“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots (M. Garvey).” Nelson Mandela suggested that culture and heritage provide strength for our future. What better way to learn and celebrate one’s legacy than gathering together? On October 29, the Atlantic District Alumni and Friends Breakfast honored our past, celebrated the present, and dreamed of a strong future. A record number of attendees were grateful to connect after these past few years of separation. It was a true homecoming celebration.
Alumni from Mount Vernon Bible College, L.I.F.E. Bible College East, Life Bible College, Ignite, Life Pacific College, and Life Pacific University joined as a collective together to share memories, laugh, and remember the God’s faithfulness found woven within our rich legacy. A beautiful breakfast spread, graciously hosted by Pastor Farrell Lemmings and his team, filled the room with warm, welcoming smells. Memorabilia from past decades shared visual reminders of friends, hobbies, and professors. Even more, these photos told pictorial stories of a culture and community that continues to influence the Foursquare Church today.
From its inception in 1923, Life Pacific University has sought to develop empowered young women and men to carry a compelling Gospel message worldwide. This mission unites us. This mission is our lasting Spiritual heritage.
President Angie Richey boldly communicated the mission and vision of Life Pacific University to develop students into leaders equipped to serve God in the workplace, church, and the world. Professor Debbie Courtney, a Mount Vernon Bible College alum, passionately shared her vision coming to pass as this generation of leaders are being equipped in a Biblically sound, empowered accredited program at Life Pacific University-Virginia.
Additionally, Site Director Scott Martz described the innovative 2+2 Pathway for Future Leaders at LPU-VA. The Residency Network is a partnership between The Foursquare Church, where students obtain ministry experience in local church, global mission, and marketplace contexts. Closing out the time of celebration, Gretchen Abney, LPU-VA Campus Life Director, asked the community to partner with current and future students. She invited all alumni to be a part of the Life Pacific community, intercede for this generation, and donate scholarship funds.
A sense of expectation filled the hearts of those in attendance. We recognize that God is doing something special in this season. We are motivated as we Build Forward together as members of the Life Pacific University Family. We hope to see you at our next gathering in Orlando at Foursquare’s Annual Connection.