Preaching as Leadership Roundtable Discussion

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

*This event is now available for viewing online.*

Speakers: Dr. Darryl Wootton, Lead Pastor, Spirit Church, Bartlesville, OK, and Dr. Bryan Jarrett, Lead Pastor, Northplace Church, Sachse, TX, facilitated by Dr. Doug Oss, Director, Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching at AGTS.

(Left) Dr. Darryl Wooton, Lead Pastor, Spirit Church, (Right) Dr. Bryan Jarrett, Lead Pastor, Northplace Church.

Once again, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary is hosting the “Preaching as Leadership” Roundtable in Seymour Chapel on Friday, October 4, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., as part of Homecoming 2019 at Evangel University.

We are honored to host the roundtable discussion featuring pastors Dr. Darryl Wootton (CBC ’92, AGTS ’12) and Dr. Bryan Jarrett (CBC ’96, AGTS ’12). The forum, facilitated by Dr. Doug Oss, will focus on the impact of gospel-centered preaching on the health of the local church. AGTS has a rich history of producing servants of God’s Word who are dedicated to preaching in spirit and in truth. You will not want to miss this event!

Immediately following the roundtable there will be a reception in the AGTS Great Hall, for AGTS and CBC alumni. AGTS Alum of the Year, Dr. Scott McChrystal (’85), will also be honored at the Homecoming Banquet.

We hope you will join us at Homecoming this year for these events! You will have a chance to interact with current ministerial students. Who knows? It is possible that you will speak into the life of someone who will be your future staff member or even the person who will become your future pastor someday.

2019 AGTS Day of Renewal

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2019

Speaker: Mike Burnette, Lead Pastor, LifePoint Church, Clarksville, KY

Services: 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6 p.m.

Day or Renewal is an annual event held for the faculty and staff of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. This day is set aside at the beginning of each academic year to come together in worship – renewing our minds in Christ and the calling placed on our lives to serve those who have come to the national seminary of the Assemblies of God to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in preparation for the calling to minister.

AGTS Baccalaureate & 46th Annual Commencement activities

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University (AGTS) will hold its annual Baccalaureate Service at noon on Thursday, May 2, 2019, in the William J. Seymour Chapel.

AGTS is located on the NE corner of the Evangel University campus. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

Seventy-one scholars from 30 states and six foreign countries will earn degrees from AGTS this spring, including 25 doctorates and 46 Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees.

The service will feature the gathering of the Seminary community for worship, hooding of graduates, awards and special speakers. AGTS is located at the corner of Glenstone and Division in Springfield. The public is invited.

The AGTS events will be under the leadership of Dr. Timothy Hager, dean of the seminary and vice president of Evangel University.

Baccalaureate speakers

This year’s baccalaureate will highlight four 2019 degree candidates:

  • Derrick Anthony Spears (Master of Divinity) — He is currently a U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate, 1LT, and associate pastor at Life 360 Fairbanks in Springfield, Mo.
  • Barbara Suzanne Houser (Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies) — She is a General Council approved Home Missionary/Correctional Chaplain with the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Kirkland Reception and Evaluation Institution, in Columbia, S.C.
  • Brian Wayne Lidbeck (Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Interpretation and Theology) — He is academic dean at Northpoint College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Yoriko Yabuki (Doctor of Ministry) — She is the missionary in residence at Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Mo., and director of National Japanese Fellowship Women’s Ministries.

Members of the faculty and administration gather to pray for the new graduates of AGTS during the Baccalaureate ceremony. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

Doctoral events

Doctoral candidates and their work will be honored during a series of public events on Thursday, May 2, at 9 a.m., including:

  • Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture in AGTS’ William Seymour Chapel;
  • Doctor of Ministry Symposia in rooms 114 and 116; and
  • Biblical Interpretation and Theology Celebration in AGTS North Hall.

The public is invited to attend.


The Baccalaureate Ceremony and Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture will be streamed live. Commencement at James River Church, south campus, will be streamed live at

Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture
Baccalaureate Ceremony

Commencement on Friday

The Seminary’s 46th Annual Commencement Celebration will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in conjunction with the 61st Annual Commencement Ceremony for Evangel University, in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Mo.

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world will celebrate more than 500 graduates earning associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees at that time. The public is invited to attend.

About AGTS and Evangel University

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada.

As an embedded seminary, AGTS with Evangel University serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous countries, offering more than 65 undergraduate majors, and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.

For more information about AGTS go to; and for more about Evangel, visit

Perseverance leads to Oath of Office for Navy Chaplain

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The path to chaplaincy for Matthew Maestas required him to take extraordinary steps to fulfill his calling. The road was neither smooth nor straight, and the lessons are still being unfolded each day.

But his faith is strong, his vision is clear and he has a solid three-point message that helps him help others to weather the winds of change.

“I was with Chaplain McChrystal at the luncheon following my Oath of Office ceremony at Evangel University, and he talked about the lessons in perseverance that my family and I have learned,” said Chaplain Maestas. “He talked about the great cloud of witnesses that were cheering us on. And with each change we faced, he assured me that I will be more mature in the end.”

Scott McChrystal is the military representative and endorser for military and VA chaplains for the Assemblies of God. He served 31 years on active duty, 10 as an infantry officer and the remainder as an Army chaplain. He knows about change.

Maestas continued, “Chaplain McChrystal asked me if I could sum up what I have learned from my journey thus far. I told those gathered at the luncheon, three things — trust God; love people; and have a community of believers around you.”

That is the quick summary of a man who feels deeply the commitment, courage, and honor to motivate a team to complete the mission.

“At the end of the day, I don’t want to look back and see myself as just another counselor, social worker or a shoulder to cry on,” he said. “I will be a chaplain that brings God’s love to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their families. I look forward to being there for our service members by listening to their concerns and building trust. Having the opportunity to serve God and my country will be the greatest honor.”

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University held a public ceremony for the taking of the Oath of Office by newly accessioned U.S. Navy Chaplain Matthew Maestas on January 29, 2019. The event was held in the Robert H. Spence Chapel before the entire student body.

Maestas earned his Master of Divinity, which is the required degree for military chaplaincy, from AGTS in 2016.


The picture of perseverance


“Chaplain Maestas is the picture of perseverance,” said Chaplain Stormy Davis, coordinator of the Veteran’s Center at Evangel University. “The journey toward chaplaincy took him and his family nearly eight years to complete; during which time, Maestas never faltered. When he was told he needed to do more, he did it. The times he was questioned about his calling, his actions lived the path toward that calling to its fullest.”

He started at a community college in the great plains of Eastern Colorado and completed his business degree in 2005 at Colorado State University-Pueblo with a self-admitted below average GPA. Newly married and starting a family, he spent the next several years in corporate America, before God called him into ministry and gave him a focused purpose in life.

“To meet the requirements of the ministry to which God called me, I started additional educational training at AGTS,” he said, adding that this time, he had a strong sense of purpose and maintained a much higher GPA.

Prior to moving to Springfield, Chaplain Maestas worked with the youth, college and career-ages in Pueblo. During his years at AGTS, he gained ministry experience in Springfield area AG churches in adult education and as an outreach pastor. He ended with two years as a pastoral care intern.

“I graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2016. As a student, I commissioned into the U.S. Navy as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer, and held this commission from May 2012 to June 2017.”

At that point, he was advised to gain some additional chaplaincy experience, so he moved his family to Kansas where he became the associate pastor at Wellington First Assembly and a chaplain at Wesley Medical Center.

“Being a chaplain at Wesley Medical Center has given me the honor to serve within a pluralistic institution. I have learned talking about psychological and emotional health can be difficult and at times overwhelming.”

Chaplain Maestas became a great resource for patients, families, and friends struggling with medical decisions and the ethics surrounding those decisions. This often involved underlying spiritual and emotional issues. As a chaplain embedded in the medical field, he had the opportunity to serve alongside nurses, doctors and staff to support the overall care.

“This close connection and shared identity initiated trust with everyone; I was fortunate to be their Chaplain. These experiences have equipped me for a future career in the Navy Chaplaincy.”

The perseverance paid off, and now, having taken the Oath of Office as a Navy Chaplain, it is time once again for the Maestas family to move on to the next step in their calling.

“We are headed next to Chaplain School in Rhode Island,” he reported from his car, with his wife Melissa and three children, Makayla, Malaki and Mavrik. “And after that, we have been told our destination will be the U.S. Navy Base in Coranado, California.”


Chaplaincy by the numbers


The U.S. Navy struck a chord with Chaplain Maestas when he read their promise, “The Navy Chaplaincy is a unique opportunity to serve God and country while also extending your spiritual reach around the world. In addition to working with people of many faiths, Navy Chaplains have the privilege of living and working side by side with their flock. In this way, you’ll be able to forge bonds in ways you’ve never imagined, in places you’ve never dreamed you’d see.”

He’s not alone. Combining all facets of the military and veterans services, the Assemblies of God fellowship has 214 active chaplains, with another 72 candidates and endorsees in the pipeline. Of those, 113 are from AGTS, CBC and Evangel University.

Broadening the scope even more, to include institutional and occupational chaplaincy — be they corporate, correctional, healthcare or a variety of special focus members — there are currently 467 chaplains affiliated with the Assemblies of God, and 47 more in the pipeline. Of those 127 are from AGTS, CBC and Evangel.

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada.

As an embedded seminary, AGTS with Evangel University serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.

For more information about AGTS visit; and for more about Evangel, visit


PHOTO A: USN Chaplain Matthew Maestas and his wife, Melissa, at the swearing in ceremony. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


PHOTO B: Matthew & Melissa Maestas and their children Makayla, Malaki and Mavrik.


PHOTO C: Chaplain Matthew Maestas, center, has served the past couple of years on staff at First Assembly of God in Wellington, Kansas, with Dr. Marvin Miller and Pastor Caleb Foster. Miller is a 2016 graduate of AGTS, with a D.Min., and Foster is a 2012 graduate of CBC.