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AGTS News: Watch video of Joseph Dimitrov speaking at AGTS, September 26, 2013

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DimitrovDr. Joseph Dimitrov, 2013-2014 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions at AGTS, delivered his inaugural lecture on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in the William J. Seymour Chapel at AGTS. The lecture is entitlted "Results Outgrowing the Vision: Early Assemblies of God Missionary Endeavors in Europe."

This lecture is the first in a series of three lectures to be held this academic year entitled "The Manifest Activity of the Spirit in Missions, in Glorifying Jesus and in the Believer’s Personal Transformation." Future lectures by Dr. Dimitrov are scheduled for

  • October 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the William J. Seymour Chapel at AGTS and
  • December 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the William J. Seymour Chapel at AGTS.

Dr. Dimitrov currently serves as president of Continental Theological Seminary (CTS) in Brussels, Belgium. Raised in Bulgaria during the Cold War era, Dr. Dimitrov’s Christian journey was birthed and shaped living under totalitarian rule. His earliest pastoral ministry was in Sofia, Bulgaria while he also earned a B.A. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering at the Sofia Technical University. His theological education was from Continental Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. was conferred by the Evangelical Theological Faculty at Leuven (Belgium). His dissertation was titled: “A Comparative Historical and Theological Analysis of the Development and Endurance of the Bulgarian Baptist and Pentecostal Evangelicals up to 1989.

Dr. Dimitrov’s academic works include A Message from Corinth, published in 1998 by CMN Publishing in Bourgas, Bulgaria, as well as extensive lectures in Europe and in the United States at Lee University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC). He has served as the Head Translator and General Editor from the Bulgarian Open Bible (New Testament) and is the General Editor of “Old Testament for the Minor Prophets and the Book of Ruth” in the Bulgarian Open Bible. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Theological Commission for the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.

Previous to his service as president of CTS, Dr. Dimitrov served as president of Sofia Bible Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as Rector (president) of the Evangelical Theological University in Bulgaria.

The J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions at AGTS is an endowed professorship that honors the missionary leadership of this distinguished former executive director of AGWM. As a partnership between AGTS and AGWM, it calls on today's missionaries and scholars to continue in the heritage of thoughtful, incisive and Spirit-led missiology that Brother Hogan's ministry left us. A leading missiologist is invited annually to fill the chair in order to explore new dimensions in missiology through teaching, research and writing. Special thanks are due to AGWM, the Hyllberg Memorial Fund, Philip and Virginia Hogan and others who have contributed to the endowment of the Chair.

Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 2:14 PM

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