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  • Teaching Teachers in Zambia

    October 30, 2014
    Tarragnoli in Zambia
    Assistant professor Kathleen Terragnoli knew from a very young age that missionary work would be an important part of her life. Over her 35 years at UVF, she focused on supporting and teaching others as they prepared for their own missionary journeys. When the opportunity for her to serve in Africa on a short-term basis first came in 1996, she seized it with tremendous excitement. Since then, Terragnoli has been on 12 missionary journeys to Africa, visiting the country of Zambia on five separate occasions – the last of which took place this summer, from June 19 to July 11.
     
    The first two weeks of her trip were spent in the city of Kabwe, with a team of one South African and 15 American teachers. Together, they trained over 200 Zambian teachers and encouraged faith and spirituality in one another. After observing government, community and private schools, as well as learning about the local culture (something that she encourages all short-term missionaries to practice), the team held over 60 sessions for teachers from all over the country. These sessions helped them develop their natural abilities and approach education with the most effective contemporary techniques.
     
    “It’s not that they’re bad teachers, or that they don’t know what they’re doing,” emphasized Terragnoli. Rather, their access to training is limited, giving them less opportunity to reflect and grow with other educators. She also stressed the importance of supporting Africa’s educational infrastructure, which will give young people a means to think critically about issues, come up with creative solutions and prepare them to become productive and contributing members of society.
     
    The second half of Terragnoli's missionary journey took place 270 miles down the road, in a southern city of Zambia called Choma. There, she served with UVF alumni Dociah ’95 and Kevin ’94 Friedrich, who founded and direct the Children of the Most High (CMH) Orphanage. Over the course of two weeks, Terragnoli participated in weekend services at the organization’s two pioneer churches, offered communication and teaching lessons to CMH leadership and spent time with the 20 children that live in CMH homes.
     
    Terragnoli has been especially touched by the opportunity to see the children of CMH mature in faith. “I have literally watched some of them grow up during my five trips over the past 14 years,” she said.  With that in mind, she wants to convey the gratefulness of the Friedrichs, who are thankful for the financial and prayerful support that has come from the Valley Forge community; she also asks each of us to continue praying for CMH, as they move toward building the Dream Center – a centralized location for the orphanage, which currently operates out of three homes. “Thank you,” she adds, “for your love, support, and most of all — prayers!”

  • New Professor of Digital Media

    October 30, 2014
    Dominick Garcia
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomes new faculty member Dominick Garcia to the Department of Digital Media. His passion for sharing God’s truth with the medium he describes as “one of the most accessible ways of communicating an idea,” provides a valuable addition to a department that prepares its students for successful, God-honoring careers in the digital media field. 
     
    Garcia has an extensive knowledge of digital media. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he won a Film of the Year Award, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., where one of his film projects placed in the top 10 at an annual showcase.
     
    His work experience ranges from running cables to editing and distributing material. He worked as a media coordinator at a church plant where he prepared videos, promotions and used several software programs to run the entire media production.

    As a videographer, Garcia has experience from conceptual business plans to capturing footage on the ground. In 2006, he co-founded a videography business called Fanchairfilms. He was a videographer for Convoy Hope during a trip to Kenya in 2007 and for Friends Forever TV during a trip to Jamaica shortly after. He worked with successful freelance artists and videographers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, whom he still keeps in contact with to stay current in the marketplace and ministry. As a freelancer, he learned the marketing and distribution aspects of the field. 
     
    Garcia’s theoretical background focuses on the art of digital media. He studied how and why humans create art and what art hopes to accomplish. “We want to be great technicians, but we also want to be people of God motivated by the Great Commission,” he said. Garcia feels that creating art is not just about selling content or gaining recognition. As Christians, art in digital media and film is about communicating the gospel and asking intelligent questions about God and humanity. 
     
    His transition to teaching was a natural one. Garcia wishes to share his expertise with future leaders to help guide their gifts and talents. “I believe education is one of the most important tools we have,” he said. “It is building up, and hopefully inspiring, the next generation.”
     
    Garcia looks forward to working in a department where the professors are aware of transforming communication mediums and educate students accordingly. Personally, he is excited to see students’ ideas and talents come to life and “discuss the potential of the medium they hold in their hands.”


     
  • Convoy Philadelphia 2014

    October 29, 2014
    Convoy Philadelphia 2014
    Upwards of 80 people left at dawn Saturday, Sept. 20, ready to serve people they had never met. At an hour when most college students are still sleeping, students from the University of Valley Forge (UVF) found themselves giving their time and energy to those in need at Convoy Philadelphia. Leaving so early to put in a long day, however, did not hinder their desire to serve in the city. Whether their jobs included handing out food or clothing, or participating in the activities prepared for kids, students were enthusiastic throughout the day, sharing their smiles with all who they encountered. 
     
    The university’s mission, to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership”, clearly mirrors the hearts of the students involved with Convoy Philadelphia. Though the idea of service resides at the core of the trip, leadership qualities were honed as students worked in their respective posts during this logistically challenging day.
     
    More than 1,000 people were served during the course of the day at Convoy Philadelphia. Parents, drawn in by the food and clothing, brought their children to experience the activities students had prepared for them. Though the charitable donations of basic necessities like groceries and clothes were part of what was offered, the students went that day to fulfill a spiritual necessity as well. UVF set up a prayer tent where those attending were invited to receive prayer and encouragement.
     
    When asked about the outcome of UVF’s involvement with Convoy Philadelphia, Nathan Potter, UVF’s Missions Committee event coordinator, commented, “I can feel a difference in the student body on this campus in wanting to serve. It was awesome to see all these students, busy with their own lives, wake up early in the morning ... to serve. They are ready to serve. They are ready to sacrifice.” When asked about how the trip affected him personally, Nathan responded that he could see God doing work in his life. “If you told me freshmen year that I would help coordinate an event like this, I would think you are crazy. Now, it’s a reality.” 

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November 02, 2014 November 02, 2014 - November 03, 2014
Pillars of Fire Musical



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December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
  
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

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  • Homecoming 2014 Celebration

    October 30, 2014
    Homecoming 1980s Grads
    Homecoming at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is always an exciting time. During the week of Oct. 20-25, many alumni were welcomed back to reunite with old friends, peers and professors. The entire campus celebrated their reunion with a series of campus events full of UVF spirit. 
     
    The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 20, with a compelling message in chapel from Rev. Joseph Terreri '06. Terreri is currently the senior pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Pottstown, Pa. During his time at UVF, he studied and received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry.
     
    The days that followed were filled with various alumni speakers, campus events, and competitions to showcase Patriot pride. Brice Karper ’12 spoke in chapel on Tuesday. The student body and faculty had earnestly prayed for and supported Karper last year after hearing of his tragic car accident. When Karper returned to speak about God’s faithfulness throughout his time of recovery, many were encouraged by the joy of hearing his inspiring testimony and seeing him in good health. Karper thanked the UVF body for their many prayers and letters that were sent to him during his recovery.  
     
    Every year, three outstanding alumni are honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. On Thursday, during chapel, President Meyer presented Rev. Tino Cione '86 with one of these awards. Cione is a senior pastor at a multi-cultural ministry in the Washington, D.C., area that is comprised of over 35 nationalities.


    On Friday, talented alumni led worship for the official homecoming chapel service. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Darlack '99 and Rev. Jeffrey Ferguson '77 during the service. 
     
    Darlack graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education. Darlack is the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the 2014 Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort for the American Theological Library Association.   
     
    Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. A few years after graduation, he returned to UVF to serve as Dean of Students in 1986. Ferguson has faithfully served as Lead Pastor at First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, Va. since 1988.

    After chapel, alumni enjoyed a tour of the campus, having lunch together and reminiscing with past roommates and professors over coffee. The Class of 1964 was especially overjoyed to celebrate its 50th reunion over dinner that night. In the evening, students and staff met at the gym, fondly referred to as "The Pit," to watch the annual men’s basketball Alumni vs. Patriots game. Both teams went toe-to-toe and although the score was close, the Patriots walked off the court as homecoming champions.  
     
    It has been a well-known tradition at UVF to honor the homecoming court after the Alumni vs. Patriots basketball game. However, this year the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to create a new tradition. Instead of the usual homecoming crowning of the king and queen, the faculty department chairs and staff department directors selected three male and three female seniors who exemplified outstanding leadership and service in their time at UVF. Following the nominations, the student body voted for who they wanted to receive the Ashcroft Award: an award named after Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of UVF from 1982-1985. 

    This year, the nominees for the Ashcroft Award were Josh Keller, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Seders, Michaela Ball, Kayleigh Smith and Emilee Slingerland. To the crowd’s delight, pastoral ministry major, Benjamin Miller and intercultural studies major, Michaela Ball received the award. 
     
    SGA hosted a number of festivities for the student body throughout the week including a pep rally featuring various student performances, a movie night, flag football and a volleyball and board game night. Students also participated in themed dress day competitions to showcase their Patriot pride.

    The homecoming celebration at UVF came to a close on Friday night with a festive gathering complete with s’mores, fellowship and warm moments shared around a bonfire. It was truly a special week for alumni, current students and faculty.

  • President Meyer and the Power of Negative Thinking

    October 30, 2014
    President Meyer
    On Sept. 24, 2014, University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer wrote an article for Charisma magazine titled "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." He discussed the power of negative thinking and how saying "no" can be as effective and useful as saying "yes." He wrote on two life scenarios when one should respond negatively. In right vs. wrong situations, it becomes clear when a negative response is necessary. In good/better vs. the best situations, choosing the correct response becomes more challenging. President Meyer discussed how saying "no" to the good possibilities makes room for the great possibilities. In both scenarios, he offered biblical examples, allowing for further insight on how to use the God-given gift of time effectively.

    To read the full article, visit charismamag.com

  • Am I Enough For You?

    October 30, 2014
    Brice Karper '12

    In 2013, a car on a highway in Maryland turned too quickly to avoid an approaching collision and rolled down an embankment several times until finally crashing. The driver of that car, a recent University of Valley Forge (UVF) graduate, survived and was medevaced to the hospital. The doctors called his survival and recovery miraculous; Brice Karper ‘12 simply attributed it to God.    

    A year after several surgeries and more than 600 hours of physical therapy, Karper stood on the Flower Chapel stage on Oct. 20, 2014, as a guest speaker during homecoming week, and shared his testimony. The accident, or what Karper jokingly refers to as his “divine delay,” was a major setback for his life plans, as well as one of the most challenging and spiritually growing experiences of his life.

    “The accident forced me to slow down and reevaluate,” Karper said. He had the next few months planned and ready in front of him, when suddenly, everything paused. Lying on the hospital bed in pain, Karper felt angry and confused in his heart. He repeatedly asked God, "Why would you let this happen to me now?" In return, God asked Karper questions of His own: "Am I enough for you? Have you become so in love with your dream? Am I still who you are pursuing first and foremost?" Reflecting on where his heart was, Karper realized he had unintentionally begun to put the call above the Caller. “God got me to the point where I wouldn’t know what else to do if He closed that door,” Karper said, “But at the end of it all, I knew I would still have God and we would get through it together.” 

    During chapel, Karper held a stack of handwritten cards and letters for the audience to see. The letters were from friends and family, letting him know they were praying for him and supported him. Many of those letters and cards were from the UVF community. When the university learned of Karper’s accident, the campus prayed together for his healing and recovery. Many people visited and called him, demonstrating the comfort of being a member of the body of Christ. 

    Karper learned the importance of God’s people when he was a student at Valley Forge. “Who you surround yourself with will impact who you become,” Karper said. “The relationships you build in college will stay with you for the rest of your life.” His family, friends and home church continue to stand by him and encourage him. That encouragement, and God’s faithfulness, helped Karper witness to his doctors, nurses and therapists — people he would have never met if not for the accident. Whether at the hospital or the rehabilitation center, he would let those around him know, in words and actions, that his recovery was a blessing from God. 

    Karper shared his time of "faith testing," as he refers to it, as encouragement to the student body. He learned that God will still use people during their trials to bring glory to Himself. UVF is overjoyed by Karper's recovery and the continued friendship he keeps with the university and its alumni — all of which are bonded together by faith and the spiritual connection shared here at Valley Forge


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September 20 | 9 am to 3 pm

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November 02, 2014 November 02, 2014 - November 03, 2014
Pillars of Fire Musical



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December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
  
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

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  • Teaching Teachers in Zambia

    October 30, 2014
    Tarragnoli in Zambia
    Assistant professor Kathleen Terragnoli knew from a very young age that missionary work would be an important part of her life. Over her 35 years at UVF, she focused on supporting and teaching others as they prepared for their own missionary journeys. When the opportunity for her to serve in Africa on a short-term basis first came in 1996, she seized it with tremendous excitement. Since then, Terragnoli has been on 12 missionary journeys to Africa, visiting the country of Zambia on five separate occasions – the last of which took place this summer, from June 19 to July 11.
     
    The first two weeks of her trip were spent in the city of Kabwe, with a team of one South African and 15 American teachers. Together, they trained over 200 Zambian teachers and encouraged faith and spirituality in one another. After observing government, community and private schools, as well as learning about the local culture (something that she encourages all short-term missionaries to practice), the team held over 60 sessions for teachers from all over the country. These sessions helped them develop their natural abilities and approach education with the most effective contemporary techniques.
     
    “It’s not that they’re bad teachers, or that they don’t know what they’re doing,” emphasized Terragnoli. Rather, their access to training is limited, giving them less opportunity to reflect and grow with other educators. She also stressed the importance of supporting Africa’s educational infrastructure, which will give young people a means to think critically about issues, come up with creative solutions and prepare them to become productive and contributing members of society.
     
    The second half of Terragnoli's missionary journey took place 270 miles down the road, in a southern city of Zambia called Choma. There, she served with UVF alumni Dociah ’95 and Kevin ’94 Friedrich, who founded and direct the Children of the Most High (CMH) Orphanage. Over the course of two weeks, Terragnoli participated in weekend services at the organization’s two pioneer churches, offered communication and teaching lessons to CMH leadership and spent time with the 20 children that live in CMH homes.
     
    Terragnoli has been especially touched by the opportunity to see the children of CMH mature in faith. “I have literally watched some of them grow up during my five trips over the past 14 years,” she said.  With that in mind, she wants to convey the gratefulness of the Friedrichs, who are thankful for the financial and prayerful support that has come from the Valley Forge community; she also asks each of us to continue praying for CMH, as they move toward building the Dream Center – a centralized location for the orphanage, which currently operates out of three homes. “Thank you,” she adds, “for your love, support, and most of all — prayers!”

  • New Professor of Digital Media

    October 30, 2014
    Dominick Garcia
    The University of Valley Forge (UVF) welcomes new faculty member Dominick Garcia to the Department of Digital Media. His passion for sharing God’s truth with the medium he describes as “one of the most accessible ways of communicating an idea,” provides a valuable addition to a department that prepares its students for successful, God-honoring careers in the digital media field. 
     
    Garcia has an extensive knowledge of digital media. He holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he won a Film of the Year Award, and an M.F.A. in Directing from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., where one of his film projects placed in the top 10 at an annual showcase.
     
    His work experience ranges from running cables to editing and distributing material. He worked as a media coordinator at a church plant where he prepared videos, promotions and used several software programs to run the entire media production.

    As a videographer, Garcia has experience from conceptual business plans to capturing footage on the ground. In 2006, he co-founded a videography business called Fanchairfilms. He was a videographer for Convoy Hope during a trip to Kenya in 2007 and for Friends Forever TV during a trip to Jamaica shortly after. He worked with successful freelance artists and videographers in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, whom he still keeps in contact with to stay current in the marketplace and ministry. As a freelancer, he learned the marketing and distribution aspects of the field. 
     
    Garcia’s theoretical background focuses on the art of digital media. He studied how and why humans create art and what art hopes to accomplish. “We want to be great technicians, but we also want to be people of God motivated by the Great Commission,” he said. Garcia feels that creating art is not just about selling content or gaining recognition. As Christians, art in digital media and film is about communicating the gospel and asking intelligent questions about God and humanity. 
     
    His transition to teaching was a natural one. Garcia wishes to share his expertise with future leaders to help guide their gifts and talents. “I believe education is one of the most important tools we have,” he said. “It is building up, and hopefully inspiring, the next generation.”
     
    Garcia looks forward to working in a department where the professors are aware of transforming communication mediums and educate students accordingly. Personally, he is excited to see students’ ideas and talents come to life and “discuss the potential of the medium they hold in their hands.”


     
  • Convoy Philadelphia 2014

    October 29, 2014
    Convoy Philadelphia 2014
    Upwards of 80 people left at dawn Saturday, Sept. 20, ready to serve people they had never met. At an hour when most college students are still sleeping, students from the University of Valley Forge (UVF) found themselves giving their time and energy to those in need at Convoy Philadelphia. Leaving so early to put in a long day, however, did not hinder their desire to serve in the city. Whether their jobs included handing out food or clothing, or participating in the activities prepared for kids, students were enthusiastic throughout the day, sharing their smiles with all who they encountered. 
     
    The university’s mission, to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership”, clearly mirrors the hearts of the students involved with Convoy Philadelphia. Though the idea of service resides at the core of the trip, leadership qualities were honed as students worked in their respective posts during this logistically challenging day.
     
    More than 1,000 people were served during the course of the day at Convoy Philadelphia. Parents, drawn in by the food and clothing, brought their children to experience the activities students had prepared for them. Though the charitable donations of basic necessities like groceries and clothes were part of what was offered, the students went that day to fulfill a spiritual necessity as well. UVF set up a prayer tent where those attending were invited to receive prayer and encouragement.
     
    When asked about the outcome of UVF’s involvement with Convoy Philadelphia, Nathan Potter, UVF’s Missions Committee event coordinator, commented, “I can feel a difference in the student body on this campus in wanting to serve. It was awesome to see all these students, busy with their own lives, wake up early in the morning ... to serve. They are ready to serve. They are ready to sacrifice.” When asked about how the trip affected him personally, Nathan responded that he could see God doing work in his life. “If you told me freshmen year that I would help coordinate an event like this, I would think you are crazy. Now, it’s a reality.” 

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

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November 02, 2014 November 02, 2014 - November 03, 2014
Pillars of Fire Musical



Watch a preview video of Pillars of Fire, the musical.
Click below to view.



December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
  
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

Buy Tickets

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  • Homecoming 2014 Celebration

    October 30, 2014
    Homecoming 1980s Grads
    Homecoming at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is always an exciting time. During the week of Oct. 20-25, many alumni were welcomed back to reunite with old friends, peers and professors. The entire campus celebrated their reunion with a series of campus events full of UVF spirit. 
     
    The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 20, with a compelling message in chapel from Rev. Joseph Terreri '06. Terreri is currently the senior pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Pottstown, Pa. During his time at UVF, he studied and received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry.
     
    The days that followed were filled with various alumni speakers, campus events, and competitions to showcase Patriot pride. Brice Karper ’12 spoke in chapel on Tuesday. The student body and faculty had earnestly prayed for and supported Karper last year after hearing of his tragic car accident. When Karper returned to speak about God’s faithfulness throughout his time of recovery, many were encouraged by the joy of hearing his inspiring testimony and seeing him in good health. Karper thanked the UVF body for their many prayers and letters that were sent to him during his recovery.  
     
    Every year, three outstanding alumni are honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. On Thursday, during chapel, President Meyer presented Rev. Tino Cione '86 with one of these awards. Cione is a senior pastor at a multi-cultural ministry in the Washington, D.C., area that is comprised of over 35 nationalities.


    On Friday, talented alumni led worship for the official homecoming chapel service. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Darlack '99 and Rev. Jeffrey Ferguson '77 during the service. 
     
    Darlack graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education. Darlack is the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the 2014 Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort for the American Theological Library Association.   
     
    Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. A few years after graduation, he returned to UVF to serve as Dean of Students in 1986. Ferguson has faithfully served as Lead Pastor at First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, Va. since 1988.

    After chapel, alumni enjoyed a tour of the campus, having lunch together and reminiscing with past roommates and professors over coffee. The Class of 1964 was especially overjoyed to celebrate its 50th reunion over dinner that night. In the evening, students and staff met at the gym, fondly referred to as "The Pit," to watch the annual men’s basketball Alumni vs. Patriots game. Both teams went toe-to-toe and although the score was close, the Patriots walked off the court as homecoming champions.  
     
    It has been a well-known tradition at UVF to honor the homecoming court after the Alumni vs. Patriots basketball game. However, this year the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to create a new tradition. Instead of the usual homecoming crowning of the king and queen, the faculty department chairs and staff department directors selected three male and three female seniors who exemplified outstanding leadership and service in their time at UVF. Following the nominations, the student body voted for who they wanted to receive the Ashcroft Award: an award named after Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of UVF from 1982-1985. 

    This year, the nominees for the Ashcroft Award were Josh Keller, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Seders, Michaela Ball, Kayleigh Smith and Emilee Slingerland. To the crowd’s delight, pastoral ministry major, Benjamin Miller and intercultural studies major, Michaela Ball received the award. 
     
    SGA hosted a number of festivities for the student body throughout the week including a pep rally featuring various student performances, a movie night, flag football and a volleyball and board game night. Students also participated in themed dress day competitions to showcase their Patriot pride.

    The homecoming celebration at UVF came to a close on Friday night with a festive gathering complete with s’mores, fellowship and warm moments shared around a bonfire. It was truly a special week for alumni, current students and faculty.

  • President Meyer and the Power of Negative Thinking

    October 30, 2014
    President Meyer
    On Sept. 24, 2014, University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer wrote an article for Charisma magazine titled "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." He discussed the power of negative thinking and how saying "no" can be as effective and useful as saying "yes." He wrote on two life scenarios when one should respond negatively. In right vs. wrong situations, it becomes clear when a negative response is necessary. In good/better vs. the best situations, choosing the correct response becomes more challenging. President Meyer discussed how saying "no" to the good possibilities makes room for the great possibilities. In both scenarios, he offered biblical examples, allowing for further insight on how to use the God-given gift of time effectively.

    To read the full article, visit charismamag.com

  • Am I Enough For You?

    October 30, 2014
    Brice Karper '12

    In 2013, a car on a highway in Maryland turned too quickly to avoid an approaching collision and rolled down an embankment several times until finally crashing. The driver of that car, a recent University of Valley Forge (UVF) graduate, survived and was medevaced to the hospital. The doctors called his survival and recovery miraculous; Brice Karper ‘12 simply attributed it to God.    

    A year after several surgeries and more than 600 hours of physical therapy, Karper stood on the Flower Chapel stage on Oct. 20, 2014, as a guest speaker during homecoming week, and shared his testimony. The accident, or what Karper jokingly refers to as his “divine delay,” was a major setback for his life plans, as well as one of the most challenging and spiritually growing experiences of his life.

    “The accident forced me to slow down and reevaluate,” Karper said. He had the next few months planned and ready in front of him, when suddenly, everything paused. Lying on the hospital bed in pain, Karper felt angry and confused in his heart. He repeatedly asked God, "Why would you let this happen to me now?" In return, God asked Karper questions of His own: "Am I enough for you? Have you become so in love with your dream? Am I still who you are pursuing first and foremost?" Reflecting on where his heart was, Karper realized he had unintentionally begun to put the call above the Caller. “God got me to the point where I wouldn’t know what else to do if He closed that door,” Karper said, “But at the end of it all, I knew I would still have God and we would get through it together.” 

    During chapel, Karper held a stack of handwritten cards and letters for the audience to see. The letters were from friends and family, letting him know they were praying for him and supported him. Many of those letters and cards were from the UVF community. When the university learned of Karper’s accident, the campus prayed together for his healing and recovery. Many people visited and called him, demonstrating the comfort of being a member of the body of Christ. 

    Karper learned the importance of God’s people when he was a student at Valley Forge. “Who you surround yourself with will impact who you become,” Karper said. “The relationships you build in college will stay with you for the rest of your life.” His family, friends and home church continue to stand by him and encourage him. That encouragement, and God’s faithfulness, helped Karper witness to his doctors, nurses and therapists — people he would have never met if not for the accident. Whether at the hospital or the rehabilitation center, he would let those around him know, in words and actions, that his recovery was a blessing from God. 

    Karper shared his time of "faith testing," as he refers to it, as encouragement to the student body. He learned that God will still use people during their trials to bring glory to Himself. UVF is overjoyed by Karper's recovery and the continued friendship he keeps with the university and its alumni — all of which are bonded together by faith and the spiritual connection shared here at Valley Forge


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December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
  
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

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  • Homecoming 2014 Celebration

    October 30, 2014
    Homecoming 1980s Grads
    Homecoming at the University of Valley Forge (UVF) is always an exciting time. During the week of Oct. 20-25, many alumni were welcomed back to reunite with old friends, peers and professors. The entire campus celebrated their reunion with a series of campus events full of UVF spirit. 
     
    The week kicked off on Monday, Oct. 20, with a compelling message in chapel from Rev. Joseph Terreri '06. Terreri is currently the senior pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Pottstown, Pa. During his time at UVF, he studied and received a bachelor's degree in youth ministry.
     
    The days that followed were filled with various alumni speakers, campus events, and competitions to showcase Patriot pride. Brice Karper ’12 spoke in chapel on Tuesday. The student body and faculty had earnestly prayed for and supported Karper last year after hearing of his tragic car accident. When Karper returned to speak about God’s faithfulness throughout his time of recovery, many were encouraged by the joy of hearing his inspiring testimony and seeing him in good health. Karper thanked the UVF body for their many prayers and letters that were sent to him during his recovery.  
     
    Every year, three outstanding alumni are honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. On Thursday, during chapel, President Meyer presented Rev. Tino Cione '86 with one of these awards. Cione is a senior pastor at a multi-cultural ministry in the Washington, D.C., area that is comprised of over 35 nationalities.


    On Friday, talented alumni led worship for the official homecoming chapel service. Lee '01 and Christine (Dondzila) '02 Rogers, the co-presidents of the Alumni Association, presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to James Darlack '99 and Rev. Jeffrey Ferguson '77 during the service. 
     
    Darlack graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Religious Education. Darlack is the Associate Director and Reference Librarian at the Goddard Library of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a member of the 2014 Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Cohort for the American Theological Library Association.   
     
    Ferguson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. A few years after graduation, he returned to UVF to serve as Dean of Students in 1986. Ferguson has faithfully served as Lead Pastor at First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, Va. since 1988.

    After chapel, alumni enjoyed a tour of the campus, having lunch together and reminiscing with past roommates and professors over coffee. The Class of 1964 was especially overjoyed to celebrate its 50th reunion over dinner that night. In the evening, students and staff met at the gym, fondly referred to as "The Pit," to watch the annual men’s basketball Alumni vs. Patriots game. Both teams went toe-to-toe and although the score was close, the Patriots walked off the court as homecoming champions.  
     
    It has been a well-known tradition at UVF to honor the homecoming court after the Alumni vs. Patriots basketball game. However, this year the Student Government Association (SGA) voted to create a new tradition. Instead of the usual homecoming crowning of the king and queen, the faculty department chairs and staff department directors selected three male and three female seniors who exemplified outstanding leadership and service in their time at UVF. Following the nominations, the student body voted for who they wanted to receive the Ashcroft Award: an award named after Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, who served as president of UVF from 1982-1985. 

    This year, the nominees for the Ashcroft Award were Josh Keller, Benjamin Miller, Nicholas Seders, Michaela Ball, Kayleigh Smith and Emilee Slingerland. To the crowd’s delight, pastoral ministry major, Benjamin Miller and intercultural studies major, Michaela Ball received the award. 
     
    SGA hosted a number of festivities for the student body throughout the week including a pep rally featuring various student performances, a movie night, flag football and a volleyball and board game night. Students also participated in themed dress day competitions to showcase their Patriot pride.

    The homecoming celebration at UVF came to a close on Friday night with a festive gathering complete with s’mores, fellowship and warm moments shared around a bonfire. It was truly a special week for alumni, current students and faculty.

  • President Meyer and the Power of Negative Thinking

    October 30, 2014
    President Meyer
    On Sept. 24, 2014, University of Valley Forge (UVF) President Don Meyer wrote an article for Charisma magazine titled "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." He discussed the power of negative thinking and how saying "no" can be as effective and useful as saying "yes." He wrote on two life scenarios when one should respond negatively. In right vs. wrong situations, it becomes clear when a negative response is necessary. In good/better vs. the best situations, choosing the correct response becomes more challenging. President Meyer discussed how saying "no" to the good possibilities makes room for the great possibilities. In both scenarios, he offered biblical examples, allowing for further insight on how to use the God-given gift of time effectively.

    To read the full article, visit charismamag.com

  • Am I Enough For You?

    October 30, 2014
    Brice Karper '12

    In 2013, a car on a highway in Maryland turned too quickly to avoid an approaching collision and rolled down an embankment several times until finally crashing. The driver of that car, a recent University of Valley Forge (UVF) graduate, survived and was medevaced to the hospital. The doctors called his survival and recovery miraculous; Brice Karper ‘12 simply attributed it to God.    

    A year after several surgeries and more than 600 hours of physical therapy, Karper stood on the Flower Chapel stage on Oct. 20, 2014, as a guest speaker during homecoming week, and shared his testimony. The accident, or what Karper jokingly refers to as his “divine delay,” was a major setback for his life plans, as well as one of the most challenging and spiritually growing experiences of his life.

    “The accident forced me to slow down and reevaluate,” Karper said. He had the next few months planned and ready in front of him, when suddenly, everything paused. Lying on the hospital bed in pain, Karper felt angry and confused in his heart. He repeatedly asked God, "Why would you let this happen to me now?" In return, God asked Karper questions of His own: "Am I enough for you? Have you become so in love with your dream? Am I still who you are pursuing first and foremost?" Reflecting on where his heart was, Karper realized he had unintentionally begun to put the call above the Caller. “God got me to the point where I wouldn’t know what else to do if He closed that door,” Karper said, “But at the end of it all, I knew I would still have God and we would get through it together.” 

    During chapel, Karper held a stack of handwritten cards and letters for the audience to see. The letters were from friends and family, letting him know they were praying for him and supported him. Many of those letters and cards were from the UVF community. When the university learned of Karper’s accident, the campus prayed together for his healing and recovery. Many people visited and called him, demonstrating the comfort of being a member of the body of Christ. 

    Karper learned the importance of God’s people when he was a student at Valley Forge. “Who you surround yourself with will impact who you become,” Karper said. “The relationships you build in college will stay with you for the rest of your life.” His family, friends and home church continue to stand by him and encourage him. That encouragement, and God’s faithfulness, helped Karper witness to his doctors, nurses and therapists — people he would have never met if not for the accident. Whether at the hospital or the rehabilitation center, he would let those around him know, in words and actions, that his recovery was a blessing from God. 

    Karper shared his time of "faith testing," as he refers to it, as encouragement to the student body. He learned that God will still use people during their trials to bring glory to Himself. UVF is overjoyed by Karper's recovery and the continued friendship he keeps with the university and its alumni — all of which are bonded together by faith and the spiritual connection shared here at Valley Forge


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

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November 02, 2014 November 02, 2014 - November 03, 2014
Pillars of Fire Musical



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December 06, 2014 December 05, 2014 - December 06, 2014

Christmas at Valley Forge

The University of Valley Forge Music Department will present their annual holiday concert, Christmas at Valley Forge, on December 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm in The Flower Chapel.

Guests will be welcomed to the UVF campus with trees covered in lights and luminaries lining the sidewalks.

The first half of the evening will feature the Wind & Jazz Ensembles, The Patriot Bells and College Choir. Part two of the evening will be excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, performed by the College Choir.
  
Christmas at Valley Forge will be an extraordinary way to start the holiday season and ignite the Christmas spirit in the heart of every audience member. Also, join us for a Tuba Christmas on Sunday, December 7 at 4 pm.

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