Students, Faculty, and Staff Recognized at Honors Chapel

April 27, 2017 – Honors Chapel is a cherished tradition at Warner Pacific, as students, faculty, and staff, are recognized for their outstanding achievements throughout the past academic year.

We are pleased to celebrate the hard work and dedication of these members of the Warner Pacific community:

Outstanding Accounting Student: Ayde Alvarado
Outstanding Business Student: Hakeem Bradley

Outstanding Education Student: Kenzie Schumacher

Outstanding Communications Student: Julia Feeser
Outstanding Drama Student: Julia Feeser
Outstanding English Student: Alexis Merrick
Outstanding History Student: Robin Miller
Outstanding HUM 410 Project: Robin Miller

Outstanding Music Student: Chelsea Hostetler

Natural Sciences & Health
Outstanding Achievement in Science & Mathematics: Biruktawit “Brook” Mengistu
Senior Recognition Award in Science & Mathematics: Jacob Berg
Senior Recognition Award for Heath & Human Kinetics: Chad Smurthwaite

Religion & Christian Ministries
Integrative Award for Scholarship, Character & Service: Britney Foote
Integrative Award for Scholarship, Character & Service: Trevor Hostetler

Social Science
Outstanding Student in Human Development: Kiandra Alexander
Outstanding Student in Human Development & Family Studies: Mila Cherchenko
Outstanding Student in Social Work: Caitlin Asher

Faculty Awards
Kendall Award for Excellence in Scholarship: Dr. Steve Carver, Professor of Biblical Studies
Kendall Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Cole Dawson, Professor of Humanities

Awards Presented by the Student Body
Staff Member of the Year: Jessie Thompson, Director of Learning Communities
Staff Member of the Year: Derek Bradford, Multi-Media Specialist
Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Steve Carver, Professor of Biblical Studies

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Education Department
Humanities Department
Music Department
Natural Sciences & Health Department
Christian Ministries Department
Social Science Department
Kendall Award Winners
Staff & Faculty of the Year

Sign up for New Student Registration Day: 2017

RSVP buttonNew Student Registration Day (2017): July 14, from 9 am – 3 pm

Congratulations on being admitted to Warner Pacific!

Now that you are on your way to becoming a Knight, signing up for New Student Registration will ensure that you are well-prepared to begin your first year at Warner Pacific.

Who can attend New Student Registration?

New Student Registration is open to any student who has been admitted to Warner Pacific, and has paid their $200 tuition deposit.

What’s the purpose of New Student Registration?

New Student Registration allows you to complete the mandatory tasks you need to start at Warner Pacific… in one, easy, fun day! At New Student Registration, you will:

  • Meet with an advisor and register for classes
  • Complete important forms and touch base with various campus departments
  • Meet your future classmates
  • Take placement exams (if needed)*

*If you are required to take a placement exam, you must arrive at 8 am.

Can I bring a guest?

Each student is invited to bring one guest, free of charge, to accompany them to New Student Registration. It is important that this guest be able to answer required questions regarding your finances, or plans for paying for college. Additional guests are welcome to join the New Student Registration Parent and Guest program for $10 per person. A separate program will run at the same time as the New Student program.

What do I need to do to attend?

  • First, download and complete the New Student Forms bundle, and read and sign the Faith & Service Commitment (online form).
  • Bring the completed New Student Forms with you to New Student Registration.
  • Then, simply hit the RSVP today button on this page to register!

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 503.517.1020 or

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Earn Your Human Services Degree at Warner Pacific

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Start making a difference today!

It’s never been easier or more convenient to earn your Master of Arts in Human Services degree.

About the MAHS Degree

Learn More buttonDevelop your calling to help others as an advocate, as a team member, and any of a variety of other ways to complement the work of therapists and social workers.

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Study Online

Our flexible, convenient, interactive online Adult Degree Program allows you to achieve your goals without compromising your professional & personal life commitments.

Warner Pacific’s online program receives top rankings:

  • A Top 10 school in Oregon offering degrees online (Value College 2017)
  • No. 2 in Portland for online degree offerings (Great Value Colleges 2016)
  • A top choice for online education in Oregon ( 2016)
  • No. 4 in Oregon for best online program (Affordable Colleges Online 2016)

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New Majors Offered at Warner Pacific

Warner Pacific students in the libraryWarner Pacific is excited to launch several new academic majors starting in the Fall 2017. These degree programs offer students a 21st century career-focused education with a liberal arts foundation.

At Warner Pacific, you will earn your degree in a relational learning environment that invites you to think critically and challenges you to expand your comfort zone to help you discover your passion, develop your skills, and serve your community.

Nursing: RN to BSN 

Interested in nursing program buttonAre you currently a Registered Nurse (RN) looking to enhance your nursing knowledge or to expand your employment opportunities?  If so, then Warner Pacific’s RN to BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) major will help you achieve those goals.

Sports Medicine Major

Interested in sports medicine program buttonBuilding on our Health and Wellness programs, Warner Pacific’s new Sports Medicine major will show you how to apply medical and scientific principles to sports, exercise, and the ability of the body to perform physically. With openings in the sports medicine and athletic training fields predicted to increase 21% over the next 10 years, your bachelor’s degree will give you the competitive edge you need to succeed in this exciting career.

Medical Laboratory Science Major

interested in Medical Lab Science program buttonPartnering with the Oregon Institute of Technology this new major is the perfect option for students who want to work in the medical field. You will be performing critical clinical laboratory tests  with the results being a vital tool for medical practitioners in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease for their patients.

Criminal Justice Major

Interested in criminal justice program buttonExplore the complexities of criminology and justice initiatives in the diverse, urban environment of Portland.  As you learn the theory, laws, and policies of the criminal justice system, you will be able to witness their real-world applications. If you are passionate about serving your community and protecting the rights of your neighbors, our new Criminal Justice major will provide you with the tools and ethics training to promote safety and equity throughout your career.

Possibilities: Faith, Land, and Housing Conference

How can Portland’s faith communities use their land and resources to respond to the affordable housing crisis?

Representatives of several faith communities, Warner Pacific College, and local affordable housing providers joined together on Saturday, April 29 to learn how communities of faith can collaborate with housing developers to create homes for low-income people.


Possibilities Conference Program

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Possibilities Conference Speakers

Steve Messinetti, 
Habitat for Humanity
Portland/Metro East – Portland
Has developed affordable homes on property
owned by faith communities
Rev. Karen Ward,
St. Andrew and All Souls Episcopal – Portland
Working on plans to develop affordable housing on church property in the St. John’s neighborhood
Apostle Steven Holt,
Kingdom Nation Church – Portland
Chair of Community Oversight Committee
for N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy
University Park United Methodist – Portland
Moving forward with affordable housing development on church property in N. Portland
Pastor Joanne Engquist,
Gethsemane Lutheran Church – Seattle
Developed affordable housing on church property
in downtown Seattle
Rob Justus,
Housing Developer – Portland
Working with faith communities to develop housing on their land
Nick Sauvie,
ROSE Community Development – Portland
Affordable housing developer in SE Portland
Rivergate Community Church – Portland
Worked with Habitat for Humanity to build 12 affordable homes on its property in N. Portland
Lorelei Juntenen,
Project Director at ECONorthwest – Portland
ECONorthwest is an economic forecasting and planning
firm. She will discuss the basic economics of housing development, and the role that land values play in determining the feasibility of affordable housing development.
Travis Phillips,
Director of Housing Development at Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
PCRI established the Pathway 1000 initiative, which seeks to develop 1000 new homes over the next 10 years, prioritized for residents involuntarily displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.
Portland Housing Bureau


Thank You to our Community Partners

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President’s Scholarship Auction coming up April 8

Dr. Cook with Warner Pacific Students at President Auction

Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, invites you to support Portland’s next generation of urban and diverse leaders at a contemporary tea and live auction.

Now in its eighth year, the President’s Scholarship Auction is a unique opportunity for hundreds of community-minded individuals to gather and support the needs of under-served and first-generation college students who are pursuing their higher education goals.

Guest Speaker:  Warner Pacific welcomes Katelyn Beaty, the author of A Woman’s Place: A Christian 2017 Keynote Speaker Katelyn BeatyVision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World (Simon & Schuster) and an editor at large at Christianity Today, where she served as the magazine’s youngest and first female managing editor for four years. During her time at the magazine, she co-founded the women’s website ‘Her.meneutics’ and served as editorial director of This Is Our City, a documentary series that featured Christians in six cities, including Portland. She has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Learn more at

Act Six Speakers:  Warner Pacific students Angel Casteneda ’17 and Cathy Lara ’17

Auction RSVP buttonSATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
10:30 am – 1:30 pm at Warner Pacific College
$40 per person; $280 per table of seven

Purchase tickets by April 3, 2017

For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 503.517.1114 or email.

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NEW: Summer Camps for Preschool-Aged Children: June 5 – August 18

Warner Pacific Preschool Summer Camp 2017Your preschool-aged child will have fun this summer while learning about a variety of topics during one or more of Warner Pacific’s Early Learn Center Preschool Summer Camps.

Camps start in June and sessions run through mid-August. Each camp is two weeks, full or half-day, and explores a different subject.

Summer Camp Sessions:

  • Camp 1: June 5 – June 16 – Ocean Odyssey
  • Camp 2: June 19 – June 30 – Jungle Exploration
  • Camp 3: July 10 – July 21 – Wonderful World of Water
  • Camp 4: July 24 – August 4 – Amazing Animal Adventure
  • WPC Green RSVP buttonCamp 5: August 7 – August 18 – Arts & Science Discovery

Cost per child per two-week camp:

  • Full Day camp (8:00 am – 4:30 pm): $375
  • Half Day camp (8:00 am – 12:00 pm): $250

Learn more about the ELC Preschool….

RSVP your child’s spot today!

Honoring our Distinguished Alumni

2017 Warner Pacific Distinguished Alumni Award winnersDuring the 2017 Warner Pacific College Homecoming Weekend (February 17-18), four outstanding alumni were honored for their professional and community achievements.

Distinguished Alumni Award, Adult Degree Program (ADP)Sah’Rah Kelsey Bay ’02, Executive Director for Sista Sistah, an after school program for young girls and women of African descent in NE Portland.

As the Executive Director and founder of Sista Sistah, she is able to engage, educate, and inspire young women with a culturally responsive program that increases self-efficacy and awareness. The organization’s goal is to increase high school graduation rates and self-esteem for these young ladies.

In addition to the after school program, she reaches African-American women of all ages through Sah’Rah Stylz, a community based organization that focuses on beauty, mental health, and wellness.

Through the Warner Pacific Adult Degree Program, Sah’Rah earned a Bachelor of Business Administration which strengthened her leadership and organizational skills.

The College’s Adult Degree Program has 10 degree programs designed for busy, working adults. For over 25 years, Warner Pacific has been offering a high-quality education with a liberal arts foundation one night a week or online.

Distinguished Alumni Award, Professional/Academic AchievementAnthony Hicker ’87, Business Director, Deputy to Sr. Vice President of NE Asia Sales: Boeing Commercial Airplanes

A liberal arts education laid the foundation for managing global commercial ventures for the United States’ largest exporter, The Boeing Company. Tony joined Boeing Company in January 1998 and has served the company in many ways. Currently he is responsible for managing business operations in support of commercial airplane sales and related services to airlines and lessors across NE Asia.

Tony gives back and supports the career aspirations of college graduates and interns from diverse backgrounds by offering them mentoring and guidance as they find their unique path to business.

Distinguished Alumni Award, Recent AlumAndy Magel ’05, Mile High Ministries Social Enterprise Director (Denver, CO), a nonprofit that creates employment opportunities and provides job training for those seeking to rebuild from addiction, homelessness, and incarceration.

A Business Administration and Social Science graduate, Andy applied his business acumen in a way that empowers vulnerable and underprivileged people in Denver, CO.  “I am passionate about creating redemptive employment opportunities.”

“What I like about working with Mile High Ministries is their willingness to take risks for the betterment of our city and the freedom that gives me to pursue creative opportunities for those in need.” Andy’s hope is to see Denver lead the way in creative, employment-focused community development. “I am honored to play a role in that growth.”

Distinguished Alumni: Ministry & Service Award – Mark Forster ’82, P.E. Teacher at Valley High School & Sanders Middle School – Sanders, AZ

Mark hopes to change a society for the good by creating opportunities for people to succeed. In a very depressed area of Arizona outside the Navajo Reservation, Mark picked basketball as his instrument of community transformation. He started as the high school coach in 1986. Taking a team with a defeatist attitude and record to match, he used love of self, community, and the game to create a winning team. After 29 years of coaching at Valley High School, he had only one losing season and now the 1200-seat gym is always full of spectators.  For 12 years in the 1990s he ran an innovative Pee Week Basketball Program providing young players with the fundamentals of the game as well as guidance in positive life skills.

Basketball changed the community’s social outlook. He recalls that “parents become more and more involved with their children’s lives which combats negativity.”  Mark has had numerous opportunities to “advance” his coaching career by way of job opportunities at larger high schools and even at the college level, but he chose to stay serving his community. He has made a life-long commitment to the Navajo community because he believes that is the way one person can change society.

WP Alum Shares Insights into Best Selling Novel and New Movie: The Shack

Paul YoungWarner Pacific Alum and Author William Paul Young ’78 didn’t imagine a future as a New York Times best selling author when he put pen to paper and created an inspired Christmas gift for his six children. After sharing The Shack with friends and family, he heeded to their encouragement to have the novel published.

The struggling journey from tragedy to eternity resonated with readers. The Shack was on the New York Times Best Seller list for almost two years after gaining popularity in 2008 and becoming a USA Today best seller. Nine years later with over 22 million copies in print worldwide, The Shack was beautifully transformed for the big screen.

“I have never written a book with an agenda but rather climbed inside story to explore human questions; about faith, God, and what it means to be human beings in a broken world. Good creative work opens up more space than it uses,” explains Young. “It is my opinion that a good deal of modern creative work offered to the world by the faith community deteriorates into religious propaganda and loses its artistic beauty. We need to trust the Holy Spirit, not play the Holy Spirit.”

Born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, Young and his missionary parents lived in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people, until he was six years old. “My father then worked as a pastor for a number of small churches in Western Canada; by the time I graduated from high school, I had attended 13 different schools.” Through the twists and turns of life, Young completed his undergraduate degree in Religion and graduated summa cum laude from Warner Pacific in 1978 and in December 2010, the College honored him with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Paul Young at WPC chapelYoung hopes that Warner Pacific students will not only enjoy the movie, that they will be encouraged in their faith. “The Shack, novel or movie, opens up space and I believe is highly respectful to the audience member. I think every person who sees the movie with have an encounter, depending on who they are and what they brought with them. It may be comfort, or affirmation, or confrontation. Personally, I think the movie is a fantastic adaptation of the book and anyone who loved the novel will not be disappointed by the film.”

In theaters now, The Shack takes us on a father’s transformative journey that will show him the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.



Introducing our New Act Six Scholars

On March 9, 2017, Act Six announced that 99 emerging urban and community leaders across Tacoma-Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Yakima Valley, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, will receive scholarships to 12 colleges in the Pacific NW, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The Colleges provide full-tuition, full-need scholarships over four years for their Act Six Scholars.

Warner Pacific is delighted to welcome our newest students, Act Six Cadre 8:

Warner Pacific Act Six Scholars 2017

  • Juan Angulo, Academy of International Studies Woodburn
  • Brianna Garcia, Forest Grove High School
  • Yersalem Gebremedhin , Liberty High School
  • Annalisa Green, David Douglas High School
  • Lashawn McCarthy, Roosevelt High School
  • Destiny Miteg, McNary Senior High School
  • Kal-EL Rivera, Tualatin High School
  • Abigail Tamay, Alliance High School at Benson
  • Maria Valenzuela Cervantes, Gladstone High School