All posts by Amy Wheelon

Alumni Testimony – Hank Cao, BTh 14

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Hank accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior when he was taken to Home of Hope Orphanage in China at the age of 12. Later in High School he had a strong sense that God was speaking to his heart and “pulling me into His family and preparing a special place for me in serving Him.” He came to PBC to get “a firm foundation for the rest of my life” Today, Hank is a successful businessman in China. “It’s not difficult to brag about my job and how God is using me in business in China and abroad. But nothing can compare to how He has helped me overcome fear and set me free from my past. God gave me the courage to face my past and turn a comma into a period. This has been the biggest comfort God has given me since I graduated. With this courage I was able to reconcile with my father and share the Gospel with him one week before he passed away. I am no longer holding on to regrets and sorrows but walking with peace and joy.”  

 

Practicum and Apprenticeship Launch

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September was an exciting month for Mannahouse and PBC as we launched our new Practicum & Apprenticeship programs for Fall Semester 2018.  Students now get the benefit of combining the hands on experience of a more traditional style internship with their current academic load to provide students with on the job training for post college opportunities.  

We believe that a critical part of a student’s development comes through their involvement in church life and encourage students to become faithful, active participants. Our motto is “training leaders in the church, by the church, and for the church,” and for that reason, a new job placement program is also being developed as a unique part of the Portland Bible College experience.

Through Mannahouse and Portland Bible College connections with churches across the country and around the world, pastors and ministry leaders will be able to inquire about available graduating students qualified for positions within their local churches.  Our goal is to prepare students with job ready skills, and provide opportunities directly within a student’s field of expertise upon graduation.

 

Congratulations Karyn Wells

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Karyn Wells graduated with her Bth in 2018. She graciously shares her journey in this article.

Young and in love with our hearts set on ministry, Jeff and I married the summer between our junior and senior year at PBC in 1987. I worked full-time that fall so he could finish his senior year and graduate. Read More

Dr Larry Asplund

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IMG_7970The 50th Anniversary Celebration provided so many moments to reconnect people who students encountered during their time at PBC.  With out a doubt the instructors played a major role in the PBC experience.  One of those beloved professors was Dr Larry Asplund.  It was such a treat to have him here for the weekend.  He and his wife Lynda faithfully served for eighteen years at Portland Bible College. Dr Ashland was gifted at making the Bible alive and fun. His humor opened the door to deep and thought provoking questions. Lynda served as the administrator of Christian Leadership Training Institute, the precursor to our online and affiliate programs. What a gift they both were during their time at PBC.

Currently Dr. Asplund serves as a part-time Instructor in the School of Divinity at Regent University. He is the son and the father of a pastor and comes from a long line of Christian ministers and educators. Before coming to Regent University, he had been involved in pastoral ministry and teaching for 45 years, serving as an Executive Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Senior Pastor, and church planter. For 25 of those years he was actively engaged in higher education, serving as a full-time on-campus Bible college teacher, seminary professor, and University Vice President. He and Lynda have been married for 46 years, and they have two adult children, ages 39 and 44. He has a B.A. in Philosophy & Biblical Studies, M.A. in Biblical Literature, D.Min. in Leadership and Spiritual Formation, and an Ed.D. (ABD) in Educational Leadership. He has also served as a “ghost writer” for well-known authors, publishing his own book, “Transformers: Local Congregations as Agents of Community Transformation. Dr. Asplund teaches in the area of Practical Theology for the School of Divinity.