Vanguard University Welcomes Bethany Students

Costa Mesa, CA – June 16, 2011 – Vanguard University (VU) welcomes Bethany University (BU) students interested in pursuing their education in a Christ-centered community. Bethany University, located in Scotts Valley, California, announced June 13 that the University will close following a summer “teach out.”

Vanguard and Bethany share a rich history as institutions of higher education in California, with Vanguard University being established one year after Bethany in 1920. Vanguard offers bachelor and master degrees on its beautiful Southern California campus. Vanguard University shares several of Bethany’s most popular undergraduate majors, including Business Administration, Communication, Psychology, Liberal Studies, and Religion.

Vanguard is working directly with Bethany University on a Memorandum of Understanding in partnership with their accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vanguard is making every effort to help Bethany students to transfer into an undergraduate degree program or masters degree program in Education for fall 2011. Vanguard will waive the undergraduate or graduate application fee and is dedicating admissions and financial aid counselors to work with each individual student and their family.

Kim Johnson, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, explains, “Every student is unique. Because each university has distinct academic requirements and financial aid packages, we are encouraging students to submit an application and take advantage of the individualized counseling and support Vanguard counselors provide.”

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeff Hittenberger, comments “Vanguard is committed to serving Bethany students and their families. Vanguard University takes pride in the personal professor-mentor relationships that undergird our commitment to academic excellence. As students make a transition, the Vanguard community will serve and care for students and their families in addition to providing quick and comprehensive answers to their questions.”

Bethany University students can apply online immediately for free. Undergraduate admissions counselors may be reached at 800.722.6279 or by email at Graduate admissions counselors may be reached at 877.669.8872 or

Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that provides a Spirit-empowered community in which to pursue a quality Christ-centered education. The University was established in 1920, and now offers more than 30 degree programs. More information is available at

Vanguard University President Dr. Carol Taylor Wins Orange County Business Journal`s Women in Business Award

Vanguard University is proud to announce that the Orange County Business Journal has honored Dr. Carol Taylor with the 2011 Women in Business Award. The winner was announced May 25 at the OCBJ Luncheon and Awards Program at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

This is the seventeenth annual Women in Business Awards ceremony and over 160 nominees. Five are chosen as the top women in business with Dr. Taylor earning the first award.

The Women in Business Awards Program is designed to recognize Orange County women who have made impactful contributions to their professions as well as within their communities. Their tenacity and drive have established, nurtured, guided and transformed countless successful businesses. Women are influential members of the OC business community, whether in the corporate, entrepreneurial or not-for-profit sector. With 93,406 women-owned businesses in 2007, Orange County ranked 6th among counties nationwide according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard # 9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU a 2010 “Best Western College.”

VU Alum Ashley Estrada to Perform at Memorial Day Concert

Vanguard University alum Ashley Estrada ’08 will be performing at Clubhouse 3 in Laguna Woods on Monday, May 30 at 2:30pm for a special Memorial Day concert.

Estrada, who graduated from Vanguard with a degree in vocal performance, performs for one of the oldest concert bands in Orange County, the Huntington Beach Concert Band. The band has been led by director Thomas D. Ridley for the past 34 years and is composed of professional and amateur musicians throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.

This year, the Huntington Beach Concert Band has selected a patriotic “Red, White and Blue” theme to be performed by the 70 piece brass, wind and percussion ensemble. The event is coordinated and sponsored in part by Mission Hospital St. Joseph Health System.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available now. For further information on the event, please visit here. To purchase tickets, please click here.

VU Professor Frank Macchia Has Book Named among ‘Ten Notable Theology Reads’

Vanguard University professor of systematic theology Dr. Frank Macchia has had his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, named as one of the Christian Century’s ten notable theology reads.

Historically, the premise of justification by grace through faith has been looked at according to Protestant and Catholic understandings. It has thus been limited to the question of whether justification is the reception of forgiveness by faith alone or the personal transformation that occurs as we cooperate with grace. Though some recent ecumenical discussions have tried to find a way to link the two, there have not been many successful efforts.

In his book, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, Macchia seeks not just to link Protestant and Catholic views, but to set them both within the larger framework of the Spirit of Life as the realm of Gods favor. Macchia argues that the role of the Holy Spirit has been underplayed regarding justification and that the notion of Spirit baptism can link and anchor distinctive Protestant and Catholic understandings of the doctrine. The resulting pneumatological theology of justification by faith results in a perspective on justification that is broadly Trinitarian in orientation.

Dr. Macchia teaches courses in Theology and Church History in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at Vanguard University. He is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, was for over a decade Senior Editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and a prolific writer, having published a much anticipated book for Zondervan titled “Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, along with the recent book released by Eerdmans entitled, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God. Macchia is also a frequent lecturer, having traveled as a guest speaker to a wide variety of venues including McCormick Theological Seminary, University of Southern California, MacMaster University, and Martin Luther University in Wittenberg, Germany.

The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine based in Chicago that is committed to thinking critically, living faithfully and exploring what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time.

For further information on Dr. Frank Macchia, please click here. To purchase his book Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, please click here. For further information on the Christian Century magazine and the Top Ten Notable Theology Reads, please visit here.