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.
Regan Schnetz - Administrative Assistant
A Favorite Book: The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
A Favorite Verse: “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Likes: Long family road trips, the PNW, theological talks with friends, writing, oat milk lattes
Dislikes: Morning chitchat, animals that shed, sad movies, paper straws
About me: I grew up in the lush, scenic country of Washington state. I come from a family that exalts Christ, excels in humor, and enjoys their Mexican food. I have been a PK from a very young age, and have as many siblings as a cat has lives. I find humor in the small things in life, and laugh at everything and nothing. My unwavering passion is to contribute in bringing hope to children in crisis.
Why I love Ecola: Ecola is a place where it is nearly impossible to remain stagnant in your walk with the Lord. You are continuously being encouraged in Christ, equipped to do His work, enriched by the Christ-filled community, and energized in your faith. It was here that I realized how essential it is to pursue Christ constantly, and place Him in the glorified position in my life that He deserves, as my All in All. Ecola is a stream of running water, refreshing for the soul.
Mercedes Lehman - Dean of Women
A Favorite Book: God’s word is definitely at the top of the list. I enjoy books that have a more practical approach on spirituality and find it difficult to get into fiction or fantasy.
Favorite Verse: Jeremiah 10:16 - “The portion of Jacob is not like these; for the Maker of all is He, and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; the LORD of Hosts is His name.”
I love to read this verse in its entire context from the beginning of chapter 10. I find it humorous, and it so powerfully communicates the LORD being the One True God. He is alive. What overwhelms me is the reality of the union between God and His people; we belong to one another.
Likes: Long drives, people, campfires, and nostalgia
Dislikes: Watching a movie or show by myself. I would much rather share this experience with a friend.
Jordan Hunt - Dean of Men
Favorite books: The Lord of the Rings, The Lion of War series, anything by C.S. Lewis
Favorite verse: Revelation 21:5-7 - “And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be My son.’”
Likes: Sports, being active, competing, history
Dislikes: big cities, math, the Hallmark channel
About me: I was born and raised on a horse and cattle ranch in northwestern South Dakota, with six other siblings. Growing up I had wonderful parents who loved the Lord and were great examples to my siblings and I. However my faith was never my own until I attended Ecola. I joined the class halfway through the school year, and it completely changed my life. I was able to come back three years later and finish the program. Being a student at Ecola changed my life, and as a member of staff I hope to see students grow and be challenged by solid biblical teaching, and by being part of a community that cares about them and their spiritual growth.