News: AGTS to graduate largest doctoral class
The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) will celebrate its 41st annual Commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Central Assembly of God, Springfield, Mo. Thirty of this year's 97 graduates will be awarded doctoral degrees, making this the largest doctoral class in the seminary's history. The public is invited to attend.
AGTS will award 4 Ph.D.s, 1 Doctor of Missiology and 25 Doctor of Ministry degrees along with Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees to candidates from 30 states and 8 countries.
Doctoral candidates and their work will be honored during a series of public events on Friday, May 2, including a Doctor of Ministry Symposium and an Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture at 12:30 p.m., a reception at 1:45 and a Celebration Service at 2:15. (D.Min. project abstracts may be viewed here.)
This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Assemblies of God. "There is no more fitting way to acknowledge the long strides our movement has taken since its humble beginnings than by honoring 30 doctoral candidates in this centennial year," said AGTS President Byron D. Klaus.
Dr. Stanley M. Horton (right), AGTS distinguished professor emeritus of Bible and theology and long-standing hero of AG theological scholarship, will be on hand during the Celebration Service to award centennial medallions to each candidate. Nearly a centenarian himself, Dr. Horton's parents were present at the inter-racial Azusa Street Revival (1906–1915) that marked the birth of the modern Pentecostal movement. Dr. Horton will turn 98 in May.
This year's commencement will highlight God's healing work in our world through four student speakers.
- Tamicka Monson plans to work with youth after she graduates with her Master of Arts in Christian Ministries.
- Barbara Gilliam is founder of Compassionate Wisdom Works,which focuses on planting house churches and resourcing students and church leaders on the topics of addiction and leadership. She is a Doctor of Ministry candidate.
- LaVonna Ennis, a missionary to Nigeria for more than 20 years, is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries.
- Dick Brogden is a missionary to the Arab world and author/editor of the best-selling e-book, The Live Dead Journal. He is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies.
Graduation events will also include a golf tournament, benefiting student scholarships, on Thursday, May 1 at Millwood Golf & Racquet Club. Visit agts.edu/golf for more information and to register for the golf tournament.
The Commencement ceremony, Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture and the Celebration Service will be streamed live at agts.edu.
AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. It is a unique graduate-level educational institution embedded within the larger structure of Evangel University offering doctoral degrees and masters degrees. For more information about AGTS go to www.agts.edu or call 1-800-467-AGTS.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:09 PM