I have students in my classroom from an array of faith backgrounds. Because of this I teach and model a deep respect for individual students and their beliefs - even when they differ from my own. The result is that we learn from each other and our experience of Christ and his grace is broadened, deepened, and clarified.
~ Pastor Stephen Lundquist, Religion
The Fiji mission trip was one of the best experiences of my life. The best things about mission trips are that you build a relationship with someone in another country but it also builds your relationship with God.
~ Sarah Bailey
The Hurricane mission trip opened a new door for me. I learned it’s not just about material things- it’s not about the clothes and food. It’s about those people knowing we are willing to help them and hear them.
~ Lindsey Kim
Vespers is personal and intimate. It’s a place to share yourself and discuss important stuff. The best part is that you feel listened to and not judged.
~ Trent Torkelson

Portland Adventist Academy embraces students of all faiths. Clear Christian values and teachings are an integral part of our day. Spend an average day with us and you’ll find we seek our Creator every chance we get.

We believe so strongly in our students’ character development that we employ three ordained ministers in our religion department. Pastors Monte Torkelsen, Stephen Lundquist and Steve Lemke, oversee the spiritual well-being of our entire student body. Together they guide our students in the study of the Bible, world religions, modern denominations and current conversation on important spiritual topics.

And they are not alone. Our teachers seek God on a daily basis. They work together to towards the goal to someday meet every student in heaven. Because of these shared values, our program is rich with spiritual opportunities.

Every Tuesday, we stop our busy activities and meet in the heart of our campus to worship. Weekly Chapel services begin with a student led worship band. Chapel speakers include professional speakers from around the world as well as our own chaplain, our students, area youth pastors, and teachers.

Students also have the opportunity to experience God through BeyondPAA programs like Bible Camp, a weekend long youth conference; The Summit, a monthly student-led church program called; an annual Agape Feasts; Week of Worship several times a year; and many service projects.

Community service projects here at home, along with international and local mission projects, are a very big part of what we do. In fact, several years ago we extended our spring break to a full two weeks so that we could better serve the growing interest in overseas mission trips. Over the years, our students have shared God’s love in places like Ethiopia, Fiji, Thailand, Peru, New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, Belize and our own home town of Portland. We’re committed to offering service and outreach opportunities so students can experience being His hands and feet.