LPC Press Room | May 30, 2017

SAN DIMAS, Calif. – Life Pacific College, a regionally accredited college with campuses in San Dimas, California and Christiansburg, Virginia will become Life Pacific University in July of 2019. 

This official announcement came from President Jim J. Adams and Board Chair Dr. Michael Whyte on Tuesday, May 30, at the annual Foursquare convention in Washington D.C., where over 3,000 Foursquare leaders were present. The announcement was affirmed by both Dr. Glenn Burris, President of The Foursquare Church, and Tammy Dunahoo, General Supervisor of The Foursquare Church.

The decision to seek university status is based on a close examination of Life Pacific's evolution from a small two-year training institute established in Echo Park, in the heart of Los Angeles, Calif., in 1923 to a regionally accredited bachelor and graduate degree-granting institution with 700 students in two locations: San Dimas, Calif. and Christiansburg, Va. 

"The decision to seek university status is based on a close examination of Life Pacific's evolution from a small two-year training institute established in Echo Park, in the heart of Los Angeles, Calif., in 1923 to a regionally accredited bachelor and graduate degree-granting institution with 700 students in two locations: San Dimas, Calif. and Christiansburg, Va."

In recent years, the college has broadened its degree offerings, increased enrollment, joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics(NAIA), and was named a Great College to Work For, while at the same time retaining a compelling mission to prepare leaders for the church, the workplace and the world. The college's mission remains strong and will continue the following:

  • Strong emphasis on Bible and theology (30 units of Bible/Theology for all traditional undergraduate students).
  • Ministry and spiritual formation of students.
  • Commitment to serving students who have made a profession of faith.

"We believe restructuring to University status provides a structure that is meaningful for programmatic growth along with a name that is meaningful to prospective students and their families." - President Jim Adams.

This vision sees LPC transformed into LPU through the initial development of two schools—a School of Arts & Sciences and a School of Theology & Ministry—with each school offering multiple degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The specific names of the schools are yet to be determined. "We believe restructuring to University status provides a structure that is meaningful for programmatic growth along with a name that is meaningful to prospective students and their families," said President Jim Adams. 

Life Pacific University will carry on Aimee Semple McPherson's vision of preparing workers for the harvest. Its main interest will be in educating biblically-grounded, Spirit-empowered, and life-transformed people who reach the whole world with the whole gospel. This will include continuing to educate those in traditional ministry positions (both in- and pre-service) as well as preparing those who will find their ministry within the marketplace, in fields such as business, psychology, leadership, and the arts.

"Its main interest will be in educating biblically-grounded, Spirit-empowered, and life-transformed people who reach the whole world with the whole gospel."

Dr. Michael Whyte, Chair of the Board of Trustees concluded the announcement by saying, "All of this was started by Aimee Semple McPherson who said, 'What is my task? To get the gospel around the world in the shortest possible time to every man and woman and boy and girl!' THAT is the greatest goal of ANY Christian University!"

For a link to the announcement, please click here. For more details, please see the Life Pacific University FAQ.

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