The board of trustees of Life Pacific College (LPC, also called LIFE Bible College) in San Dimas, Calif., announced on May 14 that Jim J. Adams, Ed.D., has accepted the invitation to serve as president of the college, effective July 1. This makes the ordained Foursquare minister the institution’s 10th president.
“Jim. J. Adams is uniquely prepared and qualified to be our president,” said Sam Rockwell, Ph.D., chair of LPC’s board of trustees, in a press release. “His long history of ministry and relationship in The Foursquare Church, his outstanding career in higher education, and his passionate vision and love for LPC qualify him to lead us at this time.”
Sam noted that Jim is known for his exceptional collaborative leadership and personal qualities serving in his most recent roles as LPC’s interim president and as executive director for the Center of Global Learning & Engagement at Azusa Pacific University (APU).
“Jim brings a unique blend of gifts and skill sets that are critical to the college and its future at this season,” affirms Foursquare President Glenn Burris Jr. “His grasp of our mission, the educational challenges and opportunities, and his history with our movement will serve us and the college well.”
General Supervisor Tammy Dunahoo echoes Glenn’s statement.
“Jim brings a significant blend of gifts needed for this hour at LPC,” says Tammy. “His education and years of experience in the academy, his long time of ministry in The Foursquare Church, and his passion and life as a youth pastor create together a needed combination to lead the school forward in this season … to develop a progressive Bible college that will prepare leaders for a lifetime of 21st-century ministry. The innovation and creativity in our DNA must be realized in our training efforts, so that we prepare the next generation to take the kingdom of God to the world they live in … I believe we can see that happen through LPC.”
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree from LPC, a master’s from APU, and earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California. Among his many leadership roles in Foursquare through the years, he served as LPC’s vice present, chief operating officer and dean of students; superintendent and chief executive officer for Western Christian Schools; and professor and program director of Operation Impact at APU.
“It is deeply humbling to have the opportunity to lead, and I am grateful for the many friends, alum, staff, faculty, students, donors and trustees who have prayed diligently over the past four months for the college,” says Jim. “We have much work to do with strategically aligning our college for long-term stability. However, the most important role we play is to serve our students well.
“I am committed to doing everything possible to serve The Foursquare Church and the kingdom of God as we launch new programs and strengthen those currently in place,” he continues. “With much prayer from our partners around the world, LPC is poised toward a great future of carrying out its mission of ministry education and equipping.”