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September 2013
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What's New?
General Council Alumni News
Connect with President
Faculty News
Books and Publications
Alumni News
Upcoming Events

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Keeping Alumni Connected



Join us for 2013 Day of Renewal Services 


The AGTS community has set this day aside to seek God. On this occasion, we are fasting from work and classes, purposefully setting our hearts, minds and bodies on a path to seek Him during three no-frill services, which will each include worship, preaching and prayer.  Please join us as we seek to give God space. 


Watch a special video invitation from Dr. Klaus. 

What's New?


AGTS News Headlines


Check out this great article on creating a safe place for church youth to tackle faith-science issues by AGTS alum and EU science professor Mike Tenneson ('91).


AGTS and EU participate in Unity March celebrating Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech.


A busy summer at AGTS.


Were you there? View photos from the AGTS alumni reception at General Council, Orlando.


AGTS releases book of reflective commentary by President Byron D. Klaus. 



Dr. Doug Oss appointed director of Ph.D. in Bible and Theology Program


Dr. Doug Oss has been named the new director of the Ph.D. in Bible and Theology Program effective August 1. Previously, he served as a professor and director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching at AGTS---two positions he will continue to hold.


"All of us recognize Doug's classroom effectiveness, Pentecostal commitments, scholarly production, collegiality, ministry connections and skillful leadership," said AGTS academic dean Dr. David Bundrick. "Together with his track record of planting three churches, these qualities reflect the practitioner-scholar model that highlights what is best about AGTS' contribution to the academy and the church."


Oss is accepting the baton from Dr. Charlie Self, who will remain a professor of Church history at AGTS and will continue his work to develop new resources to educate our movement and the global church about the theology of work and economics---work made possible by generous grants from the Kern Family Foundation.


"We are deeply grateful for the entrepreneurial vision, persistence and diligent work of Dr. Charlie Self in the establishment of the Ph.D. in Bible and Theology Program some three years ago for AGTS," said Dr. Bundrick.



AGTS Welcomes J. Philip Hogan Professor


Dr. Joseph Dimitrov, President of Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium is the 2013-2014 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions. He will present his inaugural lecture "The Manifest Activity of the Spirit in Missions, in Glorifying Jesus and in the Believer's Personal Transformation" on Thursday, September 26 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the AGTS William J. Seymour Chapel. A reception will follow. Alumni are welcome to attend.


Upcoming Hogan Lectures

Oct. 10  Hogan Lecture II with Dr. Joseph Dimitrov, 2:00 p.m., Chapel

Dec. 5   Hogan Lecture III with Dr. Joseph Dimitrov, 2:00 p.m., Chapel



Alumni Phonathon Update



Thank You! 

Thank you for participating in the 11th 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.




Alumni Appointed to EU Alumni Board


Four AGTS alumni were recently appointed by the seminary to serve on the Consolidated Evangel University Alumni Board. The consolidated board's first meeting is scheduled in October 2013. These board members will help shape AGTS sessions for Evangel's 2014 homecoming celebrations to engage AGTS alumni.


 Alumni Board

Larry Cooper ('80/'04), chaplain at Cox Health and AG Chaplaincy Ministries health care representative in Springfield, MO.

Butch Frey ('99), missionary and member care coordinator for AG World Missions.

Priscilla Mondt, ('89), career Army veteran and chief of chaplain services at Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR.

Ron Morein ('06), lead pastor at Oak Grove Assembly of God, Springfield, MO. 


General Council Alumni News


AGTS Alumni Reception



We enjoyed visiting with over 350 alumni, friends and family at the Wednesday evening reception. Check out the photo gallery online.


Faculty Honored by AAGHE 



Dr. James Hernando ('78) received the  Distinguished Educator Award from the Alliance for AG Higher Education. He has taught New cottonTestament at AGTS since 1990.



Dr. Roger Cotton ('78) received the Educator Award for 25 years of teaching at AGTS.



AGTS Alums receive "excellence" awards from Church Multiplication Network



Urban Church Plant Award of Excellence: Brad & Leah Leach ('09)

The Urban Church Plant Award of Excellence is given to churches planted in urban communities with 250,000 or more residents.  Brad and Leah Leach planted City Life Church in Philadelphia, PA in September of 2011 in the PennDel District and are reaching people in South Philadelphia. 


Culturally Focused Church Plant Award of Excellence: Verlon & Melodee Fosner ('10).

The Culturally Focused Church Plant Award of Excellence is given to churches planted to reach a specific demographic group.  Verlon and Melodee Fosner pastor Community Dinners in Seattle, WA and are on a mission to bring life to Seattle neighborhoods by gathering around weekly dinner tables talking about inspiring topics, building low income housing, and helping people back to a meaningful and sustainable life.  They are part of the Northwest Ministry Network.   Watch their story.


District with the Most New Churches Opened: Pennsylvania/Delaware District  

Opening 32 new churches in the last two years: District Superintendent Steve Tourville ('79/'08) and Church Planting Director Tom Rees accepted the award.


Connect with the President


KlausDr. Klaus will be at the following events: 


September 9-13: Teaching at Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL

September 20: Inauguration of new president, Dr. William M. Wilson, at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK


Faculty News


Paul Lewis ('88) attended the following events:

July 16-19 attended the Asia Pacific Retreat of AGWM (USA) at Chiangmai, Thailand

July 22-23 Speaker for a northern Thai district on "Biblical Interpretation and Discernment of 'New' Teachings"

July 27 Lectured at a lectureship in Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Satyabhakti (SATI), in Malang, Indonesia, on "Baptism in the Holy Spirit as Paradigm Shift"

July 28, Aug 4, Spoke in four churches in Malang and Jakarta, Indonesia

July 29- Aug 2, Taught a MTh class in Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Satyabhakti (SATI), in Malang, Indonesia on "Contemporary Theology"

Aug 12-3 Speaker for a southern Thai district on "Biblical Interpretation and Discernment of 'New' Teachings"


Books and Publications


Dr. Gary Black ('09) wrote The Theology of Dallas Willard: Discovering Protoevangelical Faith. Wipf and Stock Publishers.


Evangelical Christianity in the United States is currently in a dramatic state of change. Yet amidst this sometimes tumultuous religious environment a rather unique blend of both ancient and contemporary Christian theology has found its way into the hearts and minds of emerging generations of Christians. ''The Theology of Dallas Willard'' both describes and conveys the essence of this increasingly popular and perhaps mediating view of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Blending both a prophetic critique with pastoral encouragement, Willard's unique understanding of the reality present within a life lived as a disciple of Jesus in the kingdom of God is attracting both new and traditional Christians to reconsider their faith.


Gary serves as Chair, Advanced Studies Department and Director, Doctor of  Ministry Program at Azusa Pacific University, Graduate School of Theology.



Ken Dignan ('76) wrote Making Sense of a Suffering World. WestBow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson Publishing.  


His third book endeavors to give practical Biblical and experiential answers to why God allows suffering. As a life-long polio survivor and an ordained A/G minister Ken can truly address the topic of suffering and faith.


Ken is director of 'Til Healing Comes Ministries which shares resources, counsel and teaching about suffering, prayer for the sick, loss, grief and eternal perspectives. 




Mark Hausfeld ('83) wrote the article entitled, 

Enrichment (Summer 2013).

Alumni News


Dr. Fel Bagunu, ('83/'04) taught a block module at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines. His class included students from the U.S., Philippines, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Korea, China, Samoa, New Zealand, Nigeria, Cambodia, Indonesia.  Fel serves as lead pastor at GracePointe Community Church in Lee's Summit, MO.



John Paul Smith ('05) was recently promoted to Major in the Army and  graduated as a paratrooper.



Sam Bowdoin ('92) recently completed a Doctor of Missiology degree from Biola University.  His dissertation was titled: Church Planting in the Thailand Assemblies of God From 1969-2009. Sam and his family have served in Southeast Asia for over 20 years as AGWM missionaries. They reside in Manila, Philippines where he directs ICI Ministries and the Missionary Training Institute at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary.





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Upcoming Events


Oct. 3-6          Evangel University Homecoming

Oct. 14-16      Board of Trustees/Seminary Board of Advisors

Oct. 21-25      Fall Study Week

Nov. 14-16     Association of Theological Schools Visit

Nov. 19,         Stanley M. Horton Pentecostal Heritage

  21-22            Lectureship Series 

  10:00-10:50 a.m., Evangel University Chapel