Campus Update November 2012

Amber, cherry red and coffee colored leaves line campus walkways!  We are reminded by nature that the world swiftly changes but history reminds us that God orchestrates all of life’s seasons toward new life.  This November we have great things to look forward to.

I hope you will join me for our annual Christmas Fantasia concert this year. One performance is at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on November 29th and another is at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on November 30th.  Listening to these well-trained voices and a full orchestra in these elegant venues is such a delightful way to begin this season of celebrating Jesus.  For more information and to order your tickets, please visit

It is with gratefulness and joy that we commissioned Dr. Mike Beals, an ordained Assemblies of God minister, to the position of University Dean of Spiritual Formation and University Pastor on October 18, 2012 in chapel.  Dr. Beals has served in full-time ministry for more than thirty years.  He earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Vanguard as well as a Master’s and a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.  He also taught Vanguard students from 1991-2009 with energy and devotion.  Mike’s deep commitment to living life in the Spirit, his experience and education, and his love for Vanguard equip him well for this pastoral role to us all: students, faculty and staff.  We are glad he’s here!

On November 9th at 3 pm, in our recently updated Veterans Courtyard, Vanguard will honor veterans and their service to our country. There will be a reception and a presentation by Chris Kupitz, a student veteran with two deployments to Iraq. For more information, please contact Lindsay Bodwell at (714) 966-5458 or via email at

Pre-VU is November 12th and 13th!  This is a great event for allowing families to experience the community and life that makes Vanguard a top-ranked school (U.S. News and World Report).  More than two hundred prospective students and parents are expected this year.  For more information, visit undergraduate admissions.

Please be sure to stop by our booth at Youth Convention November 23rd-24th. We love to tell these students, filled with zeal for God, about the education and training Vanguard University can offer them for a life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

May your hearts swell this Thanksgiving as you experience the depth of the resources of the Holy Spirit within the changing seasons of your own life.

God bless you and God bless Vanguard,

Dr. Carol Taylor