Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian was established in 1895 by pastor-educator, Eugene C. Sanderson, and named Eugene Divinity School. Through a series of name changes and a merger, the college became known as Northwest Christian College in 1934. On July 1, 2008 the name officially changed to Northwest Christian University.  Dr. Joseph Womack serves as NCU’s president.

Mission: NCU is a University that fosters wisdom, faith, and service through excellent academic programs within a Christ-centered community.


BC head shotDr. Brian Carrigan was raised in Virginia and received his undergraduate degree in physics from Villanova University. He went on to earn a Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in physics from Washington University. He has taught physics, astronomy, and mathematics at a number of institutions from Pennsylvania to Oregon. As part of his courses, consideration of environmental issues such as energy conservation, greenhouse gases, and the impact of climate change receive emphasis.


Paul AlleeDr. John Paul Allee arrived at NCU in 2014. He teaches a variety of courses within the Biology major and also serves as the Biology Program Director. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2005 at the University of Southern Maine where he also worked as a full-time, NSF funded research assistant in Dr. David T. Champlin’s Developmental Biology lab. He completed his graduate studies in 2011 at the University of Oregon through the Institute of Molecular Biology in the lab or Dr. Eric Johnson. His research experience at the undergraduate and graduate level has equipped him with specialized training and knowledge in the areas of genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, microbiology, and molecular biology. He began teaching at the college level as an adjunct instructor in 2008 and has taught full-time since 2011. He has taught a variety of biology courses ranging from general biology to advanced courses such as endocrinology and advanced molecular biology.