Building bridges of relationship is a vital component of my life and especially describes one of the five running lanes in my role as president of Life Pacific University.
Friends, New and Old
When you have been in full time Christian service like I have for over 40 years, you meet a host of people across all spectrums of life. I love connecting with fellow ministers, academic colleagues, students from youth groups and college classes, and new and old friends of Life Pacific across America and around the world.
Nothing thrills me more than shaking hands with a friend and alum I haven’t seen in years and sharing stories from our college days as if those memories happened yesterday. God fills me with joy every time I clasp hands with another servant of Christ and pray God’s rich blessing over their life and the people they serve.
Pastors often have questions about how Life Pacific will serve prospective students from their congregations and how we help release these students to all God has in store for them. I particularly enjoy speaking with parents of prospective students and seeing their eyes light up when they realize Life Pacific is a perfect fit for their kids.
Building bridges of relationship is a vital component of my life and especially describes one of the five running lanes in my role as president of Life Pacific University. For example, members of my executive team and our staff are present in every U.S. Foursquare district each year, building relationships, representing our institution, and sharing God’s vision for our future with ministry leaders and prospective students.
An increasing number of Foursquare ministers and leaders are continuing their formal education in our degree completion and graduate programs designed especially for working professionals and people serving in local church leadership. Students across America join us for online and resident programs earning their college degrees and building their own relationships that will last a lifetime.
One of our newest on-campus programs, a Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership in Spanish provides a bridge for Latin American students in partnership with Facultad de Teología Internacional to pursue a graduate degree in their first language. Life Pacific Program Director Dr. Daniel Ruarte builds bridges with international leaders of Latin churches to provide a gateway for this unique language-specific program.
God continues to expand the relationship with our LPC-Ignite campus in Virginia under the leadership of Dr. Mike Larkin as we prepare leaders for Christian service on the east coast. I often say that I am the un-official president of the Ignite fan club because of the incredible work Mike does to serve the mission of Life Pacific, Ignite, and the greater Kingdom of God.
Further east, our new Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is delivered in Singapore through an international partnership and dual-degree program with TCA College and Life Pacific University. I will be in Singapore in January lecturing on pastoral stress and burnout and teaching a class on research methods with our cohort of international students.
As people in the greater San Dimas community become acquainted with Life Pacific, and our students continue to serve our neighbors through City Serve projects, we are building bridges of relationship that make an impact for the glory of God. Additionally, our terrific student athletes use their platform to mentor young people through sports camps and their own service projects.
Again this Christmas, some 4,000 families will see Life Pacific represented in the San Dimas Christmas Parade. Along with students and student-athletes, I will be there, greeting onlookers and sharing the true spirit of Christmas with our community as we continue to reach out with the love of Jesus Christ and celebrate His coming to live among us.
Whether in San Dimas, Virginia, or Singapore - or points in between - our commitment is to build relational bridges of trust with pastors, alumni, and others who want to serve students and advance the mission of Life Pacific University.
More than a bridge, the relationships we build are the foundation of Life Pacific University and everything that we value.