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March 02, 2015 March 02, 2015 - March 02, 2015

Chapel Guest: Rev. JoAnn Riley

March 03, 2015 March 03, 2015 - March 03, 2015

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March 04, 2015 March 04, 2015 - March 04, 2015

Chapel Guest: Dr. Mark Boucher

March 05, 2015 March 05, 2015 - March 05, 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.”

Leadership Award Day 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 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.

UVF Graduates Receive High Scores and Ministerial Credentials 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.

Alumnus' Mission to Awaken and Revive Churches February 27, 2015
Malcolm Brubaker, Ph.D.

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) celebrates with faculty member, Malcolm Brubaker, Ph.D., his essay titled, Strategizing in the Spirit in Time of War: The Assemblies of God 1943 Missionary Conference. The essay was published within a collection of essays written in honor of Assemblies of God (AG) educators, Stanley M. Burgess and Ruth V. Burgess. The collection, "Children of the Calling: Essays in Honor of Stanley M. Burgess and Ruth V. Burgess" includes 17 essays that cover the academic interests of friends and students who considered these AG educators to be an inspiration. 

Stanley and Ruth Burgess taught at Evangel, Missouri State University and Regent University. During his time as an undergraduate at Evangel and later while studying for his doctoral degree at Regent, Dr. Brubaker looked to Stanley Burgess as his academic advisor. The couple also played a major role in influencing his doctoral dissertation topic: AG missionary history of North India.    

His essay covers the 1943 gathering of AG missionaries after being called home to the United States from their fields due to World War II. At the time, Noel Perkin was the national missionary director. He called the missionaries together for a three-day meeting to be held at Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Mo. The missionaries shared personal stories of hope and great struggle from their time on the mission field. They discussed their challenges and victories with one another as they reflected on the Pentecostal mandate to spread the Gospel. They spoke with hope about the work to be done after the war was over and collaborated on ideas and visions for success in the future. According to Brubaker, “Some of their ideas were never realized; some were implemented; some were fulfilled in later decades. But the seed-thought of coordination and strategizing was firmly planted in the hearts and minds of Assemblies of God people.”

"Children of the Calling" was edited by Eric N. Newberg and Lois E. Olena ’84, and is available here.

Brubaker Publishes Essay for Compilation February 27, 2015