| June 28, 2017

Practical outreach is an important part of life at Life Pacific. Here are just a few of the ways LPC ministers to our neighbors in the local community.

By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., LPC President

Celebrating the start of our 26th year with a campus in the City of San Dimas, Life Pacific College presented the City Council with a plaque of appreciation. Imagine the surprise of the mayor and city council members when several students and staff took the podium during a council meeting last year just to say, “Thank you,” to our host city.

Reaching out to our community is an important part of life at LPC. In fact, making a positive impact in our community is one of our strategic priorities. 

Reaching out to our community is an important part of life at LPC. In fact, making a positive impact in our community is one of our strategic priorities. Former LPC staff member Scott Martz helped us launch the effort prior to becoming pastor of New Life Foursquare Church. Current LPC Vice President of Advancement Michael Meyer now helps lead the charge of community engagement, and does an excellent job.

Recently, we hosted the “Chamber Coffee Hour” for members of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce. During the gathering, we announced the upcoming transition from Life Pacific College to Life Pacific University. Community leaders, including Mayor Curt Morris, and other business and community leaders were thrilled to welcome their first “university” to the city.

Also, this summer, LPC welcomed a good friend of the college, L.A. County Sheriff Captain Andy Berg, to address the Los Angeles County Clergy Council that met on our campus. Capt. Berg essentially is the “Police Chief” in San Dimas, which contracts law enforcement with the county. He addressed 150 representatives from all faiths, discussing pressing social issues like homelessness in the county and steps that are being taken to address similar needs.

L.A. County Sheriff Captain Andy Berg addressed 150 representatives from all faiths, discussing pressing social issues like homelessness in the county and steps that are being taken to address similar needs.

Reaching out to our community is an important part of LPC’s vision for our student athletes on campus. Our 2017 West Region Championship Men’s Basketball team, led by Athletic Director and Head Coach Tim Cook, host summer basketball camps for elementary and middle school students. In addition, they find time throughout the year to help seniors who need assistance with home maintenance. They also volunteer in after-school programs at local schools.

Recently, Life Pacific finalized plans with the City of San Dimas Department of Parks and Recreation to assume maintenance responsibilities for a swim and racquetball club just up the street from our campus. We’re mobilizing our students as a workforce to clean and maintain the club in exchange for student use of the facilities. We anticipate additional partnerships with other city-operated athletic clubs in the future.

Our incoming freshmen and transfer students participate each fall in Serve the City projects wherever help is needed. In every case, it’s a great start to a student’s educational career at LPC and we’re proud of our students for giving so willingly of themselves.​

Our incoming freshmen and transfer students participate each fall in Serve the City projects wherever help is needed. Some students help at senior centers and others serve residents in need in private homes. In every case, it’s a great start to a student’s educational career at LPC and we’re proud of our students for giving so willingly of themselves.

More than making an impression on our community, we see outreach as an extension of who we are at Life Pacific. Aligning with the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16, we believe that as others see the LPC community reaching out, they will be drawn to Christ, and that’s the ultimate impression we hope to make.

 

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By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., Life Pacific College President