Introducing Kaylee Roderick

Spring Enrollment
Have you thought about going back to school? There is still time to apply for classes that start in January and March. You can major in Ministry Leadership, Organizational leadership, Psychology and Business Management. Northwest University at Salem might be the perfect fit for you. If you have questions about tuition, degrees, financial aid, application deadlines, or would like to come visit the campus, call us at 503-304-0092 or send an email to [email protected]
Introducing Faculty Who Make a Difference: Kaylee Roderick
Kaylee Roderick is Northwest University at Salem’s phenomenal math instructor. For some people math can be a daunting subject. Kaylee has an outstanding skillset to create an interactive classroom where students enjoy learning. Because of this, many students finish Kaylee’s class appreciating the use of math, growing in their capacity to be well-rounded as they prepare to go where God is leading them.
Kaylee takes the spiritual impact of her work as seriously as the academic impact. She prays with and for students and loves being part of what God is doing at NU Salem.
Kaylee Roderick has been faithfully involved in Kings Circle Assembly of God (Corvallis, OR) for many years. Shortly after she graduated with her master’s degree in 2015, she began teaching at the NU Salem Campus as an extension of her service to God and His people.
Kaylee is making a difference!

A Resource for Ministries and Churches

Northwest University at Salem is a resource for local ministries and churches! On November 13, guests and students attended a free social media workshop to learn how to get the most benefit possible from social media use by ministries. The event was led by Khalil Burton of Hope Church (Albany) and Casey Olsen of Grace City Church (Corvallis). Both are students at NU at Salem and have been successful in overseeing the social media for their ministries. We learned the best practices of using social media, how to start social media if you have never used it, and what to avoid.

Is there a way we can be a resource for you? Call or email us to see if we can help.

Contact Information for Northwest University at Salem:
Kyle Thompson, Admissions and Marketing Coordinator
[email protected] | 503.304.0092 |

Introducing Dr. Bryan Davenport

You're Invited!
On Tuesday, November 13, join us for a free social media in ministry workshop and dinner from 5:45 to 6:45 on our campus in Brooks. You will learn from two students who thrive in using social media as part of their role on church staffs. RSVP by November 9 to [email protected] or call 503-304-0092 for more information.
Preparing Students with Tough Topics
NU Salem Campus chapels are strategically planned to provide opportunities for students to experience God’s transformative presence in a variety of ways. In October, we addressed the tough topics relating to appropriate interaction with the opposite sex and maintaining personal purity in today’s messy and often dangerous culture. Pastors Kevin and Rhonda Reich led men’s and women’s groups in discussions about the issues. Thank you to the Reich’s (Kevin also teaches classes at NU Salem!) for partnering with us to invest in emerging leaders.
Introducing Faculty Who Make A Difference: Dr. Bryan Davenport
Dav (as he tells everyone to call him) is committed to learning – his own and his students. Dav earned his undergraduate degree in Management/Organizational Leadership from George Fox University, his MDiv from Gateway Seminary, and his DMin from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He believes that learning is his “reasonable act of worship” (Romans 12), and therefore has begun his next degree, a PhD in Bible and Theology (also with AGTS). He teaches with passion and deeply cares about students’ growth and development in both academics and following Jesus. He encourages students, investing in them and equipping them to serve Jesus, grow, and lead.
In addition to teaching at NU Salem, ‘Dav teaches graduate courses online, serves as Executive Vice President for Ten Talents International, loves pastoring Heritage Church in Vancouver, WA, and speaks internationally. Recently, Dav has started a new church plant in Cuba. His favorite and most important role is that of husband and dad to his family. NU Salem students love and appreciate his passion for God’s Word and for students.

Introducing Dr. Steve Emerson

Fall Semester is Underway!

In late August, we welcomed new transfer students as well as students who are beginning their college experience. If you missed the deadline, you still have time to apply for classes that begin in late October. Contact Kyle Thompson for details.

Introducing Faculty that Make A Difference: Dr. Steve Emerson
Many leaders in our Network know Dr. Emerson from his recent role as the Senior Vice President at Church Extension Plan. Others have known him as the Dean of Students at the Kirkland NU campus, or during his time in Pastoral Care at Peoples Church. Steve holds a master’s in counseling from Western Oregon University and a DMin from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. For his dissertation research, Steve developed a model of conflict resolution that takes into account variations in personalities. A deep well of experience, compassion and stability, Dr. Emerson believes that his skills are entrusted to him so he can bless others – including NU Salem students!

October 2: Friends Day at NU Salem Campus
This is a great chance for you and people in your church to visit a class, learn how apply for federal financial aid, and taste the experience of learning at NU Salem. Contact Kyle Thompson for more information.
On November 13, join us for a free social media in ministry workshop and dinner from 5:45 to 6:45 on our campus in Brooks. You will learn from two students who thrive in using social media as part of their role on church staffs. RSVP by November 9 to Debbie Lamm Bray or call 503-304-0092 for more information.

Faculty Highlight

There is Still Time to Enroll for Fall

All of our courses are offered in a two-session semester format. As a result, full-time students take only two or three classes during each session, so they can be very focused in their learning. The deadline for the first session was July 31, but there is still time to enroll for the second session. Classes for the second session start November 15. September 24 is the deadline.
To learn more and start your application visit our website.
Faculty Highlight - Get to Know Dr. Debbie Lamm Bray
After 17 years in college work in Oregon, and 22 years of work in colleges total, Debbie is still right at home in the classroom and college administration. She has taught many Bible, theology, church history, and other classes over the years, and she has led many academic, student development and student life projects. Why does she keep coming back?
She does it because she is called to helping the Church move into the future, and that includes preparing ministers and all God’s people. “I want to help make a difference for the His Kingdom work in Oregon and southwest Washington by investing in the development of leaders to serve in ministries, business, people-helping professions, and more. I believe that we need Kingdom-minded, Jesus-loving people in all aspects of our economy and society, because Kingdom-minded, Jesus-loving people are the way that God is carrying out His redemptive work.” Dr. Lamm Bray does this in her leadership of the Salem Campus’s academics and student programs.
This fall, Dr. Lamm Bray will teach Christian Thought (the beginning theology course) and Identity and Vocation, a course in which students explore the way God has created them and the gifts and passions He has given them, and how He might want to use those in His work. “The Identity and Vocation course has become one of my favorite courses to teach, partly because it is related to my dissertation research on calling but also because I see students leave the course with a fresh understanding of the unique contribution God created and redeemed them to make in His Kingdom. Students’ passion for serving is ignited, which makes my own heart joyful.” That’s not all, though. “Of course,” she adds, “every class is my ‘favorite’ on some level. Seeing students learn how to love God with all their minds (Matthew 22:37) is an amazing experience.”

Turn your Learning into Credit

Fall Application Deadline

NU at Salem is an affordable private Christian university. When affordability is combined with a convenient schedule and our exceptional faculty, the result is an outstanding education that you can attain. The deadline for fall applications is July 31. Click here to apply.

Turn your Learning into Credit
Your classes from a Bible institute or other training experiences might translate to credit toward a degree. Call or email to discuss your learning experiences and let us help you discover what might be possible.
Northwest University at Salem offers MORE than you think:
MORE Convenience, MORE Flexibility, MORE Affordability, and MORE Options

Why Choose Northwest University at Salem?

MA in Ministry Leadership, Interested? A major component of the Salem enrollment strategy is to begin offering more graduate degrees. We would like to gauge the interest in a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MACM), with a potential start date of January 2019. If you would like more information about this program, please email Kyle Thompson: [email protected]
Fall 2018 Application Deadline When affordability is combined with a convenient schedule and our exceptional faculty, the result is a SUPERIOR VALUE. The deadline for fall applications is July 31:
Why Chose Northwest University at Salem? NU at Salem offers AA and BA degrees in Business, Psychology and Ministry Leadership for a fraction of the price as our Kirkland campus. We are a fully accredited private Christian university with exceptional affordability, and financial aid is available to help assist you. Our tuition is so affordable that many of the students graduate completely debt free. The class schedule allows you to come to campus once or twice a week, with classes in the afternoon and evening, and you can supplement with online classes. NU at Salem is intentional about facilitating spiritual growth in every student. This spring we asked our students what were the top three reasons they loved NU at Salem. 1) Students love the community and atmosphere of our campus. 2) Students love the spiritual growth in chapel and in class. 3) Students love the quality of education and the faculty that have a genuine care that goes much deeper than a grade on paper. If you have credits from community college or another school, we can most likely transfer them towards a degree at NU Salem.

MA in Ministry Leadership

We are looking for a few more people who would be interested in pursuing a MA in Ministry Leadership. The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership program equips ministry leaders with a theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission, culture, globalization, vision, strategic planning, and other critical leadership issues. The program can be completed in two years or extended to fit your unique schedule. If you would like more information about this program, please email Kyle Thompson: [email protected]
Fall 18 Application DeadlineNU at Salem is the most affordable Christian university in the Pacific Northwest. When affordability is combined with a convenient schedule and our exceptional faculty, the result is a SUPERIOR VALUE. The deadline for fall applications is July 31:

Northwest University at the OMN Summit

Monday, April 16, 8:00 pm (or immediately following the evening gathering), Peoples Church, Salem
Alumni of Northwest University (Salem, Kirkland, Online and Salem Bible College) are invited to a relaxed dessert reception. This is a great opportunity to fellowship and connect with friends.

If you attend this year's OMN Summit at Peoples Church, April 16-18, please take the time to stop by the Northwest University display. As one university with multiple campuses, we will have information about all of the opportunities that exist at the "University of Possibility."

Prospective students are invited to our Open House event at the Salem Campus from 6:30 pm. Dinner will be provided for those that attend. The location of the campus is: Bethel Park, 5313 Faith Avenue NE, Brooks (Salem), 97305. To RSVP for the Open House email Kyle Thompson: [email protected]

COMMENCEMENT | Tuesday, May 8
Please save the date and plan to attend the 2018 Commencement scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm. Pastor Dennis Webber, from Parkway Christian Center in Grants Pass, will offer the commencement address. The Commencement will be at held at the Salem campus, 5414 Faith Avenue (Bethel Park), in Brooks. A reception to honor the graduates will immediately follow.

The University of Possibility

Northwest University at Salem provides great flexibility for those who want to finish or start their degree at an extremely affordable cost. The full time annual cost is just over $10,000 a year. Compare this price to other private Christian universities and you will see how affordable NU at Salem truly is. Class times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm. The degree programs offered at the Salem campus are designed to equip graduates to be effective leaders in places of service in vocational ministry and the marketplace. Bachelor degrees in the areas of Business Management, Ministry Leadership, and Psychology are currently offered, as are Associate degrees in General Studies and Ministry Leadership. Students seeking to fulfill educational requirements for ministerial credentialing with the Assemblies of God can do so by earning the Certificate in Ministry Leadership at Salem.
Contact Information for Northwest University at Salem: Rev. Kyle Thompson [email protected] 503.304.0092 Office

Meet the Team


We have a newly-formed team with some familiar faces and some brand new. We are thankful that God has called this team together, and we are privileged to serve you and the people in your ministry.

Kim McClintock is our new Office Assistant. Kim has served in multiple positions at a missions school in New Zealand. She sees this work as an answer to prayer.

Kiera Witmeyer is our Student Receptionist. Kiera is currently pursuing a degree in ministry leadership.

Aiyanna Donaldson has joined our team in facilities. Aiyanna has vast experience that is benefitting the campus.. She is currently studying ministry leadership.

Kyle Thompson is Admissions Counselor and Marketing Coordinator. Kyle graduated Northwest University Salem Campus in 2014 and senses a call to serve the school.

Dr. Debbie Lamm Bray is the Director of Academic and Student Services. She is committed to facilitating students’ growth in the conviction, courage, and capacity to follow God boldly.

Our Outstanding Faculty:

Dr. Michelle Cox (Keizer) – Psychology

Dr. Bryan Davenport (Vancouver) – Ministry, Bible, Theology

Dr. Steve Emerson (Salem) – Ministry

Bob Frank (Salem) - Business

Stan Houghton (Salem) – Business

Dr. Debbie Lamm Bray – Bible, Theology, Vocation/Calling

Lee McCloud (Salem) – Ministry

Sean Odell (Alsea) – Ministry

Kevin Reich (Salem) – Bible

Gayle Reichelt (Salem) – English

Gabriele Rienas (Beaverton) – Psychology

Dr. Werner Rienas (Beaverton) – Theology, Ministry

Kaylee Roderick (Corvallis) – Math

Jeremy Siebert (Sandy) – Bible

Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

In June of 2018, Northwest University at Salem is intending to launch a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership program. The MAML program equips ministry leaders with a theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission, culture, globalization, vision, strategic planning, and other critical leadership issues. The program can be completed in two years or extended to fit your unique schedule. This program emphasizes the need for leaders to live out the gospel so that it is seen and experienced in community. The coursework is followed by a culminating project integrating research and program course content from the program to solve a real issue in ministry. The M.A. in Ministry Leadership provides a theological and theoretical framework that is both academically rigorous and practical for effective leadership for the twenty-first century church. The 36 credit program can be completed in 24 months or extended to fit the student's schedule. Purposefully structured to interface with one's ministry context, it is intended for those who have busy schedules and may be involved in full-time ministry. Students meet together at our local Salem campus for eleven, four-day intensive sessions, typically meeting 8:00am–5:00pm, Tuesday–Friday, approximately once every two months. Individual reading and writing plus online interactive work with fellow students supplement the classroom experience. The final course in the program is a research project or thesis related to the student's ministry and/or interests.

There is still time to sign up. Click here for more information.