. Kick off your day by attending chapel in the Psalm Center, brought to you by alumni and students. Class Visits.......................................11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to re-experience the quality education Corban provides. Pick up a list of options at the registration table. Museum............................................11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit our extraordinary Prewitt/Allen Archaeological Museum, located on the second floor of the Library. Featuring hundreds of items from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and Palestine including: monument inscriptions, Bible Lands artifacts, Bible manuscripts, pottery, coins and much more.


Campus Tours......................................................... 2:00 p.m. Leaving from the Psalm Center, Alumni trip-downmemory-lane tours guided by Professor Bryce Bernard ‘82 and VP Steve Hunt ‘69. Reception............................................ 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Alumni House Reunion Dinners.....................................................5:30 p.m. Classes of '50 - '69, '73, '83, '93 and '03. Join classmates and friends for your own private dinner located on campus. Cost is $16.00 per person. President's Dessert.......................................7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00 per person. Inauguration Fireworks.....................................................9:30 p.m. Sports Complex

Saturday October 5 President’s Inauguration Ceremony.......................................1:30 p.m. Registration is required. Seating is limited. Inauguration reception to immediately follow.

Homecoming 2013 October 3 & 4 President’s Dessert This is a great event to catch the vision, hear from students through life stories and music, and honor friends and classmates. Benjamin Bryson ’93 will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year and Dr. Paul Myers ’04 as the Distinguished Young Alumni of the Year. Dr. Marty Trammell ’83 will receive the Outstanding Service Award; the Christian Ministry Award will go to Jim Moore ’61 and Shirlie Bong Moore ’61, and the Honorary Alumni Award will be presented to Gerald and Carolyn Roth.

Friday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Psalm Performing Arts Center Admission: $6 per person.

Award recipients Benjamin Seth Bryson | Distinguished Alumni of the Year Ben Bryson was born to Pastor Richard and Dee Bryson and grew up in California and Oregon with the family settling in the Columbia River Gorge town of Corbett. He graduated from Sandy Union High School in 1989 and made a last-minute decision to attend Corban, where he had received a baseball scholarship. During his freshman year he submitted his life to the lordship of Jesus Christ and felt called to pastoral ministry. At Corban, Ben was actively involved in the drama program. He was named “Most Inspirational Player” of the baseball team three out of his four years and was notoriously known as “Franz” of the “Hans & Franz” duo. During his junior year he accepted a part-time ministry position at Salem’s Court Street Christian Church, and upon his graduation in the spring of 1993 he was hired full time. That same year he and Sharon Nielsen were married. Together they have raised daughters Gabby and Greta. Another

milestone occurring in 1993 was Ben’s ordination, at which Dr. John Balyo gave the charge. In his tenure at Court Street Ben ministered to the youth for six years, was Associate Pastor of Outreach for two years, and in the fall of 1999 accepted the call to become Senior Pastor. In the years since, he has seen steady church growth, the addition of staff members and programs, and the building of a new sanctuary and remodeling of the existing campus. This project, completed in 2007, has enabled more community outreach and involvement. Ben has a passion for missions, both at home and around the world. He serves as president of the board of Casa de Paz, an orphanage near Ensenada, Baja, Mexico, which Court Street supports through giving and short-term mission trips. His desire to encourage the gospel message in other countries has led to his taking part in several mission efforts abroad, and he has led many study trips to Israel. Community involvement includes a four-year stint as chaplain with the Salem Police Department; serving at the Union Gospel Mission; assisting those in grief by officiating at funeral services; support of Celebrate Recovery; and volunteering with 4Him2Day, a pediatric cancer foundation. He recently took the position of chaplain for the Corban baseball team, which brought him much joy. Ben has a pastor’s heart and a genuine love for the greater church here in the heart of the Willamette Valley. He meets regularly with area pastors for fellowship and prayer for revival and is fond of saying, “There is one church in Salem; we just meet in different buildings!”


Corban University all-alumni H Dr. Paul Myers | Distinguished Young Alumni of the Year After graduating from Corban, Paul continued his studies at the University of California Santa Barbara, where his research focused on persuasion in the contexts of terrorism, natural disasters and health threats. Paul was fortunate to find a home church at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, where he helped as a deacon, high school group leader and usher. Since graduating from UCSB with his Ph.D., Paul has progressed through several roles in emergency management.

He started as the Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara County and then became the lead expert for the national Red Cross on emergency preparedness. Paul now heads the emergency preparedness programs in the United States for the international non-profit Save the Children. The programs provide support to emergency managers, schools, child care providers, parents and guardians in meeting the needs of children in emergencies and disasters. In 2009 Paul married his wife, Keli, who is a professor at Pepperdine University, and they currently live with their very active one-year-old daughter, Grace, in Malibu, California. Paul and Keli both have a heart for vulnerable children and are looking for the Lord’s leading in helping orphans and trafficked children in the U.S. and abroad.

Jim and Shirlie Moore | Christian Ministry Award they served in a variety of ministries until 1989. After studying Ilocano that first year in Manila, they moved north to become pioneer church planters. They had no experience, limited language abilities and experienced less-thancomfortable living circumstances. By God’s grace, a church still ministers in Aringay, La Union, and more than one little boy grew up to go into the ministry. Facebook still connects them to several of those ‘first fruits.’

When Jim was growing up in a non-believing family in Hawthorne, Nev., and Shirlie was being brought up as a pastor’s daughter in Perry, Iowa, neither could have imagined all of the places God would take them together. Shirlie attended Bible college in New York and Jim was at Western Baptist Bible College when they met at a one-day conference in El Cerrito. Shirlie transferred the next year to WBBC, they got married, had three kids, and committed to the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) to serve in the Philippines as missionaries. Sailing under the Golden Gate bridge in 1967, with many college students waving goodbye,


From there it was on to Baguio City and a large student center ministry among university students. In addition, Jim served as chaplain at U.S. military base Camp John Hay, and Shirlie managed Doane Rest, ABWE’s guest facility, for several years. Over the course of their lives, the Moores’ ministry took them to a number of countries and assignments. They include a ministry on a college campus of 67,000 students; at Faith Academy as high school girls’ boarding parents and later, boarding administrator; manager for Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary Extension Program, an accredited U.S. master’s program serving Asians in Asia; and to Singapore—the first ABWE couple in that country. Later, the Moores were asked to be team leaders for opening Cambodia for ABWE. Nothing they’d read or heard made them want to go, and

on their first survey trip, they were even less inclined. But God and His Word spoke to them and within days they were asking Him to let them minister there. They began working with beggar children and their families, which God grew into a church. This work included providing several wells, sponsoring more than 100 children so they could go to school, doing medical clinics, and having a center in their squatter village where they could teach and play and help physically and love them. At age 62, the Moores moved to Nepal. They teamed with a gifted Nepali-born pastor and his American wife. Jim oversaw the construction of the church building and an orphanage, and they both served in simple ways in church ministry. They moved on to Gambia, West Africa in 20ll, which may have been their last overseas missions assignment—but then, who knows? Their greatest ministry team members have been their children, biological and by marriage, and their grandchildren. Thank God for Steve and Lorie Lambert, John and Jo Moore, and Greg and Heidi Hogan, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. That boy from Nevada and that girl from Iowa have flourished in ways only God could have orchestrated!

Homecoming 2013 October 3 & 4 Dr. Marty Trammell | Outstanding Service Award At the age of seven, Marty made his way down the aisle of Bethany Baptist Church in Seattle to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. Thinking he was going to be punished by God for all the things he’d done that his parents didn’t know about, he asked the Vacation Bible School counselor, Lois Durham, “Do I get my spankings before or after I get saved?” She answered, “Honey, Jesus took those spankings for you on the cross.” “Some may question the specificity of her answer,” Marty said, “but that’s all it took for me.” Shortly after, he shared that story of forgiveness with a neighbor who also came to Christ. During his freshman year at Corban, Marty led worship at Mehema Community Church and began singing at youth rallies with his roommate, David McGinnis. The next year, they joined the Masters Touch where Marty met “the world’s most amazing woman,” Linda

Markwood. After traveling for a year with the group, Marty served as an RA with Sheldon Nord and interned each summer at his home church with pastors Jim Godwin, Fred Brock and Donn Mogford. In 1981, he began his ministry at Valley Baptist with Dr. David Miller and was joined later by Dr. Tom Younger. In 1982 Marty married his wife and best friend of 31 years. While teaching at Corban and directing the Field Education program, Marty and Linda served as counselors-guardians in the home of Congressman Denny Smith for a year, and then as RDs in Aagard Hall for two. In that ministry, they began an on-going mentorship with long-time friend, Professor Anne Jeffers. Marty and Linda have been blessed with sons Justin, Chris and Josh, as well as two “compassionate and Christ-like” daughters-inlaw, Corban alum Allison (Farwell ’10) and Katie (Hanson ’11). For ten years Marty chaired 21st Century Councils and LSACs for Salem-Keizer schools and co-directed Salem Willamette Area Teens. For 12 years, he coached Little League and Skyball. Marty’s love for young people is also evidenced in his 27-year commitment to leading

workshops at Teen Leadership Conferences and to the youth in his community. After completing his Ph.D., Marty began his work as Corban’s English Chair where he continues to enjoy “the humor, talents, and deep love for Christ” he experiences through his colleagues and students. Marty pastored the International Church of Torino, Italy during the summer of 2004. “Justin and Linda led the worship and Chris and Josh ran the media. We loved the sound of 14 nationalities singing,” he said. He and Linda continue to serve at Valley with their friends Dr. Greg and Tiffany Trull and at Redeeming Relationships Ministries with their mentors and friends, Dr. Rich and LouAnna Rollins. Marty has co-authored three books; written essays for the Chicken Soup series, Guidepost, Bethany House; and written Bible study notes for Tyndale, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson. Marty and Linda speak at conferences and couples retreats and write monthly for Moody’s “I’ve never found a place outside Corban where God is more exalted—where students, faculty and staff are more eager to serve together, to learn together, to find God together. That’s where I want to be.”

Gerald and Carolyn Roth | Honorary Alumni Award In 1985 Jerry and Carolyn Roth’s sons, Steven and Douglas, entered Western Baptist College and became part of the men’s basketball team. They first became fans of the basketball program but soon became fans of the school. Their respect for the college quickly grew as the quality of the students and adherence to biblical principles became obvious. Those qualities continue to mark its character and reputation in the Salem and the Mid-Willamette Valley area. They are pleased with the growth of Corban and its ongoing professionalism. Most of all, they cherish the friendships that they have made through the Corban community.

Jerry grew up on his family’s farm in the Central Howell and Pratum area between Salem and Silverton. He graduated from Salem Academy in 1951, attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb. for one and a half years. Following that he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Upon his return home he launched a career in farming in the same area where he grew up. In 2000 the family established Willamette Valley Fruit Co. Carolyn graduated from Albany High School in 1950 and Emmanuel Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. During the next six years she worked in Salem and Grants Pass and volunteered with Young Life. Jerry and Carolyn were married in 1959 and became parents of four children: Jeffrey, Karen (now Martin), Steven and Douglas. Today they are very proud grandparents of 12, and one great-granddaughter. Steve ’88, Doug

’89 and daughter-in-law Marie (Von Gunten ‘92) graduated from Corban, and grandson, Toby, plans to attend Corban and be part of the men’s basketball team. Salem Alliance has been their church home since 1977. Through the years they have been involved in many volunteer ministries, including the church’s connecting ministry. For a number of years, Carolyn served with Christian Women’s Club. Though not alumni, they would like to encourage all former students and graduates of Corban to contribute to the school. Our nation needs universities who are committed to quality education and biblical principles. Alumni can ensure these attributes continue to characterize Corban.


alumni action Blazers GAME

President’s Circle Dinner

More than 75 alumni and families attended the Blazer game on March 14.

Corban University expressed their appreciation to donors on May 3 at the second annual President’s Circle Dinner. The special event gave a firsthand experience, through students, faculty and video, to our $1,000+ annual donors, on how their giving impacts the lives of students at Corban. The event was an opportunity for donors to see they are part of a group committed to giving at this level and be inspired to continue their partnership with the University. For information on joining this group of donors, please contact Darrel White, Director of Major Gifts at 503-589-8186 or

Nancy Martyn ’68 and Kim Hughes ’85 at their annual Blazer game

Reno and Linda Hoff with Corky Lambert ’75 and Debbie Chandler Lambert ’75 of Aumsville, Ore.

Trent Kropf ’01 and Hollie McGill Kropf ’05, advancement assistant

Reno and Linda Hoff with Mike Patterson ’74 and Kathy Martyn Patterson ’74 of Richland, Wash. We are honored to serve you in whatever way we can. Please do not hesitate to contact the alumni office with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Serving the Lord and you, Deleen Wills Director of Alumni Services 503-589-8182 Reno and Linda Hoff with Parents Mike and Patti Garrido of Beaverton, Ore. 26

The Class of 1963 50-Year Reunion May 3 & 4

Jerry and Jo Cudney

Mike Miller ’94, Koyce Miller, Scott Miller ’91

Nancy Ruhlman and Deanna Garcia

First row, left to right: Mike Tucker, Mesa, Arizona; Chuck Lind, Seattle, Wash.; Calif.; Koyce Morgan Miller for David Miller, Albany, Ore.; Shirley Brown Lind, Seattle, Wash.; Bob Pattison, Pollock Pines, Calif.; Jim Godwin, University Place, Wash.; Jack Willsey, Tacoma, Wash. Second row: Everett Prewett, Redding, Calif.; Dennis DeLano, Okanogan, Wash.; Jerry Cudney, Sammamish, Wash.; Nancy Mehner Ruhlman, Mount Vernon, Wash.; Deanna Bell Gardiner Garcia, Watsonville, Calif., Jim Boyd, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; Chuck Emert, El Cajon, Calif.; John Ruhlman, Mount Vernon, Wash. Third row: Roberta English Denton, Redding, Calif.; Celia Brown Gainer, Oroville, Calif. Fourth row: Karen Forman Hritz, Salem, Ore.; Jo Stowell Cudney, Sammamish, Wash.

Welcome newest Golden Grads

Chuck Lind ’86 with his parents Shirley and Chuck


On the Road with the Advancement Department The Central Oregon Coast on April 17 was a bright, sunny day. Gaylord Johnson ’53 and Millie Johnson of Waldport along with Paula Hayes Wenell ’66 and Gary Wenell ’64 of Newport joined Alumni Director Deleen Wills for lunch. Pastor Glen Small of Newport First Baptist took the photo.

Miranda Aaron Keck ’12 and Jordan Keck ’12 in Lincoln City.

Northern California blitz May 14, 15 & 16 Redding area alumni dinner on May 14. Front row: Pat Eastman Franklin ’64, Redding; Al Franklin ’64, Redding; Thelma James Runyon ’56, Redding; Maurice Wilcox ’64, Redding. Middle row: Brenda Keef Hockett ‘92, Redding; Glenda Sonsteng Berger ’78, Redding; Kim McCullough Faires ’84, Redding; Peggy Garstang Peterson ’85, Anderson; Linda Nelson Prewett ’66, Redding; Debby Whatley Burns ’78, Redding; Becky Whatley Melinc ’76 visiting from Peru and Betty Whatley ’58, Redding. Back row: Dan Berger ’78, Redding; Les Faires ’84, Redding; Perry Peterson ’85, Anderson; Everett Prewett ’63 , Redding; Ray Burns ’77, Redding; Bob Whatley ’58, Redding; Norma Brumbaugh Wieland ’78, Chico.

Kim Faires ’84 and Les Faires ’84, Redding, with Peggy Peterson ’85 and Perry Peterson ’85, Anderson.

College roommates, Norma Brumbaugh Wieland ’78 and Debby Whatley Burns ’78.

Brenda Keef Hockett ’92 of Redding and daughters Jeniece and Taryn.

Darrel White and Corban Junior Kayli Moser sampling olives at Granzellas. They both spoke at each event.

Woodland alumni gathered for dinner on May 15. Front row: Susan Pool Kowes ’72, Woodland; Linda Shouse Jaime ’82, Woodland; Marjorie Davis Beals ’61, Woodland; Elda Coker Robinson ’72, Vallejo. Back row: Jeff Kowes, Woodland; Zaq Jaime, Woodland; Mel Beals ’60, Woodland; Andy Rob- Marjorie Beals ’61 and Mel inson ’72, Vallejo; Deleen Wills, Beals ’61 with Linda Shouse Director of Alumni Services. Jaime ’82, all of Woodland.


Sacramento area alumni came from near and far on May 16.

Debbie Emitte Hardinger ’81, Fair Oaks; Ken Campbell ’83, Stockton; Craig Hardinger ’82, Fair Oaks.

Front row: Janelle Rowland ’00, Citrus Heights; Sharon Futrelle Philipp ’82, Sacramento; Connie Colburn Pattison ’60, Pollock Pines, Bob Pattison ’63, Pollock Pines. Second row: Lois Pinkston Parrish ’55, Elk Grove; Norma Campbell Miller ’75, Stockton; Kathie Colburn Boyd ’64, Rancho Cordova; Anita Lewis Williams ’67, Citrus Heights. Third row: Linda Shouse Jaime ’82, Woodland; Nancy Libbee Fiol ’66, Sacramento; Kim Novicky Nickel ’86, Sacramento; Jim Warthan ’61, Roseville; Debbie Emitte Hardinger ’81, Fair Oaks, Dennis Williams ’67, Citrus Heights, Don Veliquette ’63, Rocklin; Chris Preston ’08, North Highlands. Fourth row: Brad Nickel ’85, Sacramento; Craig Miller, Stockton; Jim Boyd ’63, Rancho Cordova; Craig Hardinger ’82 Fair Oaks; Ken Campbell ’83 Stockton. Missing: Eric Christen ’91, Grass Valley and Jim Steel ’96, Lincoln.

Upcoming Events Sept. 3

President Nord Welcome Reception, Tacoma Campus

Sept. 14

Men’s Soccer vs. Students

Sept. 15

Music Department worship service, Foundry Church, Bend, Ore.

Oct. 4

Homecoming & Reunions

Oct. 5


Oct. 10

Autumn in New England tour

Oct. 16

Boston Area Alumni Dinner

Oct. 17

New York City tour

Oct. 18

New York City Alumni Dinner

Nov. 16

Alumni vs. Warriors basketball games

Dec. 6

Christmas Soiree

Broadway Across America Next Spring Mar. 8, 2 p.m.

Blue Man Group, Portland

Mar. 15, 2 p.m.

Lion King, Seattle

April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Sister Act, Portland

Jim Steel ’96, Lincoln; Chris Preston ’08, North Highlands.

Corban’s Adventurous Professionals is a new group for alumni (attended or graduated) who find themselves with or without professional employment under the age of 35. The purpose of this group is to connect with other like-minded individuals to develop social relationships in whatever capacity you desire – for friends or for networking. However, CAP is not just some social group; it’s also mobile. This means we’re hiking, having dinner, watching movies, going to art museums, sporting events and doing whatever else CAP members want to do. If you meet the above criteria and want to have fun, CAP is for you. Join our mailing list to learn of planned events or join us on Facebook to hear about spontaneous adventures we’ll throw out there—a walk around Minto on a Thursday afternoon? Why not? It’s CAP and it’s how Corban’s Adventurous Professionals spell FUN. Interested but don’t live in Salem? Don’t worry, we know there are a lot of alumni in the Willamette Valley and we plan to have adventures all over. Don’t let the geographical location keep you from wanting to get involved—a trip to Evergreen, to the Portland Art Museum, to the beach? We’ll have it covered! What are you waiting for? Sign up for the email or like us on Facebook at Corban/CAP and start spelling fun with CAP! Email if you’d like to be on our email list.


welcome new alumni Robert Wayne Abell Olga Petrovna Alekseyenko Monica Kayleen Alfson Jennifer Ann Amoguis Jonathan Philip Anderson Danyel Marie Andrus Vincent Paul Armfield Crystal Lynne Armstrong Lucas Demian Arnott Janine Marie Arp Alana Brigette Avila Jarren Timothy Baker Rodney Allen Baney Aleah Danielle Barrera Hiilei Kelly Battistini Jessica Leoho’onani Baughman Bethany Virginia Beard John William Bennett Tess Catherine Bennett Gustavo Alfonso Bermudez Melissa Renee Berry Dana Joyce Birch Gina Christine Bjorge Voni Blesia John Alexander Bost Jacob William Bowdoin Melissa Dawn Bradley Nicholle Christine Brainard Daniel Edward Brammer Sarah Margaret Brending Curtis Andrew Brown David James Brown Caryn Glorianna Brownell Brenda Lee Brua Alexandria Ray Brudevold Michelle Marie Bruhn Joshua Todd Brumfield Rebecca Lynn Buck Jason Lee Buck Anastasia Tesia Buhler Rebekah Suzanne Buhler Dane Micheal Busé Marcus Edward Butler Stephen Roy Button Dawn Marie Caird Nolan Edward Cason Kelsey Renee Childers Gabe Thomas Coates Samuel Marshall Coleman Nora Jean Collins Ryan Lee Comer Holly Danae Cowan Rosanna Marie Danielian Marielanne Cruz Daniels Hannah Eileen Dawley Christina L. Day Liane Renae DeHart Caitlin Mary Dickey


Jonathan Glenn Dinsmore Elisabeth Marie Doornink Alethea Lynn Doremus Sarah Rose Dougherty Robert Wayne Douglass Steven Michael Dowling Elizabeth Iva Draper David Walter Drohman Christine R. Durfee Kimberly Mae Ecker Jeremy Michael Edward Abigail Lena Edwards Rachael Ann Estabrook Joshua John Exton Aleda Diane Fairley Donna Kay Farmer Eleanor Pearl Fazzari Tyler Bruce Ferguson Rachel K. Field Erica Virginia Fitzgerald Rebecca Lynn Forrest Jeremiah D. Forrister Sara Beth Fox Thomas R. Fox Julia K. Fraser Sherri Lynn Frediani Esther Rose Gallaway Katrina Danielle Garrard Grant Sherman Garrison Kiah Maylynn Geleynse Robert Clarence Gentle Cindy Adelle Gilbertson Melissa L. Glad Jordan Lewis Graneto Spencer Michael Granger Natalie Christine Grove Victoria Grace Grubb Tyler Hagen Autumn Desirae Halfman Ty Edward Hanlon Riley Dustin Haragan Jenna Rose Harbeck Jeanne Marie Hess Deandria Sue Hess-Smith Megan Noel Hofstede Andrew Keith Holbert Benjamin Lane Hopper Katharine Teresa Hormann Mary Elizabeth Baker Horton Amanda Marie Howard Jeanine Rochelle Howell Michael Charles Hubbard David Scot Hull Gabriel Walker Hull Emily Joy Humphrey Heidi Rebekah Hunsucker Robbin James Hunt Charles R. Husted

James A. Isaacson Mary Ann Jager Katherine Caylene Jamerson Anna Bertha Jaramillo Nguyen Jennifer Lynne Jensen Andrea Joelle Johnson Brett Victor Johnson Christina Elizabeth Johnson Jacob Matthew Johnson Samantha Rose Johnson Angelina Marie Jones Melissa Anne Jones Amelia Rose Kaspari Hannah Ranelle Kersey Amanda K. Kilgore Benjamin Brian King Jonathan David King Jonathan Jacob King Amber Marie Kliewer Allison Joy Knotts Eliya Michelle Kohl Jenna Kristine Kost Jacob Patrick Kopra Krystal Ann Kuehn Kyle James Kunkel Kristi Ann Kutch Marc Richard Labarthe Tyler Jacob Lake Michael Randall Leavitt Stephanie Mary Lee Karisa Brooke Legg Aaron Wesley Lehmann Sarah Anne Lehmann Alicia Renee Lemke Jason Todd Leon Kimberly Chi Liu Emilee Jean Lloyd Hannah Rae Lobban Luke Gregory Loberg Jennifer Marie Long Bryan Michael Longoria Sarah Ann Longwell Noe Lopez Ruben Villafan Lopez Ariana Lujano Amanda Jo Maddox Jeremy Robert Madison LeeArthur James Madison Karri Kaye Manning Karen Marie Geoffrey Dennis Martin Matthew David Martin Stefanie Marie Mathers Alicia Jean Matson Samantha Anne McFall Christopher Alan McGehee Cynthia Lynn McGinnis Douglas Allen McGrew

Peter John McKie Kristen Marie McMillan Ronda Michielle Melendez Roxanne Ellen Miles Cherie Eliza Mitcham Sunni Megan Modaffari Dustin James Moore Christy Marie Mosier Te’leah Lynn Moss John A. Mosser Margo Ann Murray Nicole Myrie Judith Ann Nagel Kyle Robert Nash Paige Michelle Nash Sage Sheridan Neilson Abigail Patricia Nelson Stephanie Elizabeth Nippert Isabella Eustolia Noble Julie Ann Nole Hannah Esther Nord Matthew Christian Ogard Angela Marie Ontiveros Hannah Christian Oosterhout Brent Allen Paul Gabrielle Larnise Payne Monika Joy Payne Samuel Walter Pearson Rebekah Anne Penrose David Paul Pentti Kolby Mark Peters Sabrina Diane Peters Bryce Clark Petersen Benjamin David Peterson Brian Michael Pfaff Jeovonna Rose Picard Joseph W. Piedmont McKenzie Alyse Purnell Joshua Eric Randolph Amanda Michelle Rausch Sequoia Bobb Raya Sydney Adair Reich Melanie Kay Rice Anna Katharine Richter Claire Elizabeth Richter Brandon Kyle Riggle Caleb Michael Ringhand Anthony Levi Roberts David Lovejoy Robinson Hillary Mae Roeder Heath Ryan Rossi Michael Naphtali Roth Nicolas James Saemenes Bridget Marie Saether Sonny Louis Saltalamachia Sarah Marie Salum Chaney Nichole Sannan Katie Sue Schelhaas

Bethany Lianne Schilling Elizabeth A. Schreiber Jordyna Paige Smith Nathaniel David Smith Kaitlin Deanne Shepherd Lindsey Marie Shimel Kimberly Lynn Shobe Heather Elizabeth Simpson Gwendolynn Lee Slippy Brandon John Smith Dominic Jeffrey Smith Ryan Christopher Smith Susan Gwen Smith Eric Alan Sorenson Jennifer Elizabeth Sowers Dana Marie Spade Cynthia Kay Sprenger Kim Dianne Sprenger Mark Gordon Stainthorp Stacey Lynn Stanhope Bethany Ann Stevens Daniel James Stewart Julie Ann Stroup Darlene Opal Strupith Heidi Ann Sunderman Casey Thomas Sweet Rebecca Elaine Taylor Chandra Joy Teague Andrew Stuart Tennant Kaylee Ann Ruth Terry Cara Noel Teterud Cindy Renee Thomas DeAnna Day Thomas Alexander Ronald Tipton Kathryn Jean Tracy Joshua Martin Trammell John Jeffrey Trimble Emily Marie Tsugawa Naselle Anna Turk Erin Elizabeth Turner Anna Kathryn Unruh Amy Elisabeth Valentine Hiram Paul Vickery Frank Villastrigo, Jr. William Disraeli Wanane Alex J. White Rosemary Ann Whitney Taylor Martin Wilkins Brent Lee Wilson Michelle Louise Wohr Thashey Zhong Jho Yang Casey Ray Zachary Reid Alexander Zucati

class notes Mark Reed (’74) was named the State of Oregon’s Financial Advisor of the Year by the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. This was the second time Mark has received the award. He was also named to the Top of the Million Dollar Round Table for the fourth time and a Life Member. This represents the top one percent of all advisors in the United States and 75 countries with 35,000+ members. Mark was also recognized in Canada last year for his work. Mark and his wife, Bunnie Propp Reed (’74), reside in Salem. Tim Seiber (’83) has accepted an assistant coaching position for Corban’s women’s basketball. For the past eight years, he has been the assistant director of athletics at Corban. Tony Frazier (’92) is the executive director of Job Growers Inc. Job Growers manages the Federal Workforce Investment Act funding in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties and partners with service providers to put the funds to work for businesses, youths and adults. Tony

worked for two years as the executive director for Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley. He and wife, Colleen Schneider Frazier (’94), reside in Salem. Sam Lynn (CUSM ThM ’95) and wife Marie are serving in India with Baptist Mid-Missions at the Bethany Baptist Church and Baptist Seminary of South India. Amy Dale (’00) of Salem is on the board of directors for the Oregon Society of CPAs. She works in the audits division for the Oregon Secretary of State. D. J. Vick (’00) will discuss global missions and outreach with prospective long and short-term missionaries during Mission Fest Seattle, October 20. His message will be a call to action during the final session of the conference and will emphasize practical ways any follower of Jesus Christ can reach out to others in the power of the Holy Spirit both near and far. Vick is the lead pastor at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, Wash. He

earned his degree in Pastoral Ministry and has led mission teams to Honduras, Jamaica and the Philippines. Justin Peters (’01) obtained his Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in May. He graduated magna cum laude. He is serving as the bivocational associate pastor at First Baptist Church in San Jacinto while waiting to be called into full-time ministry. He and wife Kara Gott Peters (’01) live in San Jacinto, Calif. Erin Plotts Smith (’06) and husband Greg moved from Kentucky to Salem. Greg had been stationed at Fort Knox for three years. Now he is in the Reserves and working for American Red Cross. Erin works for the Stayton Veterinary Hospital and is an assistant coach for Corban’s women’s basketball.

Day In The Life Sarah Winslow (’10) As the production assistant for Miranda Lambert, every day looks a little different. Primarily, I take care of logistics and assist our production manager and tour manager with any needs that arise. So far, we have done shows in large and small arenas, casinos, and TV shows in LA and NY including The View, Leno and Letterman. We have done private shows, awards shows and benefit shows as well. My job includes everything from setting up dressing rooms and coordinating our runners each day to assisting in the advance of shows and acting as a liaison between the venues and our crew. We are on tour with Dierks Bentley so I work closely with his crew as well. Since Miranda is married to Blake Shelton, he recruited a few of us from her crew to help out with the benefit show he put on in OKC for the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado disaster. The Lambert crew is like one big family. We travel together on buses from point to point and spend many hours together. I could not ask for a better boss or crew than I have with Camp Lambert. 31

Lyndsey Hawk Brown (’07) and Andrew Brown (’08) reside in Richmond Hill, Ga. Andrew is serving in the Army as a signal officer and is deployed to Afghanistan for a ninemonth tour. He is set to return in August. Lyndsey is employed at Georgia Southern University where she teaches first-year writing and world literature. She also coaches Academy soccer.

Brett Johnson (ADP ’08, MBA ’11) of Central Point, Ore., is a lieutenant with the Medford Police Department.

Tricia Breiter Laurance (’08) graduated in May with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, James, reside in Metairie, La. Tricia plans on working toward licensure. Her ultimate goal is to assist adolescents and their families in achieving emotional and mental healing and gain needed life skills. In the future, she primarily wants to work with homeless and runaway youth.

Callie Doremus (’11) works as an account coordinator for Masterworks in Poulsbo, Wash. Previously, she worked at Corban as an undergraduate admissions counselor.

Mitch Emmert (’10) has been at Pepperdine Law School the past three years on a full-ride scholarship. He has been accepted into New York University’s Tax LLM program. He plans to move to New York in August.

Evan Hedlund (’11) has been accepted for a graduate assistant position at Oregon State University in the mathematics program. He and his wife, Adrienne Goodrich Hedlund (’11), live in Salem. Trevor Winsor (’11) works at Corban as an admissions counselor for the Graduate/ADP Admissions office. Previously, he worked at Redeeming Grace Church in the Portland area as a youth and worship pastor.

Lexie Black Zuver (’08) graduated in May with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Pacific Northwest University. She and her husband, Chris Zuver (’09), are moving to Pueblo, Colo., where Lexie will complete her residency at Southern Colorado Family Medicine.


Scott Boekenoogen (’12) has been accepted into Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He and wife Kelsey Hanson Boekenoogen (’11) reside in Pullman, Wash. Amanda Brenneman (ADP ’12) is a business development officer for Maps Credit Union in Salem. She was chosen to attend the Governmental Affairs Conference for Credit Unions in Washington D.C. with the Crash program. The Crash program is for any credit union young professional under the age of 30 who wants to learn what it means to be a legislative advocate for credit unions. Amanda was hand-picked along with

only 18 other people out of the United States and the United Kingdom to join the program. In addition to federal advocacy, Amanda took part in a team design thinking project with hopes of creating a new credit union product to benefit the lives of credit union members everywhere. Christa Kahili (’12) has been accepted into the Biostatistics program at Oregon Health & Science University. Jordan Keck (’12) and Miranda Aaron Keck (’12) reside in Salem. Jordan is a home loan officer at Willamette Valley Bank. Miranda is an admissions representative at A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village. Previously, Jordan was a home loan officer at Oregon Coast Bank in Lincoln City. Karen Kilgore (’12) was featured in the “Statesman Journal” newspaper as “Today’s Young Professional.” Karen is the director of Willson House Child Development Center, the first inter-generational child development center in Oregon. Bridget Saether (’13) works at Corban as an admissions counselor in the undergraduate enrollment management office.

Last Chance for the East Coast Trips We have a few spaces left for our Alumni & Friends Autumn in New England and/or New York City. Call Deleen in the Alumni Office at 503.589.8182 for details.

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1 Joy Fong (’02) married Michael McCone Oct. 20, 2012, at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Maria, Calif. Noel Canifax (’01) sang in their wedding. Joy works as a registered nurse in the recovery room at Marian Regional Medical Center. She had started a singles ministry at her church, and was leading a Bible study group for single career-age adults until she got married. Michael and Joy enjoy surfing, hiking and kayaking. They look forward to traveling together as well. The couple resides in Santa Maria. 2 Shelby Dickman (’06) married Scott Ekstrom Dec. 28, 2012, at the Abernethy Chapel in Oregon City, Ore. The couple resides in Gresham, Ore. Shelby teaches fourth grade at Lynch Wood Elementary School, and Scott works at his family’s nursery where he oversees the container division. They attend Good Shepherd Community Church and Communidad de Gracia where Scott is the youth leader. Shelby also teaches Sunday school for 2-year-olds at Good Shepherd. The couple enjoys ballroom dancing and strolling through the Hoyt Arboretum. 3 Andrea Hansen (’06, MSE ’11) married Matt Greenwood Feb. 2, 2013, at Grandview Baptist Church in Oregon

City, Ore. Kathleen Studenny Finch (’07, MSE ’11) was in the bridal party. Matt and Andrea are both on staff at Stone Creek Christian Church in Oregon City. Matt is the youth pastor and Andrea directs the children’s ministries. They reside in Canby, Ore.

couple resides in Klamath Falls, Ore., where Jason teaches physical education in five different elementary schools, actively runs in local and distant events and planned a coast run for this summer. Charlotte is working toward a degree in library science. They attend the Christian Center in Klamath Falls.

4 Connie Pollard (’08) married Joel Lonbeck Aug. 11, 2013, at Sunshine Hereford Ranch in Salem. Connie works for the Oregon Department of Human Services. Joel is a software engineer and runs his own business, Neutrino Graphics. They are both actively involved at Faith Baptist Church in Salem.

7 Teanna Alsum (’12) married Marcus Franklin (’12) Nov. 10, 2012, in Everson, Wash. Their wedding party included Ashley Cowan (’12), Rachel Newby (’12), Brad Powell (’12) and Christy Mosier (’13). The couple resides in Newport, Ore. Marcus is the youth pastor at First Baptist church, and Teanna substitute teaches for the Lincoln County School District.

5 Paul Martin (’09) married Rachel Reid Sept. 1, 2012, at Versailles Gardens in Portland, Ore. Paul’s brother, Clay Martin (’11) was the best man. Paul works for Nike Running as the North America digital manager. Rachel is a registered dietitian and counsels women with eating disorders. The couple resides in Portland and attends Door of Hope church. 6 Jason Hardrath (’11) married Charlotte Bowers Dec. 27, 2012, in Baker City, Ore. The

8 Michael McKay (’12) married Emma Winckler (’12) Nov. 17, 2012, in Richland, Wash. Their wedding party included Tyler Doornink (’12), Cameron Elliott (’12), David Holcomb (’12), Alison Lippincott (’12) and Chynna Sandhop (’13). The couple resides in Moses Lake, Wash. Michael works for McKay Seed Company, and Emma is enjoying being a housewife. They attend Send us your updates Emmanuel Baptist Church.


ALL in the family 1 Andrew Nordstrom (’97) and Christy Davis Nordstrom (’97) welcomed Jethro Asher Daniel on May 7, 2013. He joins Josiah—age 12, Mia—age 10, Sierra—age 7, Eliza—age 4 and Jack— age 1. Andrew owns Salem Emblem Shop and Christy homeschools the kids. The family resides in Scio, Ore., where they are enjoying the farm life.





2 Serena Brumund Taylor (’99) and her husband, Mike, of Salem, announced the birth of Claire Elise. She was born April 29, 2012, and weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. Claire joins big sister Ava Lynn—age 3.


3 Lindsay Langmade Goostree (’00) and her husband, Greg, of Camas, Wash., welcomed Hudson Flash born Aug. 19, 2012. He joins big brother Kaden and big sister Raegan. His middle name is a nickname given to him by his siblings. 6


4 Jennifer Ohta Joseph (’03) and Jeremy Joseph (’11) of Hubbard, Ore., announced the birth of Noah Philip born Dec. 23, 2012. Jeremy is the vice president of technology for CC Comm/Sprint. Jennifer resigned after nine years of working for Marion County as a juvenile probation officer to stay at home with Noah. 8


5 Dave Bertolini (’04) and Amy Davis Bertolini (’05) of Dallas, Ore., welcomed their second daughter, Maggie Grace, Feb. 8, 2013, and was 8 lbs. 2 oz. She joins big sister Callie—age 3. Dave is transitioning from associate pastor to senior pastor effective Sept. 2013 at Grace Community Church in Dallas. Amy enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and works part-time in real estate. 6 Crystal Whitfield Lloyd (’05) and her husband, Nathan, of Ridgecrest, Calif., announced the birth of Mary Kaylynn, born May 22, 2013. She weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. She joins big sister Anna—age 2.





7 Beth Wittig Wold (’07) and Adam Wold (’09) of Belgrade, Mont., welcomed Benjamin born April 11, 2012. He joins big sister Samantha—age 3. Beth is a Mary Kay consultant. Adam works at State Farm Insurance. 8 Michael Sanders (’07) and Kari Camillo Sanders (’07) welcomed Eli Benjamin Jan. 31, 2013. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. He joins big brother Carter—age 2.


9 Danielle Jordan Fowler (’08) and Ryan Fowler (’09) of Santa Barbara, Calif., welcomed Harrison Keith Sept. 5, 2012. He weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long. Danielle concluded her job at the Reagan Ranch and is now blessed to be a stay-at-home mother. Ryan works for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and the California Army National Guard. They attend Santa Barbara Community Church where they serve in the junior high ministry. 10 MariAnne Nikkel Brim (’10) and her husband, Jon, of Oregon City, Ore., announced the birth of their twin boys Daniel William and Caleb Anders born April 17, 2013. Daniel weighed 4 lbs. 14 oz. and was 17 inches long. Caleb weighed 4 lbs. 15 oz. and was 17.5 inches long. Jon is working for Righteous Clothing in Clackamas as the junior designer. MariAnne was teaching piano and voice at Lake Music in Lake Oswego, but is now a full-time mom. The family attends Athey Creek where MariAnne sings with the women’s ministry. 11 Anna Cunningham Sanner (’10) and her husband, David, of Port Alsworth, Alaska, announced the birth of Lydia Joy born May 22, 2013. She weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 21 inches long. David continues his construction in Port Alsworth while Anna loves being a mom and homemaker. They will move to Wisconsin in October where David will use his nursing degree. 12 Caleb Stapp (’10) and Elisa Baggenstos Stapp (’10) of Deer Park, Wash., welcomed Micah John born Nov. 13, 2012. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 19 inches long. Caleb continues to work full-time as youth and music pastor at First Baptist Church in Deer Park, and has started working toward his Masters of Divinity through online courses with Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Elisa is a stay-at-home mom and works part-time from home for the Inland Empire Baptist Association. 13 Tiffany Goodall West (’10) and husband, Joseph, of Austell, Ga., announced the birth of Trenton Cole Jan. 20, 2013. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 inches long. Tiffany works as an administrative assistant for Ryan, a tax consulting company. Joseph works for Phillips Respironics. They are involved in the preschool ministry at their church.

with the lord Bloyce Winnett (’55) of Fresno, Calif., peacefully went to meet his Savior and Lord on Feb. 22, 2013. Throughout his time in college, Bloyce went to Fresno on his breaks to help his father working with Westerlund Box Company, and after graduation he moved with his family permanently to Fresno, and continued his long career with Cal Pine Containers, a job that he did for more than 40 years. He was a devoted servant to this family, his church and his Lord and Savior. He was a pillar for his church for more than 50 years, working as a deacon and trustee, and leading the Awana Club. Bloyce was also a chairman of the board and longtime board member for the Fresno Rescue Mission. Even after his retirement, there was never anything that he would not do, and his servant hands stayed busy doing God’s work up until the end. Bloyce had many joys in life, woodworking being one of them. He could fix anything. His faithful legacy will live in the hearts of his family for generations. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Steele Winnett (’55), six children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Thomas Bajema (’65) of Lynden, Wash., passed away peacefully with family by his side March 22, 2013. He spent time in the Army serving in Germany and spent many weekends singing with the 7th Army Choir. Upon his release from the Army, he lived in California and worked many years for Rheem Manufacturing. He was also a police officer for the Richmond Police Department for 18 years. Most recently, Tom was a realtor with RE/MAX Whatcom County. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. He was passionate about music and loved to sing. He made himself available to others, especially reaching out to those with a cancer diagnosis. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Linda, two children and five grandchildren. Arthur “Art” Van Weerdhuizen (’81) of Salem passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on May 19, 2013, surrounded by members of his family. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967, working as a military policeman in Cholon, Vietnam. From 1967 to 1977, he was a dairy farmer in Whatcom County, and at the same time a foreman at the Everson Cannery. In the mid-1970s, he and his wife, Bev, became members of The Gideons International. In 1981, he opened his own business. His lifelong hobby of coin collecting became Capital Coin, which he owned and operated for 32 years. His dream of being a missionary was fulfilled through the Gideons as he was led to share God’s Word with customers at his coin shop along with traveling to many countries for personal witnessing opportunities. In 1988, his family

started attending Salem First Baptist Church, where he became actively involved in leadership in areas such as the deacon board, missions, evangelism and Awana. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bev Fletchall Van Weerdhuizen (’81), four children including daughter Lori Van Weerdhuizen Patterson (’91) and 19 grandchildren including Joshua Patterson (’14) and Jonathan Patterson (’16). Marilee Anglin (ADP ’99) of Woodburn, Ore., went to be with her Lord on March 11, 2013, after a valiant 11-year battle with breast cancer. Marilee ministered as a teacher at Willamette Valley Christian School, as director and teacher of Little Lambs Preschool for many years and as a volunteer for Woodburn School District on the original strategic planning team. She mentored many young families in Woodburn and surrounding communities, and reached out to many as a “Love and Logic” instructor. Marilee was a vibrant Christian her entire life and worshipped regularly with her community. She served with her husband for more than 30 years in pastoral ministry. They worked faithfully together in the Free Methodist and Friends (Quaker) churches. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Eric, five children and five grandchildren.

Class Notes Key ADP – Adult Degree Program CUSM – Corban University School of Ministry (includes former Northwest Baptist Seminary)

MABS – Master of Arts in Biblical Studies This issue of Class Notes consists of items submitted between March 1 and June 15. Deadline for Class Notes for Winter 2013 is October 1. Check the alumni facebook page for more photos and upcoming events: Corban/ Western Baptist Alumni.

MBA – Master of Business Administration MSE – Master of Science in Education MDiv – Master of Divinity

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Corban Magazine - Fall 2013  

A magazine dedicated to alumni and friends of Corban University in Salem, Oregon

Corban Magazine - Fall 2013  

A magazine dedicated to alumni and friends of Corban University in Salem, Oregon