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10 Invisible Skills EU Graduates Bring to Employers

by Dr. Mike Rakes Biblical worldview – the ability to see every person as valuable and operate with an ethos of compassion. Spiritual intelligence – an ability to engage others with civility and model Christian virtues in an often-divided world. Innovative thinking – the skill to bring practical solutions to complex problems businesses and ministries […]

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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: 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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