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Remembering the Forgotten

Remembering the Forgotten

Photo includes Jim Claypool and Tyler Carlson   During his four years on the maintenance staff at Arizona Christian University, Jim Claypool has been a staple in the small college community. It’s common to find Claypool around campus replacing sprinkler heads and lights, fixing thermostats, doors, bed frames and windows. And if you happen to catch his eye, he’ll never miss the opportunity to say hello. But Claypool’s life work extends far beyond the confines of ACU into the world intercity ministry. Here Claypool trades in his wrench and socket for a pulpit and a Bible. He trades in his time and his money for the chance to reach a marginalized people. And he trades in everything he has, for everything God wants from him. Claypool has been the head pastor at Bible Baptist Church in downtown Phoenix for the last 12 years. During his time, he has led the small church to make a large impact. The church feeds between 75 to 100 people every week in the surrounding intercity neighborhood and provides both drug and rehab services to those in need. This is just Claypool’s way of recognizing the large and needy intercity population whom he calls the “forgotten people”. But perhaps the most amazing piece of Claypool’s ministry, is the work that he does with the intercity youth. When much of the world looks on the troubled youth of the intercity with a wary eye and would prefer to forget them all together, Claypool has embraced them. Every Wednesday night for the last 12 years, Claypool has opened up his church to the youth of the...
ACU Celebrates 54th Graduating Class

ACU Celebrates 54th Graduating Class

Arizona Christian University celebrated 104 graduates this past Saturday, May 14 at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, AZ, awarding bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Health, Family Studies, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Music and for the first time, Psychology. More than 1,600 people were in attendance. The program of the ceremony involved many Class of 2016 graduates, including Martha Irvine singing the National Anthem, ACU Veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation by Becky Capps, a reading from the New Testament by Desiree Jackson, “How Great Thou Art” lead by Matt Lombardi, and Benediction by Timothy Bailes. Bishop Alexis Thomas, Senior Pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and 1999 alumnus, delivered a compelling and lively commencement address. He gave the following three graduation expectations to graduates as they waited to walk across the stage and receive their degrees: “Don’t expect everybody to know how special you are – you have to know it. Remind yourself of who you are. … Expect people to consider you to be a little weird. We as Christians are not a sub-culture, we are counterculture. Every now and then, those who don’t believe what we believe will think we’re a little strange. Stand on what you’ve been taught. … Expect your learning to never end. Keep learning every day.” After awarding the students their diplomas, ACU President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates. He encouraged the crowd that the hope of Christians is not in rulers or possessions, but in Jesus Christ, who has overcome the world, and whose Kingdom is not of this world. He reminded...
Firestorm Film Festival Winners

Firestorm Film Festival Winners

“Run the Risk,” a short film about a lowly office employee who rediscovers life’s joy, took home the top prize at Arizona Christian University’s Firestorm Film Festival, held May 10th at Picture Show in Paradise Valley Mall. The film, by junior Communication major Nicole Jenkins, also earned Jenkins the award for Best Director. “The movie is about the importance of the arts in helping you find your life’s passions,” Jenkins said. The awards, the “Sparkies,” recognize outstanding achievement among Arizona Christian University’s film students. Junior Communication major Lauren Johnson’s film “Some Days Are Just Hard” won three Sparkies, including Best Screenplay for Johnson, Best Acting for PJ Sparks, and Best Music Composition for Julie Higby’s original score. The “Get a Grip” Sparkie went Eric and Sarah Dalrymple for Andrew Dalrymple’s film “Stanley.” The “Get a Grip” award recognizes individuals for behind-the-camera contributions. “Stanley” also won in the Best Supporting Actor category, with the Sparkie going to the film’s namesake—a 1960s Stanley thermos. Arizona Christian University and the Department of Communication and English thanks the Picture Show at Paradise Valley Mall for their support of the 2nd annual Firestorm Film Festival. The event was sponsored and supported by Pure Flix Entertainment, Brand Cure, The Arizona Coyotes Foundation, Connect the Dots Promotions, Illuminated Collective, Arcadia City Church, The Original Breakfast House, Kathy Loeffler Real Estate, and other private donors. Future sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Arizona Christian University’s Advancement Office. ACU is an accredited, private, non-profit, Christian university in Phoenix offering various bachelor’s degrees including a recently added Psychology major and programs of study such as Criminal Justice, Healthcare Policy,...

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