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  • President Meyer Honored as Outstanding Citizen of the Year

    March 24, 2015
    Dr. Meyer Receives Award
    University of Valley Forge President, Don Meyer, Ph.D., was named the 2015 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Annual Awards Dinner was held on March 18, 2015, at the Phoenixville Country Club. The well-attended event is held to recognize long-standing and emerging business leaders and businesses for their accomplishments. 
     
    The Outstanding Citizen of the Year award is given to an individual who “has contributed an extraordinary amount of time, service and leadership to promoting the quality of life and welfare of the regional community.” As the 2015 award recipient, Meyer has served as president of the University of Valley Forge since 1997 and has seen the university thrive and celebrate its many achievements including the university's 75th anniversary and the recent name change from Valley Forge Christian College in September 2014.  
     
    Meyer and his wife Evie have been enthusiastic and loyal members of the community since their arrival, encouraging the University of Valley Forge to reach out and give back to Phoenixville. Meyer inspires the students, faculty and staff to dedicate one day of service to Phoenixville annually — what the university has designated as Community Service Day. On this day, the University of Valley Forge gives back by cleaning up debris in yards, parking lots, streets and parks, as well as painting and helping neighbors with assorted jobs that they cannot do themselves.

    With the support of Meyer, The University of Valley Forge also hosts annual events that benefit specific organizations in the community. The Phoenixville American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a 24-hour continuous walk on the campus grounds that raises funds for various American Cancer Society programs.  The university's Homeless Ministry and community volunteers gather on the campus to assemble care packages for the homeless and raise funds for the Good Samaritan Shelter in Phoenixville while hosting an all-night vigil. 

    More personally, Meyer contributes a weekly column to The Phoenix Reporter & Item titled Think About It, where he shares humorous vignettes and thought-provoking ideas on a variety of topics. 
     
    Crysta C. Peers, the chair of the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, introduced Meyer at the event and presented his award. She commemorated his accomplishments involving the University of Valley Forge’s growth and his leadership, notably leading the school from a college to a university last fall. Peers expressed the positive impact the university, under Meyer’s vision, has had over the years. She shared, “His extraordinary leadership, vision and exceptional decision-making skills enable him to bravely navigate through each task. He is a noble leader both locally and within the higher education community. One who provides inspiration to all he serves.”  
     
    Meyer humbly thanked the Chamber and the town of Phoenixville for the award. Meyer said, “When Evie and I came to Phoenixville for the first time, about 19 years ago, we arrived in town and knew no one. What we discovered here in the Valley Forge community, was a community of people committed to a mission that mattered. We discovered a family that grew around our hearts and our hearts grew around theirs.”
     
    He continued, “There was something else right in our community that we also discovered: a group of people who were amazing. All who have poured their lives into this place and this community." He looked to the crowd and said, " …  Your Phoenixville became our Phoenixville.”

    Meyer ended his speech by sharing a "Think About it" story. He quoted an African proverb that says, "Hold a true friend with both hands." He then added, "So this beautiful plaque, I will hold with both hands. However, I will hold it more profoundly in my heart."

  • 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.

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April 08, 2015 April 08, 2015 - April 08, 2015

Born Again Tour
BORN AGAIN TOUR
with Brian Campbell
April 8, 2015 - 7 pm
Tickets: Students $5 - General Public $10
Purchase Your Tickets Today!


Open House - April 11

April 11, 2015 April 11, 2015 - April 11, 2015
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Open House - April 18

April 18, 2015 April 18, 2015 - April 18, 2015
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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
610.935.9100

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.

Click Here to Register





Schedule:


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 

Endorsements:

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

May 08, 2015 May 08, 2015 - May 08, 2015
76th Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony
Commencement is a time of celebration for Valley Forge graduates. We want to be the first to congratulate you on your soon-to-be-earned University of Valley Forge degree and accomplishing this important milestone in your life and education. Commencement is also the culmination of your academic life at the University of Valley Forge. Enjoy every moment.

Many hours of writing, reading, late night studying, prayer and reflection have culminated in this moment. You have overcome many challenges and doubts, and by God's grace, you have persevered. What a joy it has been for University of Valley Forge to be a part of your life. Your fervent heart for God and your eagerness to learn have been a constant inspiration. May God keep on changing you in His likeness and may He keep on using you for His glory.

IMPORTANT EVENTS

Graduates Chapel - Closing Convocation – Friday, May 1, 2015, 10:00 am – Flower Chapel
Our desire is to honor you before your fellow classmates. Graduates will wear their academic regalia and will be seated in the front of the Chapel. Please make arrangements to attend.

     Commencement Speaker

Commencement RehearsalThursday, May 7, 2015, 3:00 pm - Flower Chapel
Attendance is required. Tickets for Commencement will be distributed at rehearsal.

Graduates Family & Friend BrunchFriday, May 8, 2015, 8:00-9:30 am - The Anvil. Free

Baccalaureate ServiceFriday, May 8, 2015, 10:00 am – Flower Chapel
The Baccalaureate Service is a formal academic event with proper regalia, decorum and spiritual tone.

Commencement Buffet LunchFriday, May 8, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm - Dining Commons
One complimentary lunch ticket will be included for the graduate. Guest tickets may be purchased for $9.00 each. Please complete and submit the form to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 24, 2015. The lunch will cost $10.00 at the door. Credit cards are accepted.

CommencementFriday, May 8, 2015, 3:00 pm - The Green Lane Commons (Flower Chapel – Inclement weather)
Commencement is the culmination of your academic life at the University of Valley Forge.



TICKETS
Six (6) Chapel and four (4) overflow (Cardone Hall, Classrooms) tickets for the Commencement service will be distributed to each graduate during Commencement Rehearsal on May 7, 2015 if needed due to inclement weather. If you need additional tickets, complete and submit the Additional Ticket Request Form to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 24, 2015. NO tickets are needed if the service is outdoors.

SPECIAL NEEDS SEATING
Special seating is available for guests who have medical conditions. This seating is not closer to the commencement platform than general seating. Due to limited space, we will only be able to accommodate two guests per party with tickets if in the Flower Chapel due to inclement weather in the special needs seating area. Others in the party will sit in the general audience. Guests may also watch the ceremony broadcast live in the air-conditioned classroom.

A drop-off area is available for those with conditions that prevent them from walking distances.

INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION
In the event of inclement weather, the location of the Commencement ceremony will change from The Green Lane Commons to the Flower Chapel. Since seating is limited, guest admission to the Flower Chapel is by ticket only.

HOT WEATHER
It is possible that the weather will be unseasonably warm. Students and guests are advised to dress appropriately if this is the case. Bottled water and snacks will be available to purchase from the Alumni table.

INDOOR CLOSED-CIRCUIT COVERAGE
Rain or shine, the Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live through closed-circuit coverage in air-conditioned classrooms in Cardone Hall.

INTERNET WEB COVERAGE
The University of Valley Forge will webcast the entire Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony live on the Internet. Family and friends who cannot attend in person should log-on early to ensure a good connection.

DIRECTIONS
For directions to the University of Valley Forge, please click here.

PARKING
Designated parking instructions will be given on-site when you arrive.

ACCOMMODATIONS - LOCAL HOTELS
For accommodations, please click here.

PHOTOGRAPHY
The University of Valley Forge will take an individual color photograph of each graduate receiving a diploma on-stage and a posed photograph with their diploma off-stage. You will be able to purchase these photos of your favorite moments soon. A link will appear here after the event with purchasing instructions. Graduates do not have to make prior arrangements for this service. There is no obligation to purchase the print. A link to purchase the photos will appear on this page once the photos are processed and ready for purchasing. 

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