• Semester Begins With New Name but Same Mission

    September 02, 2014
    new-semesterThe start of the fall semester kicked off on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 when new students arrived on campus eager to check in to their new home for the next four years. Students and their families arrived at 8 am and were welcomed by the Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) admissions team, resident assistants and student leaders from START (Striving Toward Real Togetherness) and SGA (Student Government Association).

    Staff and volunteers helped the students move into their residence halls and personally welcomed them and their families to the VFCC community. While the new students participated in team building and bonding activities with the START teams, the college hosted a luncheon for parents to socialize and ask questions about their student's transition to college.   

    Returning students arrived on campus Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25. After a quiet summer, the college was excited to welcome the bustle of students who were moving in, reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones to begin another academic year. 

    The fall semester officially began on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with a chapel service at 10 am. President Don Meyer, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students and expressed his excitement as he prayed over the college year. Vice President of Academic Affairs Kevin Beery, D.S.L., introduced six new faculty members who have joined the Departments of Behavioral Sciences, Digital Media and Church Ministries. The chapel service also signified the closing of summer renovations and improvements by a group of retired missionaries led by Dave and Linda Maracle. The Maracles shared photographs of the work the MAPS RV missionaries completed this summer and thanked everyone who had a hand in helping the RVers complete their work. 

    Prior to the conclusion of the first week of classes, an exciting announcement about the future of the institution was made in chapel on Aug. 28. Meyer announced that VFCC received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to become the University of Valley Forge, effective Sept. 16, 2014. The exciting name change is the beginning of a historic year as the institution readies for the internal and external developments to follow. Still, Meyer assures the heart and mission of the institution will remain the same. 

    Read the press release about the announcement of the official name change.  

  • Valley Forge Christian College to Become the University of Valley Forge

    August 28, 2014


    Dr. Dan Mortensen


    Name Change Reflects the Quality and Breadth of the Institution’s Programs

    PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., August 28, 2014 – On the heels of its 75th anniversary, Valley Forge Christian College proudly announces that it will become the University of Valley Forge (UVF) on September 16, 2014. Overwhelming support and endorsement for the change came from faculty, students, college trustees, alumni and church leaders.

    Prompting today’s announcement was notification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (DOE), the entity charged with the responsibility to approve university designations in the state, that the college’s application has been approved. A ceremony is planned to officially recognize the change and to unveil a temporary sign that will grace the front of the campus until a permanent sign is erected.

    President Don Meyer, Ph.D., shared that, “The mission of the University of Valley Forge will not change. Though our name will change, the spirit of the institution, the dedication of our faculty and staff, the world-wide impact of our alumni and the abiding commitment to our God-given mission, will continue to be the hallmarks of the university.”

    In preparation for the official name change, the school has created new branding that includes a UVF seal and logo, as well as a new athletic logo and patriot icon. Signage, marketing materials and other items will be rolled out in the coming months.

    The name change to the University of Valley Forge ushers in a new era in the life of the institution, signaling exciting new curricula, enrollment growth, campus development, and an ongoing commitment to increase the quality of academic programs. The new name will help students obtain entrance into graduate schools and make it easier for alumni to enter foreign countries where religious freedoms are restricted. For a nominal fee, alumni can request a new diploma with the University of Valley Forge inscription by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

    The name change also recognizes the maturation that has occurred over the past 75 years, which has resulted in the quality institution that exists today. Campus development has transformed the former Valley Forge General Hospital site into a beautiful and well respected campus. In addition, academic programs have grown in number and quality, with 67 undergraduate majors and 7 graduate programs.

    All of the activities that contribute to the vibrant and authentic spiritual environment that exists now will continue, including a daily chapel service, the hiring of highly qualified, spiritually dynamic faculty members and a solid Bible core in all majors.

    In addition to the main campus in Phoenixville, Pa., the university offers courses at its additional location in Virginia and at extension sites in South Carolina and Illinois. UVF is actively engaged in a process to rapidly expand its online offerings. As members of the NCCAA Division III and provisional members of the NCAA Division III, the university competes in 10 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports.

    Executive Vice President, Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., stated, “We now become alumni and friends of an institution with a new name and many exciting new developments. However, UVF will maintain the tradition of providing a caring faculty, committed to quality education in a distinctly Christian environment. Spiritual development will endure as a primary institutional objective. While things all around us change, at UVF, ‘preparing individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world, will remain our mission.”

    As the change has been contemplated over the past few years, President Meyer has reflected on the amazing contributions of thousands of alumni, employees, board members and denominational leaders who have contributed to create the amazing environment that exists at the university. “We hold a deep appreciation for those who have gone before, who have sacrificed to build the foundation from which we launch the University of Valley Forge.” Meyer continued, “I am reminded of the anonymous quote that says, ‘From the altars of the past, take the flame and leave the ash.’ As we make this momentous change, we have the privilege to take the best of what has gone before and create a life-changing environment that will transform students to accomplish all that God has for them.”

    The university will continue to be regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition, the Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Education Program of UVF is aligned to meet the requirements of the DOE. The university is endorsed by the Alliance for Assemblies of Higher Education, a group of 16 institutions serving approximately 3 million Assemblies of God adherents in the United States.
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    About the University of Valley Forge

    The University of Valley Forge is part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities. As a private university of the arts, sciences and professions, it provides undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning programs, whose mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world. The University of Valley Forge’s 150-acre main campus is located in Phoenixville, Pa. The university offers 67 undergraduate majors, seven graduate programs and nine associate programs, and has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio serving over 1,000 students.

    The history of University of Valley Forge dates back to 1939, when several small bible institutes consolidated and formed Eastern Bible Institute (EBI), in Green Lane, Pa. The institute charter was granted to train evangelists, pastors, missionaries, Christian educators and lay workers. EBI expanded in numbers and property space becoming Northeast Bible Institute (NBI) and, after a fourth year of study was added, became Northeast Bible College (NBC). In 1976–1977, NBC moved to its current location in Phoenixville, Pa., on the site of the former Valley Forge General Hospital, and was renamed Valley Forge Christian College (1976–2014).


    The University of Valley Forge is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Website: www.msche.org. Phone: 267.284.5000). The Social Work Program of UVF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Website: www.cswe.org. Phone: 703.683.8080).

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  • VFCC Sponsors Video and Media Production at Creation Festival

    July 30, 2014
    Creation 2014
    On June 25, 30 students, alumni, faculty and staff from Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) traveled to Mt. Union, Pa., to represent the college and provide the entire media and live video production for the 2014 Creation Festival Northeast. President Don Meyer declared this year “our best year at this most important event.”
    With an attendance of over 80,000 people at the Northeast event, Creation is the nation’s largest Christian music festival. In the past, VFCC contributed to the video production of the festival but never as the primary coverage team. This year, however, the team was invited by the Creation organizers to be the main crew on-site. 
    The all-VFCC digital media crew produced live footage from its mobile Media Command Center (mMCC) next to the festival’s main stage. The mMCC is a 48-foot, state-of-the-art semi-trailer that houses digital recording facilities, and two soundproof studios that operate independently for multiple recording sessions with some of the most advanced technology in the industry. 
    The mMCC is used both as an audio production facility and as a quality video production station. The crew managed the video production from inside the mobile unit using VFCC equipment. Several multi-view monitors and a video mixer lined the inside of the mMCC, providing live and on-site prepared content, with the audience, volunteers and backstage crew displayed on two jumbo screens next to the main stage. The crew controlled all five video cameras recording live footage throughout the event. Doug Smith ’12, marketing office media specialist, and Ben Franco ’09, faculty member of the digital media department, led the video and production team. Smith said, “The festival was a great experience for working under pressure at a professional level.” The crew not only surpassed expectations at a student level but also produced quality work. 
    In addition to media and video production, VFCC also showcased a crowd-friendly admissions booth that was comprised of 12 VFCC representatives, including three admissions counselors and six students. Creation attendees converged on the booth to inquire about the college and its 67 undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs. They also received giveaways that included apparel with the new Valley Forge Patriot logo and a VFCC scholarship.  
    Admissions Counselor Christian Delcid ’13 had traveled to Creation several years before as a student. He remembered the admissions counselors he had met and their energy and encouragement. Returning now as staff, he wanted to approach students in the same manner. “It takes you back to a time when someone did that for you and sparked something in your spirit that motivated you to become a student at VFCC,” he said. “To know that I am doing the same is incredible.” The team was available beginning at 7 a.m. each day, interacting with thousands of students, parents and pastors. Each night, the team would return to its campsite well past midnight before getting some rest and doing it again the next day.
    On account of the work presented, VFCC was invited to two more Creation events. The VFCC crew traveled to Willmar, Minn. to the site of the 33rd Annual Sonshine Festival from July 16-19. For the first time, the media crew served there and provided video production, while the admissions crew manned another informational booth. From July 30 to August 2, senior and digital media intern, Tim Jackson represented VFCC at Creation Northwest in Washington and provided the daily video recaps for the thousands of attendees. 

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God's Not Dead Seminar
September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm


September 20, 2014 September 20, 2014 - September 20, 2014
God's Not Dead Seminar

How far would you go... to defend your belief in God?  

The God's Not Dead Seminar will weave together faith, doubt and disbelief; culminating in a call to action. The seminar will educate, entertain and inspire you to explore what you really believe about God; igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. 
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This Seminar (based upon the Popular Movie) is presented by Dr. Bruce Marino, Professor of Church Ministries at Valley Forge Christian College.

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The Conference Center at Valley Forge
Saturday September 20, 2014
9 am to 3 pm

1485 Valley Forge Rd
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Cost is $49, includes Continental Breakfast & Lunch 
Early bird registration $44 
(through August 19th)
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