Pastor Joe Wittwer ’73, pastor of the Life Center in Spokane, Washington, will be the commencement speaker at Northwest Christian University’s 118th graduation ceremony on Sat., May 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Morse Event Center on campus.
Beginning his career in Eugene, Oregon as a youth pastor at Westside Church of Christ and then the Faith Center, Pastor Wittwer has served as the Lead Pastor at Life Center in Spokane since 1978. During his tenure, Life Center grew from about 40 members to today serving an average of 3,800 people each Sunday. The congregation has been active sharing the Gospel in the Spokane area having planted or supported the planting of 17 new churches. Graduation weekend marks the 39th anniversary of his appointment to serve the Life Center community.
Wittwer has served as the Divisional Superintendent and District Supervisor of Foursquare Churches in his region.
A Sweet Home, Oregon native, he graduated from Northwest Christian College (now Northwest Christian University) with a bachelor’s degree in theology, where he was the class valedictorian. He later earned a master’s degree in theology from Whitworth University in Spokane.For his many years of exemplary leadership and service, Wittwer will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Northwest Christian University’s Board of Trustees.
In addition, NCU President Joseph D. Womack, Ed.D., and the University’s Board of Trustees will confer bachelor’s and master’s degrees for graduating students as well as present awards to outstanding faculty, staff, and graduating students.