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Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies

Our Mission

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements.

Purpose:

The Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It does so by serving as a conference and research center for scholars, church leaders, students and others interested in probing the historical significance and contemporary global role of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movements.

Activities of the Institute Include:

  • Organizing conferences, lectureships, seminars and roundtables that focus on new Pentecostal scholarship and contemporary issues facing Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Renewal.
  • Expanding the holdings and archival materials in the Pentecostal collection housed in the O. Cope Budge Library encouraging undergraduate and graduate study in Pentecostalism.
  • Awarding stipends to scholars in residence.
  • Publishing a newsletter, occasional monographs and other materials pertinent to the study of Pentecostalism.
  • Maintaining a Pentecostal studies web page on the Internet.
  • And sponsoring a variety of research and teaching activities focusing on the historical and contemporary significance of the racial, ethnic, and gender inclusiveness of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement.

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Hear a message from Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Dr. Augustus Cerillo, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Doretha O’Quinn, Provost, Vanguard University
  • Rev. Wayne Kraiss, Former President, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Peter Kuzmic, AGAPE Ministries
  • Dr. Frank Macchia, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Ed Rybarczyk, Vanguard University
  • Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Russell P. Spittler, Former Provost, Vanguard University

About Dr. Lewis Wilson



Vanguard University's Lewis Wilson Institute of Pentecostal Studies is named in honor of Professor Lewis Wilson, who retired at the end of the 1994-95 academic year after 28 years of service at the College, and after over forty years of continuous service as an Assemblies of God and Pentecostal educator. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Wilson was Professor of History and Vice-President for Academic Affairs & Dean, an administrative position he had held since 1979.

Dr. Wilson began his higher education at Glad Tidings Bible Institute, now Bethany College, where he graduated in 1950. He subsequently earned his B.A. from Sacramento State College in 1953, his M.A. in history from San Jose State University in 1957, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. Before arriving at VU (then SCC) in 1967, Dr. Wilson taught at Bethany College and San Francisco State University, pastored Bay area churches, and served as a missionary in South Africa where he directed the African Bible Training Institute.

Over the years both as a professor and administrator at Vanguard University, Dr. Wilson has been at the forefront of the professional and institutional development of the college as a Pentecostal academic institution of higher learning. A second generation Pentecostal, Dr. Wilson also has had a long personal and professional interest in Pentecostal studies. He was among a small group of academically trained historians who pioneered the development of college-level courses in the history of Pentecostalism and the Charismatic movement, and is an expert on the history of Pentecostal education. He has done research and published in the area of Pentecostal history, including “A Vine of His Own Planting,” a chronicle of the first 80 years of Vanguard University, which was awarded the Bronze medal in the 16th Annual Admissions Advertising Awards Competition.

The retrospective, which was published last year to celebrate the institution’s growth to university status, traces the roots of Vanguard from a small Bible school in Highland Park to a comprehensive Christian university located in Costa Mesa and the individuals who have been responsible for VU’s growth and development as an institution of higher learning.

Despite formal retirement, Dr. Wilson continues to serve Vanguard University and the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God in various teaching, preaching and writing capacities. He and his wife, Lenore, the parents of three married children, are members of Newport-Mesa Christian Center (Assemblies of God) in Costa Mesa, California.



Director

Dr. Derrick R. Rosenior is the Director of the Institute and is Associate Professor of Communication Studies in the Communication Department at Vanguard University. Dr. Rosenior who began teaching at Vanguard University in 2005, was born into a Methodist family and became a Pentecostal at a young age after experiencing a spiritual revival that culminated in his being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Both he and his family were transformed and impacted by the message and experience of Pentecost. Since that early encounter with Holy Spirit, he has developed a passion for studying, researching, writing and speaking about Pentecostalism and sharing the full gospel message about the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

Dr. Rosenior earned a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Fairmont State College (now University) in Fairmont, WV and a M.A. in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Central Michigan University. He earned a Ph.D. degree from Howard University in Washington, DC in Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication. His dissertation entitled “Toward Racial Reconciliation: Collective Memory, Myth and Nostalgia in American Pentecostalism” was a rhetorical analysis of the racial reconciliation movement that took place in American Pentecostalism in the mid 1990s.

Dr. Rosenior teaches a variety of courses in the Communication Department here at Vanguard University including classes such as the Culture and Rhetoric of Pentecostalism, Intercultural Communication, Interracial Communication, Nonverbal Communication and Communication Theory. He is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and previously served as the Chair of the Religion and Culture Interest Group for the society. For the past 14 years he has been a member of the National Communication Association, and is also a member of the Religious Communication Association where he served as the Chair of its Mediated Division.

Dr. Rosenior is married to Karine Rosenior and is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.