This week! Presidential Inauguration of Michael J. Beals, Ph.D.

This week, February 5-7, 2014, Vanguard University hosts the inauguration of its tenth president, Michael J. Beals, PhD.

President_Beals_Convocation_1The three-day inauguration ceremonies will kick off Wednesday, February 5, 2014 and will feature academic lectures by prominent theologian, Miraslov Volf, PhD. The festivities will conclude Friday, February 7, 2014 with Richard Mouw, PhD, mentor and friend to Dr. Beals, who will speak the inaugural charge to the president.

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Dr. Beals became Vanguard University’s tenth president on August 1, 2013. In keeping with the tradition of many universities, Vanguard chose to give its new president some time to settle in before holding the inauguration ceremonies. Since August, Dr. Beals has focused on building the strategic vision of the university to promote Christian higher education in a way that is meaningful, relevant, and impactful.

“In a climate where higher education is being challenged each day, presidents of private, Christian universities must be innovative, resilient, and forward thinking,” says Dr. Richard Mouw, former president of Fuller Seminary and professor to Dr. Beals. “Dr. Beals has long exhibited these qualities, making him the ideal person to foster Vanguard’s mission. I am delighted to be part of this ceremony and wish the best for Vanguard in this time of renewal.”

Dr. Beals is a two-time graduate of Vanguard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts (MA) in Church Leadership. Dr. Beals earned a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. He was awarded a PhD in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999. Dr. Beals has served 31 years in the local church, most recently as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. In addition, Dr. Beals has been actively involved in teaching outreach and community development work in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

Presenting the inaugural lectures will be Miroslav Volf, PhD, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School. Recognized globally as one of the premier theologians of our time, Dr. Volf will present on Christian Universities and the Crisis of Humanities. Both lectures are open to the public.

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Four Vanguard University Students Serve at Local Assemblies of God Church: His Place

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 11.58.40 AMFeatured in a detailed OC Weekly cover story, His Place is one of many local Assemblies of God (AG) churches that Vanguard University is partnering with to provide student internships. Pastored by a former drug addict, His Place may look a little different than some of the other AG churches.

After God brought him out of a life of addiction, Pastor Joe Furey began a new journey with God at the center. Furey took the reigns of Huntington Beach’s His Place in 1996 after “more than two decades of expertise in drug rehab,” the article states. Furey’s testimony speaks directly to many of the church’s members who have come from similar backgrounds.

Before a life-altering night at the age of 29, Furey had lived hooked on cocaine as a dealer, even after marrying and having children. When his wife decided to take their children and leave him until he was clean, Furey really hit a low place. In that place, God clearly spoke to him and from that point on he committed to changing his life.

Years of rehab, sharing his testimony at various churches and really living as a new man in Christ propelled Furey to the position at His Place. To read about the full story, read the OC Weekly article by clicking here.

Four Vanguard University students have joined Furey in his mission through the newly formed AG internships. Gaining work experience and learning how to serve God’s people are just a couple attributes of this internship. The interns are Christine Correa, Bodie Kuljian, Jonathan Vazquez and Tony Do. To learn more about the new AG internships, click here.


Homecoming Celebrations Kick Off this Weekend

homecoming14_sliderJoin the Vanguard University family January 30- February 1, 2014, for Homecoming 2014. Vanguard invites family, friends and alumni for a weekend of reunions, celebrations and community.

The weekend kicks off with the reunion of the Delivery Boys and Entourage teams on January 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Newport Mesa Church (NMC). The reunited alumni and the current performing arts ministry teams will host an evening of laughter and joy to celebrate 25 years of ministry.

On Friday, the Athletic Hall of Fame will be held in NMC at 7 p.m. The event will recognize alumni and loyal fans that embody the Vanguard Athletics Gold Pride. The event is free with an RSVP.

On Saturday, multiple events pack the schedule as Homecoming weekend officially begins. The day starts with registration for the 5K Run for Mercy at 9:30 a.m. in Needham Chapel and ends with the women and men’s basketball teams facing off Hope International University in The Pit at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Events include award ceremonies, this year’s 5K Run for Mercy benefitting the family of alumna Candace (Wong ’02) Segrove, the Homecoming Celebration Party and multiple others. The Homecoming Celebration Party starts at 11 a.m. and will feature a meet and greet with the Segrove family, live music, Kid Zone and an In-N-Out Truck. The In-N-Out Truck will cost $5 for both adults and kids.

For more information about Homecoming 2014, click here.

Stretch Those Legs and Come Out for the 2014 5K Run for Mercy

Segrove-FamilyLace up your running shoes and come to Vanguard University’s 5K Run for Mercy to benefit an alumni family in need on February 1 at 10 a.m.

One of Vanguard’s core values is building a community of support and encouragement that continues beyond graduation. In this year’s 5K Run for Mercy, the $15 registration fee and any additional donations will go to support 2-year-old Edmond Segrove, the son of Adonis and Candace (Wong ’02) Segrove.

Diagnosed with a rare brain disorder, Edmond experiences daily seizures, muscle spasms and difficulty swallowing. Medication, special equipment and hospital bills continue to be a financial challenge for the Segrove family. Vanguard looks to raise proceeds from the 5K to help Edmond receive the medical attention he needs.

With Vanguard sponsoring the 5K for her son, Candace (Wong’02) Segrove decided to write a blog post about her family’s story and Edmond. In the post, she details her Edmond’s condition and describes where the family is at now. In her last paragraph, she says: “We don’t know what God has in mind, but we know we are on His mind and He loves us.”

To register for the 5K run or make a donation, click here. To learn more about the event and other Homecoming weekend events, click here.


Vanguard Nursing Professor’s Faith at Home Showcased in OC Register

Amanda Firestone, associate professor of nursing at Vanguard University, is the main subject of a feature article in the OC Register published on Tuesday.  The article, called Making peace with two traditions, discusses Firestone and her husband’s collaborative approach to celebrating the holidays as a family of mixed faiths.  Firestone, a Christian, is married to a Jewish man who works in the medical field as an emergency room doctor.  Raising her twin boys in the Jewish faith, Firestone makes great strides to capture the importance of her Christian faith through the Christmas season in her home while still giving as much attention to Hanukkah, according to the article.

This year, her family will accompany her to Journey Christian Fellowship in Irvine, where she regularly attends church services, for the Christmas Eve service, according to the article.  While she goes on to say that she always takes her children to important Jewish celebrations, it is clear to the reader that her Christian faith has not diminished by the dual celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah.

“The article is delightful and Amanda says that they captured her thoughts and story well,” says Professor Mary Wickman, director of the nursing Program at Vanguard University.

The article goes on to discuss the many challenge of families of mixed faiths encounter during the holiday season and the creativity used in honoring the various traditions.

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