Congratulations to the Urshan System

High congratulations are in order on the selection of Dr. Brent Coltharp as the president of Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology. He will lead with spiritual and professional excellence.

Other good news includes the decision by the Urshan System Board of Directors to authorize the purchase of a new campus for the schools.

In the fall of 1974, I began a career of teaching in schools endorsed by the United Pentecostal Church. My first office was located on the ground floor of what was then Gateway College of Evangelism. At the conclusion of my last year in this career in 2017, my office was on the second floor of the same building, then known as Urshan College.

Between these dates, it was my privilege to serve as pastor of the First Pentecostal Church in Dupo, Illinois for seven and one-half years, executive vice-president of Christian Life College, first for nineteen and one-years, then as president for five and one-half years. During the entire twenty five years at Christian Life College, I also served as chairman of the department of theology.

From the first year of operation of Urshan Graduate School of Theology, I served as an adjunct faculty member. In 2007, we moved from California back to Missouri, and I functioned variously in part time and full time roles as a member of the faculty and administration of Urshan Graduate School of Theology.

I am quite pleased to see the progress that has been made in the educational ministries of the United Pentecostal Church International [UPCI]. A young minister recently observed, “It is a wonderful time to be part of the UPCI!” Indeed, it is!

Oh, and by the way, during the years between my first floor office at Gateway College and my second floor office in the same building forty three years later, I was in eight other offices. It took a long time to get to the second floor.