Church Relations

Bushnell University values and seeks to promote the relationship between the University and The Church.


Upcoming Event: God’s Global Story


February 27 & 28

God’s Global Story with Dr. Vince Bantu of Fuller Theological Seminary


This is a co-sponsored event by the Center of Leadership & Ethics and the School of Bible, Theology, and Ministry

To join our Church Relations email list and be notified about upcoming events contact Lars Coburn, the Director of University Relations.

Signature Events


Bushnell Church Relations seeks to serve the Church by resourcing, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest with two signature events each year. One in the spring and one in the fall, with other contributions and partnerships throughout the year.

The 2023 spring signature event was called Faith in a Polarized World with guest Dr. Richard Beck from Abilene Christian University.

Save the date for Voices: Preaching & Communication for the Church April 10-12, 2024.


Watch Dr. Richard Beck’s Keynote Address on Faith in a Polarized World


Spring of 2022 was called Speak: Preaching and Communication for the Church.


You can find all the recordings of the afternoon sessions on our Bushnell Church Relations YouTube channel and you can watch our Chapel services each week as well as past recordings on the main Bushnell University YouTube channel here.

Pulpit Supply and Speaking Engagements

University faculty, staff, and students are available to serve as pulpit supply for a sermon or topical presentations. The speaker list includes, but is not limited to:

Schedule Bushnell Speakers:

To schedule a Bushnell speaker, email Lars Coburn or call 541-684-7320.

To schedule The Grove Collective, our traveling worship team, email Bushnell Music or call 541-684-7281.

Bushnell University Church Fair

church fair
Our annual Church Fair event, scheduled at the beginning of each fall semester, helps to connect Bushnell students with local churches, especially students who are new to Bushnell and the Eugene area. The event is traditionally held during the first week of classes during Chapel.  Nearly 30 churches and college ministries are invited to set up displays and meet current students to discuss what God has been doing locally through their ministries.  Past ministries who have participated include:

Berean Baptist Church, City Salt Church, Collegiate Christian Fellowship of First Baptist Eugene, Ekklesia, Emmaus Life, First Christian Church Eugene, Gospel Community Church, Grace Community Fellowship, Harrisburg Christian Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Life Bible Church, New Hope Eugene, Newman Center, North Park Community Church, Northwood Christian Church, Onyx House, Resonate, Santa Clara Church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, Summit Creek Church, The Rising, University Fellowship, Westside Christian Church, Westside Faith Center, and Willamette Christian Center.

For more information regarding the Bushnell University Church Fair or to register space for your church or college ministry to participate, please e-mail campus pastor Troy Dean.

Church Relations Team
Lars Coburn, M.A.
Director of University Relations

B.S., Bushnell University M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary Lars is the Director of University Relations in the Office of University Advancement. "I grow …

President’s Cabinet
Keith Potter, D.D. (hon)
Vice President for University Advancement &
Director, Center for Leadership and Ethics

D.D. (hon), Bushnell University M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary B.S., Bushnell University As Vice President for University Advancement, Keith Potter advances the University’s mission …

Campus Ministry
Rev. Troy Dean, M.A.
Campus Pastor & Assistant Professor, Christian Ministry

M.A., Hope International University B.S., California Polytechnic University, Pomona Primary Responsibilities: Provide leadership to Bushnell’s campus ministry program including chapel, Christian faith …

School of Bible and World Christianity
Agam Iheanyi-Igwe, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Bible & World Christianity
Associate Professor of Bible & World Christianity

Ph.D., Biola University M.A., Biola University B.Eng., Federal University of Technology Owerri (Nigeria) Dr. Agam Iheanyi-Igwe has taught Missions, Bible, and Theology courses …

School of Music & Performing Arts
Kelly Ballard, D.Min.
Associate Dean of Music & Performing Arts, Associate Professor of Music

D.Min., George Fox University M.Rel., Warner Pacific College B.A., Warner Pacific College Dr. Kelly Ballard arrived at Bushnell University in 2021. In addition …