Deborah L. Berhó

Deborah L. Berho

Professor of Spanish
Phone: 503-554-2646
Office: Minthorn 100

I started teaching at George Fox in 1997. Growing up, we took Sunday drives to the Yamhill County farm where my father was raised, and the opportunity to live in this beautiful community as an adult is something I cherish. However, the best part about teaching Spanish at George Fox University is the people that I work with – my students and colleagues.

In the broadest sense, the relationship of foreign language learning and faith is about communication. Most students studying another language do so because they want to communicate in some way with those who speak another tongue. As we venture out of the familiar to explore new languages and new cultures, we have the blessing of being an outsider. It is my hope to teach not only the imperfect subjunctive, but broader communication skills and thought patterns that view those with whom we interact and "strangers" as people worthy of respect, individuals created in God’s image.

Academic Background

BA, International Studies, Northwest Nazarene University (1988)
  (including a semester abroad at Seminario Nazareno de las Americas, San José, Costa Rica)
MA, Latin American Studies, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico (1995)
PhD, Latin American Studies, Latin American Institute, University of New Mexico (1998)


Debbie is thrilled to have been chosen as a Research Fellow for the Latino Protestant Congregations Project, funded by the Lilly Endowment.

Publications and Presentations

Outside the Classroom

I have been married more than a quarter century to a wonderful Chilean, Benoit. We have three children and an elderly black lab. We travel frequently – mostly to South America. We spent my most recent sabbatical in Quito, Ecuador. I enjoy singing, reading, hiking, and bird-watching.

Machu Picchu

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