President’s Tea ~ Saturday, April 18

Warner Pacific President's Tea 2014 by Kai Hayashi Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, invites you to support Portland’s next generation of urban and diverse leaders at the annual President’s Tea & Scholarship Auction.

The 2014 President’s Tea raised over $91,000 to benefit the to benefit our Urban Service Track of the Act Six Leadership & Scholarship Initiative.

  • Saturday, April 18
Warner Pacific President's Tea Guest Liz Vice

Special Guest Liz Vice

  • Special guest: Liz Vice (singer and a pure Portland gem)
  • Egtvedt Hall/McGuire Auditorium (Mt. Tabor Campus)
  • $35 per person or $245 for a table of 7 guests


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

Sponsorship and corporate support opportunities

Corporate sponsorships and donation opportunities for the 2015 Tea are now available. Call 503.517.1049 for details.

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Warner Pacific has a new Men’s Soccer Head Coach

On Friday, March 13, Warner Pacific Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that Chris Thoms will be the new head coach of the Knights men’s soccer program.

Thoms is a well-known club coach and individual trainer in the Portland area, working with Portland City United and Southside soccer clubs, as well as his own training and consulting business. His playing career spanned international professional opportunities in England, the Netherlands, and Thailand. He also competed domestically with the Salem Surge.

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Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow leaves a legacy that embodies the WPC mission

Warner Pacific Alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow. (Photo from Windy City Media Group)The Warner Pacific community is deeply saddened by the death of alumna Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a true civil rights pioneer.

Barrow (nee Taplin) was born in Burton, Texas, one of six children. Her father was a rural pastor in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) and Willie decided to follow in his footsteps. At 16, she moved to Portland to attend Warner Pacific College (then Pacific Bible College), studying theology. Even at a young age, Barrow proved herself a strong leader, being elected president of the Student Council and founding the first African-American Church of God in Portland. During this time, Barrow also worked as a welder at the Portland shipyards, where she met her husband, Clyde Barrow.

After they married in 1943, the Barrows moved to Chicago where her minister encouraged Willie to get involved in civil rights demonstrations. By 1950, Barrow was organizing marches throughout the United States. In 1963, she attended the March on Washington and got to know Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1965, she traveled to Selma, Ala., to demonstrate alongside Dr. King.

Rev. Willie T. Barrow, Warner Pacific Alum (photo from Chicago Tribune)Known as “The Little Warrior” for her small stature and strong will, Barrow advocated for racial equality, women’s rights, educational access, and labor rights. Barrow helped found Operation Breadbasket in Chicago. As the organization evolved, Barrow became the first woman to lead as the Executive Director  of Operation PUSH (People United to Serve Humanity), where she led campaigns to serve the poor and marginalized in her community.

“Rev. Barrow is the embodiment of our mission,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of Warner Pacific College. “God’s clear calling on her life led her to often difficult places, but her commitment to see the equity, love, and justice of His Kingdom enabled her to do great things. We are honored to be a part of Rev. Willie T. Barrow’s story and her legacy continues to inspire our institution as we strive to serve urban and diverse students in Portland.”

Warner Pacific is exploring ways to publicly honor the remarkable life of Rev. Willie T. Barrow in the near future.

Learn more about this extraordinary lady:

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Faith & Culture Writers Conference: April 10-11, 2015

Faith and Culture Writers Conference logo 2014.Warner Pacific College welcomes the Fourth Annual Faith & Culture Writers Conference, April 10 – 11, 2015.

This year’s theme is ROUGH DRAFT: From Blank to Beautiful.

The Faith & Culture Writers Connection is a diverse, faith-based creative community of writers, bloggers, lovers of literature,  journalists, professors, activists, theologians, literary agents, editors, publishers, screenwriters, musicians, artists, poets, and everyday people who love words, God’s Word, and story.

During the yearly conference, attendees are invited to ask questions, participate in conversations, dialogue with diverse people of faith, and cultivate authentic friendships with a community of creative people from around the world.

Warner Pacific is thrilled to host the 2015 conference, featuring Emily P. FreemanWm. Paul Young, Romal Tune, Tony KrizCornelia Seigneur, Bob Welch, AJ Swoboda,  Alex Marestaing, Chip MacGregor, Elizabeth Stewart, Micah J. Murray, Karen Zacharias Spears, Shane Blackshear, Erika Morrison, Jelani Greenridge, and Rochelle Carter, just to name a few.

PRE-CONFERENCE: This year, we have expanded the conference to include the new “Breathing Space-A Mini Retreat” on Friday, April 10, where we are featuring Nish Weiseth and Seth Haines, writing time, and 12 workshops.

We have different price ranges depending on when attendees register. And note, we have a student discount!

To register or to learn more, visit the Faith & Culture Writers website. To stay up to date with the latest conference news, subscribe to the Insider Email.

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WPC Coach named CCC Coach of the Year

After a 25-win season and a Cascade Collegiate Conference Co-Championship, post-season accolades rolled in for the Warner Pacific men’s basketball team. Four Knight players received All-CCC awards and Jared Valentine was voted Cascade Conference Coach of the Year.

Earl Jones, Coletun Tarr, and Doug Thomas were voted 1st Team All-CCC thanks to outstanding individual performances.

Knight receive CCC praise -  March 2015

Read more on the Knights’ website…

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Preschool Open House (Wednesday, March 18) and Early Fall Enrollment

Did you know that Warner Pacific College has a preschool?

The Early Learning Center (ELC) is a nationally accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and state licensed part-day preschool program.  The ELC provides an opportunity for our education students to practice skills being learned in the classroom, under the guidance of a director and qualified teachers.

The Early Learning Center is hosting an informational, drop in Open House on Wednesday, March 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., for parents with children between 3 – 6 years of age. You can meet the teachers, tour our facility, and pick up a registration packet.

Preschool open house banner March 2015

Why choose the ELC?
  • Astoundingly low tuition
  • Low teacher to preschooler ratio (1:4 or lower)
  • Flexible schedule (enroll in our one, two, three, four, or five-day options)
  • Play-based creative learning
  • Anti-bias, caring, nurturing environment
  • Open to all our neighbors with children 3- 6 years of age

The ELC is located on the Warner Pacific College campus (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland) on the corner of SE Division St. and SE 70th Ave.)




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Knights headed to the National Tournament. Help get them there with your donation.

The Warner Pacific Men’s basketball team has qualified for nationals!!

Warner Pacific's Men's Basketball Team 2014-15The 2015 NAIA Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held at College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri, on March 11-17, 2015.

The NAIA provides a list of resources for fans traveling to the tournament at their official website. In addition, live streaming of tournament games is provided at

The NAIA does not cover any travel expenses for national tournaments.

Warner Pacific is seeking to raise funds to assist in covering the expenses of getting the team back to Missouri for the tournament.

All donations are tax-deductible and will go directly to support the men’s basketball team’s trip to the National Tournament.

Gifts can be sent to Warner Pacific College Athletics at 2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland, OR 97215, or you can give conveniently and securely online at

  • Check “MBB”
  • Enter your donation amount

Thank you for supporting the team!


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The Spitfire Grill ~ Spring Drama Performance (March 5-8 and March 12-15)

The Spitfire Grill, WPC Drama Program's Spring productionThe Warner Pacific Drama Program presents The Spitfire Grill, a musical by James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Percy Talbott arrives in Gilead, Wisconsin, looking for a new start. She is instead greeted by sideways glances and whispers in dark corners. Over time, Percy starts to find a place in the small community, in spite of her dark and mysterious past.

The music of The Spitfire Grill is described as becoming an extra character by some critics. Without the jazz-hands spectacle of a Broadway musical, the score provides a place to reveal the characters’ emotional state. The heart-melting vocals are surprisingly refreshing and have a homey feel about them which draws the listener in.

The Spitfire Grill is a continuation of the theme of the Fall Showcase—Violence in American Drama: Student-Directed Works—examining what comes after the violence is done: redemption. Percy and the residents of Gilead begin to find the hope they lost, both in one another and in a future for their home. In this half-forgotten town in the 1990’s, the characters begin to discover that what they need doesn’t always come in the package that they were expecting.

The cast includes:

  • Kelsey Davisson as Percy Talbott
  • Brandon Bush as Sheriff Joe Sutter
  • Haley Harn as Hannah Ferguson
  • Emily Shaindlin as Effy Krayneck
  • Nick Brechbiel as Caleb Thorpe
  • Melissa Sondergeld as Shelby Thorpe
  • Matthew Dotson as the Visitor

The Spitfire Grill will be performed in the McGuire Theatre at Warner Pacific’s Mt. Tabor Campus.

There are multiple show times:

  • Thursday, March 5 – Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. with a cast/crew talk-back session immediately following the show.
  • Thursday, March 12 – Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 p.m. with a cast/crew talk-back session immediately following the show.

Tickets are on sale for $5 in the WPC Bookstore on campus: call or visit to purchase them, 503.517.1100.

The campus address is 2219 SE 68th Ave., in Portland.

Due to construction around the SE 68th Ave. parking entrance, we recommend that drivers use the SE 69th Ave drive way entrance in order to park in the main lot in front of Egtvedt Hall. For those taking the bus, there is a temporary stop on SE 66th Ave., as well as a regular stop at SE 71st, where there is also a crosswalk for those dropped off on the opposite side of SE Division.

Written by Deborah Landers
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Providing a second chance to flourish

Earl Jones - Warner Pacific Basketball 2015Recently, Earl Jones, a member of the basketball team, was featured in a Portland Tribune article where he shared how being given a second chance to flourish at the game he loves gave him new direction in a career choice and life.

“He’s definitely one of the best point guards in the nation,” says Steffen Harvey, WPC assistant basketball coach.

With his skill and determination, it takes no imagination to compare five-foot-eight inch No. 3 Jones to Tim Hardaway during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

“Now Jones, a former Mt. Hood Community College star, is back in uniform, playing for nationally ranked Warner Pacific College and enjoying the student-athlete ride again.

“’I don’t know where my life would be without this second chance,’” says the 5-8, 170-pound guard from Henderson, Nev.

Jones, a Warner Pacific junior, has a hard time explaining why he left the college game after earning all-league honors at Mt. Hood in 2009 and 2010.”

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Meet our new Act Six Cadre 6

Warner Pacific is pleased to introduce you to our sixth cadre of Act Six scholars.

Warner Pacific Act Six Cadre 5 2015

Mayra, Gisell, Irving, Margaret, Brianna, Vanessa, Janelly, Reuben, Kevin, and Terah

Act Six provides leadership training and full scholarships for emerging urban and community leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities.

Name Major High School
Irving Ayala Psychology Tigard
Tarah Bedell Psychology David Douglas
Elvia “Janelly” Carranza Valladares Social Entrepreneurship Tualatin
Vanesa Delgado Pre-Dental Tigard
Gisell Delgado Gil Nursing Reynolds
Ruben Estrada Pre-Med Grant
Margaret Gichachi Psychology Tualatin
Brianna Grisby Psychology Grant
Randall “Kevin” Henderson Communications Tigard
Mayra Martinez Iniguez Social Work Tigard
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