Congratulations to our 40th Annual Alumni Award Honorees!
Honoring graduates whose contributions enhance the University at the local, state, national or international levels, the Vanguard University Alumni Awards highlight the difference Vanguard graduates are making in the world.
As a pastor’s kid and son of two educators including a former VU sociology professor, Scott was raised to see the good in people, appreciate learning and to reach for his dreams.
He attended Vanguard University from 1986-1990 and double-majored in Management and Marketing. While at Vanguard, Scott and a few fellow business majors founded the university’s first Business Club aimed at helping business students connect with local businesses for real-world learning, internships and job opportunities. As a junior, his marketing professor nominated him to attend the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation’s summer training program at Northwestern University, which eventually led to Scott earning his master’s degree in Direct/Integrated Marketing & Communication from the Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in 1992.
Following grad school, Scott began his full-time career at the Walt Disney Company where he served as Product Manager for children’s books featuring characters from The Little Mermaid, Lion King and Aladdin. While at Disney, Scott was introduced to his future wife Paulette by a fellow Vanguard alumnus.
Scott and Paulette were married in 1994 and moved to Kansas City, where Scott worked for Hallmark Cards for 10 years. There he co-founded one of the company’s fastest growing business units and became the company’s youngest member of Hallmark’s Senior Management team. While at Hallmark, Scott co-authored the book Emotion Marketing – The Hallmark Way of Winning Customers for Life, wrote articles featured in publications such as the Harvard Business Review and was a frequent speaker on relationship marketing at industry events. Scott also completed the executive education program in Service Management at Harvard Business School during his time at Hallmark.
In 2005, Scott joined JurySync, a litigation consulting firm started by his wife aimed at arming trial attorneys with authentic, compelling messages that drive successful outcomes. He currently serves as JurySync’s Chief Operating Officer and leads the business side of the company to ensure its team is well resourced in the present and well-position for the future.
In 2018, Scott became a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach to help individuals and teams discover, develop and deploy their unique, God-given talents and strengths. His leadership experience and strengths coaching within JurySync has helped the company navigate the pandemic and emerge stronger with a new emphasis on remote working and online services.
Scott lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and two sons, Rex and Ryder. When not working, he enjoys golfing, coaching youth basketball and frequent trips to SoCal to visit family and friends. Scott currently serves on the school board of his sons’ Christian academy and as an elder at his church.
He is also a member of the Delta Kappa honor society. Dylan married his sweetheart and fellow VUSC alumna, Calli, in 2007. In true Vanguard fashion, they first met on an HATB mission trip, and have enjoyed many adventures since including being blessed with three boys: Samuel (11), Seth (9), and Henry (5). In 2009 Dylan obtained a Master's Degree in Secondary Education and Teaching with an emphasis in Mathematics from Vanguard University. Dylan enjoyed several years of teaching Mathematics at Segerstrom Fundamental High School in Santa Ana, where he was privileged to work with wonderful students and colleagues while applying many of the great lessons learned from faculty and mentors in the Vanguard Education Department. Another mission trip to El Salvador to work with Vanguard alumni at ENLACE made a life-changing impact on Dylan and Calli and stirred a passion in Dylan to engage with global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) development work. The seeds planted during that time in El Salvador led Dylan to pursue advanced degrees in Civil/Environmental Engineering. Dylan obtained a Master's Degree (2012) and PhD (2017) in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. During his studies, Dylan had the great honor to work as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research fellow and is currently employed as a Wastewater Process Specialist in the Water Division of Black and Veatch in Houston, Texas. Dylan has been a member of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, American Society of Engineering Educators, Water Environment Federation, and the Water Environment Association of Texas. In August of 2018 Dylan was selected as an UNLEASH fellow and joined with young professionals from around the world in Singapore to work on developing solutions to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Dylan has been amazed at the opportunities God has provided for him to use his varied experiences. His time as a high school educator was instrumental in helping him bring together a diverse team of educators, engineers, municipalities, and government organaziations on a team that established a United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship for Water and Wastewater Plant Operators in Texas. This Apprenticeship program helps provide support and guidance for those with a high school diploma or GED in entering into the water industry and hopefully finding lifelong careers. Lastly, in the words of his nominator, "Dylan was nominated because he exemplifies the core values of VUSC - truth, virtue, and service. Anyone who knows Dylan knows he is a man of character and conviction. When thinking of 'good people' I know, Dylan is at the top of the list. Dylan pursues truth in his personal and professional lives, is virtuous, and has a servant’s heart."
Juan Carlos and Colette González first served as Youth Pastors at Calvary Light Long Beach in 1989. They received an invitation from Colette’s parents, Don (VU’63) and Mary Smith (VU) to fill-in for them in Kasuga City, Japan. Juan Carlos and Colette became MAPS Volunteer Missionaries from 1989 to 1990.
Upon returning to the USA, they served as Associate/Youth Pastors at Alta Loma First A/G and Associate/Youth Pastors at Calvary Light A/G.
Juan Carlos and Colette, along with their two children Nicolette and Stephen, received full-appointment as Missionaries to Japan from the Assemblies of God World Missions in1995.
Both their children were raised in Japan. Nicky attended Evangel University, graduating with a degree in Education. Stephen attended Vanguard University for one year. He along with his wife Sabrina (VU’20) serve as Youth Pastors at Orange County First Assembly in Santa Ana, California,
Juan Carlos was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, in the middle of political instability that fueled the 12 year long civil war in El Salvador, one of the last places of the cold war.
Juan Carlos was raised by pioneer Assemblies of God pastors Raúl González Durón and Juanita de González Durón. He is the youngest of six siblings. While happily living a life as a pastor’s kid, the financial limitations of his family were real. Juan Carlos received a scholarship to the Liceo Cristiano Rev. Juan Bueno from Kindergarten to High School, graduating with an emphasis in Mathematics and Physics. Juan Carlos enjoyed the sponsorship of Latin America Child Care (LACC) known now as Child Hope. Juan Carlos also received help from World Vision in some of his years of schooling. Juan Carlos has been a guest speaker in the US and in Japan regarding the life-changing privilege of being a sponsored child and the amazing effect that this can make in other children in El Salvador and Latin America.
Right after high school, Juan Carlos served as Youth Pastor in Filial Santa Lucia, AD and completed an intensive English course at Centro Cultural de El Salvador while also attending the Instituto Biblico Anexo del Centro Evangelistico. Sensing a calling for higher education, Juan Carlos applied and was accepted at the Latin American Bible College in La Puente, California. After one year and with the speculation of the LABC school closing its doors, God opened a new door.
Southern California College (VU) accepted the petition for enrollment from Juan Carlos, and with a 4.0 GPA, President Wayne Kraiss offered Juan Carlos a tuition scholarship to attend SCC (VU). John Bueno, Juan Carlos’ pastor, also was instrumental in this transition. Bethany University also offered incentives for Juan Carlos to attend their Santa Cruz campus. Juan Carlos has a special thankfulness for the way God provided because attending SCC (VU) was the best choice.
It was at SCC that his calling to ministry was solidified, and his passion to reach the lost was galvanized with the academic classes from professors and classmate. One of the instrumental classes was the Vanguard Ensemble. The group had lost one of their first tenor and friends suggested for Juan Carlos to try out for the group. Noel Wilson, the director who became a life-long friend, made clear the traveling responsibilities of joining the group. Juan Carlos remembers taking Greek II from Professor David Clark and Hebrew I from Dr. Bill Williams. during this time and did not think how he could join the Vanguard Ensemble, too. However, Noel Wilson said that the next year the group was to travel to Japan. “That was so instrumental in the direction God wanted me to go.” It was in the Vanguard Ensemble where Juan Carlos met Colette J. González (Smith VU ’87) and toured Japan summer of 1987. They sang in churches, large concert halls, fishermen villages, in cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and concluding the tour in Fukuoka, Japan.
Juan Carlos and Colette were confronted with the less than 1 percent of Christianity that prevails in Japan for 127 million people and could not resist the call of God in their lives.
Juan Carlos and Colette married in 1988 and began to take steps for a lifetime missionary career to Japan. Along the way, they ministered as youth pastors. Some of those students were called to be youth pastors, pastors, and professionals that are now making a difference.
Juan Carlos graduated with a BA (VU ’88) in Biblical Studies, and a Masters in Theology (VU‘13) both from Vanguard University. Because of the traveling missionary life, Juan Carlos took courses for his Masters from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Cal State University Fullerton, and Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Phillipines. Juan Carlos finished his Masters in Theology while also serving at Vanguard University as Missionary-in Residence. Juan Carlos gave a year to serve Vanguard University and promoted Global and Local Missions among the VU students. Two of the highlights was co-teaching a course with Dr. Doug Petersen, and working with Dr. Carol Taylor during her tenure at Vanguard University.
Juan Carlos is fluent in Spanish, English and Japanese. He studied Japanese at the Fukuoka YMCA School of Japanese that ensures entrance to a Japanese University as a foreigner, and also attended the KML Japanese Language School for Missionaries in Karuizawa, Nagano Ken, Japan. Juan Carlos’ Facebook is trilingual (Spanish, English and Japanese).
Juan Carlos is an ordained minister with the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God.
Colette Joy (Smith VU ’87) González was born to Donald and Mary J. Smith, missionaries to Japan (Retired, 38 years). Colette is the third child of four. Colette’s siblings have also attended Vanguard for a time or also completing degrees; Dr. Chuck Smith, Melody Hunt, and Darrell Smith.
Colette is fluent in English, Japanese, and has been studying Spanish.
Colette graduated with a BA in Science (concentration in Mathematics) and also took classes for her teaching credentials from Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Fresno, and Vanguard University. Colette holds a California Teaching Credential. She has taught at Pacific Harbor Christian School, Wilmington, CA; Ruth Musser Middle School, Rancho Cucamonga; Franklin Middle School, Long Beach, CA; and Fukuoka International School in Fukuoka, Japan.
She also received her calling to be a missionary to Japan on that Vanguard Ensemble tour (’87) to Japan shortly after graduation. She often wondered how God would combine her calling to be a missionary to Japan with her degree and teaching credentials in math and science. The culmination of this occurred in 2012 when she received her Ordination from Southern California Network.
Teaching at Fukuoka International School has opened numerous doors to reach the lost in the international community. Also, because of her experience as a teacher, many students from all walks of life come to study with her, whether it be English as a Second Language, Math, Physics, or Chemistry.
For decades now, Colette has taught Bible studies and Sunday School classes for the churches where she and Juan Carlos have worked, both in English and in Japanese.
Juan Carlos and Colette are church planters in Japan. During their career, they worked as a Missionary Pastors in Kasuga Christian Center and Hakata New Life Church in the middle of Fukuoka. They helped in raising funds for those buildings. They also started a ministry that fed over 300 homeless daily with the help of the community businesses and church volunteers.
Presently, they are planting Momochi Symphony Church on the west-side of the 2.2 million people city of Fukuoka, Japan. They are in the middle of a building campaign to place this group into a church building with the help of supporters from the US and their Japanese members. They hope to be able to buy a building with cash so that a multiple campus church can be started that would minister to children, families, and foreigners alike based on the Biblical life of Andrew the disciple.
Music ministry has always been an integral part of their lives. Colette is the Worship Pastor/Co-Pastor at Momochi Symphony Church. She also teaches a “Gospel Music Class” at the local community center. She enjoys training up others to use their musical talents for God.
An additional aspect of the ministry in Japan involved providing ministry to local Japanese churches through “Gospel Music” outreaches.
Seeing Japanese people coming to the Lord, being discipled and baptized as followers of Jesus Christ is the most meaningful of all of our accomplishments.
We love to serve our Lord.
She specializes in in the woman's reproductive tract, pregnancy, childbirth and Minimally Invasive / Endoscopic Surgery. Fluent in English and Spanish she provides her patients with empathetic care and competent care. During this Covid-19 pandemic she has been in instrumental in educating the community on how Covid-19 impacts pregnancy and childbirth. She was featured on local TV news outlets and the LA Times and for helping to deliver a babies to a covid positive mothers. She has been a featured speaker on several seminars recently and is also an assistant professor at Loma Linda University.
While at Vanguard, Courtney was a member of the women’s basketball team. Courtney is married to Scott and they have two boys and a baby girl. They are avid baseball fans.
Vanguard University has often been referred to as the best-kept secret in Orange County and Donn Rediger couldn’t be more excited about that secret finally getting out.
After graduating from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), Donn returned to California and began working in financial planning and investment until his retirement in 2014. During his time in California, Donn and his wife Judy raised three sons all of whom attended Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, CA), along with one daughter-in-law. Donn has been a servant to his community in many different capacities. He has served on civic boards ranging from Chamber of Commerce and Board of Realtors to various bank boards and YMCA boards. He has also served as the treasurer of the Billy Graham crusades and was a member of the North Hollywood Assembly of God Church Board during three different periods. In 1975, Donn joined the Board of Trustees at Vanguard for the first time. Since then, Donn has served under 5 different Vanguard presidents, helped transition during two different university name changes, and was a chief support and instigator of the formation of the university’s Foundation Board. Now the Foundation Board has reached 9 million in endowment and has continued to be one of Donn’s proudest contributions to the university he and his family love. On June 9, 2021, the Vanguard University Board of Trustees granted Donn the distinction of Trustee Emeritus status.
Donn has been so honored by watching Vanguard flourish over the past decades and is so proud to see how Vanguard is getting both denominational and public recognition.
Donn, it is both a pleasure and honor to award you with the Champion of Vanguard Award.
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