Reverend John Bueno announced as 2013 Commencement Speaker

The President’s Office has announced that Reverend L. John Bueno will be the 2013 Commencement speaker at Vanguard University’s graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 10AM and 4PM.  Both Commencement events will be held at Mariners Church in Irvine, California.

Pastor Bueno is dedicated to supporting the ministry of education to needy children in El Salvador.  This is done through El Salvador Schools and Latin America Child Care (LACC).

Bueno served 14 years as the executive director of Assemblies of God World Missions.  Prior to his election as executive director, he served eight years as field director of Latin America and the Caribbean region.  A dynamic speaker and veteran missionary, Bueno and his wife Lois, served for 28 years in El Salvador where he pastored in Evangelistic Center in San Salvador.  Under his leadership, the church became the largest evangelical church in Central America.  He also began a school for the needy children in San Salvador that grew to 22, 000 students in 37 campuses.  This ministry provides schooling, clothing, meals, and medical care for thousands of needy children in Latin America. Today LACC represents the largest network of Evangelical Christian Schools in Latin America with 300 schools in 21 countries affecting the lives of nearly 100,000 children every day.  Over the last 40 years more than a million children have attended  LACC schools. Bueno also has served as chairman of the missionary field fellowship, area representative of Central America, the Caribbean and northern countries of South America.

He is author of An Open Heart, Remember the Poor, In His Service, Answers to Troubling Questions, In Christ Alone, Agents of the Kingdom (Spanish), and Soul Clinic (Spanish).  He has also written numerous articles for Today’s Pentecostal Evangel.

Born in Modesto, California, Bueno attended Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California, receiving a degree in exegetical theology.  The college later awarded him an honorary doctorate.  Bueno has also received honorary doctorates from Evangelical University of El Salvador and the Christian University of El Salvador.

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Student Speakers Announced for Commencement

The 2012 Commencement Student Speakers have been announced by the University President, Dr. Carol Taylor.

EMILY SANDERS is graduating with a Master of Science degree from Vanguard’s Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology. Emily has her BA from Life Pacific College and is a licensed Foursquare minister. She and her husband, Michael, have a daughter named Liv and serve as college pastors. One of her professors describes her as someone highly respected by her peers who has a great sense of humor and radiates joy. Emily plans to pursue licensure as a marriage and family therapist after graduation. She says that her time in the graduate program has made her a better servant of Jesus, wife, mother, and pastor, and that she is leaving a changed woman.

MICHAEL CHADDICK is graduating from Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies with a BA in Religion, with an emphasis in ministry and leadership. Prior to attending Vanguard, Mike received his AA degree from Orange Coast College. He is currently an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and plans to continue his education by pursuing graduate work in theology. One of his professors describes him as a diligent student who made informed contributions to the classroom shaped by a strong pastoral outlook. Mike says that he could not have succeeded at Vanguard without the loving support of his wife, Beth (also a School for Professional Studies graduate), and his children. He narrows down his positive experience at Vanguard to two things: an outstanding faculty and a program that allowed him to study ministry full-time while also working as a full-time minister.

DAVID R. VAZQUEZ is graduating from Vanguard with a BA in History/Political Science and a minor in Religion. David is a Southern California native, born and raised in Long Beach. He has been actively involved on campus since his freshman year at Vanguard. David held a number of positions in the Student Government Association (SGA) and most recently has served as SGA President for the last two years. David has also served at Vanguard as a chapel speaker, worship team member, and missions trip member. He was a research and teaching assistant for the History/Political Science department and spent last summer in

Washington, D.C. interning for the United States House Committee on Ways and Means. One of David’s professors says, “David is a truly exceptional young man and a natural leader. David is one of the best students and minds (top 1%) I have had the pleasure of teaching.”

For more information regarding the Graduate/SPS Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2012, the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2012, please click on the event link.