The Latest on SIU, Jan. 16, 2018

New University Intends to Offer Christian Higher Education in Spokane, WA

Newly formed university intends to build upon the Spokane region’s legacy of Biblical Studies and community service

Spokane, WA, 01/18/2018: A new university in Spokane is pleased to announce that it intends to offer (if authorized) classes in Christian higher education, starting in the Fall of 2018. This new university (whose official name is still being developed) is incorporated in the State of Washington as a non-profit university, and is currently seeking degree-granting authorization and regional accreditation. The university is excited to continue the legacy of Inland Empire School of the Bible, Spokane Bible College, and Moody Bible Institute-Spokane, as it will offer courses in Biblical Studies and Global Engagement, as well as in Professional Studies. The plans for this new university are subject to authorization from the Washington student Achievement Council (WSAC).

The faculty and staff of this newly formed Christian university share a passion for developing a learning community that is uniquely and thoroughly Christian, where students will: grow profoundly in their love for God and His church; flourish spiritually in vibrant Christian community; and be thoroughly equipped to serve Christ professionally and compassionately wherever God might lead them.

The university will offer (if authorized) the following distinctives that make it an attractive choice for students:

 A flexible curriculum that allows students to shape their program around their own interests

 A Totality of faculty with terminal degrees in their areas of expertise

 Unique programs marked by academic excellence and rigor

 Professional Studies programs that integrate a biblical worldview with highly marketable career options

 Emphasis on community service and volunteerism through practicums and internships

 Professors who serve, worship, and do life with their students

 Affordable tuition rates that will not financially cripple students upon graduation

More information will be made available through an upcoming series of informational meetings that will be held for those who may be interested either in taking classes, or for members of the community who are interested in creatively partnering with the university.

The following schedule has been set for these meetings: January 18th @ 6:00 pm: Partnership Meeting @ Fourth Memorial Church February 1st @ 6:00 pm: Student Information Meeting @ Fourth Memorial Church February 6th @ 6:00 pm: Partnership Information Meeting @ Fourth Memorial Church February 8th @ 6:00 pm: Student Information Meeting @ Fourth Memorial Church February 13th @ 6:00 pm: Partnership Information Meeting @ Fourth Memorial Church

Contact the new university:

Email: @

Phone: (509) 869-8640



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New International University in Spokane

God is good. Read the announcement under the link “Spokane International University.” Get back to us with any questions.

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The New Venture

Dear friends, 

Many of you have been asking what Christine and I are going to be doing now that Moody is closing the Spokane campus the end of June. The following letter, which was sent out yesterday, frees us up to tell you what we believe the Lord is leading us to do in the coming months (years?).

I’m posting this on our website, and I will send out an email to anyone who has informed us that they want to be kept in the loop about our up-coming ministries. Needless to say, we are extremely excited about the Lord’s leading in this new Venture.

Dr. Tom Steffen, Board Chairman of Spokane International University, just sent the following letter to the Board of Directors of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.


Tom Steffen
Spokane International University
Spokane, WA

January 9th , 2018

Randall Fairfax
Moody Bible Institute
820 N. LaSalle Blvd,
Chicago , IL 60610

Dear Mr. Fairfax,

Please allow me to Introduce myself: my name is Tom Steffen; I am the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the recently incorporated Spokane International University, a new Christian university located in Spokane WA. Formerly, my family and I were missionaries in the Philippines with New Tribes Mission for twenty years, after which I served another two decades teaching at the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University. My colleagues and I, as well as many in the Spokane community, were saddened by the unfortunate announcement that Moody would close its Spokane campus this coming summer. It is a great responsibility to make such decisions when you are a steward of the Lord’s resources and we trust, as I know you do also, that God’s guidance and will has directed you down this road. We are praying for Moody and Moody’s Board of Trustees, for God’s perfect will to be manifested, and that glory will come to the Father through these things.

In the weeks after Moody’s announcement to close its Spokane campus, many in our community have sensed that God’s work in Biblical higher education is not yet finished in Spokane. Indeed, after Moody’s announcement, a group came together for the purpose of establishing a new university that would, God willing, pick up where Moody has left off. Toward that end we have successfully incorporated in the State of Washington, and are currently in process to gain degree-granting authority, as well as status. We have every reason to believe that Spokane International University will be prepared to offer classes for the 2018-2019 academic year that begins this coming Fall.

In many ways, Moody Bible Institute’s rich legacy of kingdom work has been our inspiration to pick up the burden of this work. We have seen the eternal benefit that our community has received over the years by Moody’s presence in Spokane, and the continued need for Biblical higher education in our community resonates deeply with us. To that end it is our intention to continue programs of biblical studies that have been traditionally offered by Moody, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, as well as expanding into other areas of professional studies.

As Moody begins its final semester in Spokane, please be assured that we are praying for healthy transitions for your staff and students, as well as continued wisdom for you and the rest of the Board and administration at Moody. We would likewise ask for your prayers, for us as we continue to pursue God’s calling on our lives, and for Spokane International University as we strive to serve the Spokane community.

Respectfully and cordially yours,

Tom Steffen, DMiss
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Spokane International University


Randy Fairfax, the Chairman of Moody’s Board responded immediately:

Tom [Steffen]

Thank you for your note and the information regarding Spokane International University.

Yes as you might understand decisions we made concerning the Spokane campus are very difficult and a great deal of time has been spent seeking to understand how to best steward the resources God has entrusted to us through prayer and counsel.

It would be wonderful if you are able to continue providing a solid bible teaching University in Spokane.

I can assure you that you will have my prayers and we will be praying for you as a board that God might grant you favor in this work.

Thank you for your prayers on our behalf and for your efforts in this Kingdom work you have shared with me and through me to our board.

My our God be glorified.

Randy Fairfax


Please pray for everyone who is currently working on this endeavor as God carries us into the world of a new Christian University in Spokane.

Of course, a new university has unique financial needs, and I know some of you would be interested and able to help; therefore I’ve included information on how you may make donations. If you want more detailed information on the financial budget of SIU, contact Nat Schey by email: Nat will send you our current financial balance sheet that shows our immediate needs to get up and running. Thanks.


Instructions for Making Donations

Language and Culture Training International is our sponsoring organization until

501 c-3 status is acquired. Checks can be made payable to: LCTI

LCTI’s mailing address: LCTI, P.O. Box 282, Valleyford, WA 99036

Full tax deduction is available for any donation.



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Romans 1:1

I wonder how many blogs there are in the world? I’m going to focus on the Bible and things not directly related to the Bible that interest me. In that order. Check the categories for a series of blogs.

Romans 1:1

Paul called himself a slave of God, but not because he knew that God was going to mistreat him. He was describing his own chosen relationship with Jesus. A person who willingly gives up his own desires to follow and obey his chosen master.

Paul was “set apart” (perfect middle participle). As a slave, yes, but set apart FROM what? From a murderous lifestyle of a person who killed believers? From a normal lifestyle as a believer? In Acts 9:16 he was informed that he was going to have to suffer lots for the name of Jesus. The Perfect tense indicates the permanence of this situation. Does the “middle” indicate Paul’s part in his choice to suffer for Jesus? The participle indicates an on-going situation.

This raises the question as to how much believers should attempt to live like Paul lived. Total commitment to follow and obey Jesus, yes. But is everyone called in the same way that Paul was called? Do we have a choice in how much we have to suffer?

(I love questions.)


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A New Existence

Christine completed her Master’s degree in August. I’m very proud of her. I finished my PhD on Dec. 13, 2017. The relief is enormous, and Christmas is a fitting conclusion. Moody Spokane will close on June 30, 2018, but we have experienced such major changes before. Fifteen years in Austria and three Bible Churches. Five years in and out of Russia before landing at Emmaus Bible College. Seven years at Emmaus, teaching students and planting Riverside Bible Church. Then eleven years in Spokane, WA, planting Red Bench Bible Church with some of the best people in the world, along with eight years of teaching students Cross-cultural, Bible, and theology classes. The faculty in Spokane is exceptional, in their fields, in teaching and in their love for students.

We are looking forward to the next stage of the Lord’s leading. We are both in our late 60s. Fifteen more years? The Lord is always full of surprises, and He never reveals the big picture, just the next step. This next door is going to be exciting!

Merry Christmas!

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