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Winter 2010 Rapport: Big shoes to fill? No problem!

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AGTS alumni are leaving indelible footprints around the world. Who will fill their shoes? AGTS is training a generation that will, by the power of the Spirit, build on and surpass their predecessors’ wildest dreams, just as each generation before them.

Glen (M.Div. 1996) and Denise (M.Div. 1995) Harvison pastor Harvest Time Church (AG) in Greenwich, Conn. In the fall of 2009, Harvest Time Church expanded to seven worship services meeting on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. Having been in their current building for five years, the church is gearing up to break ground on a new sanctuary in the summer of 2010. They recently hosted the vice president of Kenya and other Kenyan and U.S. dignitaries at a well-drilling conference. They are working in partnership with other local churches to drill wells around the world.

 

Joel (M.Div. 2008) and Rachel (M.Div. 2008) Triska are lead pastors at Life in Deep Ellum, an incarnational-model church that functions as a cultural center in the arts district of Dallas, Texas. They oversee the faith community and cultural center, which houses an art gallery and coffee shop and is a venue for concerts, yoga classes and chiropractic services for the community.

Chaplain (COL) Mike Dugal (M.Div. 1987) is the director of the Center for Spiritual Leadership at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, S.C. He also is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Texas. With a military career spanning more than 34 years, he has seen three combat tours: the Gulf War (1991), Afghanistan (2002) and Iraq (2003). Among other chaplaincy assignments, he has served as personnel assignment officer for the Army Chief of Chaplains. In the photo above, Dugal (right) receives a degree from the United States Army War College in 2009.

Brian Blake (M.Div. student) heard God’s call to be a chaplain while serving as an engineer officer in the desert of West Texas. His wife, Aimee (M.Div. student), whom he met at AGTS, is also pursuing chaplaincy.

Mark Hausfeld (M.Div. 1983), with his wife, Lynda, serves as international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Islamic Peoples for AG World Missions. He also is associate professor of urban and Islamic studies at AGTS. He has served as area director for the 10 nations of Central Eurasia. In addition to administration and strategic leadership, his missionary work has included teaching, opening drug rehabilitation centers, and relief and development work.

 

 

Jean Pawentaore Ouedraogo (M.A. 1982) is the general superintendent of the AG in Burkina Faso, which is more than a million strong and is the largest Prostestant church in the country. He has served as president of the Federation of the Evangelical churches in Burkina Faso and as chairman of the Africa AG Alliance, which interacts with all AG ministers in Africa. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Council of the World AG Fellowship, the chairman of the board for the West Africa Advanced School of Theology and the director of the World AG Relief Agency. He is widely respected in Africa and beyond as a model servant leader.

Daniel Matthiesen (M.A. 2008) is a full-time youth pastor in Bergen, Norway. Daniel is thrilled to see how preaching the Word of God means life for the teenagers and students. In the future, he sees himself planting churches in Europe and teaching at the newly founded seminary in Oslo, Norway.

Bob Cook (D.Min. 2004) serves as executive vice president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. Previously he served as district superintendent of the Rocky Mountain District. He has pastored churches in Provo, Utah, and Boulder, Colo., and also served on the faculty and administration of Bethany University.

As one torn between the pulpit and the academe, Dan Morrison (M.Div. student) feels called to integrate scholarship and practical ministry. After completing his M.Div., he plans to earn a Ph.D. Ultimately he hopes to minister in a pastoral role and influence students who want to be involved in preaching/ teaching ministry toward a marriage of academic prowess and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

Mike Owen (M.Div. 1989), director of new initiatives for World Vision, has a passion to see churches in the United States engaged meaningfully and strategically in issues of global poverty and justice. Among other hands-on programs, he has developed the Caregiver Kit program, which supplies medical and hygiene resources for more than 77,000 volunteer caregivers who work with AIDS victims in high-risk countries.

Sarah Wright (M.A.T.S. student) has felt the call to missions since fifth grade. In an AGTS class about sex trafficking, God made it clear that he wanted her to reach at-risk girls and children in impoverished countries. In this photo Sarah hugs Catrina, a girl she has mentored for three years and whose situation is similar to that of the girls she wants to help overseas.

Christine Morgan (M.A. 1997) is a marriage and family therapist working with army soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder and their families at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Joshua Kreimeyer (M.A. 2008) is a therapist in a mental health/ substance abuse program at the “Alcatraz of the Rockies,” the infamous supermax federal prison in Florence, Colo. “A penitentiary can be a very dark place,” said Kreimeyer, “and I am glad that, through the Holy Spirit, I can be a light to those who are incarcerated.” He is pursuing a doctorate of clinical psychology at the University of the Rockies.

Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:29 PM

 
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