President Cook’s Statement on Free Speech

To the Warner Pacific Community:

Recently, our Knights joined an on-going national conversation about free speech and the rights of student-athletes to protest peacefully. I know that many of you have strong feelings about these actions and some of you have shared your opinions about the decision by members of the men’s basketball team to kneel during the national anthem at the home game on November 15, 2016.

I have heard both support for the actions of these students as well as concerns over the choice they have made, and I understand the deep convictions and concerns driving both perspectives. As a community, our ability to live in this tension with grace is both our privilege as Americans and our calling as followers of Christ.

As a community, Warner Pacific is dedicated to putting our core values into practice. We respect students’ capacity to think independently and encourage each one to engage actively in the academic and co-curricular learning process. While at Warner Pacific, we desire for students to learn the importance of questioning the status quo as they become critical thinkers who are capable of evaluating evidence to inform their decisions. As the President of Warner Pacific College, I fully support your right to enter into this conversation respectfully and I welcome the diverse perspective that each of us brings.

I recognize that some people may be upset by the actions taken by these students, or by the response of those who oppose these actions. But let me be clear, Warner Pacific College holds fast to the First Amendment rights of every student and employee. Whether you are debating in the classroom, praying in the locker room, petitioning at city hall, waving the American flag, or kneeling during the national anthem; we are all protected under the same freedoms.

We have the privilege to walk with young people as they journey through this process of learning; wrestling with their perspectives on many things, including faith and grace. We have this moment—a span of a few years— to engage them in a Christ-centered learning process that will help form and frame their lives beyond this place.

My hope is that Warner Pacific will be known as a community that invites and encourages all to come to the table where we can engage in respectful and civil dialogue rather than shouting at one another from the corners.

With Hope and Gratitude,
Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D.

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Certified Personal Trainer Certification Available to WPC Students

In partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Warner Pacific is excited to be able to offer our students a Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness that includes a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) accreditation.

As the only four-year institution in Oregon affiliated with NASM, Warner Pacific believes this partnership will provide our graduates with the competitive edge they need to enter the workforce with the skills, training, and confidence to succeed as health and wellness professionals. According to NASM, “The fitness professional provides guidance to help clients achieve their personal, health, fitness, and performance goals via the implementation of exercise programs, nutritional recommendations, and suggestions in lifestyle modification.”

The NASM CPT certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is a nationally recognized third party agency that accredits certification programs which are able to meet and comply with its standards. NCCA’s mission is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of certification programs that assess professional competence.

Earning your CPT as you complete your Warner Pacific degree program means that you’ll have the practical and scientific knowledge to work in a variety of facilities, including health clubs, gyms, university, corporate, and community or public fitness centers, and positions ranging from freelance to full-time.

Warner Pacific Students Participate in the Murdock College Science Research Conference

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference (November 2016) hosted at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, two Warner Pacific science students presented research posters. Science posters are a key component of communicating a snapshot of research and are intended to invite conversation about the work.

The Conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences that were created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research at colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

In honor of the program’s silver anniversary, the theme of the Conference this year was “Celebrating 25 Years in Supporting Undergraduate Research.”

Attendance at this Conference is by invitation; Warner Pacific was one of 30 invited. Oral and poster research presentations by students form the core of the Conference with over 300 students participating.


WPC Student Ben Durham at Murdock Conference 2016
Ben Durham entered: Biology-Ecology Competition may lead to declines in American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) nest box use at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its implications for management.
WPC student Brook Mengistu at Murdock Conference 2016
Biruktawit (Brook) Mengistu entered: Biology Developmental Biology –  Effect of maternal obesity on expression of Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1a (CPT 1a) in the human placenta.

Fall Concert Series

Autum leaves on sheet musicEnjoy the musical talents of our extraordinary students during our Fall Concert Series:

Jazz Concert

Featuring the Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing family-friendly music that includes ballads, rock, jazz, Latin, and gospel songs.

Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30 pm

Choir Concert

Featuring the Warner Pacific Concert Choir and Warner Chorale. This entertaining program highlights music by composers such as Bruckner, Arnesen, Augustinas, and Whalum, featuring rich harmonies, captivating arrangements, and a musical surprise or two.  People of all ages are welcome and will find this concert to be inspiring and uplifting.

Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 pm

Wind Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 pm


All concerts are free and take place at Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave.). Plenty of free parking available.


Join us for Advent Brunch (December 3)

Warner Pacific Advent BrunchPlease join us for the 5th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 3
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Advent Brunch RSVP buttonHelp 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
  • Be our guests (there is no charge to attend); however, please RSVP to reserve your spot.
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23

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

5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

As a young Christian trying to decide which college to attend for the first time, you may be wavering between a secular or Christian college. Both Christian colleges and non-christian colleges offer you a great education, but in order to make your decision, you may have to look a little deeper.

The truth is, choosing which college to attend is a huge decision. The college you choose affects your choice of major, the friends you will make, extracurricular activities that you partake in, and the location you are gaining experience. Your choice to attend one college or another may very well determine what you end up doing for work as a result of your time there. Possibly even who you marry. 

When it comes down to it, your choice of which college to attend is also your decision about which campus you want to grow at over the next four years, and the community you want to help guide you to find your place in God’s Kingdom.5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

Here are five reasons students choose to attend a Christian college:

  1. Use College As A Chance To Grow Your Faith

Christian colleges provide you with an environment primed for building your faith. Whether it’s incorporating Christian values and lessons into classes, to weekly religious services and spiritual advisors, having an infrastructure that prioritizes your relationship with Christ is a huge benefit to your faith. Attending a secular college can sometimes be a jarring experience, especially if you are used to the comforts of a Christian environment at home. But Christian colleges give you the chance to be surrounded by reminders every day. Whether it’s prayer before class, or a morning bible study in your dorm room, these reminders can go a long way toward helping grow into a stronger faith in the next four years, leaving you better prepared for the working world, both mentally and spiritually.  

  1. Learn With Your Values Integrated Into The Classroom

At a secular college, you may be confronted with opposing views that don’t align with God’s vision, and it can be a really difficult process to detangle, especially if you are surrounded by people who don’t share your faith. But your faith and your education shouldn’t have to be compartmentalized or separated. At a Christian college, faith-based values are integrated into every class. Whether it’s an art class, science or engineering class, you’ll get the benefit of seeing and hearing the influence of the Word on every subject. Professors and teachers bring you the benefit of their real life experiences as believers in their field, giving you a deeper understanding of the subject you are studying, and how it impacts the world in alignment with God’s plan.

  1. Surround Yourself With A Community Of Believers

The relationships you build while you are in college will follow you forward into the rest of your life. Some of these relationships may end up becoming life long friends, others may be coworkers or bosses, and one may even become your partner for life. So, it’s important to choose a community that gives you the best opportunity to meet people who ground you and encourage you in the right ways. Christian colleges attract strong young men and women from every walk of life, but having the common denominator of a shared faith can make the difference between falling into temptation during your college years and finding God’s calling. Your classmates will understand your values, and hopefully share them. Having that accountability and support can be a huge benefit to your time in school.

  1. Programs Built With Your Values In Mind

Aside from classroom experience, there’s a whole world of other activities and events that colleges can offer you, from studying abroad to internships and on-campus activities. As a student at a Christian college, you’ll also be provided with opportunities to get involved in spiritually-minded activities. Get credit for an internship or community involvement at a local church, sign up to attend a mission trip over spring break, or hear from foreign missionaries and pastors during on-campus speaking events. When you attend a Christian college, the whole campus and culture are organized around the same values, making it easier to prioritize your faith and put your time and energy to good use.

  1. Religious Services On Campus

It’s easy to let your good habits fall by the wayside when you start going to college. With new friends, classes, homework and a whole new set of distractions to pull your attention and time, things like attending a church regularly, joining a Bible study, or participating in a worship group often fall to the wayside. It’s hard to prioritize. All of these things take time and energy, which is something that comes at a bit of a premium when your homework starts piling up. Attending a Christian college makes it easy for you to prioritize your faith. With chapel services, Bible studies, and worship times all on campus, you don’t have to go far to find a good place to connect with God.




Warner Pacific Recognized for Exceeding Expectations

Christian Universities OnlineWarner Pacific is a top 50 Christian College exceeding expectations - logo ranked Warner Pacific College as one of the top Christian Colleges exceeding expectations. In fact, the College ranks 2nd!

“We intend to support, develop, and retain our students, preparing them to move forward and be successful in their lives,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, Warner Pacific College President. Our intentionally low student/faculty ratio of 8 to 1, smaller class size, and opportunities for meaningful internships allows Warner Pacific students to receive the individual attention they need to succeed. This leads to more students completing their higher education dream by graduating with the skills and confidence they need to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Christian Universities Online compiled the top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities that exceeded their expected graduation rates list because  “[o]ne often overlooked factor is how well the school prepares graduates for the next step (be it graduate school or employment). This can be gauged by graduation rates. The difference between anticipated or expected graduation rate and actual rate can be dramatic – and quite telling. There are several reasons why a student doesn’t graduate within the expected time frame; these reasons are taken into account in the ‘expectation’ rate.”


The Benefits of Going to an In-City College

The Benefits of Going to an In-City Colleget

You’re about to take the leap into college. You are already considering what major you are interested in. Have you decided if an urban or rural college experience is for you? Both have their benefits; however, there are some major differences when it comes to what each can offer you.

If you’ve grown up living in the in the suburbs or just outside of the city, the idea of taking one of the biggest steps in your life while simultaneously moving to the middle of an urban city can seem like a massive undertaking. As an Oregonian, Portland is not only our largest city, it is a  truly vibrant and diverse urban city and it offers a number of excellent in-city colleges. Choosing a Portland university can provide you with a wide range of benefits that a rural college experience can’t.

Enjoy A Wide Range Of Activities

Portland universities are just one part of the bustling cultural center that bring energy to  Portland. In addition to all of the activities offered by the university itself, you have the opportunity to explore the vast array of festivals, arts and cultural events, hip streets, musical venues and shops that are only available in a bigger city. Take your study group off campus to a trendy coffee shop, or sit in one of the many amazing inner city parks to read a book.

Live In An Up And Coming Area

As a college student attending a Portland university, you have the option to live in the dorms or to join up with friends and live off-campus. The city is filled with adorable neighborhoods with housing only blocks from trendy streets like Alberta or Division. Choose a home-base that inspires you to go outside and enjoy the city life so close by.

Take Advantage Of Public Transit

Another benefit of attending an in-city college is having access to public transit. Portland has an excellent array of choices, with buses, a light-rail (MAX), a trolley and even a train station nestled in downtown Portland to take you further. Try a ZipCar, take an Uber or Lyft, or rent an orange bikeshare cycle. Having to own a car is definitely an option when you are in Portland and there are many ways to save on that expense and still experience all the city has to offer.

Work Your Way Through College

With the city right outside your doorstep, you have so many opportunities for work available to you. It’s easy to find a day or night job working at a local coffee shop or serving at a restaurant. Often, Portland universities offer night classes and internships to help you find the right balance between work and study.

Start Networking Now

Most graduating students find themselves moving to the city after college to look for networking contacts, internships and opportunities for professional growth in their field. Attending an in-city college gives you access to these people and experiences before you are thrust into the real world. There are countless opportunities to meet new people, attend networking meetings and job fairs, and businesses that inspire you.

Experience New Cultures

Choosing an in-city college often means taking a trip outside of your hometown and exposing yourself to new experiences and cultures. Portland’s neighborhood offer diverse dining options including food carts, distinct entertainment (music, performance), unique architecture, large natural areas, and eclectic boutiques.

Access A Wide Range Of Resources

Public libraries, museums, meetup groups, industry experts, all of these are at your fingertips when you go to an in-city college. You are as limited in your access to professional and academic resources as your imagination is. Have a paper to write on small businesses? Go to a small business meetup group and ask founders and CEOs about their experiences. Attending a Portland university means you are in the middle of one of the fastest growing cities in America, and every day you have access to more and more unique experiences.

Take Classes At Other Universities

Portland has 19 in-city colleges available. Because there is such a large network of colleges available in the city, a lot of Portland universities also allow you to take classes at other colleges. This gives you the chance to expand your experiences even more. Adding new chances to meet people who can help you on your career path, and providing you with different avenues of learning than the Portland university you may have chosen.

Take A Trip To Anywhere

The convenience of having an international airport right in the city opens your Portland college experience up even more. Take a trip to a new place on your spring break. Explore the world and get new experiences from different cultures.

There are countless benefits to attending an in-city college. From having a diverse cultural exposure, to the benefit of experiencing a wide range of social and career building activities, you are sure to find growth and surprises during your time in college.




College Mourns the Passing of Student


Royce HaysonThe Warner Pacific College community mourns the loss of Royce Hayson, age 19, a student who passed away unexpectedly this morning.

Royce was a sophomore in the Pre-Chiropractic program and a valued member of the Knights Track & Field team, competing in shot put, javelin, and hammer. On Wednesday morning, November 2, Royce collapsed during a regular team practice. Immediate medical attention was given on-site until emergency services arrived and he was transported by EMTs to Adventist Hospital, where he received emergency medical attention. Sadly, physicians were unable to revive him.

“We are mourning a great loss today and our prayers are focused on Royce’s family and his larger circle of close friends,” said Warner Pacific president Andrea Cook. “He was a bright young man with so much to offer the world. His passing is felt deeply by many in our campus family, especially his Track & Field teammates. His death is a devastating loss to our campus.”

Students, faculty, and staff gathered on Wednesday afternoon to offer their remembrances of Royce and to console one another during this difficult time. Counseling services and support will continue to be available as the campus processes this heartbreaking tragedy. Details regarding funeral and memorial services will be shared as those plans are finalized.

The College wishes to thank everyone who has taken the time to offer condolences; your love and support is helping to sustain us as we grieve Royce’s passing. In the midst of the sadness we feel on this heartbreaking day, we look to God for comfort and for hope. We pray with the Psalmist that God will heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). We pray for comfort for those who mourn (Matthew 5:4). And when we do not know what to pray, we know that the Spirit will pray on our behalf in sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26).

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been started by Royce Hayson’s family to help cover his memorial expenses. Warner Pacific encourages you to give as you are able.


Media inquiries may be directed to Melody Burton at 503.517.1369.




Fall Drama Production: Kindertransport (Nov. 10-13)

Warner Pacific Drama Department Presents Kindertransport - Fall 2016The Warner Pacific College Drama Program presents Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels, by special arrangement with Susan Schulman Literary Agency, LLC.

When: There are multiple show times with refreshments available:

  • Thursday, November 10, through Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a talkback discussion with company members (free and open to the public)

 Where: Warner Pacific College, McGuire Theatre, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division St.; plenty of free parking available in the College’s main lot)

What is Kindertransport?

Less than a year before the outbreak of World War II, rescue efforts were organized to transport children – most of them Jewish – from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to Holland and England. It is estimated that 10,000 children were saved by these rescues.

Diane Samuels’ play, Kindertransport, examines the life of Evelyn, a Kindertransport survivor, in denial of her past until her daughter discovers artifacts in the attic that reveal Evelyn’s true identity. Ultimately the play is about identity– how do you establish your sense of self after enduring unthinkable circumstances? And how do you engage with the world and the people around you in light of that?

Why should we do this play now? What does it have to do with us?

MercyCorps reports that “Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.” Many of the refugees are children. As the refugee crisis continues to grow, it is critical for us to ask ourselves big questions, like, “What is my responsibility to my neighbors?” “What is the world I want to live in, and how do I participate in creating that world?” “What does the future hold for today’s refugees?” Embodying and sharing characters’ stories on the stage is a powerful way to help people see and hear the challenges our neighbors around the world are facing and to begin thinking more creatively about how we can each play a role in transforming the world.

Tickets:  $3 for WPC students and $6 for adults or two adult tickets for $10. Available at the door (in the WPC Bookstore) or may be pre-purchased by calling 503.517.1100.

Meet the production team and cast:

Production Team
Stage Manager……………………………….Brandon Bush
Assistant Stage Manager………………Kaylee Ditlefsen
Costumes……………………………………….Morgan Diehl
Properties……………………………………Selena Montoya
Lighting…………………………………………….Kaleb Hood
Set…………………………………………..Company & DR111

Eva………………………………………..…….Caeleigh Rieger
Helga………………………………………………Tarale Wolffe
Evelyn……………………………………….……..Olivia Welch
Faith…………………………………………..……..Julia Feeser
Lil…………………………………………….………..Haley Harn
The Ratcatcher, et al………………..…..Benjamin Fuhrer