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Attending Chapel, weekdays from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, is key to being an active part of the Valley Forge Christian College community. Each morning we gather in the Flower Chapel for worship, prayer and meditation on God's word. Chapel services are diverse and intended to help students experience spiritual growth and development. Feel free to explore this page to watch recent broadcasts and encourage family and friends to watch the daily webcasts as well. 

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Pneuma Opens for Shane & ShaneEach summer Teen Challenge in Rehrersburg, Pa. hosts a weekend community outreach known as Celebrate. On July 12, local bands and Teen Challenge ministry groups will perform from 12 - 5 pm. The featured group performing at 7:15 pm is Shane & Shane. Valley Forge Christian College’s ministry team, Pneuma will open for Shane & Shane at 6:30 pm.

Celebrate is family friendly with concessions, games, children’s rides and activities. There is no parking or entrance fee. Adults can register for free raffle prizes including a ‘meet and greet’ with Shane & Shane.

Shane Barnard and Shane Everett grew up in Texas. They first met while attending Texas A&M. The two have performed together for more than 15 years. The debut of Shane & Shane occurred in 2003 with the release of their first album "Carry Away." They have toured with the David Crowder Band, sold more than 500,000 records and earned three Dove Awards.

Celebrate is open to the public. Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs. The evening will conclude with fireworks following the Shane & Shane concert. For more information on Celebrate, visit Teen Challenge.

Pneuma to Open for Shane & Shane at Celebrate June 27, 2014

Creation Festival

This Could Be You!

Nick Meo '14 at Creation Festival
VFCC Graduate from the Digital Media Program

Valley Forge Christian College is the media and video production sponsor of Creation Festival East and Sonshine Festival. Creation is the nation's largest Christian music festival, a great place for current VFCC students to get hands-on experience in areas related to the digital media program. Prospective students and their families can stop by the VFCC booth and learn more about the college. At Sonshine Festival, high school students will also be placed in a drawing for a $5,000 scholarship giveaway to VFCC.

For more information on the Digital Media Program, click here.

Creation Festival June 26, 2014
Rev. Wesley SmithValley Forge Christian College (VFCC) mourns the loss of former president (1985-1996), Reverend Wesley W. Smith. Smith entered heaven on June 18, 2014 leaving behind a legacy as a beloved husband, father, friend, teacher and mentor.

Smith had a passion to lead. He served as a professor at Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and North Central Bible College (now North Central University) where he taught various subjects including Greek. He served as Chairman of Biblical Studies at Evangel College (now Evangel University) and was on the faculty of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary before coming to serve as the president of Valley Forge Christian College.

At the beginning of his presidency, Smith helped expand the diversity, staff and student population at VFCC. This resulted in more minority students attending the College. Hiring more staff also meant hiring more female professors. Smith believed that VFCC needed more female role models and encouraged women to be involved in ministry.

As the College began to grow, Smith was faced with a difficult decsision. The former hospital buildings were in need of great repair and maintenance. The administration began to look at other properties to move to. With God's provision, Smith's leadership was key in keeping VFCC in its current location, in Phoenixville, Pa. The week before a decision had to be made, Smith felt God directly speak to him, confirming that moving locations was not what He had planned for the College.

In 1994, Smith began a reconstruction and revitalization project, in which older buildings were demolished and others were remodeled. Included in this undertaking, the guard house and chain link fence that remained at the entrance of the former general hospital grounds were taken down.  

After retiring from full-time ministry, Smith returned to VFCC to serve as an adjunct professor. He taught many courses, including the full sequence of Biblical Greek courses. As a professor, one of his most important contributions was a personal one; his commitment to teaching the Bible and creating a safe environment for students to discuss life’s tough questions. “He was loved as a teacher and was instrumental in bringing wonderful leaders to the college during his time,” President Don Meyer said.

Smith’s admiration from students was clearly displayed this past week, as Dr. Meyer’s announcement of his passing on Facebook resulted in former VFCC students sharing their fondest memories of him. Some comments read, “A true and provoking teacher. Shined in the classroom,” followed by, “Professor Smith made a lasting impact on my life. I’m so thankful for his leadership,” and “He was a great teacher and I always marveled at how he would preach without a stitch of notes and a little Bible inside his suit coat pocket.” 

In remembering a leader who profoundly shaped the College Dr. Meyer said, “Valley Forge Christian College will always be indebted to President Wesley Smith for his caring and devoted service during the years he served here. We are building upon the wonderful legacy in which he invested in the lives of our students and the ministries of VFCC. On behalf of all of us here, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to his entire family.”

In Memory of Former VFCC President, Reverend Wesley W. Smith June 26, 2014
David & Beth Grant
Never underestimate the power of hope in the darkest of places. Even a life that has been used, broken and abused can find a new beginning through the hope and power of the gospel.

This is the message Reverend David and Dr. Beth Grant shared during their visit to Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) this past spring. Together, they founded Project Rescue, an organization that provides physical, emotional and spiritual restoration for women and children who have been exploited in the sex slave industry. It also provides counseling, medical treatment and vocational training. The goal of the organization is to help victims begin a new life with a new means to support themselves and to create a foundation based on Jesus and the gospel. Several sites are located in Europe and Asia.

David and Beth travel around the world, primarily India, in a fight against human trafficking. They share their vision and passion for the cause with anyone who will listen. For David, these injustices can be fought not just by groups and organizations. He says, “Whatever God calls you to ... He can use you in different ways. This is for everyone.”

Unfortunately, sex trafficking and slavery continue to expand. The market is growing, with more women and children being deceived and kidnapped into a living nightmare. Amidst this tragedy, there is change. God is changing the lives of the victims, the parties responsible and the Project Rescue workers and volunteers. Seeing the difference that Jesus, His love and His power make encourages the Grants to keep going. “You’re compelled because you see the change,” Beth said.

The Grants want to help others understand the horrific tragedy of sexual slavery, even those who have never had any contact with it. They have written two books, “Beyond the Soiled Curtain” and “Beyond the Shame.” The books are meant to help others become aware of the grave injustice of human trafficking and remember that hope is real. In Beth's words, “This is why the church exists. To reach out to those who are most broken, those who have been exploited the most. There is hope, but it has to come from Christ.”

The books are also meant to help people understand the behind-the-scenes dynamics of sexual slavery and how to join the fight against it. Beth’s new book, “Courageous Compassion,” will be published this fall. A collection of stories, she shares biblical insights and explores how, like Jesus, “it takes a bold compassion to bless, restore and empower those whom the powerful view as weaker and less important.”

VFCC students believe in both the message and objective of Project Rescue, while supporting the ministry in several ways. Bless with a Dress is an annual VFCC event that raises money and awareness of the global crisis of human trafficking by donating clothing and hosting a fashion show. Another VFCC ministry, Inspire India, raises funds by selling original student paintings. All proceeds from these ministries go to Project Rescue. Members of Inspire India presented the Grants with a donation of $4,500 during their visit to VFCC in the spring.

A Message of Hope to the Broken June 20, 2014