WPU was so pleased to host the Church of God – Pacific Coast Collective at their regional meeting this month on campus! Pastors and leaders hailing from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and surrounding areas had the opportunity to tour the campus, engage with WPU executive leadership, and learn more about the ongoing work of the WPU mission as part of their agenda. 

In his remarks to the group, President Johnson candidly described the challenges and opportunities facing Warner Pacific today and encouraged ongoing conversation. Central to his message was the passage found in Matthew 13:31-32: “The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed… Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree…”  

“Most are well aware that the mustard seed is a very tiny seed, which upon first inspection does not appear to be able to eventually become a tree some nine to fifteen feet tall,” said Dr. Johnson. “But the seed is persistent and possesses a vigor and vitality that actually responds best in hostile climates and conditions. It seems to function best where it appears least likely to flourish. No less is the case when we begin with a seed of faith for the desires of our hearts.” 

Dr. Johnson described WPU as encountering many “mustard-seed moments” at Warner Pacific over the years and where we are today – that despite its challenges, we are being called to persist in our mission by connecting with churches, alums, donors and community partners more than ever before… and to grow for a city and a population that is in profound need of quality, Christ-centered higher education. 

Pastors warmly prayed for President Johnson and his leadership staff and for the students and mission of the university. 

“We are so blessed to be in community with you,” said President Johnson. “We are grateful to all of our church families for opening their doors to us for future visits from our leadership team – and of course, we welcome you to this campus – your campus – anytime.”