M.Div. alum Melissa Bennett was named program coordinator of the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University in October 2013.
Department of Religious Studies
Rel.D., School of Theology at Claremont
BA, Willamette University
Blessed are the Peacemakers: Ethical Issues in Peacemaking
Speech for Preaching
Wes Taylor has taught at Marylhurst University since 2002. He has been a United Methodist pastor for over 40 years.
He is very active in ecumenical, interfaith, and civic affairs. He served as President of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) and served on the EMO Board for 10 years.
He has published over 400 articles, stories, prayers, sermons, litanies, and curricula, etc. As well as teaching at Marylhurst, he serves on the Marylhurst Adjunct Faculty Council.
Wesley has been very active in affordable housing issues, food and homeless concerns throughout Oregon. He received the Everyday Hero Award from the Inter-Religious Council of Washington County (Oregon) in 2008.
In 2002, he was the founder of Tualatin School House Food Pantry, and also served as the first president of the Inter-Religious Council of Washington County. He served 8 years as a board member of the Vision Action Network.
Additionally, Wesley served several years as chair of a Hunger Task Force for the Methodist Church in Oregon and Idaho. He is also very active in anti-war activities and has been a pacifist all his adult life.