Making a difference in the world

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


By Sheldon Nord

It’s a joy to write this first article for Corban’s website. I write as a Corban alumnus (’82), as Vice President of Student Life and Enrollment Management (’90-’93), as a member of the Board of Trustees (’01-’11), and now as President-elect (since July 1, 2012).

First, I join Dr. Reno Hoff in affirming that Corban University’s commitment to its vital mission is stronger than ever. That mission is “To educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ” (Matthew 28:19-20).

When we say “world,” we mean it in its full biblical sense. Corban is deeply rooted where God has placed us in Salem, Oregon, and in Tacoma, Washington. We’re also deeply rooted in Bavaria, Germany (AMBEX), across Europe with study aboard programs, and around the globe as students anywhere and everywhere complete their degrees online.

One of our greatest international success stories is in Indonesia. Beginning in 2007, I worked closely with Dr. Reno Hoff to dream, plan, and forge a partnership between Corban University and Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

UPH is a university located in the heart of Indonesia’s capital city. The agreement between Corban and UPH includes the exchange of students and faculty in addition to joint activities in research and academics. 

This international partnership continues to grow and flourish.

  • During Corban’s Commencement this past Saturday, May 4, two of our students from Indonesia received their Bachelor degrees. What a joy to shake their hands. In many ways, it was a dream come true for both Dr. Reno Hoff and me.
  • In a few more weeks, Corban will graduate another class of students from the UPH Teachers College. These graduates, like hundreds before, will fan out across Indonesia and teach in dozens of rural and urban schools across Indonesia.

I still remember many years ago when Corban alumni sometimes couldn’t work in Indonesia. Please join me in praying that these exciting doors of opportunity continue to stay open for many years to come.

A Story of Light and Hope

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