May 2011
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 2011 Graduates

Congratulations to the AGTS Graduating Class of 2011! We welcome you into the AGTS Alumni Association! You are joining AGTS alums who stand shoulder-to-shoulder in ministry worldwide in over 125 countries and every state in the U.S.  As an AGTS alum, we invite you to:

  • Connect to alumni experienced in similar fields of ministry
  • Audit one course free every year
  • Attend special events and lectureships
  • Download podcasts of sermons and lectures
  • Receive the alumni e-newsletter and the Rapport magazine
  • View the Encounter Journal online
  • Subscribe to other AGTS monthly e-newsletters

Please help us keep you connected to the AGTS community-at-large by notifying the
Alumni Office whenever you move, change jobs, or have news to share.  Email to update your information.  We look forward to hearing from you!

What's New?


Alumnus of the Year 2011


CorderoManuel Cordero ('81) serves as the correctional ministries representative for the General Council of the AG. An ordained minister with the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council, he has been involved in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for nearly 24 years. Prior to retiring he was assistant to the Chief of Chaplains in Washington, D.C. He also served as associate pastor at Oasis City Church in Philadelphia until 2009.  Dr. Cordero is an adjunct professor at Nyack College (Washington, D.C.), Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) and AGTS. He conducts workshops and seminars internationally. In 2010 he was named Chaplain of the Year by the Institute of Prison Ministry of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. 


Read the May 15 edition of the Pentecostal Evangel for an in-depth interview with Dr. Cordero.


Three Alumni Elected to Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society



The Alliance for AG Higher Education sponsors the Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society for alumni who graduated at least 10 years ago who meet the scholastic, character and leadership qualifications.  The 2011 recipients selected by the faculty are: 



BattagliaJohn Battaglia ('89/'05) is lead pastor at Christian Chapel AG in Columbia, MO. He also served as administrative pastor at First AG in Des Moines, IA. A church planter and pastor for over 20 years, John has been instrumental in a variety of large and small church contexts in the U.S. and internationally. He completed a D.Min., M.Div. equivalency and M.A. at AGTS and a B.A. at Central Bible College. His doctoral project was entitled "Empowering: Implications of Jesus' Leadership in Luke's Gospel for the Pastoral Team."  John is passionate about Jesus and living as an authentic follower of Christ. 


CavanessBarbara J. Cavaness ('75) is an educator and missionary with wide-ranging experience in Africa and the Asia Pacific field. She also served as visiting professor of intercultural studies at AGTS for 12 years. Barbara now travels to colleges and seminaries in Asia to help train Asians to reach the nations. Student missionaries from 14 countries have attended training classes in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Recently she and her co-author taught their book, God's Women: Then and Now, to nearly 1,800 women leaders in India. Her academic background includes a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, an M.A. from AGTS and a B.A. from Central Bible College. 


A. Johnson ('91) has served as a missionary for over 25 years and has distinguished himself as one of the brightest thinkers in Pentecostal missions. He was the first J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions at AGTS. He is a Ph.D. graduate from the Oxford Centre for Missions Studies, University of Wales, where he researched social influence processes in Bangkok's urban slums. Along with his M.A. in Biblical Literature from AGTS, he earned an M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a B.A. from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. 


Graduation Highlights Available


Visit the AGTS Graduation website to view candid photos, purchase diploma frames, and listen to graduation events.  Photos taken by AGTS staff are watermark-free and are free to download and print. Photos taken by the professional photographers are watermarked.   Ordering instructions for watermarked photos will be posted on-line.


DMinTwelve Doctor of Ministry candidates presented summaries of field-based doctoral projects. Topics included: revitalizing the Christian leader, developing a difference maker, and assisting ministers in managing conflict.


Read DMin. abstracts. 


 Adding to the festivities this year, an Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture honored the first Doctor of Missiology and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies graduates.



The 4th AGTS Annual Golf Tournament at Deer Lake Golf Course on April 28th was a great experience with 69 golfers participating (alumni are pictured). The best news is almost $5,000 was raised for student scholarships. Thanks to all of our golfers, sponsors and donors who made the golf tournament a huge success! 

Connect with President KlausDr. Klaus


Dr. Byron Klaus will be at the following events:


June 27

Alliance for AG Higher Education Faculty Conference,

Springfield, MO

July 1-15 and 18-22

Seminarian's Conference, AGTS

August 1-5

General Council, Phoenix, AZ


Save the date!


June 15     Chaplaincy Reception

Chaplains attending the AG Chaplains Conference are invited to attend . . .



 Wednesday, June 15

University Plaza Hotel

Iowa Room

8:30 pm (following the

evening service)


A group alumni photo will be taken at 9:15 pm.

Free gift for every AGTS alum attending.


Join us for a time of fellowship with AGTS alumni, faculty and staff.



August 3     General Council Alumni Reception



Join us . . .

Wednesday, August 3 for the AGTS Alumni Reception

General Council, Phoenix, AZ



At this year's General Council, AGTS is focusing on the global impact our alumni are making.  We'd like to highlight the ministries of as many alumni as we can throughout the Alumni Reception and we need your help.  Please send us two or three photos (family and/or ministry oriented) and a brief blurb about what you are currently doing.  Email photos and news to

Faculty News




AGTS faculty hosted a surprise birthday party for Dr. Stanley M. Horton, in honor of his 95th birthday, on May 6, 2011 at the Tower Club in Springfield, MO.

Dr. Horton is pictured with faculty.

Books and Publications  


Comparative Leadership Development

by Beth Grant ('79)

This article was published in the latest issue of Missiology journal, the publication of the American Society of Missiology. 


Solution-Focused Pastoral Counseling: An Effective Short-Term Approach for Getting People Back on Track

by Charles Kollar ('82)

This book introduces a fresh, effective, and time-saving approach that will benefit pastors overtaxed by counseling demands. Dr. Kollar shows that counseling need not be long-term to produce dramatic results. In most cases, the solution lies with the counselees themselves. Pastors, apart from therapists, are well equipped to help the counselees discover it and put it in motion speedily and productively.

Dr. Charles Kollar is a licensed professional counselor and the lead pastor at Innovation Church in Cresco, PA.


Essentials for the 21st Century Woman in Ministry: How to Achieve Sustained Impact

by Ava Oleson ('11)

The article was published in Called Magazine, the fastest growing print and online resource for women in ministry.

Alumni News 


GuynesEleanor Rose Guynes, ('77) missionary, educator and wife of former Southwestern Assemblies of God University President Delmer R. Guynes, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 23, 2011, in Mombasa, Kenya. She was buried in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 1, 2011. A memorial service will be held at SAGU in Waxahachie, Texas, on Friday, May 20.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor the memory of Eleanor may do so with a tax deductible contribution to the Eleanor Guynes Scholarship Fund, Southwestern Assemblies of God University Foundation.


Fel Bagunu ('83/'04), lead pastor at GracePointe Community Church in Lee's Summit, MO, will graduate with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in June.  Fel's dissertation is titled "The Branding of the Spirit:  A Lukan Model for a Transformative Spirituality." 


KirschBill Kirsch ('88/'04) traveled to Togo to attend the first graduation of the Pan Africa Theological Seminary (PAThS).  In South Africa he taught an MA level course "Leadership Training Models" at Cape Theological Seminary in Cape Town.  As the field moderator for Gabon, Bill was a part of the "Regional Advisory Committee" for Central Africa.  While in Kenya he participated in the launch of the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa. (photo)


Richard and Barb Schoonover ('91) went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with a HealthCare Ministries team. Over 1,300 people came to the clinic that week with 550 praying for salvation.  In March he taught Leadership Skills in the Nebraska School of Ministry.  Richard serves as the associate editor for the Enrichment journal. 


DelTufoChaplain (MAJ) Lou DelTufo('94/'95) presented lectures at the 9th International Christian Conference of Cadets and Young Officers in the Vilnius Region of Lithuania.  Forty-one young people attended this year's event which included cadets and young officers from Germany, Romania, Czech, and Lithuania.  This event was sponsored by Chaplain (MAJ) Remigijus Butkevicius, the chaplain for the Military Academy of Lithuania.


TuppurainenRiku and Anne Tuppurainen (both '99) (pictured with their son Alex Richard ) have been teaching at Continental Theological Seminary (CTS), Belgium as Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada missionaries since 2003. Riku received his doctorate in New Testament in 2007 and Anne received her doctorate in religious studies (Muslim women issues) in 2010 from UNISA. Riku has served as the dean of graduate studies at CTS since 2008.


Jane and Greg Ross ('05) renewed their vows as part of their 25th anniversary.  Jane serves as an American sign language instructor.


Kurt and Stephanie Plagenhoef ('06), AGWM missionaries to Albania, are itinerating but shared the exciting report that after many years of wrangling with government bureaucracy, the building permits for the church project in Fushe Kruja were granted.  Construction began in February.


Evans Jeka ('11) pastors Soche Healing Temple in Malawi. Visit the church website at to read what God is doing in his ministry.



Send Us Your News!



Do you have family or ministry news you want to share?  Send your news and photos to and we may publish it in the next newsletter, Rapport magazine, or in our newly launched "Alumni Spotlight" website feature.




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Upcoming Events


May 30

Memorial Day Holiday (AGTS closed)

June 15

Chaplaincy Reception

University Plaza Hotel - Iowa Room

August 3

General Council - Phoenix

AGTS Alumni Reception