Reach Training Institute (RTI) is a church-based, ministry training center based in Salem, Oregon (Salem Alliance 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 graduate 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


Application deadline for FALL 2019 is Friday, May 31st, 2019



Gordon Bergman
M.A., Biblical Seminary/Fresno Pacific, Fresno, California.

Brian Condello
B.A., Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Kyle Dalen
B.S., M.A. Candidate, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon.

Steve Dangaran
Ph.D., Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Barbara Fletcher
M.A., Multnomah Bible College, Portland, Oregon.

Cory Folkert
M.Div., Portland Seminary, Portland, Oregon. 

Steve Fowler
M.A., Simpson University, Redding, California.

Stephanie Husk
M.S.W., Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Jim Jamieson
M. Ed., Concordia University, Portland, Oregon.

Lee Ann Zanon
M.A. Religious Studies, Regent University.

Valerie Geer
M.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

Mike Jared
M.Div., Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Laura Scharer
B.A., Linfield College, M.A. Candidate, George Fox Seminary, Newberg, Oregon.

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

Rick Stein
J.D., Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. 

Winston Thurton
M.A., Moody Graduate School, Chicago, Illinois. 

Michelle Unwin
B.A from Crown College

Doug Williams
M.Div., Alliance Theological Seminary, Nyack, New York. 



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.