This spring, I will celebrate my final commencement as president of Life Pacific College/University and there is no better time to reflect on my memories as a student, faculty, administrator, and president of this beloved institution.
It is hard to imagine that Life Pacific’s 2019 Commencement will be my fourteenth, and my final event as president. Two specific highlights stand out as we approach the May 18 commencement this year. First, we will award degrees to a record number of graduates, and second this year’s ceremony marks my first time as our commencement speaker.
Preparing for such a momentous occasion, I contemplate the longevity of my experiences as a student, faculty member, administrator and president. First and foremost, I recognize the unique grace of God on my life and service here at Life Pacific. In my commencement address, I plan to tell the story of Life Pacific as I have experienced it in my multiple roles, recalling milestones and celebrating achievements as our beloved college transitions to a university as of July 1.
My transition as president comes at a tremendous time in my life and in the life of our institution.
The Foursquare Church will license more Life Pacific graduates this year than in recent memory, servant leaders who are prepared to serve Jesus and His Church in ever growing fields of study. Moreover, we now offer a record number of majors with more in the pipeline to better serve future students.
The relationship and partnership of Life Pacific with The Foursquare Church is strong, and our college Board of Trustees are actively searching for the next president of Life Pacific University under co-chairs Daniel Hedges and Jessie Cruikshank. The presidential profile this team has developed to guide their search will be instrumental in determining the next executive officer that will lead Life Pacific into our future. You can read more about the search here.
I am thrilled our Virginia campus will become Life Pacific University Virginia effective July 1. The excellent relationship we share with Dr. Mike Larkin on our Christiansburg campus continues to advance Foursquare higher education with special emphasis on ministry and missions from our east coast base. I’m excited to once again join Dr. Larkin as we confer degrees at that location on May 4.
We are always grateful to Pastor Matthew Barnett and the staff at Angelus Temple in Los Angeles for graciously hosting graduates, families, and friends during Commencement, an intentional nod to the first graduation ceremonies held at Angelus Temple. Not only is Angelus Temple the place where I received my college diploma, it is also the very platform where our founder Aimee Semple McPherson shook hands with graduates from the earliest days of our institution.
It is fitting, I suppose, that my tenure as president of Life Pacific will conclude with me standing on the same platform where my ministry career was launched. I am excited and grateful for the faithfulness of God in my life and for the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit woven throughout the life of our college/university.
As always, please join us in prayer as the next president of Life Pacific is selected. The future is brighter than ever for our institution and we know that with God’s guidance, we are poised for an even greater future as we serve growing number of students that God entrusts to Life Pacific College/University.