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Press Releases: Charles Self named associate professor of church history

Contact: Jennifer Hall, Promotions Coordinator
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Springfield, Mo.—May 7, 2009—The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) is proud to announce Dr. Charles Self as associate professor of church history.

“He is an energetic teacher and seasoned pastoral leader with sturdy academic credentials,” said Dr. Byron D. Klaus,  AGTS president. Dr. Self holds a Ph.D. (dissertation: “The Tragedy of Belgian Protestantism: Subversion and Survival”) and an M.A. in history (Latin American religion and social change) from University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his first M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif. “He has faced vigorous challenges toward his faith and values in these top quality institutions, yet has grown strong as an apologist and dialogue partner,” said President Klaus. “I am very grateful that this rigorous selection process has yielded the quality person that Dr. Self is.”

Dr. Self has served AGTS as adjunct professor since 2006 and as director of the West Coast branch since 2007. He has also taught at Western Seminary, Los Gatos, Calif.; George Fox University, near Portland, Ore.; Bethany University, Santa Cruz, Calif.; and Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium.

He is the author of The Divine Dance (Authorhouse) and The Power of Faithful Focus (with Les Hewitt, HCI/Faith Communications). He has had articles published in Pneuma and Kairos journals and has three additional books in pre-publication.

Self is an ordained minister serving the Northern California-Nevada District Council of the Assemblies of God. He and his wife, Kathleen, a visual artist ( will make the transition from San Jose, Calif., for the fall semester. They have three grown children.

“Kathy and I are excited to join the AGTS community that is committed to empowering leaders for global impact,” said Self. “We want to unite our academic, artistic and ministry experiences and gifts with our colleagues to bring glory to God and growth to the Kingdom and our movement.”


Updated: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:16 PM


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