The Ecola Staff
Meet the amazing staff members that make Ecola what it is.
Dave Duff - Director
A favorite verse: Isaiah 33:6 “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”
A favorite book: C.S. Lewis — A Life, by Alister McGrath
Likes: Knowing God and His Word, books, the outdoors and the things you can see and do there, good coffee, understanding how things work and fixing things.
Dislikes: "American" "cheese" and other things that pretend to be what they're not.
About Me: A baby boomer who grew up in the post-war euphoria of 1950’s America, who understood the seriousness of sin and the peril of the unregenerate state while still young, and so gladly responded to God’s grace and forgiveness. Uneventful childhood through college experience... then went to Bible School in Europe, a life changing year. Eventually finished with a masters in counseling, met and married my lovely Drenda, next to Himself, the best thing God ever brought into my life. We have three grown children and 5 grandchildren, we love life together, our family, and serving God.
Why I like Ecola: Ecola is a place where a person can step out of the frenetic pace of modern life and take time to search for answers to the big questions. Students can consider the truth claims of Scripture and of the Christian faith in an undistracted and supportive environment, and develop or deepen a personal relationship with God. In the process, great friendships are built and a genuine sense of community develops, all in the beautiful setting of the rugged North Oregon coast.
Drenda Duff - Director’s Wife
A favorite verse: “‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate.
Jesus answered, ‘You are right in saying that I am a king. In fact for this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’
‘What is Truth?’ said Pilate.”
A favorite book: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
Likes: Art, art history, travel, and collecting books
Dislikes: I love butter, I dislike not being able to consume more.
About me: God’s Word is dear to me, so being involved at Ecola Bible College for nearly three decades has been a privilege. I am an artist. My husband and I have three children and five grandchildren.
Josh Duff - Assistant Director
A Favorite Verse: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2
A few of my favorite books: The Bible, Lost in the Cosmos, Crime and Punishment, Pride and Prejudice, Resurrection, The Abolition of Man, The Yearling, Pensées, and so many others.
Likes: Trail running, reading, building things, fly fishing, ice cream, and Christmas.
Dislikes: Small talk--mostly because I'm so terrible at it! 😄
About me: Joy and I have been married for over fifteen years and we have three great kids: Nora, Owen, and Conner. We're an active, and somewhat nerdy family. We live to the North of Cannon Beach with our dog Lulu, our cats Marty and Nova, and some fancy chickens.
What I love about Ecola: The program of Ecola strikes a wonderful balance of heart and mind. I love to see our students grow in their love for God, as they come to know Him better.
Tessa Pfund - Office Manager
Favored Books: Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, Lord of the Rings, Jane Eyre, New York Burning
A Favored Verse: 1 John 4:16-19
Likes: Books, hiking, kayaking, Charlton Heston, writing, burritos, and finding excuses to drop random movie quotes into casual conversations.
Dislikes: Cats, Birds, and Celery
About Me: A tried and true Oregonian. My loving Christian parents raised my six siblings and I on the edge of the forest with the ocean in view. I love the Pacific Northwest, I love my family, and I find my coworkers amusing.
Why I love Ecola: Serving in a passionate Christian community that strives to fortify their faith on both an emotional and intellectual level is thrilling to me. I’m honored to be a member of the Ecola Staff, where I can encourage and be encouraged by this Christ-centered body of believers.
Shelby Rudy - Business Manager
Favorite Books: Right now at the top of an ever changing list: God Distorted by Bishop, And the Mountains Echoed by Hosseini, Order of the Phoenix by Rowling, Ender’s Game by Card
A Favorite Verse: Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
Likes: Music, NPR, many nerdy things, petting animals, exploring the PNW, quality time usually spent over coffee
Dislikes: Country music and vegetarian jokes
About me: Born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, I love cheese, about six inches of snow, and John Mulaney. Youngest of three and former PK, I grew up in a home that loves the Lord. You can find me studying, gazing in awe at the ocean, or watching Parks and Rec.
Why I love Ecola: Ecola was instrumental in my spiritual growth and in my current understanding of God. It was here that I learned what it meant to be loved by God and how that transcends any kind of earthly love. It is an honor and blessing to be partnering with the ministry that has impacted me so much.
Kristin Pitt - Administrative Assistant
A Favorite Book: The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
A Favorite Verse: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17
Likes: “Fellowship” - Jesus, people, and food
Dislikes: Broccoli and going to new hair salons
About me: I am a born and raised Oregonian who loves all things Northwest. From the clouds and ocean to the trees and mountains, God spoiled us in this part of His creation! The only thing I wish were better up here is the Mexican Cuisine.
Why I like Ecola: It is through my two years in the classroom, combined with a Christ-centered community that I was able to experience the true character of Christ. God has used every aspect of this ministry to enhance my faith and I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work alongside this staff and grow relationships with students experiencing what I did.
Julia Hubbard - Dean of Women
A Favorite Book: The Gifts of Imperfection, Beautiful Outlaw, God’s Smuggler, Anne of Green Gables.
Favorite Verse: John 15:4-5
Likes: Quality time with friends, belly laughs, cozy situations, rain/storms, creativity, good food, sugar
Dislikes: Self check-outs, jump scares, sugar
About Me: I am a proud vegetarian, I am happily absentminded, my houseplants are my pride and joy and I come from the beautiful state of Idaho.
Why I Love Ecola: My time at Ecola, both as a student and as a staff member, have been arguably the most formative and rewarding years of my life. This grace-filled environment encourages deep fellowship, refining challenges, and opportunities to build the Kingdom of God. What a privilege it has been to be a part of this beloved ministry.
Kevin Lee - Dean of Men
Favorite books: For the Life of the World by Schmemann, The Weight of Glory by CS Lewis, Institutes of the Christian Religion by Calvin, Sacred Enneagram by Huertz.
Favorite verse: “For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers.” - Hebrews 2:10-11
Likes: Climbing/bouldering, minimalistic backpacking, overcast hikes and heights, strategic board games. I like a challenge.
Dislikes: Slow drivers and inefficiency.
About me: Simultaneously saint and sinner. Lover of the unknown and adventure. Enneagram 3.