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Dr. Ben and Barbara
Interview with Dr. Benny C. Aker
Dorothea Lotter, director of Institutional and Alumni Relations,
recently interviewed retiring professor Dr. Benny C. Aker, about
the inclusion of AGTS in his and wife Barbara’s estate
Lotter: Why did you include AGTS in your estate plan?
Aker: After working at AGTS for
16 years, we wanted give back to something that has given so much
to us. It just makes spiritual common sense.
Education has always
been our passion. Raising support for education is so crucial
for the church and ministry. Without it, the mission will suffer
greatly. We want to give AGTS a gift that keeps on giving long
after we are gone.
Lotter: Why is estate planning important?
Aker: While Barb and I were caring
for our aging parents, we quickly realized the importance of having
an estate plan. It’s just
smart business. It helps you preserve more of your estate
for your heirs and God’s work and will save your family
the difficulties that come with dividing an estate after your
Lotter: At what point in your life did you prepare
Aker: Preparing a will was part of
our estate planning years ago when we were young. If you have
children, it is vital. I would really encourage people, regardless
of age or financial worth, to put their house in order and
plan their estates carefully.
Lotter: Is there anything else
you want to share with AGTS friends and alumni?
Aker: Simply, as working people,
we feel that estate planning is important. Practicing good financial
principles has helped us live a disciplined life and get our priorities
A gift of not less than a tithe should be at the heart
of an estate plan. Consider AGTS because its mission is eternal.
It will train people who will extend God’s
kingdom through time and around the world. I don’t know of a
more effective place to leave your gift.
is partnering with AG Financial Services Group who provides
free preparation of last will and testaments for those who
leave a gift of at least 10% of their final estates to ministries
of their choice. Please call AGTS at 417-268-1022 to secure
a “free will packet” or
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