Sheri Benvenuti

Vanguard University Remembers Dr. Sheri Benvenuti

It is with deep sadness that the Department of Religion announces the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Sheri Benvenuti, who transitioned into the presence of the Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

The Vanguard University community will celebrate Sheri’s life and legacy on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m., at Newport Mesa Church on Vanguard’s campus in Costa Mesa, CA. We invite you to celebrate with us as we remember this incredible woman of God.


Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt becomes Faculty Emeritus

In its March meeting, Vanguard University’s Board of Trustees approved faculty emeritus status for Dr. Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Professor of New Testament and Narrative Theology.

For thirty-two years, Dr. Camery-Hoggatt, who retired in the spring of 2015, served the university as an exemplary scholar and beloved professor to both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to his work in the classroom, Dr. Camery-Hoggatt has made significant contributions through his administrative roles as Department of Biblical Studies Chair (1993-1997), Division of Religion Chair (2001-2004), and Director of Graduate Programs in Religion (2004-2005).

Dr. Camery-Hoggatt has also contributed to the  reputation of Vanguard University by becoming one of the most well-published faculty members in the university’s history. His titles include scholarly works such as Irony in the Gospel of Mark: Text and Subtext (Cambridge University Press, 1992), as well as more popular works such When Mother was Eleven-Foot-Four: A Christmas Memory (Fleming Revell, 2001).

And so we in the Department of Religion thank our friend and colleague for his service and congratulate him on a job well done.

Macchia - Revelation

Dr. Frank Macchia’s Commentary on the Book of Revelation Now Available

Frank and Revelation

The Department of Religion is pleased to announce that Dr. Frank Macchia’s commentary of the book of Revelation, co-authored with Chris Thomas, is now available. Congratulations to Frank and Chris on a job well done.

SPS 2016

The Society for Pentecostal Studies Honors Peterson, Klaus and Dempster with 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

SPS Lifetime Achievement Award March 2016

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, the Society for Pentecostal Studies honored three of the Department of Religion’s most esteemed  colleagues, past and present. Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies, Dr. Doug Petersen, Board of Trustee member, Dr. Byron Klaus, and former Vanguard President, Dr. Murray Dempster were awarded the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contributions to Pentecostal scholarship. Congratulations, gentlemen. We your colleagues salute you.

Interview with the Honorees Honorees with Dr. Spittler Honorees and their wives

CHLS 2015 Team Photo

Students Experience the Holy Land – CHLS Bible Lands Tour 2015




Vanguard students join 100 students from 7 universities for 28 days in Israel and Jordan, studying abroad in the Holy Land. From archaeology lectures and digs to adventures like cave exploration, jeep treks, hiking in the wilderness and swimming in the Dead Sea, this trip has a little something for everyone. Students experienced personal transformation as they solidified their faith by following the footsteps of the patriarchs, the kings, the prophets and even Jesus Himself. The Bible Lands program truly offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the Bible in the land of its origin with some of Israel’s top scholars and archaeologists.

graduating seniors

Commissioning Service & Reception ~ Undergraduate Programs in Religion

Department of Religion Welcomes our 2015 Graduates, Families and friends!

Commissioning Service & Reception

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

4:30 pm~ Commissioning Service: Forrest Room

5:15 pm~ Reception: Needham Courtyard

Recounting God’s Faithfulness & Celebrating our Religion Graduates!

Commissioning Service and reception flyer 2015

christmas stocking

Religion Department Christmas Party

Religion Students, Faculty and Friends

christmas stocking

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

9:30am – 10:30am*

Great Commission Hall

Enjoy Refreshments, Decorate the Christmas Tree!

Blessed to Be a Blessing:  Stockings & cards &  frosted cookies for our custodial staff!


Religion Department Colloquium

Religion Department Colloquium

Topic:  Theology and California: Theological Refractions on California’s Culture

Speakers:  Dr. Richard Mouw, President Emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary

and Dr. Jason Sexton, Co-editor of the Volume and Faculty member at Cal State Fullerton, Honors Department

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Time:  4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Great Commission Hall, Vanguard University


Refreshments will be served

Chapel credit


VU ITALIA Information Meetings

 VU ITALIA Summer’ 15 – One month in Italy






Three Required Information Meetings:

October 8th         4:00 pm                Heath 103

October 10th       2:00 pm                Heath 103

October 13th       10:00 am              Heath 105

Attendance required in order to pick up an application and participate on the trip.

Required classes:  Intercultural Studies, Christian Heritage & Art History Elective
Juniors & Seniors Preferred


Travel to the Bible Lands


Have you ever wanted to walk where Jesus walked and experience the land of the Bible?
Monday, October 13 @ 10:00 am in Heath 102, you can learn more about the Israel/Jordan study tour May 18-June 12, 2015. Scholarships and 3 transfer units may be available. Visit 


Brochures are available in the Department of Religion office.

Diana Wahlstedt, X6341
Administrative Assistant