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AGTS News: Watch recordings of AGTS graduation events

Grad Speakers

Commencement      Saturday, May 3

The presentation portion featuring graduates Tamicka Monson, Barbara Gilliam, LaVonna Ennis and Dick Brogden starts at the 22:30 minute mark.

2014 AGTS Graduation from AGTS on Vimeo.

Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture      Friday, May 2

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Doctoral Celebration Service
     Friday, May 2

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AGTS graduates largest doctoral class

AGTS Building in Spring

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) celebrated its 41st annual Commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 awarded 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 were honored during a series of public events on Friday, May 2, including a Doctor of Ministry Symposium and an Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture, a reception and a Celebration Service. (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.

This year's commencement highlighted 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 included a golf tournament, benefiting student scholarships, on Thursday, May 1 at Millwood Golf & Racquet Club.

Updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:59 PM

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