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Meet the D.Min. Team

Mission: Transforming leaders to transform their organizations

Vision: Leaders worth following

Team Values:

  • The extra mile—others before ourselves
  • The personal touch—everyone counts
  • The leading edge—we create our future
  • The real deal—authenticity in everything
  • The better way—listen to improve
  • The positive word—choose to encourage
  • The unique person—celebrate diversity
  • The X factor—synergy from trust and truth
Taylor, Cheryl A.

Cheryl Taylor, D.Min.
D.Min. Program Director

Cheryl is an experienced administrator and missionary educator who came to AGTS following a decade of ministry in the local church and at the district office.  In addition to serving as the Doctor of Ministry program director at AGTS, Cheryl also serves as the vice president for academics at an AG Bible college in Singapore. A popular speaker at retreats and conferences, Cheryl is being used by God to help ministers gain an increased appreciation for the importance of maintaining and promoting sexual integrity in the church.  Email Cheryl.

Oleson, Ava

Ava Oleson, D.Min.
D.Min. Program Coordinator

Ava is an ordained minister with the AG, and has been in full-time ministry for over 25 years., including an associate pastor role at Life Center in Tacoma, Washington, the largest AG church on the west coast. She has been appointed one of the first two female presbyters with the Northwest Ministry Network. Prior to serving at Life Center, she was active in ministry leadership and private practice in Southern California, Brussels, Belgium, Argentina and Toronto. Ava is an advocate for the power of education. One of her favorite quotes is by Louis Pasteur, “Chance favors the prepared mind.”

She has a Bachelors degree in Religion from Vanguard University and a Masters degree from Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology. She has completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at AGTS. Email Ava.

Olena, Lois

Lois Olena, D.Min.
D.Min. Project Coordinator

Ordained with the Assemblies of God, Lois brings a broad spectrum of ministry experience to her role as project coordinator. A product of the program herself, Lois has been integrally involved for many years with participants in the project phase, serving as a D.Min. editor, writing coach, project coordinator and professor for the Project class. She has published widely, taught at Evangel and internationally and served as the Executive Director of the Society for Pentecostal Studies from 2011-2016. Email Lois..


Geneva Heiskell
D.Min. Student Support Specialist


Earl Creps
Visiting Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Renewal

B.A., University of Pittsburgh
M.A., Northwestern University
Ph.D., Northwestern University
D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary


Deborah M. Gill
Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition

B.S., University of Minnesota
M.Div., M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary

grant Beth Grant
Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies

B.S., Central Bible College
M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Biola University


Byron D. Klaus
President 1999 - 2015
Professor of Intercultural Leadership Studies

B.S., Bethany Bible College
M.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary

lim Stephen Lim
Professor of Leadership and Ministry

B.S., University of California, Berkley
M.Div., D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary


Johan H. Mostert
Professor of Community Psychology

B.S., Bethany Bible College
B.A., University of South Africa
B.A., Hons, Stellenbosch University
M.A., University of South Africa
D.Phil., University of Pretoria

oss Douglas Oss
Director, Center for Expository Preaching at AGTS
Professor of Bible Exposition

B.A., Western Washington University
M.Div., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary

palm Melody Palm
Director of Counseling Programs
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology

B.A., Bethany College (now Bethany University)
M.A., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Psy.D., Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
self Charlie Self
Professor of Church History

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A., Graduate Theological Union
Guest Professors  

Roger Heuser
Director, Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies, Vanguard University
Professor of Leadership Studies, Vanguard University

B.A., Trinity College
M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., New York University


kowalski Waldemar Kowalski
Professor of Bible and Theology, Northwest University
B.A., Northwest College
M.C.S., Regent College
Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire

David Lim
Senior Pastor, Grace Assembly of God, Singapore

B.A., Bethany University
M.Div., D.Min., Golden Gate Baptist Seminary


J. Melvyn Ming
Visiting Professor of Church Leadership

B.A., Vanguard University of Southern California
M.R.E., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., Drew University


Lori S. O’Dea
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology

B.S., Southwestern Assemblies of God University
M.Div., D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary


Carolyn Tennant
Professor of English, North Central University

B.S., University of Colorado
M.A., University of Colorado
Ph.D., University of Colorado


Grant Wacker
Professor of Church History, Duke University

M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Harvard University




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