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/.
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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