Summer 2003 Rapport: Graduation 2003
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One hundred twenty degrees, including doctor of ministry, master of
divinity and master of arts, were awarded to 117 graduates from 10 countries at the 30th
annual AGTS commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2003.
Brad Trask receives a replica of the Divine Servant sculpture from
his father, General Superintendent Thomas Trask, at the Doctor of Ministry Symposium,
May 2. Brads D.Min. project featured a study of his successful church plant
in Brighton, Mich.
||Ebby Anyamba, M.Div. graduate, spoke on behalf of the masters degree recipients.
Ebby came to the U.S. from Kenya, Africa, on a United Nations assignment to study
global climate change. She has since worked as a research scientist with NASA at the
Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland).
Chaplain (COL) Scott McChrystal, M.Div.1984, delivered the keynote
address. He ministers daily to 4,000 cadets and military support staff as the staff
chaplain at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
||D.Min. graduate Etienne Zongo delivered the doctor of ministry address. A former
Olympic boxer and cupbearer to a tribal king, Etienne is a pastor, teacher, church
planter, district superintendent and national executive in Burkina Faso, Africa.
Alumnus of the Year: John V. York
ministry has had missions at its heart from the very beginning. He served as missionary
in Nigeria, Malawi and Togo (1974-1997). For 16 years, he directed three Assemblies of
God (AG) Bible colleges in Nigeria where the AG burgeoned from about 150,000 to well
over two million.
In 1990, John became the director of Africa Theological Training Service,
a support ministry involving extensive travel among over 200 colleges and training programs
across Africa, serving 14,000 students. John currently teaches at AG graduate-level schools
in several countries and participates in training new missionary candidates each summer
in Springfield, Mo.
He earned a bachelor of arts in religion from Southern California
College/Vanguard University (1966), a master of arts in missions science at AGTS (1983),
and a doctor of missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. (1990).
John and his wife, Joy, have two grown children, both in full-time ministry, and four
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