As a mom, Jennifer Lord experienced mixed feelings moving her daughter into her new dorm; but as a pastor, she also experienced the power of God at work during Welcome Week.
Life Pacific has not seen an incoming class this large in over 50 years – upwards of 150 students more than last year’s enrollment. Like an army, they flooded the campus in August for New Student Orientation and Welcome Week.
Among incoming students was Meagan Lord, a freshman from Santa Clarita, who moved into her dorm with the help of student leaders, staff, and faculty who worked diligently to make all our new students feel right at home.
“Watching my daughter go from my nest to her new nest was pretty special,” says Meagan’s mom, Jennifer Lord (’98) an LPC alum and current Care Pastor at The Sanctuary Foursquare Church in Santa Clarita.
“There were plenty of mixed emotions to be sure, but overall, I felt peace and joy because of Meagan’s future at Life Pacific and the move of God she would experience here.”
Jennifer remembers being a student at LPC 20 years ago and is overjoyed about how the college has grown and the quality of the vision for the college becoming a university in 2019. “I am excited about what God is doing and thrilled about the kingdom leaders that Life Pacific is producing to impact the harvest and the marketplace,” Jennifer says.
A full day of activities during New Student Orientation and Welcome Weekend focused on getting acclimated and acquainted. The most meaningful event for Jennifer was the dedication service Friday night in Rolf K. McPherson Chapel led by LPC President Jim J. Adams and Campus Chaplain Phil Urdiales.
“Dr. Adams asked the new students to take a stand and then he told them, ‘This is your moment,’” Jennifer recalls. “I was very excited to witness a turning point in the life of my daughter as she enters an entirely new season of her ministry calling.”
“Capping off the dedication service, parents prayed for their kids and then our kids prayed for us,” Jennifer says. “It was all very moving and deeply meaningful.”
Wasting no time getting new students involved in tangible ministry, 130 students participated in City Serve projects on Saturday at six locations throughout San Dimas.
“Watching these students give wholeheartedly of themselves with City Serve was a highlight of the weekend,” says Associate Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students George Bostanic. “LPC is full of energy, excitement, and anticipation for what the Lord is going to do this year.”
Beyond Jennifer Lord’s motherly viewpoint, she also holds a pastoral appreciation for what she witnessed during Welcome Weekend. “Coming back to the place that trained me for ministry brings back a lot of memories, she says. “Now, I am thoroughly impressed with the way students are being prepared for the future.”
“I watched existing student leaders on campus and saw firsthand the quality of their lives as they reached out to incoming students and their families,” she adds. “These are the same people who will take the kingdom of God into education, business, communications, and the Church in just a few short years.”
While it’s true that a student’s biggest fans will always be their parents and families, the staff and faculty of Life Pacific are pretty big fans as well.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled about this incredible group of ministry and student leaders, athletes, and transfer students from a variety of backgrounds,” says Vice President of Enrollment Angie Richey. “The campus is buzzing as students launch their college career here at LPC and we celebrate with them and their families the goodness of the Lord!”
Have you seen the New Student Orientation recap? Watch the video below!