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.
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