Former President Bush to speak at small Christian college

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PHOENIX – Former President George W. Bush will be in Phoenix Wednesday night to help raise money for and boost the profile of a small Arizona college.

Arizona Christian University, which was called Southwestern College until January, is hosting its 50th anniversary celebration at Phoenix Convention Center, and Bush is the keynote speaker.

The former president will talk about how his Christian faith influenced his presidency and affected the decisions he made while in the White House.

“President Bush is a tremendous example of one who took his faith in Christ with him into the most powerful position on earth,” said Len Munsil, Esq., the sixth president of Arizona Christian University, in the invitation to the event.

Bush, who was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2001 and served two terms, charmed Arizona crowds when he came here to sign copies of his book, “Decision Points,” in early December. Admirers at that event were delighted to meet the former president, many of them saying they were struck by his personality and charisma.

While Wednesday night’s event is not a political one, protesters are expected to hold a candlelight vigil outside Phoenix Convention Center. The demonstration will include a sunset reading of the names of 129 Arizonans killed in “President Bush’s wars.”

The Arizona Christian University event begins s at 7 p.m.

The private college has about 500 students enrolled right now, and plans to double that number in the next few years. The school offers degree programs in business administration, behavioral health, education, music, Biblical studies and Christian ministries, and will soon be adding majors in political science, communications and biology.