Founder of Dream Center to Speak at Commencement

Dec. 5, 2013 By Jacquelyn Elissa Mota

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center, Matthew Barnett, will address Biola University graduates at the fall commencement ceremonies on Dec. 20, 2013.


In light of this year’s university theme — Spirit and Story: Walking it Out — Barnett has been selected to speak, whose ministry walks alongside thousands of people in all stages of life at the Dream Center, drawing them closer to living a life of walking by the spirit.


Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of The Cause Within You and a Senior Pastor of Angelus Temple. He has worked in Los Angeles for more than 19 years reaching out to the needy every day through the Dream Center. President George W. Bush has endorsed his achievements and he has been featured in the New York Times and Los Angeles times for his service to the community.


The commencement ceremonies will also honor Dr. Viggo Olsen, who will be receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Viggo Olsen served as a medical missionary for 33 years overseas. He and his wife, Joan, are now working on translating the New Testament into “Muslim-friendly English.”


The graduate ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. and the undergraduate ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in Chase Gymnasium at Biola University.


For those not able to attend the graduation in person, the ceremony will be available to view via livestream at Biola’s website:


For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo, media relations specialist, at 562.777.4061 or

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