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AGTS News: McGee Examines the Role of Tongues Among Early Pentecostals

Dr. Gary B. McGee, AGTS distinguished professor of church history and Pentecostal studies, was inaugurated as distinguished professor on Wednesday, September 13, 2006. His inaugural lecture was entitled "'Brought into the Sphere of the Supernatural': How Speaking in Tongues Empowered Early Pentecostals."
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About Dr. Gary B. McGee

Best known for his research on early Pentecostalism and Pentecostal missions, Dr. McGee serves as distinguished professor of church history and Pentecostal studies at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Central Bible College (B.A.), Concordia Seminary (M.A.R.), Missouri State University (M.A.), and Saint Louis University (Ph.D.). His teaching ministry began at Open Bible College, Des Moines, Iowa, after which he joined the faculty of Central Bible College. Since 1984 he has taught at AGTS and at various ministerial training institutions overseas.

Dr. McGee’s family came into the Pentecostal movement after his maternal grandmother was converted in an Aimee Semple McPherson evangelistic campaign in Canton, Ohio in 1921. The family became faithful members of Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Canton. He received ordination from the Iowa District Council in 1969.

Interest in Assemblies of God world missions led to his doctoral dissertation, later published as This Gospel Shall Be Preached: A History and Theology of Assemblies of God Foreign Missions to 1959 . Among his other books are Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (co-edited with S. M. Burgess) and most recently People of the Spirit: The Assemblies of God and Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey (with A. S. Moreau and G. R. Corwin). McGee has published many articles and is a contributing editor to the International Bulletin of Missionary Research . In 1992, he served as Senior Mission Scholar-in-Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut and as a Yale Research Fellow at Yale University. His work on Pentecostal missions led to his involvement in the International Roman Catholic and Classical Pentecostal Dialogue.

Gary and Alice McGee reside in Springfield, Missouri, and attend Evangel Temple Christian Center. They have two daughters, Angela Brim and Catherine McGee, and two delightful grandchildren.


The pulpit in use during the inauguration is from the Swedish Free Mission in Moorhead, Minnesota. This congregation sent the first Pentecostal missionaries from North America, Mary Johnson and Ida Anderson. They arrived in Durban, South Africa in January, 1905, one and a half years before the Azusa Street awakening. This pulpit’s permanent home is the Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center on the upper level of AGTS.

Updated: Monday, October 16, 2006 12:13 PM

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