The Honorable John Ashcroft Speaks at 75th Anniversary

by Office of Marketing | Apr 16, 2014
Dr. Dan Mortensen | 610.917.1412




Valley Forge Christian College Celebrates Its 75th Year of Equipping Leaders

75th Anniversary

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa, April 16, 2014—Valley Forge Christian College continued its 75th Anniversary Celebration by hosting a major event with guest speaker and special guest, the Honorable John Ashcroft on April 9. With more than 350 in attendance, General Ashcroft spoke candidly about the importance of molding students at Valley Forge Christian College to be leaders of tomorrow, both locally and globally. The event also recognized the achievements and historic accomplishments from its humble beginnings through the present, and honored those who had left a lasting imprint on the institution. Click here to view photos of the event.

Board of Trustees member Dr. H. Robert Rhoden introduced General Ashcroft who served as U.S. Attorney General, Governor of Missouri and U.S. Senator, also from Missouri. His father, Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, served as president of Valley Forge Christian College from 1982-1985. General Ashcroft is the founder and Chairman of The Ashcroft Group and the Ashcroft Law Firm.

Honorable John AshcroftGeneral Ashcroft expressed joy in seeing how the College has impacted Phoenixville, the nation and the world, most notably as represented by the 53 flags lining the auditorium that represent where alumni are serving. He continued by explaining that Valley Forge Christian College understands the difference between uniformity and unity, and believes that the institution has embraced the importance of the latter. Ashcroft ended by stating that culture and society need educational environments with integrity and decency that produce creativity. “We need institutions, like this institution, that understand that God created us not to be devalued but so that the world could be revalued.”

The historic evening was celebrated by alumni, students, faculty, staff, community members, local dignitaries and donors who joined the president and Board of Trustees during the momentous occasion. Through the richness of its history and legacy, Valley Forge Christian College showcased its commitment to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.” The College heritage was showcased through photos and memorabilia.

The celebration included an hors d’oeuvers reception at 6 pm for attendees that was held in Cardone Hall, a state-of-the-art classroom building. The official program began at 7 pm in the Flower Chapel. The Concert Choir, led by Professor of Music and Department Chair Dr. William DeSanto, began with a rousing performance of “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.” Following the song, Valley Forge Christian College President Don Meyer said the celebration would highlight what God has done, what He is currently doing, and what He will continue to do. “This is a moment to make a connection between the past, present and the future.”

The evening continued with Alumni Association Co-Presidents Lee ’01 and Christine ’02 Rogers expressing gratitude to God, the Board of Trustees, Dr. Meyer, and the faculty and staff for shaping and inspiring the campus community. 

A highlight of the evening was a video premier that shared the historical timeline of Valley Forge Christian College, touching on the foundations of the past and culminating with the building of the future. The video chronicled key moments in the life of VFCC founders J. Roswell and Alice Flower, past presidents and influential faculty members and alumni, and presented the story of how a dream of a school had become a reality. The video concluded with the words, "75 years, One Mission, Preparation, Inspiration, Transformation, Building the Kingdom of God to the Glory of God," as applause filled the Flower Chapel.
Valley Forge Christian College will continue to prepare leaders and help build the Kingdom of God through many current and future ministries. Board of Trustees Chairman Rev. Carl Colletti asked of the audience, “Will you join many of us who are supporters of this dream that started 75 years ago?”

To close the evening, Dr. Meyer led guests in singing the hymn, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to remind everyone of God’s providence in the preservation and growth of the College

About Valley Forge Christian College

Currently celebrating its 75th year, Valley Forge Christian College was founded in 1939 and is part of an international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities. As a private college of the arts, sciences and professions, it has 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. Valley Forge Christian College’s 150-acre main campus is located in Phoenixville, Pa. The College offers 67 undergraduate majors, seven graduate degree programs, nine associate degree programs and has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio serving over 1,000 students.

Valley Forge Christian College's history 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.

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Valley Forge Christian College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Website: Phone: 267.284.5000). The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. (Website: Phone: 703.683.8080).

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