LABI News

Reasons to Consider LABI College…

POSTED ON May 18th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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). https://www.abhe.org

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  • LABI is fully endorsed and approved by the Alliance for Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. http://colleges.ag.org/

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  • LABI is registered with the California Board of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) and seeking approval for its academic programming. http://www.bppe.ca.gov/

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  • 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 www.labi.edu 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 (evega@labi.edu).
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

POSTED ON April 25th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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 Mrossi121@yahoo.com.

Click on the link to view the application and specific requirements: 
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LABI College Welcomes Rudy Estrada to a New Leadership Role: Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

POSTED ON April 18th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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!

 

Blessings!

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: https://labicollege.wixsite.com/ptrcconference

Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en llamar al 626-968-1328 o por correo electrónico a info@labi.edu.

 

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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: www.labicollege.wixsite.com/ptrcconference

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 626-968-1328 or email info@labi.edu.

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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).

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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!

Appreciatively,

 

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

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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.

 

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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.

Blessings,

Marty Harris, PhD

Dr. Marty Harris, President

 

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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

 SUMMARY:   

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):  http://www.labi.edu/mission-vision-goals-values/. 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.)

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS POSITION:

            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.

QUALIFIED HEAD LIBRARIAN CANIDATES WILL DEMONSTRATE: 

 

  • 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: restrada@labi.edu and brossi@labi.edu.

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: http://oikonomianetwork.org/

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.

 
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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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ABHE Accreditation Visit at LABI College

POSTED ON September 20th  - POSTED IN LABI News

LABI College (CA) will be hosting a comprehensive accreditation visit by a team of evaluators from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) on October 25th through October 27th, 2016 to determine its compliance with the standards for accreditation. During the visit, representatives of the ABHE team will entertain comments from the public. Any members of the public interested in making a presentation regarding the College to the team should contact the College at the following telephone number (323-423-2787) or email address (nromero@labi.edu) to determine a meeting time. Persons wishing to submit third party comments related to the institution may send them to Director, Commission on Accreditation, 5850 T. G. Lee Blvd., Suite #130, Orlando, FL, 32822. Persons interested in reviewing the standards for accreditation will find them on the ABHE website at www.abhe.org. They appear under “about accreditation.” The institution is subject to the “Comprehensive Integrated Standards for Institutional Accreditation.”

“The Oldest Hispanic Bible College in the U.S. Celebrates its 90th Anniversary”

POSTED ON September 6th  - POSTED IN LABI News

Fully endorsed by the Assemblies of God, LABI College prepares Christian men and women for service and ministry in the church and world. LABI is geographically located in the heart of La Puente, CA. The college has been graduating students from this current location since the 1940’s. Founded in 1926 by missionary Alice E. Luce, LABI College holds the distinction of being the oldest Hispanic Pentecostal educational institution in the country. Over the past 90 years, the college has developed and trained ministers, preachers and world changers. Graduates have gone on to study at Princeton, Harvard, Duke, California Baptist University, Fuller Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Vanguard University and many other prestigious colleges. Some notable graduates of LABI College include Dr. Nicky Cruz, Dr. Sonny Argonzoni, Dr. Sergio Navarette, Dr. Grace Morales-Scott and many others.

On Saturday evening, October 1st, 2016 at Orange County First Assembly of God, we will be hosting our 90th Anniversary Gala event. This event will bring together hundreds of alumni from across the country for a time of fellowship, celebration, sharing, and awards. The event will include special worship music shared by alumni, recognition awards, a silent auction, and other activities highlighting our 90 years of excellence. The event is being guided and directed by Dr. Grace Morales-Scott, LABI Distinguished Alumni, Honorary Doctorate recipient, and newly appointed President of the LABI College Foundation. The College Foundation was launched exclusively to raise funds for scholarships for our students. For more information about LABI College, please visit our website at www.labi.edu. For more information about the event, questions or comments, please contact Dr. Grace Morales-Scott at drgphd740@msn.com.

 

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Rudy Estrada Returns to LABI College as Academic Dean!

POSTED ON July 11th  - POSTED IN LABI News, Uncategorized

 

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Rudy Estrada as LABI College’s Dean of Academic Affairs. This newly focused position 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). After a careful search process, interview and recommendation, Rudy emerged as the recommended candidate. This part-time position begins Wednesday July 13th, 2016. Please join with me in welcoming Rudy back to LABI College.

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 Estrada has been teaching in a variety of church ministries such as youth ministry, 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 Estrada holds a Bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University, two Master degrees from Duke University, and is currently a doctoral student at Regent University where he is studying for his PhD.

 

Blessings,
Dr. Marty Harris,

President, LABI College

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Drs. George and Shalini Pallil Donate $10,000 for Scholarship Funds

POSTED ON July 7th  - POSTED IN LABI News

LABI College just received a $10,000 donation for Scholarship Funds from Drs. George and Shalini Pallil. Drs. George and Shalini Pallil currently pastor South Pasadena First Assembly of God and have already contributed $30,000 for Student Scholarships, totaling their contributions to LABI College to $40,000! In addition, Drs. George and Shalini Pallil have served on the Board of Trustees at LABI College and have taught courses on our campus for many years. LABI College has recently named the Enrollment Office in their honor, The Drs. George and Shalini Pallil Enrollment Services Center. Praise God for this blessing to our College and our students!

donateAbout Drs. George and Shalini Pallil: Drs. George and Shalini Pallil have reflected excellence with over forty years of commitment, dedication, and passion in service to the Kingdom. They have served in many ministry settings in various countries, doing missionary evangelism, church planting, teaching, and interdenominational work. Among the LABI community, they have left an indelible mark for their love for LABI, their investment of a scholarship endowment, their passion to serve, and their faithfulness to the Lord. Before entering the ministry, Dr. George Pallil worked as a science professor in India. In 1970, he graduated from AG’s Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India. He was a missionary with the African Inland Mission to several African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Congo. He was Seminary Chaplain at Fuller Seminary from 1985-1987, as well as Pastor of Calvary Chapel AG (1997-2003) and South Pasadena AG (2008-present). Dr. Shalini Pallil graduated from Southern Asia Bible College (AG) in 1974. She served as a national missionary and church planter to the Hindus from 1972-1976. She also served in many other roles including Chaplain (Fuller Seminary), Professor (LABI College, Trinity Bible College), Missions Chair (Trinity Bible College), Women’s Ministry Director (SoCal AG), Co-Pastor and many more. Drs. George and Shalini Pallil both received their Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1990/1991. The Pallils were born and raised in India and have been married for 42 years (March 11th, 1974 to the present). They have 2 grown children and 2 grandsons. On May 4th, 2016, LABI College named the Enrollment Office after Drs. George and Shalini Pallil: The Drs. George and Shalini Pallil Enrollment Services Center.

 

Scholarship Opportunities for You!

POSTED ON June 22nd  - POSTED IN LABI News

Attention New and Returning Students!

LABI College offers various scholarship opportunities to help you pursue your Christian Education at LABI College. Many of the students within our program benefit from the scholarships we offer. If you’re a pastor’s kid, a worship leader, or a child of an alumn, there is a scholarship for you. Take a look at some of the scholarships offered.

Don’t forget that the Institutional Aid application is now available. The priority deadline is June 30th! If you would like to receive Institutional Aid this Fall 2016 semester, please fill out this application (CLICK HERE)

Student Eligibility

The Institutional Aid application is available to all applicants to the Associate’s degree of LABI College. Applicants must be taking at least 16 units to receive any award. All institutional aid award recipients must have received their admissions letter of acceptance before qualifying for institutional aid. This includes a submission of all admission forms along with the admission confirmation deposit. Failure to successfully matriculate, or academically register for returning students, will delay the student’s opportunity to receive financial assistance. Returning students must maintain a grade C or above in each class and maintain an outstanding Christian testimony in the areas of residence life, prayer participation, and chapel attendance to qualify for institutional aid awards.

Eligibility

The Institutional Aid application is available to all applicants to the Associate’s degree of LABI College. Applicants must be taking at least 16 units to receive any award. All institutional aid award recipients must have received their admissions letter of acceptance before qualifying for institutional aid. This includes a submission of all admission forms along with the admission confirmation deposit. Failure to successfully matriculate, or academically register for returning students, will delay the student’s opportunity to receive financial assistance. Returning students must maintain a grade C or above in each class and maintain an outstanding Christian testimony in the areas of residence life, prayer participation, and chapel attendance to qualify for institutional aid awards.

Renewability

Institutional Aid that is awarded during the student’s first semester can be renewed their second semester. All requirements for eligibility must be maintained for the awards to be renewed. If all requirements are met, the student’s award is renewed automatically their following semester, receiving the same award amount. Eligibility for renewal is determined by the Institutional Aid committee before the beginning of the semester. Every new academic year, students must reapply for Institutional Aid.

Application Process and Deadlines

The priority deadline for all institutional aid applications is the final Friday of May. If there are any remaining available funds to be awarded the student must apply by the final Friday of June.

Awards

The following award amounts are the total given per semester. Only the highest award qualified for will be given. Awards cannot be “stacked” and the award amount cap per student per semester is $750

The Dina & Augie Lopez Scholarship

These are four (4) awards of $500 per semester. These scholarships are funded by the Augie Lopez Endowment. To receive the award students must submit the financial aid application.

The Bessie Huerta Scholarship

This is an award of $500 per semester. This scholarships is funded by the Bessie Huerta Endowment. To receive the award students must submit the financial aid application.

The Drs. George & Shalini Pallil Scholarship 

These are two (2) awards of $300 per semester. These scholarships are funded by the George & Shalini Pallil Endowment. To receive the award students must submit the financial aid application.

President’s Diversity and Inclusion Award

Part of the strategic diversity initiatives, this award is for students of different ethnic/racial backgrounds who have been traditionally “underserved” within our LABI College community and have a demonstrated interest, experience or plan to serve in diverse ministry experiences. Applicants to the Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship must: a) Complete the admissions application and all stated requirements and b) Submit a two page essay on how they believe their diversity experience will contribute to or advance the mission of LABI.  Generally, awards may include “up to” a 25% tuition scholarship discount for those that live on campus (resident) and can be “up to” 50% for those that are commuting (off campus students).

Missionary Scholarship

These are $750 scholarships for the children of missionaries that are awarded and applied to student accounts. To receive award students must submit the financial aid application and be a child of an active missionary.

Dean’s List Scholarship

This is a $500 scholarship for students with a cumulative GPA over 3.0. To be considered for renewal the recipient must maintain the required cumulative GPA and the above eligibility requirements.

Pastoral Family Scholarship

These are $500 scholarships that are awarded and applied to student accounts per semester. To receive award the student must submit the financial aid application and be a child of a licensed Senior Pastor.

Sibling Scholarship

This is a $500 scholarship awarded to both siblings if they are both enrolled full time and are living on campus. To receive an award both students must submit the financial aid application.

Alliance for Higher Education Minority Scholarship

These are $125 to $250 scholarships that are awarded to students. Only returning students may apply. To receive the award the student must submit the Alliance for Higher Education Scholarship application.

Out of State Scholarships

This scholarship is given to students who are from out of state. It is given to students for one year. Eligibility for renewal will depend upon available funds. For those who come from Arizona, Oregon, or Nevada the student will be awarded $250 per semester. All other states are awarded $500 per semester.

Work Study

This award allows the student to work on campus to help pay for a portion of the cost of his or her studies. To receive funding students must submit the financial aid application. Those students who fail to satisfactorily meet obligations will be charged a pro-rated amount for the uncompleted work. To renew work study award students must complete all work study hours and maintain their eligibility as described above.

Click HERE to apply for Institutional Aid

Click HERE to apply for Work-Study

 

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Dr. Grace Morales-Scott Elected Chairwoman of LABI College!

POSTED ON June 9th  - POSTED IN LABI News

We are proud to announce that Dr. Grace Morales-Scott has been elected as the new Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for LABI College! Dr. Scott is the first woman elected to serve in this position. As Chairwoman, Dr. Scott will have the critical role of leading Board of Trustees meetings and agendas, providing advice and direction in terms of Constitution and By Laws, Mission and Vision, policy, and other important areas.

 

Dr. Grace Morales-Scott was born in Fresno and raised in Sanger, California. Her family were migrant workers who followed the seasonal crops. As a young child, while working in the grape fields alongside her family, her father shared with her to “go to school and get a good education.” Dr. Scott graduated from high school in 1958 and as a new Believer in Christ, was led to LABI. At LABI, she was mentored by and studied under Rev. Theodore Bueno, Dr. Victor De Leon, Jr., Rev. Esteban Camarillo, Ruth Orozco, Rev. Jovita Bonilla, Rev. Bertha Thomas and Dr. Joel Torres. Dr. Scott later obtained a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.

 

A champion for LABI College, Dr. Grace became the first female Academic Dean in LABI’s history. As a mentor, role model and an advocate for education, her students followed her example and pursued higher education and now hold many prestigious public, private, and ministerial posts. Within her service, Dr. Grace has developed social service programs and training curriculum for several major non-profit, government, and faith denominations, located throughout the United States, Mexico and Japan, to name a few.

 

In 2009, Dr. Scott was invited to be part of the LABI/LATS Restructuring Committee. As Consultant and Lead Facilitator, she updated the Constitution and Bylaws, recruited new Board members, and hired a new President. In addition to her new positon as Chairwoman of the LABI Board, Dr. Scott serves as President of the LABI College Foundation. A passionate advocate for LABI and for higher education, Dr. Grace was awarded the first ever LABI Alumni Legacy Award in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Grace was officially recognized by LABI as one of the “Pillars of our Faith.” Along with this honor, LABI has named a dorm hall in her honor. On May 28th, 2016, Dr. Scott was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree in Education from LABI College, also being the first woman to receive an Honorary Doctorate from our LABI College..

 

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 over the last 50 years. It is a privilege to serve with and for Dr. Grace!”

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New Resident Director “Interns” Join The LABI College Family!

POSTED ON June 6th  - POSTED IN LABI News
Rosemarie (Rose) Miramontes and Alan Guzman are recent graduates of LABI College and, reporting to the Dean of Students, Eli Vega, will be serving as “interns” in the Student Life department over the summer and possibly through the fall semester.
Rose Miramontes and Alan Guzman bring a host of experiences to these internship roles, serving as Resident Assistants, Writing Center tutor, Student Governance Association member, LABI College Touring Team members, and Chapel Worship Team members. Rose and Alan will also be preparing the dorms, helping with admissions support, study centers, mapping programing and other areas to assure an excellent matriculation and preparation for the fall semester.
About Rosemarie Miramontes
Rosemarie Miramontes is an LABI Alumni from Lancaster, California. While at LABI College, she served as a tutor at the Writing Center, as SGA Secretary, and on the school’s worship teams. Rosemarie is a driven and dedicated individual who graduated with honors as the Valedictorian of the class of 2016. Her future plans include pursuing higher education and becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist. While interning at LABI College, Rosemarie hopes to serve the kingdom of God by being intentional with every student and staff member, and by being faithful in her daily tasks.
About Alan Guzman
Alan Guzman is an LABI Alumni from Saint Louis, Missouri. Throughout his time at LABI he served on the chapel worship team and on the touring team. In addition, he served as a Residence Assistant and as Lead Residence Assistant during three out of his four semesters. Alan is a very dedicated and passionate individual who serves out of his love for God. Alan graduated LABI College with honors, and plans to pursue higher education in Theology. While interning at LABI College, he hopes to continue growing alongside those he is serving, and impact the next generation for the Kingdom of God.
Please join me in both thanking and congratulating each of them for their service and dedication as they enter these new roles!
Blessings,
Eli Vega, Dean of Students
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