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Founded as Los Angeles Baptist Theological Seminary in 1927, The Masters College pro ides a non-denominational liberal arts education fully integrated with the Christian faith. Dr. John MacArthur, pastor, author, and world-wide Bible teacher, has served as President since 1985. The mission of The Masters College is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the kingdom of God.
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f youve ever seen a mother in labor, you know that there is no other pain quite like it: an excruciating pain, something impossible to see past in the moment, but soon forgotten in the surpassing joy of the beginning of a new life. Our universe experiences something very similar to the woman in labor. Sometimes it is di cult to see past the decaying of this world. Unlike human labor, the birth pangs of creation will culminate in death, an end of everything weve known. Jesus said in John 12:24 that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. So, this present world will die, but in its place there will be a new creation, wholly unde led. is is why Paul is able to continue in Romans 8, also we ourselves, having the rst fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. With perseverance. What Paul speaks of is not the perseverance of a trench mentality. We are not battening down the hatches to ride out the storm. It is an active waiting. Never again will we work in such close quarters with darkness so as to counteract it with light. We accomplish Gods purpose for us by doing everything we can to bring the saving truth of the gospel to the world. And with this in mind we look towards heaven both with a fervent expectation and abandon to the will of God. In this issue of e Current we will be focusing on what it means to do this, to live in light of heaven. How is it being worked out practically in the lives of our students, faculty and sta ? Alumni will share how their lives have been shaped by an eternal perspective. We will hear from students and faculty who have centered their lives on a heavenly purpose. Finally we will explore the depth of what it truly means to live Soli Deo Gloria,

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by Dr. John MacArthur promised before time began. is tells us that in eternity past, before there was ever created anything that is created, before time began, God determined to begin and to nish His redemptive plan. People were chosen. eir names were written down that they might be brought to faith, to godliness and to glory. To whom did God make the promise? ere werent any people around, and the best understanding of the creation of angels would place it some time near the creation of the rest of the universe. If we are behind creation, to whom did God make this promise? ats a very compelling question. To whom did God make this pledge, this covenant? In 2 Timothy 1 we nd a very helpful insight. Verse 8 ends with the word God. God becomes the antecedent to verse 9. God who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus before time began. is whole promise, this whole gracious saving enterprise was granted by the Father to the Son before time began. is tells us that the promise the Father made, the promise God made, He made to the Lord Jesus Christ. is is a staggering reality, absolutely staggering. In the mystery of the Trinity there is an ine able love, an indescribable and inexplicable love that
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want to talk to you about why I love the church. It is not di cult to give your life to the church if you love it. And its not at all di cult to love it if you understand it. But, I think Michael Gri ths was right a number of years ago when he wrote in his book, Forgetful Pilgrims, Christians collectively seem to have su ered from a strange amnesia. ey go to church but have forgotten what its all about. It seems strange that the church is in an identity crisis and cant gure out what it is supposed to be when the Bible is so absolutely clear. I love the church. I confess to that. I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond anything and everything to serve the church. It is the supreme joy of my life to labor for the church, to spend my years on behalf of the church. I wouldnt trade it for anything. First of all, I love the church because it is being built by the Lord Himself. e immutable, sovereign, faithful, omnipotent Lord of heaven, whose Word cant return void but always accomplishes what He says, whose purpose always comes to pass, whose will is always ful lled ultimately, whose plan is invincible and unshakable, has spoken about building the church in extremely triumphant words. Gods redemptive purpose is to save, sanctify, glorify, to take us all the way from being chosen by Him in eternity past to being glori ed. rough salvation and sancti cation to glori cation, that is the great unfolding, comprehensive, redemptive purpose of God. Notice the end of Titus 1:2. He says, Which God. e whole plan, the whole redemptive, saving, sanctifying, glorifying plan was that which God who cannot lie

those members of the Trinity share. Jesus alludes to it in His high priestly prayer, when He asks the Father to love His own the way He loves Him, and asks that they might share in the mutual love between the Son and the Father. at love must nd its expression. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. e Father, in a demonstration of this indescribable, supernatural, perfect love, expressed to the Son a desire to manifest that love in a very unique way. is is certainly where you have the origination of what Hebrews 13:20 calls the eternal covenant. e Father makes a pledge to the Son because of His love for Him. He promises the Son that He will give to Him a redeemed humanity, justi ed, sancti ed and glori ed. at He will bring that humanity to dwell in the very place where ey dwelt before time began, a timeless place, an uncreated placethe very realm of God. ats the promise, because the Father loves the Son so greatly He wants to grant this redeemed humanity to Him as an expression of His love. With that thought in mind read John chapter 6, and this becomes even more profound. In John 6:37 Jesus identi es the crucial heart of His ministry. He says, All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me. Beloved, there in that one statement is the invincibility of the
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church. All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me. Every individual ever redeemed, every individual ever granted the gi of faith, every individual ever forgiven and justi ed before God by grace is a gi from the Father to the Son. It isnt that you were bouncing down the street one day and got smart enough to get yourself saved. It isnt that you considered all your options and picked the best one by your human ingenuity. Rather, every individual who ever comes to faith is a love gi from the Father to the Son, a part of a redeemed humanity who is given to the Son for a very express purpose. What is that purpose? All you have to do is go to the book of Revelation and look into heaven and see what people are doing there. What are the glori ed saints doing? Worshipping, glorifying, praising and serving the Lamb. at is the fullness of Gods purpose. In eternity past, before creation, God determined that He would give the Son a redeemed humanity for the express purpose of glorifying, praising, honoring, and worshipping Him forever, and that ultimately would be brought into the uncreated glory where the Trinity dwells. at was the Fathers expression of love, the most wonderful

way that He could do it. He created the angels; they too worship the Son. But this is unique because this is a redeemed humanity and their purpose is to glorify the Son forever. In John 6:38 He says, I have come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me. e Son had a part to play in this covenant. It wasnt just the Father. e Father said, I want to give You this redeemed humanity as an expression of My love and Ill bring them all the way to perfection, all the way to glory, and theyll spend forever glorifying and praising Your name. eres just one thing I need You to do and that is to go into the world, become one of them, and pay the penalty for their sins. When Jesus says in verse 38, Ive come down from heaven not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me, He does not mean that Hes against this, that Hes unwillingly or reluctantly submitting. All He means is, Im coming to ful ll a plan that the Father has devised. Ive come down to do the one thing necessary: provide the atoning sacri ce so that this humanity might be redeemed. You know as well as I that the atonement of Jesus Christ stretched all the way back to cover all the sins of

those who believed before He died as well as all who believe a er He died. Read John 6:44: No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And Ill raise him up on the last day. Every individual who has ever come to faith is a love gi from the Father to the Son. Were caught up in something so monumental, so vast, so transcendent, it is almost as if my salvation and your salvation is somewhat incidental, that the real issue here is not to get us to heaven, but to express love from the Father to the Son. Were just the gi . When I want to show my love to someone, I might give them a gi . ey dont love the gi . ey might enjoy the gi but what matters to them is the love of the giver. And thats exactly this. e whole issue is not us. e issue is this trinitarian love relationship in which we are privileged to participate. e Father isnt done with just that. Someone told me a long time ago that the supreme compliment, the supreme form of attery is imitation. We know that today. When somebody has a hero they imitate them. And in Romans 8:29, I want you to notice this, For whom He foreknew He also predestined to become conformed to the image of

His Son. is is incredible. e Father determined before time began, in His foreknowledge and predestination, that He would bring together a redeemed humanity. He would save them, sanctify them, glorify them and bring them to heaven so that forever they could say, Worthy is the Lamb. eres one more component: they would be made like the Son. As much as it is possible for redeemed humanity to be like incarnate deity, we will be like Jesus Christ so that (verse 29) He might be the prototokos among many brethren. e prototokos, meaning not the rst one born in chronology, but the premier one. So that He might be the supreme one over a whole brotherhood of those who are like Him. We know thats what John said: When we shall see Him we shall be like Him. e apostle Paul said, I press toward the mark for the prize of the upward call. What is the prize of the upward call? Christs likeness is the prize. If thats the purpose for which God redeemed me, to make me into the image of His Son, then that should be my goal right now. ats

why Paul says, to the Galatians, I am in travail until Christ is fully formed in you. ats why he says, For me to live is Christ. e one thing he pursued was Christs likeness; because that was the reason God saved him, that was the whole point. In fact he says in Philippians 3, I pursue that for which God pursued me. Why did God pursue him? To make him like His Son. e goal is to make an elect and redeemed humanity like Jesus Christ. And God will bring it to pass. It reminds me of he who was commenting about Christianity triumphing; he said simply, I read the book and in the end we all win. Its true. e church is invincible. Its absolutely invincible. e purposes of God cannot be thwarted. Read 1 Corinthians 15. When the Son has done everything, then comes the end, when He delivers up the Kingdom to the God and Father (1 Corinthians 15:24). In the end the Lord is going to say, I raised them all up; I provided salvation; I provided the Spirit for sancti cation. Here they are, Father. I give them to You. Hes going to deliver them all to the Father. And the Father is going to give them to the Son as a love gi . eyre Yours. eyre going to praise You forever and ever. When the Son brings the whole redeemed humanity to glory and the

Father gives them all to the Son as a love gi , the Son will turn around and give it all, including Himself, back to the Father. is is mind-boggling. is is what were all caught up in, an immense, transcendent, incomprehensible expression of love within the trinity of which we are the gi s exchanged. I love the church because the Lord is building it Himself. Its His. And its enough for me, frankly, whether small church, big church, medium-sized church, happy church, or sad church, its just enough to be a part of it. I feel like Paul in 2 Corinthians 2. He was so sad in that letter, but he says, God always causes us to triumph in Christ. Its enough to march in the triumph. Its enough to be in the parade. Its enough to wear the uniform. Frankly, the end is already determined. Im just privileged to be marching with the troops. What do I need beyond that?

is article is edited om the sermon Why I Lo e the Church, delivered by Dr. MacArthur at Grace Community Church on March 24, 1996.

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ake a look at the world around you. What do you see? Do you see the intricate details of brilliant design? Do you marvel at the heavens in their vast array? Do you wonder at the in nitely small particles that make up the fabric of all creation? Do you see man and in him such abilities and emotions that clearly display the image of the creator? Do you see the ngerprints of God? When I consider your heavens, the work of your ngers, the moon and stars, which you have ordained; what is man that you take thought of him, and the son of man that you care for him? O Lord our Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth. - Psalm 8:3-4,9

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Take a look again, what do you see? Do you see a creation once made good and perfect frustrated by the e ects of decay? Death? Sin? Do you see the created order in ruin given over to a cursed state? Do you see man corrupted proud, abusive, sel sh, de led? Listen. Do you hear creation groaning under the weight of sins curse? Does your heart echo the cry? Come Lord Jesus! For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the rst fruits of this Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:22-23 ere is a strange and miraculous change that takes place at salvation. A change in which we are detached from the only home weve ever known. A change in which we cease to be a part of this world, but are joined to another world one more glorious than our wildest imaginations. Suddenly we nd ourselves longing for a place weve never tasted or seen a place called heaven. For the redeemed in Christ our lives on earth are a temporary state to be followed by something far better. As we continue the journey of life we are ever heading homeward. As we draw near, the evidences of the fall only appear more clearly and we learn to look towards heaven with great expectation. But what of our earthly journey? If we are in the world but not of it then to what end are we here? As the world continues its downward spiral, there is an increasing tendency within

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Christian circles to devalue the lives we are called to live on earth in light of the restored lives we will lead in heaven. In other words our expectation for what is to come is so great that we have forsaken the present. We long to be perfect to be loosed from the chains of sin and death. We desire more than anything to live in perfect unity with our Lord and Savior. Painfully aware of our own shortcomings, we are more than eager to shed this life in exchange for the next one. ere is an old folk song that is familiar to most of us called e Wayfaring Stranger. It is a song o en echoed in the hearts of believers learning to long for eternity. Im just a poor wayfaring stranger Wandering through this world of woe But theres not sickness, toil, nor danger In that bright land to which I go. Where have we derived the idea that we are poor wayfaring strangers? Strangers? Yes - For we know that we are no longer a part of this world. Wayfarers? Yes for to us life is a journey from one world to the next. Poor? No, weve missed something. In learning to long for heaven weve assumed that the woes of this world still hold sway over us. Weve equated hatred towards sin and its e ects with a disdain for the lives we currently lead within the world. Weve missed the point. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the esh, we regard him thus no longer. erefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. e old has passed away; behold, the new has come 2 Corinthians 5:17 e new has come - past tense. If in fact we have been made new in Christ and given the mind of Christ - if in fact all our former and future trespasses have been blotted out through the atoning work of Christ on the cross, then we are no longer bound by sin. If in fact we are no longer bound by sin then it stands to reason that in Christ we

are fully capable of authentically praising and worshiping God right now. We have no need to wait for the renewal of our bodies in order to glorify His name for we worship in spirit and in truth. ( John 4:24) We are not waiting to be made new. If we are in Christ we are already made new. Sin binds us no longer. Death has no power over us. Are we a ected by sin? Yes though no longer of this cursed world we are still in it. However, sin no longer dominates us. Made new, we have been restored to the authentic praise and worship of God through our Lord and Savior. By the Westminster Catechisms de nition the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Gods glory bleeds through every page of Scripture, and permeates all of creation, despite the scars of sin and death. We exist purely to glorify Him whether we intend to
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or not. Yet it pleased God to redeem a people for Himself that could through His own power worship Him in truth. We are that people the church. Christs righteousness has been imputed to us so that in our worship of God He sees, not the sins we have committed, but only the pure, renewed heart being created in us through the work of the Spirit. So, to what end are we here? We are as His light, in a dying and dark world. We have been reconciled to God, who has now entrusted us with His message to the world - come and be made clean. We remain on earth so that the church can increase. We are here to proclaim His redemption, so that each day more and more can be added to the authentic glori cation of His name. en in this ever increasing chorus of praise, we the redeemed are given a delicious foretaste of that for which we long - something heavenly.

By Allison Pari Godspeed! It was the cry of old om the docks as a ship hoisted its anchor and faced the vast ocean. Men do ed their caps, women raised their handkerchiefs. In a mixture of joy and apprehension they watched the ship break om the con nes of the harbor and sail into a world that was largely unknown. O en the sailors were heard om again, sometimes they werent, but still they sent them o with that same blessing, that same prayer for protection. e never say Godspeed anymore, but maybe we should. Maybe we need that reminder of who is going with us and who we are going for. Maybe goodbye (a term that used to mean God be with ye) is too meaningless. When we say goodbye to a Christian brother, we are not merely sending them o to their next appointment in the daily grind. We are sending them into a battle eld, into a vast ocean where the winds never die and the waves loom high overhead some days. ey need that Godspeed. You see, the Christian life is a voyage, an expedition. It was with great insight that Paul referred to it as a race. To stay in one place is to let barnacles collect on the hull, living your Christian life in the harbor, with anchor lowered and the sails tied up, where the quiet lilting of the waves lulls you to sleep. It was said once, many years ago by 19th Century Presbyterian minister William Shedd that A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. en, what are they built for, and for whom? Ships sailing for the United Kingdom bear the pre x HMS, which stands for His/Her Majestys Ship. eir sole purpose is to do the bidding of the king or queen. Every movement of the rudder, every ru ing of the sails is to represent the British throne. In many ways, we are to do the same, but not for the King of England. In his book Heaven on Earth Stephen Nichols of Lancaster Bible College points out that we are not residents on this earth.

Instead We are ambassadors of another land, with a di erent set of customs and laws, and even a di erent language. As we represent this land and its Monarch, we must bear the marks of our home. We must live by its customs and speak its language, however foreign they may be.

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e Masters College is in the business of shipbuilding, and many of these ships will sail into foreign waters as ambassadors of the Master. But its not about the length of the voyage or the number of miles covered, but what is accomplished. Students can serve close to home or faraway, what matters is Who they are serving. For example, a tugboat doesnt have to go very far to be useful. e harbor is never out of sight, but tugboats never rest and if it werent for them, the other ships would never get very far either. is is something especially important for college students at TMC to remember. ey have classes and chapel usually ve days a week, church and homework on the weekends, not to mention sports and student leadership commitments. Opportunities to share the gospel can seem limited. is makes little di erence as students have discovered. Opportunities to live for Gods kingdom are everywhere if only you take the time to look. Last October Cross Country runners David Eller and John Hurd participated
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in Outreach Week along with the rest of their team, playing with and teaching Bible stories to the kids in an apartment complex mere blocks from school. At the time, they had no idea this would turn into a yearlong opportunity to minister. A one-time connection fostered lasting relationships. e harbor was in full view, but there was work to be done right where they were. e Cross Country teams ministry in Little Newhall has since come to de ne them. Starting a new ministry wasnt easy. Because it was such a new experience for the kids, the team found it hard to get them involved at rst, but now that a year has gone by, they have earned their trust. As Eller mentioned, Initially there was a little uneasiness. I think they werent used to people from Masters coming over and doing that kind of thing. Since then its become a very regular thing. If we dont come because we have a meet, theyll ask us, Where were you last week? ats rea rming. It didnt take a lot to earn that trust, just simply being there and showing they cared went a long way. Wed just go over, visit the kids there, play some games with them, share a Bible story and give them some candy, Eller said. Hurd added, Its just been really good forthe team to have that interaction and just be able to spend time investing in the kids. ey just love it, whether its playing soccer with them, whether someone falls down and scrapes their knee and you just have to pick them up.

rough sharing play time and teaching Bible stories, the team hopes to give the kids in the neighborhood a good biblical foundation, to help them understand concepts like faith and repentance. Eller describes the di culty: ey dont speak Christian-ese very well, so there really isnt that background, where even at a Sunday school if youre going to elementaryage kids, they have this whole background of what is in the Bible. Youre talking about Noah and the ood, and some kids have no clue what that is. Because of this, and because of the age range (the oldest children are about 12), the Cross Country team isnt expecting conversions or looking for numbers of decisions. I think our prayer for this ministry is that one day God would use this time, Eller continued. So that later on those kids, if theres ever someone else sharing the gospel with them, its a proverbial planting of seeds, where theyll be able to look back and say, ose kids who were Christians, those college kids who were coming in, they genuinely loved Christ. ey werent some group of people who were telling us, Dont do that, dont do that. ey just loved us. I think that is what our goal is. It is the perfect ministry for the Cross Country team, one that allows them to use their natural talent for sports to entertain the kids and at the same time in uence them for Christ. Sometimes making big waves for the kingdom of God starts with little ripples. e tugboat never seems to make a big di erence. You never see one on the high seas, but never doubt its importance. A Christian can serve Christ anywhere Hes placed them.

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Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Mark Tatlock has noted, Ive got a bunch of students in my class who are doing things like that, and Im really proud of them. eyre out there in the community, not buying into this [idea]: Well, a er I graduate and get my degree then I can make a di erence and do something. For alumna Courtney Brooks, who graduated with a degree in Home Economics in May 2012, this perfectly

captures what she wrestled with during her rst years at the college. ere were times that I got frustrated by being in school, she said. I knew that an education was crucial to my future ministry, but I also knew that there were people who were hurting at that very minute. It was hard to justify spending money on college when people were starving to death. I was torn between getting out there on the eld and ministering and completing my college education. Would that more students had that attitude, that they could see their college career as more than just something to accomplish, a period of life to get through. If you wait for perfect weather, life will pass you by. ose who live the Christian life and wait for the waves to die down or the threat of a storm to dissipate are living in fear. ey sit in the harbor, and to the cry of Godspeed only respond, But I have one more leak to x, one more sail to patch. en I will set out. ey forget that it is the Lord who undergirds them, that it is Christ who lls the sails. Brooks herself sat back and wondered, Am I wasting time by being in college? What if I died and all I did with my life was go to school? It was then she realized that being a college student didnt mean she had to just go to school. It was as good a time as any to make an impact for the kingdom, to help those out there who were hurting. So, she made the decision to take a summer internship with ZOE International, a non-pro t organization that rescues orphans and tra cked children from underdeveloped countries and shares the love of Christ with them. Brooks said, A er receiving some wise counsel, I knew that I needed to stay in school. But ZOE was what gave me a chance to make an impact on the mission eld right where I was. As Christians, we are all called to be missionaries right where we are. ZOE gave me the opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ. Everything she was learning at school could be used immediately. She could work

towards the paper degree without having to wait for it: I chose an event planning internship because I love to organize and plan skills that I had honed by being on the Associated Student Body at e Masters College. God has given us all talents, abilities and experiences, let us not waste them. As Romans 12:6 says, Since we have gi s that di er according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly. Paul doesnt say, exercise your gi s if you want, use them when you have time. No, he says use them here and use them now. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. e night is almost gone, and the day is near (Romans 13:11-12). Tomorrow on this earth is not promised us. e future may bring sunny skies or winds and high water; it may not come at all. So, let us leave the harbor today, even if we never go far beyond it. Let us hoist our anchors while we have time, and be what we were created to beHis Majestys ship. Godspeed!

e college is rejoicing in the completion of the new sound control room in the Music Recital Hall. Built to the highest industry standards, the room will serve as a laboratory for the new audio technology emphasis, as well as providing a means of postproduction editing and live recording of events. e Masters College Chorale under the direction of Dr. Paul T. Plew toured the Northwest May 12-26, 2012. eir ministry took them to churches with close a liation to TMC&S. Dr. Plew commented that staying in the homes of alumni was a high point of the trip as he could observe the handprint of e Masters College in their lives and ministries. Majesty ew to Alaska for three weeks in June. Part of their tour included several days at Camp Li Wa in Fairbanks helping with maintenance projects. Near Eagle River they sang for the prisoners at the Womens Correctional Facility. As guests of

Dr. Je Crotts, TMC and TMS alumnus, they performed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In addition, they spent time with several other alumni in Anchorage and Eagle River. Dr. Dan Forrest, established Christian composer and pianist, has joined the TMC Music Department family as Guest Faculty. Dr. Forrest brought his expertise to the TMC campus in September when he gave individual lessons in composition and piano and held a master class which included a string quartet composed by our new composition instructor, Sarah WallinHu . A Friday evening concert, titled e Works of Dan Forrest, featured his three-movement Te Deum and How Great ou Art, performed by Collegiate Singers, area music alumni and some church choir members. e Masters College Chorale sang e King of Love My Shepherd Is, and Majesty sang O Great God. A string ensemble played his arrangements of Come ou Fount and For the Beauty of the Earth. Dr. Forrest played one of his own compositions on the piano. On Saturday, students and visitors enjoyed a choral reading session in which they sang the works of Forrest and of a number of area composers including TMC alumni Justin Schuoler and Chelsea LaFerla, along with Gustav Hoyer, Clayton Erb, Bill Brandenstein, Alan Petker, and our own Ken Mays and Brenda Dixon.
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e Music Department is privileged to partner with a composer whose numerous published works have inspired congregations in the United States and abroad. Opera Scenes takes the stage on January 25-27, 2013. Directed by Dr. Kimberlyn Jones, the shows o er a selection of staged, costumed scenes from various operas, performed in English by students. Concert Pianist and Guest Faculty member Sam Rotman will be on campus January 2930. He will give a master class on ursday and will perform a concert on Friday night. e annual Invitational High School Choral Festival will take place February 1, 2013 in the Music Recital Hall. Attracting ensembles from six or seven schools, the festival gives the choirs an opportunity to work under Dr. Paul Plew, clinician, and to be adjudicated by TMC voice faculty. e festival also gives TMC visibility among these schools and as a result, a number of students have been drawn to study music and other disciplines at the college. On February 4-5, the Music Department will host Visiting Evaluators from the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). TMC became a member of NASM in 2007 and is up for its rst renewal of membership. e visitors will attend classes and interview students, faculty, and administrators. A special concert will demonstrate a panorama of students from freshmen to seniors with vocal and instrumental performances. In May 2013 Dr. Paul Plew will lead e Masters College Chorale on their 6th tour to Israel as guests of the Ministry

of Tourism. ey will perform songs in Hebrew and English in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, the Israel College of the Bible in Netanya, Grace and Truth Congregation in Gedera, and the campus of the Israel Bible Extension (IBEX) at MoshavYad Hashmonah outside of Jerusalem. In addition to the usual venues, Dr. Plew is working with Dr. Robert Provost, president of Slavic Gospel Association and TMC Boardmember, to set up concerts to minister to the Russian/Israeli Christians. Fall Prelude on November 12 attracted more than 15 prospective music students along with family members. e visitors were able to tour the campus, visit classes, talk with faculty, take part in rehearsals and hear several of our music groups perform. A number of them auditioned for scholarships. O en, at least half the Prelude participants end up coming to TMC. e Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Steve Opfer, performed at Disneyland again this fall. Other instrumental performances included the String Orchestra concert on November 1 and the Wind Ensemble concert on November 8 with a special patriotic focus. e Band now has a Vocal Jazz uartet led by Prof. Sarah Dixon that sings at their on-campus concerts and at their annual performances at Disneyland. Majesty held their on-campus concert on September 28 in preparation for their Sunday ministries to churches in the area. e Masters Chorale led in worship at Calvary Bible Church of Burbank on Sunday evening, October 21. ey also participated in Biola Fest on November 3 and sang at e Masters Seminary chapel the same week. e Womens Chamber Choir visited the Santa Clarita Convalescent Hospital on November 10 and sang for the evening service of the Lighthouse Bible Church in Simi Valley on November 11. e Masters College handbell ensembles performed at Santa Clarita Baptist Church on October 28 and for several on-campus events. ey also hosted and rang with a number of other groups at the 16th annual Bellfest held on November 4. e clinican/guest conductor was Christine Anderson, TMC Artist in Residence.

At a special group practicum on October 2, local music educator and adjunct instructor Jana Gruss showed attendees how they could reach and impact students in all areas including public schools. Using a room full of drums, she elicited great participation out of the shyest individuals and demonstrated how to incorporate moral and even biblical teaching in music and rhythm lessons for elementary children. Students and faculty were amazed at the possibilities of her insights and techniques. Majesty was able to use what they learned from her when ministering to school children during Outreach Week a few days later. Jana and her husband Mark are alumni of the college (79). Grant Fonda, (07) accompanied by his wife Carley, served as the Associate Director of Worship Arts for two years and the Interim Director of Music Ministries at two di erent churches in Washington state. Partially through his time at TMC, and partially through composing, arranging and conducting dozens of songs, hymns, and orchestral works, Fonda was accepted for Music Composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia on a full-ride scholarship. A er receiving his M.M. in 2012, Fonda returned to Newhall to accept a select spot in the University of Southern Californias prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program (SMPTV), where he is currently one of twenty internationally selected students. Since graduation from TMC, Fonda has been blessed with the opportunity to receive numerous commissions for various groups across the nation. He has also been a nalist in several composition contests, had his research comparing Jazz, Film, and Fine Art Music accepted at various conferences (2011, 2012), been selected as one of thirty international semi- nalists in an international lm-scoring competition (2011), and been named a recipient of the prestigious ASCAP award for concert and
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lm music (2012). Fonda said I am humbled and thrilled to be back in the Santa Clarita Valley, and continue to be amazed at the great faithfulness of our God. I am also incredibly proud of my bride, Carley, who recently accepted a position at Legacy Academy, where she teaches middle school mathematics. I would not be where I am today apart from the grace of God and the faithful love and support of Carley.

rough many years of prayer and planning we have been working toward bringing a nursing program to e Masters College. e design of the program would allow students to register as pre-nursing majors and take prerequisites like Anatomy, Microbiology and Biochemistry, with upper division classes available a er that. An RN to BSN program is also in the works. Dr. Constance Milton, the newly hired chair of the Nursing Department, believes that this program is the perfect extension of e Masters College mission and purpose. Excellent nurses are experts in medicine, disease and lifesaving equipment, but there is so much more to it than that. Nurses get to experience relationships with people that no one else gets to, she said. ose relationships are more than just a job. ey are an opportunity to share Christs love and be ambassadors of the Master to people in crisis. ere are few places where the frailness of life and need for hope are more apparent than the hospital. ere is a great need for nurses not only in our valley or even our state or

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country, but all over the world. Dr. Milton hopes the program will equip people to serve on the mission eld as well as in local hospitals. eir years at the school are a time primarily to plant seeds. When our rst nursing class reaches graduation day, those seeds will be ready for whatever the Lord has planned. e stories they will have, I will never know, re ected Milton. But they will be thousandfold. e college would appreciate your prayers during this exciting process. If you are interested in learning more please visit our website or contact vmcclure@masters.edu.

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of working together and striving hard a er Christ to use all their gi s, talents, abilities and time for His honor and glory. Stay tuned for this springs production of Forever Plaid coming at the end of March. Visit www.masters.edu/theatre for more information.

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is fall, students in the TMC eatre Arts department performed the classic Meet Me in St. Louis. TMC alumnus James Phillipps returned as the Assistant Director alongside Director Tricia Hulet and Associate Director Kellie Cunningham. It is TMC eatre Arts philosophy to train their students to be a part of the performing arts in a way that focuses on serving and supporting each other as brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, therefore honoring Christ instead of self. We strive to be an outreach to our community by inviting them to our campus to experience clean, entertaining drama productions each year, from shows on Broadway to lesser-known plays. is falls Meet Me in St. Louis is a comedy based on the book by Sally Benson, adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel, and made popular by the 1944 hit musical starring Judy Garland. On the eve of the Words Fair, a move threatens to dash all the hopes and dreams of the Smith family in 1904 St. Louis. Audiences loved the uproarious and outrageous comedy, as well as the love and loyalty among friends and family. e cast and crew learned the beauty

is October, United States Congressman Howard Buck McKeon elded questions during an hour-long question and answer forum. A group of students brought up topics such as the national debt, social security, U.S. foreign policy and the presidential election. McKeon was brought to e Masters College in part through his relationship with the college and history and political studies professor Dr. John Stead, who wanted to expose students to someone with McKeons wealth of political experience. Several TMC students served as interns on McKeons campaign this semester, which Stead encouraged as a valuable kind of interaction that builds on the education taking place in the classroom. Its the kind of real-world exposure that produces the one thing hard to duplicate though other means: experience.

shipment of Bible-based books to a prison in Texas. An inmate, sent letters to several dozen Christian colleges seeking donations for a new chapel library he oversees within the prison. e Masters College is one of a few schools to respond so far. Speci cally, the inmate wanted extra biblical and theological resources books that John Stone, Director of e Masters College library, says the college was happy to pass along. Some of the books were commentaries, study Bibles, reference tools and books on apologetics. We are trying to reach every soul that we can, Stone said. Its a privilege to plant seeds, particularly in this prison ministry where they are limited in resources. Stone said the ministry opportunity will continue to bear fruit as more books will be sent to the prison. Since that rst shipment, Stone has already sent a second and is preparing a third. If someone has nished a book they think is a great read, but they dont need it as an asset for the rest of their lives, they can pass it on, Stone said. Stone believes the outreach is a good t for the college. We are commanded to go out and make disciples, he said. Jesus doesnt limit the context of how that is supposed to happen. is is anchored into the reality of the Great Commission.

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As an extension of the o ce of Multicultural Student Advancement, Outreach Week is a campus-wide e ort of e Masters College to serve in and learn from churches and ministries throughout Southern California. Each year TMC cancels classes for three days in order to mobilize student

By Cari Logston In August, e Masters College library donated a


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volunteers to serve with local churches ranging from cross-cultural and urban to homeless and prison outreach. is year TMC sent out approximately 500 students to 43 churches and ministries. TMCs athletic teams had the unique opportunity this year to take time o from their rigorous practice and game schedules in order to serve in outreach week. To read their stories, see the Athletic News section: Mustangs Reach Out.

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By Bob Dickson Last summer, Grace Community Church held its biennial Missionary Conference, this time in Eretria Village, about an hour outside of Athens, Greece. For the week that bridged June and July, missionaries from every continent came together for a time of fellowship a time to rejoice together in the work God is doing through them in their respective parts of the world. For that reason alone, the conference was a blessed event. Imagine a gathering of more than y like-minded missionary families each rejoicing in Gods faithfulness, each encouraging one another and you can understand why these conferences have become an important part of GCCs missionary focus. From the perspective of e Masters College, however, the conference was special for another reason. Close to half of the missionaries present were TMC alumni. For them, the conference was also a reunion. Its amazing to see how many missionaries are from the college, said TMC provost and executive vice president Dr. Mark Tatlock, himself a TMC graduate. It demonstrates not only the faithfulness of our students to serve the Lord on the mission eld, but also a commitment on behalf of the college and the church to help put those missionaries out there to allow them a platform to use their gi s for Gods glory. e graduates/missionaries came from all over the map: Albania, Mexico, and Spain. Uganda, Malawi, and South Africa. England, Italy, and Croatia. India and e Philippines. e Middle East and the Far East.

Even a cursory glance at the guest list suggests the obvious: There is a movement afoot. In fact, many of the missionaries are coming to the eld by the same road. ey are connecting with Bible training schools that fall under the ministry umbrella of e Masters Academy International (TMAI). TMAI is a consortium of 16 schools that exist to train Bible teachers and lay leaders to serve and lead in churches around the world. Sammy and Nicole Williams exemplify this new trend. e TMC/TMS alumni now serve in Goa, India, where Sammy teaches at the Pastoral Training Center

Switzerland, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Ukraine, New Zealand, Honduras and The United States (Russian and Spanish language), and all of them are staffed with graduates from The Masters College and The Masters Seminary. The flow into ministry is easy to track. Students earn their bachelors degrees at TMC, where they are grounded in a biblical worldview and where many are trained in missions and biblical study (and second-language pedagogy). Some of those students then attend The Masters Seminary, where they further sharpen their skills and understanding as Bible scholars and Bible teachers.

(PTS), a TMAI school that prepares Indian men to teach Gods Word and follow the biblical model for leading the church. PTS graduates are already planting churches and bringing the light of Scripture to a part of the world that desperately needs it. Its a great model, Tatlock says. By working closely with Grace Community Church and TMAI, the college is helping export the kind of education thats only been available at The Masters College and The Masters Seminary. We are greatly expanding the scope of our outreach. TMAI training centers and extensions now exist in Russia, Albania, Croatia, Italy, The Philippines, Mexico, Germany,
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At Grace Community Church, they plug into the Grace Missionaries International (GMI), the churchs missionary sending organization, which plugs them into TMAI schools that need teachers. ose schools in turn train indigenous pastors and lay leaders, who help grow and sustain strong, biblically grounded churches in their home countries. is is a great example of the Body of Christ at work, Tatlock says. is is the college reaching out to like-minded ministries and bringing what we o er here to men and women in places around the world we couldnt otherwise reach. is is an example of who we are, of whats important to us. is is about changing lives.
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As the school year approached its nish and students began to look forward to the three months of summer that lay before them, 70+ students were looking forward to an entirely di erent experience.

Re ections om the 2012 TM


Airline tickets and passports in hand, they embarked on separate journeys with the potential to forever change not only their own lives, but the lives of those with whom they came in contact. Ten individual
that it can be seen from any part of the neighborhood. e building truly serves as a symbolic light to the community; where anyone in the community can see it and run towards it, knowing that there they will be helped.
-Murillo Santos de Paula (Montgomery, AL)

I genuinely miss hearing the Bible school students at Zoe singing worship songs as we walk around the campus. eir praise resonated all throughout the Zoe home and li ed up to God. ey sang loud because they really believed that God listened and was given glory. My own praise is o en half-hearted and quiet because I do not rightly understand the magnitude of how great our Lord is. e students and children worshipped like their God was great, and that He had saved them.
-John Phillips ( ailand)

the place that will by far always stick in my mind whenever I think back on my summer in Montgomery is the Common Ground Building. e building is located in the dead center of the Washington Park and Gibbs Village neighborhoods. e building has been there for something like 200 years or so. roughout the years it has been used as many di erent things; the most memorable was that it once was a dog food mill. e building has a large tower in the back of it that is so high up
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It was so helpful to think about the visible idolatry of India and recognize that it is no different from the idols in my own heart. The national idolatry in India is really just another way to worship self, seeking to satisfy ones desires through whatever means they think will bring about the wanted result. So whether someone is giving offerings to a dead monkey on the road, or buying a new BMW every year, both are seeking for a kind of peace and satisfaction they believe that deed will bring them. So seeing that the sin I commit every day of my life is no different than the ugly and evil idols in India was a powerful thought to consider during my time there. Witnessing this kind of blatant idolatry gave me a very clear understanding of how truly evil my sin is, and more so, how unbelievable the love of God truly is.
-Wagner Floriani (India)

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teams traveled to Cambodia, Indonesia, Canada, Ecuador, Alabama, New Zealand, Germany, ailand, India, and Togo. Now the teams are back and indeed their lives were changed forever impressed with
Each day I was embraced with a variety of touches, sights, sounds, and smells of the environment of Africa. Whether it be driving down the road seeing children walking to school, women carrying buckets of coal on their head, or men harvesting crops with machetes; the touch of a newborn wrapped in my arms or a little child around my leg; the sound of an infants rst cry, the wailing of family members who had lost a loved one, or the laughter of children playing in a nearby eld; the smell of Peanut sauce brewing in the kitchen, the natural odor of the Togolese or the distinct hospital smell that made my nose cringe all these senses will be etched in my mind forever reminding me of Togo. Togo is no longer just another place on the map, but a thriving culture dear to my heart.
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the sights, sounds and lessons they learned both overseas and close to home. Below are the re ections of several of the students who were signi cantly impacted by this summers Go! trips.

great to see Gods glory re ected there in creation. It was green everywhere, even where elds were not tended to. ere were clusters of beautiful woods scattered all over the island, between elds, lining roads, surrounding houses It was such a cool thing to see it and to be reminded that His glory really does ll the whole earth, even in di erent climates and landscapes.
-Rebecca Freres (Canada)

e beauty of Prince Edward Island is something that I will never forget. It was so
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is trip opened my eyes to see that as long as you are focused on the Lord and really worshipping Him, it doesnt matter the style or process. Besides just the expression of lo e
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for the Lord in general, what really made me lo e God even more was, for really the rst time, understanding how many people there are in the world, and knowing that God lo es each one of us. God loves ME. I am just one person in this huge world and yet God sent his one and only Son to die on the cross for me. Jesus made it possible for us to have a personal relationship with the

Father through his death. And God does know each of us personally. It is hard to comprehend that God knows all of my thoughts, feelings and actions before I even do them; and He knows that for every single one of the around 7.1 billion people in the world.
- Janelle Sullivan (Togo)

Gods love for me is steadfast, never dependent on my love

for Him. is is a truth that I meditated on during the trip. ere were many times during the trip I felt like despairing because of my weak and apathetic love for the Lord, but this truth is what I clung to. Another facet of Gods love that I learned more deeply on this trip is that because of His love for me, God is FOR ME! I never need to strive to reach a state where I am acceptable to Him while He frowns down on me. No, God is with me, helping me, alongside me, and cheering me on. His lo e brings Him down into the trenches that I am in,

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-Christi Rose (Cambodia)

Love is an interesting word. So o en you hear people say, I love you, I love my dog, I love my house. Does that mean that one loves their pet more than their wife or child? No, because love is just a word that people say; it can only be shown through ones actions. e ultimate example of this was when Christ laid down his life for our sins at the cross. My lo e for God

continues to grow each day as I begin to understand what lo e truly is; meanwhile He continues to lo e me just as He always has.
- Hannah Fuller (Togo)

e grace of the Lord was so evident in giving me deeper understanding of love: that it is never passive, but active. Love for God requires dying to myself everyday, which is a choice I make every second in the

things I say, how I use my time/ energy/money/resources. Love for God brought me so much joy really, joy that is unspeakable. Lo e for God makes hard things worth it, makes sacri ces not seem so big, makes relationships amazing. It brings together people who would otherwise never have been iends. It binds together in perfect unity.

- Amy Bryerton (Montgomery, AL)

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he legacy of e Masters College in the lives of students doesnt end when they graduate. e lessons instilled over three or four years remain and o en a ect alumni far into their adult lives. is is true of the colleges emphasis on living with an eternal perspective. When asked about their experiences, alumni were only too eager to respond. e following questions were an attempt to capture the essence of what it means to always keep heaven in mind.

1. How would you say that the reality of eternity has a ected your day-to-day life? How have you intentionally structured your life (and what choices have you made) in light of our eternal hope and home in Heaven? 2. Did your time spent at e Masters College in uence you at all in the development of this mindset? If so, how? Here is what they said.

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so we learn to live in such a way that He will say, Well done. What stands out about our time at TMC is that Christ and the truth of His Word was held up as the preeminent truth in all areas of life. is was not an isolated theme but a principle taught throughout our whole experience. Our science professors taught us to see the physical world as something specially created by God that declares his manifold wisdom and glory. Working in Student Life taught us the importance of living in a community where everyone urges one another towards Christlikeness. Mark Tatlock and Lisa LaGeorge helped us understand the worlds urgent need for Christ. We remember Joe Keller repeatedly challenging us to live in such a way that can only be explained by Christ in you. As we both went on to obtain other degrees, we saw how the world cannot o er such truth for life. We are so grateful for TMC teaching us that we are not of this world, that we were created for God, and that our greatest joy comes as we live for Christ in all things, for to live is Christ and to die is gain.

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Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Exposition -09 Eternity is the reality that puts this life in perspective. e reality of heaven and hell makes studying Gods Word and sharing the good news of Jesus that much more important. With eternity at our front door, people need to hear the gospel so that they can be saved from eternal destruction and saved to a relationship with God. I want to be able to share that saving truth with youth of our generation. In order to prepare myself for full-time ministry I have been attending e Masters Seminary. I am currently in my fourth year and looking forward to graduating this May and having

Remembering that this world is not our home has led us to make decisions about our life that simply would not make sense if this world is all there is. Ultimately, we believe that God is directing us to pursue ministry in medical missions overseas. e big decisions we have made as a family ( nancial considerations, career choices, buying a home, where we live and go to church) have all been made with that in mind. Some people do not understand why we would give up the opportunities and privileges we have here in the U.S. to do that; however, when you think of all history being headed towards Gods redeemed people worshipping Him for all of eternity, this decision makes perfect sense. Knowing where God has called us, it is our privilege to participate in His plan by showing Christs love and sharing the truth of His gospel.

However, we also make myriads of decisions every single day where we have to choose whether we will focus on the temporary eeting things of this life or see the ordinary things in life as a platform to glorify our God and put Him on display. If we only think of ministry as what we will do one day overseas, we lose the even greater opportunity to learn to honor our God in our daily thoughts, words, attitudes, and interactions with the world. Every day requires a choice of where our focus will be We pour time into our church, serving and investing in people. God is so much more concerned with our mindset and focus than what we do and accomplish each day,
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the opportunity to preach eternal hope to youth. My time at e Masters College helped shape my Biblical worldview. Everything from class, chapel, Servant Leadership Sta , and Chapel Media to dorm living helped me understand what it means to live out the Christian life. Professors, resident directors and fellow students all helped me see things through the lens of Scripture. Everyone challenged me to not only learn biblical head knowledge but also to put all those truths into practice daily. Two of the most in uential men who developed my eternal mindset are Joe Keller and Dave Hulet. ose two taught me what it means to love others and live the Christian life in a community. ey helped me gain a biblical perspective that was bigger than the here and now, to look heavenward and to live in light of our eternal home in heaven.

History -07 I currently am a PhD student at the University of Chicago and my technical major is Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East. My reason for pursuing this course in life is because I love Gods Word. I believe it is a historically accurate document, and I would love to teach in a secular environment to hopefully reach college students with the Gospel and the Truth of Gods Word I was reminded recently that this life is not mine to live for myself or my glory, because I have been bought with a price. Im here by Gods grace and for His glory, and my role is to be faithful where He has me and to walk by faith. It is by Gods grace alone that we live and move and have our being, and we walk in the good works which He prepared beforehand.

e Lord was so gracious to bring me to TMC, and I grew and learned so much in my time at TMC. ere were so many wonderful people who spoke into my life at various times, so it is di cult to choose just a few. I was greatly impacted by my professors and coursework while at TMC. I wish I could go back and take those classes again! I learned so much foundational Bible knowledge in these classes that has been formative for my life as a believer. Probably my most formative experience at TMC, however, was the semester I spent at IBEX. It was incredible to see the truth of Gods Word played out in the land where it took place. I learned so much from the professors there and from their wives. Its di cult to sum up my time at TMC, but I would say that my three years at TMC showed me what it meant to walk with the Lord on a daily basis, rely on His Word, and to be a true believer in every aspect of life.

Before taking that class I could identify error when I heard it but I didnt know how to respond, I didnt know what to say. at class taught me the questions to ask when talking to someone with a di erent worldview. is gave me con dence in my evangelism and made me excited to talk to people. Gods Word stands the test; there is no question too hard that the Bible cannot answer. is class helped me see people as souls headed for hell and gave me a passion to see them repent of their sins and put their faith in God. I use a lot of the knowledge I learned at TMC in my ministry in the local church today.

Political Studies, Constitutional Law -06 I cannot wait for Heaven! It is something I truly look forward to and pray for on a daily basis. Paul said in Philippians that to live is Christ, to die is gain. One way my husband and I invest in our eternal future is through our involvement in our local church. e relationships we build now will last for eternity. We love working with the college ministry at our church. A second way we do this is with our family. We have a three month old that we are excited about raising to know our Lord Jesus. We also plan to adopt our next child. God has adopted us into His eternal family, and we hope to adopt a child into our family and share with him the love of our Father in Heaven and the hope we have in Him. e summer before my senior year at TMC, a fellow student and her family died in a car accident. Nothing in my life has caused me to long for eternity more. Although she was missed greatly on campus, I could not help but think how
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Business, Accounting -06 My hearts desire is to live every day for the glory of God. ough I dont always succeed, I try to keep my eyes focused on eternity and spend my time investing in what will last. What happens here is so eeting, and so I pray on a daily basis that God would use me to spread his kingdom. To that end, I work with the high school girls at my church, Compass Bible Church. Sharing the gospel with these girls and seeing some of them repent of their sins and put their faith in God makes all the sacri ce worth it. I know that when I die and stand before Him I will never regret a minute I spent in service. I learned so much about God and truth at TMC. Dr. Behles Christian Worldview class gave me the tools I needed to evangelize.
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wonderful it was that she was praising our Savior unhindered by any sin. I look forward to seeing her again someday! ere were many other people at TMC who in uenced me in this area. I was blessed with so many godly friends and professors who challenged me to love our Savior on earth and long for eternity in Heaven. What a blessing it was to constantly have people pointing me to Christ!

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My husband and I have had the great privilege of serving in Uganda, Africa for the past several years as missionaries. ough it has had its hardships, it has also been full of joy, and I can re ect on many lessons the Lord has taught me along the way. What keeps me here in Uganda? e wonderful culture, the amazing people? No. e longer one stays, the more one realizes the common thread of depravity which runs through everyone everywhere. What keeps me here? at great feeling of helping others? Well, thats a gi of common grace that fuels even unbelievers to sacri ce charitably. at, too, has its limits and is even o en motivated sel shly. What keeps me here? Some have arranged an easier, more comfortable lifestyle here than they could ever obtain in America, due to low labor costs. But what keeps me here? My answer would be di erent from my husbands, who is called to this ministry. We believe that his gi s for the Kingdom are maximized here more than anywhere else at this stage of life. I am here because I am called to help my husband, no matter what he does, no matter where he lives. And as I

embrace my God-given calling, I can indeed enjoy life anywhere. My time at TMC trained my mind to think biblically. I became thoroughly convinced of the su ciency of Scripture, especially from my biblical counseling classes by Dr. Wayne Mack and Dr. Stuart Scott. Every day I retrieve wisdom learned from those men to apply to life and ministry. Disciplining my mind to stay focused on biblical principles is what keeps me living for heaven and to not be tempted to live for this world.

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students was clear in the minds of students and sta on campus. It was a hard year in which eternity seemed so much clearer in the minds of the community. In the midst of loss and su ering, though, there was a spark of hope and beauty as believers wrestled (holding Gods hand) with such a loss and nding comfort in Christ alone. I clearly remember so many conversations about God being our portion or singing with tears in my eyes Blessed Be y Name as a major anthem of hope a er hearing Dr. Varner speaking at chapel and giving us an example of grieving well and ghting to nd our hope and comfort in Christ. We were blessed as we were given such a tangible example of holding on to Christ in the midst of great adversity.

were also helpful in reminding me that even while the su ering and pain of this world cuts so very deep, our hope as believers is that this is not our home. We will one day live in a home that Christ has prepared for us and in that place there will be no more tears.

TMCS NEW ALUMNI DIRECTOR


e Masters College was blessed to have Polly (Meredith) Raby (TMC class of 09) serve as TMCs Director of Alumni Relations for four years (2008-2012). e Lord directed Polly and her husband Brian to a local church in the Toronto, Canada area, where Brian is now serving as an associate pastor. In her place, Steve Crawford (TMC class of 08) is excited to further TMCs e orts to connect with our nearly 10,000 alumni scattered all over the globe. If you have any questions, requests, or suggestions for Steve, he would welcome your input at alumni@masters.edu.

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Liberal Studies/Teacher Education -92 e reality of eternity e ects the way I live every day. Worshiping the Lord through His Word and prayer xes my thoughts every morning on the King of eternity, our Lord Jesus. My aim, in view of eternity, is to walk in obedience in the present. When I turned the corner on my 40th birthday, I realized that I could be half way home. Lord willing, I will have few more decades to store up treasures in heaven. I so want to be ready. I want to be sure Im not ashamed and that Ive maximized my time to serve Him faithfully. e structure for my life does not allow time for hobbies. ere are too many people with spiritual needs and too little time to minister to those needs. Fortunately, Ive been blessed to not have to work outside of my home which has given me the circumstances to minister full-time to family and my church. Christ, husband, kids, church, extended family, neighborsmy life is full of ministry that I trust will count for eternity. e Masters College always instilled a sense of living for eternity because of the emphasis on advancing the gospel. I was impressed by student life to be involved in other peoples lives to do good things, and yet to not be afraid to lovingly confront those who are in sin. My professors lived in light of eternity as evidenced by their holy living. I could always count on them to do what was right, work with excellence as unto the Lord, and to impart godly advice. Im so thankful for their godly in uences. And, of course, Dr. MacArthurs emphasis on the relevancy of Scripture to all areas of life has le an unmistakable in uence on my life. Gods Word is truly awesome.
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Biblical Studies -08 One way in which the reality of eternity has a ected my everyday life is in my view of su ering. Su ering pulls the blinders o our eyes and enables us see to a world that is groaning under the weight of sin. Not a day goes by where we escape the consequences of a world in rebellion against its Creator. But I know that this is not the way it will always be. ere will come a day when Jesus Christ will return to this earth, setup his kingdom, and bring peace and healing to this planet. In days when the pain of this life weighs heavy upon me, I can look with hope upon those future days when we will live in unhindered fellowship with our God and su ering will be done away with. I remember wrestling with these realities during my sophomore year at TMC. at previous summer, two tragic events had a ected the TMC community: a current student and a former student had both passed away. e chapels in which those two were honored and remembered were heart-wrenching and sad. But they

5TH ANNUAL TMC ALUMNI DODGER GAME WAS A SUCCESS!


is past July, TMC returned to Dodger Stadium for our 5th Annual TMC Alumni Dodger Game. More than 230 TMC/LABC Alumni convened at Dodger Stadium for a night of fun, fellowship, and all-you-can-eat Dodger Dogs! We are already planning our return to Dodger Stadium for July 2013, so be sure to register online at www.masters.edu/ alumni next summer when tickets become available. Hope to see you there!

TRUTH & LIFE CONFERENCE TMCs Homecoming for Alumni


TMCs annual Truth & Life Conference is right around the corner! For twenty years, our Truth & Life Conference has been an incredible way to kick o our spring semester, to be refreshed by sound preaching of the Word, and to welcome back our Alumni. Every year, alumni from every era of TMCs history return to campus to reconnect with one another, to reminisce while on campus, and to be encouraged by excellent Biblical teaching and worship. is years conference will be held on January 16-18, and our speakers will be Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson, and Dr. John MacArthur. We are also in the midst of planning special events designed for alumni during the conference. We would love to see you there! Register online at www.truthandlife.org or email alumni@masters.edu with any questions.

BIBLICAL STUDIES
Dr. Abner Chou spoke at the Creation Biology Society National meeting Origins 2012 in July, at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. His talk dealt with the historicity of the creation narrative in Genesis 1-3, whether it is a myth, an intentional miscommunication in order to accommodate the readers or literal, historical fact. Dr. Chou hoped to help his audience combat the liberal and secular in uences currently invading the study of the Bible and science. Dr. Dennis Hutchison preached at Grace Bible Church in Bakers eld between October 21 and December 23. He will also lead the 2012-2013 Greece/Turkey study tour, December 27-January 12. e trip o ers courses in culture, history and the early church for both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Lisa LaGeorge spoke at Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, MT for their Shepherdess Conference on September 15. is summer, she was also able to visit alumni serving in Asia with Cadence International, ABWE, Christar, and Zoe International. Prof. Betty Price was invited for a number of speaking engagements this fall. In August, she spoke to the women teachers and leaders of Grace Community Church on Sharpening Your Teaching

Skills. At the FaithBuilders Womens Tea (also at Grace Community) in September, she spoke on the topic Daily Transformed by the Renewing of Our Minds. In October, Price spoke during a weekend of meetings for women at Newbury Park First Christian Church and also at an evening event for women at Grace Brethren in Simi Valley. Dr. Will Varners new commentary on James, published by Logos Resources, has received endorsements by several theologians and seminary professors. Dr. F. David Farnell of e Masters Seminary wrote, Will Varner has provided a highly valuable and well-needed contribution to the exposition of the book of James His reasoning is clear, cogent and very welcome to the churchs great heritage in this precious epistle. In addition, Dr. Douglas Moo of Wheaton Bible College highlighted Dr. Varners careful scholarship: Will Varners James is marked by all the characteristics that make for an excellent commentary on Scripture: careful attention to the text, wide-ranging research, comparison with other ancient texts, and concern for theological and practical application. Dr. Varner also submitted several articles to Logos Resources Lexham Bible Dictionary on Bethlehem of Judah, Jesus in the Talmud, and Joshua Son of Nun. His books are available at Logos.com.

e Religious Belief s of Americas Founders: Reason, Revelation, and Revolution. According to Dr. Frazer, his book was a response to a virtual commission by respected political scholar omas Pangle when Pangle said, What is needed is a more sustained attempt at interpreting the few greatest Founders in their own terms and spirit. Dr. Frazer hopes that his book will allow people like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and omas Je erson to speak for themselves, instead of being misquoted and championed by both sides of the political spectrum. Dr. Frazer writes that neither of the prevailing views is correct. He has determined through objective study that the majority of our key founding fathers were neither as devoutly Christian or secular as some would have us believe. Since its publication, Pangle and other respected historians such as Mark Noll and Russell Muirhead have come out to o cially endorse the book. Noll wrote, Sophisticated, well-documented, and forcefully argued. Extreme partisans who champion Christian America or complete secularism will not like this book, but all other readers should come away much better informed about the past and also much better situated to adjudicate religious-political debates today. Dr. Frazer has also been featured in interviews with Focus on the Family and the Gospel Coalition and theologians Frank Pastore and Al Mohler. In November, he traveled to New York to give a lecture on this topic at Colgate University. His book is available at Amazon.com or e Masters College bookstore.

HOME ECONOMICS/FCS
Prof. Beth Mackey, chair of the HE/FCS Department and other Home Economics faculty Janet Taylor, Kimberly Toqe, Laureen Mgrdichian and Glenda Hotton have contributed from their areas of expertise to a new book edited by former chair Dr. Pat Ennis and Dorothy Kelley Patterson. e Christian Homemakers Handbook is 560 pages full of biblical encouragement and practical

HISTORY
Dr. Gregg Frazer has recently published a highly anticipated and widely praised scholarly work on American historical and political thought. Earlier this year, University Press of Kansas released
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advice about everything from meal planning to interior design. It will be available from Crossway in March 2013.

MUSIC
Dr. Ruta Bloom eld recruited the string ensemble in April and performed the harpsichord accompaniment for J.S. Bachs Easter Cantata as part of the Claremont Graduate University doctoral recital of Galen Clark, chair of performing arts at Heritage Christian School. Dr. Bloom eld also performed Bach and Arcangelo Corelli in the TMC Chamber Orchestra concert in November. Prof. Sarah Dixon, with alumnae Stephanie Klimek, Stacey Cherry Forbes, and Brenda Dixon led Songs of Summer: A Performance Workshop for Singers, June 25-29. Forty students (ages 8-12) from the community attended. Over the course of the week they were taught singing skills along with music history and theory, with a concert on Friday. Songs of Summer 2013 is scheduled for June 17-21. For more information visit the Masters website. Prof. Dixon, along with Tricia Hulet, and Brenda Dixon, also had the opportunity to lead worship at the Women Discipling Women Conference in Woodland Hills in July. In addition, she was nominated for a Goldie through the Canyon eatre Guild in Santa Clarita for her performance of Marion in e Music Man last summer. Prof. Ryan Foglesong, who records with Sovereign Grace, released the album From Age to Age with Bob Kau in in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Foglesong arranged songs and played bass and acoustic guitar. ey have since released an album in Spanish. Foglesong teaches bass and arranging at TMC. Dr. Kimberlyn Jones, head of the voice department, attended the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) convention in Orlando, Florida, June 30-July 3. She also attended the NATS Fall Symposium at LA Valley College. e association o ers this type of opportunity to the voice students at a reduced cost. In addition, she attended the Western Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in Los Angeles in November. Students who attend with
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BIOLOGICAL and PHYSICAL SCIENCES


Dr. Joe Francis was recently appointed as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Creation Science and eology, a joint publication of the Creation Biology Society and the Creation Geology Society. In addition he joined Dr. Chou in July at the Creation Biology Society National meeting Origins 2012, at Patrick Henry College in Virginia, speaking on the Origin of Pine Bark Beetle Infestations. In October, he was also the featured speaker at a two Creation Conferences at Grace Bible Church in Roseville, California. Dr. Constance Milton had her article titled Altruism published this July in Nursing Science uarterly, an international nursing journal for which she is a contributing editor and editorial board member. She also had the opportunity to present a paper on e Ethics of Research at an international nursing conference called Aquilance on September 27, in Geneva, Switzerland.

her are able to hear outstanding vocalists competing for a place at the Metropolitan Opera. e Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is a program designed to discover promising young opera singers and assist in the development of their careers. Auditions are held in 520 locations with winners advancing to 13 regional competitions. At the nals in New York the jury awards approximately ve Grand Winner awards of $15,000 each. Prof. John Martin is at the helm of the audio technology emphasis as Coordinator. He received an Associate Degree in Audio Technology before coming to TMC as a music student in 1998. He does freelance recording and remixing in his own studio. Prof. Martin has been the music director of Resolved and the band En eld since their beginnings. Dr. Ken Mays composed two arrangements for piano this summer. One was for the annual Christmas concerts, a four-piano arrangement of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, along with Angels We Have Heard on High. He also wrote an arrangement for a large a cappella choir of Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, as well as an arrangement for womens voices. Dr. Paul Plew was invited by Music Pastor Tim Adams to give a 2-day choir retreat workshop at Calvary Bible Church in Burbank, September 14-15. He worked on choral technique, rehearsed anthems, and spoke on worship, particularly on preparing for worship through confession, focusing on God and His attributes, and making it a priority. Dr. Carolyn Simons attended the Washington chapter of the American Choral Directors Association annual conference at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, July 2628. Clinician Rodney Eichenberger gave tips on warm-ups, introduced songs, and led a master class in conducting. Other workshops covered sacred music, music for mens and womens choirs, childrens choirs and jazz music.

MASTER of ARTS in BIBLICAL COUNSELING


Dr. John Street is the editor of a new book, Men Counseling Men, which will be available from Harvest House Publishers in March 2013. A follow-up to the bestseller Women Counseling Women, the book deals with such important issues as depression, anger, physical a iction, parenting, con ict resolution and sexual purity, and also includes an extensive Reference Guide with pertinent biblical passages. Harvest House describes it as an accessible, practical volume that will equip both trained professionals and lay people to provide solidly biblical help for men who are struggling with a variety of major life issues. e book is written by 22 faculty members with a preface by John MacArthur and will be available next year.

Mustangs Reach Out


e Masters College Department of Athletics took time away from the rigors of competition and practice for October 10-14, and engaged in acts of sel ess service as part of TMCs annual Outreach Week. e baseball team hosted two games against nearby junior colleges. A er each contest, players and coaches from e Masters team invited opposing players to learn more about what it means to be an athlete at TMC. One Mustang player shared his personal story of how his relationship with Christ changed his life. I enjoyed being able to scrimmage someone other than ourselves. e rain and lightning delay in the rst game turned into fun entertainment and back and forth jokes from both teams. But my favorite aspect of Outreach Week was being able to use the talents that God has given us to share the gospel message with unbelievers, said Mustang in elder Spencer Downs. e Lady Mustang soccer team traveled to the House of Hope in Palmdale for its Outreach Week project. e team served by painting the facility,

maintaining the garden, cleaning around the property, and tutoring some of the children the house serves. e team looks forward to engaging in more ways of becoming an outlet of Gods love in the local community. Womens volleyball conducted a skills clinic for Golden Valley High School. Coach Bobby Blanken and his squad looked for ways to encourage the Grizzlies both in volleyball and in life skills. e Mustangs also volunteered in the Walk for Life on Saturday, October 20. e Mens soccer team visited Peachland Elementary School to spend time with the students and played with the kids during recess. Were trying to be an example to the students, and expose them to the college. We had a blast and the kids loved it too,

reported Mustang coach Jim Rickard on the visit. Cross country made it a goal to visit all the local high school cross country practices and share with them about the TMC running program. Its pretty exciting because the recent success of our team has given us a platform to reach into the local high school teams. Coaches have been very receptive to having us out, said assistant coach Amie Schroeder. e Mustang cross country team was able to host a question and answer session, as well as provide gi s to each student in attendance. e team and coaching sta used the opportunity to address the athletes and share their personal life stories and what its like to be a collegiate athlete at TMC. Mens basketball served in the neighboring Placerita Canyon by taking

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part in clean-up activities. is season, the team looks to continue its relationship with Special Olympics and the Castaic Sports Complex by hosting developmental basketball clinics. e mens golf team helped out at the Sunshine Senior Living center in Valencia, CA. e team played games and interacted with some of the residents in the a ernoon. Later, the squad helped serve dinner to everyone and engaged in meaningful conversations with hopes of delivering the gospel. e womens basketball team served the community by visiting the SCV Senior Center. Spending an a ernoon shopping for gi baskets, the Lady Mustangs used their own resources to provide some essentials for our local seniors. On Friday morning, the squad personally delivered 13 gi - wrapped baskets to the center, while spending their morning serving, singing, and spending time with the SCV seniors. is was the beginning of planned monthly trips and service opportunities to the SCV Senior Center. e Mustangs also look forward to seeing this group at their games, as they are providing season tickets for the center.

e coaching sta and administration of e Masters College Athletic department is committed to cultivating lives that reveal a heart and life change brought about by a relationship with Jesus Christ. Opportunities like Outreach Week help our students to put their personal faith into action through serving those in our local community.

showing that put him on the All-American squad for the second year in a row. ose performances carried over into the spring where the junior successfully defended his 5000-meter title and added a victory in the 1500 at the GSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning all-conference kudos for the third straight year. Only injuries from a thrown shoe in a 5000 preliminary heat at the NAIA Mens Outdoor Track and Field Championships kept Gilbertson from double All-American accolades. TMC cross country coach Zach Schroeder was e usive in his praise for Gilbertson, saying, Gilbertsons transformation has been dramatic. He has now become one of the best distance athletes the GSAC has ever produced, as well as, perhaps, the best male distance athlete ever to come out of the Santa Clarita Valley. Almost as remarkable was the performance of Kopp, who almost singlehandedly put the womens program on the national map. Running cross country for the rst time in the fall, the sophomore made it look easy, winning the Biola Invitational on October 22 and then placing h at the GSAC Cross Country Championships two weeks later as the Mustangs nished fourth, their highest-ever conference nish. at earned Kopp an all-conference nod but she wasnt done yet. Two weeks later at nationals, she added All-American honors to her resume with a 28th-place showing that propelled the Mustang women to a 10th-place nish, easily the best in school history.

2011-2012 Athletes of the Year Announced


John Gilbertson and Holly Kopp dont stand around very much and its for that very reason the pair have been named the 2011-12 Athletes of the Year at e Masters College. Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) and Kopp (Kenai, AK) headlined impressive crosscountry and track and eld seasons by the Mustangs with outstanding individual performances in the fall and spring that made the case for national recognition. Paced by Gilbertsons rst-place nish at the GSAC Championships, the mens team captured its second consecutive conference cross country title, earned a No. 9 national ranking, and made its third straight appearance at the NAIA Mens Cross Country Championships. At the nationals, Gilbertson capped o a brilliant fall campaign with a third-place

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Commenting on Kopps honor, Schroeder said, Holly transferred to us from Biola, where she was an okay runner, but not great; she had a lot of untapped potential. Over the course of a very short time with the program, Holly broke every school record, with the exception of the 10, from the 1500 meters up through the half marathon. She has simply had phenomenal progression.

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GSAC and national competition. e dynamic duo nished 1-2 at the GSAC Championships and then went 3-5 at the national event in November to earn AllAmerican honors for the second straight year. Just as impressive and maybe a little surprising to most was the performance of the womens team that not only cracked the Top 25 for the rst time in school history but also nished the season as the nations 10thranked squad. Headlining this e ort was sophomore Holly Kopp (Kenai, AK), who nished h at the GSAC Championships, leading the Mustangs to a fourth-place showing, while helping the squad qualify for its rst-ever national championship appearance where she picked up All-American honors a er nishing 23rd. ose performances carried over into the spring where the squad continued to show o its long-distance talent on the track and eld oval. At the GSAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Gilbertson successfully defended his 5000-meter title and added a victory in the 1500, earning all-conference honors in the process, while David Eller (Los Angeles, CA) surprised everybody but himself, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase en route to all-conference honors. One of the other teams that spans both semesters, mens golf, wasnt able to duplicate its success of the previous year but that didnt stop

sophomore ane Ringler (Hutchinson, KS) from putting together an All-American campaign. He started the year by winning the 2011 California State Intercollegiate event in September and capped it o eight months later with a 13th-place nish at the NAIA Mens Golf Championships in Salem, Oregon, that earned him rst-team AllAmerican kudos. Womens volleyball was another squad paced by an individual. But, junior Tori Callihan (Simi Valley, CA) had plenty of help as the Mustangs showed vast improvement in posting their rst 20-win season (2015) in almost a decade. One of the nest middle blockers in the conference, Callihan earned All-GSAC honors and then added NCCAA rst-team All-American and NAIA honorable mention All-American kudos to her postseason resume. Second-year coach Bobby Blankens squad started the season 15-4, produced a quartet of winning streaks of three matches or better, and quali ed for the NCCAA West Region Playo s. e womens soccer team reached the postseason, too, before falling, concluding a season (11-10-1) in which nine starters made their collegiate debut and 80% of the points were tallied by freshmen. One of those rstyear players, forward Natasha Coyle (La Habra, CA), led the Mustangs in scoring (24 points) and along with senior

2011-2012 Year in Review


Sometimes, athletic accomplishments are highlighted by team success while others showcase individual feats. During the 2011-12 athletic campaign at e Masters College both were on display as Mustang squads and athletes continued to shine on the national stage. Topping things o , 35 of the 150-plus athletes performing for the glory of God took home either national or conference honors for their performances on and o the various venues of play, including 18 scholar-athletes. is was all on display in the fall when both the mens and womens programs made their case for national recognition. Paced by juniors John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) and Anthony Pizzo (Valencia, CA), the mens team won its second consecutive GSAC title, earned a No. 9 national ranking (getting as high as No. 3 during the season), and made its third straight appearance at the NAIA Mens Cross Country Championships. Gilbertson and Pizzo were equally impressive against both

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defender Bobbie Roberts, was voted onto the All-GSAC squad. at tandem headlined Coach Curtis Lewis sixth Mustang team to make it to the GSAC Tournament semi- nals and the championship match of the NCCAA West Regional. Mirroring their counterparts, the mens soccer squad made it to the postseason, using a fast start (10-1-3) that eventually led to a GSAC playo spot and a berth in the NCCAA West Region title game. In between, the club struggled, going 3-4-2 in conference play and nishing in sixth place. One of those early victories, though, turned out to be the highlight of the campaign, when a 2-1 win over Texas-Brownsville on September 2 gave 21st-year head coach Jim Rickard his 250th career win, all of those coming at TMC. Nearly three months into the 201112 campaign, e Masters College mens basketball team was 10 games over .500, 8-3 in GSAC play, riding along as the 13thranked squad in the country. It was the positive perfect storm for a club playing its best basketball in years heading for a possible conference title and a successful playo run. But, something happened on the way to a Top Ten ranking, a GSAC championship, and a promising postseason. at

something was a 1-7 nish to the regular season, relegating the Mustangs to the middle of the pack in the GSAC, where they became a one and done conference tournament team. Eventually, the Mustangs earned a berth in the NCCAA National Tournament and thats where their season ended at 20-16. One of the bright spots was the play of guard Anthony Cammon (Moreno Valley, CA), who was named an NAIA All-American. Meanwhile, a key early-season injury to senior center eresa Brown set the tone of a frustrating season for the womens basketball team. e club survived for a while, staying above the .500 mark through midseason but when the meat of the conference schedule kicked in, the lack of an inside game was exposed, and the Mustangs won only four of their nal 16 contests, struggling to a 12-19 record. Eight years a er its inception as an intercollegiate sport at the college, womens tennis played out its nal season of competition, going 4-12 in the GSAC and 4-15 overall. Coach Alan Harvey, who has been with the program from the beginning, mentored his last squad to sweeps of Biola and Hope International. Senior Abigail Zaretsky (Santa Monica, CA) won a team high: eight singles matches. Fueled by the GSACs top pitching sta and the nations best defense, the Mustang baseball team used a

couple of lengthy winning streaks to produce the second-most wins (34) in program history. e second of those skeins, a sevengamer in April, vaulted the club to No. 16 in the NAIA, but a late-season slump knocked them out of the rankings and into a fourthplace nish in the GSAC. Senior righthander Charlie Gillies led the sta , which boasted a 3.49 ERA, and earned GSAC Pitcher of the Year honors a er going 8-6 with a 2.17 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings of work. Junior southpaw A. J. Work won a conference-high 11 games. e clubs .978 eld percentage de ned the countrys best defense.

2012 Coaches Series


Coaches at e Masters College o en work behind the scenes, training with their athletes day in and day out, developing programs from the ground up, orchestrating unprecedented wins. But, except for isolated awards ceremonies, they remain the encouraging faces behind our colleges stars, unknown to most of our community and supporters. is is why TMC started the 2012 Coaches Series. roughout the year we have published to our website Q&A interviews with several of our valued coaches. If you are interested in learning more about the people who lead our athletes and what motivates them, visit the Athletics section of our school website.

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