NATHAN FINOCHIO (’03-’06, ’15-’16)
After serving in Hillsong New York City, Nathan Finochio and his wife, Jasmine, are now based in California where he still functions as teaching pastor for Hillsong. This year, Nathan published his book Hearing God, where he identifies and deconstructs the most common myths about how God communicates, and then provides clear tools to accurately decipher and follow the voice of God in your life. In addition to teaching, preaching, and writing, Nathan is a worship leader and songwriter.
IAN BYRD (‘83-’86)
Ian Byrd is Lead Pastor of Church of the Rock in Calgary, Alberta, and sits on the Leadership Council of Lifelinks International Fellowship where he provides oversight and input to network churches. Ian has also spoken internationally at ministry training schools and conferences. This year, his book, Life is a Highway, has been honored as a Book Excellence Awards winner in the Religion category. If you wish to order a copy please go to iancbyrd.com. There’s special celebration pricing on the e-book!
This year, a group of leaders from The House GDL church had the opportunity to take two Portland Bible College courses in Spanish at their church in Guadalajara, Mexico. The courses were taught by their lead pastor and PBC alumnus, Justin Jaquith (class of 1999). All of the course lectures were recorded to become part of our PBC en Español online certificate program courses. If you know a Spanish-speaking leader who would benefit from studying Theology in their own language, visit www.portlandbiblecollege.org/español
PBC ALUMNI, FACULTY AND FRIENDS VISIT ISRAEL
This year’s Alumni, Faculty and Friends trip to Israel was a monumental experience for each one of the people who joined. Here are a couple of testimonies from their perspectives:
“Since graduating from PBC over 9 years ago, my degree has been foundational to me as a follower of Jesus and in my work as a church planter and pastor in Vermont. When I prayerfully decided and was supported by my church to travel to Israel with PBC staff and alumni, I had no doubt it would be a meaningful time; adding to the foundation laid during my 4 years at PBC as a student. My specific prayer for the trip was that it would be formational to me as an individual disciple of Jesus and that it would somehow be a blessing to my local church community.
The time was incredibly formative for me. My biblical imagination was expanded — even more than seeing much of the landscape and geography of the Biblical narrative — I got to experience and know Jesus in new ways. One place in particular comes to mind as an example, Caiaphas’ house in Jerusalem where Jesus would have been held as a prisoner prior to his trial before Pilate. Ken led us in a prayer and reading Psalm 88 in the pit/cistern cell where Jesus would have been held. As Ken did so, the presence of God was very palpable and we were able to enter into a moment of the crucifixion narrative that many of us had never really imagined or thought of before… Jesus in a dark pit, alone, likely praying for all of us, as he waited his trial, torment, and crucifixion to come. There were many other moments like that on our trip, I bring it up as an example of an expanded biblical imagination and a simultaneous drawing nearer to the person of Jesus.”
-Ian Bailey, class of 2010
“I’ve been told by one of his students that the esteemed professor John Sailhamer refused to visit Israel because he did not want his personal experience to sully his understanding of Scripture as a God-inspired literary whole. I find that charming—in a “that’s good for you” sort of way. But there’s something about seeing firsthand the very settings of the passages I’ve taught for years. Of course, it didn’t add to the “meaning” in the text; but it certainly added depth to my understanding of that meaning.
In class, I teach on the Apostle Paul’s imprisonment in Herod’s palace. But in Caesarea, I taught the same material with the ruins of Herod’s coastal palace right behind me. I could touch the stones, smell the sea, and imagine Paul testifying before the Roman officials. I teach a course on the Tabernacle of Moses. But at Shiloh, I walked on the dirt where the tabernacle stood for hundreds of years, with an archaeological excavation going on around us. Sacrifices were offered there every morning and evening for centuries. The boy Samuel was called there. And afterward I had the opportunity to share with our group my thoughts on the significance of the tabernacle. In class, I teach about Jesus walking on water to meet his disciples in the boat. What a privilege it was to teach that material as we drifted on the Sea of Galilee in a tour boat.
My experience of Israel was priceless. It inspired me, but it also equipped me to present the text of Scripture with more color and clarity.”
-Professor Travis Arnold, class of 2007
WHERE ARE THEY GOING?
The class of 2019 will be greatly missed! We are so proud of their accomplishments and are excited for everything God has for them. Want to see where some of them are going and what they will be doing?
Lindsey Rightmire is getting married and will be heavily involved in worship at the 217 campus of Mannahouse.
Danielle Allen is staying in Portland and TA-ing in our music classes.
David Evans and Crystal Ramirez are getting married.
Mayumi Fukuta is moving back to Japan.
Jacob Hanson is moving back to Maple Valley and getting married.
Alyssa Kienbaum is starting her own business in Idaho.
Michael Lianto is moving back to Indonesia.
Ryan Linton and his wife are having a baby.
Matthew Martin is working full time at a pest control company.
Jaasyel Monroy and Carlis Salomon are getting married and are part of the admin staff of Mannahouse.
Thais Oliveira is on staff at Living Hope church in Hillsboro, OR.
Cameryn Phillips is moving to get involved in the new Eugene campus of Mannahouse.
Cole Pyne is moving to Bend to become a fire fighter and is getting married.
Ricardo Rangel is moving back to Tri Cities to help at his parents’ church, will be working at a car dealership and is getting married in the fall.
Josh Ross will pursue an MBA with George Fox University and will continue to be involved in our Rocky Butte campus.
Kameron Truett will be serving at Rose Church in Portland.
Lauren Van Ouwerkerk is moving back home to Ventura.
Kenneth Nsamba is on staff at Life Church Uganda and will be teaching and training other leaders.
AI YAMAMOTO BTh (‘99)
Ai Yamamoto came to PBC in 1994 as an international student from Japan, and we had the opportunity to meet up with her during our Alumni and Friends tour of Israel. After four years of residing in Israel, where she learned Hebrew and worked to suppor immigrants and holcaust survivors at Bridges for Peace, Ai is now planning to return to Japan to help at her father’s church. We look forward to hearing about all that God has in His plan ahead for her!
STEVE CARPENTER, BTh (‘87)
Steve Carpenter is a musician, writer, Bible teacher and freelance journalist currently based in Jerusalem with his wife Taffy and three children, where he leads Highway 19 Ministries. Highway 19 Ministries was established in 2006 and is working for reconciliation, relief and reformation int he Middle East, by supporting refugees, building networks, and developing missions initiatives. If you would like to support this ministry, visit www.highway19.org