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Winter 2002 Rapport: Seminary News

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Dr. Edgar Lee Awarded “Distinguished Administrator”

Dr. Edgar Lee

Dr. Edgar Lee, AGTS vice president for academic affairs, was presented the Distinguished Administrator and the Faithful Administrator awards at the Christian Higher Education luncheon on August 9 during the Assemblies of God General Council, Kansas City, Mo.

According to the Commission on Christian Higher Education (COCHE), the Distinguished Administrator award signifies the Executive Presbytery’s recognition of “administrators who have distinguished themselves in the Fellowship by consistent excellence in administration and have made an outstanding contribution and lifetime commitment to postsecondary education in the Assemblies of God.”

The Faithful Administrator award is granted by COCHE to administrators who have served AG-endorsed academic institutions for 20 or 30 years and who demonstrate “skill, commitment, and moral and ethical leadership in serving the Lord and AG postsecondary education through the office of administrator.”

Dr. Ben Aker

Before serving AGTS as an administrator and professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology (1988 to present), Dr. Lee was a professor and vice president for academic affairs (1982-88) and an instructor and assistant professor of Bible and Theology (1965-70) at Southeastern College, Lakeland, Fla. He also founded and pastored Calvary AG, Atlanta, Georgia (1971-82). He has served the AG as a member of the Commission on Doctrinal Purity; secretary of the Pentecostal Textbooks Project Board; a member of the Board of Directors, Southeastern College; president of Southeastern College Alumni Association; and secretary of the Georgia District of the AG.

Dr. Gary McGee

Dr. Lee said, “While I have been called to be a church planter, pastor, and district officer, my special calling has been to the education of men and women for service around the world. Throughout our ministry, Louise and I have attempted to perpetuate our Pentecostal heritage, to be faithful to the Scriptures, and to lead men and women in both spiritual and professional growth. As we put it at AGTS, we are ‘shaping servant leaders with knowledge, skill, and passion to revitalize the church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit.’”

Two other AGTS professors received awards at the COCHE luncheon. Gary McGee was presented the Distinguished Educator award based on his exemplary faithfulness and distinction as a minister and educator for 34 years. Ben Aker received the Educator award for his outstanding service as a minister and educator for over 25 years.

Congratulations, Dr. Lee, Dr. McGee, and Dr. Aker!

By Jennifer Strickland

T.L. Osborn contributes to AGTS library

Missionary-evangelist T.L. Osborn, with his daughter LaDonna, from Tulsa, Okla., visited AGTS on October 9 to dedicate 122 videos, 85 audiocassettes, 18 books, and a 24-volume faith library to the Seminary. This faith library consists of almost 23,000 pages of articles, tracts, letters, brochures, diaries, and pictorial reports recording the experiences and writings of T.L. Osborn and his late wife Daisy from 1947-97.

During the dedication service Osborn “encouraged those younger than himself to trust God and move ahead,” said AGTS president Byron D. Klaus. “So many times veterans of ministry tend to be anxious about who will replace them and carry out the work. He not only encouraged younger leaders, he trusted the Holy Spirit to empower those emerging leaders for Kingdom business.” Osborn is internationally renowned for his active role in over 50 years of salvation and healing crusades.

By Alaine Thomson

Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2003 3:30 PM


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