Welcome to this latest edition of Renewal, Western Seminary’s newsletter.  This is the first issue produced by Rebekah Buchterkirchen, our new communications director.  We are excited to have her on the Western team.

This edition includes an inspiring profile of Mel Morasch and his family, who have been very generous friends of our Portland students.  I think you will be moved by their thoughtfulness and by the legacy of generosity that Mel created by his example.  You will also learn more about an exciting major grant that will help us enhance pastoral resilience and flourishing in the regions where we have campuses.  We also feature two of Western’s extended ministries (the Women’s Center for Ministry and the ReGeneration Project) that complement our degree programs by bringing informal theological education to targeted audiences. Finally, we also introduce you to the coffee tasting experiment at our Seattle site.

By the way, many of you know that we have recently explored possible scenarios for relocating the Portland campus. The process didn’t produce any possibilities that made sense missionally or financially, so our board decided last year to stay where we are and to renovate the current campus. So far we have added HVAC to Bueermann Hall, new carpeting in portions of that building and Armstrong Hall, and re-landscaped the front of Armstrong. Stay tuned for more news about future improvements on the aesthetic, accessibility, and functional fronts.

God continues to faithfully provide for us as we seek to faithfully serve Him.  May you be encouraged as you read about just a small sample of how He is using Western Seminary for kingdom impact.

Your co-laborer in Christ,

Randy Roberts