Congratulations to President and Mrs. Martin

For only the 10th time in the history of Seattle Pacific, the University inaugurated a new president ― Dr. Daniel J. Martin. To help celebrate the April 2 Inauguration, people were invited to send a note of congratulations to him and Mrs. Martin in this moderated bulletin board.

Melissa Lucas
Seattle, WA
Posted April 17, 2013, at 6:13 p.m.

Dear Dr. Martin,

Congratulations!  Thank you for taking on the mission of advancing SPU into new and often uncertain times, especially for higher education.  I appreciate your focus on thinking creatively to give students the most solid education possible so that they are equipped to change the world for the better.  I pray God will bless you with great wisdom, creativity, and humor as you serve!

Rachel Shannon '05
Everett, WA
Posted April 16, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.

Congratulations on your inauguration Dr. Martin.  I was impressed hearing you speak; I hear a passion for enhancing SPU's ability to be an agent of change in a dynamic world, with reverence for the university's past. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Rachel Shannon

Jeff Levy
Seattle, WA
Posted April 8, 2013, 12:22 p.m.

I was fortunate to be the delegate of Father McShane of Fordham U. I want to personally and on behalf of Father McShane wish you the best. Your speech was an inspiration to all.

Dan and Heather Rieland
Billings, MT
Posted April 5, 2013, 11:16 a.m.

Daniel & Pam & Boys,
It is exciting to think that God has led you all on this path to Inauguration Day @ SPU! Of course, nothing is arbitrary with our God Who plans big-scale events--forming the foundations of the earth--to smaller but just as important events like implementing & equipping a Godly leader for SPU. Our daughter Mariel has gleaned much from her college experience--from participating in malaria clinics in Malawi, Africa, to being involved in Advancement Core & Latrea. Her passion to make things better on this planet has been nurtured & fueled by SPU's approach & mission. THANKS in advance for all your blood, sweat & tears--and hopefully not too many sleepless nights! Our prayers go before your bold path...In Jesus' BIG Love, The Rielands

Khanh Cao
Bellevue, WA
Posted April 4, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.

I was very impressed by your beautiful speech on your Inauguration day. I believe you will lead SPU to more successful and challenging horizons. Khanh Cao, ELL Teacher

Dale and Jeyne Lund
Vancouver, BC
Posted April 2, 2013, at 9:46 p.m.

Dear President Martin: We pray the Lord will give you great wisdom and courage as you boldly lead SPU and its student body to truly engage in the culture and subsequently change the world for Christ. Congratulations on your Inauguration Day! We pray for you and your family and thank you for the sacrifices you make. With joy, Dale and Jeyne LUND 

Dean and Jill Matro
Honolulu, HI
Posted April 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Martin, on your appointment. It will be exciting to see how God will use you and your family during this next phase of the growth of SPU. May you continue to listen to his voice as you lead.

Laura Williams
San Francisco, CA
Posted April 2, 2013, at 6:22 p.m.

Sending many warm wishes to you and your family today! Wish we could be there to celebrate!

Lucia Delamarter '73
Greenville, IL
Posted April 2, 2013, at 5:57 p.m.

Congratulations on your inauguration as President of SPU from the Free Methodist churches in the Gateway Conference. The shared vision of the Christian academy and the church for transformation of the culture through Jesus Christ must compel all of us to greater diligence, prayer and partnership. I am delighted to share in all of those with you and the wonderful faculty, staff, students and leaders of SPU. 

Axel  Pantelmann
Calgary, AB
Posted April 2, 2013, at 5:45 p.m.

Congratulations Dr. Daniel Martin on your new calling as the president of SPU. God has blessed the university with a new talented team to guide not only as skilled leaders but also ambassadors for Christ.

Don  Peter
Des Moines, WA
Posted April 2, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.

Your coming to SPU as a calling from God is very encouraging. Please be assured of our continued prayers. May God bless your going out and coming in each day.

Regina Crammer
La Habra, CA
Posted April 2, 2013, at 10:56 a.m.

Congratulations, President and Mrs Martin! May The Lord bless you as you bless SPU with your leadership. My son is in his second year at SPU and I could not be more pleased that he is there! What an awesome university it is! I am sure that SPU will continue to flourish under your God directed leadership! Blessings to you, your wife and children.

Gordon  Isaac '75
Wenham, MA
Posted April 2, 2013, at 10:53 a.m.

God's richest blessing as you lead Seattle Pacific into the future. I continue to feel the link with SPU as I teach Church History at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA.

Ronda Howard
Vancouver, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:59 p.m.

Congratulations, President and Mrs. Martin, Jacob and Joshua! Welcome to the SPU community. It is an incredibly special place. 

Steve Reed
Posted April 1, 2013, at 10:41 p.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Martin as you begin your new role leading the faculty, administrtion, staff and students of SPU. My time at Seattle Pacific challanged me to grow in my own relationship with Jesus Christ and to make a difference in the world. My prayers are with you as you lead and prepare the next generation of students to impact their world.

Steve  Whitehouse
Puyallup, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, at 3:46 p.m.

Congratulations, President Martin!  These are exciting times for an exciting University. It is clear that God's hand is on you and your family, and I am very excited to see what he has in store for you and Seattle Pacific. It is a special to be a part of students seeing the vision of what God has in store for their lives. May God bless you and your family as you minister in this community as our President.

Roger '59 and Carol Wilder '58
Mount Shasta, CA
Posted April 1, 2013, 3:33 p.m.

Seattle Pacific College was the beginning of God's graciously providing horizon-expanding vision and wonderful post-graduate and career opportunities, for Carol and for me. We have been grateful and delighted that SPU has continued to be truly Christ-centered in SPU's values and actions, thankful in anticipation that your leadership will continue and grow to further His will and His kingdom.

Bob and Sue Andringa
Anthem, AZ
Posted April 1, 2013, 2:43 p.m.

Dan, we join the large SPU family of alums and friends in celebrating your inauguration. God will use you in wonderful ways at this great institution. May He bless you and your family beyond your imagination as you serve in this place.

Doug Taylor
Atlanta, GA
Posted April 1, 2013, 2:07 p.m.

God's blessings on you and your family and Seattle Pacific University during this new chapter. I am excited to see what God will do with this incredible institution while you are at the helm!

W. Ward Gasque
Vancouver, BC
Posted April 1, 2013, 12:42 p.m.

Congratulations to President Martin on your appointment! May the Lord give you wisdom and guidance as you lead SPU into the future.

Jason Durocher
Seattle, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, at 11:14 a.m.

Congrats to you and your family! God's blessing on you all as you look ahead to the future and all that he has in store for you.

Jeff Kubler
Adair Villiage, OR
Posted April 1, 2013, 11:09 a.m.

Congratulations! My daughter Rachel graduates this year and has had a great experience there! May have others attending. Just need to recruit more young men!

David Woodward
Seattle, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:41 a.m.

On behalf of Associates in Cultural Exchange, I would like to offer congratulations to you and your family on the occasion of your inauguration as the President at Seattle Pacific University. It has genuinely been a pleasure to meet you in person and to get a sense of your dynamic vision and energy for the work ahead. God bless you and keep you as you lead the SPU community in the years to come.

James Becker, '66
Spokane, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:19 a.m.

Dear President Martin: One of the things I have most admired about SPU is it's goal to "confront the culture." As more and more Christians, especially in higher education, reflect the values and views of modern culture at large, I challenge you to lead SPU in a way that encourages the coming generation to uphold the historic, Biblical world view that is central to our faith. Blessings on your leadership.

Heather Blood
Anchorage, AK
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:16 a.m.

Dr. Martin, congratulations on your new mission as President of such a great institution. Thank you for your commitment to SPU and may your time there be full of blessings for you and your family.

Hollyanne Samuelsen
Enumclaw, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Blessings to you as you lead SPU into the future with a vision from the Lord. Amen.

Micki Kell
Oroville, CA
Posted April 1, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Blessings for a new start at an awesome school!

Mary Conn Busch
Richwood, TX
Posted April 1, 2013, at 9:59 a.m.

Your heart must be full and happy as you take off on this adventure. Congratulations to you and rest assured that you are definitely in my prayers as you lead this fine university. I am extremely pleased you begin your leadership as my incredible son began his first year in attendance there last week, his junior year overall. You begin together! God bless you and your family.

Alan Starr
West Lafayette, IN
Posted April 1, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

Dr. Martin, as you embark on the journey to lead Seattle Pacific University, I pray God's richest blessings on you & Pam and your boys. May you find great joy in investing in the lives of the next generation to accomplish the Great Commission to reach the unreached - across the street and around the world. Prayers and blessings to you!

Lynn Russell
Seattle, WA
Posted April 1, 2013, at 8:50 a.m.

As an alum who has returned to SPU's campus to join the staff, I am incredibly encouraged and personally blessed by the passion, dedication and breath of fresh air that you have brought to campus. From the moment you came to campus it was clear that big things are in store and you are the leader our University needs to bring it to the next level. Interacting with students, staff and faculty has made it abundantly clear to me that you are pouring yourself into the life and heart of SPU, and that in turn is already making an enormous difference in the lives of each individual who is part of SPU. Hearing you speak in a number of different settings so far has made me excited to be part of the staff/faculty side of the University -- to be in on the ground level of the growth, life and change you are bringing to SPU.

Thank you for your committment to SPU, and may God bless you (and your family) in all facets of life. I know you have become part of SPU for a reason and we are all so excited to see what God has instore!

God bless and plese know we are all praying for you and your family in this continued time of transition and newness!

Zenia Mendez
Bellevue, WA
Posted March 31, 2013, at 9:34 p.m.

Congratulations, Dr. Daniel J. Martin and Mrs. Martin! Seattle Pacific University is a wonderful school and I'm happy that we got such a cool new president to lead our school! Go SPU! I wish you the best being President of SPU.

Katherine Waite
Seattle, WA
Posted March 29, 10:35 p.m.

Dr. and Mrs. Martin and family - Congratulations on your new life here in Seattle and your new family at SPU! After meeting you at the end of the summer working with you through SLDC, I was extremely excited to start the new year with such a wonderful, down to earth, passionate family. As president I see you, Dr. Martin, doing great things for our college with the love and support from your amazing family. Thank you for all you have already done and I wish you the best for the years ahead.

Peggy Campbell, Chair-BOT at APU
Irvine, CA
Posted March 29, 2013, at 8:47 a.m.

What an exciting moment for Seattle Pacific University! From the Board of Azusa Pacific University, we extend our heartiest best wishes as you lead SPU into a future that will, Lord willing, see continued impact because of the fidelity to academic excellence that flows out of deepest faith integration. Your mission to engage the culture and change the world remains as relevant as ever. Every blessing.

Jeffrey Lorsch, MBA '86
Woodinville, WA
Posted March 28, 2012, at 6:22 p.m.

You've joined a very special place with special people. The baton has been passed. I'm excited to see great things continue. Thank you.

Kathryn Ushimaru
Posted March 28, 2013, at 3:27 p.m.

We are so blessed to have you here, President Martin! I have already seen the way that God is working through you and your family as you settle in at SPU, and I am excited to see what is in store.

Kat Pickens
Seattle, WA
Posted March 28, 2013, at 1:02 p.m.

Congrats, President Martin! I am excited for the future of SPU with you as president. I know that this place is promising for you and your family. You are always welcome to drop by Moyer Hall! Peace and Blessings on your journey.

Carla Orlando, MEd
Seattle, WA
Posted March 28, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.

A hearty congratulations and best wishes to you, President Martin. I am honored to be serving at this wonderful and promising place with you! Peace and many prayers to you as you help move us into SPU's future together. Carla Vocational Discernment Counselor, Center for Career and Callin

President Jim Bultman, Hope College
Holland, MI
Posted March 26, 2012, at 7:55 a.m.

Dr. Martin, Please accept my best wishes for a joy-filled Inauguration Day. SPU is one of our nation's most reputable Christian liberal arts institutions, and we trust that God will grant you and your family His richest blessings in great abundance as you provide the leadership that will bring the University to new levels of distinction. Dr. Neal Sobania, current Executive Director of the Wang Center for Global Education at Pacific Lutheran University and former Director of International Education at Hope College, will represent our institution at your inauguration. Cordially, Jim Bultma

Jess Chambers
Renton, WA
Posted March 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m.

Grateful that God has brought you and your family to the Pacific Northwest. May your ministry and administration bring glory to our Savior in this uncertain world.

Donna J. Cohagan '54
Modesto, CA
Posted March 22, 2013, at 3:56 p.m.

Congratulations on your inauguration to the University that provided me with not only scholarship, but spiritual foundations and warm friendships that have enriched my life. May God grant your wisdom to lead effectively and graciously for the enlargement of His Kingdom. Blessings.

Steve Jensen '87
Gig Harbor, WA
Posted March 13, 2013, at 9:52 p.m.

Dear President Martin, Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me today and I enjoyed the conversation and your hospitality. Congratulations on your position with Seattle Pacific University and wishing you and your family all of the best for many years in the Pacific Northwest. If there is anything I can do for you please feel free to ask. In Him, Steve Jensen