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

Flourish: Planting a Seed to Serve Underrepresented Communities

Flourish article in CCCU by Dr. CookPresident Andrea P. Cook has written a thought provoking article for the fall 2013 issue of CCCU Advance. The piece focuses on the ways in which Christian colleges are poised to respond to and meet the needs of the more diverse generation of students who are now entering higher education.

Jesus said the kingdom of God is “like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade” (Mark 4:31-32). I’ve been struck that the most common images Jesus used to describe life in the kingdom of God were things that grow. When you drop a mustard seed into the ground, it is nearly impossible to see. If it is in your pocket, it may be impossible to find. How could something so small become so impactful? Jesus is challenging his followers to remember that the kingdom of God requires initiative and time. In due time, all will see the seemingly insignificant flourish!

Read the entire article here

The CCCU Advance is the magazine of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Published in the spring and fall of each year, the CCCU Advance covers the news and people of Christ-centered higher education

Dr. Cook Honored as a Hero for Service to the Portland Community

Dr. Andrea CookDr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, has been recognized as one of Adventist Health Foundation’s “Heroes of the Heart,” a distinction awarded to local community members who are making a difference in Portland through their service to others.

Citing her commitment to providing equitable access to higher education within our community, Dr. Cook was selected from an array of volunteers, youth, public servants, business leaders, and foundation and corporation leaders, each of whom were nominated by members of the community and chosen by a committee chaired by Adventist Health Foundation board member Lynn Snodgrass.

Bess Wills, General Manager of Gresham Ford, and previous recipient of the award, said, “Dr. Andrea Cook set out to change the community within a mile radius of Warner Pacific but she has done so much more. The ripple effects of her commitment to community service has benefited the entire region and made a positive impact on countless lives.”

President Cook will receive her award, along with fellow honorees, Barry and Suzanne Birch and Ardina Wang, at the 2013 Heroes of the Heart Gala and dinner, held Tuesday, October 29, at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.

The Heroes of the Heart Gala is a benefit for Adventist Medical Center’s new Heart to Home Transitional Care Program, which provides support to patients following their discharge from the hospital.


Jim Lyon Presented Honorary Doctorate from WPC

Dr. Cook with Jim LyonAt the Convocation of the 77th academic year, Warner Pacific College was privileged to bestow up Jim Lyon, the Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Lyon is a former student of Warner Pacific and was recently ratified as the general director of Church of God Ministries.

As a pastor and as the host of “Viewpoint,” a radio ministry of Church of God Ministries, Jim Lyon has distinguished himself as a visionary, a gifted communicator, and a leader in the Church of God in North America and around the world.

Lyon has served in countless civic and community service roles, including an appointment in the Washington State Legislature at the age of 29, making him one of the youngest members to ever represent the 74,000 people of northwest Seattle. Laying aside his political aspirations, Lyon returned to his roots, becoming the pastor of the church in which he was raised.

After 20 years in service to the Fairview Church in Seattle, Jim accepted the call to Madison Park in Anderson (then called North Anderson); where he served as Senior Pastor until sensing the call to, and being selected for, the position of General Director of Church of God Ministries in 2013.

“Jim Lyon is a uniquely gifted leader who is poised to be a driving force in furthering the mission of the Church of God around the globe,” said Dr. Andrea Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “I am excited to see the powerful ways in which God is using Jim to unite our congregations across North America as we transform culture by being the body of Christ.”

“I am both extremely grateful and deeply humbled to be recognized in this way,” said Jim Lyon. “As an institution, Warner Pacific is on the cutting edge of Christ-centered higher education, raising up new generations of diverse, urban leaders who are serving their communities in truly meaningful ways.”

The honorary degree awarded at Warner Pacific College recognizes merit and excellence. It is given to persons of exemplary character, whose contributions to their field of endeavor, to society at large, to the work of the church, and to the College deserve public attention.

Listen to Jim Lyon’s message at Convocation.