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!”
The “Rossi Study Center for World Evangelism” (CWE) Scholarship was established in honor of the newly named Dr. Maximo and Olympia Rossi Study Center at 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 2016-2017 academic year. Click on the link to view the application and specific requirements: CLICK HERE!
We are excited to announce that Dr. George O. Wood is the 2016 commencement speaker for LABI College! On many levels we are pleased and honored that Dr. Wood has accepted our speaking invitation. His leadership, excellence, and strategic vision has helped transform churches and higher educational institutions across the United States. Our graduation ceremony will be hosted at Templo Calvario Church, Santa Ana (CA), and is scheduled for May 28, 2016 at 9.30 AM.
About Dr. Wood-
Dr. Wood is the son of missionary parents to China and Tibet. He earned his doctoral degree in pastoral theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California; from Western State College of Law, Fullerton, California he received his juris doctorate. He completed his undergraduate work at Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri. Additionally, the Southern Missouri District conferred Dr. Wood’s ministerial credentials in 1967.
In the past, Dr. Wood served as the Assemblies of God’s general secretary; the assistant superintendent of the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God; the chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship; the pastor of Newport-Mesa Church, Costa Mesa, California. He was also a faculty member of the department of theology and Bible at Vanguard University.
Dr. Wood currently serves as the CEO and general superintendent of the the Assemblies of God, USA, which is the largest protestant denomination in the United States. Dr. Wood is also a member of the denomination’s Executive Leadership and Executive Presbytery teams. Further, he serves as a Trustee Emeritus on Vanguard University’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Wood, a popular speaker and writer, is the author of numerous books. Sermons by Dr. Wood may be heard at www.georgeowood.com.
Please join us on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 for this historic occasion for the College and to celebrate with our students as they move on to the next phase of service for the Kingdom!
Dr. Marty Harris
President, LABI College
“God is raising up a remarkable new generation of spiritual leaders who love God boldly and serve Him courageously.” ~ Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)
Inauguration of the newly named Dr. Simon Melendres Library & Dr. Joel Torres Writing Center: April 14
We are honored to present the newly named Dr. Simon Melendres Library & Dr. Joel Torres Writing Center!
On April 14th, LABI College will be hosting the celebration of the newly named Writing Center and Library in the LABI Chapel from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We welcome all of you to join us.
About Dr. Joel Torres: Rev. Joel Torres first pastored a church in Milliken, Colorado during his senior year in high school in 1953. Thereafter, he studied at Southern California Bible College (now Vanguard University) where he graduated with a double major in 1958. At SCBS he met his wife Anita Torres, graduated together, and married a year and a half later. In 1960, the Torres family moved to Greeley, CO where he earned an MA in Education from the University of Northern California. Soon after, Rev. Joel Torres was invited to come to LABI to teach. While Joel Torres taught, Anita Torres worked as the school secretary. The Torres family lived on campus in what is now our LABI Writing Center. In 1968, at age 34, Rev. Joel Torres became President of LABI. During his tenure, he earned a Master in Theology degree from Azusa Pacific University. From 1978-1981, he served as Secretary-Treasurer for the District. In 1981, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree from LABI. In 1992, Joel Torres was elected District Superintendent serving until his retirement in 1996. He lived with his wife Anita Torres across the street from LABI until he went to be with the Lord.
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LABI College President Dr. Marty Harris met yesterday with a private family foundation to review a grant proposal for the College. In preparing this grant proposal, President Harris over the course of several months met with LABI staff, administrators, board members, student life leaders, SGA president and others. The proposal included a request for investment in (a) several Dorm Student Study centers, (b) Library Study Center, (c) Dorm Lobby Improvements, (d) Chapel Upgrades and more. The family foundation reviewed our request, and stated that they were pleased with our past success and committed a significant donation to help us with these projects! This grant will provide needed, functional and aesthetic improvements to bless our students and our campus. These projects and financial donation are also connected with our recent selection as the Mission American Placement Service (MAPS) host college for 2016. MAPS is an Assembly of God sponsored team of leaders, construction workers, electricians and other skilled labor, who interview then select one College or University per year to dedicate a labor force to complete identified projects. Though we have the funds to complete all of the required construction and modifications, we still need some financial support in terms of new furniture, computers, and small upgrades. We are thankful for God’s provision with this family foundation grant and ask that you consider investing in one or more of these projects by visiting the following link: http://www.labi.edu/alumni/give/
God is Good!
The Hispanic Institute for Pentecostal Studies at LABI College invites YOU! Please join us this Wednesday from 10:00AM-11:00AM for our premiere Inaugural Lecture: “Best Practices: Lessons Learned from 50 Years of Ministry” by Dr. Graciela Morales-Scott. See our flyer for more information! We cannot wait to fellowship with you!
LABI College has a rich Hispanic Pentecostal History! It is a history that we want to celebrate every day. This week September 15th-17th we will be doing a special week honoring our rich Hispanic Pentecostal roots. We have dynamic and powerful speakers lined up for every chapel service this week. They will be emphasizing on our glorious history as well as our current charge to keep the flame going. This will be a time of celebration in the word and fun activities throughout the week. Do not miss out on a chance to honor and celebrate our wonderful history.
Blessings in the name of the Lord. I want to provide some updates as we start the fall 2015 season.
Promoting our Hispanic Pentecostal Heritage: At LABI College we are continuously reminded of our great Pentecostal roots, woven intimately within our Hispanic heritage. As such, and with support from our board, we will be launching the “Hispanic Institute for Pentecostal Studies at LABI College.” This new institute will begin by launching lectures, workshops and trainings for our community. The themes may include church and organizational leadership, the role of the Hispanic Pentecostal Church within our Community, Society and Global Impact, and other relevant or scholarly topics. The goals include: blessing our churches, leaders, students, staff and faculty. We also believe this new institute will help to develop the “branding” of LABI College as the premier Hispanic Pentecostal Bible Institution in the country. Please stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of the inaugural lecture.
LABI College Accreditation Update: Earlier this year we received commendations with our progress (report and site visit) from the Association of Biblical Higher Education. In June, we received full endorsement from the Alliance for Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. For those being reviewed at the time, LABI College was the only college that received full endorsement without any required action! This endorse
ment also reflects our goal to offer the highest quality Assemblies of God Biblical training, and education. Additionally, and at that meeting, your president was elected by the Assemblies of God College and University Presidents to serve as an Executive Board Member for the Alliance. Within that role, I will represent LABI College in actions, discussion and recommendations that may impact all Assemblies of God Colleges and Universities. Also, On September 23rd, 2015 (9:00am to 12:00) we will be hosting a community-wide open house to share our Bible College progress, goals, and successes. Please join us. (For more information visit our website at www.labi.edu )
Strategic Partnerships and Articulation Agreements: Your president has been working closely to solidify new and improved articulation agreements and academic partnerships that will bless our students as they graduate and transfer to accredited four-year colleges. These efforts include meetings with Presidents and Provosts of: Vanguard University, Northwest University, North Central University, Pacific Oaks College and more. We have also been invited by Teen Challenge to work within their bible and ministry program to provide potential educational opportunities for their students.
Extension Sites: We continue to grow and expand our Bible and Ministry educational opportunities through our Extension Sites. We have approximately sixty locations that serve approximately one thousand students. I have recently been a part of the development of our larger sites in Chula Vista and Tijuana. We look to continue to develop those sites, training and experiences for our churches, church members, and our pastors of tomorrow. Additionally, we are exploring the possibility of providing opportunities for these graduates to continue with an associate or bachelor’s degree from LABI College.
Latin American Theological Seminary (LATS): As we continue to develop new locations and launch new sites, LATS has the greatest potential for growth. We are considering offering an English speaking bachelors program in theology (currently in Spanish only). We are also exploring the possibility of launching an Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) program on our La Puente campus. We are also considering merging with another Master’s program in Theology (Spanish). This past spring we launched our first LATS-ExCEL program to help pastors and church leaders address mental health issues within the church. The six month (Saturday only) program titled: Psychology and Pastoral Care has been well-received and provides pastors and church leaders with a framework to help their members who might have a mental health crisis associated with depression, anxiety, suicide, or substance abuse among others. We look forward to launching other ExCEL programs in: Church Leadership, Church Business and Finance and Youth Ministry and/or others.
New Updates with Staff: Over the past summer we had three staff leave for new career opportunities. These include related positons at Vanguard University, Azusa Pacific University and a restaurant. In response, we strategically appointed a new director of Library services, New Communications Officer, and hired a new Chef. We also had the opportunity to search for a new Vice President of Academic Affairs. After a six month search process, that included faculty, staff, students, and board members, we had success. Dr. Andrew Stenhouse an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, and nearly 25 years of Christian higher education and church leadership experience, began his new role August 17th, 2015. Dr. Stenhouse has led accreditation efforts, is a published scholar and successful researcher, and has also had great success in working with LABI in the past. Dr. Stenhouse and I have worked closely on many grant initiatives centered on faith-based approaches to education, treatment and prevention, among others.
President’s Update: It has been nearly a year since I took over as president of LABI College and LATS. As a licensed and ordained ministry for over 15 years, the heart of my leadership and educational strategy is built upon biblically preparing tomorrow’s pastor for service and ministry, locally and globally. I have served in Christian higher education as a professor and academic leader for over twenty years, mostly at Assemblies of God Universities (Vanguard University, Bethany University and Northwest University). I have also had extensive experience as a consultant, grant writer/recipient and grant reviewer to several federal government agencies including the U.S. Department of Education Title V Program: Hispanic Serving Institutions, U.S. Department of Justice, SAMHSA, CSAP, CSAT, CMHS and several others. I believe these experiences, along with my accreditation background will continue to serve our progress. Our LABI College Mission to train, educate and prepare tomorrow’s leaders for pastoral positions within the church and world remains unchanged! This year has been a wonderful opportunity for accreditation improvements, and strategic partnership development and growth planning. We are an official affiliate member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. We have invested in our Bible and Ministry curriculum, learning outcomes, assessment process, and program effectiveness templates. We have also made major improvements to the cafeteria, campus signage, administrative, and enrollment offices and have plans for upcoming improvements to the library, study centers, and dorms.
Finally, as you hear of our progress, have questions, concerns or comments about these or other initiatives, I encourage you to reach out to me for coffee and conversation. I value your guidance and advice that will make LABI College even better. I will be reaching out to many of you to invite your input on our progress. I hope to partner with you more effectively over the coming months and years.
It is a pleasure to serve with and for you as president of LABI College and LATS,
Marty Harris, PhD
Dr. Marty Harris,
President and CEO, LABI College and LATS
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LABI College’s mission is to graduate Godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in the church and society. We truly believe our strong Bible-centered academics at LABI will help make an extraordinary impact on this world for the cause of Christ!
For more information please visit the LABI College website atwww.labi.edu or call us at 626-968-1328.
LABI College Welcomes Professor Vikram Peters as the – New Associate Chair for the Department of Bible and Ministry!
After careful consideration, discussion and approval from our Dean of Academic Affairs, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce that LABI College Professor Vikram Peters has been appointed as “Associate Chair” for the Associate Program in Bible and Ministry. This appointment will begin officially August 17, 2015. This position is designed to provide general academic leadership support to the Academic Dean, Vice President of Academic Affairs, President and others. It is designed to also provide our academic program with greater infrastructure, to invest in existing and future academic program development, accreditation support efforts, and faculty leadership and development. This particular role is significant, the responsibilities great, and we believe Professor Vikram is the right person at the right time to guide us through the next steps in terms of these areas. One particular role Professor Vikram will play is in working directly with the President’s Office and in launching the“LABI College” Presidential Leadership Lecture series. He will be setting the stage for community, research and scholarship oriented lecture and discussions to engage our community, pastors, professors and students.
As you see Professor Vikram on campus, please congratulate and thank him for his service to LABI College! Short Bio–Professor Vikram received his Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Vanguard University and his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Loyola College. He has served as an associate professor at LABI College since 2011 teaching a variety of courses including Ethics and Early Church History. He is also an adjunct professor at Life Pacific College. In addition, he has held a variety of ministerial leadership positions within the church and community. These have included working with, mentoring, worship and other functions associated with South Cost Childrens Society, Action Mentoring, The Garden Church, and New Hope Grief Recovery Center.
Dr. Martin Harris, PhD
LABI / LATS President & CEO
LABI College and LATS Welcomes: Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, New Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
Our comprehensive search team and evaluation process included many stakeholders, represented by Faculty, Staff, Cabinet Members, Administrators and Executive Board Members. Multiple individual and search team interviews were conducted, a community lecture on leadership was carried out and many other evaluative processes. As such, it is with great enthusiasm to announce that Dr. Andrew Stenhouse has accepted, this position effective Monday,August 17th, 2015. His role also includes that of “Professor (full)of Psychology and Pastoral Care.” Please join me in welcoming Dr. Stenhouse to the LABI/LATS family, and when you are on campus, please stop by to say hello and to congratulate him personally.
Dr. Marty Harris, PhD
LABI & LATS President / CEO
Short Biography of Dr. Andrew Stenhouse