WP Receives Historic Estate Gift from Portland Business Owner

Merlin Radke passed away on February 17, 2017, leaving Warner Pacific an estate bequest that could be the largest single gift in the College’s history, with cash and property totaling at least $4 million.

Merlin was born in Baker City, Ore., on November 5, 1931 to Julius and Letha Radke. He attended George and James John Schools, Roosevelt High School, and Vanport College. Merlin became Vice President of the family business, Radke Auto Parts, when he returned home from the Air Force in 1957. He was responsible for adding the line of high performance products at the store, becoming the premier hot rod parts dealer, creating Radke’s Speed and Kustom. As president of the company, Merlin built upon the already successful family business of Radke Auto Parts, making the Radke name an icon in the St. Johns community of Portland and throughout the region.

The College is still processing the full scope of the gift, which includes cash, real estate contracts, and several pieces of property in the Portland area. While no definitive plans have been made at this time, Merlin Radke’s generous gift will be used as he intended, to strengthen the future growth of Warner Pacific and support our students as they dream, achieve, and flourish.

Athletic Trainer Joins Faculty to Support New Major

The Knights’ Head Athletic Trainer is taking her expertise to the classroom this fall. Amy Engilis has spent nine years providing injury evaluation, prevention, and rehabilitation for the athletes on the College’s 13 athletic teams. In August, Engilis will join the faculty as Associate Professor of Sports Medicine for the newly developed B.S. in Sports Medicine.

With openings in the Sports Medicine and athletic training fields predicted to increase 21% over the next 10 years, this new program has the potential to open the door to exciting careers for students who have a passion for health and wellness. Majoring in Sports Medicine can be the first step in many career paths including athletic trainer, physical therapist, exercise physiologist, and physician.

Professor Engilis completed her bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University and has a master’s degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. She was recently published in Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. The article highlighted research using easy pre-season jump tests on NAIA female athletes and found those with previous ACL reconstructions jumped significantly shorter distances. This has future implications for finding these at-risk athletes and focusing their strengthening and conditioning to address deficits and lower injury risk.

Fitness Facilities Bulk Up Thanks to Generous Gift

MÜV Fitness Brands has donated nearly $100,000 in exercise equipment to the College, providing a significant
upgrade to the Mt. Tabor campus Recreation and Fitness Center.

Students and employees alike are already taking advantage of the donation as they enjoy the gift of commercial quality treadmills (6); rowers (6); stair mills (3); air bikes (6); a cable weight machine; yoga mats; and other assorted equipment during their workouts.

Warner Pacific alumnus Joel Tallman ’84, is the CEO and President of MÜV Fitness Brands.




Faculty Welcomes Dr. Lloyd Chia

The College’s newly organized Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences welcomes Dr. Lloyd Chia as Associate Professor of Social Sciences. Previously, Dr. Chia was Assistant Professor in the department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Criminal Justice at Spring Arbor University in Michigan.

The son of a pastor and seminary president, Dr. Chia lived most of his life in Singapore, but has also spent time in Mongolia and New Zealand. He has traveled widely in North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He served as an officer in the Singapore Armed Forces; was a collegiate rugby player and coach; and performed as a vocalist for a band that produced two albums and toured extensively in Asia.

His ministry background includes serving as the worship director of All Nations Fellowship, a multicultural church in Columbia, Mo. During his time at Spring Arbor University, Dr. Chia led Cross Cultural Studies trips to both China and Cambodia, bringing students out to experience the world they study.

Dr. Chia has published on the Emerging Church Movement in America and researched the experience of LGBT students on Christian College campuses, and why some leave.  He is also passionate about diversity, interfaith relations, and racial reconciliation.

He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Missouri, and a MSoc.Sci. in Sociology and B.A. in Sociology and History from National University of Singapore.

Research and publications include:

  • 2016 “From Boundaries to Borderlands: the Emerging Church’s imaginative work of fostering relationships across difference”, in Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement, Michael Clawson and April Stace Vega (eds.), Wipf and Stock.
  • 2010 Brent, Edward, Jeffrey McCully, Lloyd Chia. Sociology Online (5th Edition), Columbia, MO: Ideaworks, Inc.
  • 2006 “Cultural Missionizing: Islam, Christianity, and Popular Culture in Singapore”, in Proteus: Journal of Ideas (23:2, 2006 Fall).

WP Honored Highlighting Business and Education

Colleges of Distinction - Education Award

Warner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, a designation the institution has been awarded consecutively since 2013. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education.

Eight Oregon colleges made the list and Warner Pacific is one of only three Oregon Christian colleges awarded. In order to be given this designation, Warner Pacific was found to excel in all four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes.

This year, College of Distinction introduced new Fields of Study distinction badges for programs in Engineering, Business, Education, and Nursing. Warner Pacific’s Business and Education programs were both awarded badges to signal their professional excellence.

“We focus on colleges that are the best places to learn, grow, and succeed,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “Schools designated as ‘Colleges of Distinction’ create well-rounded graduates and are among the very best in the country.”

Colleges of Distinction is an online resource that connects individual students to information that empowers them to make confident choices from among nationally recognized colleges. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation by high school counselors and then evaluated using qualitative and quantitative research. www.collegesofdistinction.com


Dr. Murillo Fountain Steps into New Role

Warner Pacific College welcomes Dr. JoEllyn Murillo Fountain in her new role as Assistant Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

WPC Adjunct Professor JoEllyn Murillo FountainDr. Fountain joined the College in January 2016 as an adjunct instructor, teaching American Government to both the Traditional and Adult Degree Program (ADP) students. She was hired as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the 2016-2017 academic year to teach political science, sociology, an FYLC – “Power, Privilege and Identity:  Developing Leaders in PDX”, and other social science courses in the Traditional program and the Master of Arts in Human Services courses for ADP.

“I am excited to move from a temporary to a permanent faculty member at Warner Pacific because I can further develop the relationships I have had with students to learn from each other,” explains Dr. Fountain.  “I look forward to being a part of growing the social and behavioral sciences at the College.”

Dr. Fountain has taught social science courses at a number of universities throughout her career – including Uganda Christian University (UCU) where she and her family lived for more than eight years. UCU hosts a “Best Semester” study abroad program and she taught Ugandan politics to numerous American students from a variety of Christian colleges like Warner Pacific, while also doing administrative work for the university.

As the Assistant Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Fountain will teach courses in American Government, Social Problems and Social Policy, International Relations, Government of States and Localities, Public Policy & Advocacy, Introduction to the American Legal System, and provide leadership to Social and Behavioral Sciences programs. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon.

“As Chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and as an instructor in the same, I see my role as a facilitator between the college (students and staff) and the Portland metropolitan area,” said Fountain. “As a Christian institution, we have the opportunity to uniquely impact the city in positive ways.”

Dr. Fountain’s professional affiliations include:

  • American Political Science Association
  • Christians in Political Science
  • World Affairs Council of Oregon

Her research and publications focus on:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics and Political Institutions
  • Policy Making






Dr. Ramos-Montañez Named Assistant Professor

Dr. Smirla Ramos-Montañez Dr. Smirla Ramos-Montañez joins the Warner Pacific faculty in a full-time capacity as Assistant Professor of Biology after serving at the College as an adjunct instructor. “I see my role as an advocate and supporter of students as they grow spiritually and academically,” she explains. “I want to provide opportunities for students to explore science, expand their understanding, and build critical thinking skills.”

Dr. Ramos-Montañez is a native of Puerto Rico, where she earned her undergraduate degree at the Inter American University. She completed her graduate education in Microbiology with Dr. Malcolm Winkler and holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at University of Washington, Seattle.

As the Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Ramos-Montañez will teach science courses including anatomy and physiology, genetics, and microbiology. When asked what she is looking forward to in her new role, the professor replied, “…I’m excited about the opportunity to build relationships and work with talented and collaborative faculty, students, and staff. I am also excited about trying to find ways to bridge formal and informal learning experiences to serve students.”

Dr. Ramos-Montañez’s research and publications include:

  • Pattison S, Gontan I, Ramos-Montanez, S. The Identity-Frame Model: A Preliminary Framework to Describe Situated Identity Negotiation for Adolescent Girls Participating in an Informal Engineering Education Program. IN REVIEW Journal of Learning Sciences 2017
  • Pattison S, Rubin A, Benne A, Gontan I, Andanen E, Shagott T, Francisco M, Ramos-Montanez, S, Bromley C, Dierking L. The Impact of Facilitation by Museum Educators on Family Learning at Interactive Exhibits: Results of a Quasi-experimental Study. Visitor Studies Journal 2016 IN REVIEW
  • Pattison S, Randol S, Benne, M, Rubin A, Gontan I, Andanen E, Bromley C, Ramos-Montanez S. A Design-Based Research Study to Model Staff-Facilitated Family Learning at Interactive Math Exhibits. Visitor Studies Journal 2016 IN REVIEW
  • Lisher JP, Tsui HT, Ramos-Montanez S, Hentchel KL, Martin JE, Trinidad JC, Winkler ME. Biological and Chemical Adaptation to Endogenous Hydrogen Peroxide Production in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39.mSphere 2017 Jan 4;2(1).
  • Kinkel TL, Ramos-Montanez S, Pando JM, Tadeo DV, Strom EN, Libby SJ, Fang FC. An essential role for bacterial nitric oxide synthase is Staphylococcus aureus electron transfer and colonization. Nature Microbiology Nov 28:2:16224
  • Ramos-Montañez S, Hentchel KL, Kazmierczak KM, Winkler ME. Instability of ackA (Acetate Kinase) Mutants and Their Effects on Acetyl Phosphate (AcP) and ATP Production in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39. Journal of Bacteriology, 2010 Dec;192(24):6390-400.
  • Ramos-Montanez, S, Tsui HC, Wayne KJ, Morris JL, Peters LE, Zhang F, Kazmierczak KM, Sham LT, Winkler ME. Polymorphism and regulation of the spxB (pyruvate oxidase) virulence factor gene by a CBS-HotDog domain protein (SpxR) in serotype 2 Streptococcus pneumoniae. Molecular Microbiology, 2008 Feb;67(4):729-46.
  • Winkler ME and Ramos-Montañez S. (2009). Histidine Biosynthesis. In J.L. Ingraham and F.C. Neidhardt (Eds.). Escherichia coli and Salmonella: Cellular and Molecular Biology 3rd edition. In Press. Module on web edition www.ecosal.org




Golf Coach Featured on CBS Sports – July 16

Royce Rosenthal and Coach Quincy Heard
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MAY 12: WP golfer Royce Rosenthal and Coach Quincy Heard gather for a photo during First Round at the 2017 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship held at PGA Golf Club. (Photo by Montana Pritchard/PGA of America)

On Sunday, July 16, CBS Sports will present “Turning Passion into Profession”—an hour-long special narrated by PGA Professional Gary McCord, which introduces viewers to PGA Professionals nationwide and highlights the diverse roles they play as experts in the game and business of golf.

Quincy Heard, Warner Pacific Head Golf Coach, will be among the nine PGA Professionals featured. The program will air on CBS at 11:00 a.m. on Portland-area stations, prior to final-round coverage of the John Deere Classic.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Heard entered the  golf profession as one of the first African-American PGA Professionals in the Pacific Northwest. He coaches the Warner Pacific College men’s and women’s golf teams; started the Summit Golf Foundation, which introduces boys and girls to the game, including kids in foster care; and mentored nearly 1,500 youth through the Portland Golf Association.

The show is designed to inspire men, women and children of all ages who are enthusiastic about the game to turn their passions into careers in golf. The primary career paths of a PGA Member—Instruction, Golf Operations, and General Management—are showcased, along with other opportunities to enter the industry, such as an entrepreneur, college coach, and golf foundation executive.

Congratulations, Coach Heard!



To learn more about careers as a PGA Professional, visit PGA.org/BecomeAMember. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGA on Twitter and find them on Facebook.




Kidesti Tadesse to Lead Enrollment Team

Kidesti Tadesse - Director of Admissions for Traditional ProgramsKidesti Tadesse has joined the Warner Pacific team as the Director of Admissions for Traditional Programs, bringing with her a decade of professional enrollment experience at three prior institutions.

The mission of the College will be the foundation in all recruitment efforts as we serve prospective students and their families,” explains Tadesse. “I am honored and proud to have the opportunity to share the value in pursuing a college education at Warner Pacific.”

Even as an undergraduate student, Tadesse was active in the admissions process, working as a tele-counselor and office intern at Penn State. Upon graduating, she was recruited to be an Admissions Counselor at Neumann University. At Neumann, she was recognized for her accomplishments and leadership ability and was promoted through the ranks, eventually being named Director of Admission.

Tadesse then transitioned to the role of Director of Undergraduate Admission at Philadelphia University for two years, before she and her husband relocated to the Portland area in January 2017. Kidesti Tadesse brings a passion and understanding for serving first-generation college students and believes strongly in the importance of prospective students visiting campus. Her references spoke highly of her service to students, the development of her team, and a genuine care for people.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively with my colleagues,” says Tadesse. “I am also excited to be a part of such a wonderful close-knit community that embraces diversity!”

As Director of Admission for Traditional Programs, Tadesse is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the traditional admissions department including developing and implementing recruitment strategies to enroll students in line with institutional goals and targets. She earned her M.S. in Education: Instructional Leadership from Neumann University and a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.




Dr. Luke Goble Explores Faith and Politics in New Book

WPC Professor Luke GobleAccording to Dr. Luke Goble, Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Warner Pacific, it is not a secret that the political system in the United States is broken. Many Christians can seem ambivalent about that dysfunction, or worse yet, may be seen as contributors to the problem. While Christ-followers often know they should do something, understanding what to do or how to do it is overwhelming. These intersections are explored in Dr. Goble’s new book, “Worshiping Politics: Problems and Practices for a Public Faith” (Cascade Books, 2017).

Drawing on insights from history, theology, and culture, “Worshiping Politics” reframes the relationship between faith and politics as one of intentional formation instead of divisive decision-making. Goble makes the case that when Christians focus on how we are formed as people and the church in relationship to our various communities instead of what we think and believe in relation to culture and society, it changes the way we engage the world.

Worshipping Politics“At a time when our country often feels more divided than united, Dr. Luke Goble provides a resource that invites each of us to the table, urging us to live faithfully and love boldly,” said Warner Pacific President, Dr. Andrea Cook. “Whether learned from academic research, time spent teaching in the classroom, or through his own personal and family life, ‘Worshipping Politics’ provides hopeful yet practical insights into what it means to live out a Christ-Centered calling in the world.”

Using biblical writing to inform political ideals, Goble encourages us to unlearn our faulty emphasis on the power of our own intellect and discover how to be formed in grace and love for the world through our everyday lives just might make a different kind of politics possible.

Save the date for October 10, 2017 and join Dr. Luke Goble as he leads the Warner Pacific Chapel in discussion regarding faith, politics, and what it means to be a good neighbor. Worshipping Politics is available online at Wipf and Stock Publishers, Powell’s Books, and other online retailers.