Bobby & Cortney (Martin) Howell
Class of 2005 & 2007
By Nicole Perez ('00)
Education at Life Pacific College goes beyond learning how to study the Bible, church plant, or reach others on the mission field; LPC teaches us about investing in others and creating a God-honoring legacy. Bobby Howell (’07) is a shining example of someone who was once invested in as a student and is now committed to pouring into his community as well as into the next generation of leaders.
Upon earning his bachelor’s degree at LPC, Bobby served at the College as an assistant in the Registrar’s Office and later as an Event Coordinator. In 2008, he and his wife Cortney (Martin '05) Howell ventured out of San Dimas and headed up to Old Oak Ranch in Sonora, California, to help run youth camps while the couple earned their graduate degrees.
Bobby used his time at Old Oak as an opportunity to give back to Life. “Because of how Life invested in us, we wanted to start investing in the next generation. That’s why we sent interns when we couldn’t give financially. Life Pacific was home for us; that was where we came into adulthood, where we learned our direction, where God was pointing for us to go, and we wanted to start investing in the next set of students in the years coming.”
Now, Bobby, Cortney, and their son, Finnegan, reside in northern Oregon. As the Director of Auxiliary Services at Multnomah University, Bobby is able to continue his quest to pour into the lives of the next generation, still doing his part to remain connected to his alma mater while nurturing the future of the Life Pacific.
“Even if you can’t give financially, you can invest in LIFE by directing kids to the school, praying, staying connected, and creating awareness about LPC. A school like Life exists because of its alumni, because they keep talking about it and because the denomination talks about it. If we don’t reminisce and share our stories with the younger generations, they won’t know it’s there and reap the benefit of being a part of it.”
Bobby credits his relationships with LPC staff, faculty, fellow students, and alumni as being the driving force behind his success. As his grandmother Pat (Bagwell '60) Clark once told him, “The education is great, but the friendships you get are lifelong and last into old age.”
Building relationships and giving back to the college can stretch farther and affect future generations far beyond what we may realize. Take a cue from Bobby and consider how you can invest in LPC’s God-honoring legacy now and in generations to come.