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September 2012
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Keeping You Connected


Day of Renewal



On Tuesday, September 25th, AGTS will fast from work and classes to seek God. Alumni are invited to attend the chapel services or listen live online.


Guest speaker, Les Welk ('08) serves as the superintendent of the Northwest Ministry Network of the AG. He assumed this position on July 1, 2002 after serving as the assistant superintendent for 7 years. His love and concern for the churches and pastors of the Network serves him well for this post.


Superintendent Welk currently holds the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Northwest University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for AG Higher Education as well as the task force to increase younger credentialed ministers and is a member of the General Council's General Presbytery.


All services will be available on live internet audio by accessing our website. Tune in on September 25th at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.  








The AGTS fall semester began with the annual Convocation service held on August 30th. President Byron Klaus gave the Convocation address "The God of the Long Haul" from Psalm 118. Click here to download his message.


Visit our website to hear weekly chapel services throughout the semester.



Busiest summer at AGTS underscores need for building renovation


ROIFor most schools, summer is a time to slow down, regroup and catch a collective breath.  NOT at AGTS!  Our faculty and staff attended to 16 doctoral modules, 17 master's classes, intensive biblical language programs, a two-week church business administrator certification program, global missions sessions and the first Institute of Islamic Studies (held in response to great interest by cross-cultural workers across the nation). 


We are grateful to God for the many opportunities we've had this summer, and all year long, to contribute to the preparation of men and women he has called. We relish the fact that these facilities, having been dedicated to God for his purposes, are in use from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. six days a week.


This high level of building usage has, however, taken a toll on the building itself over the last 15 years. Its upkeep will require funds above the seminary's usual budgeted resources. For this reason, AGTS has initiated the R.O.I. Campaign (Renovate, Optimize, Invest). Click here  to find out how you can help AGTS not only maintain but grow its commitment to shape servant leaders with knowledge, skill and passion to revitalize the church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit.



Alumni Phonathon Update



Thank you for participating in the 10th Annual Alumni Phonathon!  We appreciate your support of AGTS.  If you haven't sent in your commitment, or you would still like to give, it's not too late!  Mail in your donation or donate online


What's New?


New AGTS Facebook Page


likeAGTS has a new Facebook page! Check it out and like us. If you see your picture in one of the AGTS Facebook photo albums, tag yourself. Every time someone interacts with our page or one of our updates, albums, photos, or videos by liking it, tagging someone, or sharing it,  the AGTS "reach" on  Facebook is expanded as your action is noted on your own timeline.  These are a few of the effortless and even fun ways that you can help your AGTS 

If you aren't following AGTS on Twitter, follow us. We have three options:

AGTS News Headlines


Star Trek and the biblical Dr. House-Church planter Brian Jenkins ('01) challenges the AGTS community


"An Exit Strategy," by Pastor Lori O'Dea (M.Div. '92, D.Min. '02)


Alumni, want help paying off those school loans? AG Next Generation Grant application deadline is September 15!


Watch the fall Convocation service and browse the photo gallery


Like the new AGTS Facebook page and follow us on Twitter


Check out photos of the AGTS chaplains alumni reception


There's a chaplain for everything from U.S. Armed Forces to rodeos and mountain climbing. Find out how God could use you in this field, September 14 at AGTS


Faculty News


AGTS Welcomes Dr. Paul W. Lewis: Missionary-in-Residence    


Lewis Dr. Paul Lewis ('88) will be serving as Missionary-in-Residence at AGTS this year. He served most recently as academic dean of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary. Previous to this, he served as a missionary in North Asia. He has an M.Div. from AGTS and a Ph.D. (Systematic Theology) from Baylor University. Dr. Lewis will teach Systematic Theology I this fall and Systematic Theology II next spring.  He will also help advise Ph.D. students.


Dr. Mark Hausfeld ('83) will be at the following events: hausfeld  


Sept. 14-15: Speaking at a workshop for the "Experience Conference" at the Peninsular Florida AG District in Lakeland, FL 

Sept. 17: Meeting with mission's faculty at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL

Sept. 20-22: Attending the Evangelical Missions Society National Conference in Chicago, IL

Sept. 23: Preaching the missions service for Hobson Road Community Church in Downers Grove, IL

Sept. 30: Preaching the missions convention for West County Assembly of God in Chesterfield, MO


Dr. Lois Olena Olena('06) will teach the following courses:


Sept. 17-Oct. 28: online course, "The Holocaust," for Kings Seminary in Van Nuys, CA

Fall semester: "Essential Christianity" for Evangel University, Springfield, MO





Dr. DeLonn Rance ('83) will be at the following events:


Sept. 13-20: Teaching "Cultural Anthropology" to MA students at Mattersey Hall, Mattersey, United Kingdom

Sept. 23-28: Teaching "Contextualized Theology" at CINCEL, San Jose, Costa Rica

Sept.29-Oct. 3: Preaching at a National Missions Convention, Panama City, Panama


Dr. Charlie Self will be at the following events:


SelfSept. 19: Keynote speaker for the Kern Pastoral Network in Chicago, IL

Sept. 23: Preaching at New Hope International Church in Sunnyvale, CA




Books and Publications


New Release! Encounter Journal for Pentecostal Ministry 2012



The Summer 2012 issue of Encounter Journal, "One Mission, Many Methods" is now available online.


Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, a scholarly publication of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, is intended to serve the Church of Jesus Christ by bringing transforming theological and professional insight to bear on the practice of ministry in the Pentecostal tradition.


Dr. Mark Hausfeld ('83) wrote, "Islam in Urban America: Developing Strategy to Reach Diaspora Through the Local Church. San Francisco, CA: William Carey Library". Reaching the City: Reflections on Urban Ministry in the Twenty-first Century. 


Dr. Craig Keener ('85/'87) wrote an article entitled "Gender and Bible-Believers: What Some Evangelicals Are Missing" for the Huffington Post. Click here to read and comment




Academic dean, Dr. Steve Lim wrote the article,"Preaching that Actually Matters: 6 Keys to Forming Disciples." Enrichment Journal (Winter 2013).




Travis Skavhaug('12) wrote "My Journey: Sunday Morning Guidance," an article published in the September 9 Pentecostal Evangel, College Edition.


Alumni News


Samuel Brown-Dawson ('85)serves as aCPE supervisor at the UC Davis Med Center in Sacramento, CA.


Fred Gore ('98) has been selected to serve as the controller at Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL.


Robin and Dawn Storer ('04) moved from North Dakota to North Platte, NE. Robin accepted a position at Great Plains Regional Medical Center as the senior staff chaplain.




CPT Jim Anderson, PhD ('06) is a research psychologist with the U.S. Army stationed at WRAIR (Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) in Silver Spring, MD





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