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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Board of Directors

Chair Dr. Barbara Petty
Vice-Chairman Dr. Chris Edwardson
Treasurer Mr. Ron Hastie
Secretary Dr. Jim Rice
University President Dr. Joseph Castleberry


Dr. Joseph Castleberry Kirkland, WA President 2007
Rev. Zach Cash Kirkland, WA Board Appointee 2021
Mr. Ron Hastie Olympia, WA Board Appointee 2014
Mr. Ryan Kidwell Redmond, WA Alumni Association President 2018
Mrs. Kirsten Miller Medina, WA Board Appointee 2016
Mr. George Reece Bellevue, WA Board Appointee 2001
Dr. Don Ross Snoqualmie, WA District Designate 2014
Mr. Dan Schimelpfenig Kirkland, WA Board Appointee 2012
Dr. Reggie Witherspoon Seattle, WA Board Appointee 2021


Dr. Byron Perkins Anchorage, AK Board Appointee 2001
Ms. Janet Weiss Anchorage, AK Board Appointee 2019
Rev. Bill Welch Anchorage, AK District Designate 2000


Rev. Klayton Ko Honolulu, HI District Designate 2018


Rev. Dave Phillips Billings, MT Board Appointee 2012
Dr. Jim Rice Helena, MT District Designate 2012

Northwest Hispanic

Rev. Hilario Garza Kennewick, WA District Designate 2014

North Pacific Latin American

Rev. Jesse Galindo Sacramento, CA District Designate 2014


Dr. Chris Edwardson Dallas, OR Board Appointee 2002
Rev. William Wilson Tualatin, OR District Designate 2003

Southern Idaho

Dr. Barbara Petty DeSmet, ID Board Appointee 2007
Rev. Joel Wendland Payette, ID District Designate 2021


Rev. Alan Schaberg Casper, WY District Designate 2012


Joseph Castleberry (2007)
B.A., Evangel University 1983
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (1988)
Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University (1999)
Kenneth E. Cornell (2013)
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1985
M.B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1994
Senior Vice President, Advancement
Sarah Drivdahl (2022)
B.A., Western Washington University, 1994
M.A., Kent State University, 1997
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2000
Rick  Engstrom (2022)
B.A., Point Loma Nazarene University 2005
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2010
Ed.D., Seattle University, 2020
Vice President, Student Development
Ryan Porter (2022)
B.S., Pomona College, 1999
M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
Chief Financial Officer
Vickie Rekow (2020)
B.A., Northwest University, 1992
Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Administrative Directors & Coordinators

Academic Success and Advising, Director Traci Grant
Admissions, Director of Operations Heather Lewis
Admissions, Director of Recruitment Jorine Johnson
Alumni and Parent Relations, Director Development Office
Athletics, Director Gary McIntosh
Campus Facilities, Director Brian Chance
Career Development, Director Peter Carlson
Center for English Language Education, Director Li Lowry
Center for Online and Extended Education (COEE), Director Jessica Herbison
COEE Operations, Coordinator Alice Chen
COEE Associate Director of Educational Programs Kristi Szilak
COEE Northwest Partnership Program, Director Dan Laurenzo
COEE Student Advising, Assistant Manager Bethany Hauck
College Social & Behavioral Science, Student Services Director Daniela Steinkamp
College Social & Behavioral Science, MAICD Student Services Director Lisa San Martin
Controller Liz Banas
Conference and Event Services, Director Conference and Event Services
Corporate Relations, Director Levi Davenport
Development, Senior Director Mollie Bond
Housing Coordinator Housing
Human Resources, Director Amanda Bowman
Information Technology, Director David Bazan
International Student Services, Director Li Lowry
Library, Director Abigail Dour
Marketing, Director Steve Bostrom
Multicultural Life, Director Blake Small
NU Foundation, Executive Director Justin Kawabori
Office of the President, Special Assistant Office of the President
Office of the Provost, Associate Provost Ben Thomas
Registrar Sandy Hendrickson
Safety / Security, Director Daryl Niles
Student Financial Services, Vice President Vickie Rekow
Student Development, Vice President Rick Engstrom
Wellness Center, Director Denise Johnson
Oregon Extension  
Program Dean Debbie Lamm Bray
Admissions Counselor and Marketing Coordinator Rosa Gonzalez
Office Assistant Caitlin Noble

How to Contact

Email Contact: Personnel at Northwest can be contacted by email or phone, as listed in the Employee Directory [ https://eagle.northwestu.edu/directory/ ].  The University Receptionist can provide general answers and directory assistance, and can be reached at 425.822.8266 or info@northwestu.edu(We cannot accept collect phone calls.)
  Northwest email addresses generally follow the convention of firstname.lastname@northwestu.edu (employees) or firstname.lastnameYY@northwestu.edu (students, including their 2-digit entrance year YY).
Phone Contact: Personnel at Northwest can be contacted by phone through the University Receptionist at 425.822.8266. No collect phone calls can be accepted. A complete Directory can be found at: http://eagle.northwestu.edu/directory/.


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Jon Bentall (2022)
Assistant Professor, Ministry
B.A., Northwest University, 2008
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2014
Ph.D., Durham University, 2018
Erin-Joy Bjorge (2017)
Buntain College of Nursing, Dean
Associate Professor, Nursing
B.S.N., Seattle Pacific University, 1987
M.S.N., Seattle Pacific University, 1991
D.N.P., American Sentinel University, 2018
Clint Bryan (2015)
College of Arts and Science, Dean                     
Associate Professor, English
B.A., University of Northern Iowa, 1988    
M.H., Tiffan University, 2011                     
Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University; 2016
Robert Campbell (2015)
College of Social and Behavioral Science,Interim Dean 
        Associate Professor, Psychology                  
B.A., Northwest University, 2010               
M.A., Northwest University, 2013              
Psy.D., Northwest University, 2015            
Rowlanda Cawthon (2015)
College of Business, Dean
Associate Professor, Business                      
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1999       
M.A., Brandman University, 2006              
Ed. D., Brandman University, 2014      
Craig Chapman (2019)
Creatio Center for Technology and Media, Dean
Assistant Professor, Computer Science 
B.A., Occidental College, 1976     
Blaine Charette (1995)
Professor, Bible, Greek                               
B.A., Central Bible College, 1980              
M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1982
Ph.D., University of Sheffield, 1992    
Hannah Co (2015)
Associate Librarian, Library
B.M., Nyack College, 2002                         
M.L.I.S., University of Washington, 2013 
Angela Craig (2022)
Visting Assistant Professor, Business
B.A., Northwest University, 2007
M.A., Gonzaga University, 2014
Kimberly D’Angelo (2017)
Special Instructor, Psychology
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2002        
M.A., Northwest University, 2009              
Abigail Dour (2018)
Librarian, Library Director  
B.A., Northwest University, 2010
M.L.I.S., University of Washington, 2018
Janet Dubois (2012)
Associate Professor, Nursing                       
B.S.N., Valparaiso University, 1986           
M.N., University of Washington, 2003      
Charlotte Easterling (2019)
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S., University of Tampa, 2012
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2017
Naomi Fanshier (2018)
Assistant Professor, Music
B.M., Pacific Lutheran University, 2006
M.M., Messiah College, 2018
Mizue Yamada Fells (1985)
Associate Professor, Music                         
B.A., Musashino Music Conservatory, 1977
B.A., Northwest College, 1979                   
M.M., University of Washington, 1982      
Shannon Fletcher (2019)
Associate Professor, Business Management
COEE Program Faculty Lead
B.A., Arizona State University, 2006
M.B.A., Capella University, 2010
Ed.D., Pepperdine University, 2016
Cheri Goit (2005)
Associate Professor, Nursing                      
B.S., Pacific Lutheran University, 1981     
M.N., University of Washington, 2003       
Chrystal Helmcke (2016)
Associate Professor, Theatre                        
B.A., Whitworth University, 1991              
M.A. Western Washington University, 2007
Sandy Hendrickson (1996)
B.A., Northwest College, 2001                   
M.B.A., Northwest University, 2014             
David Hymes (2014)
Professor, Bible                           
B.A., Bethany Bible College, 1978             
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1983
Th. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1984
Ph.D., University of Wales, 2010                
Alexander Johnson (2019)
Associate Professor, Biology
B.A., Northwest University, 2007
M.S., California State University, 2014
Nikki Johnson (2016)
Associate Professor, Psychology
B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2010
M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2013
Psy.D., Azusa Pacific University, 2016    
Sung-ae Kim (2022)


Assistant Professor, Education
        B.A., Edith Cowan University, 2008
        M.S., Oklahoma City University, 2013
        M.S., Purdue University, 2020
        Ph.D., Purdue University, 2022
Suzan Kobashigawa (1995)
Professor, Education, TESOL                     
B.A., Northwest College, 1987
TESL Certificate, Seattle University, 1990
M.A., School for International Training, 1995
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2006
Henry Kyeyune (2022)
Visiting Associate Professor, Communications
B.A., Messiah College, 1990
M.A., Wheaton College, 1994
M.A., Daystar University, 2000
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2014
Kim Lampson (2010)
Professor, Psychology                                 
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1974  
M.E., University of Georgia, 1977              
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1984      
Laird Leavitt (2022)
College of Education, Dean
B.A., Arizona State University, 1990
M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2000
Joseph McQueen (2016)
Associate Professor, English                        
B.A., Northwest University, 2008               
M.A., Ohio State University, 2012              
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2020  
Steven Mills (2015)
Assistant Professor, Ministry                       
B.A., Northwest University, 1980               
M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2008
Matt Nelson (1997)
Professor, Psychology                                 
B.A., Vanguard University, 1982                
M.A., Pepperdine University, 1985             
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1995
Todd Nelson (2014)
Associate Professor, Business                      
B.A., Whitman College, 1984                     
J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1988         
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013
Leland Nielsen (2019)
Associate Professor, Exercise Science
B.S., Central Washington University, 2004
M.S., Central Washington University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2010
Lenae Nofziger (2008)
Professor, English                       
B.A. Goshen College, 1994                         
M.F.A., Eastern Washington University, 1998
J.P. O’Connor (2022)
Associate Professor, Ministry
COEE Program Faculty Lead
B.A., Northwest University, 2010
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2015
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2020
William Oliverio (2020)
Associate Professor, Theology
B.A. North Central University, 1999
M.A. Bethel Theological Seminary, 2003
Ph.D. Marquette University, 2009
Kathryn Orr (2021)
Assistant Professor, Sound Design
B.F.A., Northwest University, 2018
M.F.A., North Carolina School of the Arts, 2021
Ashley Ott (2021)
Assistant Professor, Nursing
B.S.N., Northwest University, 2005
M.S.N., Grand Canyon University, 2021
Rachel Partsch (2021)
Assistant Professor, Research Psychology
B.A., Northwest University, 2011
M.A., Northwest University, 2014
Ed.S., Regent University, 2018
Ph.D., Regent University, 2021
David Pedde (2022)
Associate Professor, Worship and Music
B.S., North Central University, 1985
M.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2006
D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, 2022
Tony Pizelo (2017)
Professor, Business                      
B.A., Gonzaga University, 1990                 
M.A., Washington State University, 1993  
Ph.D., Seattle Pacific University, (2019)
Leanne Schamp (2020)
Associate Professor, Counseling
B.A., California State University, 1978
M.A. George Fox University, 2000
Ph.D. Oregon State University, 2010
Cherri Seese (2016)
Associate Professor, Psychology                  
B.S., Florida State University, 1987           
M.S., Florida State University, 1991           
Ph.D., Florida State University, 1997         
Steve Smith (2009)
Special Instructor, Creatio Center for Technology and Media, Business 
Greg Spyridis (2011)
Associate Professor, Chemistry                   
B.Sc., Seattle University, 1985                   
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996      
Eric Steinkamp (1998)
Professor, Life Sciences                              
B.S., University of Illinois, 1982                
M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University, 1986
M.Div., Assemblies of God Theo. Seminary, 1998
Ph.D., Colorado State University, 1991      
Ben Thomas (2002)
Associate Provost                              
B.A., Northwest University, 1999
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2005
M.B.A., Northwest University, 2007
Ph.D., Azusa Pacific University, 2016
Millicent Thomas (2004)
Professor, Mathematics                            
B.S., Nirmala College, India, 1975
M.S., Nirmala College, India, 1977
Ph.D., Ramanujam Institute for University of Madras, 1998
William Thompson (2021)
Assistant Professor, History  
B.A., Linfield University, 2005
M.Div., Multnomah Biblical Seminary, 2009
M.A., Portland State University, 2012
Ph.D., University of California, 2019
David Troupe (2021)
Assistant Professor, Business    
B.S., University of Washington, 1974
M.Ed., Western Washington University, 1996
Ph.D., Walden University, 2010
Clarisse van der Feltz (2020)
Assistant Professor, Biology
B.S. Leiden College, 2008
M.S. Leiden College, 2009
Ph.D. Brandeis University, 2015
Danette Ver Woert (2017)
Associate Professor, Nursing
B.S., Northwest University, 2011
M.N., University of Washington, 2015
Eve Wade (2019)
Assistant Professor, History
B.A., Northern Illinois University, 1995
M.A., Roosevelt University, 2008
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi, (candidate)
Jeremiah Webster (2012)
Professor, English
B.A., Whitworth University, 2001
M.I.T., Whitworth University, 2002
M.F.A., Eastern Washington University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2009
Jack Wisemore (1994, 2001)
Professor, Theology, Philosophy
B.A., University of Washington, 1987
M.Div., Mennonite Brethren Biblical Sem., 1991
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, 2001
Joshua Ziefle (2011)
College of Ministry, Dean
Professor, History
B.A., Houghton College, 2002
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2011
Tiffany Zyniewicz (2019)
Associate Professor, Nursing
COEE Academic Program Coordinator
B.S., University of Washington, 2003
M.S., Seattle Pacific University, 2008
Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2019

In addition to these full-time faculty, adjunct faculty are used to augment the curriculum based on their recognized academic and professional achievements in specific disciplines. Consult individual course syllabi for the instructor’s background and professional expertise.

Applied Music Faculty

Seth Ahnert Percussion, Jazz Piano
Bernadette Bascom Voice
Tatiana Benbalit Piano
Anne Bergsma Voice
Jameson Bratcher Brass
Barney Brazitis Strings
Rodger Burnett Brass
Ron Cole Brass
Naomi Fanshier Woodwinds
Mizue Fells Piano
Celine Ferland Flute
Cherlyn Johnson Violin, Viola
David Johnson Woodwinds
Bernie Kwiram Voice
Josh Richins Guitar
Jeong-Ah Ryu Piano
Maria Tavani Woodwinds
Michael Tavani Strings
Kelsey Tryon Bassoon
Doug Wight Guitar

Administrator & Faculty Emeriti

Kari Brodin (1989)    
  Professor Emerita   2021
  B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1982    
  M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1992    
  D. Min., Drew University, 1981    
Kristi Lynn Brodin (1970)    
  Professor Emerita   2016
  B.S., Seattle Pacific University, 1970    
  M.Ed., Seattle Pacific University, 1977    
  M.S., Seattle Pacific University, 2000    
Carl Christensen (1999)    
  Professor Emeritus   2018
  A.S., Anderson University, 1976    
  A.D., Mt. Hood Community College, 1977    
  B.A., Anderson University, 1973    
  B.S.N., Oregon Health Sciences University, 1978    
  M.N., Oregon Health Sciences University, 1980    
  Ph.D., The George Washington University, 1990    
Lucinda Garrett (2001)    
  Professor Emerita   2014
  B.S., Texas Tech University, 1970    
  M.S. Kansas State University, 1984    
  M.S., University of Washington, 1988    
Gary Gillespie (1985)    
  Professor Emeritus   2016
  Certificate, Capernwray Bible School, 1976    
  B.A., Western Washington University, 1979    
  M.A., Western Washington University, 1982    
Teresa Gillespie (2000)    
  Professor Emerita   2020
  B.A., California State University, 1972    
  J.D., Univesity of Washington, 1985    
J. Philip Gustafson (1966)    
  Professor Emeritus   1999
  B.S., Oregon State University, 1956    
  M.S., Oregon State University, 1960    
  D.Litt., Northwest College, 1999    
Moses Harris (1994)    
  Professor Emeritus   2015
  B.A., Central Washington University, 1966    
  M.A., University of Washington, 1969    
  M.R.E., United Theological Seminary, 1985    
  Ph.D., University of Washington, 1976    
James Heugel (1996)    
  Administrator and Professor Emeritus   2023
  B.A. Northwest College, 1979    
  M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, 1984    
  Ph.D. University of Washington, 2003    
Darrell Hobson (1973)    
  Professor Emeritus   2016
  B.A., Northwest College, 1970    
  Th.B., Northwest College, 1970    
  M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, 1981    
  D.Min., Gordon Conwell Theo. Seminary, 1993    
Jim Jessup (1995)    
  Professor Emeritus   2021
  B.A., Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 1985    
  M.A., Dallas Baptist University, 1987    
  D.Min., Assembly of God Theological Seminary, 2013    
LeRoy D. Johnson (1967)    
  Meritorious Professor    
  Professor Emeritus   2012
  B.S., St. Cloud State University, 1961    
  M.S., St. Cloud State University, 1967    
  D.A., University of North Dakota, 1989    
John Jordan (2012)    
  Administrator Emeritus   2022
  B.S., Central Washington University, 1981    
Paul E. Kress (1999)    
  Professor Emeritus   2021
  B.A., Azusa Pacific University, 1969             
  M.R.E., Golden Gate Baptist Theo. Seminary, 1972    
  Ed.D., University of San Francisco, 1987    
Kevin Leach (1996)   2023
  Professor Emeritus     
  B.A., Eastern Nazarene College, 1975    
  M.Ed., Georgia State University, 1977     
  M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982    
  Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1985    
Sheron Mohan (1997)    
  Professor Emerita   2013
  B.A., University of Washington, 1966    
  M.S., Western Washington University, 1975    
Gary Newbill (1999)    
  Professor Emeritus   2012
  A.A., Olympic College, 1962    
  B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1964    
  M.Ed., Seattle Pacific University, 1970    
  J.D., University of Washington, 1973    
  Ed.D., Seattle Pacific University, 1999    
William E. Owen (1999)    
  Professor Emeritus   2020
  B.S., North Central University, 1979    
  M.M., Duquesne University 1995    
Carol Prettyman (2000)    
  Professor Emerita   2014
  B.A., Southern California College, 1995    
  M.S., Northern State University, 1995    
Ken Prettyman (2000)    
  Professor Emeritus   2014
  B.A., California State University, 1989    
  M.A., Fresno State University, 1992    
Jacqualyn Randolph (1983)    
  Professor Emerita   2008  
  A.A., Northwest College, 1962    
  B.A., Northwest College, 1982    
  M.A., Assemblies of God Theo. Seminary, 1985    
William Randolph (1968)    
  Professor Emeritus   2006
  B.A., Cascade College, 1964    
  B.A., Northwest College, 1988    
  M.Ed., Seattle Pacific University, 1971    
  Ed.D., Washington State University, 1992    
Dan Schimelpfenig (1991)    
  Administrator Emeritus   2012
  B.S., Oregon State University, 1967    
  M.S., The Johns Hopkins University, 1974    
  C.M.M., University of Santa Clara, 1982    
  C.E.M., Stanford University, 1985    
Thomas Sill (1999)    
  Professor Emeritus   2020
  A.S., Reedley Community College, 1978    
  A.A., Highline Community College, 1983    
  B.A., Central Washington University, 1984    
  M.B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 1990    
Robert Stallman (2001)    
  Professor Emeritus   2022
  B.A., Northwest College, 1970    
  M.Div., Regent College, 1985    
  Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1999    
William R. Swaffield (1969)    
  Professor Emeritus   1999
  A. Mus., University of Saskatchewan, 1955    
  B.A., University of Saskatchewan, 1956    
  B.Ed., University of Alberta, 1959    
  M.M., University of Montana, 1967    
  D.Litt., Northwest College, 1999    
  Ph.D., University of Washington, 1972    
Julia Young (1992)    
  Professor Emerita   2012
  B.A., Valdosta State College, 1968    
  M.A., Auburn University, 1970    

Correspondence Register

Mail contact may be addressed to Northwest University
P.O. Box 579, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
Telephone contact: 425.822.8266 Fax: 425.827.0148
Street address: 5520 - 108th Ave. NE – Kirkland, WA 98033

Questions or matters of business should be directed to the following offices

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