Dr. Debbie Chrisop is the Interim Director of Teacher Education

WP Directory Photo - Debbie ChrisopPlease welcome Dr. Debbie Chrisop to the Education Department! We are thrilled that Dr. Chrisop has accepted the position of Interim Director of Teacher Education, her first day was December 12.

As the Interim Director of Teacher Education, Dr. Debbie Chrisop is responsible for teaching classes, developing curriculum, and advising students in various areas of the Education Department under the Graduate and Professional Programs Division.

She has a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Baker University, a Master’s in Educational Leadership from University of Missouri Kansas City, and a Bachelor’s in Education and Special Education from MacMurray College. Dr. Debbie Chrisop is a member of the following professional affiliations:

  • Oregon School Board Association
  • Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

Research, publications, and awards include:

  • Dissertation: Staff Member Perceptions on the Implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at a Therapeutic School
  • Purple Heart Award: Educational Leadership July, 2017

How do you see your role in the Education Department supporting the mission of the College?
“I am committed to supporting and leading the education department with achieving the mission of preparing our future Warner Pacific educators with engaging actively in a continually changing world. “

What excites you most about joining the Warner Pacific faculty?
“I am excited about joining the Warner Pacific faculty as I have the honor of being a part of an educational community that is committed to meeting the ever-changing needs of students and ensuring that students achieve their educational dreams.”

Dr. Chrisop’s office is and she can be reached at dchrisop@warnerpacific.edu or 503-517-1101.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Debbie Chrisop to Warner Pacific!

-Cristina Lopez Alonso
December ‘19

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018 (February 9-10)

Homecoming & Family Weekend is your chance to catch-up with old friends, make new professional connections, and celebrate your heritage as a Warner Pacific Knight!

We’ve got great activities planned, including a special Chapel service, basketball games, the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Athletic Hall of Honor Reception, a celebration of the class of 1968, a service project, and a groove concert featuring Warner Pacific musicians from the past and present!


Registration questions? Contact Diane Minor at 503.517.1114

Please continue to check back here for updates for the entire Homecoming celebration weekend (February 9-10, 2018).

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The Difference: Helping ADP Students Cross the Finish Line

The following article is by Warner Pacific Financial Aid Counselor, Nancy Drummond. It was first published in CCCU’s Advance magazine; v. 8, issue 2, Fall 2017. 

Fingertips fly over the phone she pulls from her pocket. The instant smile is involuntary as she turns it my way. From the screen, long-lashed, enormous brown eyes twinkle at me from atop chubby cheeks. “He’s the reason I’m doing this,” she says. “I’ve started school so many times before, but he’s the reason that this time I’m going to finish!”

Welcome to the landscape of adult degree completion programs, a world of unique financial aid and debt-management quandaries and one of the fastest-growing sectors in higher education. In the adult degree program at Warner Pacific College, many students arrive at our door with confidence deflated and their loan and grant eligibility nearly depleted. They are disillusioned with education, carefully guarding the faint spark of hope that spurred them to give learning one last shot. And we aim to get them to graduation with their heads held high and their debt under control.

When a student arrives in our office, eager for success but jaded by past experience, our goal is always to help them own their financial aid decisions and feel a sense of pride in the way they manage their student debt. Our strategy is a three-pronged approach: financial education, eligibility maximization, and exploring alternatives.

Financial Education

From the first enrollment appointment, students connect with financial aid in a partnership that lasts throughout their program. We review their current debt levels and percentage of grant eligibility used compared with lifetime maximums available. Many students are shocked to learn lifetime maximums exist; this information provides a powerful framework for how they use their remaining financial aid.

Once classes begin, we check in with students frequently, offering comparisons of their awarded financial aid with anticipated costs and answering questions. We connect them with SALT, a value-added benefit for students, providing tools, articles, and support for budgeting, financing education, loan repayment, and more. We also provide reminders as students approach lifetime maximums, preventing surprises that could become barriers to completion.

Eligibility Maximization

Because most people like the idea of “free money,” we constantly review grant lists and award students as they have eligibility. We also encourage undocumented students to apply for state grants in Oregon. Rather than discount adult degree program tuition with institutional scholarships, we keep costs low – about half the cost of our traditional program – but we publish scholarship opportunities on a student blog and offer frequently vetted lists of available scholarships. We help with searches, recommendation letters, and applications, working to empower students for future success.

We also frequently discover that adult learners come to our program after a major life event – job loss, family change – that has prompted them to develop new skill sets. We actively listen to our students’ stories as we meet with them. Certain students are candidates for a special conditions appeal, a Pell Grant eligibility review process for students whose current situation is very different from the tax year data on which their Pell Grant is based. This process has provided additional funding for some of our students, allowing them to stay in school.

Exploring Alternatives

Cutting costs and reducing student debt requires creative thinking and a willingness to look outside ourselves for solutions. We encourage students to submit curriculum from work training programs they have attended and seminars in which they have participated to see if credit can be earned. We also encourage students to earn credits for familiar subjects through DSST and CLEP exams.

In addition, we help students think about funding options they may not have previously considered. Some of our students tap into employer reimbursement programs, while others access funding through AmeriCorps or organizations where they’ve volunteered. For students who have served in the military, we provide guidance and accommodation for accessing and coordinating payment through their G.I. Bill and other Veterans Administration programs.

In the end, we offer the same financial aid awards as larger, public universities, but the intangible awards set us apart: hope, service, and personalized attention that flow out of the love we know in Christ. Here they find a second chance, belief in their dreams, and recognition of their potential. Here they are more than just a name or ID number. That is what makes Christian higher education so meaningful and so necessary. That is what makes all the difference.




Robin Beavers to Lead Advancement and External Relations

Robin Beavers, Vice President for Advancement and External RelationsWarner Pacific welcomes Robin Beavers as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations.

A graduate of Jefferson High School, Beavers has a deep passion for the work Warner Pacific is doing through its Christ-centered mission in Portland, Oregon. Her experience in fundraising and her strong commitment to the work of providing educational opportunities for students who have been historically under-served by higher education makes her an excellent fit for this vital role at Warner Pacific.

As the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations, Robin Beavers will provide leadership and oversight to fundraising; institutional relations; alumni, church, and parent relations; and external relations. As a member of the Executive Cabinet, the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations participates in setting broad organizational goals, objectives, and policies for Warner Pacific while cultivating a culture of philanthropy on the campus and throughout the community.

Beavers most recently worked at Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) as the Director of Development, where her duties included developing and managing the fundraising plan; hiring, training, and supervising development team staff; serving on the executive leadership team; developing and maintaining relationships with donors and board members; and overseeing events and managing the agency brand.

Robin previously served as the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment for Portland State University (PSU). Prior to her work at PSU, Robin worked for several years as the Post High School Manager for SEI.


Robins holds a B.S. in Business Management and Communication from Concordia University, and a M.S. in Education, Policy, Foundation and Administration from Portland State University. She is member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree.

Warner Pacific Introduces Nursing Program with Initial Focus on RN to BSN Degree

In response to the increased need for diverse nursing professionals, Warner Pacific  announces the launch of the RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program.

Warner Pacific RN to BSN Nursing Badge

Designed for licensed registered nurses, the Warner Pacific RN to BSN degree combines the broader scope of courses RNs need with the clinical experience they already have to advance their nursing careers through an education that leads change and promotes health.

The RN to BSN degree prepares nurses for positions of leadership, and provides education and instruction in person-centered care beyond a patient’s immediate physical needs. Courses focus on understanding systems; improving communication and collaboration skills; leading and following; making data-driven decisions; thinking critically about managing care; and working with patients, families, communities, and vulnerable populations from diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.

BSN Opens Doors to Nursing Careers
The RN to BSN degree program is ideal for practicing nurses who want to advance in their current position and qualify for the healthcare industry’s most in-demand jobs. As careers in nursing continue to grow at all levels, earning a BSN opens doors to a wide variety of professional options, including roles with responsibilities that equate to higher incomes such as:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Hospice Care
  • Public Health
  • Military and V.A. Appointments

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is also the first step to more advanced nursing careers such as nurse practitioner or certified nurse midwife.

Warner Pacific Nursing
Nurse Caring for ChildThe RN to BSN is the first degree offered by the Warner Pacific Nursing Program. Backed by 80 years of higher education experience, Warner Pacific Nursing exists to educate students from diverse backgrounds to embody the professional role of the nurse as an advocate for patients, families and communities.

“Our institutional dedication to Christ-centered, liberal arts education guides the vision for this new endeavor,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “The Warner Pacific Nursing Program will be an innovative, diverse, formational learning community known for developing self-aware and culturally competent nurses who demonstrate professional skill, ethical practice, compassionate care, a collaborative spirit, and a commitment to lifelong learning and excellence.”

A leader in relational learning, Warner Pacific is the most diverse private college in Oregon with 63% of the student body identifying as racial or ethnic minorities and 57% of students being the first in their family to attend college. Through personalized service, relational connections, and holistic education, Warner Pacific empowers and equips diverse leaders in all fields to use their degree to serve the city.

At the helm of the Warner Pacific Nursing Program is Dean of Nursing, Dr. Linda Campbell, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CNE. Dr. Campbell served the Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for thirteen years. Most recently, she was the Director of Accelerated Nursing and Clinical Learning Unit at LHSON.  Dr. Campbell’s engagement in scholarship and service illustrates her commitment to building excellent programs for students and the communities they will ultimately serve. In addition to her academic posts, Campbell has been the Principal of “Moving Mountains” (Christian private nursing practice), Health, Education, and Leadership Services (HEALS).

“I am honored to be present at the inception of Warner Pacific’s Nursing Program,” affirms Dr. Campbell. “We share a vision of higher education for nursing: one that is Christ-centered and grounded in the liberal arts to convey reverence for recipients of care, increase diversity in the nursing workforce, and respond to a national nursing shortage.”

The first RN to BSN degree cohort starts in February 2018 and is now accepting applications. Plans for a full, 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing are slated for 2019.





Campbell Named Dean of Nursing

Warner Pacific has named Dr. Linda Campbell, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CNE as Dean of the newly launched Warner Pacific Nursing Program.

Dr. Campbell’s engagement in scholarship and service illustrates her commitment to building excellent programs to serve students and the communities for which they will ultimately care.  In addition to her academic posts, Campbell has been the Principal of “Moving Mountains,” a Christian private nursing practice; and Health, Education, and Leadership Services (HEALS).

“The Warner Pacific Nursing Advisory Council and I share a vision of higher education for nursing: one that is Christ-centered and grounded in the liberal arts to convey reverence for recipients of care, increase diversity in the nursing workforce, and respond to a national nursing shortage,” says Dr. Campbell. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to serve higher education for nursing in a manner that is responsive, wholehearted, and mindful of a shared purpose: to bring glory to God and make Him known in the world.”

Prior to coming to Warner Pacific, Dr. Campbell served the Loretto Heights School of Nursing (LHSON) in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, for thirteen years. Most recently, she was the Director of Accelerated Nursing and Clinical Learning Unit at LHSON. In that role, she also served on several campus-wide committees related to curriculum, accreditation, student affairs, research, academic council, and the president’s advisory council.

Linda Campbell holds a Ph.D. in Nursing and M.S. in Community Health Nursing with a focus in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University, Tempe.

Recent and doctoral research and publications include:

  • Sorensen, J., & Campbell, L. (2016). Curricular path to value: Integrating an academic electronic health record. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(12), 716-719.
  • Suit, A. L., Winkler, P., Campbell, L., Pennington, K., Szutenbach, M. P., McCollum, M., Haight, R., & Roybal, D. (2015). A correlation study of communication skill level and electronic social network usage among healthcare students. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(4), 207-213.
  • Campbell, L., Gilbert, M. A., & Laustsen, G. R. (2014). Capstone coach for nursing excellence [2nd edition, National Textbook]. Philadelphia: Davis.
  • 2005 Campbell, L. (2005). Sustaining nurse-managed practice. Nursing Clinics of North America, 40(4), 739-745.
  • 2004 Campbell, L. (2004, Spring-Summer). Out of the briar patch: Sustaining nurse-managed practice. NNCC Update, 19.
  • 2003 Campbell, L. Out of the briar patch: Diffusion and sustainability of nurse-managed practice (Doctoral Dissertation, Multiple Case Study Design). Ann Arbor, MI: UMI (#3086272).

Professional affiliations include:

  • 2005 – Present Member, College of Nursing Alumni Association, UCD
  • 2004 – Present Member, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Philadelphia
  • 2003 – Present Member, National League for Nursing (#NLN459190), New York
  • 2001 – Present Member, American Nurses Association (#00814408, CO District 30), Washington, DC

Awards and honors include:

  • 2016 Recipient, Doris J. Biester Leadership Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large
  • 2014 Appointed Member, Statewide Steering Committee, HRSA Region VII, PCA Leadership: The Role of Nurses in Healthcare Reform
  • 2014 Guest of Honor, 1st Annual Willow Ceremony, Family Nurse Practitioner Graduation Celebration, RU, RHCHP, LHSON
  • 2011 Research Award ($1,271.50), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large (STTI-AKC): A Case Study of the Clinical Nurse Leader Role, Data Collection Phase


Praxis Academy

Social Entrepreneurship (SE), is a misunderstood field. Most see it as a fancier way to categorize non-profits or define corporate social responsibility (CSR) which is when companies provide money or services to a social issue but do not solely work for the purpose of that social issue. If you are somewhat familiar with the term, you may think of TOMs, the shoe company that is known for giving a pair of shoes to someone in an underdeveloped country when you purchase a pair. However, Social Entrepreneurship is far more than that, it’s a movement, it’s a mindset, a calling.

The Social Entrepreneurship program at Warner Pacific started in 2013. Being fairly young, the program is always seeking new resources and opportunities for their students, such as Praxis Academy. In 2017, the five-day program took place at Biola University in La Mirada, California. The impactful and rigorous program requires individuals to apply for a place in the academy.

The candidates are undergraduates, law students, graduate students, and those who have already graduated from an undergraduate/graduate program. Praxis Academy had representation from over 80 colleges and universities from all over the world, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Stanford University and our very own Warner Pacific.

The cost of the program can be a barrier for some but Praxis offers scholarships for those who need financial assistance and some institutions offer scholarships as well. William Huschka ‘18 and I had the opportunity to represent Warner Pacific at Praxis Academy on scholarship. Huschka, is a senior who is studying Social Entrepreneurship and Accounting. I am a junior studying Social Entrepreneurship and minoring in Political Science and Communications. William and I heard about Praxis from an email sent to all Social Entrepreneurship majors. We were both intrigued by the idea of networking with people around the globe to talk and expand our understanding of the field we hope to pursue.

The program consisted of social entrepreneurs who were in the same shoes we are currently in; we want to create change and we want to do it with a business approach, but how do we get started? The week was full of round tables, workshops, and presentations. Round tables gave us an opportunity to talk to the entrepreneurs in smaller groups. The presentations shared their stories and passion for change and business. Workshops were classes led by the entrepreneurs that were there and each workshop included advice they had for us to start our ventures.

One of the most impactful workshops I attended was on where and how to start your idea. The presentation was given by Jessica Kim and Anthony Flynn. At the age of 19, Kim started “Jessica’s Wonders,” a baked goods company that grew to national distribution. Later, she founded BabbaCo., a company that helps parents build a stronger presence in their children’s lives. Before founding and being CEO of Gifted, Flynn was a CEO of a nationally recognized non-profit in California. He is not only Founder/CEO of Gifted, he is also a consultant and executive strategist.

The workshop was amazing because not only did they give us great advice for starting a business, they provided us with encouragement and authenticity. They each shared their experiences from when they were children, college, to now that helped them come up with a process to starting a business:

  1. Your story. We work hard to get ahead and better ourselves and/or others, but we sometimes lose sight of how we started this journey to begin with. We dream of being the next Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or Steve Jobs when your goal should be being the best you.
  2. Do what you love and the money will follow. Knowing who you are and what you love will make it easier to know what you want to do.
  3. Competencies. Take your skills and experiences and create it into a job you love. This doesn’t mean you stop learning, it means you work out the muscles you don’t use and keep working on the ones that are already strong. You can never be too strong. Learn and work hard.
  4. Ideas don’t self-execute. You need to work for it as much as you want it. As Jessica Kim said, “You start with the who and then you do. The do is what separates the entrepreneurs from the dreamers.” You can want something with all your heart but you will never come near getting it if you don’t make the effort to get there.
  5. Idea concentration, what this means is you treat your idea like a job. One shouldn’t take this as advice to quit your job and go full throttle with your idea. Set a schedule. If you work 40 hours a week try to commit 10 hours outside of work to researching, investigating and planning your idea.
  6. Don’t start a business… solve a problem. If you look at your idea as just a business you will lose the social in social entrepreneurship. This doesn’t mean don’t focus on the business portion because then you will lose the entrepreneurship part. It’s all about finding that balance.
  7. Persistence, curiosity and the grind. To be a social entrepreneur means to be creative and inventive. We look for solutions that no one is looking for to a problem that is there but not being acknowledge. This means we work even when others don’t see the big picture yet. Entrepreneurs don’t need a million people to say yes they need one to keep going in order to educate the millions that don’t understand yet. So we work hard and work smart with all the efforts we have.
  8. Fall in love with the problem not the solution. Sometimes we focus so much on the solution we forget who we are helping. A problem can always be changing and there are external factors that can affect it. It’s like finding a cure for a disease. You don’t just ignore all of those who are suffering through it. Every person is different and requires different solutions. Today a person could need help with the fatigue feeling from the disease but tomorrow a different person with the same disease could need help with the constant fevers they are getting. Same disease different solutions.

For William, his inspiration came from Stephen Buchanan, the founder and President of More Media. His company is located in Los Angeles, California and works on media and content. He also produces music videos and commercials with some of the most inspiring story tellers in the industry. William states, “It was Stephen Buchanan that stood out to me. During a round table event he responded to a question doing projects he wasn’t passionate about and doing projects he was passionate about. He said his motto was, ‘one for the meal and one for the real’ the meaning of this had two parts. One, you will have to take projects you may not necessarily like but you need to make money to feed your family and employees. Two, you may not make money off the projects you are passionate about, but they are still worth doing.”

When we weren’t talking business we worshipped together, through song, prayer, or discussion. The week was unforgettable and incredible. I would recommend this event to anyone who has a passion for business, social change, technology, networking, and anyone who likes to learn. There was so much information being given that each day felt like two but once the week was coming to an end it felt like less than three days. Praxis is helping entrepreneurs succeed in the future endeavors they wish to pursue.


-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19



Fall Music Concerts

This month there will be three opportunities to hear and experience the musical talents of Warner Pacific students. Come out and enjoy the beautiful music WPC is sharing! Warner Pacific Wind Ensemble

The WPC Music Department presents its Annual Fall Jazz Concert on Wednesday night, November 15 at 7:30 pm in McGuire Auditorium. Kelly Ballard directs Vocal Jazz and Gene Burton leads the Jazz Band in rock, ballad, funk, and jazz styles. This event is free and very family friendly.

Dr. Kelly Ballard directs the Concert Choir and Warner Chorale in their Fall Choral Concert on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm in McGuire Auditorium. Featuring gospel, classical, and contemporary works by Thomas Morley, Randall Thompson, Eric Whitacre and others, this is a free family friendly concert.

All are invited to attend the Warner Pacific Wind Ensemble in their Winter Concert on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 pm in McGuire Auditorium.  Under the direction of Gene Burton, the Ensemble will feature works from composers of a variety of eras and styles. This concert will also feature some of your holiday favorites presented not only by the Wind Ensemble, but also our brass choir and saxophone quartet.

All events are free, family friendly and open to the public.



-Cristina Lopez Alonso ’19

Advent Brunch (December 2)

Please join us for the 6th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 2
  • 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
  • Be our guests (there is no charge to attend); however, please RSVP to reserve your spot.
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 28

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. The 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