lpcwm | February 9, 2016

SAN DIMAS, California - Life Pacific College will host the 45th annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) on March 10-12, 2016. The theme of the 2016 meeting is "Worship, the Arts and the Spirit." Dr. Jim J. Adams, President of Life Pacific College says, "The theme represents both a historical and emerging element of Pentecostalism and the Sprit-filled church. Historically, Pentecostalism always found vibrant and passionate worship a common denominator among our fellowships. Today, redeeming or engaging the arts in new and creative ways for worship, teaching, preaching, and outreach continues to gain ground worldwide."

Pentecostal scholars from the United States and around the world will gather for symposia, parallel interest group sessions, luncheons, and plenaries. Attendees will also enjoy networking, sharing research, and exploring resources exhibited by ministries and vendors.

The plenary sessions will commence on Thursday evening with greetings from Dr. Jacqueline Grey (SPS 1VP and 2016 Program Chair), Dr. Jim J. Adams, (President of Life Pacific College), and Dr. Jack Hayford (Author, Chancellor of The King's University) followed by the Life Pacific College Worship Ensemble. The first session includes presentation by Professor Linda Ambrose on "Aimee Semple McPherson and the Performed Self." The creativity of Aimee found a home in the dynamic city of Los Angeles, where she founded Angelus Temple as well as Life Pacific College, host to the 2016 SPS. This presentation is open to the public!

Registration is required for all other SPS sessions.

Professor John Goldingay will present Friday morning on "The Psalms and the Spirit." Friday evening, Professor Teresa Berger will present on the topic of "Worship and Liturgy."

The presidential address will be given by Dr. Michael Wilkinson, Professor of Sociology at Trinity Western University, on Saturday morning. He states, "The Society for Pentecostal Studies annual meeting brings together an international group of scholars to discuss the most current research from a range of perspectives including theology, biblical studies, history, religious studies, and the social sciences. This year will prove to be another outstanding meeting in our 45 year history."

Each year the SPS meets in a different region of the country. For full annual meeting registration information, see the SPS website or find the detailed program for the conference.

For more information, contact Lois E. Olena at (417) 268-1084 or by email, olenal@evangel.edu