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Whitworth is a place of fearless intellect and unconstrained commitment to Christ. Where the answers aren't given, but meaning is found. Where chapel isn't required, but is often standing-room only. Where renowned scholars conduct research with students, and meet them for coffee to talk about life. By bringing open minds and hearts together, we equip students to flourish and serve in a diverse and evolving world. Here and beyond, we honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.

Facts & Rankings

  • 2,565 undergraduate enrollment
  • 376 graduate enrollment
  • 152 full-time faculty
  • 12:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 89%

    classes with fewer than 30 students

  • 43% 2016 grads who participated in study abroad
  • 85.1% first-to-second year retention rate
  • 82.5% percentage of graduates who finish in four years
  • Students

    Undergraduate Student Information

    • Geographic representation: 26 states, 42 countries
    • Domestic underrepresented racial/ethnic enrollment: 26.4 percent
    • International enrollment: 3.4 percent

    Class of 2021 Profile

    • Total freshman applications: 4,208
    • Enrollment: 515
    • Average SAT: 1280 (national average: 1060)
      SAT/ACT not required for admission
    • Average GPA: 3.72
  • Costs & Financial Aid

    Costs

    • Tuition and fees: $42,186 (2017-18)
    • Room and board: $11,496 (2017-18)

    Financial Aid

    • Average financial aid for incoming 2017-18 freshmen receiving aid: $36,022
    • Percentage of incoming freshmen receiving financial aid: 99 percent
    • Total amount of scholarships and grants for matriculating day students: $57.8 million
    • Percentage of traditional undergraduate students (half-time or more) receiving aid: 99 percent
    • Whitworth students graduate with approximately $6,000 less debt than other graduates nationally
    • Average three-year student-loan default rate: 2.2 percent (national average is 11.5 percent)
  • Campus

    • Campus Size: 200 acres
    • Whitworth has invested more than $110 million in campus improvements in recent years. Whitworth is committed to sustainability for new and existing construction and to pursuing LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). All new construction projects since 2010 are LEED certified.

    Recent Campus Improvements

    • Nelson Phenology Garden: $210,000
    • Cowles Music Center addition and renovation: $13.5 million
    • University Recreation Center: $8 million
    • William P. & Bonnie V. Robinson Science Hall: $32 million
    • Oliver Residence Hall: $11.6 million
    • Hixson Union Building: $8 million
    • Weyerhaeuser Hall Academic Building: $7.1 million
    • Boppell Residence Hall: $4 million
    • Residence hall renovations: $4.5 million
    • Technology/infrastructure upgrades: $3.7 million
    • Dixon Hall renovation: $3 million
    • Johnston Science Center renovation: $2.8 million
    • Cowles Memorial Auditorium renovation: $2.2 million
    • Softball/soccer/field-event complex: $1.5 million
    • Pine Bowl/Boppell Track upgrades: $1.3 million
    • Property acquisition: $3 million
    • Scotford Tennis Center/pedestrian corridor: $1 million
    • Duvall Residence Hall: $7.8 million
    • Hawthorne Hall renovation: $1 million
    • Lied Center for the Visual Arts: $7.1 million
    • Omache Field for intramural sports: $700,000

    Computer Facilities

    • Total computers (including those in department labs) available to all Whitworth students: 450
    • Individual classroom computers: 92
    • Computer labs in the library and satellite labs located in departments throughout the campus: 35
    • Whitworth provides Internet access and lifetime email accounts to all students. Hardwire network connections are available in residence-hall rooms upon request.
    • Wireless access is available in all campus buildings; Whitworth continues to add coverage as the budget allows.
  • Recent Whitworth Honors & Awards

    • Whitworth was ranked No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best regional university values in the West, released in September 2017. For the 18th consecutive year, Whitworth also ranked in the top 15 best universities out of 126 master's-level universities in the West, ranking No. 8. Whitworth was also ranked No. 2 for best undergraduate teaching in the West and No. 5 for best colleges for veterans in the West.
    • Two Whitworth students were selected as Fulbright Scholarship recipients for 2017-18. The university has a long-standing tradition of producing such finalists, with 35 students chosen since 2000. In 2014, Whitworth was named a top producer of Fulbright finalists among master's-level universities nationwide. 
    • Whitworth won the 2016-17 McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the competitive Northwest Conference. Whitworth claimed four championships to win the trophy for the 10th year in a row. Whitworth has won the trophy 11 times overall.
    • Whitworth University ranked No. 4 among small schools nationwide on the Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, more than 170 Whitworth alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.
    • Whitworth was recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2018 by Victory Media based on the university’s strong support for veterans and their dependents as well as high institutional ratings for student retention, graduation, job placement and loan repayment.
    • In 2017, Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor was elected chair of the Independent Colleges of Washington board. ICW represents 10 private, nonprofit colleges and universities in public-policy matters. In addition to chairing the ICW board, Taylor serves as president of the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities.
    • Whitworth received a national 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
    • The university received a $2.05-million gift from the estate of longtime Whitworth professor and library archivist Hugh Johnston. With this gift, given in 2015, the university established the Hugh W. Johnston Endowed Professorship in Chemistry and initiated an interdisciplinary research fund.
    • In 2016 the Corporation for National and Community Service once again recognized Whitworth for its commitment to community service. Whitworth was recognized in the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in two categories: General Community Service and Community Service in Education. This is the third consecutive year that Whitworth has been recognized in two categories.
    • For 2015-16, and for the seventh time in eight years, Whitworth was recognized as a top school in the country by Colleges of Distinction, an online guide that identifies colleges and universities that are the best places for students to learn, grow and succeed.
    • Dana and David Dornsife gave Whitworth a $1.5-million gift in support of Whitworth's Dornsife Center for Community Engagement (formerly the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement).
    • Whitworth claimed sixth place in Washington Monthly's 2016 best liberal arts colleges rankings for the Pacific Northwest. Whitworth's high ranking is due to the university's involvement with community-oriented programs such as Act Six; service-focused projects such as Whitworth's annual Community Building Day; and faculty members' active, collaborative research with colleagues and students.
    • In 2016, Whitworth was included for the ninth straight year in Kiplinger's annual rankings of the 100 best values among private universities in the United States. Kiplinger's ranked Whitworth 75th in the nation. Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university's high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value.
  • Recent Student Highlights

    • Two Whitworth students, Anne Marie Noll, ’17, and Christopher Volk, ’17, were selected as 2017-18 Fulbright Scholars. The university has a long-standing tradition of producing Fulbright Scholars each year.
    • Seven Whitworth students were selected for 2017 Smithsonian Museum internships in Washington, D.C.: Christopher Dewey, '17; Jerrica Kjorsvik, '17; Jedidiah Keating, '19; Phillip Bax, '18; Hayley O'Brien, '17; Lydia Pierson, '18; and Hannah Rzeszewicz, '18.
    • The Whitworth Student Investment Group won the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute Research Challenge regional competition in 2017 for the third year in a row. Members include Teagan Brown, Victoria Roberts, Andrew Shaw and Lucas Cherry, all '17, and Matthew Wilkinson, '18.
    • Whitworth's Ethics Bowl team, the Philosoraptors, brought home a second national championship when it defeated Youngstown State University (Ohio) in the final round of the 2016 national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competition in Washington, D.C. The team closed out the season by taking first place at the Independent Colleges of Washington Ethics Bowl for the second time in three years. 
    • The 2016-17 Ethics Bowl team won the Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl, taking first place among 10 universities from three states.
    • Four Whitworth biology students and five chemistry students submitted posters and made oral presentations at November 2016’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust research science conference. This invitation-only conference showcases many of the top students from private colleges and universities in the Northwest.
    • Whitworth’s Community Arts in Practice students, under the direction of Katie Creyts, shipped a large sculpture to California in 2016 for a group exhibition on Pope Francis' book Laudato Sí: On Care for Our Common Home.
    • Leah Dassler, '19, received a competitive U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study the Chinese language while living in China.
    • The Natsihi yearbook, produced by Whitworth students, won a 2016 Best of Show Award at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. The Natsihi was one of four college yearbooks nationally to receive the top honor in its division.
    • History buffs Michelle Bodman, Samantha Schweizer, Hannah Tweet, all '16, and Josh Tuttle, '17, presented papers at the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honors society. Tweet's paper won the conference prize for the best undergraduate paper. 
    • Christopher Volk, '17, won the 2016 de Jager Prize for a research seminar paper he wrote at Oxford University through Whitworth's Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford Program.
    • Brian Schappals, '17, won the Undergraduate Student Choral Composition Award from Opus 7.
    • In 2016, for the fourth year in a row, the Whitworth Forensics team, the Arguing Bucs, won the National Christian College Forensics Association tournament. Also in 2016, Alex Hoffmann, '16, was named national champion out of 65 debaters in the varsity division at the International Public Debate Association National Tournament.
    • Jessica Razanadrakoto, '17, spent spring semester 2015 sailing around the world and studying with Semester at Sea. While on the ship, Razanadrakoto and two teammates competed for and won a fellowship from the Resolution Project to develop a summer camp in her hometown, Moramanga, Madagascar. The inaugural camp took place in summer 2016 and taught about 30 students leadership skills they don't learn in school. Razanadrakoto's camp is the first summer camp in Madagascar.
    • In 2016 the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble performed in a Spokane concert with Branford Marsalis, a three-time Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist. The ensemble was also honored, for the sixth time, as one of just two college/university ensembles invited to perform at the 2015 Music Educators All-Northwest Conference. In 2017, members of the ensemble earned several performance awards at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in Chicago. 
  • Recent Faculty Highlights

    • Karin Heller (Theology) gave a presentation at the Vatican in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and the Family, convened by Pope Francis. Heller was one of 12 international scholars invited to speak at the Vatican in a study seminar, "Mercy: Pastoral Truth," where she addressed the assigned topic "Misunderstandings of Tolerance and the Path of Mercy."
    • Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in Education & Diversity Initiatives Roberta Wilburn won the 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for administrators. This national award honors college and university administrators for their commitment to diversity through leadership, and for giving back to their campus and community. Wilburn also won the 2016 YWCA Woman of Achievement Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice Award.
    • Jann Leppien (Education) led sessions at a summit on gifted education held at the University of Washington in 2017. The summit was designed by Whitworth’s Center for Gifted Education and the University of Washington.
    • Pete Tucker (Mathematics & Computer Science) was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Western Region Campus Compact Community Engaged Scholar Award.
    • Cynthia Wright (Athletic Training) was elected chair of the Washington State Department of Health Athletic Training Advisory Committee, which oversees state licensure for athletic trainers.
    • Katie Creyts (Art) was appointed to the board of directors for Artist Trust in 2017. She will serve Spokane's arts community for three years.
    • In 2016 Tony Clark (History/Lindaman Chair) was selected by the University of San Francisco's Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History to serve on its editorial board and advisory council for Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia. The council's work includes a book series, fellowships and a new-scholars mentorship program.
    • Scott Miller and Brent Edstrom (Music) received an $18,000 commission to create a musical adaptation of Willa Cather's writings. Edstrom will compose a new song cycle that Miller will premiere at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in spring 2017.
    • Robin Henager (School of Business) was named the 2016 Journal Article Award winner by the Association of Financial Planning and Counseling Education. Her article, on financial literacy and behavior, appeared in the Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, vol. 1, issue 1.
    • Vange Ocasio Hochheimer (School of Business) was named the 2016 Latina/o Leader of the Year by the Latino Hope Foundation, which provides financial and vocational support to Latino students attending Spokane colleges. She was recognized for her "leadership in advocating for education that addresses equity for our Latina/o students" and for her accomplished career as an economist and professor in higher education.
    • Will Kynes (Theology) received the prestigious Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise, given each year to just 10 early-career theologians. The award acknowledges outstanding doctoral or first post-doctoral works, selected by an international committee, that address the topic "God and Spirituality."
    • Lisa Laurier and Lori Johnson (School of Education) received a $24,950 grant from the Hagan Foundation for literacy work at Holmes and Evergreen Schools, where Whitworth students spend time in a classroom with a master teacher, and Whitworth faculty provide professional-development sessions for school staff.
    • Brent Edstrom (Music) was named the 2016 Washington State Music Teachers Commissioned Composer of the Year. Brent will be composing a new work for the commission and will premiere it at the state convention, in June 2017.
    • Karen Petersen Finch (Theology) has been invited to spend spring 2018 at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, in Rome, where she will write about the role of laypeople in dialogue between Christians. She also presented a paper in Nov. 2016 at the fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism, in Australia.
  • Recent Athletics Highlights

    Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III

    • 21 varsity sports: 11 women's, 10 men's
    • Whitworth is known in the Northwest Conference for its great athletics facilities, strong attendance and spirited fans. The university annually ranks among the national leaders of NCAA DIII in average attendance in football, volleyball and basketball.
    • Student-athletes make up nearly 20 percent of Whitworth's student body. In addition to varsity athletics, hundreds of students participate in Whitworth's popular intramurals program. In fall 2013, the university opened a new rec center featuring three basketball courts, a fitness and weightlifting room, a climbing and bouldering wall, and an elevated running track.

    Recent Athletics Honors & Highlights

    • Whitworth teams won four NWC championships in 2016-17 to claim the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy for the best overall athletics program in the conference. Whitworth has won the trophy 10 years in a row and 11 times overall.

    Football

    • Football finished 8-2 in 2016 and took second place in the NWC.
    • Six Whitworth players earned First Team All-NWC recognition, led by QB Ian Kolste, '18, who has rewritten Whitworth's passing records, and RB Duke DeGaetano, '17, who set a school record with 21 rushing touchdowns. DeGaetano also received First Team Academic All-America honors.

    Men's Basketball

    • In 2016-17, men's basketball made its 11th straight trip to the NCAA Div. III tournament and fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) in the first round.
    • Kenny Love and Christian Jurlina, both '17, were named Second Team All-Region by D3hoops.com, and Love was invited to play in the NABC Division III All-Star Game, in Salem, Va.

    Women's Basketball

    • In 2016-17, the women's basketball team just missed a shot at the fourth and final NWC tournament spot, finishing the season 10-15 overall and 6-10 in the final standings.
    • Madison Moffat, '19, and Grace Douglas, '18, earned honorable mention on the 2017 All-NWC team.

    Women's Soccer

    • Women's soccer rebounded from a 3-7 start to finish the 2016 season 10-10. The Pirates went 9-7 in the NWC, tying for third place in the final NWC standings.
    • Three Pirates were named First Team All-NWC.

    Men's Soccer

    • Men's soccer won its third straight NWC championship before losing in the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament. The Pirates ended the season 12-4-3.
    • Timmy Costa, '17, was voted NWC Defensive Player of the Year; in all, five Pirates earned First Team All-NWC recognition.

    Men's and Women's Swimming

    • Men's swimming finished in third place at the 2017 NWC championships in a close competition with Whitman and Pacific Lutheran. Only 18 points separated the top three teams after three days of competition.
    • The women's swimming team came in fifth in the final NWC championships standings.
    • Eben Schumann, '19, qualified for the NCAA Div. III Swimming and Diving Championships, in Texas. He competed in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, as well as in the 100-yard butterfly.

    Men's and Women's Track & Field

    • In 2017, both the men's and women's track & field teams finished second in the NWC.
    • Whitworth sent four student-athletes to the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

    Men's and Women's Cross Country

    • Women's cross country finished 17th at the 2016 NCAA Division III championships after claiming victory at the NCAA West Regionals a week earlier.
    • Kayla Leland, '18, earned All-America honors by placing 12th at the national meet.
    • The men took 14th place at the regional meet, and Head Coach Toby Schwarz was named NWC and West Region Women's Coach of the Year.

    Women's Volleyball

    • The volleyball team finished 2016 with a 21-6 record, losing in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament to host Texas-Dallas.
    • Setter Erin White, '19, was named First Team All-NWC, while Emiko Kahler, '20, was voted NWC Freshman of the Year and joined White on the First Team.
    • Kati Bodecker was voted NWC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.

    Men's and Women's Tennis

    • In 2017, men's tennis finished 6-11 overall and 6-6 in the NWC, finishing fifth and just missing the NWC tournament.
    • In 2017, women's tennis went 7-11 overall and 5-7 in the NWC for fifth place.
    • Bella Hoyos, '17, was named First Team All-NWC for the second straight season.

    Baseball

    • Baseball finished 2017 with a record of 24-17.
    • Matthew Nelson, '17, was named First Team All-NWC, and Joel Condreay received Academic All-District recognition.

    Softball

    • In 2017, softball completed its most successful season with a record of 37-11. The Pirates won the Northwest Conference tournament for the first time and went 2-2 at the NCAA softball regional, earning their first NCAA tournament victories.
    • Cristal Brown was named NWC Coach of the Year; Madi Perez, '17, who set team records for wins, complete games and shutouts, was NWC Pitcher of the Year; and Kinsey McNaught, '20, was NWC Freshman of the Year.

    Men's and Women's Golf

    • Men's golf pulled off a stunning victory at the 2017 NWC tournament. That win moved them from seventh place all the way up to third in the final conference standings. Sam Stiles, '20, tied for first before losing medalist honors in a playoff. He was named First Team All-NWC and the NWC Freshman of the Year.
    • Women's golf finished fourth at the NWC tournament and took fourth place overall in the league standings. Maggie Peters, '20, led the Pirates with an 11th-place finish and earned Second-Team All-Conference recognition.
  • Selected Recent Graduate School Placements

    • American Conservatory Theater
    • Baylor University
    • Boston University
    • Chatham University
    • Cornell University
    • Creighton University
    • Duke Divinity School
    • Eastern Washington University
    • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
    • George Fox University
    • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
    • University of Colorado
    • Liberty University
    • Life Chiropractic College
    • University of Montana School of Medicine
    • Montana State University
    • Midwestern University
    • Pace University
    • Pacific University
    • The Pennsylvania State University
    • Princeton University
    • Northern Arizona University
    • Regis University
    • Rush University
    • Seattle Pacific University
    • Stanford University
    • Texas A&M University
    • Texas Tech University
    • University of Alabama
    • University of Arizona
    • University of Idaho
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Puget Sound
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of Washington
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Washington State University
    • Whitworth University
    • Wichita State University
  • Recent Alumni Highlights

    • Total Whitworth Alumni: 25,963

    Recent Alumni Highlights

    • Kat Duarte, '17, a computer science major, is an analyst on Google’s trust & safety team.
    • Sean Tobin, '16, is an entrepreneur who owns Vessel Coffee Roasters in Spokane.
    • Stephen Thoen, '16, who interned with a cloud-services company while at Whitworth, is a software developer for Nike.
    • Sarah Gady,'16, who completed competitive research internships on campus, at the NASA Glen Research Center, and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory while at Whitworth, received a full-ride fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy to complete a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Princeton University.
    • Joshua Vinton, '16, received a highly competitive 2016 Critical Language Scholarship through the U.S. State Department to study Swahili and is running an international development non-profit in Uganda.
    • Katie Cunningham, '16, is teaching English in Japan through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program.
    • Alex Hoffmann '16, is enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine. At Whitworth, he was named the top debater in the country and he won first prize at the 2015-16 Murdock College Science Research Conference.
    • Anneka Baird, '16, is earning an MFA in creative writing and book arts at Mills College.
    • Samual Jarrett, '16, served as chief investment officer for Whitworth's Student Investment Club and completed two internships with investment firms in Spokane. He is now an investment analyst with Verus Investments in Seattle.
    • Alyssa Olds, '15, is a technical writer for Agiloft‬, a computer software company in San Francisco.
    • Josiah Roloff, '15, is president and principal of, as well as senior digital forensics analyst for Global CompuSearch, a consulting firm that provides assistance in digital forensics, e-discovery and high-technology issues.
    • John Koberstein, '15, is earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland. 
    • Eugen Lazarenco, '15, from Moldova, is an equity analyst for Bloomberg L.P., in London.
    • Aaron Korthuis, '12, a Yale Law School student and intern with the Jerome Frank Legal Services Organization, participated in a case challenging the injunction issued against President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative.
    • Aaron Korthuis, '12 (Political Science), now attending Yale Law School, was a panelist in Dec. 2014 at a Central America Regional Security Initiative event at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
    • Adrian Kitimbo, '12, is attending the University of Oxford, where he is conducting graduate work on international development and conflicts. Kitimbo, who is from Uganda, plans to work for a development organization or to work within the Ugandan government on development and humanitarian emergencies, especially those resulting from civil conflicts.
    • Courtney Alfrey, '11, works on Broadway in New York City. He is a daywork stitcher on "Beautiful – The Carole King Musical" and recently was a principal wardrobe dresser on "Shuffle Along." He has worked as a costume designer and dresser for off-Broadway productions and as a video stylist for television.
    • Angela Hartley, '11, works with the policy and advocacy team for the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership, in Africa. Previously, she was a resettlement case manager at World Relief, a refugee-resettlement agency in Spokane.
    • Danjuma Quarless, '10, is working at the forefront of scientific development as a Ph.D. candidate and a research fellow in biomedical sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Through positions at the J. Craig Venter Institute and the Scripps Translational Science Institute, Quarless has formulated methodology for analyzing whole-genome DNA sequencing data, with clinical applications.
    • Sean McGuire, '10, received a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend to conduct research in the Lasers and Applied Physics Doctorate Program at Princeton University. The award amounts to $65,000-70,000 per year for up to six years.
    • Travis Hartanov, '08, is founder and CFO of Krochet Kids International, a nonprofit that empowers women in developing countries to create locally sustainable jobs by making goods that are sold at retailers such as Nordstrom.
    • Marc Grow, '08, is an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School, in New York. In May 2016 he won the prestigious Sohn Investment Idea Contest.  
    • Ben Spaun, '08, is a postdoctoral research fellow at JILA (University of Colorado) with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a Ph.D. in physics, and he co-authored a study published in a 2013 issue of Science, one of his discipline's most prestigious scholarly journals. His senior year at Whitworth, Spaun landed a full scholarship for Harvard's six-year doctoral research program (and turned down another such offer from Yale). 
    • Jena (Lee) Nardella, '04, published a memoir, One Thousand Wells: How an Audacious Goal of Bringing Water to Africa Taught Me to Love the World, Instead of Save It (Howard Brooks, 2015). She is co-founder and executive director of Blood:Water Mission, a ministry of the Grammy-winning band Jars of Clay that provides clean blood and water in Africa. Nardella is an Epoch Award Winner, one of GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100, and one of Christianity Today's 33 under 33 Christian leaders shaping the next generation of faith.