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Our View: Here's to a good neighbor

Posted: April 30, 2010 5:50 p.m.
Updated: May 2, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Founded in 1927, Los Angeles Baptist College made the Santa Clarita Valley home in the early 1960s, when it purchased the former Happy Jack’s Dude Ranch in Placerita Canyon.

It was 1985 when the college installed the Rev. John F. MacArthur as its fourth president and changed its name to The Master’s College.

The school is now celebrating 25 years with MacArthur as its head. In that time, it has gone from being a tiny, 200-student Baptist Bible college to a liberal-arts college that annually draws some 1,700 students from across the globe.

The building of an educational institution is certainly the results of the combined efforts of a host of people. That said, we find it appropriate to salute MacArthur — who is also pastor of the several-thousand-strong Grace Community Church in Sun Valley — for the leadership he’s brought to the school.

Still nestled in Placerita Canyon, the college offers 13 majors — the top three are biblical studies, business administration and liberal studies — and 57 areas of study.

Graduates have gone on to work in the realm of local and national politics, professional sports and all forms of media.

The college is to be commended for its cooperation over the last few years with the city and the residents of Placerita Canyon in developing the school’s master plan, which includes a chapel and several other new buildings.

Under MacArthur’s leadership, the school has grown into an environment that challenges its students both educationally and spiritually.

With a full-time extension campus outside Jerusalem, The Master’s College also offers students a semester-long cross-cultural study opportunity.

Driven by the passion of Provost Mark Tatlock, the school has in recent years sharpened its focus on reaching out to those in inner-city Los Angeles and on Skid Row.

In the past year, challenged to live out their faith, students have tended a community garden, providing fresh vegetables to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

You may or may not agree with Dr. MacArthur’s beliefs. But anyone who’s seen him as part of a panel discussion on “Larry King Live” knows the man is unwavering in his conviction.

That is something to applaud. In an age of waffling politicians and shifting ideologies, we have respect for a man unwilling to compromise his beliefs.

We salute his dedication to leading a school that shapes our future leaders. So we say “happy anniversary,” and wish The Master’s College — and MacArthur — many more years as our valued neighbors.


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