By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., LPC President
Understanding the risk of sounding cliché, my heart is full of gratitude for people and institutions that help our students thrive at LPC.
“All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory,” 2 Cor. 4:15 (NLT).
One of my greatest thrills is watching LPC students and alumni thrive and make a difference as they serve the Lord in the Church, workplace and world. Of nearly equal importance is the tangible involvement of those who support our students in their educational journeys, specifically parents, churches, donors, organizations and educational institutions that demonstrate support for LPC in meaningful ways.
This Fall Azusa Pacific University and Life Pacific College finalized an articulation agreement offering LPC graduates advanced standing and significant cost savings toward a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Azusa Pacific Seminary (APS).
Under this agreement, LPC students may now transfer between 10-18 units (depending on the graduate program they are entering) at a cost of $50 per unit versus the current standard $524 per unit. This equates to a potential savings of $4,740 to $8,532 depending on courses taken at LPC and the specific graduate program a student plans to pursue.
We are thankful for the demonstration of support from our friends and colleagues at Azusa Pacific Seminary, and also for this recognition affirming the growing value of LPC’s academic programs to our students.
Also of significance during this Thanksgiving season is the support of The Foursquare Church – corporately and individually – for standing with LPC over some 93 years of our existence. Many in our Foursquare family past and present are responsible for the success of thousands of students in pursuit of God’s plan for their lives. For that support, we are truly grateful.
This year alone, The Foursquare Foundation has provided student scholarships for 58 LPC students in our traditional undergraduate programs. Foursquare benefactors support current LPC students through endowed scholarships, individual and corporate donations, and the recent addition of scholarships for student-athletes in our growing athletics program.
Of special importance to me personally is the “Dream Big Scholarship” that helps high performing students remain in school when they are not able to pay their tuition between the Fall and Spring semesters. Each December, our administration meets with “Dream Big” recipients who have demonstrated a call of God on their lives and who have exhausted all other means of paying for their education. The expression on the faces of recipients is all I need to know that God has ordained this scholarship to help students remain focused on their education. I am thankful that a lack of funds does not limit the potential of God in our student’s lives.
Finally, I am grateful for partnerships with local businesses like the Christian Community Credit Union in San Dimas who give back to our students. CCCU support has resulted in $20,000 in scholarships to Life Pacific students since the inception of the program.
The Apostle Paul had it right when he looked around and expressed gratitude for the people of God doing the work of God. The same is true here at LPC – it’s the people of God making a way for future generations to continue the work of God in collaborative and innovative ways.
Thank you each and every one!
By: Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., Life Pacific College President