Ashley and Scott Houston

Class Notes – Due March 27

Brian Burhenn

Vanguard Alumni: We are gathering Class Notes for the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the Vanguard Magazine!

They are the most-read section of the magazine, so we want to make sure as many Alumni are included as possible.

Class Notes are in these categories –
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Just Married
Future Alumni (babies born among us)
In Memory (honorariums for those who have passed away)


Let us know what you’ve been up to since you graduated. Other information to include: Did you receive another degree? How about a promotion? Have you moved to a different state? Did you celebrate a special anniversary recently? Where have you traveled to? What has your church, family, and/or company been up to? All of this information helps as we write your Class Note for the Vanguard Magazine!



Ashley and Scott Houston

Ashley (Brock ‘10) and Scott Houston ‘11 married at The Parker Ranch in June 2012, and currently live in Irvine. Scott is the creative media director for Sanctuary Belize, the #1 development company in Belize. He also continues to do freelance work for his own business, 32 Productions, editing spots and commercials for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ashley has started her own ETSY business, selling hand-sewn items and launched a lifestyle blog: Live Styled Live Creative. By far, the Houston’s biggest accomplishment and joy was the birth of their son, Jude on November 8, 2013.


Now, HOW do you submit a Class Note? Don’t worry, it’s easy…

  1. Online at Vanguard Alumni website:
  2. Email: with Subject: My Class Note
  3. Mail: Vanguard University c/o Alumni Relations, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Deadline is Friday, March 27. Please send any information to us by then! Photos (landscape orientation) can be emailed (jpeg) or mailed at the address above. Prints will not be returned. Also, when you send us your photos, it grants Vanguard University permission to print it.

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2015 Alumni Award Winners

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For nearly a century, our alumni have impacted nearly every aspect of our culture. We want to share some of those stories, by recognizing alumni who have played, and are play a crucial role today. Our alumni award winners are nominated throughout the year from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who recognize the incredible work being done. With each nomination, a brief bio is compiled to better understand the individual or group of individuals. At that point, the alumni office also looks to expand on the bios – drawing information from friends, coworkers, and published information.

With an initial list exceeding thirty nominations, the alumni office narrows the nominees to around four or five per category. At that point, the nominees with bios are presented to the board of the alumni association. Each board member votes on the winners, with additional rounds as necessary for tie breakers.




Tony and Kathy met at Vanguard where he was student body president for two years and she was on a music scholarship.  After Tony’s graduation they married and began ministering to the youth in the church and on the streets here in Southern California.

Their ministry birthed the beginnings of the Christian children’s music industry with albums such as Music Machine and Bullfrogs & Butterflies.  They have received 7 Grammy nominations and many of their albums became Gold and Platinum.  Tony created Bibleman, which toured across the US.  His videos, books, and CDs have received many industry awards, including Teacher’s Choice Awards, Dove Awards, Telly Awards, and Billboard Awards. Tony was awarded as one of the Top 100 Media Producers of 2000. Kathy has also created over 100 activity resource books for companies such as Nest Entertainment, Integrity, and American Bible Society.

Today, Tony and Kathy head up the non-profit, Forever Kids, which has reached over 150,000 children and youth with character-building music assemblies and programs in public schools, churches, and camps. Tony’s book Life In Christ: A Manual for Disciples has gone around the world and he currently disciples a number of groups of mainly young adults. They recently launched Case for Character which provides foster youth with something that adds dignity to their many moves from house to house––a suitcase instead of a trashbag. In just a few months, Case for Character has provided suitcases to hundreds of foster kids.



Wayne and Sylvia, along with their two daughters, Joy, 5 years old and Aimee, 18 months old, arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1973.  A third daughter, Cherie, was born in the Congo in 1978.  Their primary focus for 39 years was training men and women for the ministry through the programs of the Masina Bible School and the School of Theology Extension Center.  Wayne also oversaw the construction of the Bible School buildings.

Through the years, both of them held seminars and preached on Sundays in Kinshasa, the capital city. Over the last 4 years they had a weekly breakfast meeting of 2-10 people in business and government leadership.  This was a time of sharing, studying and praying together.

When Wayne was 18 years old the Lord called him to train African pastors. He sent them to the Congo to work with a team of missionaries and Congolese pastors. There were difficult years, but looking back, the Turners were able to see the Lord was establishing the A/G church through ministerial training.  This of course was made possible through the faithful partnership of USA Assemblies of God individuals and churches.

Because of the enthusiastic evangelism efforts of the Congolese ministers and lay people, the Assemblies of God of the Congo has spread throughout the country, impacting and changing many lives

Wayne and Sylvia retired in January, 2013.



While juniors at Vanguard, the 31 Bits dream began for 5 friends. Kallie, had just gotten back from a life-changing trip to Uganda. She met women who grew up in a war and had nothing. They were single moms with no education and no job.

What the women lacked in education, they made up for in skill and resourcefulness. They were making incredible jewelry out of old posters. Kallie brought a box of the jewelry back, and the girls fell in love instantly.

They started by selling jewelry made by Ugandan women at school events, craft fairs, and home parties. They would tell their story to anyone who would listen.

Eventually they started an online store and a wholesale program. The road was rocky and the sleep was short, but five years later, 31 Bits products can be found in over 300 stores and the girls have shared their story with hundreds of thousands of people.

31 Bits has implemented a five-year holistic development program in Uganda, where each woman receives health education, finance training, counseling, and business training. She belongs to a community where she can earn an income, be educated, and dream for her future.

After five years in the program, the women graduate, leaving with an education, a career, social equity, confidence, and a voice. They now have 120 women in the program whose lives are changed.


To nominate someone for the 2016 Alumni Awards, please email by September 1, 2015.




#GivingTuesday 2014

About #GivingTuesday…

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, gifts to Vanguard University will support the Through These Doors campaign for the Scott Academic Center renovation and expansion. Thanks to a generous donor, all donations will be matched dollar for dollar so that your giving will have twice the impact. And gifts of $100 or more will be recognized on a special donor wall display inside the new academic center. This is an opportunity for you to leave your mark in a tangible way at Vanguard. IG

 About the Through These Doors campaign…

The Scott Academic Center is the hub of student services including admissions, financial aid, accounting, and the registrar offices. Gifts of any amount will help us reach the finish line of our $7,000,000 goal—we are less than $170,000 away! Gifts will go to support:

How can you help?

On December 2, we invite the Vanguard community (current students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends) to make a gift of any size to the Through These Doors campaign in conjunction with #GivingTuesday. Gifts of $100 or more will be included on a special “donor wall” in the building. But no matter the size of the gift, the goal is to get alumni to participate and give back to their alma mater. Visit

Be a #GivingTuesday “Champion”:

  1. Making a donation of any amount
  2. Taking an “unselfie” picture of yourself with a sign that says “I support Vanguard because_________________” and post to your Facebook/Instagram/Twitter with the hashtag #GivingTuesday #@VanguardU
  3. Nominating someone else in the Vanguard community to make a gift as well. Let them know they have until 12 midnight on December 2.

When do we need your participation?

We’d love to snap a picture of you prior to December 2 so we already have a strong social media presence when the day begins. Please send us a photo of you (or if you’re local, we can come snap one!) that we can post on December 2? Then post it on your own accounts and tag as many people as you can think of on the actual day! Here is an example:



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