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Railey honored at
General Council

AGTS hosts Islam
and preaching seminars
at General Council
Earl and Janet
Creps to plant
church in Berkeley

Education presented the Distinguished Educator Award to Dr. James Railey, AGTS professor of theology, on August 9 at General Council for his exemplary faithfulness and distinction as a minister and educator for more than 27 years.

Other faithful service:

  • Dr. Jim Hernando (M.Div. 1978), professor of New Testament, received the Educator Award for 25 years of service.

  • Joe Marics (M.Div. 1980), director of library services, received the Administrator Award for 20 years of service.

In his seminar on the growth of Islam in America, Dr. Mark Hausfeld (M.Div. 1983), 2007–2008 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions, highlighted the importance of the local church taking the lead to reach Muslims in America.

Dr. Doug Oss (M.Div. 1980), professor of Bible exposition, expounded on the practical nature of expository preaching in his Pentecostal preaching seminar. “Preaching for real life is the only preaching that counts,” said Oss. Missionary Joel Ellis said, “Preaching the gospel in culturally relevant ways applies to any ministry context. I’m thankful to AGTS.”

Earl Creps (D.Min. 2002) and his wife, Janet, (M.Div. 2004) are transitioning to Berkeley, Calif., to plant a church. The Creps will team up with Chi Alpha to establish a campus church. The University of California at Berkeley is home to more than 30,000 students, faculty and staff. Researchers find that about half of the 70,000 people at Berkeley are “trendsetters” who invent the urban culture consumed in the rest of the country. To touch Berkeley, then, is to change the future. Earl will remain a member of the AGTS adjunct faculty.

Lim and Taylor
take on new responsibilities

First D.Miss. cohort
meets at AGTS
New issue of
Encounter Journal
posted online

Dr. Stephen Lim, professor of leadership and ministry, has been named academic dean at AGTS. He fills the position vacated by Dr. Joseph Castleberry in August 2007.

Dr. Cheryl Taylor (D.Min. 2003), visiting professor of practical theology, follows Dr. Earl Creps as director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.

“AGTS is committed to academically vigorous and relevant education,” said President Byron Klaus. “Steve Lim and Cheryl Taylor bring the academic skill and ministry sense necessary to effectively serve AGTS and its mission.”

In June, 16 students came together from 5 continents and 11 countries to inaugurate the Doctor of Missiology program at AGTS. Dr. DeLonn Rance (M.A. 1983), program coordinator, challenged participants to create space in their lives to yield to Spirit empowerment in order to respond to dynamic global realities. Students commented:

  • “These amazing classes will keep me more Christ-oriented and dependent on Holy Spirit empowerment.”
  • “God is bringing me from a cocoon back to a vibrancy of faith and life.”
  • “The passion for the Spirit is infectious.”

The newest issue of the Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry was published online in November under the editorial supervision of Dr. Deborah Gill (M.Div. 1978, M.A. 1979), professor of New Testament exposition. Featured in this issue:

  • “Coaching: A Christian Overview and Response,” by Dr. Gary Collins
  • “Sacred Serenade: The Role of Music in Spiritual Formation,” by Don Detrick (AGTS D.Min. Cand.)
  • Making Space for God to Fill and Transform,” by Dr. Stephen Lim

Updated: Monday, December 10, 2007 3:00 PM

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