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New cohort for
women in leadership

Ivan Satyavrata
to serve as ‘09–’10
Hogan Professor
of World Missions
AGTS hosts Muslims
in America Summit

In February 2009 AGTS launched a cohort designed exclusively for women in full-time ministry who demonstrate strategic leadership competencies—the first of its kind at the doctoral level in any AG institution.

The cohort is available through the M.A. in Christian Ministries or the Doctor of Ministry degrees. Each class is taught by a male and female team to provide a gender-balanced platform.

Students’ descriptions of their experiences thus far can be boiled down to one phrase—life-changing!

Dr. Ivan Satyavrata will be the 2009–2010 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions. He leads the AG church and its network of ministries in Kolkata, India, founded by the late Mark Buntain. These ministries includes a hospital, medical services and a school system for thousands of students. Nearly 20,000 children a day receive meals and basic care through the mission.

Holding a Ph.D. from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (University of Wales), Satyavrata plays an active role in evangelical theological education throughout Eurasia.

In September 2008 AGTS, the Center for Ministry to Muslims and AG U.S. Missions sponsored a leadership summit at Calvary Church, Naperville, Ill., to help churches strategize about new ways to reach their Muslim neighbors.

Dr. Mark Hausfeld (M.Div. 1983), AGTS professor and International Director of Global Initiatives: Reaching Islamic Peoples for AG World Missions, noted, “When we combine miracles with loving Christian witness, we will open a window of opportunity to reach the approximately six million Muslims in America.”

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Students learn
from church planter
Al Toledo

Charles Self named associate professor
of church history
Spring lectureship
with Dick Foth

Pastor in Residence Al Toledo, of Chicago Tabernacle, Ill., spoke in chapel November 3–5, 2008. Students had opportunity to dialogue with Toledo during several classes and in a Q&A session.

In 2001 Toledo felt called to move his family from New York, where he was an associate pastor at Brooklyn Tabernacle, and plant a church in Chicago. In January 2002 the Chicago Tabernacle was established. A multiracial church of about 400 people, Chicago Tabernacle is committed to spreading the gospel.

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AGTS is proud to announce Dr. Charles Self as associate professor of church history.

Dr. Self holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history from University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his first M.A. in philosophical and systematic theology from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Calif.

Dr. Self has served AGTS as adjunct professor since 2006 and as director of the West Coast branch since 2007. He has pastored churches in California and Oregon and is a published author.

Dick Foth, minister-at-large in Washington, D.C., spoke on the topic “Jesus and the Public Square: Lessons Learned in D.C.” in March.

Foth is a spiritual adviser to a number of political figures in Washington, D.C. He sees his calling as “focusing on the ideas of alienation and reconciliation through building relationships around Christ in the marketplace of politics and business.”

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Updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 1:09 PM

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