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
Our newly appointed campus pastor (Rev. Krystal Baca) will be working and living on campus. We need $5,000 more to complete this project and your donation is much needed! Those who donate will have their name placed on a perpetual brass plate and include it with the pastoral house.
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Since 1926, LABI College has trained thousands of pastors, ministers, youth directors, superintendents and church leaders. Recently we have made great progress with our accreditors, receiving a site visit from the Association of Biblical Higher Education with several commendations. We have also been fully endorsed with another visit and commendations from the Alliance for Higher Education of the Assemblies of God.
More recently, and as part of a presidential initiative, Dr. Marty Harris has charged our staff with developing an initial website to connect our LABI alumni, providing opportunity for communication, and to build bridges with our connecting churches and pastors. I am pleased, honored and blessed by the launch of this website (http://www.foreverlabi.com/). Through this website (ForeverLABI) you can: join the LABI College alumni foundation, purchase t-shirts, sweatshirts, hear of LABI alumni news and events, and give to your alma mater! Please spend a few moments visiting through these web pages, stay connected, and help us promote our beloved LABI College.
The LABI College student life team has diligently been working on creating a healthy, productive, and pleasant campus life experience. Our core objectives are to enable our students to focus on developing academically, spiritually, and socially. We have made improvements in promoting healthy habits, leadership skills, and physical fitness, through classes, trainings and/or workshops. We have achieved and made much progress through our monthly strategic goal setting. Our first priority was to identify several policy areas that needed immediate attention for clarity, and to lower liability risks for LABI College. Additionally, the College has carried out two emergency and evacuation drills (November 2014 and March 2015). These drills included the designation, training and guidance with Campus Safety Administrators. This year we spent a large amount of time training and developing our student leaders . All student leaders received training on the following areas: Preventing Sexual Harassment, Developing Heathy Habits, How to identify Eating Disorders, How to Identify Depression, General Policy and Procedures, Customer Centricity, Time Management, Pastoral Care, Spiritual Warfare, Leadership, Janitorial Cleaning and Chemicals, and how to respond to emergencies.
We have also contributed to physical space improvements, painting, furniture, and added additional chapel services for the students. Back in November we read, “25 Ways to Win with People” by John C. Maxwell and Les Parrot, PHD. The following month we conducted a leadership outing and two of our meetings focused of “Decision Making” and “How to Resolve Conflicts.” We have also read, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni. In addition, both the residence and student body association teams have conducted several activities that support the academic, spiritual, and social life of our students and received much positive feedback.
Karen Perez is a first year student with LABI College. Although she enjoys classes and bonding with her roommates, onearea of LABI that she sincerely enjoyed this semester were the early morning prayer times which all students are encouragedto attend. The prayers have helped her grow a deeper relationship with God and also have helped her through tough timesin her life. One of her favorite professors this semester is Rebekah Rossi who teaches Pentecostal Theology. Karen lovedlearning about Pentecostalism, especially, history, leaders, and big movements in the class. She also enjoyed learning fromProfessor Elizabeth Baez in the Spiritual Care and Healing class. It was in those two classes that she learned about her rootsand about herself. “Coming to LABI has opened my eyes for ministry… I now feel hungry to minister to people and become involved in the church!” exclaimed Karen.
Read about Karen and other news at LABI from our Spring 2015 newsletter here: http://www.labi.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Spring-LABI-Newsletter.pdf
Do you feel a call to Ministry, but don’t know what the next step is? Let us help you. Join us for our New Student Open House!
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The LABI College campus might be small but, it sure is beautiful! This collage showcases the lovely flowers and trees around the campus. The photos were taken by Jessica Estrada, Chief Communications Officer, who is also a professional photographer. Living on campus with her husband, she enjoys her small walk to her office. On the way to her office, she always notices the gorgeous flowers and trees. Most of the flowers and trees have been on the campus when she was a student at LABI (2001-2003).
If you are a current student or alumni, then you know how beautiful each season is on campus. If you are planning on coming to LABI, YOU ARE GONG TO LOVE OUR SMALL, BEAUTIFUL, AND INTIMATE CAMPUS!!#LABIisLEGIT #FlowersOfLABI