Since escaping Communist Vietnam as a young girl, Fawn Imboden has experienced the grace of God and today reaches out so others can find a transformed life in Christ.
By: Rod Light
In April 1975, rockets landed in Saigon and everyone knew South Vietnam was in its final days of fighting the Communist North Vietnamese.
To escape the bombing, a 14-year old girl named Fawn fled Saigon with her family to start a new life in America – a life that took on special meaning when she discovered the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Her faith became so important that she determined to reach others, especially the unreached, with the gospel and to dedicate her life to that mission.
Today, Fawn Imboden serves on the Life Pacific College Board of Trustees, bringing a lifetime of Christian outreach and business experience to the board’s oversight of the college. She is also the Vice President and Chief Development Officer at America’s Christian Credit Union, and Chief Administrative Officer of the Wesleyan Holiness Connection. In addition, Fawn is chairperson of the Glendora, California Chamber of Commerce.
Her roots with LPC run deep. Since the 1980s when Fawn and her husband David met former LPC president and alum Dick Scott (‘___) at the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM), a shared bond emerged of serving among unreached people. “Dick’s commitment to the Great Commission and his resolve to see LPC students become workers to the least-reached made an impression on us,” Fawn says.
Becoming a board member was an easy decision for Fawn. She appreciates the academic excellence and scholarship she observes at LPC and especially sees a clear link between academics and integration of faith. “LPC is a school that fosters in the students a true hunger for God, prioritizing life in the Spirit, and a commitment to living the mission,” she adds.
Fawn practices what she preaches. She served 11 years as Vice President for Business Affairs at the William Carey International University (WCIU), the training institution of the USCWM, and is a charter member of WCIU’s World Christian Foundations International Development Master of Arts program.
In addition to her formal educational leadership experience, Fawn is deeply committed to intentional discipleship and mentoring of young women.
Ministry to orphans has always been important to Fawn and she has a deep burden for the suffering and persecuted Church. When she dreams bold, borrowing from President Jim J. Adams’ call to vision, she dreams that LPC will be connected to the new things God is doing, especially awakening the U.S. Church to its call to prayer and evangelism.
“I view LPC as that ‘City on a Hill,’ from Matthew 5, where Christian faithfulness and obedience to the gospel serve the purposes of God in bringing His salvation to the nations,” she says. “Every one of our students should see where they live and work as a lighthouse for Christ and a beachhead for the gospel in their communities.”
Fawn Imboden appears to have never-ending energy. In addition to her many business, ministry, education, and community leadership roles, she is a wife and mother to a married daughter, Beckie.
And, in her spare time, Fawn is also a half-marathon runner!
By: Rod Light, M.A., an ordained Foursquare minister, LPC adjunct professor, and Communications Coordinator for Foursquare Missions International.