“Dr. Bryan assumed the EBC presidency with a sense of inadequacy for the task, but claimed the job on the basis of Ecclesiastes 10:10 as a prophetic promise from the Lord. If he was willing to learn and work hard, God would provide the needed wisdom to ‘strengthen and sharpen his ax.’” (Heart for the Harvest, Farmer and Johnson)
“I knew I could not do it alone, so the first person I hired was Clayton Crymes to serve as academic dean and to take leadership in the effort to receive authority from the State of Oregon to confer 4-year degrees…a no small feat…and to be granted Accredited Membership of the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC).”
During his tenure, the College was moved from downtown to the Bailey Hill campus on “Miracle Hill.” Through a series of unexpected financial events three property mortgages were retired, and EBC became the national Bible college with the merger of three colleges in 1986.
“When I think of what we had and where we went, I would say the development of the campus was the biggest achievement. There were unusual financial miracles that allowed us to do what we set out to do.”
His leadership, his vision and ministry certainly trumped Dr. Bryan’s initial sense of inadequacy.