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Called to Connect the Inner-City to Christ in Connecticut

Special moment of prayer at New Antioch Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

New Haven, Connecticut, is home to Esau Greene. He grew up in a family well-known to the community, achieving success in school, excelling especially in sports. After college, his story took a turn for the worse. But before it was too late, Jesus Christ not only rescued him from a life of drugs but also called him into ministry. Knowing what it’s like to live on the streets yet highly educated with a degree in human services, and coming from a family of influence yet familiar with the allure of drugs, Esau Greene is God’s man for the job—urban pastor in a college city. Though the church he leads is only three-and-a-half years old, it’s already grown from 5 to some 130 people. Continue reading

AU’s President Pistole Provides Vision for School’s Second Century

Anderson University President John Pistole

By Kylie Osborne

Distinctive. Compelling. Relevant. When President John Pistole stepped onto campus as head of Anderson University in 2015, those three values were his compass for what he would strive for the university to be. “In everything we do, how can we be a distinctive, compelling, and relevant institution?” In his first three years with AU, Pistole and his staff have found a multitude of answers. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Featured in Book Exploring Diversity in Christian Higher Ed

The book, Diversity Matters: Race, Ethnicity, and the Future of Christian Higher Education was published on August 8, 2017, and explores the unique need for diversity in Christian universities and colleges. The book begins with various universities and colleges that have made diversity a goal and priority. Among these is Warner Pacific College, the Church of God college in Portland, Oregon. Continue reading

MACU Benefits Local Charities with Annual Day of Service

MACU student works at the City Rescue Mission.

By Whitney Knight

On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country. Continue reading

MACU Welcomes General Director to Campus

Photo: Jim Lyon speaks

By Whitney Knight

Mid-America Christian University is proud to announce Jim Lyon, Church of God Ministries general director, as the keynote speaker for the university’s semi-annual Spiritual Emphasis Week. Beginning March 21, Lyon will conduct a four-day stint of chapel services at MACU, expanding on the university’s twice-weekly sermons. Services will be held at 10 AM, March 21–24. Continue reading

Choose Church of God: College, Universities Band Together

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By Carl Stagner

Free time or another conference? If you were one of the approximately 725 students who acknowledged a call to ministry while in San Antonio for IYC2016, you chose the latter early in the afternoon on Monday. But it wasn’t just another conference. It was the huddle of a new team of emerging leaders ready to take on the world with the message of the gospel. Students were applauded for accepting their call to ministry, prayed for, and given practical tools and tips to get started on the path to Christ-centered leadership. One of the most powerful resources we have to equip and train such leaders is Church of God higher education. Long before thousands of students descended on San Antonio, Texas, for the fiftieth International Youth Convention, Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner University took practical steps to unite their efforts for the sake of leadership development. Continue reading

MACU Announces New Campus Pastor

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Photo: Johnny Bland

After months of prayerfully searching for the right person to fill the vital role of campus Pastor, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) has announced that Johnny Bland has accepted the position.

Bland is a highly respected instructor throughout Oklahoma Christian universities and community. His impressive leadership roles and background include serving at both Southwestern Christian University and MACU, as well as being a sponsor for the international Global Learner program. Continue reading

Warner Pacific: Making College Affordable and Accessible

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Photo: Warner Pacific is working hard to make education affordable and accessible.

By Dale Seipp, Jr.

I was pleased to see the [Oregonian] editorial staff clearly lay out the benefits of investing in a college education. Having worked in Oregon higher education for 25 years, I have witnessed its changing landscape and have walked alongside students experiencing the trials and triumphs of earning their degree.

One important area that the editorial board did not touch upon, is the need to increase graduation rates among students from diverse backgrounds and those who will be the first in their families to earn a degree. With our state’s rapidly changing demographics, the fastest growing population segments; low-income, first-generation, and minority youth are the least likely to earn college degrees.

At Warner Pacific College (SE Portland), we have established a track record for making college affordable and accessible to all students:

  • We reduced tuition by 23% in 2008, and have worked to keep our tuition increases lower than the average increase level nationally each year.
  • Our tuition and fees are 33% lower than other private colleges in the Northwest.
  • The College provides 10 full-need scholarships each year to emerging urban leaders through the Urban Service Track of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.
  • We are improving persistence and achievement through academic, spiritual, vocational, and mentoring support so that students not only enroll, but succeed in graduating.
  • Our faculty is exploring innovative teaching strategies to address the specific needs of students coming from generational, working class, situational, and immigrant poverty.

This multi-dimensional approach is working. In 2013, 53% of our first-year traditional undergraduate students identified as persons of color. As our institutions WarnerPacific_Science-classroom-2014_FORWEBcontinue to serve a student body that includes many who are the first in their family to go to college, who demonstrate high financial need, and who are from diverse backgrounds, it is important that we provide students with the tools they need to confidently manage the financial realities of completing a college degree.

We also need to recognize that it often takes graduates some time to build their income capacity after completing college, which is why Warner Pacific launched “Freedom to Flourish,” a groundbreaking loan repayment assistance program for incoming, first-time freshmen who enroll in the traditional undergraduate program beginning in the fall of 2014. The first program of its kind in the Portland Metro area, “Freedom to Flourish” provides assistance for all federal, private, and parent PLUS loans to students who earn less than $37,000 a year after graduation.

Commitment to diversity in higher education cannot stop at enrollment. Institutions must take the time to work closely with students and their families, ensuring that their needs are being met financially, academically, socially, and spiritually.

Dale Seipp, Jr. serves as vice president for enrollment and marketing at Warner Pacific College. Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Learn more at www.warnerpacific.edu.

AU Alpha Program Helps Students Develop Study Skills

Photo: Daniel Whatley

By Zach Wadley

Deep in the halls of the ITS offices in the bottom of Decker Hall sits Daniel Whatley, a new face to the Anderson University staff as the office’s newest network and desktop specialist. Whatley recently finished his senior year of college as a Bible and religion major. However, he is finishing a few more classes so he can also obtain a computer science degree. Combine the classes with his full-time job and Whatley is a man constantly on the go, but he is also a success story, after the odds were stacked against him before he even began his freshman year at AU. Continue reading