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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. Brad’s D.Min. project featured a study of his successful church plant in Brighton, Mich.
Ebby Anyamba, M.Div. graduate, spoke on behalf of the master’s 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

John’s 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 grandchildren.

Updated: Wednesday, November 12, 2003 2:18 PM


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