One of the Best Online Degree Programs in Oregon

Warner Pacific named a Best Online Program in Oregon - badgeOregon has been a leader in online education and Warner Pacific has been offering an online degree option for over two years. As distance learning enrollments continue to rise, quality programs, such as the College’s Adult Degree Program, give students a flexible and affordable option for earning their degree.

“Learning online is a great option for people who do not have a predictable schedule, who travel a lot, or who simply love to learn!” says Lori K. Jass, Assistant Vice President for the Adult Degree Program. The College’s online learners hail from Oregon and Washington as well as California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Hawaii, New Jersey, Kansas, and Ohio.

Warner Pacific’s online degree program was recently recognized as one of the best in Oregon by Their specialized methodology helps students find the right online program in Oregon. partners with to provide interested students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals.

For those interested in a high quality, Christ-centered online option, Warner Pacific offers online degrees in business and healthcare administration and master’s degree in human services or management and organizational leadership as well as an associate degree in organizational dynamics. The new Master of Arts in Human Services is a two-year program in which students can concentrate on general human services or family studies.

Spring 2016 Knights Athletic Roundup


Twelve Warner Pacific athletes are among a total of 276 Cascade Collegiate Conference student-athletes in the spring sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball have earned U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for their performances in the classroom.


Warner Pacific Track and FieldThe Warner Pacific Track & Field team completed their season at the CCC Championships held on May 13-14.

The Knight men scored 17 points as a team finishing in a tie for 8th place. while the WP women put up 19 points and placed 9th.

The triple jump duo of Ben Nelson and Kenny Helmes were a highlight of the weekend for the Knights as Nelson (13.72 meters) and Helmes (12.93 meters) placed 3rd and 6th respectively. Nelson also scored points in the long jump, placing 7th (6.69 meters). Andre Jackson cleared 1.75 meters in the high jump, which placed him 7th overall. The WP men also put points on the board in the 4×100 relay (7th) and 4×400 relay (8th).

On the ladies’ side, Jordan Hunter scored points in three events, placing 6th in the shotput (11.24 meters), 6th in the discus (34.98 meters), and 6th in the hammer throw (37.54 meters). Alina Munoz posted a career best effort of 1:07.68 in the 400m hurdles, allowing her to eke out a point with an 8th place finish. Becca Osborne had a season best run in the 10,000 meter event, placing 5th in a time of 41:14.87. The 4×100 relay (6th), and 4×400 relay (8th) also tallied points for the women’s team.

For the season, one school record fell as Jordan Hunter set a new mark in the discus and qualified for the NAIA National Championship meet. The team overall had 21 new marks that moved individuals into the “elite eight” list of performances in WPC history.


Warner Pacific golf team memberThe Knights Golf teams wrapped up their season at the Cascade Collegiate Conference (“CCC”) Championships held on April 18-19.

The Knight men had high hopes going into the event, but never quite found their best game as a group. The team posted a total score of 991 (330-336-325), placing 5th out of 6 teams competing. Jacob Berg had an excellent season for WPC, finishing 6th in the CCC for scoring average at 76.7, and he is now No. 4 on the Warner Pacific career scoring average list at 78.35.

The lady Knights entered a team of four players in an attempt to put forth a scoring group, but could muster only three golfers on the second day and thus did post a team score. Marissa Casanova was a steady performer all year and finished with the 7th best scoring average for a season at Warner Pacific (90.9).

Keep up with all the teams at


Alum Victor Gilliam receives Honorary Doctor of Laws degree

Rep Vic Gilliam receives honorary doctorate from Warner Pacific 2016

During Warner Pacific College’s spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016, the College bestowed on Victor “Vic” S. Gilliam ’75, the Honorary Doctor of Laws. As an alumnus of Warner Pacific, Vic Gilliam embodies the mission of the College through his strong gift of leadership and his deep commitment to civic engagement and service.

Soon after graduating from Warner Pacific, Representative Gilliam began working as a legislative aide for United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield, a position he held until 1981.

Proudly serving Oregon’s 18th District (Silverton, Ore.) since January 2007, Representative Gilliam has worked to improve the lives of older Oregonians. He introduced legislation each session in efforts to identify gaps in services provided to elders and to reduce abuse and neglect. Human services and higher education have also been a priority during his time with the Oregon Legislature. His commitment to these efforts is mirrored in his direct service to the community in the Silverton area as an associate member of the Oregon Farm Bureau, board member for Corban University (Salem), and member of the strategic planning advisory committee to Salem School Superintendents, to highlight just a small portion of his community volunteerism.

In November 2015, Representative Gilliam, who earned his Bachelor of Arts from Warner Pacific in 1975, announced he was experiencing the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the midst of this difficult time, he continued to point to God’s goodness in an honest and heartfelt letter to his constituents.  Representative Gilliam writes, “I also wanted to share that faith has been crucial for facing this new chapter of life. Becky and I are finding comfort in these words of Jesus: ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.'”

“Warner Pacific College is deeply honored to recognize such a distinguished alumni as Representative Gilliam with the honorary Doctorate of Laws degree,” said Dr. Andrea Cook President of Warner Pacific College. ‘Vic truly reflects Warner Pacific’s mission and values through his strong gift of leadership and his deep commitment to civic engagement and service with Godly guidance. Beyond his dedication to the people living in the 18th District of Oregon (Silverton, Ore.), he has shown bold leadership in protecting Oregon’s most vulnerable senior citizens. His record demonstrates his commitment to bestowing blessings on others to raise up a better community for all.”

Warner Pacific bestowed its first honorary doctorate degree on Senator Hatfield, who received a Doctor of Humanities in 1965.

Warner Pacific’s Education Programs recently ranked a “Best Educational Program”

Warner Pacific - a best education program in Oregon web badgeAspire to become a teacher?

Warner Pacific’s Department of Education and the College’s education degrees were recently ranked as one of the top five programs in the State of Oregon by This is great news for high school students considering a fulfilling career as a teacher.

Teachers are in high demand in Oregon and Washington. Warner Pacific’s education program “prepares future teachers with diverse course work, field-based practicum, and student teaching experiences, combining the rigors of academics with a personalized and Christ-centered learning environment,” explains Dr. Robert Nava, Warner Pacific’s Department of Education Chairman. “All our 2015 education graduates are working in the classroom, providing quality instruction and inspired learning.”

Warner Pacific’s degree programs include early childhood education through high school level instruction. Through our unique 4.5 MAT, students can specialize in a subject that interests them such as science, business, English, or music; then towards the end of their bachelor’s program, add education courses so they finish with a bachelor’s and a Master of Arts in Teaching. This program saves time and money.

The faculty at Warner Pacific offer students mentoring and guidance as they work towards achieving their teaching licensure.

“Every school listed in our State of Oregon review tool has committed themselves to the pursuit of excellence in the field of Education,” stated Tim Charlet, the Editor of “Our review algorithm discovered that among the all schools we reviewed, there are five distinct schools that have surpassed others. We hope students and their families can utilize this data so they can make an informed decision as to which school is best suited for their individual needs and career aspirations.”

About the Rankings: The rankings were factored by using a complex algorithmic tool along with supporting data provided from schools and other government agencies. The team at reviewed, tested, and documented the top education programs available in the State of Oregon for 2016. Testing criteria factors multiple elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit specifically for their path. They analyzed total expense, student to faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment, and other critical categories. Warner Pacific’s Department of Education posted high scores in several of the categories to gather a top ranking in the state.

Commencement Awards (May 2016)

At the May 14, 2016, commencement, Warner Pacific honored the following people with awards of academic and personal excellence. Watch commencement addresses and awards presentations on the College’s YouTube Channel.

A.F. Gray Award: Alejandra Garcia

Warner Pacific 2016 AF Gray awardAlbert F. Gray, the first president of Warner Pacific College, demonstrated the living example of a godly life, a disciplined mind, and a warm and loving heart. In 1940, he declared that the College seeks to impart to its students, knowledge of the great facts of religion and build into their personality those noble characteristics of love, faith, loyalty, devotion—in short, the graces of the spirit—that they may be well qualified to serve Christ and His church.” In order to uphold and honor these timeless principles, the College presents the A.F. Gray Award each year to a student who clearly exemplifies those high ideals.

Alejandra Garcia serves as a role model to the Warner Pacific community in both her words and actions. She has shown great discipline in her studies, always coming to class on-time, prepared, free from distractions, and ready to fully engage the learning process. This enables her to excel in her academic pursuits and empowers her to embrace challenging growth opportunities, including spending her summers as an intern in Legacy Health Operating Rooms since 2012. However, it would be short-sighted to label Alejandra as only a bright and gifted student, as she is so much more.

Embodying our Christ-centered mission, Alejandra displays a truly kind and genuine heart. Whether she is tutoring other students, providing guidance in her role as a peer mentor in the First-Year Learning Communities, or sharing her skills as a Spanish Interpreter both on campus and at local high schools through the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program, Alejandra is selfless.

Alejandra is the kind of person that you want in your classroom, in your workplace, in your community, and in your family. She is a bright light that emanates from Mt. Tabor and we know that she will continue to shine in all she does.

Warner Pacific Perry Award 2016Wilma I. Perry Award: Nathan Herbst

Dr. Wilma I. Perry embodied many wonderful qualities that Warner Pacific College considers of high value for its graduates of the Adult Degree Program. In her lifetime, Dr. Perry served as pastor of the Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene, OR, following years of service as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. Furthermore, she earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Oregon as an adult student and joined the faculty at Warner Pacific College, where she also directed the College’s Center for Human Services. She was known for her speaking and teaching abilities, and as a gifted, published scholar. Dr. Perry’s life was one of service, academic excellence, integrity, and transformation.





Warner Pacific Christensen award 2016Marshall K. Christensen Award: Boston Domino Jackson

The Marshall K. Christensen Award for Excellence in Scholarship, named in honor of the College’s fifth president. This award is presented a graduating senior who best embodies the values characterizing academic life at Warner Pacific College. Faculty members nominate students whom they recognize as having not only benefited from our academic program of study and co-curricular activities but also ones who have made significant contributions to their classmates and colleagues.






2016 Chapman awardMilo L. Chapman Award: Ricardo Ruiz Madrigal

Warner Pacific College’s is a place “Where Faith and Scholarship Lead to Service.” As a Liberal Arts institution we are committed to the development of the whole person. Throughout their four (or more) years at Warner Pacific, students are given an opportunity to become learners and servants both inside and outside of the academic classroom, on our campus, and in the community. Many students go beyond the basic requirements of learning and enhance their holistic education by participating in a variety of experiences that allow them to integrate all they are learning about themselves, their world, and their faith. Following the model that Christ set before us of tangibly loving the community in which they live, students are able to put feet to their faith and realize the joy of serving.

The Milo L. Chapman Excellence in Service Award is named for a man who served Warner Pacific College as a model of servant hood to this community. His association with the College spanned 46 years. During these years, he filled the position of President three times, served as Dean, and in addition taught classes on a consistent basis.  Milo was a man of wisdom who listened. He was a counselor, encourager and mentor.  He was a man of great faith in God. His life was a life of service.


Traditional Undergraduate Outstanding Students Recognition:

These honors and awards were presented to students at the May 5, 2016, Honors & Awards Chapel.

Adult Degree Program Outstanding Students Recognition:

  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership and Service: Keely A. Warren
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership and Service: Irma Wassermann
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Diversity Leadership and Service: Femi Jaha Johnson
  • ADP Outstanding Student for Excellence in Urban Leadership and Service: Andre J. Lockett

Honorary Doctorate of Laws presented to: Representative Victor Gilliam ’75

Just released: 2016 Rocinante – a journal of art and literature

Warner Pacific Rocinante poemEnjoy the talents of Warner Pacific’s students, staff, and faculty in this year’s Rocinante.

The pieces in this journal represent the struggles that we all face. F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: ‘That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.’ We are all living unique lives, and our problems are different but we can relate to struggle, isolation, and oppression. This is what literature has always meant for me. Whether a piece was written last year, or a hundred years ago, there are themes to which I have been able to relate.

Art and literature force us to stop and think. A well-written text or a great piece of art winds itself into our minds and our hearts. Even a single line or idea can put down roots into a being and stick with us for Warner Pacific photo in Rocinante by K Coveyyears. I hope that every reader finds something in this journal that sticks with them. Know that you are not alone, know that you are not the only one who is struggling, and know that Warner Pacific is a place where your unique thoughts and ideas matter.”  —Hannah Mierow, Editor-in-Chief

Read it online or find a copy on campus and in the library.

Spring Commencement: May 14, 2016

Join us to celebrate our students’ academic achievements at the Spring Commencement Ceremony:

When:  Saturday, May 14, 2016, starting at 10 am

Where: Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062

12 Knights named Scholar Athletes

Twelve Warner Pacific athletes are among a total of 276 Cascade Collegiate Conference student-athletes in the spring sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, baseball, and softball have earned U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for their performances in the classroom.

To earn recognition as a CCC scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing.

Name – Year Sport Major
Ayde Alvarado – Sophomore Track/Field Sports & Recreation Management
Dillon Battles – Sophomore Men’s Golf Business
Jacob Berg – Junior Men’s Golf Biology
Lily Chavez – Sophomore Track/Field Physical Science
Adrian Koza – Senior Men’s Golf Business
Glenn Linder – Sophomore Men’s Golf Human Development
Chirs Morgan – Sophomore Track/Field Education
Alina Munoz – Sophomore Track/Field Business
Benjamin Nelson – Junior Track/Field Sports & Recreation Management
Brittany Teraoka – Sophomore Women’s Golf Human Development
Jessie Vonbargen – Sophomore Track/Field General Studies
Blair Walsh – Junior Men’s Golf Business

Honors and Awards Chapel 2016

Honors Chapel (Thursday, May 5), an annual end-of-the-school-year tradition at Warner Pacific when students, staff, and faculty are recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout the past academic year.

This year, we are pleased to share with you those who were acknowledged for being exceptional.

Kendall Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Dr. Luke Goble
Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Terry Baker
Outstanding Business Student: Lyssa Greene (Health Care Administration)
Outstanding Business Student: Adrian Koza (Business Administration)
Outstanding Achievement in Science & Mathematics: Natasha McDougal
Senior Recognition Award in Science & Mathematics: Alejandra Garcia
Senior Recognition Award for Heath & Human Kinetics: Renata Prihoda
Senior Recognition Award for Sports & Recreation Management: Elle’ Nelson
Outstanding Education Student: Adrian Mashia
Outstanding Education Student: Rachael Hillis
Outstanding Drama Student: Taylor Clark
Outstanding Humanities Student: Deborah Landers
Outstanding English Major: Hannah Mierow
Outstanding Communications Major: Allison Beisley
Outstanding HUM 410 Paper: Deborah Landers
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Davy Berra
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Boston Jackson
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Elizabeth Dominguez
Outstanding Graduating Senior in Music: Benjamin Hartle
Religion & Christian Ministries Award for Integrative Theo-Ethical Practice: Mollie Meyer
Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service: Nic Olin
Outstanding Student in Human Development & Family Studies: Rochelle DeGroot
Outstanding Student in the Social Science Major: Megan Bones
Presented by the students: Staff Member of the Year: Frank Johnson
Presented by the students: Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Bill Dobrenen

Honors Chapel Education awards
Department of Education
Humanaties awards at WPC Honor Chapel
Department of Humanities
Music awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Music
Religion awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Religion & Christian Ministries
Science awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Natural Sciences & Health
Social Science awards from Honors Chapel
Department of Social Sciences
Student choice award for staff and faculty
ASWPC Staff & Faculty Award
Outstanding faculty award
Kendall Awards

Named a “Best Christian College”

Warner Pacific named a Best Christian CollegeAs a Christ-centered college, we know that the education does not end when class is over. Our students are engaged in service and community where their faithful compassion and liberal arts teachings from a Christian College encourage them to think critically as they actively participate in life’s opportunities.

Warner Pacific was recently named one of the 100 Best Christian Colleges and Universities by College Choice. The list “is designed to help any student from any denomination find the college that will provide the right fit. Both large and small universities are listed, some more secular, and some deeply rooted in Bible-based teaching, but all have one thing in common—they believe that Christian faith is a powerful component of a life well lived, both personally and professionally.”

College Choice’s rankings were designed to help prospective students make a the right choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment.