It Takes a Village to Make a Brand

A Great Brand Meeting a new institution is like meeting a new person—you want to get to know who, or what, they are and what they stand for before you clutch either to your chest as your best friend. You want to understand values, mission, vision and purpose. That’s the big idea behind branding. It […]

Academic Innovation and the Mission of God

In 2008, I left my full-time job at a manufacturing company to pursue “by faith” an evangelistic ministry and the completion of my college degree. I was unsure how I would pay my bills, and less confident about my pursuits in higher education. All I knew was that the Lord placed a fire within me […]

Prayer with Consistent Purpose

Yvette and I knew that our journey to Pakistan would change our lives. We also anticipated a change in our relationship to God. We were entering an environment not conducive to Christianity, and in some places very dangerous to live. Prayer was always a principal in our relationship, but there it became critical to our […]

What’s Christian higher education worth? How about $60 billion

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) issued an economic study of its 142 members in the United States, which includes Fresno Pacific University. All these institutions broaden the educational options for students and create environments where they can freely integrate their Christian faith with cognitive development. Many of those institutions, like FPU, do […]

Life was the Lesson for Wilfred Martens

Wilfred Martens taught a lot to those lucky enough to know him, whether as a member of the English faculty at Fresno Pacific, a tour guide at Hearst Castle, an instructor at the University of San Francisco or in classrooms at Elderhostel, China and Lithuania. But like any master teacher, his greatest lesson was his […]

Marketing Helps FPU Serve and Engage

“Universities do marketing?!” It’s a common response when I tell people what I do at Fresno Pacific University. For many, marketing is practically a four-letter word. There is something incongruent about marketing and education. It feels a little too sales-y for something as pure as the pursuit of knowledge, right? I’d say that depends on […]

Super Heroes on our Campuses

I often reflect on the blessing of our amazing team of student workers at Fresno Pacific University. When I began my journey as an employee 12 years ago, I had 11 student workers that I felt an immense responsibility to lead, train and mentor; not only in the day-to-day tasks related to their positions on […]

Visionary Leadership

If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. Proverbs 29:18 (The Message) Vision is the bridge between the present and the future; it captures the imagination by painting a compelling picture of a desired reality which does not […]

Having A Heart Like Christ for Haiti and Africa

God knew I would be a missionary. He knew I would fight against being a missionary, too, but he also knew that responding to his call would change and challenge my life, my thoughts, my ideals and what I thought about who I thought I was. Being a missionary was never on my radar screen. […]