LPU Press Room | April 30, 2021

Launch of Discover Northwest

Life Pacific University's partnership with East Hill Church Family in Gresham, Oregon, is going the distance! Lead Pastors Keith (alum) and Coco Jenkins are life-on-life leaders, committed to discipleship, emotional health, and practical impact in their city. The University is honored to partner in their vision to see more people changed and healed through the power of Christ. In fall 2021, East Hill Church Family will be launching Discover Northwest, a part of the Life Pacific University Immersive Training Program. This program offers students an accredited and affordable online degree that is integrated into a hands-on immersive training experience at East Hill Church.

Collage of photos of President Angie, Pastor Keith, and other individuals during an East Hill Church service.Linking Arms for Shared Mission

One of the most exciting benefits of the university and local church partnering together is the ability to link arms during special occasions. Recently, President Angie Richey, Director of Partner and Affiliate Programs Bobby Howell, and Director of Calling & Vocation Kristina Stover, spent time with East Hill Church Family during the church’s Mental Health Matters weekend. The LPU team was honored to be a partner during the weekend, providing resources and support. Pastor Keith Jenkins, Lead Pastor East Hill Family Church and MASL Alumni says, “The Mental Health Matters weekend was monumental for so many in our community of faith...many who are suffering or serving someone who is suffering were encouraged and given practical tools to wage war with. Our partnership with LPU just keeps paying dividends in our local context. Angie in particular spoke directly to felt need of so many, including me. The weekend exceeded my wildest expectations.” President Angie Richey says, “I’m thrilled about this opportunity to partner with Keith and the East Hill Church Family. This is an incredible church community that is focusing on emotional health.”

"Our partnership with LPU just keeps paying dividends in our local context." - Pastor Keith Jenkins

On the left is a photo of LPU and East Hill staff. On the right is a photo of President Angie and Pastor Steve Mickel.Connecting with Alumni

In addition, during the time with East Hill Church Family, the LPU team was able to connect with many LPU alumni – some who are on staff at East Hill and others who drove to an evening Alumni Gathering, including pastors like Steve Mickel, Greg and Michelle Russinger, Jeffery Geasy, as well as LIFE's seventh presdient, Dr. Dick Scott. President Richey says, “What a joyous time to share, listen, and consider how to more intentionally collaborate together for mission.”

As the year continues, the LPU team is looking forward to creating additional opportunities to gather with alumni and partner churches across the country.

Photo of a large group of alumni and LPU staff and President Angie Richey

Let's Partner Together

Are you interested in learning more about partnership with Life Pacific University?

To learn more about launching an Immersive Training Program at your church, click here.

To invite LPU to your church or collaborate on an event, contact us at enrollment@lifepacific.edu