LABI College and LATS featured in Oikonomia Network Spotlight Article!

POSTED ON January 18th  - POSTED IN LABI News

This January, LABI College and LATS were featured in an Oikonomia Network (ON) “Spotlight Article.”  The article highlights progress made with new degrees programs, graduate partnerships, research, and leadership. To view this article click this link:

This grant funded network of theological schools includes such institutions as Dallas Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary and many more. Some of their objectives include advancing theological research, discussions, conferences and trainings. As its only non-accredited partner, LABI College is be able to benefit from the theological and educational resources this community provides.

This January, Dr. Marty Harris, President of LABI College and LATS, spoke on a discussion panel for the ON’s annual Karam Forum, where he discussed “Growing: God’s Mission as a Way of Life” and where he also shared about Hispanic Higher education needs, trends, and goals.

The ON is “a learning community of theological educators and evangelical seminaries helping pastors equip people for whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom.” Website:

LABI College Listed in ‘Charisma’s Best’ Magazine!

POSTED ON November 2nd  - POSTED IN LABI News

It is with great pride and joy that we announce the listing of LABI College in “Charisma’s Best” magazine publication during the November 2017 release. Named among the list of Charisma’s Best Christian Universities, Colleges and Schools, LABI College received a dove icon characterized as a college with Pentecostal theology and “Charisma’s Best” choice in the nation. This is great news for our beloved school because it not only gives a platform of public recognition but also of national distinction. Through this feature, LABI College is publically distinguishing itself as a Pentecostal community of higher learning fostering biblically based academics with a Spirit filled campus.

In addition, such news has not only recognized our college and theology but will also pave a way for the future of LABI College. Receiving recognition in this list among other Christian universities has made LABI College a valuable and definite choice for future students and their families. “Charisma’s Best” magazine currently serves not only the Pentecostal/Charismatic community but also the overall evangelical population of America. In the word’s of CEO and “Charisma’s Best” founder Steve Strang, the magazine and “school listing serves as an invaluable guide for students, their families, and others assisting them in the critical process of selecting a school” (2017).

Join the LABI College family in sharing this great to our friends, families, and peers. Let us celebrate the true honor in being selected among other Christian universities and colleges for this publication, and even more for receiving “Charisma’s Best” Pentecostal dove distinguishment.

To review the magazine publication you can click on the following link and refer to page 26:  



LABI College Welcomes Heidi Lepe: Director of Enrollment Services

POSTED ON September 21st  - POSTED IN LABI News

It is with great pleasure that I announce that the LABI Enrollment Officer Search team has identified a candidate to serve as the next Director of Enrollment Services for LABI College. After an exhaustive search, and review of several qualified candidates, Heidi Lepe has emerged as the top candidate.  Heidi will begin her new role on Monday, S

IMG_5054 copyeptember 25th, 2017. Heidi is a graduate of Vanguard University, she has training in both psychology and sociology. Heidi comes with significant experience in non-profit settings and efforts to serve and support first generation Hispanic students. Her professional experience includes working with Spanish-speaking families and individuals to provide them at-risk education and resources. Additionally, she has many years of ministerial experience serving in Sunday school, youth groups, and as a District Youth Director assistant. She is bilingual, loves the Lord, and has worked on numerous diversity projects/campaigns.  Further, though not an LABI alumnus, she has two of her beloved sisters currently attending LABI College.

One of the greatest responsibilities I have as LABI president is to cultivate an environment that will identify, advance, and promote the College by way of its most treasured assets, its people. Heidi is a strong leader and I believe she has the skill set, talent, training and education to help LABI enrollment initiatives move to the next level. When you see Heidi on campus, please welcome her to this significant leadership role, and thank her for her dedication and service to our beloved LABI College!



Dr. Marty Harris, PHD

President and CEO

LABI College



LABI Launches: Dr. Grace Morales-Scott Women’s Leadership Institute!

POSTED ON September 20th  - POSTED IN LABI News

It gives us great honor and pleasure to announce the launching of the Dr. Grace Morales-Scott Women’s Leadership Institute at LABI College. Dr. Grace has been a role model to thousands, and an example of leadership to LABI men and women for over fifty years! This new institute will be positioned to provide leadership-focused workshops, trainings, and coursework for LABI students and the greater church community. The institute will also provide a new study space for on campus and commuter students. Please plan on joining us on Saturday, Febrary 24th, 2018 at 2:00pm in the LABI chapel to celebrate with Dr. Grace her life achievements and help us in dedicating this new center on campus. Please read about Dr. Grace below.


Born in Fresno and raised in Sanger, California, Dr. Scott’s family were migrant workers who followed the seasonal crops. While working in the grape fields alongside her father, he told his 5 year old daughter to go to school and get a good education. This explains one of the many reasons why Dr. Grace’s commitment to education runs deep. In 1955, at the age of 15 years old, Dr. Grace received Christ into her life and shortly thereafter, was baptized in the Holy Spirit. As a new convert and new student (1958), LABI gave Dr. Grace a solid, theological foundation for spiritual growth and ministry service. She had the privilege of studying under the ministries of the Rev. Theodore Bueno, Dr. Victor DeLeon, Jr., Rev. Esteban Camarillo, Ruth Orozco, Rev. Jovita Bonilla, and Dr. Joel Torres. Dr. Scott’s education at LABI also served as the catalyst to pursue higher education. After obtaining a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, she ministered for decades beyond the church and institutional levels.


In 1982, Dr. Grace had just graduated with her MA from Cal State San Bernardino when the President of LABI appointed her to the position of Academic Dean, the first female Academic Dean in the School’s history! There are many “firsts” in terms of her career, service and leadership. Dr. Grace was the first Chairwoman of the Board of LABI College and also served as the founding president of the LABI College Foundation; a separate non-profit to help with scholarship and fund-raising, exclusively for our LABI students. As Mentor, Role Model and an Advocate for education, her students followed her example and have pursued higher education and now work in the fields of Higher Education, Psychology, Law, Social Services, ministry, and missionary work and at LABI College, LATS, and the Southern Pacific District Council of the Assemblies of God.


As a passionate advocate for LABI and for higher education, Dr. Grace was awarded the first ever LABI Alumni Legacy Award in 2011, multiple Presidential Awards of Excellence, and in 2016, the LABI Board of Trustees bestowed upon Dr. Grace its highest level of recognition, the Honorary Doctorate. When asked about Dr. Grace, LABI College President Harris stated, “She is an exemplar alumnus, educator, academic leader and board member, the College owes a tremendous debt of gratitude for her sacrifices, service and investment into LABI College over the last 50 years. It is a privilege to serve with and for Dr. Grace!”


Please save the date Saturday, February 24th, 2018, and join with the LABI family in congratulating the legacy of Dr. Grace Morales Scott in the naming of this new center!


For more information about this event please contact LABI College at 626-968-1328



NEW Hispanic Association of Christian Higher Education Launching Soon!

POSTED ON September 19th  - POSTED IN LABI News



The Need: Hispanic college enrollment and graduation rates are some of the faster growing segments in higher education. This trend is also echoed throughout many Christian colleges and universities. Over the last decade, just a few evangelical universities have “finally” reached the Hispanic Serving Institution’s (HSI) requirement of 25% or more Hispanic undergraduates. Some of the recent HSI designations in California include: Fresno Pacific (Fresno), California Baptist (Riverside), and Vanguard University (Costa Mesa); while many more are hoping to achieve this objective, and pursue major federal funding through these programs. As of 2017, there is no national association that addresses the overall needs of Hispanic Christian higher education, particularly with and for private Christian colleges and universities.

Purpose: Established in 1926, LABI College is the oldest Hispanic Bible College in the United States. As such, LABI is well-suited to launch HACHE’s objectives. Through educational trainings, publications, grant-guidance, faculty recruitment and retention strategies, technical translations, advocacy, and other resources, HACHE aims to provide the necessary advantage and support to Christian institutions who want to cultivate a strategic educational environment to better attract and serve the Hispanic community.
Leadership: HACHE’s president, Dr. Marty Harris is well suited to lead and launch the new association. Dr. Harris is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (MFP), registered consultant with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and SAMHSA. Dr. Harris is also an ordained minister with the Southern Pacific District of the Assemblies of God. A prolific federal and foundation grant writer, Dr. Harris has also served in leadership roles at several Christian institutions, including currently as President of LABI College. Dr. Harris has also recruited several leaders/scholars committed to serve on the HACHE Commission. These include faculty and/or administrators from Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Vanguard University, LABI College, and Latin American Theological Seminary. Please stay tuned, in the coming months, HACHE will be sending out to its membership base, informational updates and reports on our progress.
Mission Statement: “To serve and support Christian institutions of higher learning and to promote educational quality, access, and opportunity with and for the Hispanic community.”
Membership: Membership for individuals, pastors, faculty, staff, or students is free. If you are interested in HACHE membership or for more information: Please send an email with your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information to Dr. Marty Harris:
Marty Harris, PhD President, LABI College, LATS, & HACHE


LABI College Welcomes Alumni Victoria Perez to the Summer Enrollment Team!

We are delighted to announce that the Victoria Perez will be part of the LABI College Enrollment Team for the summer of 2017. She has taken the seasonal position of our new Admissions Specialist. In this new role, Victoria will be working to assist and meet with students/families during campus visits, contacting and visiting churches, schools, fairs, and district offices for recruitment purposes. She will also serve as a financial/admissions counselor by advising students through the application and financial process.
Victoria serves multiple ministerial functions in her church La Roca in Anaheim. She has served in worship and Children’s Education Director. Victoria is an LABI alumni (2013) who served as SGA Treasurer, Vice President, and LABI Touring Team member. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Vanguard University (2015) and just graduated with a Master’s in Theological Studies from Duke University (2017).
When you see her, please welcome Victoria to this significant role and thank her for her dedication and service to our beloved LABI College!
Dr. Marty Harris
President and CEO
LABI College

LABI College Welcomes William Mendoza as New Interim Dean of Enrollment!


We are delighted to announce that William Mendoza has taken the new role of Interim Dean of Enrollment. In this new role, William will oversee the enrollment process as well as developing strategies, events and monitoring the student experience in regards to retention. William will serve in this interim role through the summer as Eli Vega, the former Dean of Enrollment, transitions to focus on the great work happening within the Southern Pacific District Youth Ministries.

William has been working at LABI since 2015 when he was hired as an Admissions Specialist, where William has already been working to assist and meet with students/families during campus visits, contacting and visiting churches, schools, fairs, and district offices for recruitment purposes. He has also served as a financial/admissions counselor by advising students through the application and financial process.

As a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God, William also serves multiple ministerial functions in his church and within the Southern Pacific District. He has served as Worship Pastor, Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and has recently been appointed as a Sectional Youth Leader with the SPD Youth Ministries. William is an LABI alumni (2013) who served as SGA Vice President, SGA President, LABI Touring Team member, as well as Student Pastor his last semester. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Vanguard University (2017), and will begin a Master of Divinity degree this fall at Fuller Theological Seminary.

When you see him, please welcome William to this significant leadership role, and thank him for his dedication and service to our beloved LABI College!

Dr. Marty Harris

President and CEO, LABI College



Reasons to Consider LABI College…


Considering Christian Higher Education? Here are some reasons to consider LABI College…
  • Established in 1926, LABI College is the oldest Hispanic Bible College in the United States.
  • LABI graduates have gone on to receive undergraduate education and advance degrees from Vanguard University, Biola University, APU, Fuller Theological Seminary, Southeastern University, Northwest University, Cal State Universities, USC, UCLA, Duke University, and many others.
  • LABI is officially recognized as a Candidate Institution by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).


  • LABI is fully endorsed and approved by the Alliance for Higher Education of the Assemblies of God.


  • LABI is registered with the California Board of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and seeking approval for its academic programming.


  • LABI has partnership agreements and transfer agreements with most Christian Colleges within our geographic area.
  • LABI has dormitories, cafeteria, student union center, library, writing center, chapel and ministry experiences, mentorship, and worship, and spiritual formation opportunities.
  • LABI was awarded a three year ($550,000) Grant from a private family foundation to launch the Dr. Jesse Miranda Center and new curriculum on our campus.
  • LABI maintains one of the lowest costs of higher education within our geographic region.
  • LABI offers competitive, institutional scholarships, aid, and work study.
  • LABI is seeking approval for a new 3-year Bachelor’s program from ABHE (Stay tuned).
Additionally, LABI College has more than 60 extension site locations, 1100 plus students, and over 325 students within our Latin American Theological Seminary.
Interested in applying? Visit our website to find our application at or call one of our admissions counselors at 626-968-1328.
You can also schedule a meeting and campus tour with our enrollment office, Eli Vega, via email (
If you are considering a Bible School or Christian Higher Education, LABI College is the place for you.
We look forward to helping you answer the call!

Christian Evangelistic Association Scholarship Application


The Christian Evangelistic Association has a new scholarship for LABI College students! The “Rossi Study Center for World Evangelism” (CWE) Scholarship was established in honor of the partnership between the Christian Evangelistic Association and LABI College. This scholarship will be awarded to students with outstanding Christian testimony and a heart for evangelism and missions. The deadline for application submission is July 1st for the 2017-2018 academic year.

To be considered for this scholarship opportunity, please complete and send the application by mail at:  Christian Evangelistic Association, 7446 Bonny Dunes Road, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277; or submit by email

Click on the link to view the application and specific requirements: 
CWE Scholarship Application















LABI College Welcomes Rudy Estrada to a New Leadership Role: Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs


It is with great pleasure that I announce the advancement and appointment of Rudy Estrada as LABI College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. This newly focused position comes with the unanimous support of his colleagues on the executive cabinet. This position also comes with unique responsibilities, and is geared exclusively toward academic leadership of our Associate Degree program in Bible and Ministry. This is the academic program we are seeking accreditation for from the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

Rudy Estrada originally began his appointment as the Chief Academic Officer of LABI College on August 1st, 2010. He oversaw all academic areas of the college which include the faculty, academic records, library, curriculum, and degree programs. He has served as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for the college and as an associate faculty member, having taught New Testament Survey, Romans, Acts, Greek I, and Hermeneutics. His area of specialty is in literary hermeneutics with a particular focus on Johannine Pneumatology.

Since 2003, Rudy has been participating and teaching in a variety of church ministries, discipleship groups, and Christian education. He is a published writer in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and a member of the Society of Pentecostal Studies. A licensed minister with the Assemblies of God since 2014, Rudy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard, two Master degrees from Duke University, and is currently a Regent University doctoral candidate!


One of the greatest responsibilities I have as president is to cultivate an environment that will advance and promote the people I serve with and for. When you see him, please welcome Rudy to this significant leadership role, and thank him for his dedication and service to our beloved LABI College!



Marty Harris, PHD

President and CEO

LABI College



Pastoral Training and Retreat Center: Conferencia de Pastores y Líderes

POSTED ON March 16th  - POSTED IN events, LABI News

LABI se complace en anunciar que el Pastoral Training and Retreat Center organizará una Conferencia GRATUITA para Pastores y Líderes del 16 al 17 de junio de 2017. El tema de la conferencia es “Las diferentes funciones de un pastor”, con los oradores principales Dr. Jesse Miranda, Pastor Alex Najar, Dr. Sergio Navarrete, Pastor Ronan Muñoz, y Jose Luis Saavedra.

Puede registrarse en línea siguiendo el enlace:

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Pastoral Training and Retreat Center: Pastors and Leaders Conference

POSTED ON March 16th  - POSTED IN events, LABI News

LABI is happy to announce that the Pastoral Training and Retreat Center is hosting a FREE  Conference for Pastors and Leaders on June 16-17. 2017. The Conference theme is “The Different Roles of a Pastor,” with keynote speakers Dr. Jesse Miranda, Pastor Alex Najar, Dr. Sergio Navarrete, and Pastor Ronan Muñoz. The Conference has been generously funded for all pastors by Templo Victoria in Cathedral City.

 You can register online by following the link:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 626-968-1328 or email




LABI College Appoints First “Executive Director of Financial Aid”

POSTED ON February 16th  - POSTED IN LABI News

We are delighted to announce that the President’s Chief of Staff, Nehemias Romero has been appointed to the new role of Executive Director of Financial Aid for LABI College. This new role is critical now that LABI College has been designated with “Candidate Status” through the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and with this designation is now eligible to apply for Title IV Funding (Federal Student Aid).


What does financial aid mean for LABI? If approved by the U.S. Department of Education, this process will enable qualified students to receive federal grant support, loan options, and eventually (where appropriate) access to and student aid funding through the California Student Aid Commission; in essence making educational access to LABI more affordable and with more financial aid options.


Nehemias and the President, Dr. Marty Harris have already been in contact with the U.S. Department of Education, financial consultants, and Third Party Providers, exploring the Title IV application process, and preparing the way for our initial steps as we explore this wonderful possibility.


As LABI’s Executive Director of Financial Aid, Nehemias will initiate our financial aid services through the U.S. and California Department of Education and our third party provider, creating structure and policy assuring that federal and where warranted state department of education regulations are in compliance. Over the past year, Nehemias has already worked with Institutional Aid at LABI College and will continue to serve as Chief of Staff for the President’s Office.


Once again, establishing financial aid services may give our students access to Federal grants/loans and California related grants, an achievement that has never been accomplished in our 90 history. Please keep us in prayer as we make progress that will bless our students, churches, and our beloved College. When you see, meet with, or greet Nehemias, please congratulate him in taking on this new role and thank him for his continued service to our beloved LABI College!



Dr. Marty Harris

President and CEO

LABI College



ABHE Accreditation “Candidacy Status” Achieved

POSTED ON February 9th  - POSTED IN LABI News

Press Release: 

LABI College is proud to announce that our College has achieved “Candidate Status” through the Association for Biblical Higher Education! 


Unlike traditional regional accreditors that approve mostly secular and some Christian universities, Biblical Accreditation requires special attention, emphasis and


assurances that “Bible and Ministry” objectives are at the core of the learning experience.  On November 15th, 2015, LABI College submitted to the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) an extensive portfolio of over 1,000 pages of reports, assessments and related documents representing several years of demonstrated progress. This portfolio’s review led to ABHE’s approval for an official “Candidacy” site visit this past fall (October 2016). Additionally, and over the last couple of years, President

Dr. Marty Harris

has been invited to serve as an official ABHE Accreditation Site Team Evaluator for several ABHE Bible colleges/universities. These experiences in working with ABHE provided a good foundation for LABI College as we prepared for our own site visit. Over the past several years, the LABI community (administration, staff, faculty, and students) has cultivated a climate of academic excellence, institutional assessment, and measured and reported its success. We have prepared our faculty, demonstrated effectiveness in learning, improved our educational product and quality, and addressed all of the accreditation standards needed to achieve “ABHE Candidacy.” The report (previously provided) highlighting a recent ABHE visit last fall outlines all of the commendations and recommendations provided to LABI.

Why is accreditation important for LABI College:

  • For the public, accreditation promotes assurances of standards, excellence, and quality;
  • For prospective students/parents, accreditation serves a consumer protection purpose;
  • For prospective employers/churches, it provides assurance that the curriculum is appropriate;
  • For the church, and ministerial profession, it promotes the notion of rigorous preparation;
  • For the federal and state levels and other public agencies, it helps to establish financial aid;
  • For private banks/lenders, it provides a level of assurances for private lending opportunities;
  • For foundation grants, it represents a solid indicator of a program’s quality and viability;
  • For the College, it provides a foundation for articulation agreements and transfer of credit;
  • It promotes self-evaluation/continuous improvement and provides for accountability;
  • Accreditation enhances the College’s local, regional, and national academic reputation.

On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, Academic Dean Rudy Estrada, Chief of Staff Nehemias Romero, and President Dr. Marty Harris stood before the Commission on Accreditation as they prepared to vote on our Candidacy status – a pre-accreditation status and the last step before full accreditation. The commission is made up of over a dozen commissioners, most who are college/university presidents who work closely with ABHE and vote on accreditation matters. At this meeting, we were given the opportunity to present important updates concerning our progress on accreditation standards. After presenting our report and answering questions from the Commission, LABI College was officially recognized with Candidate status!

This new level of accreditation (Candidacy) is the highest level of accreditation achieved in LABI’s 90 year history. Candidacy status represents the work and effort of hundreds spanning decades. It is a historic accomplishment and the implications are unprecedented. Candidacy status grants LABI College the eligibility to apply for Federal Student Aid through the Department of Education. This includes Federal Grants and State Grants for students. The next steps consist of applying for and preparing for this Federal Student Aid.

From our Board of Trustees, administration, staff, and students, we whole-heatedly thank you for your support, contribution, and prayers for our accreditation goals and our College. While this is a remarkable achievement, this also represents a new beginning in our goals and progress. Let us continue to make strides in our service for our beloved College, our students, our churches, and God’s Kingdom with and through hope and excellence.



LABI College Office of Ministerial Resources and Career Planning (MRCP) Launching Jan. 24, 2017

POSTED ON January 19th  - POSTED IN LABI News

The Need: The recruitment and retention of qualified English, Bilingual, and Spanish-speaking ministers within the Assemblies of God is an important goal and challenge. Many LABI students have been called to serve as ministers and are seeking to satisfy the academic requirements to serve within our Southern Pacific District. Still others are seeking to return to their home regions and their respective Assemblies of God Districts (AG). A few of our students have aspirations to seek ministerial credentials within a denomination that is in harmony with the AG.

The New MRCP Office: As part of LABI’s effort to provide exceptional resource and guidance to our prospective, current students, and alumni, LABI College is launching the Office of Ministerial Resources and Career Planning (MRCP). This important office will be launched immediately and will include the exploration of articulation agreements (across all AG districts), curriculum needs, recruitment, and work with other denominational office that may be in harmony with the AG. The office will also house the new “Pastoral Training and Retreat Center” (PTRC). The PTRC is designed to train, equip, and provide workshops, resources and conferences “free of charge” to local pastors (AG and Non AG).

Accreditation: The new MCP office will also help with our accreditation efforts. There is an expectation that we provide guidance and resources to our students and graduates in terms of their ministerial goals that are built off of their LABI experiences, training, and education.

The New MRCP Dean: LABI College has identified and appointed a candidate for the position of Dean, Office of Ministerial Career Planning. As such Rev. Victor Mendez, will begin his appointment on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017. Rev. Mendez is well versed in credentialing processes within the Assemblies of God, is a former President of LABI College, and has taught and trained hundreds of LABI and LATS graduates over the years. Rev. Victor Mendez comes with exceptional skills, training, and leadership to help build and oversee this office. As you see, speak with or meet with Rev. Mendez, please thank him for his past contributions and for helping to lead this important office for the College.


Marty Harris, PhD

Dr. Marty Harris, President



Job Opening: MLS Head Librarian

POSTED ON December 8th  - POSTED IN LABI News

Job Title: Head Librarian (Part-time to begin with possibility of full-time)

Reports to: Dean of Academic Affairs

Start Date: Negotiable – Open Until Filled


Fully endorsed by the Assemblies of God, LABI College prepares Christian women and men for service & ministry in the church and world. Our mission, vision and values are clearly articulated on our website and all staff and faculty are expected to both understand and ascribe to these (see electronic link): Founded in 1926 by Alice E. Luce, LABI is the oldest Hispanic Pentecostal educational institution in the country. For nearly ninety years, LABI has trained and equipped thousands of pastors, ministers, superintendents, and professional leaders. LABI has recently launched a Board of Trustee supported plan for growth/expansion which includes: new academic programming, enrollment increase, and strategic initiatives. LABI is currently pursuing candidacy status with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

The Dr. Simon Melendres Library at LABI College provides the student body and faculty with intellectual resources that will help further equip them for a lifelong Christian learning. The purpose of the Dr. Simon Melendres Library is to provide the LABI College community with access to information in all formats. In consultation with the community, the library builds and maintains collections and services to meet the college’s curriculum and research needs. The library does this by acquiring and organizing resources, providing direct as well as mediated access to information, participating in cooperative programs with other libraries, and teaching users to obtain and evaluate information. The Dr. Simon Melendres Library works with the LABI College administration and faculty in the development of information policy on campus. At the core, the library’s main goal is to simply improve user access to information. This goal’s underlying objective is to help with the retention of and improvement of student success rates, as well as to continue to evaluate Library usage and satisfaction with services through user surveys.


As such, we are seeking a librarian who is aligned with our faith tradition, mission, vision and values to help in carrying out these objectives. Reporting to the VPAA, the Head Librarian will have general oversight over library policies procedures, teams of student worker library assistants, assessments, resources and technology, online catalogue and search engines, the operation of the Writing Center, workshops and events, as well as strategic oversight of the library expansion and fundraising processes.  The Head Librarian works in collaboration with the Academic Department, Student Life, and Faculty. (See Expectations Below.)



            The Head Librarian is the senior manager who generally reports directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs and has responsibility for all aspects of library operations, including: planning, technology, budgeting, hiring and supervision of library/Writing Center staff and student workers, strategic planning with respect to the future growth and development of the library, and initiating and monitoring library programs and services. This person ensures that the Library’s collection and resources are sufficient to meet the primary goal of supporting the teaching and research needs of the Academic department, faculty, staff and students, and ensures that the Library is in compliance with ABHE accreditation standards, and supports the Library’s relations and partnerships with outside colleges, library consortia, and professional organizations. This person may also have certain teaching, college service, scholarship, and/or other administrative responsibilities. This person will ensure the library is an appropriate environment to succeed in its purpose and goals for the community.


The Head Librarian helps to monitor resource need and effectiveness, library support and availability and student research capability, in conjunction with faculty and the VPAA.  The Head Librarian strategically moves to develop quality assurance and quality improvement strategies. The Head Librarian must contribute to managing communications, assessments and reports as necessary as part of our accreditation and student satisfaction efforts. The Head Librarian manages and implements appropriate student worker evaluations for both the Library and Writing Center, professional development, and related academic processes and opportunities for students, as well as for the community. He/she will oversee the administrative processes related to library hires, contracts, will keep records, and related communications. The Head Librarian serves as a member of either the Provost’s or the President’s cabinet (as needed) and participates in strategic planning of the College and in environmental scanning and assessment of opportunities and threats. This person negotiates options, solutions and resolutions to facilitate healthy communication and planning with students, staff, faculty, alumni, churches, pastors, districts, and related stakeholders. Guided by the Chief Financial Officer and VPAA, the Head Librarian will prepare and develop budgets for all library needs and improvements. He or she will also complete any other project or responsibility as designated by the VPAA and/or President. The Head Librarian may also teach any associated courses at the college, at will.



  • Christian worldview– Approaches people, problems, and situations with a Christian perspective and biblical frame of reference.
  • Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides inspiration to peers and subordinates.
  • Effective Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions;
  • Desire to meet and serve the library’s user community
  • Understanding of inter-library loan agreements and positivity in beginning such partnership/program
  • Ability to think analytically and to develop new or revised systems, procedures, and work flow
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
  • Knowledge of computers, the internet, and commercially available library software
  • Knowledge of a foreign language for communities with non-English speaking populations
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Ability to make administrative decisions, interpret policies, and supervise staff and student workers
  • Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, volunteers, other community agencies and the public
  • Knowledge of the philosophy and techniques of library service
  • Ability to organize job duties and work independently: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops completes realistic action plans.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library materials and resources
  • Creativity to develop and implement library programs and services
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing—Spanish and English preferred.
  • Positive attitude toward library users with special needs
  • Accuracy and skill in typing
  • Adaptability and Innovation – Displays flexibility and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.
  • Project Management Expertise- Develops and coordinates project plans; Completes projects on time and budget; Leads project team activities to carry out objectives.


EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Masters in Library Science degree or enrollment in program is required. 3-5 years of sufficient library job experience is needed to warrant consideration for this position.

CORE OPERATIONAL VALUE STATEMENT: LABI College has recently and collaboratively established a core operational value statement.  A statement that reflects in part our new initiatives, growth expectations, community work ethic and commonality as a body of believers.  We expect all current and prospective employees to understand appreciate and welcome this as part of their approach to our community. “As a body of believers, motivated by hope and purpose, we move and operate with excellence, transparency and innovation.” 

Interested and qualified applicants please send (electronic copies by email only):


  1. Statement of faith aligned with LABI’s mission, vision and values (one page only).
  2. Letter of interest outlining match with position expectations (one page only).
  3. PDF copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts or proof of enrollment in Masters of Library Science program
  4. Current CV/Resumé


Please send these as attachments in one Email to the attention of both:  Dean Rudy Estrada and Rev. Rebekah A. Rossi: Email: and

This position will likely begin as part-time with the possibility of growing into full-time, and is contingent upon budget approval. It will remain open until filled. Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted as soon as is feasible.


*LABI College is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in terms of culture, ethnicity, race, ability, gender, age, and perspective. Where permitted by law, we reserve the right to be selective in terms of our faith tradition and alignment with our mission, vision and values. 


LABI College joins the Oikonomia Network!

POSTED ON December 1st  - POSTED IN LABI News

We are happy to announce that LABI College has recently become a partner with the prestigious organization the Oikonomia Network (ON).

The ON is “a learning community of theological educators and evangelical seminaries helping pastors equip people for whole-life discipleship, fruitful work and economic wisdom.” Website:

In September 2016, LABI College was visited by Dr. Greg Forster, Director of the ON, to determine based on their Student Goal Outcomes and Statement of Faith whether LABI College is a good fit for the ON community. As its only non-accredited partner, LABI College will be able to benefit from the theological and educational resources this community provides.

This grant funded network of theological schools includes such institutions as Dallas Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary and many more. Some of their objectives include advancing theological research, discussions, conferences and trainings.

Additionally, for the past year our very own President Dr. Marty Harris has been serving on a collaborative research/assessment team for the network. Dr. Harris had the opportunity to showcase LABI/LATS at a network conference presentation last January (2016).

We believe this partnership will bless our College, our students, and our community.


LABI College Introduces their NEW Library Database!

POSTED ON October 26th  - POSTED IN LABI News

BIG NEWS for all LABI students! LABI College has just received access to the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials for the student body. ATLA is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion, with coverage from 1949 and retrospective indexing for some journal issues as far back as the nineteenth century. It contains over 1.9 million records! Use this exceptional search engine NOW for your next research paper! The school log-in and password will be provided to you through Populi, and then access to this resource is FREE from ANYWHERE! Please also note that a tutorial of how to use ATLA effectively will be provided for you, as well! Click here!



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