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AGTS Press Release: Innovative New Book on History of the Assemblies of God by AGTS Professor Dr. Gary B. McGee

Contact: Jennifer Hall, Promotions Coordinator
Phone: (417) 268-1024

People of the Spirit: The Assemblies of God (Springfield, Mo.: Gospel Publishing House), by AGTS Professor Dr.Gary B. McGeewas released in May 2004. This book reveals the history of the Assemblies of God (AG) movement through the stories of individuals whose commitment to a “new work” of God was the force behind a spiritual renewal that encircled the globe.

“Institutional histories tend to be laden with sterile statistics,” wrote William W. Menzies, chancellor of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Philippines, “but People of the Spirit is entirely different... The book is essentially a collection of brief, crisp biographies...” Menzies calls the book “a remarkably authentic journey through the history of the American [AG].”

Grant Wacker, professor of Church history at Duke University, wrote, “McGee features the courage and determination of the scores of men and women who have led the AG, but he remembers too their struggles and occasional foibles. His deft biographical sketches remind us of the Movement’s social and cultural richness, especially the very large number of women who contributed from beginning to end. He reaches beyond the usual lineup of church leaders to include those in a wide range of vocations, including writers, musician, missionaries, philanthropists, and local pastors.”

Dr. Gary B. McGee is a respected historian and AGTS professor of Church history and Pentecostal studies. (ISBN: 0882430998, 661 pages, includes a CD-ROM with additional resource material)

Another book coauthored by McGee, Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey (Baker Books) was released in January 2004 (ISBN: 0801026482). Also, God’s Women—Then and Now (Grace & Truth), by AGTS Professor Dr. Barbara Cavaness and Board Member Deborah Gill was released in March 2004 (ISBN: 0-9749539-0-3).

AGTS is one of the world’s leading Pentecostal seminaries with one of the ten largest doctor of ministry programs in the nation. For more information, contact Jennifer Hall at 417-268-1024 or


Updated: Friday, December 4, 2009 10:49 AM


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