About Our People

Ben Hartley (Christian Studies) received a three-year $20,000 grant from the Louisville Institute to facilitate travel to archives in the eastern U.S. and Europe for a biography book project about 1946 Nobel Peace Prize laureate John R. Mott. The project’s working title is “World Christianity’s Emissary: John R. Mott and the Creation of a Global Church.”

Mark Terry (Visual Arts) published an article, “On Pottery,” in Christians In the Visual Arts’ journal, SEEN. Under the broader theme of “practice,” his article discusses the key role of the “incarnational prayer” of makers in culture care. Mark is also currently exhibiting his work at a show, “Of Sticks and Stones,” along with Kathleen Jones (Library), at the Art Elements Gallery in Newberg. The exhibition features the final work fired at the Noble Hill Anagama, the kiln that was both the center of Mark’s work and a site for creative inquiry since 2001. It features a series of both fully ceramic and mixed media compositions that speak into the idea of transition – monuments to time and place, as well as works that evoke both whimsy and mystery. Kathleen’s woodland-inspired paintings and Mark’s ceramic works share natural themes and speak the language of shared history and design elements. The exhibit is on display through March 3 at 604 E. 1st St.

Stephanie Fisher Matthew (Nursing), Eloise Hockett (Nursing) and Linda Samek (Provost) recently published an article, “Learning Cultural Humility Through Stories and Global Service-Learning,” in the Journal of Christian Nursing. The piece is based on their ongoing service trips to Western Kenya with George Fox nursing students.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) has been busy of late. In the last three months, he served as keynote speaker and workshop leader for the United Methodist “Why Water Matters” Summit in Minneapolis-St. Paul; hosted a daylong workshop at Eloheh Farm in Newberg for 30 Intervarsity Christian Fellowship national urban leaders; was interviewed on podcasts by theologian Thomas J. Oord (on “The Love of God”) and public theologian Doug Pagitt (on Randy’s children’s book The Harmony Tree); presented at the Portland Architect’s Salon on “Indigenous Values and Light and Darkness in Biophillic Design”; hosted at Eloheh Farm a tour and workshop on “The Spirituality and Ethic of the Land” for 25 delegates from the Society for Christian Ethics (joint program with Society for Muslim Ethics and Society for Jewish Ethics); presented on “Climate Change” with eco-theologian and ethicist Larry Rasmussen at The Society for Christian Ethics; presented to the Mt. Hood Cherokees in Portland “My Journey with Evan Jones and Jesse Bushyhead, Cherokee Missionaries;” participated in the 12th annual Drum Majors for Justice Ecumenical Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church in Portland; and wrote a piece, “The World from a Porch Swing,” featured on the Evangelical for Social Action magazine’s website.

Ed Higgins (Emeritus, English Department) published his poem “You Can Tell” in the Jan. 8 issue of The Pangolin Review, a bimonthly literary publication based in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. In addition, two of his visual poems, “tabula rasa” and “Bad Day,” as well as his poem “Homonyms,” were posted in Issue 2 (January 2018) of the surrealist art/poetry magazine Angry Old Man: A Magazine of Experimental Art & Poetry.

Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) preached at Northside Community Church on Jan. 20 on the topic “The Life of the Trinity.” Also, from Jan 26-28, he spoke at Lake Grove Presbyterian (Lake Oswego) High School’s winter retreat.

Rebecca T. Valdovinos (English Language Institute) has been selected from the 12,000 TESOL members representing 160 countries – and more than 100 worldwide affiliates – as one of 10 TESOL International Association reviewers for the Commission for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Inc. (TESOL) is an independent professional organization established in 1966. The organization was created out of professional concern over the lack of a single, all-inclusive professional organization to bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

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