Dr. Gary Tyra Authored “Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship”

Professor of Biblical and Practical Theology, Gary Tyra has recently presented the paper, “Pneumatologiccal Realism: The Importance of Phenomenal/Responsive Relationship with Christ’s Spirit to a Spiritual, Moral and Missional Faithfulness” with the Tyndale Fellowship: Christian Doctrine Study Group (Cambridge, UK).

He also published a book called, “Pursuing Moral Faithfulness: Ethics and Christian Discipleship” (IVP Academic, 2015). The book synopsis: Christianity is in a state of moral crisis. Even though people make moral decisions every day, many Christians lack both the ability to evaluate these decisions and a community of discipleship to help inspire a morally faithful life. Compared to the people around them, there is often no discernible difference in how Christians go about making moral choices. As a biblical and practical theologian with three decades of pastoral experience, who has also spent years teaching ethics to undergraduates, Gary Tyra approaches the topic with the practical goal of facilitating moral formation and encouraging an “everyday” moral faithfulness. Tyra argues that Christians can have confidence in their Christ-centered, Spirit-enabled ability to discern and do the will of God in any moral situation. Moral faithfulness follows from a life of Christian discipleship. In an age of moral apathy and theological confusion, Pursuing Moral Faithfulness is a breath of fresh air and a sign of hope for the future.
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The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book

Assistant Professor of Music and classical guitarist, Michael Nigro, has recently co-authored and published a book called “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book”. “The Essential Classical Guitar Scale Book” can be used by all guitarists no matter where they are on their path to mastering the instrument. For the teacher and student, this book is essential because it is a complete and codified scale system that can be used to learn proper finger placement, coordination, music theory, and a general knowledge of the guitar fretboard.”



Dr. Stenhouse: Featured Speaker for Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce

On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, Dr. Andrew Stenhouse will be presenting on Employee Engagement: 7 Steps Towards Total Performance, at the Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce Networking Luncheon. Dr. Stenhouse has over 30 years of experience in developing leaders for profit and non-profit organizations, making him an excellent resource for any organization. To find out more details about this event, please click here.


Macchia Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Frank Macchia, Professor of Theology, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting in March at Southeastern University.  The Society for Pentecostal Studies is is an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a forum of discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God (SPS Website).

Dr. Macchia has had several notable scholarly achievements in the past year, which are reflective of his nomination for the lifetime achievement award.  He presented a paper on the Anchor Bible Commentary on Revelation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Diego this past November.

Dr. Macchia has also recently contributed to chapters in two books:

  • “Baptized in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Reflection on the Filioque,” in Myk Habets, ed. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century (T & T Clark, 2014).
  • “God Says What the Text Says: Another Look at Karl Barth’s View of Scripture,” in Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury, eds. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology (Cascade Books, 2014).

Dr. Macchia also had this article published:

  • “Koinonia in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision,’” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (Nov. 2014).


For more information on Dr. Macchia and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.


Religion Professor Presents in Ecuador

Dr. Doug Petersen presented on the topic “Pentecostalism in Costa Rica and Nicaragua: Historical and Theological Perspectives” at the Empowered 21 Global Scholars Consultation on November 3-6th at SemiSud College of the Church of God in Quito, Ecuador. This presentation will be published as a chapter in the volume, Latin American Pentecostalism, a publication forthcoming in 2015 from Wipf and Stock Publishers in Eugene, OR.

For more information on Dr. Petersen and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.


Nursing Professor Presents for Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds

Dr. Julia Wilson, Associate Professor of Nursing, recently presented her doctoral research on “Factors Influencing Mental Health in a Cardiac Population”, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA on August 14, 2014.  Her presentation was part of Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds and was video conferenced to the Hoag location in Irvine as well.

For more information on Dr. Wilson and the Vanguard University RN to BSN and MSN programs, please visit the department website here.

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Original Piece from Music Professor Debuted

Professor of Music, Dr. Greg Glancey, was commissioned by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble to write a piece for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) national conference at BIOLA University. The commissioned work (Luna Agitata) will be performed on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 pm in the Lansing Auditorium (BIOLA).

The conference begins Thursday October 9th and concludes on Saturday October 11th with this featured guest ensemble concert. More info and tickets available at http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2014/oct/9/cfamc-conference-registration/

For more information on Dr. Glancey and the Vanguard University Music Department, click here.

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Professor Presents on Health Care for the Homeless

Professor of Sociology, Dr. Edward Clarke, will present on the topic, “Health and Healthcare: Estimating the Cost of Care for Costa Mesa Homeless,” at Healthcare and Homelessness Economics Conference: Theory to Practical Solutions, hosted by the California State University Fullerton Community Advisory Board on Homeless Issues and the United Way.  This presentation is part of Dr. Clarke’s continued efforts to collect data on, and improve the well-being of, the homeless population in Costa Mesa.

Dr. Clarke’s presentation will examine the estimated cost of services, types of services utilized, and health care status of 182 members of the homeless population in Costa Mesa.  His research is based on in depth interviews conducted over a period of six days at five different homeless service locations.  Dr. Clarke will suggest, based on his data, that a new approach to preventing and treating health problems among the homeless should be considered.

For more information on Dr. Clarke and his research, please visit the home page for the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (here).


Guitar Professor on Tour in Georgia



Assistant Professor of Music and classical guitarist, Michael Nigro, will be on a brief tour in Georgia the first week of October.  If you’re in the area, please come and see him!  Below are his concert dates.  For more information on Professor Nigro, visit the Music Department website (here) or his personal website (here).


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 |5:00 pm
1802 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401-8122

Cathedral of St. Philip
Sunday, October 5th, 2014 |3:15 pm
2744 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Augusta’s Historic Saint Paul’s Church
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 |Noon
605 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA 30901

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Theatre Professor Interviewed


Professor of Theatre Arts, David Pecoraro, recently gave an interview for the website thisisoffcampus.org detailing how he got into Theatre production, and what advice he would give to college graduates on their graduation day.  In the interview, Professor Pecoraro says students should start transitioning into the workforce before graduation so it’s not an overnight transition.  He also recounts his memories about being in the M.F.A. program at Temple University.  Highlights of the interview which was originally broadcast on November 20th, 2013 can be found at this link http://thisisoffcampus.org/interviews/david-pecoraro/.


For more information about Vanguard’s Theatre Arts Department, visit the Department Website here.