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Why Evangel? A Journey of Teacher Leadership

By Dr. Jenny Talburt I began the Ed.D. program as a classroom teacher, feeling a nudge to continue learning at high levels and to grow into something for which the Lord was preparing me.  Not having a clear vision for what I was working towards and simply resting in obedience, I felt seen as the […]

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Why Evangel? Allison’s Ed.D. Story: Supporting Arts Integration in Nixa Schools

by Allison Fleetwood I cannot sit still. I love to try new things and have always been a lifelong learner. After fifteen years of teaching, I knew that I needed to further my education to continue to grow as an educator.  I was drawn to the Evangel Doctor of Education Program due to the accessibility […]

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Why Evangel?  Ed.D. Student Experience

Dr. Stephanie Long When I decided to pursue my doctorate degree, Evangel offered several of the essentials I was looking for.  I had successful experiences at a public university while pursuing my previous degrees, but being able to attend a faith-based institution intrigued me and I was excited about the possibility of being led by […]

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Looking to Complete an Ed.D.? Why Evangel?

by Dr. Susan Langston, Ed.D. Program Coordinator      Why Evangel?  What makes this Doctor of Education program unique?  We get these questions a lot, and I love answering them!  First, our program involves all the Evangel traits that support student success while supporting spiritual development. Second, Evangel’s Ed.D. is a bargain. Third, our program is a high-quality, applicable, […]

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Education Department: Brian Breeden, Director of Operations for the Clever R-V School District

My name is Brian Breeden, and I am currently the Director of Operations for the Clever R-V School District. Starting July 1st, 2022, I will be taking over the superintendent position for Clever.  What brought you to Evangel? I remember my parents telling stories about Evangel and their experiences graduating from the education program from […]

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Education Department: Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Graduate

Madison Thompson, 2016 undergraduate education major, 2019 Curriculum and Instruction Leadership masters graduate What brought you to Evangel?  I originally attended EU in 2013 because I wanted to “small school” experience. I returned in 2018 to the Curriculum and Instructional leadership program because the professors at Evangel are unmatched. The professors were able make online […]

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Community Relief and Development: A Transformative Practicum Experience

Baylee Burger, senior Biology major with a minor in Community Relief and Development, recently traveled to Zambia for her practicum.   “I’ve always felt a call towards missions,” she said. “I fell in love with Africa when I went on a short-term missions trip with my church to Tanzania in 2018. Ever since then I’ve jumped […]

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Dual Enrollment: Athena’s Story

Athena DeMera, sophomore at Evangel University, chose to register for Evangel’s Dual Enrollment courses as a high school student. While looking for dual enrollment courses, Athena said, “I originally took dual enrollment classes from OTC, but decided I wanted a Christian approach to school. My dad and I looked for dual enrollment offered by Christian […]

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Evangel School Partnership Program: Students Graduate with Master’s Degree

Three school districts involved in the Evangel Graduate Education Partnership have had cohorts of teachers graduate with their master’s degrees within the last few months. “What a huge blessing it was to participate in the cohort through Evangel! Jason and I had discussed getting our master’s degree at some point, but it seemed so far […]

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Distinctive Department Spotlight: Communication Department

EU Films’ Inheritance was recently accepted into the Texas Faith & Film Festival where it received the award for best student feature. The film was directed by Holly Black, 2020 Evangel graduate, originally produced as part of the Evangel Film Workshop, but was put on hold by COVID-19 restrictions. Filming was delayed, and editing took […]

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Distinctive Department Spotlight: Dr. Andrea Hughes, Master of Education in Literacy Program Coordinator

What brought you to Evangel? Evangel has an incredible reputation in the field of Education. Luckily, a mentor of mine saw the job posting and shared it with me and I applied immediately. I truly believe the Lord opened the doors to Evangel at just the right time. My husband and I had just welcomed our son […]

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Distinctive Department Spotlight: Humanities

As the 2021 fall semester begins, Evangel’s Humanities Department continues to expand its departmental reach with hands-on learning, interactive and informational degrees, and driven faculty. Andrea Land: Iceland Artist Residency Andrea Land, Evangel’s part-time photography professor, has recently completed an artist residency in Reykjavik, Iceland, where she spent her time photographing the local women. The […]

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Distinctive Departments: Dr. Suzie Thomason, Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator

Dr. Suzie Thomason graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary – Early Childhood Education in 1994 and immediately began serving children in a Title I school. After four years in that position, she transitioned to a newly opening university lab school affiliated with the University of Louisiana at Monroe. During her two […]

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John Alarid: Reaching the Marginalized

John Alarid (CBC ’13, AGTS ’13), Lead Pastor of Freedom City Church, has always been passionate about working with the marginalized society. His passion stems from his own ten-year battle with a heroin addiction, criminal lifestyle, homelessness, and incarceration. As God set him free from addiction and restored his mind, Alarid went on to finish […]

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Distinctive Departments: Kara Lafon, Education Department Graduate Student

Kara Lafon is a current graduate student in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program. What brought you to Evangel? I did my undergrad at Evangel and loved the faculty and community. I learned so much about how to be a Christian leader. This is what brought me back for my graduate work. How […]

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My Springfield Story: Travis Skavhaug

Travis Skavhaug (AGTS ’12) Current occupation: Tour coordinator and web communication specialist with the Assemblies of God Center for Holy Land Studies   What brought you to Springfield? We moved to Springfield so my wife could pursue a counseling-related job and so I could begin work at the Assemblies of God national office – first […]

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My Springfield Story: Steven Wallace

Steven Wallace (EU ’95) Current occupation: Assemblies of God World Missionary to Finland   What brought you to Springfield? My parents met while students at Evangel, and they had a wonderful experience. As it came time for me to decide where I should pursue my degree, I knew that God wanted me in a Christian […]

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My Springfield Story: Raul Sanchez

Raul Sanchez (AGTS ‘) Current occupation: Assistant District Superintendent for the Central Pacific Ministry Network and lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Church in Oakland, California   What brought you to Springfield? I met Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Evangel University, at an AGTS gathering at General Council. I told her that I had been […]

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My Springfield Story: Dr. Jamie Morgan

Dr. Jamie Morgan (AGTS ‘) Current occupation: Lead pastor of Life Church in Williamstown, New Jersey   What brought you to AGTS in Springfield? I was seeking God’s direction on where I should pursue my doctoral degree, and I felt very strongly that I was to attend AGTS. He was very clear and very specific […]

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My Springfield Story: Herb and Karen Johnson

Herb (EU ’66) and Karen (EU ’65) Johnson Current occupation: Assemblies of God World Missionaries to Papua New Guinea Herb and Karen Johnson’s journey to full-time missions work has been a bit unconventional. Both felt the call of God to preach the gospel, but also had a passion for teaching that led them to pursue […]

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