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July/August 2012
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Dorothea J. Lotter
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Deborah Fegler

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Keeping You Connected


Watch fall Convocation service live, August 30, 11 a.m.


Klaus convocationExcitement is filling the air at AGTS as students will once again crowd the halls on Friday, August 24 with new student orientation and Monday, August 27 when fall 2012 classes begin.


AGTS will officially kick off the 2012-2013 academic year with the annual Convocation service on Thursday, August 30 at 11 a.m. President Byron D. Klaus will speak on "The God of the Long Haul" from Psalm 118.


If you can't be here in person, join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year via live video stream on this web page that day.



Alumni Chaplaincy Reception

Chaplaincy group 




AGTS welcomed over 70 alumni at a special reception held during the AG Chaplaincy Conference. Administrators, faculty and staff enjoyed connecting with alums who are serving as military, prison and hospital chaplains.  Over 200 AGTS alumni currently serve as chaplains with over 170 endorsed by the Assemblies of God.  Photos from this event will be posted online soon.


What's New?


Annual Report Issue of Rapport


Rapport CoverThe latest issue of Rapport magazine is available. It highlights the 2012 graduation theme of knowledge on fire and includes excerpts from multiple commencement addresses.


If you are not currently receiving Rapport, email your current address information to the Alumni Office.




AGTS News Headlines


Upcoming Consolidation Prayer Meetings


AGTS Alumni are invited to attend special prayer meetings for the consolidation. All services begin at 7:00 pm. 

  • September 17 Evangel University
  • October 8 Central Bible College
  • November 5 Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • January 14 Maranatha
  • February 4 Evangel University


Annual Alumni Phonathon


PhonathanOn September 10-11, student volunteers will be calling you during the Annual Alumni Phonathon.  Thanks to alumni like you, nearly $200,000 has been contributed in recent years. Last year, alumni gave $33,942 for student scholarships through the phonathon and year end gifts. 


You should receive in the mail a brochure in which President Byron Klaus shares that after 15 years, the AGTS building needs some urgent renovations to ensure a safe and strategic learning environment.  Your participation is especially critical this year as AGTS seeks  to qualify for $95,000 in challenge grants.


If you mail your gift postmarked by September 4 or donate online by that date and we will send you a free gift and remove your name from this year's call list. Together, AGTS alumni are making a huge difference for students, faculty, and staff for which we are deeply grateful.


Connect with President Klaus


President Klaus participates in Lausanne Consultation on Global Theological Education 


Dr. Klaus taught a session entitled "Theological Education as Mission: The Role of Theological Education in Global Mission" at the Lausanne Consultation on Global Theological Education.

Watch his presentation here and download the accompanying printed material.



Dr. Klaus met with Dr. Samir Sadik Abaskhiroune ('86) and a delegation from Egypt who  visited AGTS on July 30th. Dr. Abaskhiroune serves as the general superintendent of the Egyptian AG. He is the president of the Middle East Evangelical Theological Seminary which is the official Egyptian AG Bible College that has 5 branches throughout Egypt.



New Pillar of the Faith Honoree


AltmanDr. Klaus honored Gardner H. Altman, Sr. ('84) as the latest Pillar of the Faith recipient. Gardner founded and pastored churches throughout North Carolina, including Calvary Assembly in Fayetteville, which he pastored for 22 years. He also served as youth director of the North Carolina District, a chaplain at UNC Hospital and built Christian radio stations in North and South Carolina.



Alumni News


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ParksPaul Parks ('77/'94) and Barbara Cavaness-Parks ('75) were married on July 14, 2012. They plan to continue to serve as missionary educators with two overseas trips scheduled in which they will both be teaching concurrently at the same schools-Romania in September and the Philippines in October/November. 


Stephen Duke ('75/'76) serves as associate professor of Bible and Theology at Bridges Christian College in Winston-Salem, NC as well as associate professor of Bible, Theology, and Practical Theology at Laurel (formerly John Wesley University) University in High Point, NC. He has taught at sixteen academic institutions, ten of which were accredited over the years. Currently he is working on publishing a trilogy entitled, "The Spirit-Driven Church" reflected in an exegetical study of Luke, Acts, and I Corinthians.


Robby Jernigan ('81) led training exercises for emergency services chaplains in Mississippi where 31 chaplains from several states learned how to counsel family members during an emergency. Robby leads a ministry to recruit, train, and help place Christian chaplains in emergency services departments all over the world. To view local news coverage, click here.


Mark Boucher ('84/'09) pastors in Philadelphia, PA.


Chet Egert ('84), AG chaplain with the XVIII Airborne Corp, spoke at the AG National Office chapel. To watch the services, click here


Owen Wilkie ('85) retired from AG Headquarters after serving six years as the AGWM U.S. Relations web editor.


Denis and Marietta Vinyard ('88) serve as directors of New Freedom, Inc., an outpatient A/D clinic. They are a state licensed agency with a Christian staff and biblical worldview. 


Hartensveld Jeff Hartensveld ('89) has been named director of AG World Missions Mobilization, formerly U.S. Relations, Springfield, MO. Jeff served as a church planting missionary to Indonesia prior to this appointment.





Jonathan Gannon ('01) serves as director of Global Outreach with Jewish Voice Ministries in Arizona.




Thomassen Roger Thomassen ('02) passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2012.  Along with a deep love for his family, Roger's two passions in life were music and missions. He loved to serve people. Serving churches in Michigan, Louisiana, Minnesota and Missouri, he fulfilled the roles of youth pastor, minister of music, Christian education director, evangelist, co-pastor, senior pastor, teacher and professor. He taught and preached in various foreign countries including Jamaica, Togo, Benin, Belgium, France and Portugal. For the past 16 years, he taught music at Central Bible College in Springfield, MO.

Ron Cannon ('08) serves as the vice-president of Institutional Compliance for Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) in Forest, VA.


Greg Aikens ('10) will be moving back to the Atlanta area and teaching at an elementary school in Smyrna, GA.



New Contact Info

movingThe Alumni Office works to keep alumni contact information as current as possible. You can help us by updating your contact information whenever you move, change phone numbers or email addresses. Email updates to  


Upcoming Events


Aug. 24   New Student Orientation and Registration

Aug. 27   Fall Classes Begin


You are invited to attend these special services.


Aug. 30   Convocation, 11:00 a.m.

                 AGTS Chapel


Sept. 25  Day of Renewal

                 AGTS Chapel

                 Services at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.