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AGTS News: AGTS announces 2014 Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society Awards

The Alliance for AG Higher Education sponsors the Sigma Chi Pi Honor Society. Each year, the seminary faculty nominate a limited number of alumni who satisfy scholastic, character and leadership qualifications and graduated at least 10 years ago. The 2014 recipients include:

Lori S. O'Dea ('91, '02)
Lead Pastor, New Life Assembly of God, Grand Ledge, Mich.

Lori brings a wide range of experiences in ministry, having served at multiple staff churches as both an associate pastor and as a teaching pastor. She has an extensive speaking and teaching ministry at retreats, seminars, district events and churches. Dr. O'Dea specializes in small group ministry and team leadership development. She is an ordained minister and committee member of The Network for Women in Ministry.

Elijah Hankerson III ('96)
Founder and Senior Pastor, Life Center International Church of God in Christ of St. Louis, Mo.

He has over 25 years of ministry experience including 18 years as a pastor. Prior to his current pastorate he led the Christ Temple COGIC and later the Timmons Temple COGIC., both of Springfield, Mo. Dr. Hankerson served on the Sherman Avenue Area Project Committee, the Spiritual Life Committee of Evangel University and founded the Ann Hankerson Community Development Center. He serves on the board of directors and is the fourth administrative assistant for COGIC. He serves on the Jurisdictional Ordination Board, Grievance Committee, Program Committee, and is chairman of the Public Relations Department for Missouri Eastern First Jurisdiction.

Barnabas W. Mtokambali ('04)

Tanzanian Pastor and Superintendent of the Tanzanian Assemblies of God Fellowship

A prolific church planter, Barnabas implemented a strategy that led to the current initiative of building 547 primary churches to blanket Tanzania with one church every 25 square miles. Today, 10 years after completion of that first church, Barnabas is 75% toward that goal with 411 churches built or under construction as well as over 2,000 daughter churches. Thirty- one of those churches have an orphanage on premises to care for over 11,500 homeless kids orphaned by the devastating AIDs epidemic.

Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 5:17 PM

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