Round Robin Group

Snail mail wins! Round robin letters circulate for 50 years

Susan Knight Birge (former student) Gloria Prieb Enns (former student) Lorena Quenzer Fast (BA ’68) Dorothy Regier Harper (former student) Sharon Toews Klassen (BA ’68) Phyllis Olson Manke (former student) Sandy VanFossen Penner (BA ’67) Letha Reimer Sellars (former student) Who would have thought that young ladies beginning their freshman year in September 1964 would […]

Barry Falke

More than one way to be a minister

At MB Biblical Seminary (now Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary), Barry Falke (MA ’04) learned to think critically and look outside the proverbial box. He has put these skills to use redefining his ministry to embrace nonprofit leadership. After graduation, Barry started a career as a vocational minister but was drawn to work in various organizations […]

Cliff Downing

A big impact from a small ad

Cliff Downing 1991 BA in Liberal Studies Juvenile Division Director for Fresno County Probation Department Shortly after Cliff Downing graduated he saw an advertisement in The Fresno Bee for a group counselor position at the Fresno County Probation Department. Almost 25 years later, he is still with the Probation Department as a Probation Division Director […]

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An FPU love story

Catherine (Michaelis, TC ’14, BA ’12) and Steven (MA ’15, BA ’13) Waite Educators In the fall of 2009, Steven Waite (MA ’15, BA ’13) transferred to FPU to play soccer. The first person he met while he was wandering around trying to find the soccer field was Catherine “Cat” Michaelis (TC ’14, BA ’12). […]

Kellie Black

Feeding the Need for Food Awareness

Kellie Black 2013 BA in Organizational Leadership 2014 MBA Founder and innovator of Feed the Need and Mâche Kellie Black took what she learned at FPU about life transformation and community leadership and turned it into Feed the Need— a business model that helps feed a hungry person with every meal purchased—an idea she is […]

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A city leader lives out his faith

Andy Haussler 2013 MBA 2001 BA in Business Administration Community Economic Development Director for the City of Clovis During his years as a student at FPU, Andy Haussler (MBA ’13, BA ’01) learned the value and importance of living out his faith by serving those around him. Andy has been implementing what he learned throughout […]

Phil and Rici Skei

What do FPU alums have to do with prostitutes and stray dogs?

Rici (Bell, MA ’05, BA ’02) and Phil (M.Div ’06) Skei Pastors at On Ramps Covenant Church and Lowell neighborhood revitalizers Rici graduated from FPU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in School Psychology. Phil graduated from the seminary with a Master’s of Divinity. In 2011, they planted an intentional multi-class, multi-ethnic, […]

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Pakisa and Pascal: Congolese Brothers in Christ

Pascal Kulungu – MA 1998, BA 1997 Pakisa Tshimika – BA 1978 By Dalton Reimer, Ph.D. (Emeritus Communication Faculty and Dean) I learned to know Pakisa Tshimika and Pascal Kulungu when they were students at Fresno Pacific University and I was professor and academic dean. Since I retired from fulltime teaching in 2002, I have […]

Rodrigo Vianna

Rodrigo in Rio

Rodrigo Vianna 2014 BA in Communication: Multimedia Production Owner of All Blue As a Brazilian living in Rio, how have the Olympic games impacted your life? I was very grateful to see the city surrounded by foreign people striving to experience an Olympic event as well as discovering a whole new world: new culture, new […]

Andy & Carmen Owen

Super spiritual or totally crazy?

Carmen(Ens, BA ’95) and Andy Owen(MA ’00) MB Missionaries to Thailand Andy and Carmen Owen shaped their passion for reaching “the least of these” at Fresno Pacific and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. For the last 16 years, they’ve made it their life in Thailand. As missionaries, where are you serving currently? We serve with MB […]