Release Date: April 10, 2003
Phone: (417) 268-1019
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Springfield, Mo.Chaplain (COL) Scott McChrystal will deliver the keynote address
at the 30th annual commencement of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary on Saturday,
May 3, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. at the Praise Assembly of God church in Springfield, Mo.
One hundred twenty degrees, including Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master
of Arts will be awarded at the AGTS commencement to 117 graduates from 31 states and nine
foreign countries. AGTS alumni currently serve in all 50 states and 125 countries.
McChrystal was commissioned from ROTC at Washington and Lee University in 1970 as a
2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. His experience as an Infantry officer includes a tour
in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader with the Americal Division, three assignments
with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., and one assignment as an ROTC Instructor
at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
In 1984 he graduated from AGTS with a Master of Divinity degree and has since served
on active duty as an Army chaplain. McChrystal also holds a Master of Business degree
from The Citadel. He has attended numerous military schools and is a graduate of the Infantry
Officer Advanced Course, the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course, the Combined Arms Staff
Service School, Command and General Staff College, the NATO Staff Officer Course, and
the Army War College.
He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. His assignments as a chaplain
include: one tour with the 82nd Airborne Division; Community Chaplain for Hannam Village
in Seoul, Korea; Aviation Brigade Chaplain, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and Post
Protestant Pastor at Fort Polk, La.; Chaplain Observer Controller for the Joint Readiness
Training Center, Fort Polk; Deputy Staff Chaplain for the 53rd Area Support Group and
Division Chaplain for 1st Armored Division, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Task Force Eagle Chaplain
in Bosnia as part of OPERATION JOINT ENDEAVOR. In July 1998 he reported to West Point,
N.Y., where he currently serves as the Staff Chaplain, United States Military Academy.
Highlights of this years graduation activities include a public Doctor of Ministry
symposium on Friday, May 2, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. in the AGTS chapel. One phase of the program
is the writing of a doctoral project embodying field research from the participant's own
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