Vanguard University announces that Mike Beals has been named Dean of Spiritual Formation. This position will serve as the university pastor for the Vanguard community and the senior administrator of the Spiritual Formation Department. Mike will provide leadership for student spiritual development and the chapel program, in addition to service to the community through local outreach and global missions.
President Richard Mouw of Fuller Seminary, states, “Mike is a careful thinker, a solid scholar, and an intellectually stimulating conversationalist. He is also a very fine person, whom I consider to be a good friend. In our many conversations together over the years I have been impressed by his pastoral sensitivities, his sense of his own humanity as a servant of the Kingdom, and his deep love for his family. In short, I admire him greatly as a Christian fellow-disciple. When I read your published description of this position, it struck me that Mike is a perfect candidate for this particular assignment. He has just the right blend of spiritual mentorship, administrative savvy, and love of the academic life that this position requires.”
Mike came to faith in Christ at Vallejo First Assembly of God in 1977. He began attending San Diego First Assembly of God while pursuing the pre-med program at San Diego State University, but sensed God calling him to Vanguard. While at Vanguard, Mike double-majored in Religion and Psychology and went on to earn his MA in Church Leadership. Mike completed a second MA at Fuller Theological Seminary in Biblical Studies and Theology. He earned his Ph.D. at Fuller in Christian Ethics. After completing both his BA and MA, he served as an adjunct faculty member from 1991 to 2005 and an Assistant Professor of Religion from 2005 to 2009.
As an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Mike has spent the past 26 years in ministry at Mission Hills Community Church in Rancho Santa Margarita, the last 23 of those as Senior Pastor. Mike has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Fuller Seminary since 1999. In addition to scholarly involvement in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Mike has been actively involved in global outreach in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, China, Israel, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland.
Jeff Hittenberger, Provost of Vanguard proudly states, “We have experienced many blessings at Vanguard. Having Mike join us as Dean of Spiritual Formation is a particularly rich blessing as so many here already know and appreciate him and look forward to serving with him as we equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.”