Summer 2004 Rapport: AGTS News
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AGTS Hosts Book Signing
AGTS hosted a book signing during
an Alumni Open House the morning of May 1, prior to Commencement.
AGTS Professors Gary B. McGee and Barbara Cavaness (right) were
there along with Board Member Deborah Gill (left) to sign copies
of their recently authored books.
Dr. Gill, national AG commissioner
on discipleship, recently joined with Dr. Cavaness, visiting
professor of missions, to write God’s Women: Then and
Now (Grace and Truth, March 2004), a book that explores the biblical
viewpoint of women in ministry.
Dr. McGee, professor of Church history
and Pentecostal studies, has written People of the Spirit:
The Assemblies of God (Gospel Publishing House, May 2004).
He has also coauthored Introducing World Missions with
Scott Moreau and Gary Corwin (Baker, January 2004).
President Klaus Speaks at Oxford World Mission
AGTS President Byron D. Klaus spoke at the
Oxford World Mission Briefing, May 18-20, 2004, Oxford, England.
Dr. Klaus joined leaders from around the world for this briefing
which focused on “Leadership Development for World Christianity:
The Growing Church and Its Needs.” He spoke on the topic “The
Church in the U.S.A.: Divisions, Decisions and Direction.”
Oxford Centre for Mission Studies is the premier center for evangelical
missiology done by two-thirds world leaders,” said President
Klaus. “The opportunity to be in the same forum with these
world-class missiologists was truly an honor and incredibly stimulating.”
Thank You, Dr. Bradford!
Dr. Mark Bradford, AGTS director of counseling
programs, tendered his resignation after the spring 2004 semester
in order to devote more time to his family and professional practice.
We will miss Dr. Bradford greatly and appreciate his seven years
of devoted service. Under his leadership, our counseling program
has gained great respect throughout the local community.
Melody Palm will serve as interim director of the counseling
program for the upcoming year. Dr. Bradford will continue in
relationship with AGTS as an adjunct professor.
Anthony D. Palma was named professor of New Testament emeritus
during Commencement, May 1. His relationship with AGTS began
the year AGTS opened its doors (1973), when he taught New
Testament, Greek and theology. He went on to serve AGTS in the
- academic dean of the Theology
- Biblical Studies Department chairman
and professor of biblical studies and theology (1980-1981),
president for academic affairs (1981-1986) and
- adjunct professor
He is a former president of the Society for
Pentecostal Studies and has written four books, including The
Holy Spirit: A Pentecostal Perspective.
“There are many talented NewTestament
scholars in the AG, but no one has had more affect on the way
our fellowship reads the New Testament than Dr. Palma,” said
Academic Dean Joe Castleberry, who presented the award to Palma. “His
career set a high standard for AG higher education, and
his book on New Testament pneumatology is a classic that
will survive long into the future.”
Pentecostal Scholars Gather at AGTS
April 16-17, the Resources for Advancing Pentecostal
convened at AGTS to honor Wayne Warner on the occasion of his approaching
retirement as the director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center
(Assemblies of God [AG] Archives). He has held this position since
The center, located in the AG headquarters building, is
one of the foremost archives for the study of Pentecostalism in
North America. Warner is also the editor of the AG Heritage magazine
and has authored and edited numerous books dealing with Pentecostal
history. A significant group of Pentecostal leaders and scholars
gathered for the conference including:
- Edith Blumhofer (professor,
- Stan Burgess (professor, Regent University)
- David Cole
(president, Eugene Bible College)
- Deborah Gill (AGTS board
member, AG director of the Division of Christian Education,
AG commissioner on discipleship)
- Gary B. McGee (professor,
- Mel Robeck (professor, Fuller Theological Seminary)
Wacker (professor, Duke Divinity School)
- George Wood (AG
This event was made possible through
a grant (sponsored by Edith Blumhofer and Grant Wacker)
from the Lilly Endowment. The proceedings will be published
electronically by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning
in Religion at www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu.
Successful Conference of Value to Ministers and
cosponsored the conference Growing and Leading
the Large Pentecostal Church with First AG, Ft. Myers, Fla. (Rev. Dan Betzer); Victory
Church, Lakeland, Fla. (Rev. Wayne Blackburn); and Northland Cathedral,
Kansas City, Mo. (Rev. Lowell Harrup) in March 2004. The conference
offered networking opportunities and seminars by top leaders including
Barry Meguiar, CEO of Meguiars, Inc., the world’s largest
car-care product company.
One pastor said, “The [conference]
was unbelievably timely and informative.” Another
stated, “This has been the most valuable time I have spent
in years.” All sessions are available in CD format and can
be ordered at: www.aGts.edu/flconference.
AGTS Launches Online Journal
By Dr. Edgar Lee
This summer, AGTS will launch an
exclusively online journal. Encounter: Journal
for Pentecostal Ministry will reflect vital Pentecostal
theology and serve pastors, chaplains, missionaries, counselors
and others. Encounter will
aim to bring the best of theology and theory to bear on practical
and urgent issues of ministry. It will be a publication of the
AGTS community including faculty, administration, board members,
alumni, fellowship executives and other writers with fresh new
insights. Watch for Encounter at www.encounterjournal.com.
AGTS Listed Among “Best Christian Places
to Work” Again!
A survey sponsored by Christianity
Today lists AGTS
among the top four in the category for intitutions of higher education
with fewer than 150 employees—for the second year in a row.
See www.aGts.edu for more information.
Historic Pulpit Donated to AGTS
alumnus and Pentecostal historian Darrin Rogers recently coordinated
the donation of an historic pulpit to AGTS. This pulpit was originally
located in Moorhead, Minnesota, at the Swedish Free Mission, which
practiced speaking in tongues and healing as early as 1903.
Thompson, pastor of the Swedish Free Mission and chairman of the
Scandinavian Mission Society, preached Pentecost from this pulpit
over 100 years ago. “Thompson joined with
Norwegian immigrant Henry H. Ness in the late 1920s to help start
the Assemblies of God (AG) congregation in Fargo,” said
Rogers. “Many of Thompson’s descendants went on to
serve the AG in ministry, including: Betty (Mrs. Philip) Wannenmacher,
Doris (Mrs. David) Flower, Peter Thompson, John Thompson, Marion
(Mrs. Robert) Perkin and Joy (Mrs. Keith) Sorbo.”
Moorhead congregation also yielded Mary Johnson, the earliest-known
Pentecostal missionary from North America to venture overseas.
In November 1904 Johnson experienced Spirit-baptism and the Society
recognized her calling. Johnson set sail with partner in ministry
Ida Anderson, arriving in Durban, South Africa, on January 16,
A longtime member of Fargo First AG, Evie McCann,
rescued the pulpit when the former Swedish Free Mission building
was being remodeled decades ago.
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 4:26 PM