Debbie Berhó

Debbie Berhó, PhD

Professor of Spanish

Chair, Department of World Languages and Applied Linguistics


Debbie Berhóó serves as a professor of Spanish and as chair of the world languages and applied linguistics department.  She first came to the university in 1997.

During the period 2016-2019, Debbie left George Fox and worked as program director of the Latin American Studies Program with the CCCU in San Jose, Costa Rica; provided program evaluation for several Council for Christian Colleges & Universities member institutions, and worked locally as a Spanish interpreter and translator for the health care and agricultural industries.

Debbie earned a PhD in Latin American studies (1998) as well as a master’s degree in the same discipline (1995) from the Latin American Institute at the University of New Mexico. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Northwest Nazarene University (1988).

Debbie´s research focuses on Spanish speaking Protestant congregations of the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to numerous conference presentations and several articles, she published a book on the topic in 2012.

Berho book cover

Debbie lives in Newberg with her husband of more than 30 years, Benoit Berhó, who holds an MBA and EdD from George Fox. She has three grown children and two grandchildren and attends River Street Church of God in Newberg.


PhD, Latin American Institute at the University of New Mexico
MA, Latin American Institute at the University of New Mexico
BA, Northwest Nazarene University