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Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society

The Alliance for AG Higher Education sponsors the Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society. The seminary faculty nominate a limited number of alumni who satisfy scholastic, character and leadership qualifications and graduated at least 10 years ago. These recipients are honored at the annual commencement celebration.

2015 Recipients

odea Judy A. Cagle ('02) has served as a cross-cultural missionary and Bible school faculty member in nations throughout the Asia Pacific Region since 1970. These nations include the Marshall Islands, Indonesia and the Philippines. Judy assisted her husband, Wayne, who served as Area Director for the Assemblies of God World Missions for Pacific Oceania for 18 years. They also developed the Leadership Development Institute, training pastors and church leaders in the Asian context. Judy continues to teach leaders of leaders in Asia Pacific.
Hankerson G. Robert Cook Jr. ('04) is the lead pastor of Victory Life Church in Fruita, Colo. He also serves on the AGTS Board of Advisors. His extensive experience in youth ministry, church planting and pastoral leadership has led him to minister throughout the western United States. He taught at Bethany Bible College while serving as chair of the Church Ministries Department. He has served the Assemblies of God in multiple administration roles including superintendent of the Rocky Mountain District and president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.

Larry D. Cooper ('80/'04) is a chaplain who provides pastoral care to CoxHealth hospitals and trauma centers in Springfield, Mo. and the surrounding area. He serves on the board of the Southwest Missouri Critical Incident Response Team and is a member of the Association of Professional Flight Chaplains. Additionally, he coordinates pastoral care volunteers, is a designated requestor for organ and tissue donations and helps train first responders. Larry is also an adjunct faculty member at AGTS and serves on the Evangel University Alumni Board.


2014 Recipients

Gannon Lori S. O'Dea ('91/'02) is lead pastor, New Life Assembly of God, Grand Ledge, Mich. Lori brings a wide range of experiences in ministry, having served at multiple staff churches as both an associate pastor and as a teaching pastor. She has an extensive speaking and teaching ministry at retreats, seminars, district events and churches. Dr. O'Dea specializes in small group ministry and team leadership development. She is an ordained minister and committee member of The Network for Women in Ministry.
Gale Elijah Hankerson III ('96) is founder and senior pastor of Life Center International Church of God in Christ of St. Louis, Mo. He has over 25 years of ministry experience including 18 years as a pastor. Prior to his current pastorate he led the Christ Temple COGIC and later the Timmons Temple COGIC., both of Springfield, Mo. Dr. Hankerson served on the Sherman Avenue Area Project Committee, the Spiritual Life Committee of Evangel University and founded the Ann Hankerson Community Development Center. He serves on the board of directors and is the fourth administrative assistant for COGIC. He serves on the Jurisdictional Ordination Board, Grievance Committee, Program Committee, and is chairman of the Public Relations Department for Missouri Eastern First Jurisdiction.

Barnabas W. Mtokambali ('04) is a Tanzanian pastor and Superintendent of the Tanzanian Assemblies of God Fellowship. A prolific church planter, Barnabas implemented a strategy that led to the current initiative of building 547 primary churches to blanket Tanzania with one church every 25 square miles. Today, 10 years after completion of that first church, Barnabas is 75% toward that goal with 411 churches built or under construction as well as over 2,000 daughter churches. Thirty-one of those churches have an orphanage on premises to care for over 11,500 homeless kids orphaned by the devastating AIDs epidemic.

2013 Recipients

Gannon Dr. Raymond L. Gannon ('82, '84) is the national representative for Jewish Ministries for the Assemblies of God (AG). He has served as an AG missionary in the United States and abroad for more than 30 years and has pioneered churches in California, New York and Israel. He is a visiting professor of missions and Jewish studies at AGTS. He also serves as dean of messianic Jewish studies at The King's University in Van Nuys, Califfornia and as vice-president for academic affairs at Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, Dallas, Texas. After earning his degrees at AGTS, Gannon went on to earn a Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. at Hebew University of Jerusalem.
Gale L. Paul Ebisch Jr. ('98) is president of Assemblies of God Credit Union in Springfield, Missouri. After graduate school, Ebisch went to work for the Ministers Benefit Association, a retirement fund worth about $500 million. He joined AGCU in 1998. Within two months of starting, he developed a plan of action to renovate the credit union into a successful, modern banking entity. Ebisch also wrote the book Net Worth Principle: Build Wealth Without Budgeting. Ebisch serves in multiple leadership roles at North Point Church in Springfield, including team leader for Second Saturday, an outreach that generates donations of time and money from hundreds of volunteers for local organizations.

Jennifer D. Gale ('99) is vice president of student life at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Pensylvania. Gale oversees offices that impact student life outside the classroom including athletics, residence life, the health care center, counseling services, student government, new student orientation, auxiliary services, etc. Prior to this position, she worked as a local church associate pastor for over 10 years.


2012 Recipients

Paul N. Alexander (M.Div. 1995) is Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. 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 H. Clarensau (M.A. 1986, D.Min. 2011) is Senior Director of the Assemblies of God'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 M. Mundis (M.A. 1997) was elected Executive Director of Assemblies of God (AG) World Missionsin 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.


2011 Recipients

John A. Battaglia (M.A. 1989, D.Min. 2005) is lead pastor at Christian Chapel AG in Columbia, Mo. He also served as administrative pastor at First AG in Des Moines, Iowa. A church planter and pastor for over 20 years, John has been instrumental in a variety of large and small church contexts in the U.S. and internationally. He completed a D.Min., M.Div. equivalency and M.A. at AGTS and a B.A. at Central Bible College. His doctoral project was entitled "Empowering: Implications of Jesus' Leadership in Luke's Gospel for the Pastoral Team." John is passionate about Jesus and living as an authentic follower of Christ.
Barbara J. Cavaness (M.A. 1975) is an educator and missionary with wide-ranging experience in Africa and the Asia Pacific field. She also served as visiting professor of intercultural studies at AGTS for 12 years. Barbara now travels to colleges and seminaries in Asia to help train Asians to reach the nations. Student missionaries from 14 countries have attended training classes in Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Recently she and her co-author taught from their book, God's Women: Then and Now, to nearly 1,800 women leaders in India. Her academic background includes a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, an M.A. from AGTS and a B.A. from Central Bible College.
  Dr. Johnson (M.A. 1991) has served as a missionary for over 25 years and has distinguished himself as one of the brightest thinkers in Pentecostal missions. He was the first J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions at AGTS. He is a Ph.D. graduate from the Oxford Centre for Missions Studies, University of Wales, where he researched social influence processes in urban slums. In addition to his M.A. in Biblical Literature from AGTS, he earned an M.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a B.A. from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA.

2010 Recipients

Saturnino González (M.A. 1984) serves as the pastor of Templo El Calvario in Orlando, Florida. He is the east Spanish language area executive presbyter for The General Council of the Assemblies of God. He is also the superintendent of the Southeastern Spanish District of the Assemblies of God. Prior to that position, he was the superintendent of the Puerto Rico District. He serves as the national commissioner for the Hispanic Pentecostal Congress and on the AGTS Board of Directors.
Melody D. Palm (M.A. 1996) is the director of Counseling Programs and associate professor of counseling psychology at AGTS. A licensed minister, she has a burden for the development of effective women leaders and ministers. As a licensed clinical psychologist and psychological health service provider, her commitment to the practitioner model keeps her actively involved in clinical practice, supervision and forensic psychology. She is the founder and executive director of Still Waters Counseling and serves as a consultant to Health Care Ministries and AGWM.
Glenn A. and Denise E. Harvison (M.Div. 1996, 1995) pastor Harvest Time Church (AG) in Greenwich, Conn. In the fall of 2009, Harvest Time Church expanded to seven worship services meeting on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Having been in their current building for five years, the church is gearing up to break ground on a new sanctuary in the summer of 2010. They recently hosted the vice president of Kenya and other Kenyan and U.S. dignitaries at a well-drilling conference. They are working in partnership with other local churches to drill wells around the world.

2009 Recipients

Rev. Donna C. Bustos (M.A. 1997) has served as an Assemblies of God missionary to Mexico for over 20 years and has impacted the lives of thousands of students. She is the dean of the Anna Sanders Bible Institute in Mexico City and is active in the interdenominational revival network. Donna sees her role as a Bible professor as crucial in preparing the Mexican church. She taught Spanish masters-level courses at the Latin American Theological Seminary in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for students from 16 countries, 70% of whom are teachers in Bible Institutes throughout Latin America. Donna earned a B.A. from Bethel College. Donna and her husband, Miqueas, have a son, David.
Dr. Paul E. Grabill (M.Div. 1982) is the lead pastor at State College Assembly of God in State College, Pennsylvania. Paul serves as the assistant superintendent of the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the Assemblies of God and a general presbyter of The General Council of the Assemblies of God. Passionate about ministry for over 34 years, Paul earned his D.Min. at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary and a B.A. at Evangel University. Paul and his wife, Arline, have two sons, Robert and Ryan.
Dr. James D. Hernando (M.Div. 1978) is professor of New Testament at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary where he has served since 1990. His broad teaching experience encompasses public and undergraduate, as well as graduate levels of education. He has been a contributing author for Signs and Wonders in Ministry Today, “Greek Word Studies” in The Complete Biblical Library, the commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Full Life Bible Commentary to the New Testament, and author of many articles. He earned a Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Drew University, an M.S. and B.A. at State University of New York and a B.S. at Valley Forge Christian College. Dr. Hernando and his wife, Moira, have three sons, Matt, Eric and Danny.


2008 Recipients

Drexel Brunson Dr. Drexel T. Brunson (M.A. 1977) has served as the senior pastor of Ocala First Assembly in Florida since 1999. Programs include the First Assembly Christian School and Daycare for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade for 300 children. He graduated from the University of South Florida and received a Ph.D. in humanities/religion from Florida State University. He pastored for 17 years in Columbus, Georgia and Fayetteville, North Carolina. Drexel serves on the boards of Global University, the International Media Ministries of Brussels, Belgium, and the African Leadership Council. He and his wife, Pam, have two children, Jarrod and Kellyn.
Drexel Brunson Dr. Carol A. Taylor (M.A. 1978) is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. She is also professor of education and holds a Ph.D. in multilingual/multicultural education from Florida State University. Carol formerly served as vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, overseeing all undergraduate programs across six schools. She received Biola’s “Award of Excellence” in 2006 for her leadership. Carol’s teaching and administrative experience ranges from elementary education to graduate university levels. She has consulted for state departments of education, served as an advocate for language minority children, established and worked with national and international testing committees, and taught at three state universities.
Drexel Brunson Dr. Cheryl A. Taylor (M.A. 1991, D.Min. 2003) is the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at AGTS. She came to AGTS following a decade of ministry in the local church, on the district level and overseas. She served as the doctoral program advisor and has taught at AGTS since 2003. Cheryl also serves as the vice president for academics at Asia Theological Centre for Evangelism and Missions, an AG Bible college in Singapore. Cheryl’s passion is to help believers discover and fulfill their God-given potential. Her doctoral research centered on sexual integrity for ministers. She frequently speaks on this topic around the country. Cheryl and her husband, Jay, have two children, Joshua and Natalie. Cheryl earned a B.A. from Northwest University.

2007 Recipients

Drexel Brunson Dr. David R. Bundrick (M.Div. 1981) is the vice president for student development at Evangel University in Springfield. He received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At Evangel, Bundrick oversees the departments of Academic and Career Development, Conference Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Security, Spiritual Life, Student Activities, Student Life and Student Services. A former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, he also holds the Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Bundrick has also served as national director of the Alliance for AG Higher Education.
Drexel Brunson Rev. Randy G. Hurst (M.A. 1981) is a missionary-evangelist who serves as commissioner of evangelism for the AG and director of communications for AG World Missions. His position involves the oversight of video, media production and fund-raising for special World Missions projects, including Senders Fund, AG Relief and General Emergency Fund. He has also served as a pastor, college teacher, linguist, editor and author. His passion for ministry is the unreached and the responsibility of all believers to share the message of Jesus Christ. An international speaker, Hurst has ministered throughout the United States and in more than 50 countries.
Drexel Brunson Rev. Stephen R. Tourville (M.A. 1979) is the superintendent of the Pennsylvania-Delaware District Council of the AG. Experienced in pastoral ministry for 35 years, he holds an M.Div. from the Evangelical School of Theology and is pursuing a D.Min. at AGTS. He served as a presbyter and the national director of the AG U.S. Intercultural Ministries Department. He has also ministered in Tanzania, Burkina Faso and Bolivia. Tourville believes that missions begins at home and must be a vital part of our strategy in reaching the world for Christ. A key to accomplishing that mission is the local pastor, and Tourville is an encouraging resource to home missions pastors.

2006 Recipients

Drexel Brunson Dr. Gary A. Denbow (D.Min. 2001, M.A. 1977) is the president of Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. He served as senior pastor of Christian Chapel in Columbia for 20 years, taught in St. Louis public schools, and pioneered and pastored churches in Missouri. As a missionary in the Philippines, he taught and served in the administration of several Bible schools and pastored the Holy Spirit Fellowship in Quezon City. Dr. Denbow has served the Northern Missouri District as Finance Committee chair, assistant superintendent, world missions director, and district and general presbyter.
Drexel Brunson Dr. A. Elizabeth “Beth” Grant (M.Div. 1993) has served as an AG missionary to Southern Asia for 28 years. While focused on India, her mission has taken her to more than 30 nations of the world. Dr. Grant is the United States liaison for Project Rescue, an AG World Missions ministry to girls who are victims of forced prostitution in Eurasia. An international speaker at retreats and guest lecturer in missions and cross-cultural studies, Dr. Grant has taught at colleges and seminaries in India, Europe and the U.S. She is the chair of the national AG Women in Ministry Task Force and serves on the AGTS Board of Directors.
Drexel Brunson Rev. Charles O. Osueke (M.A. 1985) is the general superintendent of the AG of Nigeria. He is responsible for overseeing 38 districts with 1,422,000 adherents, 6,642 churches, 7,681 ministers, nine Bible schools, and 106 primary and eight secondary schools. He survived a gunshot wound in 1997. Today the church is thriving despite difficult political, spiritual and economic circumstances. Rev. Osueke is an international speaker and has been involved in church ministry for more than 40 years.

2005 Recipients

Capt. Olric R. Wilkins, ChC, USN (D.Min. 2008, M.Div. 1984) assumed his current position as command chaplain, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, in June 2004, after serving as deputy director, Operational Ministries, Norfolk, Virginia.
A native of the Virgin Islands, Wilkins is a graduate of Southeastern College in Lakeland, Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received the Master of Divinity degree from AGTS and attended post-graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin. Wilkins is the 2005 Alumnus of the Year.

Donna L. Hardee (M.A. 1983) is a missionary to Muslims currently serving in Tajikistan, formerly in Pakistan. She has risked her life for the Gospel for many years and faces danger every day.
Donald L. Tucker (M.Div. 1984, M.A. 1980) currently serves as dean of academic assessment at Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He has a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, an Ed.D. from University of Pennsylvania, and earned the M.A. and M.Div. degrees from AGTS. On July 1, Dr. Tucker will assume the position of academic dean for the School of Divinity at Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

2004 Recipients

Dr. Deborah M. Gill (M.A. 1979, M.Div. 1979) is national director of the Division of Christian Education and commissioner of discipleship for the Assemblies of God. She has served on the AGTS Board of Directors since 1990. Before coming to her present position, she served on faculty at North Central University and as senior pastor in Minnesota. She is co-author of the recently published book “God’s Women: Then and Now.”

Major Gary Hensley (M.Div. 1990) entered active duty as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in 1990. He is currently stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
Rev. Jean Pawentaore Ouedraogo (M.A. 1982) serves as general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Burkina Faso, West Africa. He has held this position since 1985. Rev. Pawentaore is the 2004 Alumnus of the Year.

2003 Recipients

Dr. Craig S. Keener (M.Div. 1987, M.A. 1985) is a Professor of New Testament at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A prolific author, Dr. Keener has written numerous books including The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts: Rebirth and Prophetic Empowerment.

Colonel H. Scott McChrystal (M.Div. 1984) serves as Staff Chaplain at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, and will give the Commencement Address today.
Dr. John V. York (M.A. 1981) is an appointed missionary to Africa with the World Missions Department of The General Council of the Assemblies of God. He also serves as an adjunct professor for AGTS. Dr. York is the 2003 Alumnus of the Year.



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