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Dual Enrollment: Athena’s Story

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 schools, and Evangel kept coming up. The courses at Evangel were inexpensive and sounded like fun!” Athena registered for dual enrollment courses and entered Evangel...

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 away. If it wasn’t for this opportunity, who knows when we would have achieved this dream,” said Amanda Frymire, first grade teacher in Blue Eye...

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 place during the early spring before Inheritance premiered on Evangel’s campus March 25, 2021. Inheritance is a dramatic story about a family facing loss and...

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 into the world and we were looking to come home to Southwest Missouri when the position became available. I knew that it was the perfect...

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 Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SIM) strives to improve opportunities and the interests of artists both locally and internationally. Each month, about nine to fifteen...

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 years there, she supervised numerous student teachers, presented at state conferences, and also completed her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision. In 2000, she and...

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 high-level degrees, start businesses and nonprofits, and became an agent of change within the community. Following his time at the state penitentiary, Alarid gained many...

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 did you know that Education was your calling? God has always opened doors to work in Children’s ministry and working with students in some capacity....

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 in the Church Multiplication Network and then in the Center for Holy Land Studies where I currently serve.   What prompted you to pursue your...

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 environment with a strong tradition of excellence. Evangel was the natural choice.   How did you experience God’s presence in your life while a student...

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 looking for a program through which to pursue my doctoral degree for three years, and she told me that AGTS had just the right program...

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 in guiding me to Springfield so that I could study subjects that I am very passionate about – prayer and revival.   What did you...

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 education degrees at Evangel University (then Evangel College). The Johnsons met in the laundromat on-campus as students; Herb as a Music Education major and Karen...

My Springfield Story: Floyd and Katrina Graham

Floyd (EU ’86) and Katrina Graham Current occupation: Assemblies of God World Missionaries to Myanmar   What brought you to Springfield? Floyd: I was a Marine Biology major at a community college in Daytona Beach, Florida, and I originally wanted to pursue a career in that field. However, I failed chemistry and realized that marine biology was not for me. I felt a calling into ministry, and a friend who attended my church was a student at Evangel. I looked...
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My Springfield Story: Bill Shrader

Bill Shrader (AGTS ‘) Current occupation: Assemblies of God World Missionary to Peru, Director of ChildHope, an education and compassion organization in Latin America   What brought you to AGTS? I worked as a Chi Alpha missionary for many years, and that was how I got introduced to the Assemblies of God. I wanted to earn my doctoral degree, having graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree and the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, with my...

My Springfield Story: Dr. Heather Marten

Name: Dr. Heather Marten (EU ’98) Current occupation: Assemblies of God world missionary to Zambia, Africa, and pediatrician   What brought you to Springfield? My mom and my aunt both graduated from Evangel, so I was familiar with the university. I knew that I had a passion for science and for missions, and I wanted to learn in a Christian environment. I chose Evangel for that experience. How did God move in your life during your time at Evangel? I...

My Springfield Story: Joe Girdler

Joe Girdler (AGTS ’18) Current occupation: District Superintendent of the Kentucky Ministry Network   What brought you to Springfield? I grew up Baptist, and attended a Methodist seminary to pursue my master’s degree. I’ve been an Assemblies of God pastor and leader for many years, and as I looked into pursuing my doctoral degree, I felt strongly that I should obtain it from the most premier Pentecostal seminary in the world, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Ultimately, I wanted...

My Springfield Story: Chancellor Dix

Name: Chancellor Dix (EU ’15) Current occupation: Founder and managing director of Collab. Church in Miami Beach, Florida   What brought you to Springfield? I’m from Oklahoma, and felt God’s call that I should move to Springfield to pursue my education. I was familiar with Springfield as my family and I would often travel through the city on family vacations. I began my Evangel journey at the James River College location. After completing my associate’s degree in leadership there, I...

My Springfield Story: Brian and Sharon Page

Brian (EU ’98) and Sharon (CBC ’92) Page Current occupation: Brian serves as the administrator of Compact Family Service’s Hillcrest Children’s Home, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Sharon serves as the donor relations coordinator for Hillcrest Children’s Home. The home provides residential care and treatment to abused, neglected, and vulnerable children.   What brought you to Springfield, Missouri? Sharon: I got saved when I was 15 years old, and I really wanted to follow the Lord’s will for my life. I...

My Springfield Story

Men and women have felt the call of God to begin their journeys in Springfield for almost a century. In Springfield students are trained and prepared, and then launched into the world, ready to make an impact for the kingdom in their own spheres of ministry and professional influence. Start in Springfield. Change the world.