Dr. Baylis grew up on a farm in Michigan. While attending Dallas Theological Seminary for his doctoral work, he received the William M. Anderson Scholarship Award. He now enjoys challenging students to think through both biblical and systematic theology and to increase their interpretive skills in New Testament studies. While a faculty member at Multnomah Bible College, Dr. Baylis developed the M.A. in Biblical Studies program and chaired the theology department. He joined the seminary faculty in 1986, the same year his book, On the Way to Jesus: A Journey Through the Bible, was published. A revision and expansion of his book, retitled From Creation to the Cross, has been published by Zondervan.
In 1980 he co-founded Fellowship Bible Church in Sandy, Ore., and served as a pastor-teacher for 12 years. Theota, Dr. Baylis’ wife of 19 years, died in 1985. His second wife, Barbara, exchanged her plans of missionary work to help him finish raising his three children. More recently in 1998, God took home their eldest son, Al III, following a courageous five-year battle with bone cancer. Outside the classroom he enjoys classical and baroque music, golf, landscaping and roses.
Originally from California, Dr. Chinn ended up in Oregon for school and moved to Portland for work. After God turned his vocational plans upside down, he ended up in full-time ministry. He is a teaching elder at the church he first pastored after graduating from Multnomah. Derek is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Distance Education. He is actively engaged in issues concerning the multiethnic church, and leads a local area multiethnic ministry network. Derek’s dissertation is about creating a multiethnic church by merging congregations, and he has written and presented on various topics concerning multiethnic ministry. He and his wife have five kids, and provide shelter for a dog, a couple of fish, turtle and rat. Derek rests by hanging out with his family, reading, playing soccer and BBQ (cooking & eating!).
Dr. Domani Pothen was born in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, in Southern India. She received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala in 1900, and her master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pune, Maharashtra, in 1993. She earned her Doctor of Arts from Idaho State University.
Dr. Pothen teaches in Multnomah University’s English department, preparing students to read courteously, write thoughtfully, and attend to the human condition carefully.
Upon graduating from Multnomah in 1994, Greg Burch left to serve street-living children and youth in Caracas, Venezuela through a small grass-roots organization (and later through the Latin America Mission). In part, the ministry focused on developing relationships with homeless children and youth who were living in desperate situations on the street. They later established homes and a center where young people could live and be transformed. After a number of years in Caracas, the Burches moved to Costa Rica where Dr. Burch taught in a seminary and focused on training Latin American missionaries going into a number of different contexts including creative access countries. This also included starting a training program for those working with children at risk around the world.
Dr. Burch earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He teaches at Multnomah University as Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department and Director of the M.A. in Global Development and Justice Program. Dr. Burch is married to Christina and they have two children and a Costa Rican street dog named Bella.