NWSD Director

Dr. Darren Williamson is the founding Director of the Northwest School of Discipleship.  Darren is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Oregon, raised in Washington, and educated in British Columbia.  He has ministered in churches for nearly thirty years, most recently for 11 years as the Preaching Minister for the Keizer Church of Christ in Keizer, Oregon.  Prior to coming to Keizer, he served as minister for churches in Portland, British Columbia, and Texas.   Over the years he has taught as an instructor at several Christian Universities and community colleges, including Cascade College. 


Darren holds a BA in Biblical Languages, an MS in Biblical and Related Studies, an MA in History, and a PhD in History.   He is fascinated and inspired by followers of Christ throughout history, especially during the sixteenth-century Reformation.   His doctoral research focused on the influence of Erasmus of Rotterdam, one of the greatest Christian scholars of the Renaissance, upon the Anabaptists, a devout community of simple Christians who suffered greatly for their faith in Early Modern Europe.  Over the years Darren has published a handful of articles on Church History, but his most recent interest has turned to more practical themes of discipleship.   


He is the author of the Family Worship Guide: A Handbook for the Christian Home (2020) which inspires and equips parents to disciple their children through regular family worship in the home.  He is currently working on a short book on spiritual formation that draws from the work of Erasmus, medieval monasticism, and the early church fathers.  Most importantly, he is striving to grow as a disciple of Jesus, a devoted husband to his wife Melody, and loving father to eight wonderful kids.

NWSD Ministry Apprentice


Jordan Woodruff is the 2022-23 Ministry Apprentice for the Northwest School of Discipleship.   Jordan is a native of the Portland area, raised at the Metro Church of Christ in Gresham, Oregon.  He is currently finishing up a ministry program through the Sunset International Biblical Institute (Lubbock, Texas) and is passionate about preaching, ministry, and the Word of God.  In addition to helping with all elements of the School of Discipleship, Jordan will be working with Young Adults at the Southwest congregation as part of his apprenticeship.

Partnering Church Advisory Board

The NWSD is a ministry of the Southwest Church of Christ under the oversight of its elders.  As such, Southwest bears the bulk of the financial support of the school and responsibility for its content.  Since the ministry has a regional mission, however, the SW elders and the Director are humbly pursuing partnerships with like-spirited congregations.   Once these partnerships are established, a representative from each partnering church will form into a Board that gives counsel and guidance to the NWSD director.