Dave W. Duff
A Favorite Verse: "He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure." Is. 33:6
Likes: - Knowing God.
- Books, I seem to be especially gifted at acquiring them...
- the outdoors and stuff you can do outdoors. (Ok, to be honest, I like the outdoors best in the summer. I'm pretty fond of the indoors in the winter, too.)
- Good coffee, not talking Folgers here.
- Many other things...
Books: What's So Amazing About Grace?, The Abolition of Man, Why Us, There is a God, Into Thin Air, Three Cups of Tea, Against the Night, etc., etc.
Favorite Coffee House Beverage: latte.
Dislikes: "American" "cheese" and other things that pretend to be what they're not.
Random: I like to understand how things work. I like to fix things.
A post-war boomer who grew up in the euphoria of "We are the Champions..." "we showed Hitler who's boss" 1950's America. Understood the seriousness of sin and the peril of the unregenerate state while still young and so gladly responded to God's grace and forgiveness. Typical childhood, nuclear family and all, we moved a lot. Uneventful and lackluster high school and college experience... then went to Bible School in Europe, a life changing year. Eventually finished with a Masters in Counseling. Met and later married my lovely Drenda, next to Himself, the best thing God ever brought into my life. Really! Drenda & I have been married 30 something years and have three grown children and 3 grandchildren. We love life together, our family, and serving God.
Why I like Ecola: What will matter in the end is truth and how we individually respond to it. Further, the way we live our lives and most of the choices we make will ultimately trace back to what we believe to be true. This is important stuff. Foundational. Ecola is a place where a person can step out of the frenetic pace of modern life and take time to search for truth and answers to the big questions of life. Here students can consider the truth claims of Scripture and the Christian faith in an undistracted and supportive environment, and develop or deepen a personal relationship with God. In the process, great friendships are built and a real sense of community develops. All of this in the beautiful setting of the rugged north Oregon coast. Come visit and see for yourself! I hope to see you around campus.
A Favorite Verse: "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." 2 Peter:3-4
Books: The God Who is There, The Knowledge of the Holy, Mere Christianity, Surprised by Joy, The Call.
Likes: Art work, piano, buying books, exercise and hiking.
Dislikes: I love butter. I dislike not being able to consume more.
Favorite Coffee House Beverage: Definitely Italian roast, ground fine for espresso.
David and I have been at Ecola for nearly 20 years now. I love the Bible, so it's great being involved in a school that focuses on its message.
Once our children were finally grown and had finished college, I thought it would be a good time to return to college and work on an art degree. Thanks to my husband's loving support and with the Lord's help and guidance, I was able to take four years off and concentrate on studying, finally managing a BA in Art/Art History in 2009. Now besides working in a supportive role at Ecola, I am a professional artist.
A Favorite Verse: "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly..." 1 Cor. 9:24-26a
Books: The Holy Bible, Lost in the Cosmos, God, Freedom, and Evil, The Witchery of Archery, The Tractatus, Ethan Frome, There is a God, Hunting the Osage Bow.
Yes, I'll have coffee.
Periodic table of interests: Trail running, fly fishing, philosophy, woodworking, archery, bow hunting, canoes, early Scouts and Landcruisers, chainsaw mills, Colorado, mechanical things, trees, skim boarding, road/mtn. biking, backpacking, well-behaved dogs, making pizza, pack goats, etc....
Like many of our students here, I was raised in a loving Christian home, and entrusted my life to God at a very young age. I was a privileged child in the spiritual sense: witnessing my parents' vital faith as they led the ministry of Ecola through my formative years. With my two sisters, I experienced the full range of public, private and home schooling, and after graduation road tripped to Colorado to study the Bible (and backcountry snowboarding). That year of immersion in the Bible is counted as the most critical year of my lifelong pursuit of education. I later moved to British Columbia, where I earned my bachelors in philosophy at Trinity Western University. I will soon be completing a Masters in Biblical Studies at Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
Days after graduating from college, I ran into my high school sweetheart Joy (who graduated from Ecola about ten years ago) at the premier of Spiderman. We've been married for over seven years and have two beautiful children, Nora and Owen, and number three is due this winter! We're an active family, and we love the opportunity we have to serve and grow in the exciting and life-changing ministry of Ecola. We live North of Cannon Beach with our dog Lulu, cat Marty (a Spartan tabby who could eat Kyle's Golden Retriever for breakfast), our three goats Hank, Penny and Jasper, and five fancy chickens.
A Favored Verse:
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:16-19)
Likes: Books, hiking, kayaking, Charlton Heston, being outside, writing, and finding excuses to drop random movie quotes into casual conversations.
Dislikes: Cats, Birds, Celery, and Rabbits.
Books & Authors: Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, A Tale of Two Cities, Jane Eyre, The Myth of Certainty, New York Burning, The Logic of the Spirit, Persuasion, and The Berenstain Bears.
Favorite Coffee Drink: Mochas. Anytime.
D.C. or Marvel: DC, because Batman.
I was raised in the modest town of Gearhart, Oregon to a rather large Christian family. I am the fifth of seven children, with three beautiful older sisters and three amazing brothers. The outcome of growing up in such a large family tends to make one slightly skilled and knowledgeable in many areas, but never an expert. My family is very interesting and passionate to say the least. I am an athlete, I am a writer, and I am a well practiced peacemaker.
In 2009 I moved to Portland and began attending Warner Pacific College, a small urban Christian school that encourages their students to actively engage in their community. Here I had the opportunity to work with children/students ages three to eighteen, both in the classroom and in a variety of after school programs. These awesome opportunities reaffirmed my desire to work with children and help others actualize their gifts and passions. I graduated from Warner in 2012 with a degree in History and Social Studies, a bloated degree that reflects my desire to study and learn everything I can get my hands on, from 18th century American socioeconomics to the significance of Bob Dylan’s lyrics, all the way to understanding why Hollywood keeps remaking Spiderman and what makes you smile.
I’m so excited to join the Ecola team. Living in a community that shares the same passion to discover their faith on both an emotional and intellectual level is immensely thrilling to me. I’m looking forward to meeting and serving students from all over the country.
A favorite verse:
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39
Likes: laughter, playing piano, reading, stargazing, nerdy things, adventuring, experiencing new things, meeting people, and on and on and on...
Dislikes: country music
Favorite Classical Piece: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Favorite Coffee House Beverage: Dirty Chai Latte
Random Fact About Me: I do not eat meat
Favorite Books: The Great Divorce, God Distorted, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter
I came to Ecola from a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin right after graduating high school. Being raised in a Christian home, I had always heard about the Bible and Jesus and I came to a saving faith at a young age. However, as I got older, I found it important that my faith should become my own and not just something I believed because my parents did. Ecola was instrumental in my spiritual growth and in my current understanding of God. It was here that I learned what it meant to be loved by God and how that transcends any kind of earthly love. The next year I attended the School of Ministry which really challenged me to walk in that love and faith that impacted me so much the year before. I had the opportunity to use what I learned these past two years at an English Camp in Haiti over the summer. It was such a wonderful experience that challenged me to come out of my comfort zone. My array of eclectic interests has made it difficult for me to pinpoint what I would like to be my main field of study, but I do know that helping and working with people is something I am passionate about.
I am excited to be a part Ecola! Their ministry has impacted my life so significantly and I look forward to seeing how God continues to change lives.
A Favored Verse: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Likes: Laughing, puns (because they make me laugh), chocolate, coffee, chocolate & coffee (Mocha. Hello.), writing letters, hiking, running, baking, eating copious amounts of resulting baked goods, biking, long boarding, playing mandolin/piano, kayaking, meaningful conversation, and a host of other things.
Books: The Bible, Boundaries, & Experiencing God—there are many others, but I have read these multiple times and always learn something new.
Favorite Coffeehouse Beverage: Iced White Chocolate Americano, any kind of mocha/latte, latte’s, etc.—anything but black. See below:
Dislikes: Black coffee, sewing (I tried to make a pillow once. Lets just say I really got to know the seam-ripper), and healthy junk food.
Random: Jump in the ocean. Because why not?
I was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington by wonderful Christian parents who were determined to live out their relationship with God and teach me about Him in their everyday life. I am blessed to have grown up in a home where the same faith professed at church matched the life I saw expressed at home. I am the second oldest of five kids, and was homeschooled up until the age of fifteen when I chose to attended community college for high school credit. I graduated at sixteen then worked as a baker for two years before attending Ecola as a student.
My first year at Ecola impacted me immensely. There were many things in my life that I needed to deal with—many questions I wanted answered. The most important one being, “does God really love me?” Through the Ecola community, passionate teachers, and deep study, I began to experience God’s unfailing love for me in ways I had never known before. As the year flew by, so did my thoughts that God didn’t love me. I experienced such growth that I chose to also attend Ecola’s School of Ministry program. That year, I learned many things on leadership and ministry that I later used as I worked during the summer months for Cannon Beach Conference Center with high school students. Ecola has forever changed my life. It’s where my relationship with God became my own. Where I experienced deep healing.
I’m so excited to serve with the rest of the Ecola team! I get the privilege to see many more students’ lives and hearts changed much like my own and watch God work in mighty ways each and every day.
Dean of Women
Favorite Verse: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” -Zephaniah 3:17
Books I Enjoy: The Bible, For the Love, and lighthearted fiction books
A Few Of My Favorite Things: Laughter, time spent with my pals (which include my family, of course), shopping and buying, watching movies, reading, playing games, early mornings (so quiet and cozy), coffee shops and then coffee. OH, and breakfast, camping, lovely conversations, painting, picnics, letter writing, elephants and giraffes
Things I Don't Like: Meat, slugs, gross things in general, and canned beets (among other things).
Favorite Coffee House Beverage: Hemp milk latte with coconut syrup, or just plain, old, black drip :)
•I am a proud vegetarian.
•My dad looks exactly like Santa Clause (in fact, I think he is).
Idaho is the lovely state in which I was born and raised. There are eight of us in my family; two girls, four boys and two wonderful, godly parents. When I was about six my family moved from Nampa to Smiths Ferry (a tiny community near Cascade—basically just a wide spot in the road) to Pastor a tiny, log cabin church. It was quite a leap of faith, but boy, did God provide in amazing ways! My faith is so much stronger because of that experience. Recently, we moved and started a new chapter in life, but the Lord continues to work in our lives.
Why I Like Ecola: I attended Ecola's first year program as well as the second year School of Ministry program, both of which have impacted me in very positive ways. Ecola is such a great place to grow. Over the last few years the Lord has equipped and given me courage for things I thought I could never do. I have become more aware of His loving conviction and the freedom we have in Him. I am so thankful for my experiences at Ecola and how the Lord has grown me, and I am excited to see how He will continue to do so. I am BEYOND EXCITED to be on staff and get to know and work with students who will be attending!!!
Dean of Men
Favorite Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: "Love
your neighbor as you love yourself.” -Matthew 22:37-39
Books: Besides Christian books, I enjoy reading books on adventure like The Hobbit, The Adventures of Huckle Berry Finn, The Alchemist, One Thousand and One Tales of the Arabian Nights, Into the Wild, Hatchet, The Sea Runners…
Hobbies And Interests: Backpacking… Backpacking… BACKPACKING! There’s nothing I love more than spending nights on the trail. I hate being inside. If I could live in the woods I would. Dewey mornings, sunsets, starry nights, massive waterfalls, snowy peaks, trees, lots of trees, dried food, cramped tents, dust, dirt, bugs, goats, bears, and elk. I love it all!
I’m addicted to surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, longboarding, skim boarding, wakeboarding (anything with a board involved in it). I get a kick out of soccer as well. I’m an amateur fly-fisherman, crabber, and gooey-duck hunter.
I like to try (emphasis on the word TRY) and make stuff out of wood like tables, camper set-ups, and carvings. Sometimes I’ll try to paint pictures of landscapes as well.
I LOVE DOGS!
If there is something high with water underneath like a cliff or a bridge, I will jump off it.. and enjoy it.. I like to snort when I laugh. I don’t have a favorite sports team because I don’t watch sporting events on T.V., I’d rather just go to the game. Oh! I play music too! Guitar, Piano, Drums, Harmonica, Banjo, anything that makes a noise.. just don’t ask me to sing.
Dislikes: Musicals, video games except super smash bros, rattlesnakes, sitting still for too long.
Favorite Coffee: Dark drip coffee, no creamer, no sugar, like a man.
I was raised on 25 acres of orchard, rolling pasture, and lush PNW woods. My two brothers and I were professional fort builders and could cripple a small army in a pinecone war. We grew up in the outback, bulldozing roads through the woods and bucking trees. I’m thankful to grow up this way because it has given me a hunger for adventure and an appreciation for natural beauty.
I was never super school oriented. I loved reading and writing, but I found out that school was a whole lot of having to sit still and listen. Not my forte. My mom has been a teacher for over three decades and did a great job of challenging me with academics. I realized I wanted to be a teacher to help engage students like me that were more hands-on and sociable, rather than academic.
Fast-forward to senior year in high-school. God- changed my life and I realized religion was more than opinion. Through a series of critical events I saw that God was love and he wanted me to live my life according to love. Newly baptized and obsessed with the Bible, I went off to Central Washington University to become a teacher. Through college I did a lot of soul-searching of what it really meant to be a Christian. Through that process I began to realize God’s purpose in my life. After finishing up student-teaching I started looking for a platform for the gifts and purpose God has put on me and eventually have landed here working for Ecola.
Why I like Ecola:
I believe Ecola offers the perfect environment for individuals to learn to love God and people with greater intensity. Cannon Beach is a special place to grow spiritually. The ocean drumming in the background of every day-life reminds me of God’s underlying presence in my life. The community at Ecola lends to acceptance, fun, and challenge that I enjoy being a part of. I also think there is an essential balance of biblical knowledge and life application emphasized at Ecola.