Life Pacific College is a place where people discover their calling. We have a rich tradition of preparing leaders for a lifetime of ministry. In 1923, Aimee Semple McPherson began LIFE Bible College in Los Angeles, California to train a generation to take the whole gospel to the whole world.
LPC has grown from a two-year institute and continues to be a strong Pentecostal/Charismatic Bible college. LPC is committed to the Evangelical Pentecostal message. For 90 years, LPC has offered the finest training and equipping for life-long ministry that is centered in the Word of God and empowered by the life-giving testimony of Jesus Christ.
History of our Leaders
Life Pacific College’s (LPC) historic and continuing mission has always been to train and educate leaders going into ministry. The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (ICFG) has experienced remarkable growth through the latter three-fourths of the century with LPC playing a crucial role in its development. There are now about 2.9 million Foursquare members in ninety-nine countries, meeting in nearly 25,000 churches. As a contemporary and progressive Bible college, LPC supports the education and training of men and women in the Body of Christ in the church and marketplace. The college seeks to improve the provision of ministry fields relevant to the 21st century church including specializations in areas of pastoral ministry, Biblical languages, youth, education, worship and cross-cultural ministry. College founder Aimee Semple McPherson served as the first president. Dr. Rolf K. McPherson succeeded her upon her unexpected death in 1944.
In 1973, the college began the transition to an on-site chief executive officer. Dr. Donald McGregor was appointed as the college’s first and only executive director. In 1976, longtime Foursquare scholar and historian Dr. N. M. Van Cleave was inaugurated as the college’s first on-site president, with Dr. Rolf K. McPherson continuing in office as president of the Board of Trustees. Prominent pastor and author Dr. Jack W. Hayford, an alumni and long-time supporter of the college, served as the next president (1977- 1982), succeeded by Dr. Jack E. Hamilton (1982–1992), the then-current president of the LIFE Alumni Association and a Foursquare senior pastor in Santa Maria, California. It was under Dr. Hamilton’s able leadership that the college relocated to the present campus in San Dimas, California.
Upon Dr. Hamilton’s resignation, the Board of Regents called upon Dr. Ron Mehl to serve as interim president in 1992. At that time, Dr. Dick Scott assumed the day-to-day operations role of executive vice president, then was inaugurated as LIFE’s seventh president in 1994. President Scott’s wide-ranging background and experience as a minister, linguist, missionary and administrator enabled his proficient leadership at L.I.F.E. Bible College. His interest in and knowledge in computer technology and building improvements, led to sweeping changes in the college’s technology infrastructure and facilities. Under Dr. Scott’s leadership, new dorms and the Hicks Student Center were built, and a number of improvements were made to the landscaping and existing buildings, making the college a wonderful environment for students to grow and flourish. Also during his tenure, the college pursued regional accreditation with WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). With a new location, new dorms, leadership and accreditation, it seemed only fitting to change the name of the college. It was then, that L.I.F.E. Bible College became Life Pacific College.
Upon Dr. Dick Scott’s resignation in 2003, a presidential search was conducted and Dr. Dan Stewart became president. During Dr. Stewart’s tenure, the college was able to become debt free and continued to develop a strong relationship with the Foursquare denomination. In 2008, Dr. Stewart became a full time pastor, leaving a brief vacancy in the president’s office at LPC. During the summer of 2008, the Board of Trustees began another presidential search. During the selection process, Dr. Robert Flores began to serve the college in an interim capacity. November 2008 marked the conclusion of that interim status as the board confirmed Dr. Flores as the 9th president of Life Pacific College. Dr. Flores’ tenure was marked by renewed emphasis on developing and maintaining relationships with the pastors, churches, and leaders within the Foursquare denomination and with other denominations. Dr. Flores has given LPC a breath of much-needed, fresh air, as we are continuing towards to the goal of preparing leaders for a lifetime of ministry.
Dr. Robert Flores resigned in December 2012 and Dr. Jim J. Adams was appointed as Interim President. Dr. Adams has a strong background in ministry and higher education and is looking forward to leading the college.
Dr. Adams returns to the college with eighteen years of experience in educational leadership. An Alumnus of Life Pacific College (LIFE Bible College), Jim earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. He is well respected among his peers and Foursquare constituents.
A Foursquare minister since 1977, he served as the Youth Director for the Western District and was a familiar presence at Foursquare camps. Jim has also served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Dean of Students at Life Pacific College, Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer for Western Christian Schools, and Professor and Program Director of Operation Impact at Azusa Pacific University.
Furthermore, he is known for his exceptional collaborative leadership and personal qualities serving in his most recent role, Executive Director for the Center of Global Learning & Engagement at Azusa Pacific University. He has published numerous articles on topics related to higher education and continues to teach courses in organizational management, research, ministry, and leadership. Additionally, his knowledge and familiarity with WASC accreditation make him an ideal candidate for this role.
He holds a passion for ministry, embodies the spirit of our Foursquare family and is uniquely qualified to engage the educational opportunities that lie before us. We truly believe that he is the right person to lead LPC forward as the Interim President during this transitional season. The Board took action to establish a presidential search committee and appointed Dan Hedges as chairman. The process will begin within the next six months.
Mission, Vision, & Values
Life Pacific College is an institution of biblical higher education existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world.
Life Pacific College will be recognized worldwide as a premier pentecostal institution, within the Foursquare tradition, characterized by a diverse community of Spirit-empowered students, scholars, and practitioners whose hearts and minds are devoted to Christ and His Kingdom.
- Scripture as our authoritative guide for faith and practice and the foundation for how we think, learn, live, and minister. (2 Tim. 3:16)
- Grace-based community exemplified by excellence organizationally, and Christ-like character individually. (Eph. 2:11-22; John 15; Romans 8:28-30; Gal. 5:22-25/Eph. 5:15-20)
- Foursquare heritage and its appeal for moderation in doctrine and practice, a Spirit-empowered lifestyle, and an interdenominational mission to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. (Titus 1:7-9; Eph. 4:11-13, Acts 1:4-8)
- Global awareness displayed through valuing diversity, understanding our place in the world, the far-reaching impact of decisions and actions, and innovatively engaging the world (I Cor. 12:12-31; Matt 28:19-20; John 17:15-19)
We believe in biblical truth and affirm the supremacy of Christ in all areas of life. These beliefs exist at the core of who we are.
The Foursquare Declaration of Faith
The Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
The Eternal Godhead
We believe God is Triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Fall Of Man
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience he fell from perfection (Romans 5:12).
The Plan of Salvation
We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe on Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
Salvation Through Grace
We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8).
Repentance and Acceptance
We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a whole-hearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (I John 1:9).
The New Birth
We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20).
Daily Christian Living
We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith (Hebrews 6:1)
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matt. 28:19). We believe in the commemoration of the Lord’s Supper by the symbolic use of the bread and juice of the vine (I Corinthians 11:24, 25).
Baptism With the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that His incoming is after the same manner as in Bible days (Acts 2:4).
The Spirit-Filled Life
We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily (Ephesians 4:30–32).
The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian; and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life (I Corinthians 12:1–11; Galatians 5:22).
We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him into extremes of fanaticism (Philippians 4:5).
We believe that divine healing is the power of Christ to heal the physically sick in answer to the prayer of faith (James 5:14–16).
The Second Coming of Christ
We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (I Thessalonians 4:16, 17).
We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25).
We believe that rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1–5).
The Final Judgment
We believe that all shall stand some day before the judgment seat of God, and there receive eternal life or death (2 Corinthians 5:10).
We believe that Heaven is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1–3; Revelation 7:15–17).
We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Savior (Revelation 20:10,15).
We believe that soul winning is the most important responsibility of the Church (James 5:20).
Tithes and Offerings
We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7).