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, C. S. Lewis, A Life, 'Till We Have Faces, The Wright Brothers, 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 baby boomer who grew up in the post-war 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 then married my lovely Drenda, next to Himself, the best thing God ever brought into my life. Really! Drenda & I have been married 40 something years and have three grown children and 5 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 answers to the big questions. Here students can consider the truth claims of Scripture and of 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 genuine 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: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
Some of my favorite books: The Holy Bible, Lost in the Cosmos, Crime and Punishment, Notes from the Underground, Pride and Prejudice, Resurrection, Out of the Silent Planet, A Christmas Carol, The Witchery of Archery, Pensées, and many others.
Yes, I'll have coffee.
Periodic table of interests: Trail running, fly fishing, dinghy sailing, reading and writing philosophy and theology, vintage Land Cruisers and other mechanical things, woodworking and metal fabrication, gardening and home orchard, and making and eating pizza.
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. Along with my two sisters, I experienced the full range of public, private, and home schooling, and after graduating I road tripped to Colorado to study the Bible (and backcountry snowboarding!). Even after university, seminary, and doctoral studies, I consider that year of immersion in the Bible the most important year in my lifelong pursuit of education.
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 (the old Tobey Maguire version). We've been married for over fourteen years and have three beautiful children: Nora, Owen, and Conner. 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, cats Marty and Dibbs, a few goldfish, and some 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 and meat
Favorite Classical Piece: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Favorite Coffee House Beverage: Dirty Chai Latte
Favorite Books: Pretty much anything by C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. God Distorted, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Harry Potter series (book 5 is my favorite), and many, many others
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: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17
Likes: Running, hiking, quiet early mornings, clouds, chocolate, coffee, Mexican food, roller blading, watching/playing football, being with family, traveling, working with youth
Books: The Holy Bible, The Rest of God, Before Amen, Laugh Again
Favorite Coffeehouse Beverage: Black coffee or a good americano
Dislikes: Animals getting to close to me and broccoli
Random Facts: I like dad jokes and watching the clouds in Cannon Beach
I was born and raised in the town of The Dalles, Oregon along the Columbia River. Through the guidance of my wonderful parents and older generations, I came to faith in Jesus at a young age. I am the eldest of five children and love every second I get to spend with them. I have a good mix of being homeschooled and going to private school in my early years, and finished the last half of my schooling in public school. I finished high school at sixteen, and moved out of my parents house shortly after my next birthday. I moved down to Las Vegas, Nevada to live with my aunt and uncle for a year before coming to attend Ecola.
Through the first year program I was able to truly understand the faith that I had been proclaiming for so long. There were things I didn’t understand about myself because of my lack of knowledge about who God is. The environment here helped my ability to communicate with God and others well, realizing that a community of people loving Jesus was possible. Through many different factors I decided to attend the School of Ministry and finally go on to participate in the Summer Ministry Team over this last summer. God has used every aspect of this ministry to enhance my faith and I am beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside this staff and grow relationships with students coming in.
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
A Favorite Verse: ‘For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why He is not ashamed to call them brothers.’ - Hebrews 2:10-11
- Minimalistic backpacking and traveling.
- Sport climbing and bouldering.
- Heights and occasionally hikes.
- Well written essays.
- Overcast weather. Fog and evergreens.
- For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy. - Schemann
- Incarnation of God. - Clark and Johnson
- Institutes of the Christian Religion. - Calvin
- Between Pain and Grace. - Schmutzer and Peterman
- Mediation of Christ. - Torrance
- Wild at Heart. - Eldredge
Favorite coffee beverage: Black.
- Bad drivers.
- Capture the flag at night.
- A small town in eastern France called Mulhouse.
Born and raised in a small mountain town in New Mexico. Lived a life pursuing vanities in
athletics and academics until the Gospel was first preached to me during my senior year of high school. God then guided me to Ecola Bible College and my doubts and fears were slowly relieved through faithful Biblical teaching and Christ centered community. After given ministerial opportunities through the school, I left knowing that ministry was my calling.
I then moved to Chicago to study Theology at Moody Bible Institute. The 4 years of undergrad in short were filled with seasons of joy and seasons of suffering, a loving liturgical church, lifelong friendships, travels to 50 states and 40 countries, inspiring professors and mentors, and life changing lectures and conversations.
After graduating in May, I am thrilled to be serving as the Dean of Men at Ecola. This was the ministry that spiritually raised me and taught me the orthodox Christian life. I was baptized and first tasted the goodness of Christ here. I love Ecola for all it has blessed me with, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to partake in this same ministry for future generations of students here.