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Church Internship Program

RTI offers biblical training that can be applied toward degrees at accredited institutions. RTI operates in a cohort-model that encourages learning and growth in a community-based environment.

Reach Training Institute (RTI) is a church-based, ministry training center based in Salem, Oregon (Salem Alliance Church), with a campus in Arlington, Washington (Smokey Point Community Church).  As an educational partner of Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, our goal is to develop highly-effective leaders through theological education and practical ministry experience for kingdom service, internationally and locally, at the lowest possible cost. While the RTI concept has its roots in identifying and training workers primarily for international service, the same heart applies to U.S.-based ministry workers.

RTI Goals & Objectives

Goal #1 - To prepare field-ready individuals for international/local C&MA service who:

  •      are debt-free

  •      are licensed with Alliance NW

  •      are Biblically trained, intellectually sharp, and culturally astute

  •      have completed home service requirement


Goal #2 - To develop leaders who are prepared for broad kingdom impact within other organizations who:

  •      are equipped to launch effective new ministries

  •      are trained to develop other leaders

  •      have humility and character to lead through conflict

  •      have a global perspective and biblical worldview




Bryce McFadden

Dean of Students

Bryce has a BA in Bible & Theology from Crown College and a MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. He has spent 33 years in pastoral ministries in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, with roles including youth ministry, teaching preaching, music ministry, pastoral care, and lead pastoring. He has enjoyed mentoring young leaders through the CM&A District Licensing, Ordination & Consecration committee. Bryce has spent the last 22 years in Pastoral ministry at Smokey Point Community Church.  His hobbies include spending time with his children and grandchildren, exercise, motorcycle, guitar, reading, and small building projects. 


“I am excited to be a part of raising up full-time ministry workers through RTI, that will carry the torch into the next generations, and advance God’s Kingdom.”

The RTI Academic Council meets on a regular basis to oversee the development of curriculum and faculty, student advising and case management, as well as ministry practicum operations and assessment. 


Instructor Development

Linda Samek
Ed.D., Portland State University. Portland, Oregon.
Provost/Chief Academic Officer, George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon

Linda Myers
M.S., Western Oregon University. Monmouth, Oregon.
Director of Instruction and Curriculum, Silver Falls School District, Silverton, Oregon.

Kristin Dixon
Ed.D., George Fox University. Newberg, Oregon.
Dean/Education & Counseling, Corban University, Salem, Oregon.

Curriculum Development

Sean Smith
M.A., M.S., M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary. Pasadena, California.
Special Education Instructor, McKay High School, Salem, Oregon.

Don Brase
M.A., University of Montana. Missoula, Montana.
Dean/Humanities Department, Chemeketa Community College. Salem, Oregon.

Valerie Geer
M.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
Intercultural Communications, Corban University, Salem, Oregon.

Ministry Practicums

David Wood
M.Ed., George Fox University
Assistant Principal, McKay High School, Salem-Keizer School District
Adjunct Faculty, Corban University

Bruce A. Dalke, Retired
M.S., Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon.
Associate Research Professor, Western Oregon University
Director, National Technical Assistance Consortium for Deaf/Blind Children and Youth

Ken Stott, M.A. 
M.A., Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
Administrator, Gervais High School, Gervais, Oregon.

Case Management/Advising

Don Wildfang, Retired
M.S., Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon.
Principal, La Creole Middle School; Director of Title Programs & ESL. 
Dallas School District, Dallas, Oregon.

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