Spring Seminar

 FRIDAY, February 26, 2016, 2:00-4:00PM
HEATH LECTURE HALL 100, Vanguard University
“Empowered To Do What Is Right: Lessons in the Ethical Use of Power from Women in the Book of Samuel”
Dr. April Westbrook, Ph.D.Chair, Department of Religion

Professor of Old Testament

Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, CA


Dr. Westbrook earned her doctorate degree from Claremont Graduate University. She teaches several foundational courses in the Religion core curriculum and biblical Hebrew. She also regularly teaches courses in Old Testament historical books, the Pentateuch, and the book of Proverbs. As an ordained minister for over twenty-five years, Professor Westbrook also has great interest in issues concerning women in leadership and ministry roles.  She regularly teaches related courses, as well as speaking at conferences, retreats and chapel services.


THURSDAY, March 31, 2016, 7:00 PM

NEWPORT MESA CHURCH, (Vanguard Campus) Costa Mesa, CA

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Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Ph.D.

Executive Presbyter, The General Council of the Assemblies of God

Associate Professor of Intercultural Education,

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO


Dr. Grant and her husband serve as Assemblies of God World Missionaries. While their 32 year career has focused on India, their heart for people has carried them to over 30 nations of the world.  Dr. Grant is co-founder of Project Rescue, an AGWM ministry to survivors of sex slavery.  She has co-authored “Hands that Heal” (2007), an international curriculum to help train caregivers to provide transformational care to victims of sexual exploitation.  Dr. Grant’s calling and passion is that of a teacher.  She has served as faculty and guest lecturer in missions in colleges and seminaries in India, Europe, South Africa and the US.  She earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University School of Intercultural Studies.




FRIDAY, April 22, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

HEATH LECTURE HALL 109, Vanguard University

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Pentecostalism in the Black British Female Experience


Dr. Marcia Clarke, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, School of Law, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

Co-Pastor, Restoration Christian Fellowship, Virginia Beach, VA


Dr. Marcia Clarke completed her doctoral studies at the University of Birmingham (UK). Her research utilized practical theology and in particular the role of ordinary theology in the formulation of Pentecostal spirituality.  Her research seeks to gain an understanding of the spirituality of Black British women in a post-colonial era. Marcia has presented her research at conferences on Global Pentecostalism in Europe and the U.S. Marcia has also taught in Ghana, West Africa where she and her husband served as missionaries for ten years.  She holds ministerial credentials with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) and co-pastors a church plant in Virginia Beach, VA.