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Brent Atkison

Brent Atkison is a director of program management at a technology company that delivers online services in support of some of the world’s largest companies. He and his wife have been supporting ministries in their local area since 2000.

Dr. Michael A. Buchanan

Michael has served as music minister, associate pastor, and interim senior pastor. He is a charter board member of Columbia Evangelical Seminary.

Dr. Phil Fernandes, Academic Dean

Dr. Fernandes is the founder and president of the Institute of Biblical Defense (IBD), in Bremerton, Washington. IBD is dedicated to aiding Christians in their defense of the Faith. Dr. Fernandes has been the senior pastor of Trinity Bible Fellowship, an independent church, since 1988.

Marcus Kelly

Marcus is the senior pastor at New Life Foursquare Church in Enumclaw, WA. Marcus has been in ministry since 2001, and he also currently serves as the chaplain for the Enumclaw Police and Fire Departments.

Rick Luiten

Rick served as the Northwest Director of Action Evangelism in mobilizing churches to care for the homeless. He also served as an associate pastor.

Dr. Eric Odell-Hein, President

Dr. Odell-Hein has served at The Summit, an Evangelical Free Church, since 2003 in various positions including minister, elder, head of small groups, and more. He also works for a large, international software and hardware company based in the Pacific Northwest, where he managed many successful business projects dispersed across several countries. His education includes the Ph.D. (Theology—Comparative Theodicy) with North-West University, South Africa.

Steve Rowe

Steve Rowe is a successful leader at a large software company in the Pacific Northwest. Steve and his wife have been leading college ministries at their home church for over a decade.

Dr. Brad Stewart

Dr. Stewart is the Executive Director of Kingdom Warrior Ministries. He served as a men's ministry leader throughout the Pacific Northwest for the Evangelical Free Church of America. While in the U.S. military, Brad served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Yokosuka Japan Christian Serviceman's Center, and spent 15 years making disciples while laboring in the Navigators. He is a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer.


Dr. Rick Walston, President Emeritus

Dr. Walston is the founder of Columbia Evangelical Seminary and served as its presdient for 25 years. He considered by many to be an expert in Distance Learning, and he has been interviewed by and quoted in various major magazines including Charisma, Christianity Today, and World. He also pastored in Assemblies of God and independent churches for two decades.

Dr. Randy Weiss

Dr. Weiss is a Jewish believer in Jesus. He is an adjunct professor for the ICI University in Texas and the host of Cross Talk, a weekly television broadcast ministry.

Dr. Stuart D. Young

Dr. Young is the Assistant Administrator of Religious Services for the Oregon Department of Corrections. Over the past thirty-five years, he has ministered in pastoring, teaching, missions work, program management, and corrections.


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