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April 2012
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Keeping You Connected
What's New?
Connect with President
Books and Publication
Faculty News
Alumni News

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Dorothea J. Lotter
Director of Institutional & Alumni Relations

Deborah Fegler

(417) 268-1022
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Keeping You Connected


Passion Week Chapel Services


Passion Week

 Listen to the AGTS Passion Week services. 


What's New?


AGTS Graduation Activities 


Alumni are invited to attend Commencement on May 5th at 10 a.m. at Central Assembly of God. Seventy-five doctoral and masters degrees will be awarded to students from 25 states and 6 countries. This year's commencement ceremony will feature a video presentation of Dr. Del Tarr, past president (1990-1999), as he guides the audience through the history of "Knowledge on Fire" at AGTS.


Please join us if your schedule permits. 


May 3    AGTS Golf Tournament 

Registration required, call (417) 268-1012 by April 25

The tournament is a four-person scramble format and begins with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Thursday, May 3.

Great prizes!


All proceeds go to student scholarships.  Visit the website for details and to register.



May 4    Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture 10:00-11:30 a.m.
AGTS Chapel
For further information, call (417) 268-1068 or


Doctor of Ministry Symposium 1:00-2:30 p.m.

AGTS Chapel

RSVP, call (417) 268-1043 or email by April 25


May 5   AGTS 39th Commencement Celebration

May 5Central Assembly of God

1301 Boonville Avenue





Kern Foundation awards whole-life discipleship grant


The Kern Family Foundation, Inc., in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has awarded a grant of $115,000 to AGTS to fund initiatives in whole-life discipleship.  "The proposal focuses on educating spiritual leaders in understanding and multiplying a vision for whole-life discipleship that integrates a biblical theology of economics and work with participation in the life of the local church and her global mission," said Dr. Charlie Self, associate professor of church history at AGTS.


Dr. Self is the principal investigator for this grant project. Other team members include Dr. Stephen Lim, academic dean, and Dr. Johan Mostert, professor of community psychology. The team is leading focus groups across the nation with AGTS faculty and national church leaders for the purpose of

  • creating new discipleship curricula at all levels,
  • designing related apps for smart phones and tablets, and
  • infusing whole-life discipleship into current courses and syllabi where possible.



AGTS offers new coaching and pastoral leadership cohorts


Starting Fall 2012, the professional coaching cohort and the pastoral leadership cohort will be offered within the Continuing Education Program's Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree. Participants will visit the Springfield campus for one week-long class each semester-Fall, Spring and Summer.


For more information about either of these new cohorts, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (417) 268-1046 or



Consolidation website


A website featuring all the latest and archived news concerning consolidation progress of AGTS, Central Bible College and Evangel University is available at


Connect with President Klaus


Dr. Klaus will be at the following events:


April 27-30:  Overseas Ministries Study Center at Yale, New Haven, CT

May 2:   Preaching ordination service for Penn/Del District Council, Pittsburgh, PA


Books and Publications


Dr. James Hernando ('78) wrote "The Cost of Non-Discipleship" published in the Pentecostal Evangel (March 25, 2012)Keener Miracles


Dr. Craig Keener's ('85/'87) book Miracles won The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship's Award of Excellence (book of the year). It was also the Christian Book Distributors' Academic Blog's book of the year for 2011.


MostertThe Journal of Psychology and Christianity (JPC) has just published an article by Dr. Johan Mostert in which he presents his concept of "socio-missional entrepreneurship" as a challenge to the faith community. "Community Psychology as Socio-Missional Entrepreneurship" JPC, 2011, Vol. 30, No. 3, 239-242.


Van Kleek coverLaurie Van Kleek ('77) edited John Abraham's book Living in the Supernatural Dimension: Right Choice Now-Best Life Forever. [Laurence M. Van Kleek, Editor]. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, c2012. Available from its online bookstore ( ).


Laurie is the librarian/administrator at Summit Pacific College, Abbotsford, BC Canada. He is ordained with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. 


Faculty News




Dr. James Hernando ('78) will present a paper for the AG Global Initiative at the International Conference of Ministry to Muslims in Palermo, Italy, April 23-27.  



Dr. Steve Lim attended and spoke at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, IL. He also attended the National Chinese Fellowship meeting in Seattle, WA.




Dr. Charlie Self will speak at South Hills Community Church Men's Retreat in California, April 25-27.


Alumni News



Cavaness 4-12Dr. Barbara Cavaness('75) traveled to Ghana, Africa with a team from Central Assembly in Springfield, MO. In eight days the team participated in five projects for which Central had raised funds. Barbara preached at Arise & Shine Temple AG. She traveled to the Northern Ghana Bible College where she spoke in the very same chapel she ministered in 40 years ago.




Dale Decker('85) passed away April 11th. He served as a missionary to India .  There will be a "family open house" on Friday, April 20th at Leichty Hall, North Central University from 5-8 p.m.  The memorial service will be conducted at the Trask Center, North Central at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.


Richard and Barb Schoonover ('91) traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in March on a HealthCare Ministries trip. Barb worked as a nurse, and Richard preached on Sunday and assisted the team leader in managing the clinic and staff. The team saw 960 patients and 414 accepted Christ as Savior.   





Epps4-12David Epps('00) has been appointed as an associate endorser and will provide episcopal and pastoral oversight to the military chaplains of the United States Armed Forces for the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Epps will continue to serve as the senior pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King and as the Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-South.  






 Ralynn Willis ('09), David Willis ('85), and Basant Shrestha ('11) attended graduation ceremonies at Southern Asia Bible College, Bangalor, India where all three work with leadership training and development.  Basant serves as director of admissions and academics and the Willis' serve as leadership development specialists with AGWM for the Centre for Global Leadership Development . 





Jonathan and Melody Pantuso Gitthens ('09) welcomed Josiah Marit Gitthens on March 15th. 






Sue Ellen Dawson ('10) works as a counselor at Crowder College in Neosho, MO and is in private practice in Joplin for Resolutions Consulting Group.     




Norma Davies, the "voice of AGTS," preached the New York District Ladies Spring Retreat, accompanied by Susan Meamber ('02).  






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