January 2011
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Attention Pastors and Counselors


AGTS will host a PREPARE/ENRICH certification workshop on Saturday, February 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Prepare/Enrich Program enables counselors to identify a couple's specific strength and growth areas, teach them communication and conflict resolution skills, and help them resolve key relationship issues.


The workshop, with Gabe Lett, MA, LPC ('03) is open to all students, AGTS alumni, faculty, staff, and local ministers and counselors. Registration must be received by February 11th. Download registration materials and register at www.prepare-enrich.com.


Contact Dr. Angela Reid ('00) at areid@agts.edu for more information.

What's New?


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AGTS Accreditation Visit


AGTS is accredited by 1) The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada and 2) The Higher Learning Commission, (HLC) which is a member of the North Central Association, the regional accrediting agency of the North Central states.


AGTS has been accredited with ATS since 1992 and HLC since 1978 and was last awarded accreditation with each in 2001. In order to complete the 10-year reaccreditation process, AGTS has completed an in-depth self-study and has produced a written report that illustrates how the seminary meets the standards of ATS and the criterion of HCLOn March 14-16, 2011, the seminary will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by a team made up of representatives from each of these accrediting agencies. This team will gather evidence to determine that the self-study report is accurate and thorough.


We invite you to review the Self-Study for Reaccreditation Report and to comment on the report and/or AGTS to either ATS or HLC.  

Faculty News


Dr. Charlie Self travels to the Bay Area February 10-14 to speak at Chi Alph, Stanford University, Abundant Life AG for a missions emphasis, and to give civic and political speeches in San Francisco and Rio Vista, CA.

Books and Publications 


Dr. Debbie Gill ('78/'79) wrote "Fruit of the Unified Practice of Discipleship," the scriptural commentary (on Acts 2:42-24 "one in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer") for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011.
Visit the website to read the complete article which will be in the February 2011 issue of Ecumenical Trends.  She is also writing three book reviews, one for Pneuma and two for Encounter.

MemoirsChaplain (CPT) Jeff Bryan ('06) is an active duty military chaplain who served in the Iraq War in 2006-2007.  He has written a memoir about faith on the frontlines entitled Memoirs from Babylon: A Combat Chaplain's Life in Iraq's Triangle of Death. 

He writes, "My hope is to give readers a riveting account of hope within war, providing a unique vantage point of battle from a combat chaplain's perspective.  Ultimately, the book is a personal testimony of how God brought my men and me though it all, even the worst case scenario of several soldiers being captured by Al-Qaeda. I witnessed life, death, fear, and faith at the most intense levels on a daily basis and hope that my account reflects the love of Christ and a deep sense of patriotism with everyone who reads it."


The book should be available in February/March of 2011. To read more from Jeff, visit http://www.combatchaplain.com/


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Alumni News


CavanessDr. Barbara Cavaness ('75) traveled to Bangalore, India where sixty-two students attended her course at Southern Asia Bible College. While there she worked with Evangelist Theresa D'Souza Greenhough and completed the first draft of her autobiography, Unbelievable, Yet True. The book should be ready for release by February.  She will travel to India, Thailand, and Myanmar in 2011.


Everett & Evelyn McKinney (both '77) are AGWM missionaries to Asia Pacific.  They recently taught classes in the AG Bible College in Singapore, ministered in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Northern Russia, and taught 80 students in Southern Asia Bible College in Bangalore, India.


Dr. Beth Leembruggen-Kallberg ('79) completed an Honours MA in Counseling with Webster University, Leiden, the Netherlands in August. She is setting up her own business: Dr Elisabeth Leembruggen Consultancy: Counselling, Coaching & Education Services. She is also lead author for the German chapter in State Violence & the Right to Peace, Vol 2, at Praeger Security International. 


W. Wayne Craft ('80) passed away January 15th.  He was the senior pastor at Living Waters Worship Center in Selma, AL.


Chuck Cox ('84) was honored during Evangel University's homecoming banquet in October for 25 years of service as Director of Alumni Relations.


Dr. Jack Klugh ('88) has been asked to serve on the AG Commission of Chaplains for the next two years.


Mike Cook ('90) was recently profiled on the AG weekly newsfeed.  He serves as a phone counselor for the AG National Prayer Center and is the chaplain for Enabled! (http://enabled2serve.com), a ministry to the disabled community recently established by the AG Southern Missouri District.


Eric Russell ('95) passed away on Friday, January 7, 2011.  He was Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Evanston, IL.


Dr. Kent Ingle ('02) was recently named president of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.  He was the dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA.  He begins serving his term as president on February 1.LHunt



As previously reported, Lucas and Tirtsah Hunt ('04) welcomed Elazar in October.  Thank you for allowing us to share the photo!


Caleb Cole ('05) is the new Senior Associate & Young Adult Ministries Pastor at Trinity Life Center in Sacramento, CA.  The church is experiencing a complete turnaround from near closing.   Average attendance is hovering at 1,000, and the missions program has added over sixty missionaries in just two years.


Jerrod Ramirez ('05) serves as a prison chaplain at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, CO. He previously served as a navy chaplain and recently completed a 3-year tour in the navy reserves as a staff chaplain for Marine Aircraft Group 41 out of Ft. Worth, Texas.


Sarah Tarpley ('05) served in the Air Force Reserves as a chaplain before transferring to the U.S. Army as a chaplain.  Upon completion of Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership courses, she will be stationed at Fort Bliss, TX with the 4-1 WhitisArmored Division.


Richie and Alisha Whitis ('07) welcomed Eliza Faye Whitis last February.

Dr. Jack Smart ('08) was appointed to serve as president for Teen Challenge International USA. He is the former executive director of Teen Challenge International of Mid-America and Teen Challenge of Missouri Boarding Academy.




Matthew and Sarah (Cotton) Rutledge ('09) welcomed Ashlyn Marie on December 14th.






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We want to hear from you!  Send your latest news and photos for possible publication in the Alumni E-Newsletter and/or Rapport.  Email your news and photos to alumni@agts.edu. 




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Upcoming Events

Feb. 4

Ladies Night Out

Women's Fellowship Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

AGTS Great Hall

RSVP attendance to ndavies@agts.edu

Feb. 17

AGTS Spring Open House


Feb. 21-25

Spring Study Week

March 10-12

Society for Pentecostal Studies Meeting

Memphis Theological Seminary & All Saints Bible College, Memphis, TN

March 14-16

ATS/NCA Accreditation Visit