Vanguard University Hosts Cyclists at Start of Sea to Sea’s Nine-Week Bike Tour to Reduce Poverty

Partnership between Vanguard University and Sea to Sea marked by common desire to serve others by alleviating poverty

Costa Mesa, CA, June 17, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it is an official bike tour sponsor for Sea to Sea, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty worldwide. Cyclists embarking on the bike tour across the United States will depart from Vanguard University after a brief stay on campus.

The 3,900 mile bike tour is sponsored by the Reformed Church in AmericaPartners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. The most recent bike tour, held in 2008, sent over $1.5 million to local, national and international agencies fighting poverty. The fundraising goal for this year’s bike tour is $2 million.

“After the amazing experience of the 2005 Sea to Sea bike tour, I felt called to promote awareness of the needs of the poor, says Claire Elgersma, steering committee chairman and cyclist for Sea to Sea. “This year, 35% of the proceeds will go to local programs that assist those in poverty. We hope that partners like Vanguard University, who are also dedicated to serving the poor, will continue to ride with us until poverty is eliminated.”

According to Sea to Sea, nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger and malnutrition. The Census Bureau, which defines poverty as those living with an annual income of less than $23,283 for a family of four, reports that 15% of the United States population were living in poverty in 2011. The World Bank, which calculates the threshold for dire poverty in developing countries as $1.25 per day of consumption (versus income), projects that the population share of extreme poor in developing countries will be halved by 2015, down from 29% in 1990 to 12% in 2015.

“We’re delighted to be able to sponsor an organization like Sea to Sea that is dedicated to making a positive impact in the world,” says Mike Beals, dean of spiritual formation at Vanguard University. “With our students seeing first-hand the impacts of global poverty in places like East Africa, South America, and the Middle East where they serve on missions trips each summer, we recognize the great need to support an initiative like this. We look forward to being able to partner with Sea to Sea now and in the future to help reduce poverty.”

After dipping their tires in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, June 23, the cyclists will officially start the bike tour to end poverty from Vanguard University on Monday, June 24 and end in New York City nine weeks later. The bike tour will make stops in Phoenix, Rehoboth, Colorado Springs, Iowa City, Grand Rapids, Ancaster, Toronto, and Montreal.

For more information about the Sea to Sea Bike Tour, click here.


Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. Ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 colleges in the west since 2010, Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs.

The Sea to Sea 2013 Bike Tour is a nine-week, 3,900-mile cycling trek from Southern California to New York City designed to raise awareness and funds in support of those living in poverty around the world. The tour is hosted by the Reformed Church in America, Partners Worldwide, and World Renew – an agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University Hosts Delegates from Northern Iraq to Reduce Violence against Women in Iraq

Combatting violence against women in Iraq spawns higher education partnership between Vanguard University and University of Duhok

Costa Mesa, CA, April 26, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that it will host a team of delegates from the University of Duhok in northern Iraq for a two-week visit beginning Sunday, April 28.  The purpose of the visit is to provide the team with training on ways to reduce violence against women in Iraq.

According to World Report 2012: Iraq published by Human Rights Watch, violence against women is a serious problem in Iraq.  The report says that “‘honor’ crimes and domestic abuse is a threat to women and girls, who were also vulnerable to trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced prostitution due to insecurity, displacement, financial hardship, social disintegration, and the dissolution of rule of law and state authority.”

Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women & Justice (GCWJ) has been partnering with the University of Duhok in northern Iraq since 2010 to build capacity for women’s studies at the University of Duhok.  The goal of the higher education partnership between these two universities, which grew to include partnering with the Ministry of the Interior and the three regional Directorates for Combatting Violence Against Women, is to eliminate violence against women in Iraq.

“The success of the recent visit with the Directorate for Combatting Violence Against Women prompted Dr. Major Sami Hussein to bring leaders back here to Southern California where they can see actual programs and visit facilities rather than just learn training theory in a classroom setting,” says Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice.  “Together we have an opportunity to impact the regional development of the infrastructure to reduce violence against women in Iraq.  This rare but necessary higher education partnership improves community capacity, promotes reconciliation, and contributes to stability in a region in which Americans have invested so many resources.”

The trip will include training with 12th District Court Judge David O. Carter, OC Juvenile Justice Douglas Hatchimonji, OC Juvenile Services, OC Child Abuse Special Teams (CAST), as well as three days of training with the Westminster Police Department under the direction of Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department and former chair of the OC Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The Westminster Police Department welcomes the rare opportunity to provide law enforcement and academic professionals from Iraq with a three-day training symposium,” says Derek Marsh, acting deputy chief of the Westminster Police Department.  “These courageous delegates are an instrumental part of a multi-year project initiated by Vanguard University and the University of Duhok, Iraq (KRG).  Our goal is to provide best practices that can be applied to law enforcement investigations and will shape policies to enhance women’s rights and reduce violence against women and children in Iraq.”

The team from Iraq includes the directors of all three KRG Regional VAW Directorates as well as the director of the Ministry of Interior, legal and academic scholars from the University of Duhok, and Victim Service directors.

For more information about the Global Center for Women & Justice, please visit








Vanguard University Launches Comprehensive Search for its Tenth President

New president to continue Dr. Carol Taylor’s leadership in guiding Vanguard University to record enrollment and continuous improvement in academic profile and financial health

Costa Mesa, CA, March 26, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that a presidential search committee to identify Vanguard’s tenth president has been established following the announcement that Dr. Carol Taylor, President of Vanguard University, was voted President-Elect of Evangel University, an institution that is in the final stages of approval for a consolidation with Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) and Central Bible College (CBC).  If approved by the Higher Learning Commission in April, these three schools, two of which are Dr. Taylor’s alma maters, will be known as Evangel University.

Dr. Carol Taylor was asked to serve as Acting President in January 2009 and named as Vanguard’s ninth President in July 2009 after serving as provost/vice president of academic affairs at Vanguard since August of 2007.  Before joining Vanguard, Dr. Taylor served for seven years as the vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, 12 years in executive management at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ and has taught at various higher educational institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels.

“Vanguard is a different university today than it was when President Taylor stepped up to lead it,” says David Oddo, chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Presidential Search Committee for Vanguard.  “Under the direction of President Taylor, Vanguard University has been transformed from a school in financial crisis and declining enrollment into an institution poised to exit its state of financial exigency and with record enrollments.  Our Board of Trustees and the Vanguard community are eager to continue our journey of growth and success.”

A presidential search committee comprised of trustees, faculty, alumni, staff, a student leader, and a foundation board member is being established and will work closely with the Dingman Company, the executive search firm Vanguard has retained to help find Vanguard’s next president.  Dr. David W. Clark, who has served on the Vanguard Board of Trustees, will serve as Vanguard’s interim president beginning June 15, 2013.  Dr. Clark is the former president of Palm Beach Atlantic University and has extensive experience in Christian higher education.

“My journey at Vanguard began with an unexpected call to serve,” says Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Vanguard University.  “While the call to serve my alma maters is just as unexpected, my commitment remains strong to serve all of our constituents well during this transitional period so that Vanguard’s next president can shepherd it to even greater heights.  It has been an honor to serve Vanguard over the last six years, and I am grateful for the tremendous growth we’ve experienced due to the devotion of our students, faculty and staff who are deeply committed to our mission to equip students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”

Dr. Taylor will conclude her service as President of Vanguard University following the June 2013 Board of Trustees meeting.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard among the best baccalaureate colleges in the West in their 2011-2012 rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named Vanguard a 2011-2012 “Best in the West” College.

For updated information on the transition, including frequently asked questions and more, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

Anaheim Family YMCA’s 46th Annual Good Friday Prayer Breakfast Features Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra

Vanguard University music students elevate morning of praise and fellowship for Orange County community at Anaheim Family YMCA event

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2013 – Vanguard University announced today that for the thirteenth year in a row, its music students will be an essential part of the program at the Anaheim Family YMCA’s annual Good Friday Breakfast on March 29, 2013 at 7:15 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott.  Vanguard singers and musicians will entertain an anticipated audience of 1,000 business leaders and attendees.

The Good Friday Breakfast, a non-denominational event that embodies the philosophy of the YMCA, began in 1968 with 200 attendees. The annual gathering is designed to bring the community together to gather in fellowship and worship music.

“The award-winning Vanguard University choir and orchestra have greatly enriched our Good Friday Breakfast these last several years,” says Paul Andresen, president and CEO at the Anaheim Family YMCA.  “Through their musical talent, professionalism, and willingness to be an integral part of this community-focused event, the students add an element of faith and service that is at the core of what we do here at the Y.   We look forward to their continued participation in this event and in others as we identify additional ways to honor God and serve the community together. ”

Master of ceremonies, KOCE’s Ed Arnold, will introduce the Vanguard University Choir and Orchestra and this year’s keynote speaker, Jeff Kemp, a former NFL quarterback and Vice President at Family Life and Catalyst for the HomeBuilders Movement.  Other notable keynote speakers have included Gavin MacLeod, Carl Karcher, Pat Boone, Rosie Greer, Mark Victor Hansen, Stephanie Edwards and Shirley Jones, to name a few.

For more information on the Good Friday Prayer Breakfast, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University

Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies at Vanguard University Welcomes Top Hispanic Leaders at Annual Conference

Hispanics are transforming worldwide Pentecostal movement as fastest-growing contingent

Costa Mesa, CA, February 19, 2013 – The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies at Vanguard University announced today that it will host its annual conference on Friday, March 1, 2013. Regarded as one of the most influential Hispanic Pentecostal seminars on the West Coast, the conference will focus on the transformative role of Hispanic leadership in the rapid growth of Pentecostalism worldwide through historical lenses.

Since the Azusa Street Revival held in Los Angeles in 1906, considered the first meeting of the Pentecostal movement, Latino Pentecostal communities have increasingly mobilized into Central and South America. According to the World Christian Database, a research tool of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Pentecostals made up some 73 percent of all Latin American Protestants in 2005, boasting a worldwide growth rate of 19 million new members each year that is projected to reach 1 billion by 2050. In 2006, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life noted that Pentecostals represented the most rapidly growing sector of Latin American Protestantism.

“The growth rate of new Latino Pentecostals has been steady since the Pew reports, particularly in the Assemblies of God denomination,” says Dr. Derrick Rosenior, director of the Lewis Wilson institute for Pentecostal Studies. “While the Pentecostal movement has always emphasized racial equality, what we are seeing now is the realization that what was previously a vacuum of Hispanic leadership here in the United States and around the world is dramatically shifting. The Hispanic contingent has been a major factor in the consistent growth of Pentecostalism and will continue to be so.”

Renowned Hispanic Pentecostal scholars Drs. Jesse Miranda, Gaston Espinosa, and Isaac Canales, and the Revs. Samuel Rodriguez, and Fernando Tamara will share a theological and historical interpretation of how the Hispanic Pentecostal movement was formed in the 20th century, and the current place of the movement today.

“The Latino Church is experiencing unprecedented growth,” says Reverend Fernando Tamara. “What Victor de Leon so prophetically writes about in his visionary book The Silent Pentecostal has transpired. As Dr. Espinosa so aptly conveys in Silent No More, Hispanics are the current and future leaders of the imminent Pentecostal global movement.”

Media is invited to attend a brief press conference the morning of the event from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Great Commission Hall at Vanguard University.

For more information on the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies Conference, please visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Shana Martin, Director of Communications at Vanguard University