Welcome Vanguard University's 10th President

Dr. Michael Beals, who began his time at Vanguard University in 1977, will serve as tenth President of Vanguard University, beginning August 1, 2013. Under Dr Beals’ leadership, Vanguard will continue its legacy of truth, virtue and service while producing students and alums to live a story that matters.

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President Michael Beals, PhD

Over the last 36 years, Dr. Michael Beals has been called to Vanguard University in many different capacities, including undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, and administrator.  Mike’s rich journey with Vanguard is evidence of his ability and willingness to serve its constituents in the highest capacity.  After a rigorous and prayerful search, the Board of Trustees has chosen him as the finalist for the role of 10th president of Vanguard University.

A native of California, Mike originally came to faith in Christ at Vallejo First Assembly of God in 1977.  That same year, Mike followed God’s initial call to Vanguard and became an undergraduate student of Religion, double-majoring in Christian Education and Psychology.  After receiving his BA, he went on to earn his MA from Vanguard in Church Leadership, and a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology.  Mike also holds a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Fuller where he has served as an adjunct faculty member since 1999.

Mike began teaching at Vanguard as an adjunct faculty member in 1991.  In 2005, Mike became an Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Christian Ethics. He left that position in 2009.  In 2012, after serving for 23 years as the senior pastor of Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mike returned to Vanguard as Dean of Spiritual Formation, a position that serves as the university pastor for the Vanguard community and the senior administrator of the Spiritual Formation Department.

Mike is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and spent 31 years of ministry in local churches. He was first credentialed as a Licensed Minister in 1981 and that fall he began as a youth pastor at The Harbor Church AG in Lomita, California. In addition to membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Mike has written for Enrichment, the journal for Assemblies of God ministers, and contributed to Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization.  Mike has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.

Mike met his wife of 33 years, Faith, at Vanguard.  They have two grown children and a grandson.  His son-in-law is also a Vanguard alumnus.  In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys reading and working in the garden, fly fishing, sailing, listening to jazz and blues, and playing the upright bass.

 

31 Comments to "Welcome Vanguard University’s 10th President"

  1. Liz Barber

    July 31, 2013

    Congrat Mike Beals! You will make an excellent President at Vanguard!

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  2. Karen Montefu

    July 31, 2013

    Vanguard University could not have made a better choice! Congratulations, Mike!

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  3. Joseph Castleberry

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations, Dr. Beale. As a brother president at Northwest University, I am delighted to welcome you to the ranks of Presidents of A/G Universities. If there is anything I or my school can do to assist you, we stand ready! I can think of no higher honor than that of leading a Christian university, and I am proud of you for the trajectory that has brought you to this moment. God bless you and Vanguard!

    Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D., President, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA

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  4. Gina Pollard

    July 31, 2013

    Congrats, Dr. Beals! This is an amazing journey the God has you on! Blessings to you and Vanguard.

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  5. Christine Williams

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations President Mike on this exciting and challenging adventure you are about to partake in. I am so excited for you and will be praying for you and Faith as you take this step!

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  6. Joe Kimball

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations Mike! I know be a blessing to the faculty and students at Vanguard. This is a fulfillment of a long time dream…the Lord is faithful. Blessings to you!

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  7. Annamarie Espalin-Smith

    July 31, 2013

    Welcome and congratulations! My child is entering her third year at Vangaurd and hopefully someday we will be able to meet you. My prayer group will continue to pray for the staff and students. Blessings, Annamarie

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  8. Dion Richardson

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations, Dr. Beals. It’s awesome to have an alum at the helm. I pray God’s blessings upon you and your staff into taking Vanguard to higher heights. Philippians 1:6

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  9. Melvin Johnson

    July 31, 2013

    May your tenure be one of great blessing and success! Today’s leaders in higher Christian education need all the heavenly wisdom they can get. We trust God is very, very generous with you, Dr. Beals.

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  10. Caitlin Chavez

    July 31, 2013

    Congrats President Beals! They could not have picked anyone better! God has such a big plan for you and the university and I cannot wait to see it.

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  11. Susan Latham

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations! So proud of you and know they have selected the best!

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  12. Jeff Jepsen

    July 31, 2013

    Congratulations Mike! I am excited for you, Vanguard and for my daughter currently attending Vanguard.

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  13. Mike Bayer

    July 31, 2013

    May God bless you with understanding, compassion, vision and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

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  14. Al Moore

    July 31, 2013

    Congrats Mike; I only wish Carl Nelson could have been around to see this day. :)

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  15. Ken and Vinita Henson

    July 31, 2013

    Greetings from Bangalore, India!

    Our family has been so blessed to be a part of SCC and VU since the late 70′s while under the leadership of Presidents Kraiss, Wilson and Taylor. Your credentials are impressive and you have been well chosen to lead this great Christian University to further advancement.

    May you continue to remain..”ever in the vanguard, valiant for our Lord”

    Congratulations President Beals!

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  16. Sunny Boren

    July 31, 2013

    Congrats, Pastor Mike. :) We hope that Blake will be accepted by Vanguard within the next year or so. If so, we will be blessed to have him under your leadership after you baptized him 10 years ago! God bless, Sunny & Bob Boren

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  17. Mark Sherman

    August 1, 2013

    Congratulations Dr. Beals! As a Vanguard Alum (’07) and recent Fuller alum (’13), I am blessed to see the Lord’s leading for you and for the future of Vanguard! As the benediction written in Hebrews 13:20-21 states, “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

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  18. Ray and Ruby White

    August 1, 2013

    We have never had the privilege of meeting you, but we pray God’s blessing on your ministry at Vanguard. May your tenure be long and most successful – spiritually and academically.

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  19. David Godwin

    August 1, 2013

    What a wonderful choice!
    Vanguard has chosen a true man of God! Your teaching and your example as a role model have blessed our family in every way! We are so grateful for your missionary heart. May God bless you and Vanguard as you continue to follow the Cloud!

    David & Doris Godwin

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  20. Dr. Don D. Petry

    August 2, 2013

    Dear Mike,

    Congratulations on a prophesy fulfilled. God’s Plan includes preparation and anointing. You possess both and are ready for this role. You know that you have our support in this position of leadership and will help in any way that we can to fulfill God’s Call on your life. Blessings to you, Faith, and the rest of the family.

    Dr. Don D. Petry
    Executive Director, National Council for Private School Accreditation
    Direector of International Relations, Ai-Accreditation International
    President-International Council for Education

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  21. Joanne Graham

    August 2, 2013

    Congratulations, Mike. We all wish you luck in your new position. Make us proud! Vanguard could not be in better hands.

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  22. George and Anne Hefner

    August 6, 2013

    Pastor, The Lord is faithful!

    We were blessed to be a part of your flock for over ten years. You have prepared for this and The Lord has called. Continue to say “yes” to Him as you taught us to.

    Your loving sheep,
    George and Anne

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  23. Beverly Johnson-Miller

    August 6, 2013

    Congratulations, President Michael!

    What a wonderful opportunity to continue Vanguard University’s amazing legacy of faith, scholarship, and transformation. I will continue to support V.U. through my prayers and gifts. Feel free to pass the offering plate (annual phone call) my way! Blessings!

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  24. Don Woods

    August 6, 2013

    May the Lord give you the needed guidance in your office as President as you faithfully seek and obey Him.

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  25. Melvin Coats

    August 7, 2013

    You do well as to lead this people which you’ve been given to lead and make disciples of all nations. May Grace and Peace be unto you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  26. H. LaVon Kindall

    August 10, 2013

    Congratulations Dr. Beal. May God abundantly anoint you as you diligently lead those called to teach a new generation to earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3:4

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  27. Carlos Fernandez

    August 13, 2013

    Congratulations Mike!

    You have been a blessing to so many as pastor, professor, mentor and friend.

    I pray God’s hand and covering on you as you lead this institution and beautiful community into the next chapter of its rich history.

    This place has been such a gift to my entire family and am thankful God has brought a leader for this next season that loves this place SO much!

    Blessings to you my friend!

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  28. Laurie Davis

    August 14, 2013

    Congratulations Beals! Praying that God speaks to you and guides you through this journey!

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  29. Andrew and Connie Taylor

    August 14, 2013

    Congratulations Mike! You are just the man for this role. We have seen the Lord’s hand at work in preparing you for this day and we are very excited for you and for Vanguard!

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  30. Christine Greenameyer

    September 9, 2013

    Congratulations Mike! You were made for this position! So excited to see and hear all that God does through you! I am praying for His rich blessings upon you, your family and the university. (BTW-We miss seeing you and Faith on Sunday mornings.)

    Much love,

    Christine & Scott

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  31. Emmanuel Natogma

    November 21, 2013

    Congratulations Mike. Undoubtedly, the Lord has put you in this position for His name to be glorified through your leadership. I am very proud you.

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