Vanguard’s Lewis Wilson Institute Hosted “Hispanic Pentecostalism in the 21st Century” Event on March 1

Focusing on the theme of “Hispanic Pentecostalism in the 21st Century”, Vanguard’s Lewis Wilson Institute hosted its 4th annual Pentecostal Leaders Series at Newport Mesa Church on Friday, March 1.

Several speakers of Hispanic descent shared their knowledge, thoughts and opinions concerning the Hispanic Pentecostal movement. Speakers included the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Jesse Miranda, Dr. Isaac Canales, Dr. Gastón Espinosa and the Rev. Fernando Tamara.

As the Director of The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Tamara partnered with Dr. Derrick Rosenior, the director of the Lewis Wilson Institute, to put on this event. It was a partnership furthering the two organizations goals: The Jesse Miranda Center’s desire to serve the Hispanic community and the Lewis Wilson Institute’s desire to increase the study of Pentecostal heritage.

Named in honor of Dr. Lewis Wilson, a former history professor and retired dean of the college, the Lewis Wilson Institute strives to “highlight Vanguard’s Pentecostal heritage and identity,” Dr. Rosenior said. Looking back on the event, Dr. Rosenior noted the good discussions during the Q&A session, and that the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez “preached a powerful message.”

Tamara detailed the entire day’s setup as a success and a great time of fellowship, acquiring knowledge and empowering Hispanics in the Pentecostal movement to take up and carry the legacy passed on to them. Having the opportunity to hear theologians speak on the topic of Hispanic Pentecostalism and to see attendees be responsive in the Q&A session “deeply enriched” the event, Tamara said.

Speakers and attendees discussed the messages within the books: The Silent Pentecostals and Silent No More. These books address the Hispanic legacy and leadership in American Pentecostalism. “Even if we don’t have leaders who can advocate for Latinos, we’re still working and we’re still here,” Tamara said in reference to all of the Latino individuals attending the conference.

Looking to the future, Tamara said he would love to see a more diverse group in attendance, including pastors from local churches outside of the Latino community.  Speaking of The Jesse Miranda Center, Tamara said: “We want to be a center that promotes racial recognition.” With this goal in mind, Tamara plans for future events to educate a wider audience.

“The event was extraordinary,” Tamara said. Attendees walked away knowing more about how Pentecostalism emerged, disseminated and spread the Gospel message.

For more information on the Lewis Wilson Institute and its events, click here.

Vanguard Student Works to Revive Veterans Post in Costa Mesa

Featured in the Orange County Register, one Vanguard University student aims to revive a dying American Legionnaire Post in Costa Mesa.

Studying full time for a degree in kinesiology at Vanguard University, and being the newly elected post commander for Costa Mesa Post 455, Gabriel Corona knows what it means to work hard. He plans to revive the declining Post 455 through inviting older veterans back and recruiting new veterans from Orange Coast College and Vanguard.

As the founder and former president of the Vanguard Student Veterans Club, Corona’s mission has always been to help veterans through leadership and providing community. Corona wants to keep veterans from falling into isolation and depression by providing a group that does more than gather for drinks and reminiscing. He wants a group that plays sports, works out, cycles, runs obstacle courses and comes alongside the community, together.

Currently, the Costa Mesa Post has a below average number of members and no building to call their own. After the Costa Mesa American Legion Hall was demolished in 1989, members have held meetings in various buildings around Costa Mesa. Today, they use the Costa Mesa Community Center, but Corona’s hope is to have a place where they can keep their doors “open constantly.”

To read the full article, click here.

3rd Annual Ensure Justice Conference on Cyber Exploitation

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University holds its third annual Ensure Justice Conference – Cyber Exploitation:  Demand, Prevention and Reduction – this Friday, March 8-9, 2013!

Read about the importance of fighting sexual exploitation so we can protect our youth in The Daily Pilot.  Hope to see you there!


Vanguard University Student Raps with Purpose

One Vanguard University sophomore grabs the mic and brings down the house, or should we say, the Kingdom?

Rapping with purpose, Bodie Wade uses his gifts to create raw, influential music for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Being highlighted in an installment of iWantJam’s ‘Artist Spotlight’ series led to an interview and article on Broadcast Newsroom’s website featuring Wade. This online music-streaming site, iWantJam, is a platform for Wade and other artists to create profiles to connect with fans and promote their music.

The article labels Wade as a part of a new style of artist, a “HipHop Hipster.” Wade hits the books and the beats. While furthering his education at Vanguard, Wade also writes lyrics, plays multiple instruments and records his music. As a sophomore, Wade is working toward a bachelor of arts in worship studies.

His first mix tape, College: The Lecture, came out in December 2012 presenting an honest, real message and clean fun. His next release will follow suit with a vulnerable account of his experience with an autoimmune disease. The March release will be one song that states: “bald is beautiful.” And the music video will feature him and friends shaving their heads.

Looking back to his roots in music, Wade described growing up in a family of musicians in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. “I’ve always grown up in music, it’s something my family has always done,” Wade said and then added that his dad toured in a rock band for a while.

When discussing how he reached the world of rap, he said: “After going through several different styles of music, I kind of migrated to hip-hop.” Within this genre, Wade creates beats and lyrics that deliver more than just sound to the audience’s ears. They deliver a message.

Knowing the struggle many Christian artists have in the music industry, Wade said his main focus is keeping his eyes on the Lord and sharing his music with complete honesty and vulnerability. His lyrics always explore issues and ideas that directly relate with his life.

From big stages to VU’s Cove to churches, Wade has performed on many platforms. When explaining why he considers church shows best, Wade said he loves to take time to just sit and talk or read scripture while on stage. “You can minister more than just through music,” he said.

A passion for worship and ministry coupled with talent and a heart for Christ makes Wade a powerhouse of influential music. Looking to the future, Wade expressed his desire to use his Worship Arts degree to eventually become a producer and worship artist somewhere on the West Coast.

To view the Broadcast Newsroom article, click here.

Vanguard University’s Women’s Basketball Team Wins GSAC Championship

A mighty roar shook the court on Tuesday, March 5, as the Vanguard University Lions claimed the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship.

With a final score of 63-57, the Vanguard women’s basketball team defeated the Westmont Warriors. Having lost to this team twice before, the Lions had a score to settle. A great battle ensued from the 5:00 p.m. starting time at Concordia University’s gym.

Gold pride filled the stands as students and other VU supporters created a sea of blue and gold. Riding the rollercoaster of an intense game, fans yelled, sighed, waved their VU Lions towels and shouted for justice at referees. With Fox College Sports covering the event, there was no lack of enthusiasm in the student section.

Hungry for victory, the Lions fought from behind, persevered through a neck-and-neck battle and pushed to lead. Ranked No. 8 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the team will travel to Frankfurt, Ky., for the 2012-13 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship, which begins Wednesday, March 13.

For a detailed account of the game, click here.