At the commencement celebration of the class of 1992, our former president Dr. Frank Damazio gave a powerful message to our graduating seniors. The message was titled “The Divine Secret of Ministry” based on Aaron’s Rod, which according to scripture had budded.
Since then, and for many years to come, alumnus Art Johansen who was also an elder, board member and director of facilities at our Portland Campus, would hand-pick branches from our grounds, and fashion them into budding rods. The rods were engraved with each graduate’s name and the Numbers 17:8 scripture. Art Johansen would graduate into Heaven in 2020; yet due to the pandemic, a memorial service was postponed until 2021 whereby our current president, Pastor Marc Estes would present the last rod to his widow, alumna Randi Johansen.
The Aaron’s Rod was officially retired marking a beautiful ending to this great tradition.
In place of the rods, a new tradition was established. The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 received the first arrows. These authentic wooden arrows are engraved with each graduate’s name along with the Messianic scripture of Isaiah 49:2.
Watch this short clip of President Marc Estes’ Arrow Message