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

Presentation Slides



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

Rockwood Community Development logoHabitat for Humanity logoLiving Cully logoLeaven Community logo


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.

More details…..

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

Spring Drama Production: Nickel and Dimed (March 16-19)

Warner Pacific’s Drama Department presents: Nickel and Dimed

WP Spring Drama Production Nickel and Dimed poster image


When: Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 pm

Tickets: $5 general admission at the door

Location:  McGuire Theatre; 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (free parking)

There is nothing funny about not getting by in this country.

But there is something absurd about the fact that some of the hardest working people in this country are paid the
least for their work. There is also something absurd about the fact that the United State is one of the wealthiest
countries in the world, but it can’t figure out (or doesn’t want to figure out) how to distribute the wealth so that no
one suffers from starvation or homelessness. Joan Holden capitalizes on the absurdity of the working class poor’s
situation in the wealthy country to create a fast-paced comedy about a dramatic and downright dire subject.

Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly has to make beds all day in a hotel and live
on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won’t pay the rent: she’ll have to do back-to-back shifts, as a
chambermaid and a waitress. This isn’t the first surprise for acclaimed author Barbara Ehrenreich, who set out to
research low-wage life firsthand, confident she was prepared for the worst. Ehrenreich’s best-seller about her
odyssey is vivid and witty, yet always deeply sobering.

Joan Holden’s stage adaptation is a focused comic epic shadowed with tragedy. Barbara is prepared for hard work
but not, at age 55, for double shifts and nonstop aches and pains; for having to share tiny rooms, live on fast food
because she has no place to cook, beg from food pantries, gulp handfuls of ibuprofen because she can’t afford a
doctor; for failing, after all that, to make ends meet; or for constantly having to swallow humiliation.

The worst, she learns, is not what happens to the back or the knees: it’s the damage to the heart. The bright
glimpses of Barbara’s co-workers that enliven the book become indelible portraits: Gail, the star waitress pushing
50 who can no longer outrun her troubles; Carlie, the hotel maid whose rage has burned down to disgust; Pete, the
nursing home cook who retreats into fantasy; Holly, terrified her pregnancy will end her job as Team Leader at
Magic Maids, and with it her $0.50 raise.

These characters endure their life struggles with a gallantry that humbles Barbara, and the audience. The play
shows us the life one-third of working Americans now lead, and makes us angry that anyone should have to live it.

Why You Should Get to Know Your Professors

Earning your college degree means giving yourself a crucial leg-up in today’s job world. The college experience extends beyond GPAs, finals, and diplomas, though, and the relationships you form here can be some of the most beneficial of your lifetime. Whether you’re attending a Big 10 school in the midwest or a small college in Oregon, cultivating relationships with your professors goes a long way. How?

They’re experts in their field. A professor’s knowledge and interest in the field expands far beyond the classes they teach. Scan your school’s website for faculty bios so you can get a brief idea of what your professor’s concentration is in. Keep in mind, this person has dedicated his or her life to a specific area of study. Showing interest in their work is a great way to initiate a connection, especially if that interest is genuine.Why You Should Get to Know Your Professors

Professors are sometimes allocated funds to hire student researchers. (Hint, this could be you!). Your favorite professor may be willing to advise you on a future thesis project or introduce you to a topic you didn’t even know you were interested in. You could find yourself switching majors or adding a double major or minor that could make you stand out to future employers.

They can vouch for you. Especially if your job experience is slim, a professor can be an excellent person to attest to your abilities, work ethic, and dedication if the job you’re applying to requires a reference. If you plan to attend a graduate or Ph.D. program, many schools require applicants to provide multiple letters of recommendation from professors. Stay in touch with the professors you really meshed with so they stay familiar with you as well. Professors have thousands of students over their careers so keeping in touch (via email at the very least) will help those letters of recommendation come from a genuine place. Take a look at these tips on how to ask for a letter of recommendation when the time comes.

They can be a mentor. Think about it: you’ve had mentors your entire life—whether they take the form of a coach or music teacher—and once you enter college and beyond, mentors remain a crucial part of personal growth. Cultivating a relationship with a professor early on in your college experience could give you the opportunity to have a professional to call on for advice in the future. From looking over a cover letter to sharing advice about how to break into the industry, cultivating a mentor-mentee relationship with a professor can help you long after graduation. Asking for advice is a great way to keep in touch so you stay fresh in this person’s mind.

They know people. Because they should be familiar with their colleagues, professors can recommend classes you may be interested in or other faculty you should meet with. They also may know people in your field of study that work in a sector you’re interested in. It’s easier to connect with professionals when an introduction is made through a mutual contact and such introductions can lead to additional mentors or even internships. Don’t ask a professor to connect you with his or her network right off the bat—many times these relationships are years in the making and a professor may feel at risk of jeopardizing such relationships by making an introduction before he or she gets to know a student.

Proving yourself as a committed, reliable, and professional individual throughout the semester will make it easier for a professor to extend a helping hand in this way. On the flip side, a professional may reach out to professors in his or her network when looking to fill a job or internship position. Developing a personal rapport with your professors gives you have a better chance of hearing about such postings before other applicants.

You’ll want to do well. Psychologically, forming a more personal relationship with your professors will make you want to do well—your performance in the class will feel less about your GPA and more about pleasing this person who has grown to know you on a personal level. It may also be easier to actually perform well, with a personal connection making it easier to reach out for clarification on class material.

Some professors may also notice if your grades start to slip at some point during the semester and reach out to you to see how they can help you get back on track. Forming a personal relationship with your professors may also create more pressure on yourself to not skip class, a bad habit that often leads to extra semesters (and therefore, money) between you and graduation. Though you should never assume grade-bumping is warranted, a professor who has witnessed you reaching out for extra help and putting in genuine effort may be more likely to be lenient when a grade is subject to discussion.

Where do you start?
Getting to know your professors doesn’t happen overnight. Especially in large schools that rely heavily on saturated lecture halls, it’s important to take initiative. Start the first day of class off right by sitting in the front. Try to participate in discussions or answer a question at least once per class. Make your face familiar by following up with questions you have after class. Office hours are a great way to snag one-on-one time with professors. Even if you don’t have any questions about the class material, connect with a professor during office hours to discuss the career path you see yourself embarking upon and get his or her feedback.

However, you approach getting to know your professors, keep in mind that personal connection goes a long way and not all professors are interested in forming a more personal relationship with their students. Some professors expect relationships to remain in the classroom while others are happy to chat over coffee or use office hours to get to know students’ interests and career goals. Respect each professor’s style and direct your energy towards those willing to form a connection.

Esteemed Athletic Director Bart Valentine Inducted into Athletic Hall of Honor

Bart Valentine inducted in Hall of Honor 2017Former Warner Pacific Athletic Director, Head Coach, and faculty member Bart Valentine was inducted into the Warner Pacific Athletic Hall of Honor during 2017 Homecoming festivities in February.

In front of a group that included family, friends, and alumni, Valentine became the 10th individual inducted since the Hall of Honor was established in 2012. Jared Valentine and Demarcus Best were featured speakers, who along with many others during an open mic session, paid tribute to a beloved husband, father, coach, and mentor.

“Following my graduation from Warner Pacific with my biology degree and teacher’s licenses in hand, my goal was to be a head boys’ basketball coach at the high school level,” recalls Valentine.  After many years coaching at several schools, he was presented with an opportunity that would bring him back to his college alma mater. “In the spring of 1997, I received a call from then President of Warner Pacific, Dr. Jay Barber. He asked if I would be interested in coming to work as the Director of Athletics and the Head Men’s Basketball Coach.”

Warner Pacific was set to reinstate intercollegiate athletics after a seven year hiatus.

Valentine continues, “Honestly, I had no plans to coach at the college level. I loved what I was doing and did not see Warner Pacific as a good professional opportunity. I didn’t tell Dr. Barber this but in my mind I’d already said no this opportunity. However, after time in prayer and counsel from a few people, I decided to take on the challenge. And believe me, it was a real challenge! I realized that God was asking me to go back to Warner Pacific and be part of creating a great college experience for the athletes. God opened the door and I needed to be obedient and walk through.”

Bart ValentineHis career at Warner Pacific spanned 15 years and included 10 years as the Director of Athletics, 12 years as the head Men’s Basketball Coach, and 5 years as a full-time math professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Health.

“The legacy of my life’s work resides in the lives of my players and students.”

Valentine was presented a plaque that read:

With a career that spanned over 30 years at both the high school and college levels, the State of Oregon has seen few coaches who can match the success of Bart Valentine.

After graduating from Warner Pacific in 1976, Valentine began coaching and teaching at Molalla Middle School. Just six years later, he achieved a professional milestone when he was named the boys varsity coach at Colton High School. The impact of his leadership was felt immediately, as he led his team to the state championship game and was named the OSAA 2A Coach of the Year.

His next position was at West Linn High School where his success as a coach continued. In his 12 years as head coach at West Linn, Valentine led his teams to a state championship title in 1997 and was named OSAA 4A Coach of the Year twice.

Valentine returned to his alma mater in 1999 to revive the athletic program as both the director and the men’s basketball coach. Under his leadership, the resurrected Knights grew from four sports to eleven and his basketball teams were perennial winners. He has two Cascade Conference titles to his credit, and with his guidance, the Knights qualified for the NAIA National Tournament six times. Valentine’s win-loss record as head coach at Warner Pacific is 233-157.

As a coach and administrator, he exemplified WPC’s Christ-centered mission. The Knights are proud to play their home contests at “Bart Valentine Court.”

(Excerpts from the Warner Pacific Knights website.)

An Invitation for All to Hear Rev. Efrem Smith Speak at Chapel on March 16

Rev Efrem Smith to speak at WPCYou are invited to Chapel, Thursday, March 16, as Warner Pacific welcomes special guest speaker Rev. Efrem Smith.

Join us for Chapel service (10:00 am) and the After-Chapel Q&A (11:15 am) to hear from this leading voice on matters related to “Christ, Justice & the American Way.”

Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. Efrem has held positions with church and para-church organizations as well as community foundations. He also served as Founding Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Currently Efrem is the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting, and leadership development organization. He is the author of the books “Raising-up Young Heroes”; “The Hip Hop Church”; “Jump”; “The Post-Black and Post-White Church”; and just released “Killing Us Softly.”

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. Currently, he is a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, where he serves as Vice-Chair of the National Chaplain’s Committee. Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters; Jaeda and Mireya. They reside in the Bay Area of Northern California.