Hope International University

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Hope International University
Established 1928 (1928)
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian
President Dr. John Derry
Location Fullerton, California, United States
Campus Urban
Former names Pacific Christian College, Pacific Bible Seminary
Colors Blue, Grey, and White
Athletics NAIA
Sports Basketball
Nickname HIU, Hope
Mascot Royals
Affiliations GSAC
Website www.hiu.edu

Hope International University is a Private Christian University in Fullerton, California. The campus is located just south of California State University, Fullerton. Hope International University has an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students representing 35 states and 40 countries.[1] While Hope is non-denominational, it has strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. Hope is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Hope International University was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, and in 1962 was renamed Pacific Christian College following the move to Long Beach, California. In 1997 the school achieved university status and took the corporate name of Hope International University. In the fall 2011, Hope transitioned from consisting of two colleges: Pacific Christian College (traditional, residential undergraduate) and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (for working adults, on-line/distance education Bachelors Degrees, Master's Degrees).


Interim Leadership 1928-1930 James Hurst 1930-1953

Dr. James G. Hurst is recognized as the first "working" president of Pacific Bible Seminary. He was elected President on June 11, 1931. Dr. Hurst brought the much needed strength and continuity to what had been an unstable beginning for the college. President Hurst's leadership style included love, concern and deep involvement.

In 1940, the school moved to a permanent campus on Anaheim Street in Long Beach. During this time, Hurst led the college with Dean George Taubman. Together they managed to mesh congregational and college roles anticipating a long history of church-college interdependence. During this time the faculty, administration and staff were all part time and the enrollment of students was between 30 and 50.

As a minister and educator, Dr. Hurst laid a careful foundation for Biblical faithfulness in curriculum, service, and involvement drawing students and faculty to the fledgling institution. Dr. Hurst served as President until his untimely death in 1953.

Dr. Kenneth Stewart 1954-1969

Dr. Kenneth Stewart became the President of Pacific Bible Seminary in 1954. Professors Harvey Beard, GB Gordon, Kenneth Hansen, TR Applebury, Park Netting, and John Rowe all became full-time faculty.

President Stewart expanded the 2.5 acre Anaheim Street Campus by adding a library, student dormitories, and several houses on the perimeter of the campus for student housing and college offices. In 1963, Dr. Stewart led the Board of Trustees and faculty to engage in a required self-study process that led to initial accreditation by the AABC (American Association of Bible Colleges). In 1969, the Board and faculty received regional accreditation by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Becoming accredited helped to increase the student body to over 200 students on the Long Beach campus.

Seeing the need to equip students to extend Christian service beyond traditional church vocations, Stewart included additional majors such as Psychology and Social Science. Late in his tenure, the institution was renamed Pacific Christian College. To this day, the PCC undergraduate school at HIU focuses on producing outstanding Christ-centered servant leaders in a wide variety of careers and vocations.

Dr. Medford Jones 1969-1981

Dr. Medford Jones became President on December 5, 1969. He was known both as a teacher and as an evangelist.

One of his first assignments at PCC was to solve a financial crisis, that was partly the result of decreased value in stocks owned by the college. To assist with funding the college, he initiated a yearly series of "Fund Raising Dinners" at Knott's Berry farm and later at the Disneyland Convention Center. Dinners were conducted in nine sites in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. These dinners increased donor support from individuals and churches.

To reach the youth and to let the Church know more about the college, a musical group known as "HIS" traveled throughout the West, Northwest, and Southwest in 1970-72 with John and Katherine Rowe.

During Jones' presidency, the college moved from Long Beach to Fullerton in 1973. This brought growth in facilities that allowed for growth in enrollment and programs.

President Jones sought to encourage thinking on four major "church" and "ministry" issues which included Church Growth, the Priesthood of All Believers, Servant Leadership, and also the Covenant. After retiring in 1981, he continued to teach in the School of Graduate Studies until shortly before his death in 2004. As a tribute to Dr. Jones, Hope International University established the Medford Jones Servant-Leader Award to recognize one student from each school who exemplified the mission of the university.

Dr. Knofel Staton 1981-1990

Dr. Knofel Staton became the fourth President of Pacific Christian College in 1981. Prior to coming to PCC, Dr. Staton taught at Lincoln Christian College in Illinois and Ozark Christian college in Missouri. During his tenure, several changes took place that served to clean up the college community including major repairs and enhancements.

Dr. Staton sought to bring national awareness to the college by placing 90% of the Christian Churches on the mailing list and by traveling nationwide to communicate news that PCC held the same accreditation as schools such as UCLA, as well as accreditation with the American Association of Bible Colleges. Every PCC graduate earned their degree not only majoring in their chosen field, but also with an advanced education in Bible.

Enrollment at the college grew from the mid 300s to nearly 800. During this period, PCC received Christianity Today's first "Fastest Growing Bible College Award."

Dr. Staton was a major influence in establishing the Financial Planning Ministry in cooperation with other Church related ministries, including Church Development Fund, Angeles Crest Christian Camp and the Southern California Evangelistic Association. Through the effots of this ministry, more than $20,000,000 has been committed to the University through Living Trusts.

After serving 9 years as President, Dr. Staton resigned from the Presidency in 1990 but continued to serve as a faculty member for another 16 years. He officially retired in 2006.

Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson 1990-2003

Summer of 1990. Dr. E. LeRoy Lawson became the fifth president of Pacific Christian College. After a brief lull in enrollment, the student body grew from 550 from when he began to 1200 when he retired in 2003. During his tenure, the Residence Halls, Pacific Auditorium and Library were all renovated and the Terrace Office Buildings were purchased along with College Place Apartments. His tenure also saw the completion of the Lawson-Fulton Student Center in 2003. This center now houses the athletic pavilion, dining commons, Student Affairs offices, Student Government offices, meeting rooms and recreational facilities.

In 1997 the institution achieved university status and adopted the name Hope International University. Within the university, three schools were established: Pacific Christian College (the traditional undergraduate school), The School of Graduate Studies and The School of Professional Studies.

Dr. John L. Derry 2003-present

Early on in Dr. Derry's presidency, the institution gained programmatic accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education and also from the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Dr. Derry has expanded the campus and plans to construct new student apartments to accommodate up to 1200 students. Dr. Derry is focusing on more campus developments as well as academic program enhancements with the Ignite Hope Capital Campaign.


  • 1963 AABC Accreditation
  • 1969 Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
  • 1992 Withdrew from AABC
  • 1994 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Membership
  • 2006 Association for Biblical Higher Education(ABHE)Accreditation
  • 2008 Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) Accreditation Candidacy Status
  • 2009 COAMFTE Accreditation granted


Currently, Hope International University consists of five colleges, which include both graduate and undergraduate programs: Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Psychology and Counseling, College of Education, and College of Business and Management.

The University teaches students leadership and ethics focused education in service-based professions through undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, education, ministry, music, psychology, human development and other social sciences.[citation needed] In addition, certificate and degree completion programs for working adults are offered. A significant number choose programs delivered via the Internet, as the University has over 300 online courses available in various disciplines.


Hope has been regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1969,[2] and in 2006 it received additional accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Additional accreditations and certifications include the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. Hope is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


The majority of the buildings on the Hope International University campus originally were a shopping center, movie theater (the Titan Theater), and dormitories built by the California State University Foundation in the late 1960s. These are some of the finest remaining examples of pure Googie-style architecture in southern California.[3]

History at a Glance
Pacific Bible Seminary Established 1928
Pacific Christian College Renamed 1962
Hope International University Renamed 1997

Mission statement[edit]

Hope International University's mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ.

As a private Christian university, Hope is committed to the integration of faith, service and learning. This dedication is reflected in the university’s mission statement, core values and statement of belief, the guiding lights for every activity, class and relationship on campus.[4]

Hope International University

Core values[edit]

As a Christian University, HIU is committed:

  • To remain Christ-centered, biblically based and focused on serving the Church while maintaining the values of the Restoration Movement.
  • To create a Christian environment in which students are strengthened in their faith.
  • To equip servant leaders in their chosen professions to change the world for Christ in contextually appropriate ways.
  • To provide academic programs, and both organizational and physical infrastructure that are excellent in every way.
  • To conduct research in order to act as a change agent in communicating the relevance of the Gospel.
  • To be responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us.[4]

Statement of Belief[edit]

Hope International University does not subscribe to a formal creed. Below is a summary of some critical and crucial truths which guide the institution:

  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)
  • All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the person of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • The Law became our tutor to lead us to Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus established a new and better covenant (Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 7:22)
  • Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and Lord. He is the image of the invisible God (Matthew 16:16, Colossians 1:15, Acts 2:36).
  • Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:4).
  • The Holy Spirit convicts the world concerning sin, and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8).
  • If any person is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • Jesus is the head of the Church which is built upon the foundation of the apostles (Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:20).
  • God calls all Christians to be ministers of reconciliation regardless of their occupations (2 Corinthians 5:18).
  • There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:4-7).
  • Jesus' great commandment is to love. "Love your enemies" and "love one another." Whoever loves the Father, loves the child born or Him. Every Christian is a brother or sister to every other brother or sister and should live like it (Matthew 5:43; John 13:34-35; 1 John 5:1).
  • Jesus' great commission is to go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that He commanded of us and lo, He will be with us always (Matthew 28:19-20).
  • The Lord will come again for both judgment and salvation. Every eye shall see Him (Hebrews 9:28; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).


Hope International teams, nicknamed athletically as the Royals, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

HIU men's volleyball competes in the national division of the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC).[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Hope". hiu.edu. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Western Association of Schools and Colleges Member Directory". wascsenior.org. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hope International University", HIUs 'Googie' Architect of the Past, Eldon Davis, Passed Away, April 28, 2011
  4. ^ a b "Hope International University", MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
  5. ^ "Hope International University", Athletics Quick Facts

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