Keeping You Connected
Congratulations to the AGTS Graduating Class of 2012! We welcome you to 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 resources
Please help us keep you connected to the AGTS community-at-large by notifying us whenever you move, change jobs, or have news to share. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to update your information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Alumnus of the Year 2012
Kermit Bridges ('88) serves as the president of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, TX. During the last 10 years, the university has expanded its academic offerings and increased enrollment by 16 percent. Half of the university's under-roof square footage has been constructed since Bridges took office. Growth in communication arts led to the need for a World Communication Center. This new 79,000 square-foot building will be completed by fall 2013.
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 2012 recipients selected by the faculty are:
Paul Alexander ('95) is professor of Christian Ethics and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Wynnewood, PA. He has also taught at Azusa Pacific University's Haggard School of Theology and Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Paul has authored two books, edited another and has four books under contract. His first book, Peace to War: Shifting Allegiances in the Assemblies of God, was awarded the international Pneuma Book of the Year and reflects, in part, his efforts to encourage Pentecostals (and other Christians) to rediscover their early commitments to nonviolence and peace.
Michael Clarensau ('86/'11) is senior director of the AG's Healthy Church Network. He has authored more than a dozen books including, Journey to Integrity, The Sanctity of Life, and Give Them What They Want, and co-authored We Build People. He and his wife, Kerry, have pastored two congregations in Kansas.
Greg Mundis ('97) was elected executive director of AG World Missions in 2011 and is a member of the AG's Executive Leadership Team and Executive Presbytery. Mundis, with his wife, Sandie, has been a missionary since 1978. He was named area director for Central Europe in 1998 and subsequently saw the church in Europe grow from 440,365 believers and 3,940 churches to more than 1.8 million believers and 10,379 churches.
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 online.
Eleven Doctor of Ministry candidates presented summaries of field-based doctoral projects. Topics included: a biblical theology of the Holy Land, effective communication in a post-literary age; strengthening community service in the Church of God in Christ; compassion ministries; a new model for training Pentecostal evangelists; discipleship through scripture memorization.
The Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture honored two graduates this year with dissertations highlighting the empowerment of the Holy Spirit for early Pentecostal female missionaries and Turkish Halk worship music.
The 5th Annual AGTS Golf Tournament was held on May 3rd at the Millwood Golf & Racquet Club. Thanks to all our golfers, sponsors and donors who helped make the tournament a huge success!
AGTS to host first Summer Institute for Islamic Studies
AGTS's Center for Islamic Studies will host the first annual Summer Institute for Islamic Studies in July 2012 featuring four courses on Islam and ministries to Muslim peoples. Let AGTS and Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples teach you to relate to and minister to Muslims. These courses are designed for:
- U.S. and world missionaries serving in areas with high concentrations of Muslims
- Ministers and people in the local church that are with Muslims in their communities
- Chaplains, military and institutional
Individuals may wish to:
- Take courses in Islamic Studies for credit at the graduate or undergraduate level.
- Audit courses in Islamic studies for a 75% discount in price
- Earn a certificate
Click here for more information.
AGTS launches R.O.I. Campaign
After 15 years of ministry training in our current building, a plan is underway to renovate the seminary facilities and optimize training resources for students. You can be a part of the plan to equip students for the next generation of ministry. Would you prayerfully consider investing in the plan by giving a one-time gift or a monthly pledge for this project?
Would you partner with us? Together we can make a difference!
For more information visit www.agts.edu/link/roi512 or call 417.268.1020.
Connect with President Klaus
Dr. Klaus will be at the following events:
May 29-June 2: Plenary speaker at the Lausanne Movement Consultation on Global Theological Education, South Hamilton, MA
June 20-22: Association of Theological Schools Biennial Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Mark Bradford ('85) was elected president of the Missouri Psychological Association with a margin of 76% of the votes cast. The Missouri Psychological Association is the statewide organization of psychologists, representing approximately 1600 psychologists. Dr. Bradford is the first pentecostal president of this organization.
Dr. Roger Cotton ('83) will speak at a Vineyard Church, Chicago, IL, on May 27th.
Dr. Mark Hausfeld ('83) participated in the following events:
May 9-11: "The Jonah Initiative" launch to train and equip national missionaries to plant churches among unreached/unengaged Muslim people; AGWM Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples" will lead the event in New York City, NY
May 14-16: AGWM Missiological Committee Meeting, Chicago, IL
May 21-23: Illinois District Council, Carlinville, IL
Dr. Johan Mostert will consult with our AG College on the viability of an indigenous graduate program in Christian Counseling for Southern African pastors in Malawi, South Africa. He will also conduct exploratory research on the Whole Life Discipleship project to determine to what extent the "discipleship outcomes" that are being developed in our Kern Foundation sponsored research for the U.S. church will be generalizable to a "Majority World context," South Africa.
Dr. DeLonn Rance ('83) will be at the following events:
May 21-25: teaching "Pentecostal Theology of Leadership Development" at CINCEL, Costa Rica
May 28-June 8: directing the Institute for Islamic and Buddhist Studies, San Salvador, El Salvador
Dr. Angela Reid ('00) assumed the role of president of the CAPS Southwest Missouri Chapter. CAPS SWMO is affiliated with CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies). They are behavioral health clinicians and scientists who share a common interest in the integration of Christian spirituality with behavioral health. Find CAPS SWMO on facebook.
Dr. Charlie Self attended strategic planning meetings with a new Evangelical Network, the Missio Alliance, in Richmond, VA.
June 3 and 10: Speaking on apologetics at New Life Church, Springfield, MO.
Dr. Del Tarr was one of five presenters in a Symposium on Cultural Preaching sponsored by the Missiology Department of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. His topic was Narration: Tripping the Memory Banks of the Audience.
Books and Publications
David Baca ('91) was invited to present a paper at the Evangelical Missiological Society Southeast Regional Conference in March. His topic was "A Contrast and Comparison of the Ecclesiology and Pneumatology of Roland Allen and Melvin L. Hodges Noting Key Missiological Implications and Significance for the Church Today." His paper has been recommended to be read at the national EMS Conference in September.
David has served in missions in Asia for 9 years, doing Bible school/seminary teaching, church planting, disciple-making, and leadership development. Currently, he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Intercultural Studies, A.B.D., at the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY.
Understanding Wisdom Literature: Conflict and Dissonance in the Hebrew Text
by David Penchansky ('80)
Israelite wisdom, literature, Penchansky argues, records the disputes of ancient sages over basic human questions: What is the purpose of life? Is God just? Why do we suffer? Does God even exist? Penchansky sees conflicting answers to these questions in Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ben Sira, and the Wisdom of Solomon -- and does not try to harmonize them. Instead, he finds meaning in the very dissonance and contradiction within these texts.
David serves as a full professor at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Click here for ordering information.
DeLonn Rance('83) wrote the following:
- Book review of Amos Yong and Clifton Clarke eds. "Global Renewal, Religious Pluralism, and The Great Commission: Toward a Renewal Theology of Mission and Interreligious Encounter." In Pneuma, Spring 2012.
- "Majority World Missions" in the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Vol. 3, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 1412-1413, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011
- "Missionary Call" in the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, Vol. 3, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 1538-1539, Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011
Sherri (Wilson) Bent ('00), passed away unexpectedly after undergoing outpatient surgery. Sherri was 39 years old and leaves behind her husband, Stephen, and two children, Kainan (age 5), and Navi'a (age 2). Sherri was the clinical director for crisis services at Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield, MO.
Jon Stem ('11) accepted a student ministry position at Claremore AG in Claremore, OK.
Congratulations to the following AGTS alumni who were ordained at the 98th Southern Missouri District Council: Jeremy Bennett ('12), Michael Bielefeld ('11), Brandon Gardner (''03/'09), and William Hughes ('91).
Jason and Andrea Morrison ('12) serve as AG world missionaries to the Czech Republic. Jason is currently the field moderator for the Czech field where he works at the national level to develop Bible college, youth ministries and children's ministries for the Pentecostal movement.
Do you have family or ministry news you want to share? Send your news and photos to email@example.com and we may publish it in the next newsletter, Rapport magazine, or in the "Alumni Spotlight" website feature.