Rod Light | December 18, 2017

Life Pacific Chapel is the central gathering place for our community, and we see it as a place where people are spiritually formed.

By: Rod Light

Life Pacific students like Sarah Justice value chapel services creating a bond of community with her peers, faculty, and staff. “I have been shaped by Life Pacific’s Chapel Programs because of the diversity in speakers,” Sarah says. “There is a different speaker every week, with a different story, culture, and different view of God that teaches us something unique about Him.”

This fall, chapel speakers included Acquanetta Warren who is serving her second term as mayor of the City of Fontana and is Fontana’s first female and first African American mayor. Students were inspired by her tenacity and commitment to fighting for positive change in her community. As she spoke, she shared story after story of her early life in South Los Angeles and how God led her through a variety of life experiences that shaped her life and career.

“I have been shaped by Life Pacific’s Chapel Programs because of the diversity in speakers,” Sarah says. “There is a different speaker every week, with a different story, culture, and different view of God that teaches us something unique about Him.”

- Sarah Justice, LPC student

“Mayor Warren is a gifted communicator, and listening to her felt as though we were sitting on her front porch conversing with a good friend,” says LPC Campus Chaplain Amanda Hansen, M.Div. “Mayor Warren’s testimony is a living example of a gospel-centered life bringing about justice and restoration; it gave students great hope for their own potential to effect meaningful change in the world.”

“Mayor Warren is a gifted communicator, and listening to her felt as though we were sitting on her front porch conversing with a good friend. [Her] testimony is a living example of a gospel-centered life bringing about justice and restoration; it gave students great hope for their own potential to effect meaningful change in the world.” 

-LPC Campus Chaplain Amanda Hansen, M.Div. 

Chaplain Hansen, who leads a selection committee for planning chapels, programs, and speakers says it is challenging to pick a few speakers to highlight. Among her top picks are Pastor Jack Hayford (’56), who joined us for our annual Founder’s Day chapel, LPC professors Dr. Sophia Magallanes and Dr. Eric Lopez. Across the board, area pastor Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, stood out with her message on a biblical perspective of immigration.

Rev. Salvatierra spoke from over 35 years experience in congregational and community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational/community organizing, and legislative advocacy. She told vivid stories of those who have immigrated to the United States, fleeing oppression in their own countries, and helped to put faces to what can often be just a topic many of us hear in the news.

Speaking from Matthew 25:31-46, she called on the body of Christ to welcome the stranger and care for those in need. In response to Rev. Salvatierra’s challenge, one student who requests anonymity says, “Everything she had to share penetrated my heart. The Lord definitely revealed more about my calling to me.”

Chaplain Hansen believes in the power of God to work through chapel speakers and programs that create a consistent rhythm of intentional worship in our community. She says chapels “encourage and promote Life Pacific’s values and convictions of holistic formation by means of a biblical, diverse, relevant, and challenging curriculum using gifted speakers, creative arts, and Christian practices.”

Students have their own top picks for speakers who impacted their lives. For Justice Comeaux is was Rev. Tim Yee, Pastor of Union Church of Los Angeles. “I have developed a heart for the city over the past few years and having Rev. Yee come and speak specifically about how we shouldn’t neglect the city was encouraging and insightful. He was funny, as well as honest, and I was so blessed hearing him speak about his heart for the City of Los Angeles. It reminded me of my own passion for the city, so it was quite refreshing!”

“I have developed a heart for the city over the past few years and having Rev. Yee come and speak specifically about how we shouldn’t neglect the city was encouraging and insightful. He was funny, as well as honest, and I was so blessed hearing him speak about his heart for the City of Los Angeles. It reminded me of my own passion for the city, so it was quite refreshing!”

Justice Comeaux, LPC student

Life transformation remains a core value for Life Pacific College and that value is lived out each week in corporate worship and chapel services.

“There is so much value in joining together in one place each week to pause and dedicate an hour to listen to what the Lord has to say to us as a community,” Life Pacific student Marta Shura says. Chaplain Hansen could not agree more.

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