The Honorable John Aschroft at 75th Anniversary

by Office of Marketing | Apr 28, 2014
On April 9, 2014, Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) continued its 75th Anniversary Celebration by hosting a major event with guest speaker, The Honorable John Ashcroft. With more than 350 people in attendance, General Ashcroft spoke candidly about the importance of molding students at VFCC to be leaders of tomorrow, both locally and globally. The event also recognized the achievements and historic accomplishments from the college’s humble beginnings through the present, and honored those who left a lasting imprint on this institution. 

General Ashcroft is the founder and chairman of The Ashcroft Group and the Ashcroft Law Firm. He served as U.S. attorney general, governor of Missouri and U.S. senator, also from Missouri. His lengthy connection to the college began when his father, Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, served as president of VFCC from 1982-1985.

General 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 have served. He continued by explaining that VFCC understands the difference between uniformity and unity, and he 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. As President Don Meyer noted, “This is a moment to make a connection between the past, present and the future.”

Through the richness of its history and legacy, the college showcased its commitment to “prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.” Heritage Hallway was recreated as a time capsule with vignettes that included sports memorabilia, black and white photographs, vintage academic texts and religious artifacts from the different eras that evolved into what VFCC is today.

A highlight of the evening was the premier of a historical video timeline that touched on the foundations of the past and culminated with the building of the future. The video chronicled the story of how the dream of a school dedicated to the Pentecostal movement and teachings of the Assemblies of God Church had become a reality, beginning with founders J. Roswell and Alice Flower, and recognized influential faculty members, administrators and alumni as the history unfolded of the many colleges that merged to become VFCC. 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.

VFCC will continue to prepare leaders and help build the Kingdom of God through many current and future ministries. In the closing remarks for the evening, 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?”
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