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


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!”


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

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!
Eli Vega, Dean of Students

Rev. Felix Garcia Has Been Appointed as an LABI College Presidential Advisor!

As we continue to make progress at LABI College, it is critical to have trusted and effective leaders from the community extend support and advice to the President’s Office. As such, and with the endorsement of the President’s Cabinet and administrative team, I am pleased to appoint Rev. Felix Garcia as “Presidential Advisor on Strategic Church Partnerships for LABI College.” Though this is not an official board position, the volunteer post serves as a trusted advisor to the President’s office. Some areas needing stronger influence, investment and such guidance for LABI College include: building of strategic church partnerships, Spanish-academic programming considerations, and strengthening our bridges and connections with and through our Southern and Northern California communities and churches.
Pastor Felix Garcia and I go back nearly 20 years. As a younger professor at Vanguard University, in the late 1990’s, Rev. Garcia invited me to his home, fed me, and provided many opportunities and guidance on my professional career and how to stay connected with and be involved within our Hispanic Assemblies of God churches. He brought me to the LABI Chapel to speak on multiple occasions. More recently and through prayer, God has guided me back to Pastor Felix; As someone to reach out to and to appropriately use in helping to guide our efforts in church communications, and to help with our building church/community bridges for LABI College. Though we may not always agree on strategy, when Pastor Felix has provided guidance to me in the past, he has spoken with conviction, care, and love for me, my background, and always in relation to efforts for service to the community and Kingdom. I consider him to be a personal “Pillar of our Faith” and as you may know, we named an LABI dorm room after him and his wife. Effective immediately, please join me in welcoming and congratulating, “Rev. Felix Garcia in his appointment as Presidential Advisor (to my office) on Strategic Church Partnerships for LABI College.”
Dr. Marty Harris
President, LABI College

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 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! 


LABI College 2016 Commencement Speaker: Dr. George O. Wood!


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

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

Biblical Higher Education Accreditation: A Goal Within Reach for 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)

Unlike traditional regional accreditors that accredit 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. This portfolio’s review led to ABHE’s approval for an official “Candidacy” site visit for this fall. Recently, LABI College President- Dr. Marty Harris, has been invited to serve as an official ABHE Accreditation Site Team Evaluator for ABHE Bible colleges. This past spring, Dr. Harris visited Bible Colleges in Florida and Ohio, where he provided evaluative feedback and reports related to: Mission, Goals, and Objectives, Authority and Governance, and Student Services, among others. This fall Dr. Harris has been invited to serve on an additional ABHE site visit team for a Bible College in Virginia. These experiences in working with ABHE will provide a good foundation as LABI College prepares for our own site visit. Biblical Higher Education Accreditation is a goal for our beloved LABI College, and it is within reach!
Why is Biblical Accreditation important for LABI College? Here are just a few reasons…
· For the public, accreditation promotes assurances of standards, excellence, and quality;
· For prospective students and their 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.
Please pray for our next level of review and consideration from ABHE, and for God’s blessings to rain down on our progress, as we achieve this goal for our beloved LABI College.
Dr. Andrew Stenhouse, Vice President of Academic Affairs, LABI College
Dr. Marty Harris, President, LABI College

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.
Pillars of Our Faith: Dr. Simon Melendres and Rev. Joel Torres represent giants that have stood the test of time through their loyalty, service, and exemplary lives. Serving LABI College and the Church at large, they have operated as pillars for the Pentecostal community to continue the good work their lives so dedicatedly represent. This new naming of the “Dr. Simon Melendres Library” and “Dr. Joel Torres Writing Center” reflects our response and affirmation for their many years of service.
About Dr. Simon Melendres: After graduating from LABI-Texas in 1958, Rev. Simon pastored in Julesburg, CO, as Rev. Simon served as President of the Christ Ambassadors (now known as Youth Director) until 1960. From 1960-1971, he served in various ministry positions in California including: Pastor in Compton; Christian Ed. Director; District Presbyter – L.A. Section; Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at LABI during Rev. Theodore Bueno’s tenure. In 1965, Rev. Simon graduated with a BA from Southern California College (now Vanguard University). After serving as a Pastor in Denver and Greely, CO from 1972 to 1983, the Melendres family moved back to California to serve as Pastors at Las Buenas Nuevas Church in Norwalk. In 1987, Rev. Simon Melendres was appointed President of LABI in La Puente, serving from 1987 to 1999. During this time he earned an MA in Religion from Azusa Pacific University in 1995. In 2015, Rev. Simon Melendres was conferred an Honorary Doctorate. Rev. Simon and his wife Martha presently serve as Senior Pastors at Templo Roca Firme in Riverside and is an Honorary Presbyter for Section II of SPD.

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.


Join the LABI College’s President’s Circle, by Making a Year-End Gift Today!

POSTED ON December 23rd  - POSTED IN LABI News, Uncategorized

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Generation after generation LABI Alumni have gone out into the world and done extraordinary things for the Kingdom of God. Now, we need your help in making LABI’s mission a reality for many who may need some additional financial support. With your tax deductible donation of $20, $50, $100, or any amount, LABI can continue to invest into the next generation of missionaries, pastors, and other professions that will impact and change the world for Jesus.
As a member of the President’s circle, your benefits go far beyond the satisfaction of assisting students in their educational endeavors. A gift of $100 or more qualifies you for membership.


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LABI College Launches New Foundation

POSTED ON December 23rd  - POSTED IN LABI News
The LABI College Foundation received Board of Trustee approval to move forward at its September 2015 meeting. Today, the new Foundation received the California’s Secretary of State approval to operate as a Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation. Dr. Grace Morales-Scott (Dr. Grace) , a strong advocate for education saw a need to seek and invest gifts that were designated for endowments and student scholarships as the College seeks accreditation. Dr. Grace has a long and rich history with LABI College, serving as a professor, Academic Dean, Lead Consultant in the Strategic Restructuring of LABI and now Secretary of the Board of Trustees. As such, and with unanimous consensus, Dr. Grace was appointed to serve as the President of this newly established LABI College Foundation. In addition to raising funds for student scholarships, the Foundation will also engage in capital campaigns for campus improvement projects. When asked about the need and impact of the new Foundation with the College, Dr. Grace shared “The Foundations will play a pivotal role in our future. The donations and partnerships this organization develops will make a difference for our students.” President Harris shared that “this new Foundation will work collaboratively with the College to ensure that our students will have greater opportunity to concentrate on their studies and be less distracted about the scholarship and financial support they may need as they pursue their LABI education”
Dr. Grace is a 1961 graduate from LABI. Her varied ministry experiences include co-pastoring and planting new churches in Northern and Southern California, New York and in Puerto Rico. In 1981, she returned to LABI as an associate professor and in 1982, was hired as the first female to serve as the Academic Dean of LABI. Dr. Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Educational Counseling from Cal State University-San Bernardino, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. As an educator, Dr. Grace has taught at Victor Valley Community College, Cal State University-San Bernardino, and at Biola University, and has trained corporations at the local, state, national, and international levels. She has received numerous awards/recognitions from elected officials for her work with marginalized persons. In 1991 and in 1996, she became the first bi-racial female to be inducted into the Alumnus Hall of Fame at Victor Valley Community College and at Cal State University-San Bernardino for her educational achievements. In 2011, Dr. Grace was awarded the first ever LABI Alumni Legacy Award from LABI College.
The Foundation supports LABI College in a number of ways including:
· Providing scholarships for LABI students;
· Enhancing the physical and aesthetic community of LABI College;
· Assisting with an overseeing the LABI College Alumni Association;
· Accepting gifts of money, property, and related assets having real value, and;
· Establishing endowments and student scholarships.

LABI College Launches the Dr. Isaac Canales Preaching Center

POSTED ON December 8th  - POSTED IN LABI News, Uncategorized
The Isaac Canales Preaching Center at LABI College is being developed to provide a framework and foundation to preaching technologies, sermon techniques, and message development for pastors, pastors in training and other students, hoping to develop and advance their preaching experiences. The Preaching Center will provide an archive of lectures, presentations and sermons from Dr. Canales and others. It will also host Pentecostal preachers of influence in helping to provide workshops, trainings and interactive conversations with those wanting to affect and improve upon preaching within the pulpit. For now, the Preaching Center will be housed with and work collaboratively with the Hispanic Institute of Pentecostal Studies, also at LABI College. Dr. Canales has a long and rich history as a legendary preacher within and beyond the Hispanic community. Please see Dr. Canales’ bio below.

The Rev. Dr. Isaac J. Canales, PhD. is the Senior Pastor of the Mission Ebenezer Family Church, in Carson, CA, a dynamic urban ministry, ministering to over 3,000 people per week. Dr. Canales received his B.A. in Religion with Highest Honors at Vanguard University in 1974 and his MDIV at the Divinity School, Harvard University (class of ’78). At Fuller Theological Seminary, he earned his PhD. (’93) in New Testament. Dr. Canales served at Fuller Theological Seminary for twenty years. He then took on the role of President of our own Latin American Bible Institute for six years. Dr. Canales is a scholar, published author, and a masterful exponent of the Gospel, preaching across America, across generational constituencies, diverse races/cultures, and denominations. Nonetheless, his greatest achievement is at home, married to Ritha Brubaker Canales for nearly four decades. They are proud parents of three mighty men of God: Joshua, David, Jacob and their beautiful wives and grandchildren. “Every good gift comes down from the Father of lights” (St. James 1:17).

Sample Sermons by Dr. Isaac Canales (e-link) below



LABI College Awarded a Major Foundation Grant!

POSTED ON December 8th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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:

God is Good!


LABI Accreditation (ABHE) Update

POSTED ON December 3rd  - POSTED IN LABI News
LABI College has worked diligently as a community of believers to assure that our goal of a Biblically based accreditation is in reach. Following the link below you will find an overview of this progress, representing several years of good work to demonstrate that we have sufficient policies, governance, educational quality, qualified faculty, support systems, learning objectives, research and assessment, and fiscal responsiveness worthy of the next phase of accreditation (Candidacy Status). Please feel free to review the nearly 700 pages of documents that support our latest ABHE responses (November 15th, 2015). We ask for your continued prayers as we continue with our progress, process and vision to help LABI College achieve accreditation and become one of the best Bible Colleges, to better equip tomorrow’s pastors and church leaders. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly: 951.534.6635 (cell) or by email: I would welcome a meeting or conversation.
Marty Harris, PhD
President, LABI College

The Hispanic Institute for Pentecostal Studies hosts the Inaugural Lecture

POSTED ON September 29th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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 hosts Hispanic Pentecostal Heritage Week

POSTED ON September 14th  - POSTED IN LABI News

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.

An update from our President

POSTED ON September 2nd  - POSTED IN LABI News

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 )
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


LABI College Promo Video 2015

POSTED ON July 23rd  - POSTED IN LABI News, Uncategorized

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 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!


Peters_Vikram_original-17fee5580f7a6d0e6423e4b0b38534e2After 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


Andy-Stenhouse-13-023_FINAL-300x300LABI College and Latin American Theological Seminary have carried out an exhaustive six month search process for a new and senior academic position: Provost andVice 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 

A credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God, Dr.Stenhouse has had experience over the last 25 years in a number of key university positions.  These positions included working with partnerships, transfer bridge programs, faculty, staff and many administrators from LABI College. He founded and directed the Organizational Psychology program for Concordia University Irvine, overseeing Southern California’s first Bachelor ofScience Degree in Organizational Psychology designed for working professionals. Dr. Stenhouse also served at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) California campuses as the Dean of Academic Affairs. TCSPP, is the country’s oldest and largest regionally accredited graduate school dedicated exclusively to the study of psychology. While at Vanguard University Dr.Stenhouse was the executive Director of the Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies, Director of the Organizational Leadership graduate program, Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Religion, and Dean of the School for Graduate and Professional Studies. He has extensive experience, history and success with regional and professional accreditation efforts. He has also managed and over seen several grant funded and research projects that included work with Union Rescue Mission, LA Mission, Saddleback Church, and Teen Challenge International, among others. Dr. Stenhouse holds a doctorate in institutional management from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Leadership Studies. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Cross Cultural Studies.

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