Join us for Advent Brunch (December 5)

Warner Pacific Advent Brunch 2015Please join us for the 4th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 5
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Help us spread joy this season by bringing and donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive and help us give kids throughout Portland the gift of reading
  • Tickets are just $25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests

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  • Purchase your tickets  ($25 per person or $175 for a table of 7 guests) by registering securely online or contacting Diane Minor: email or 503.517.1114
  • Please RSVP by Monday, November 30

Give the Gift of Reading

We are excited to once again partner with the Children’s Book Bank, supporting  their work to bring the gift of reading to kids throughout Portland. Easy access to books is foundational to literacy development. Scarcity of books in the home is one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome by children living in poverty. Children with books in the home become better readers and do better in school.

Please bring your new or gently used books to the brunch and help us give  Portland’s most vulnerable children the gift of reading. Types of books most in need are Dr. Seuss and Spanish-language books. Other requests are: picture books, board books, alphabet books, and counting books. (New books are preferred for Christmas.)

Click here to purchase books specially requested by the Children’s Book Bank.

Chldren's Book Bank

Free Family Fall Festival at WPC on October 29 (fun for everyone!)

Warner Pacific Fall Festival Star Wars ThemedSpooky fun for the whole family at this free family event with a Star Wars flare.

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

What:  “Return of the Fall Festival” (Star Wars themed)

When:  Thursday, October 29, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Where:  Warner Pacific College campus – 2219 SE 68th Ave. (cross street is SE Division)

  • Family Fun events in Kardatzke Hall (5:30 – 7:15 pm)
  • Haunted House in the Student Union Building (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
  • Concert in McGuire Auditorium (7:30 – 8:30 pm)

 Free family fun includes:

  • Face painting
  • Photo booth
  • Treats of course
  • Games for the kids
  • Haunted House (6 – 8 pm)
  • Concert featuring works from the Star Wars Trilogy (7:30 – 8:30 pm)
  • Costume Contest during the concert

McGuire on Fire – October 18 Jazz Concert

McGuire on Fire Jazz Concert bannerFour local jazz artists come together to form the Dennis Plies Jazz Quartet. We are pleased to host the Quartet’s Sunday, October 18, concert: McGuire on Fire.

When: Sunday, October 18, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Where: Warner Pacific College’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

Cost: $10 donation at the door

What: Jazz means unpredictable improvisation and group interplay. You will not be disappointed in the jazz stylings and performance at McGuire on Fire, featuring music of Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, John Lewis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy Heath, Sergio Mendes, Elton John, and Gabriel Faure.

Who: The Quartet is made up of four local jazz musicians:

• Dennis Plies, Marimba & Vibes (WPC music professor)
• Dan Gaynor, Piano
• Dave Captein, Bass
• Tyson Stubelek, Drums

Dennis Plies has been at home on the marimba playing classical and gospel music since age six, and twenty-two years later he added the jazz dimension, including its central role–improvisation. The vibes, played very similarly to the marimba, has become his jazz voice. He has directed the Jazz Band at Warner Pacific College since 1981 and has played vibes in the jazz trio, Mirage, since 1999. His first jazz recording in 1986 features his vibes work with the Ron Steen Trio. In 2006 he recorded an album called Minor Inconvenience with sax player Howard Whitaker plus a rhythm section.

Dave Captein is an accomplished performer on both string bass and bass guitar, having worked as a professional musician for over 40 years in the Pacific Northwest. Dave has performed in a broad range of situations, from symphonic performances to studio and club work, as well as many jazz concerts and festivals around the country and in Europe. He has worked with many well-known jazz artists. He freelances in the Portland area, and is a very active member of the music community, frequently appearing in the city’s many clubs and concert venues, as well as recording studios.

A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with a wide variety of artists. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore, and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.

Tyson Stubelek has been teaching drum lessons for over 11 years both in schools and through his private studio. He has toured internationally across Canada, the UK, and throughout the United States, and has studied and played with numerous prominent musicians including: Danilo Perez, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, Jerry Bergonzi, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Joe Locke, Dave Douglas, Clarence Penn, Tony Malaby, Ben Street, Adam Benjamin, and Joshua Redman.

Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific

 Join us as we celebrate the inaugural Founder’s Day.

Warner Pacific Founder's Day 2015We will be looking back to the day Pacific Bible College opened their doors on October 5, 1937.

Warner Pacific College has come a long way since those early years, and we want to join with alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and current students to reminisce about our history and prepare for our future.

Warner Pacific historical timeline buttonWhen did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland? Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.

Continue the Legacy

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. 

Give to WPC securely onlineFriends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

These donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
@ mention us or use #warnerpacific.

Founder’s Day Activities

Pacific Bible College nka Warner Pacific CollegeLUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Monday, October 5.  The cafeteria opens at 11 am. Feel free to stop in, grab lunch, and mix/mingle with current students and fellow alums. (Lunch is just $5 with coupon (PDF).)

CAKE: President Cook will be cutting the birthday cake at 12:30 pm in the dining hall of the Mt. Tabor Campus.

TRIVIA: At 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a special PBC/WPC trivia night in the Student Union Building. Join us for a fun competition! (Study the Historical Timeline.)

Welcome Weekend for New Students: August 29-31

Exciting activities and time-honored traditions, enjoyed with a community of diverse, smart, interesting people who will make you glad you chose to become a Knight.

Welcome to Warner Pacific

Warner Pacific Welcome WeekendWhether you’re new or returning to campus, these events—which begin the Saturday, August 29—will help you prepare for a successful year and experience what it means to be a Warner Pacific student.

Welcome Weekend includes the New Student Knighting Ceremony on Saturday after the Aloha Dinner. The weekend is packed full of informative and fun events including time exploring Portland, a movie on the lawn, trying out Salsa Dancing, and ending with the College Convocation and the start of classes. (All Welcome Weekend activities are required for new students – freshmen or transfer.)

Welcome Weekend Schedule

Helpful Information

Summer Commencement 2015

Summer Warner Pacific GraduationCelebrating our graduates’ achievements.

Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2015

This one-day event in the summer is the first major event for new Warner Pacific students. Admitted students can begin the orientation process without the anxiety of waiting until the end of August.

To help you prepare for your exciting days ahead at Warner Pacific, we invite you to join us. It will be a valuable day of introductions, information, and preparation.

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    • Thursday, July 9

We have a full day of activities and information planned to prepare you for the start of your career as a WP student.

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Sessions are available for your parents, too, tailored to their questions and needs. We ask that parents not sit in on their student’s registration/advising session. If they have any questions or concerns at the end of the day, they can be addressed with the admissions or registrar’s office staff. (NOTE: there is a $10 fee for guests and all students must pay their tuition deposit.)

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Celebrating our 2015 graduating class

May 9, 2015 – On a Saturday morning that held the promise of sunshine and warmth, 237 Warner Pacific College students earned their associate, baccalaureate, or master diplomas. The class of 2015 was comprised of traditional undergraduate students who attended classes full time at our main Mt. Tabor Campus along with those attending through the Adult Degree Program at one of six satellite campuses across the Portland-Metro area and southwest Washington.

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific has celebrated over 78 commencements, each one a remarkable and treasured memory for the College. In May 1976, 39 years ago, the College was honored to have President Gerald Ford speak before the graduates at commencement.

“When I received your invitation to address Warner Pacific, I welcomed the opportunity to address an institution that encourages civic virtues based upon the highest spiritual values,” said President Ford in 1976. Following his remarks, President Ford was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by then Warner Pacific President Dr. E. Joe Gilliam.

Today, the Christ-centered spiritual foundation of Warner Pacific continues to inspire the College to serve the city and its neighbors. We are blessed with a graduating class that not only achieved academic excellence; they’ve forged in their hearts a true sense of service for this community.

Two Warner Pacific graduating students stood before their classmates to offer words of reflection and hope for the future. Yvonne Edwards, a West Indian immigrant who grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, finally achieved degree of earning a degree through our Adult Degree Program. For exactly 2 years, 4 months, and 13 days, she  commuted over 19,200 miles from Lacey, Wash., to the Cascade Campus in Portland!

“My grandmother, with her third grade education and in her West Indian dialect would say ‘Vonnie, tek in yu lessons;’ translated that means: ‘take-in and absorb your education so that you can apply the knowledge to your life’s journey,’” shared Yvonne (Bachelor of Science in Human Development). “Never in my wildest dreams did I consider my journey would lead me here.”

A Human Development and History & Social Studies double major through the traditional program on the Mt. Tabor Campus, Ben Irwin transferred to Warner Pacific and found a place of acceptance within our community. He never stopped being an individual, however; relentlessly pursuing answers to paradoxes presented.

Taking time to do anything seems contradictory to the Gen Z’s view of life. Insightfully, Ben sums up, “We want a quick fix, an instantaneous way of being recognized: a way to gain, not a way to grow. But the journey matters more than the destination. This graduation and even the degree itself means less than how you spent your time getting here. Too often, we shrug off life experiences and go ‘Yeah, but what can this do for me?’ We’re a culture of ‘I went to Uganda on a short-term missions trip, and it completely changed my profile picture on Facebook.’”

Graduation 2015 for Warner Pacific

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Yvonne reminded fellow graduates from Gen Z to Baby Boomers to savor this time, this moment, “Graduation is one of those awkward times in our lives when we are torn between the joy of our memories and the excitement of our future. Should we look back on what were the greatest years of our lives, both triumphant and sometimes a struggle? Times filled with joy from the boisterous sounds of that first spring day out on the lawn or the calmness of the chapel. Instead, should we focus on the next stage in this journey called life? We have been impatiently waiting for this day for years, and now, we just want to hit pause. We want to slow it down, and enjoy the last fleeting moments. Our lives forever altered in one short moment, after we walk across the stage and receive our diploma.”

“Your time as a student is only beginning. For that reason, I encourage you to always be learning, stretching yourself, puzzling for solutions, and embracing the complexities that lack solutions,” advised Ben. “Always experiment with the unfamiliar and uncomfortable.”

In her address to the graduates, Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, reminded them that, “in our constantly changing world, you are likely to change occupations several times. So, the aspects of your education that will serve you the best are your ability to keep learning, to wrestle with the big questions of life, to think critically, and to adapt to new and exciting opportunities.”

We are proud of all the graduates and have been blessed through your journey with us at Warner Pacific. Graduation is a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to students we have grown so fond of during their short time at the College. We pray that God will lead you as you engage in the opportunities that are ahead of you.

As parting words to the graduating class, Yvonne reminds us that “Warner Pacific has instilled in us a tremendous fire, a passion for life, and a desire to make the community and the world in which we live a better place. We owe it to each other, our family, our professors, our College, our country, and our God to pursue our wildest dreams.”

Congratulations to Warner Pacific’s class of 2015!

Please support our food drive for Take Action, Inc.

Annual community food drive

take action logoAll month long, we are collecting donations for Take Action, INC.

Make a difference in the lives of children who are experiencing hunger in our community. Every Friday, Take Action, INC., provides backpacks full of food to children who face food insecurity at home on weekends.

PLEASE give generously to the food drive at Warner Pacific College.

We will deliver the food to local elementary schools, ensuring that children in our community will have enough to eat during the weekend.

Your donations will allow these elementary students to return to school on Monday, nourished and ready to learn; increasing their self-esteem and laying the groundwork for a brighter future.

Drop off donations all month long at:

Warner Pacific’s Adult Degree Program Centre 205
2600 SE 98th Ave., Suite 200
Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Warner Pacific’s Tabor Campus Admissions Office
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland (cross street is SE Division)

Thinking about continuing your education?

Now through May 31, when you apply for an adult degree program at Warner Pacific, we’ll WAIVE your application fee when you make a non-perishable food donation to Take Action, Inc. At Warner Pacific you can get the healthcare, business, or education degree with the flexibility busy adult learners need. Pursue your degree and help out a worthy cause at the same time!

Bridgetown releases third CD (Free concert on May 2)

Warner Pacific's Bridgetown releases third CDJoin us as we celebrate the release of Bridgetown’s third album, Treasure.

Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 pm
McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)

  • An evening of music
  • Meet the group
  • Purchase your copy of Treasure
  • Free event open to to everyone!
  • No RSVP
  • Listen to the CD sample on Bridgetown’s Facebook page