1 Graduation th Commencement Celebration Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 10 a.m. Central Assembly of God 1301 Boonville Avenue Shaping servant leaders with knowledge, skill and passion to revitalize the Church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit N. Glenstone Avenue Springfield, MO
2 Commencement Program ommencement at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary C (AGTS) acknowledges several streams of influence. The medieval academic tradition is part of the seminary culture so there are measures of formality: robes that reflect various academic disciplines and certain ceremonial dimensions that are integral to this event. AGTS is firmly rooted in the Pentecostal faith tradition. We affirm worship that is celebratory and vibrant, and we welcome the dynamics of the Holy Spirit in our congregational life. We are committed to the redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ that is empowered by the Holy Spirit. These elements of the Pentecostal tradition are also integral to commencement. AGTS is committed to thoroughness in graduate theological education. The ceremonial dimensions of this event acknowledge our graduates significant achievements in study. The celebratory dimensions demonstrate our belief that today s graduates are people of destiny in God s eternal plan of redemption. These elements find root in the biblical theme of zeal with knowledge found in Isaiah 11:2. PRELUDE AND PROCESSIONAL Thomas R. Matrone and Music Ministry Team Associate Professor, Evangel University Director of Choral Activities, Evangel University Creative Arts Director, Central Assembly To God Be the Glory Traditional Bible Bearer and Color Guard Faculty Marshal President Board of Directors AG Executive Leadership Alumnus of the Year Board of Administration Seminary Faculty Assemblies of God Educators The Graduating Class of 2013 Please silence all cell phones. *Audience is requested to stand.
3 *CELEBRATORY WORSHIP Thomas R. Matrone and Music Ministry Team In Christ Alone Keith Getty/Stuart Townend *SCRIPTURE READING 1 Samuel 7:12-17 (NIV) James T. Bradford Member, AGTS Board of Directors General Secretary, The General Council of the Assemblies of God INVOCATION AND WELCOME George O. Wood Chairperson, AGTS Board of Directors General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God PRESIDENT S REMARKS and Awards Byron D. Klaus President Stephen Lim Academic Dean Alumnus of the Year 2013 Stephen R. Tourville Class of 1979 and 2008 Superintendent of the PennDel Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God Dr. Stephen R. Tourville has served as the superintendent of the PennDel Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God since Previously he served as the national director of the Assemblies of God US Missions Intercultural Ministries Department, the PennDel District home missions director and a district presbyter. He also pastored for 25 years in Pennsylvania. He believes missions begins at home and the local pastor plays a key role in reaching the world for Christ. He is an encouraging resource to pastors and leaders across his district. Stephen completed a B.S. degree at Valley Forge Christian College and was granted an honorary membership in Delta Epsilon Chi Honor Society. He earned an M.Div. at Evangelical Theological Seminary where he received the Allen J. Bodey Award in Expository Preaching, an M.A. (1979) and a D.Min. at AGTS (2008). In addition to district responsibilities, Stephen and his wife, Marjie conduct marriage seminars and speak at local church functions. They have ministered in Tanzania, Burkina Faso, China, India and Bolivia. Theys have two grown children, Jason (AGTS class of 2002) and Julie (Evangel University class of 1997) and six grandchildren. Pillars of Faith Honorees Gardner H. Altman Sr. Church Planter and Pastor, North Carolina Jesse Miranda Leader of Hispanic Evangelicals in the U.S. Executive Presbyter Philip Wannenmacher Former Pastor of Central AG, Springfield, Mo. Executive Presbyter COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS The Grand Story Byron D. Klaus Special thanks to Steve Grant and KY3 for video narration. Parents with small children, please see usher for designated cry room.
4 Yandy Leyva Master of Divinity Candidate Craig Burns Master of Arts Candidate Jodi L. Detrick Doctor of Ministry Candidate PRESENTATION OF CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES Stephen Lim CONFERRING OF DEGREES Byron D. Klaus **DEGREE AND HOODING CEREMONY Byron D. Klaus Stephen Lim Geneva Heiskell Registrar DeLonn L. Rance Director of Intercultural Doctoral Studies Chairperson, Global Missions Department Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies Warren B. Newberry Program and Admissions Coordinator: Intercultural Doctoral Studies Associate Professor of Missions Cheryl A. Taylor Director of Doctor of Ministry Program Associate Professor of Practical Theology James H. Railey Jr. Chairperson, Bible and Theology Department Professor of Theology Jay P. Taylor Director of Spiritual Formation Chairperson, Practical Theology Department Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation Melody D. Palm Director of Counseling Programs Professor of Counseling Psychology Johan H. Mostert Professor of Community Psychology Deborah M. Gill Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition PRESIDENT S REMARKS Byron D. Klaus *Prayer of Commissioning AND CELEBRATORY BENEDICTION Thomas R. Matrone and Music Ministry Team 10,000 Reasons Matt Redman Greg Mundis Member, AGTS Board of Directors Executive Director, Assemblies of God World Missions PRESIDENT S CLOSING REMARKS Byron D. Klaus *RECESSIONAL Shout to the Lord/ How Great Thou Art Zschech/Tomlin *Audience is requested to stand. **Please hold applause until all candidates have received degrees.
5 Candidates for Degrees DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN INTERCULTURAL STUDIES Steven Pennington Nairobi, Kenya B.A., World Evangelism Bible College and Seminary M.A., AG Theological Seminary Ph.D. Dissertation: Negotiating the Maturing Relational Dynamics Between National Churches and Missions Agencies: A Narrative- Based Missiological Model Emerging from the History of the Kenya Assemblies of God DOCTOR OF MINISTRY Kenn L. Bongiorno New Bedford, Massachusetts B.A., Southeastern University M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Restoration: Restoring Repentant Believers Back into the Life and Ministry of the Church Bryan R. Davenport Vancouver, Washington B.A., George Fox University M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Helping the Hurting: Everyday Approaches to Healing and Deliverance Jodi Lanette Detrick North Bend, Washington M.A., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: The Jesus-Hearted Woman: 10 Leadership Qualities for Enduring and Endearing Influence Jim Jessup Lakeland, Florida B.A., Southwestern AG University M.A., Dallas Baptist University AG Theological Seminary, M.Div. Equiv. D.Min. Project: Why a Decreasing Number of Young Adults Seek Ministerial Credentials with the Assemblies of God: A Comparative Study of the Perceptions of Ministry Graduates of Three AG Universities Scott McChrystal B.A., Washington and Lee University M.B.A., The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina M.Div., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: The Warrior Bible: For Warriors and the Military Community
6 Stephanie Lynn Nance Sand Springs, Oklahoma M.Div., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Adventure into the Unknown: Leading Young Adults in the Digital Information Age to Rediscover and Embrace the Mystery of God as a Dimension of the Normal Christian Life Ryan Joseph O Leary Isanti, Minnesota B.S., University of Denver M.A., The College of Saint Scholastica M.Div., Bethel Seminary D.Min. Project: Reaching People for Christ in Bedroom Communities Today Svetlana Papazov Hollywood, Maryland B.S., M.S., University of Forestry M.S., Southwestern AG University AG Theological Seminary, M.Div. Equiv. D.Min. Project: A Local Example Toward Bridging the Divide Between Sacred and Secular: A Case Study in Transformational Community Development Francesco Passamonte Burlington, Massachusetts B.A., Evangel University M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: The Doctrine of Divine Healing: A Training Seminar for Laity and Church Leaders in the Northeastern Section of the Southern New England Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God Jim Rion San Antonio, Texas B.Th., International Bible College M.A., M.Div. Equiv., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Transitioning the Ministry-Team Culture of Westover Hills Assembly of God to Facilitate Congregational Growth and Health in the Twenty-First Century Lewis R. Shelton Albany, Oregon B.S., Bethany University M.A., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Managing the Lifecycle of a Christian Ministry: Distinguishing Between the Need for Intervention and the Necessity of Interment Sharon Smith Alexandria, Virginia B.S., State University of New York- Geneseo D.Min. Project: Bridging the Gap: Equipping the Church to Envision and Empower Workplace Believers as Kingdom Catalysts of Transformation in Their Communities Ruth Park Swalve McDonough, Georgia B.A., Washington Bible College M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Managing and Reducing Conflict in Korean- American Churches: A Seminar for Atlanta-Area Korean Pastors
7 Richard Glenn Varnell Palm Desert, California B.A., Vanguard University M.A., M.Div. Equiv., AG Theological Seminary D.Min. Project: Stimulating Church Growth Through Scripturally- Based Business Strategies: Targeting Churches Plateaued or Declining in Attendance MASTER OF DIVINITY Micah Andrew Billman B.B.A., Evangel University Patrice Ndita Chinje Cameroon Bach., University of Buea Rebecca Cranford-Smith Douglasville, Georgia B.S., Southeastern University Brian Filipek Willard, Missouri B.S., Columbia Southern University Brett Edward Harrison Lawson, Missouri B.A., Evangel University Joshua Ryan Havens*** Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society Derek Michael Henson Fair Grove, Missouri Tae Kang*** Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society Columbia, Maryland B.S., Pennsylvania State University M.S., University of Arizona Isaac Lewis Bible Bearer Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Denver, Colorado B.A., Southwestern AG University Yandy Leyva* Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Havana, Cuba Katharyn Jordan Gray- McLellan*** Outstanding Student, Practical Theology Department Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society Delphi, Indiana B.A., Evangel University Andrew C. Muilenburg Seattle, Washington B.A., Northwest University Sung Min Oh B.Th., Anyang University Danielle Elaine Parker Independence, Missouri B.A., Columbia College Sheri Juanita Ray Adam Rodrigues* Murfreesboro, Tennessee B.A., Lee University Eric Mark Shepard* Buffalo, New York B.S., Valley Forge Christian College Jaye Shurtz Bacc. Equiv. Master s Honors: * Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude, *** Summa Cum Laude,
8 MASTER OF ARTS IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES Eli Brooks Lawrence, Kansas B.A., University of Kansas Michael Jason Fullerton* Muskogee, Oklahoma B.S., Southwestern AG University Elliott Young Gonzalez Liberty, Missouri B.S., Southwest Baptist University Zachery Huffman* American Flag Bearer Montgomery, Alabama B.S., Auburn University-Montgomery Larry Emil Landtroop Marlow, Oklahoma Michael Walter Pearson Ovilla, Texas B.S., Southwestern AG University Coby D. Smith B.S., Cox College B.S., Evangel University Jared Whipple** Outstanding Student, Bible and Theology Department Stanley M. Horton Award Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Ledyard, Connecticut B.A., Northpoint Bible College MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES Annie Bailey B.S., Southwestern AG University Emily D. Barney B.A., Northpoint Bible College Amy Jo devries** Belfair, Washington B.A., Northwest University Karen S. Johnson Chandler, Arizona B.A., Western Bible College Vicki Judd* Longview, Washington Kathy Key** Broken Arrow, Oklahoma B.S., Oklahoma State University Kelly Elizabeth Preston Gahanna, Ohio Craig Burns* Vienna, Virginia Donald Lee Cartledge Allons, Tennessee Daryl Densford Lebanon, Missouri B.B.S., Nazarene Bible College M.A., Northeastern Seminary Kevin T. Giles Santa Cruz, California B.S., California State University- Monterey Bay Dalene Good*** Outstanding Student, Continuing Education Department Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society Grenoble, France B.A., Bethany University
9 Keith Landon Morris John D. Musgrave* Kenton, Ohio B.A., Southeastern University Gregory W. Randall*** Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society Windham, Maine Bacc. Equiv. Stephen S. Ritchey* New Holland, Pennsylvania B.S., Valley Forge Christian College Brent L. Sorlien Seattle, Washington B.A., Northwest University Dutch VanderVlucht Findlay, Ohio B.B.A., Evangel University Philip William Zarns Apple Valley, Minnesota B.A., North Central University MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES Kelly Lynn Bevill Albany, Oregon B.A., Evangel University Danny W. Davis Christian Flag Bearer B.S., Indiana Wesleyan University Katherine Groce B.S.W., Missouri State University Carey S. Higgins B.S., North Central University M.A., AG Theological Seminary Hannah Lea Jones Havre De Grace, Maryland B.A., Northpoint Bible College Alicia Lynn King** Chestnut Ridge, Pennsylvania B.S., Valley Forge Christian College Marty Parker Independence, Missouri Jenni Paul*** Outstanding Student, Global Missions Department Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society B.A., Humboldt State University Andrea Soemo Jackson, Missouri B.S., Southeast Missouri State University MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING Jennifer Lisa Acord B.B.A., Evangel University Jessica Lora Andersen Bellevue, Michigan Suzanne N. Bradshaw Nixa, Missouri B.A., Central Methodist University Patricia Louise Stirling-Burns Neosho, Missouri B.S., Missouri Southern State University M.S., Missouri State University Master s Honors: * Cum Laude, ** Magna Cum Laude, *** Summa Cum Laude,
10 Alicia Rebecca Davenport Bloomfield, Iowa B.S., Evangel University Bri Harless Gladwin, Michigan Jennifer Kehrle** Outstanding Student, Counseling Program Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Kansas City, Missouri B.S., Oregon State University Chasity Maureen Landtroop Osborne, Kansas Thomas C. Lewis II Clinton, Indiana Joelleen A. Lowe** Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Joplin, Missouri B.G.S., Missouri Southern State University Gerard Mondestin Port-au-Prince, Haiti B.C.M., Ozark Christian College Veronica Kay Munday Nixa, Missouri B.S., Missouri State University LaTisha Robinson B.S., Missouri State University Joshua Rodriguez Texas City, Texas B.A., Southwestern AG University Lindsay Renee Sorbo Siloam Springs, Arkansas B.A., John Brown University Vanessa Tellez McAllen, Texas B.S., Southwestern AG University Marie Van Patten Tulsa, Oklahoma B.A., Oklahoma State University Cornelia L. White Cleveland, Ohio B.S., Ashland University M.Div., Oral Roberts University
11 About AGTS Kappa Delta Chi The faculty elect no more than 10 percent of the graduating class into the Kappa Delta Chi Honor Society each year. Students selected to receive this award must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7, show potential for ministry and be in good standing with AGTS and the community. Current graduates receiving this honor are noted in the program. STANLEY M. HORTON AWARD Each year the Bible and Theology faculty confer the Stanley M. Horton Award to an M.A.T.S. graduate based on excellence in writing of the seminar paper. The graduate receiving this honor is noted in the program. ACADEMIC REGALIA A tradition derived from ancient European universities, academic dress in American higher education follows guidelines adopted by the American Council on Education. A bachelor s gown is traditionally black and has pointed sleeves. The master s gown is distinguished by its oblong sleeves, while the doctor s gown has bell-shaped sleeves with velvet panels on the sleeves, around the neck and down the front. In a few instances, the doctoral gown may be another color representing a specific institution. The colorful hood linings represent the colors of the institution conferring the degree. Hood linings for AGTS are royal blue and gold. The velvet border on the hood indicates the field of study in which the degree has been conferred. Those degrees conferred by AGTS are Dark Blue, Ph.D.; Scarlet, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity; Burnt Orange, Doctor of Missiology; Golden Yellow, Master of Arts in Counseling; White, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries, Intercultural Ministries and Theological Studies. THE PULPIT The pulpit used during commencement is a gift on loan from Central AG. When not in use, it is located in the Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center at the seminary. Every general superintendent of the AG except the first, E.N. Bell and every president and executive vice president of AGTS has preached behind this pulpit.
12 THE SEMINARY MACE The seminary mace is an artistic rendering of the mandate and mission of AGTS. Approximately 36 inches tall, it is made of West African Bubinga wood and goldplated brass. The head of the mace is a carved wood globe representing all people in God s world. The globe is mounted on a horizontal cross symbolizing humanity s dependence on the atoning death of Christ. Above the globe is a descending dove with wings and tail configured to resemble a flame, a reminder of the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in Christian life and ministry. AGTS is engraved on the face of the globe, which is also encircled by an unwound scroll depicting the Word of God and bearing the text, By my Spirit, said the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). Since the sixteenth century, the mace has been a symbol of the institution that it represents. It is carried by the faculty marshal in all academic processions. BRIEF AGTS HISTORY The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, originally incorporated as the Assemblies of God Graduate School in 1972, first opened its doors for classes to missionaries in the summer of 1973 and began with a student body of 77. For 40 years, AGTS has nurtured Pentecostal leaders in a context of academic excellence and spiritual passion. For its first 24 years, the seminary occupied facilities at The General Council of the AG. After completion of its For Such a Time capital fund campaign, the seminary broke ground for a long awaited and functional 55,000 square foot facility in March 1996 and in July 1997 moved to its first permanent home. The Michael J. and Frances Cardone Building is an eloquent statement of theological purpose. Powerful symbols of creation and redemption, Pentecost and mission, servantleadership and Pentecostal heritage are found throughout; particularly in the Great Hall, the William J. Seymour Chapel and the Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center. AGTS offers Doctor of Philosophy in Bible and Theology, Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Missiology, Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. Alumni currently serve in all 50 states and 125 countries. The seminary s mission is to Shape servant leaders with knowledge, skill and passion to revitalize the church and evangelize the world in the power of the Spirit.
13 Commencement Participants BOARD OF DIRECTORS George O. Wood, Chairperson; General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God James T. Bradford, General Secretary, The General Council of the Assemblies of God Byron D. Klaus, President, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary Gregory M. Mundis, Executive Director, Assemblies of God World Missions, The General Council of the Assemblies of God George W. Westlake Jr., Pastor Emeritus, Sheffield Family Life Center, Kansas City, Missouri AG EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP James T. Bradford, General Secretary, The General Council of the Assemblies of God A. Elizabeth Grant, Executive Presbyter Gregory M. Mundis, Executive Director, Assemblies of God World Missions, The General Council of the Assemblies of God George O. Wood, General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God BOARD OF ADMINISTRATION Byron D. Klaus, President Stephen Lim, Academic Dean Mario H. Guerreiro, Director of Enrollment Management James D. Hernando, Faculty Representative Jared Lee, Student Advisory Council President Dorothea J. Lotter, Director of Institutional and Alumni Relations
14 DeLonn L. Rance, Director of Intercultural Doctoral Studies Cheryl A. Taylor, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program Jay P. Taylor, Director of Spiritual Formation Amanda M. Teel, Staff Representative David W. Willemsen, Director of Business FACULTY Roger D. Cotton, Professor of Old Testament Raymond L. Gannon, Visiting Professor of Missions and Jewish Studies Deborah M. Gill, Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition A. Elizabeth Grant, Associate Professor of Intercultural Education Mario H. Guerreiro, Director of Enrollment Management; Adjunct Faculty, Practical Theology Department Mark A. Hausfeld, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies; Associate Professor of Urban and Islamic Studies James D. Hernando, Professor of New Testament Anita L. Koeshall, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies John F. Koeshall, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies Paul W. Lewis, Missionary in Residence; Adjunct Faculty, Bible and Theology; Editor of Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry and International Journal of Pentecostal Missions H. Scott McChrystal, Adjunct Faculty, Practical Theology Department Johan H. Mostert, Professor of Community Psychology M. Annette Newberry, Associate Professor of Pentecostal History and Missions Warren B. Newberry, Program and Admissions Coordinator: Intercultural Doctoral Studies; Associate Professor of Missions; Faculty Marshal Lois E. Olena, D.Min. Project Coordinator; Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Jewish Studies Ava K. Oleson, D.Min. Program Coordinator; Adjunct Faculty, Practical Theology Department Doug Oss, Director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching; Professor of Bible Exposition Melody D. Palm, Director of Counseling Programs; Professor of Counseling Psychology James H. Railey Jr., Chairperson, Bible and Theology Department; Professor of Theology
15 DeLonn L. Rance, Director of Intercultural Doctoral Studies; Chairperson, Global Missions Department; Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies Valerie Rance, Adjunct Faculty, Global Missions Department Angela C. Reid, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology Charles E. Self, Director of Ph.D. in Bible and Theology; Professor of Church History Cheryl A. Taylor, Director of Doctor of Ministry Program; Associate Professor of Practical Theology Jay P. Taylor, Director of Spiritual Formation; Chairperson, Practical Theology Department; Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation Faculty Emeriti Benny C. Aker, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Exegesis ASSEMBLIES OF GOD EDUCATORS Marilyn Abplanalp, President, Alliance for AG Higher Education, The General Council of the Assemblies of God Glenn H. Bernet Jr., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Evangel University Pravinkumar Israel, President, Centre for Global Leadership Development, Bangalore, India David Moore, Vice President for Institutional Relations, Alliance for AG Higher Education, The General Council of the Assemblies of God; President-elect, American Indian College, Phoenix, Arizona Gary L. Seevers Jr., President, Global University ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR Stephen R. Tourville, Class of 1979 and 2008 GRADUATION TEAM Dorothea Lotter (Chair), Sarah Clark, Treasa Edmond, Jennifer Hall, Geneva Heiskell, Krista Herrera, Ajay Holmes, Byron Klaus, Jared Lee, Stephen Lim, Jan Maempa, Susan Meamber, Ava Oleson, DeLonn Rance, Jay Taylor