Your Student, In the Making
By Mark Pothoff - Dean of Community Life


Life is made up of decisions. We all make choices each day, whether good or bad. Decisions from the mundane, such as whether we will brush our teeth before we head out the door…to the significant, such as making a lifelong covenant of marriage. The reason your son or daughter is attending George Fox University is in part (hopefully a significant part) preparation for a purposeful direction in their lives. They are deciding what their major will be, what they really believe, what kind of career path they will take, who their friends will be, what activities they will be involved in, possibly whom they will marry, and countless others. At George Fox, our desire is to challenge and support students to make decisions from a Christ-honoring perspective.

In Student Life we have the privilege, honor, and challenge of journeying with students in their developmental growth and decision-making process. We aspire to point them to Jesus as the source for wisdom and discernment. Our desire is that they would honor Christ in their lives as they engage in becoming people of integrity, honesty, and Christ-like character. Our hope is that students will understand God’s direction and promises are as King David stated in Psalm 138:8 (NLT), “The Lord will work out his plans for my life - your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.”

This process looks different for each student. It is easy for some and more difficult for others. I tell the entering freshmen each year that they will be a different person when they walk across the platform at graduation then they are currently as a new student. The formative journey they engage in during their time at GFU is critical to the person they are becoming.

The challenge for you as parents is similar to ours in Student Life. How are you encouraging your son or daughter to aspire to become people of integrity and character? How are you challenging them to be Christ-honoring adults that make wise decisions? Our hope is that when students graduate from GFU they will transform their world to make it a better place; that they will be “Jesus with skin on” to the people who come across their path each day. Thank you for the love and care you provide for your child during these significant transformational years of their life. It’s an honor and blessing to be part of this journey with you and your student.

Mark Pothoff
Dean of Community Life