Seeking God’s Providence for the Next 75 Years

To know a thing and to understand what that thing needs, it helps to employ all the senses—touch, smell, vision, sound and taste. With Dr. Joe’s encouragement the FPU Board of Trustees has held meetings at our regional campuses in Bakersfield and North Fresno, and the Board Executive Committee has recently held meetings at our […]

Getting the Word Out About Athletics Service and Success

Sunbird student-athletes continue to bring recognition both in and on the fields, pools and courts, and beyond, engaging the cultures and serving the cities to live out President Jones’ call for Fresno Pacific University—and the word is getting out. Pacific magazine has highlighted the more than 100 alumni we have coaching throughout the Valley (and […]

Preparing for Possibilities

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw Over the next six months, in preparation for our 75th anniversary celebration, we as a community will be identifying our priorities and direction for the next five years. In October 2015 the Board of Trustees approved a University Strategic […]

Connections Beyond the Curriculum

“What kind of books do you like to read?” my graduate thesis mentor, Dr. Berta Gonzalez asked, trying to get to know me better after I mentioned that I loved to read during our first meeting. Of course, I wanted to impress her so I had to bring out the big names, “I like anything […]

Here’s my story – you can use it until you have one of your own

I was recently preparing to address a meeting of our School of Education mentors. These mentors play a critical role by helping our initial credential programs to fulfill their mission and vision statement: Teaching is a call to redemptive service. This orientation to the teaching profession lies at the center of both our identity and […]

Spiritual Vitality at FPU

Spiritual vitality in the cocurricular traditional undergraduate program is unique in the totality of all that God is doing in the lives of students at Fresno Pacific University. Our ministry service embraces all cultures, all nations and all peoples as gifts of God to the entire world. Our primary objective is to have the kingdom […]

The Path to Sustainable Financial Health

The university finished last year with an operating surplus of $2.2M due to exceptional enrollment in graduate and degree completion programs, and to the salary and retirement cuts which were still in effect at the close of the fiscal year. Without the cuts the surplus would have been $1.2M. Either way, this is a significant […]

Christmastime “Melody of Messiah”

Recently, while going through some old papers in a desk drawer at home, I came across a poem I had written 30 years ago when I was an administrator at Spring Arbor College in Michigan. At that time, I was asked to bring a brief devotional thought to the faculty-staff family Christmas party on campus. Somehow, I […]

Listen Well; then Choose Your Adventure

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.’ As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.” (Luke 5:10–11 CEB) A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time observing and listening as a few of FPU’s […]