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AGTS Task Force

In response to the $7 million in grants EU has received from the Lilly Foundation for Higher Education, and in anticipation of the 50-year anniversary celebration of AGTS and all that God has done through the decades, the Board of Trustees has determined that an AGTS Task Force be created to reimagine the seminary for the next 50 years. This multi-sector task force is comprised of leaders from within the AG fellowship who have a listening ear to the Holy Spirit and to our constituency. We are confident that they will be generative in their work and chart a fresh way forward for AGTS.

The task force will proceed through three phases: 

  1. Discovery – the task force will examine issues that Pentecostal higher education is facing and determine which books and white papers should be reviewed to provide solutions.
  2. Discussion – the task force will hear from selected presenters, including female ministers and leaders, voices across racial and ethnic communities including the Black Fellowship and Hispanic districts, missionaries, and parachurch organizations. Then, the task force will enter into dialogue sessions with current faculty, administrators, and other employees who have invested their careers into AGTS, seeking the will of God. 
  3. Decision – the task force will draft and present its report and recommendations to the Leadership Committee and the Board of Trustees for consideration. 

The task force will make sincere and earnest efforts to obtain as accurate and complete information as possible regarding the current state of seminary education for the Assemblies of God, including for our AGWM friends around the world. 

At General Council in August 2023, we will unveil new plans for AGTS to the fellowship.

AGTS Task Force Members

Dr. John Davidson

Dr. John Davidson is the lead pastor of Evangel Temple in Springfield, MO. He has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, leader of The Oaks School of Leadership, on the faculty of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and as director of leadership development at the General Council of the AG. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Evangel, and both a MATS and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from AGTS.

Dr. Destiny Deas

Dr. Destiny (Duron) Deas is a fourth generation Pentecostal preacher, a serial entrepreneur, and an active executive volunteer and board member at a variety of nonprofits in the Shreveport, LA, area. She and her husband, Phillip, currently serve as a lead pastors of Northpoint Community Church in Bossier City, LA. Deas holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Studies from Southern Methodist University, a juris doctorate from Duke Law School, and an MA in East Asian Studies from Duke University Graduate School.

Dr. John Easter

Dr. John Easter serves as director of Partnership Development for Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). In this position, Easter helps church leaders and ministry networks to align God’s people with the mission of establishing the Church among all peoples everywhere. Prior to this appointment in 2021, Easter and his wife, Cheryl, pastored churches in the United States for 12 years and served as missionary educators in Africa for more than two decades. He is also the chair and former executive director of Africa’s Hope, a resource organization supporting educational initiatives in 46 African nations. Easter holds a bachelor’s from Central Bible College, a master’s from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from AGTS.

Dr. Allen Griffin

Dr. Allen Griffin is the lead pastor of Winston-Salem First Assembly of God in Winston-Salem, NC. Griffin is also the founder of AG Ministries, a published author, mentor, and life coach who has a great desire for the word of God to infiltrate the lives of everyone, everywhere. He holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and D.Min. from Southeastern University.

Dr. Randy Jumper

Dr. Randy Jumper serves as the young adult ministry and missions pastor at North Little Rock First, a thriving AG church in North Little Rock, AR. Randy is a 1998 graduate of CBC and a 2001 graduate of AGTS where he earned a Master of Divinity and D.Min. from Portland Seminary. He has been a member of Evangel’s alumni board and served on the CBC Centennial Celebration planning committee. 

Dr. Wade Mumm

Dr. Wade Mumm is the lead pastor of GreeneWay Church in Orlando, FL. He was raised in Thailand as the son of missionaries and has worked as a university professor and administrator, a commissioned officer in the US Army Reserves, and as a broadcaster and producer. Mumm holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University.

Dr. Darryl Wootton

Dr. Darryl Wootton is the AG district superintendent for the Oklahoma District and lead pastor of Spirit Church in Bartlesville, OK. Wootton has served as a member of Board of Trustees at Evangel University, chairman of the AGTS Board of Advisors, and on the Executive Presbytery of Oklahoma and the AG General Presbytery. Wootton holds a Bachelor’s in Bible from Central Bible College, a Master’s in Theology from Oral Roberts University, and a D.Min. from AGTS.

Dr. Terry Yancey

Dr. Terry L. Yancey is the AG district superintendent for the Kansas District. He has served as a youth pastor, a lead pastor, and as director of Kansas Youth Ministries and Christian Education. Yancey holds a D.Min. and has been Kansas district superintendent for over 20 years.

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