AGTS Awards First Doctoral Degrees
in the History of the Assemblies of God
The 28th Annual Commencement of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary marks the
first year that a Doctor of Ministry degree will be awarded by an Assemblies of God institution
worldwide. The first doctoral class of an Assemblies of God institution of higher
education demonstrates the strides that have been made in higher education since the founding
of the Fellowship in 1914, said AGTS professor Gary McGee. The ceremony will be
held Friday, June 8, 2001 at 2 p.m. in the Evangel University chapel, and Reverend Thomas
E. Trask, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, will deliver the keynote address.
One hundred degrees, including Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of
Arts degrees will be awarded at the AGTS commencement to graduates from 28 states and
8 foreign countries. AGTS alumni currently serve in all 50 states and 125 countries.
Highlights of this years graduation activities include a public symposium featuring
the D.Min. graduates on Thursday, June 7, 2001 at 10 a.m. in the AGTS chapel. The
D.Min. in Pentecostal Leadership is a professional, in-service degree program designed
to shape leaders who will change the world in the power of the Spirit. One phase of the
program is the writing of a doctoral project embodying field research from the participant's
own ministry context. The symposium is an opportunity for each of our graduates to present
a brief report of this important research, followed by a reflective response,said
AGTS president Byron D. Klaus.
Rev. Trask is chief executive officer and superintendent of the Assemblies of God church,
the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world. He is a member of the denominations
board of administration and Executive Presbytery.
He has more than 44 years of ministry experience, and presently serves on several boards
including those of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Central Bible College,
Evangel University, and Global University. Trask has also co-authored a number of books
including Back to the Altar; Back to the Word; The Battle; The Blessing; The Choice; and
The Fruit of the Spirit.
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