Dr. Klaus was named president in 1999, after 20
years on the faculty and administration at Vanguard University
of Southern California. Previous to serving at Vanguard, he served
local churches in California, Texas and Illinois. While at Vanguard
University, Dr. Klaus also served as vice president for Latin
America Child Care (LACC), a child development ministry serving
over 80,000 children in 21 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
His commitment to leadership development in growing churches
around the world has taken him to preach and to develop leaders
in over 50 nations in the world. Dr. Klaus’ scholarly work
includes publications and books published by Baker Book House,
Moody Press, Logion Press, Regal Books, Hendrickson Publishers,
Regnum Books International and Routledge Publishers. He is coeditor
of Called and Empowered: Pentecostal Mission in Global Perspective and The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel.
"The words passive and leadership cannot be used in the same sentence. Twenty-first century leaders gravitate to desperate need and global vision. As president at AGTS I'm committed to a seminary where students are led to humbly serve and confidently trust the Spirit's empowerment."
"For over 30 years, my ministry has focused on teaching the Bible, training leaders for ministry and advocating for the poor in the most desperate places on earth. As president of AGTS, I joyfully serve an effort that is replicating this passion on emerging leaders who will far surpass my effectiveness in these areas of ministry." — Byron Klaus
Message from President Byron D. Klaus
The march into the 21st century is a journey toward incredible challenges. A future marked
by increased worldwide violence, uncertain economies, and the full impact of globalization
signals daunting changes for us all. But for the Church empowered and led by the Spirit,
the words of Jehovah God recorded by the prophet Isaiah give hope confidence.
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did
not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, Here am I, here am I.
(Isaiah 65:1, NIV)
An email commentary by AGTS president, Byron
Klaus. Each issue contains thoughts on society, the Bible,
and the role of the church in today's world. In addition, Byron
recommends helpful resources. The Prez Release
can also be downloaded as a small PDF file.
Leadership for the Long Haul. Rather than describe the dearth of leadership in
the church, the focus of this article is to offer perspective on how we take a long-term
view toward the uncharted waters that Pentecostal leaders are presently navigating.
This article was published in Enrichment, Spring 2002. Used with Permission. (Posted