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  • Leadership Award Day

    February 27, 2015
    Senator Dinniman
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomed Pennsylvania Senator Andy Dinniman and Pennsylvania State Representative Warren Kampf to the Phoenixville campus for the University of Valley Forge Leadership Award Day on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dinniman and Kampf were honored as the first UVF Leadership Award recipients.
    The UVF leadership awards were presented to Dinniman and Kampf due to their leadership in the community and their assistance throughout UVF’s process to become a university. Dinniman and Kampf were key influencers in the legislature's decision to pass Senate Bill 1205 during its 2013–2014 session that amended Title 24 (Education) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes allowing universities, colleges and seminaries to further provide certifications. As a result, the institution formerly known as Valley Forge Christian College, received approval to become a university. The name change was effective on Sept. 16, 2014.
    Representative Kampf
    As the representative of Pennsylvania’s 19th District in the Pennsylvania Senate, Dinniman has been a supporter of education and UVF since before his first election in 2006. One of his main priorities in the Senate is to help the state invest in the education system. As a West Chester University faculty member and minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, he believes that “Education is what liberates each of us as human beings. There are two things no one can really take away from you: faith and education. What the University of Valley Forge does is it takes both of these aspects and prepares students for the world.”

    Kampf represents Pennsylvania’s 157th Legislative District. During his first term he recovered millions of dollars for local school districts who had suffered from previous budget cuts. Kampf met President Don Meyer, Ph.D., during his first term in 2010 and their friendship grew from a shared passion for providing quality education in Pennsylvania. “Education has led me to corners of my mind and corners of the world I would never have been able to think about or go to. It has provided me with access to work and meet people from all walks of life. That is why I support education,” Kampf said. “This recognition is wonderful and special and I am honored to receive it.”

  • UVF Graduates Receive High Scores and Ministerial Credentials

    February 27, 2015
    Kinna Smith '14Three University of Valley Forge (UVF) Department of Deaf Ministries graduates received ministerial credentials with the PennDel Ministry Network. Kinna (Franklin) Smith ’14, Bonnie Elliott ’14 and Ebby Johnson ’14 achieved the requirements set by the PennDel Ministry Network, took the licensing exam and received the three highest scores of approximately 70 other people in their exam group.

    While at UVF, the three students took courses in Bible history and Assemblies of God doctrine. According to Kinna Smith, one way their professors helped them was through assignments focused on Bible verse referencing and memorization, which was beneficial for the credential exam. Professor JoAnn Smith, Ph.D., Department of Deaf Ministries chair, encouraged and guided Kinna Smith, Elliott and Johnson through the PennDel examination process. “They had the same prep material as their hearing colleagues,” Dr. Smith said. She led a three hour study group outside of the classroom a few days before the exam.  

    All three graduates are currently involved in Deaf church ministries. Kinna Smith currently attends the recent church plant Connecting Deaf Church in Norristown, Pa. She is part of her church’s pastoral team and serves as the youth pastor alongside her husband. Her ministry outside of the church includes ministering to a Deaf teenager at another church. Elliott also serves at Connecting Deaf Church as the children’s minister. Johnson is a youth pastor at the Vallejo Deaf Church in Vallejo, Calif.

    The Department of Deaf Ministries began in the fall of 2011. The department offers two programs: Deaf Ministries (Deaf students only) and, recently added, Deaf Culture Studies (non-Deaf students only). The Deaf Ministries program trains students for pastoral ministries and prepares students to effectively communicate their worldview and perform pastoral and Christian ministry in the Deaf church environment. The programs are set up with “hands-on creativity,” Dr. Smith said. “Students are engaged and their academic environment is comparable to that of their hearing colleagues.”

    As a result of the program, many hearing students have become interested in the Deaf community and culture. As the students grow in their language development, upper-level classes, taught in ASL, will combine hearing and Deaf students. The students in the department have had the opportunity to travel on international missions trips to Peru and Israel. The department looks forward to future missions opportunities and the continual advancement of the programs.

  • Alumnus' Mission to Awaken and Revive Churches

    February 27, 2015
    Keith Edwards '84
    Keith Edwards, D.Min., ’85 has experienced quite a journey since graduating from the University of Valley Forge (UVF). He served in a variety of ministerial positions, built a family and witnessed firsthand the faithfulness of God.
    Following graduation, Edwards went on to receive a master's degree in pastoral counseling from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 1992. In 2006, he earned a doctorate in ministry, specializing in leadership and coaching at Regent University. Edwards grew as a leader while serving in the Potomac District Council Office in the roles of church planting director and U.S. missions director.
    Driven by a compelling love for the church, Edwards now serves the National Office of the Church Multiplication Network as a coach for future church planters. He is also passionate about working toward the restoration of churches that have grown tired or even split. Edwards says his drive is his belief that, “the church is the hope of the world.” According to Edwards, “There’s nothing that works better than when God’s church is working.” His desire is to see young men and women awaken and help revive churches. He has also written a curriculum for coaching church planters. 
    In 2011, Edwards became the lead pastor of Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, Va. There, he serves with several staff members who are graduates of UVF. His well- rounded background in ministry includes positions as youth pastor, music pastor, associate pastor and senior pastor. His most recent involvement prior to Centerpointe Church was at Trinity Assembly of God in Lutherville, Md., where he served for five years as the pastor of discipleship/missions ministries.  
    Edwards married his college sweetheart, Esther (Colby) Edwards, in 1988. He fell head over heels for her in the registration line upon entering UVF. They have four daughters: Stephanie, Brittany, Kristi and Melanie.  
    The Edwards family has overcome a number of obstacles together through God’s faithfulness. Edwards’ oldest daughter was diagnosed with a severe case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis as a child; her illness was a hardship the family did not anticipate. However, God miraculously healed her, and she has been free of the disease for 14 years. 

    Instead of suffering with the illness and limiting her activities due to joint pain and stiffness, she successfully earned a master's degree in piano performance. Edwards is proud of her achievements and considers her musical gift to be a reflection of God’s greatness.
    Edwards is thankful for God’s guidance and sovereignty in his life. The adventures of family, ministry and spiritual growth, according to Edwards, are worth the trying times. He says, “We could not know how amazing God’s healing is without knowing of sickness.” 

    Edwards has an inspiring blog, which can be viewed at lovingandleading.blogspot.com.

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May 01, 2015 May 01, 2015 - May 02, 2015
Build Your Marriage Conference

Build Your Marriage Conference - Brad & Heidi Mitchell
Build Your Marriage Conference

May 1-2, 2015
The Conference Center at Valley Forge
1485 Valley Forge Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460

Package Cost: $290 a Couple
Includes two days of sessions, dinner and 1 night of accommodations on May 1, breakfast & lunch May 2.

Presenters Brad and Heidi Mitchell will walk through three topics: Building your marriage romantically, building your marriage spiritually and building a legacy through your marriage.

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Friday, May 1, 2015
Dinner: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Session 1: 7:00 - 9:00pm
Build Your Marriage Romantically (includes a 30 minute breakout session at the end, men with Brad, women with Heidi)

Saturday, May 2, 2015 
Breakfast: 8:00 - 9:00 am 
Session 2: 9:30 -11:30 am
Build Your Marriage Spiritually

Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Session 3: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Build a Legacy Through Your Marriage 


Brad and Heidi are a marvelous speaking team who are willing to share their darkness as well as their light. Their personal transparency speaks to so many of our struggling couples today. Their positive and victorious attitude also inspires us all to be overcomers and to remember that “With God all things are possible.”  Brad and Heidi are the real deal. Their love, integrity and faith are contagious. Their story is powerful and their message is so needed for people in and out of the church. I highly recommend this ministry and look forward to having them back again.” 
Bishop Jay Ramirez, Senior Pastor, Kingdom Life Christian Church, Connecticut

Brad is passionate about the Bible and getting people reading it, he is a powerful and persuasive communicator…he has my highest confidence.
Lee Strobel, Author

Brad Mitchell is one of the most encouraging people I know – both on a personal level and in a larger group setting. Combine Brad’s encouragement gift with his experience in leadership as a founding senior pastor who planted and grew a church into the hundreds, along with his evangelistic zeal and you have a high-impact teacher who you won’t want to miss.
Mark Mittelberg, Author, Evangelism Strategist and International Speaker

Brad Mitchell has a powerful mix of communication skills, leadership ability, evangelistic passion, and Christian character…Brad’s dynamic teaching motivates and equips people wherever he goes. Brad is a high quality person – and a strong speaker – who inspires.
Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

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