6th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series Observes African-American Pentecostal Culture

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2015 – Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute (LWI) will hold its 6th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series on Thursday, March 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. held at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa, California. The annual series serves as a host to Pentecostal leaders involved in the charismatic movements, both nationally and internationally.

This year’s event is a timely celebration of the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity found within the Pentecostal movement, specifically focusing on contributions of the African-American Pentecostal culture. Vanguard’s Black Student Union will play a key role in the night’s event, with gospel worship and choir.

“When I became director of the LWI seven years ago, I wanted to create an event that highlighted Vanguard’s Pentecostal identity and heritage not just within the university community, but also to the broader Southern California communities,” explains Dr. Derrick R. Rosenior, director of The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies. “The Pentecostal Leaders Series was the result.”

Over the last six years, LWI has hosted noted Pentecostal scholars and leaders such as Dr. George O. Wood, Dr. Jack Haford, Dr. James Bradford and Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference.

This year’s keynote speaker is heralded Bishop Jerry Wayne Macklin, 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is a predominantly African-American Pentecostal denomination; with about 15,000 churches here in America it is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. Bishop Macklin is the co-chairman of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America, the umbrella ecumenical body to which the majority of Pentecostal denominations belong, including the Assemblies of God.

Other special guests appearing at the Pentecostal Leaders Series include Bishop Joe Ealy, Bishop of the Southern California First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the COGIC, as well as pastors and elders from various Pentecostal denominations in Southern California.

All events are free and open to the public. No registration is needed. For more information, please visit http://www.vanguard.edu/lwi/pentecostal-leaders-series/.

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT THE LEWIS WILSON INSTITUTE FOR PENTECOSTAL STUDIES
The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements. Visit http://lwi.vanguard.edu

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Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award to Vanguard University Professor

Costa Mesa, CA, March 16, 2015 – Vanguard University and the department of religion are proud to announce the presentation of the Society for Pentecostal Studies Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Frank D. Macchia. Dr. Macchia is professor of theology at Vanguard University, where he has been a resident faculty member since 1999.

The Society for Pentecostal Studies is an international society of scholars working in the field of Pentecostal and Charismatic studies. Each year, the society grants a Lifetime Achievement Award to a scholar who has considerably contributed his or her career to research and writing. The award recognizes Dr. Macchia’s significant and extensive contributions to the academy as a Pentecostal scholar.

“This is the highest honor that a scholar working in Pentecostal or Charismatic studies can receive, so I am naturally moved by this honor,” said Dr. Macchia.

Among the list of contributions is Dr. Macchia’s service as senior editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies for ten years. Presenting over 80 articles in various peer-reviewed journals and professional papers, his work has been presented in meetings for the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the North American Academy of Ecumenists, and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

International venues such as the International Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, the conference on the Globalization of Pentecostalism, the Pentecostal/Roman Catholic dialogue, and the European Pentecostal/Charismatic Research Association, have also featured Dr. Macchia’s work in religion.

A scholar and author, Dr. Macchia has contributed chapters in over twenty books. His entries can be found in some of the most widely used resources in biblical studies—Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Zondervan Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity, Dictionary of Ecumenical Movements, the New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, and the Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.  Dr. Macchia’s most recent monographs include, Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology, Justified in the Spirit: Creation, Redemption, and the Triune God, and The Trinity Practically Speaking.

In addition to his groundbreaking written work and ongoing contributions as a professor at Vanguard University, Dr. Macchia has faithfully ministered for the past fourteen years as the Assistant Pastor of Grace Bible Church, a Taiwanese congregation in Irvine, California.

 

To attend or request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Women Leading the Way in Orange County Engages Women Veterans

Costa Mesa, CA, March 10, 2015 – Women Leading the Way (WLWOC), one of Orange County’s most recognized professional women’s groups, will gather for a day to promote and encourage women who have served in the military. The event, sponsored by the Bernay and Noone Group at Morgan Stanley, in partnership with Vanguard University, and Hope for the Warriors, will be held Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the offices of Morgan Stanley in Irvine, California.

The afternoon will be tailored toward women veterans who have been recently discharged from military service, just beginning their civilian careers. Veterans in attendance will be paired with a leader from WLWOC, based upon career choice, and will work one-on-one throughout the day. Each woman will gain networking confidence, career development tools, and professional relationships – the goal to continue this day’s work into a long-term mentorship.

“Continuing our strong commitment to student veterans, Vanguard University is thrilled to partner with Women Leading the Way, Orange County, Hope for the Warriors Inc. and Morgan Stanley on this important event that will address the difficult transition from military to civilian life for women veterans,” said David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University.

John Lutkenhouse, executive senior partner from Lucas Group, will be included as featured speaker, presenting on the military-to-civilian transition, and specifically how to translate military service into business applications. Rhonda Sciortino, speaker & author of Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through, will also present to the women veterans on her personal experience.

“The hope is to equip women veterans with the confidence, skills and the connections necessary to successfully transition their skills from the military to civilian employment,” said Vazquez. “This is a real need in our community, and we’re working together to address it.”

Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone, CFP, both financial advisors at Morgan Stanley, founded WLWOC in 2013. As a highly selective group of professional women leaders in Orange County, members of WLWOC give career insight and guidance to the female leaders of tomorrow. A wide cross section of industries is represented within the group, giving recipients unique opportunities in networking and career development. The ongoing program they have established continues to expand.

WOMEN LEADING THE WAY ORANGE COUNTY
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MORGAN STANLEY, 1901 MAIN STREET, PENTHOUSE
IRVINE, CA 92614

To attend or request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

ABOUT WOMEN LEADING THE WAY IN ORANGE COUNTY (WLWOC)
Founded in 2013 by Elizabeth Bernay and Kara Noone, CFP®, Financial Advisors at Morgan Stanley, WLWOC is a highly selective group of well established professional women, representing a cross section of industries, who share their career insights and give guidance to the female leaders of tomorrow.

ABOUT HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS®
A national organization founded in 2006, Hope for the Warriors® mission is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

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Costa Mesa Partners with Top OC University to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Costa Mesa, CA, March 6, 2015 – The city of Costa Mesa proudly declared its official partnership with Vanguard University to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program. Vanguard will host over one hundred Special Olympics athletes on its Costa Mesa campus, July 21-24, 2015.

“We are thrilled to see so many communities eager to participate in this integral component of the World Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “The Host Town program will not only create lasting memories for these athletes and coaches from around the world, but leave a lasting legacy for the communities who are opening their doors, hearts and minds to host these inspiring athletes.”

The City of Costa Mesa joins as many as 100 communities across Southern California on the list of officially proclaimed Host Towns. The Orange County Host Towns for the pre-Games celebration include Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, La Habra, Fullerton, and Orange.

“Vanguard University has a deep history in the City of Costa Mesa and an esteemed tradition of athleticism and sportsmanship through our NAIA Division I men and women athletic programs,” said David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University. “As such, we welcome this natural partnership with the City of Costa Mesa to co-host a delegation of athletes from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.”

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches expected to participate this summer, The Host Town program is a very significant 3-day program. It takes place prior to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games as a complete welcome roll out. Delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and celebrated at the city of Costa Mesa Host Town, specifically on the Vanguard University campus. Athletes from Orange County will also compete as part of Team USA, as well as volunteer as ambassadors for The Games.

“The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals and Costa Mesa residents to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

Established in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics has grown into a worldwide movement which promotes the acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through sports and emphasizing the joy of participation over competition.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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Costa Mesa Partners with Top OC University to Host 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Costa Mesa, CA, March 6, 2015 – The city of Costa Mesa proudly declared its official partnership with Vanguard University to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program. Vanguard will host over one hundred Special Olympics athletes on its Costa Mesa campus, July 21-24, 2015.

“We are thrilled to see so many communities eager to participate in this integral component of the World Games,” said Patrick McClenahan, president and chief executive officer of LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee. “The Host Town program will not only create lasting memories for these athletes and coaches from around the world, but leave a lasting legacy for the communities who are opening their doors, hearts and minds to host these inspiring athletes.”

The City of Costa Mesa joins as many as 100 communities across Southern California on the list of officially proclaimed Host Towns. The Orange County Host Towns for the pre-Games celebration include Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, La Habra, Fullerton, and Orange.

“Vanguard University has a deep history in the City of Costa Mesa and an esteemed tradition of athleticism and sportsmanship through our NAIA Division I men and women athletic programs,” said David Vazquez, director of strategic partnerships at Vanguard University. “As such, we welcome this natural partnership with the City of Costa Mesa to co-host a delegation of athletes from the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.”

With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches expected to participate this summer, The Host Town program is a very significant 3-day program. It takes place prior to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Games as a complete welcome roll out. Delegations of athletes from around the world will be welcomed and celebrated at the city of Costa Mesa Host Town, specifically on the Vanguard University campus. Athletes from Orange County will also compete as part of Team USA, as well as volunteer as ambassadors for The Games.

“The Host Town program is an exciting way for Southern California locals and Costa Mesa residents to open our doors and show the athletes and coaches from around the world our hospitality and our culture,” said Costa Mesa Mayor Stephen Mensinger. “This is an important part of the World Games experience and a truly meaningful way for different communities to be part of the Games and create lasting memories for our visiting athletes.”

Established in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics has grown into a worldwide movement which promotes the acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities through sports and emphasizing the joy of participation over competition.

For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org.

 

To request an interview, contact:

Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications

714.966.5452
erin.hales@vanguard.edu

 

ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
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. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu

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