Costa Mesa, CA, June 3, 2015 – Vanguard University is proud to announce Dr. Frank D. Macchia as the recipient of an honorary doctorate (Doctor of Divinity) from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. Dr. Macchia is professor of theology at Vanguard University, where he has been a faculty member since 1999.
Dr. Macchia was presented the award on Saturday, May 30 at the main seminary of the Church of God, and granted with unanimous vote of the seminary’s faculty. The honorary doctorate of divinity degree tributes the contribution made to the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement and to the broader Christian church. The award will be granted to an individual every four years; Dr. Macchia is the first to receive it.
The Pentecostal Theological Seminary prepares men and women for Christian ministry, helping students integrate life and learning for professional competency. As a denominationally sponsored institution, the Pentecostal Theological Seminary is committed to the spiritual, doctrinal, and ministerial emphases of the Church of God.
“I am pleased that the award is coming from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, which exists on the cutting edge of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christian scholarship worldwide,” said Dr. Macchia. “This Seminary also belongs to a denomination other than my own. That the faculty and Board of this Seminary would reach outside of their own fold to honor me in this way is especially meaningful for me.”
In March, Dr. Macchia was also presented with the Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to Dr. Macchia’s groundbreaking written work and ongoing contributions as a professor at Vanguard University, he has served as the Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a Taiwanese congregation in Irvine, California, for the past 14 years.
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