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Inauguration

Dr. Mike Rakes

Inauguration of Evangel’s Fifth President

Dr. Mike Rakes

October 22, 2021

Join us as we celebrate the inauguration of Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University’s fifth president, on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 9:45 a.m. in Robert H. Spence Chapel on Evangel University’s campus.  

About Dr. Mike Rakes

Dr. Mike Rakes, a graduate of Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, has been unanimously selected by Evangel University’s Board of Trustees as the university’s fifth president. Dr. Rakes is a skilled educator and minister and brings to the university a depth of knowledge in higher education, long range strategic planning, community engagement, and ministry.


Schedule of Events

Thursday, Oct. 21

6 p.m. President’s Dinner*

8 p.m. Evangel University Chorale Concert
Barnett Recital Hall

Friday, Oct. 22

8 a.m. Academic Delegates Registration
Spence Chapel Lobby

8-9:30 a.m Continental Breakfast for Delegates
Spence Chapel

9:45 a.m. Inauguration Ceremony
Spence Chapel

12:30 p.m. Celebration Luncheon with VIPs and Delegates
White River Conference Center*

2 p.m. Evangel University Campus Tours
Riggs Hall


*RSVP required



Celebration Luncheon

You are invited to a luncheon directly following the inauguration ceremony. 

12:30 p.m.

White River Conference Center

600 W. Sunshine St.

Springfield, Missouri 65807

Visiting

Evangel University’s address is:

1111 N. Glenstone Ave.

Springfield, MO 65802


The university is conveniently located less than two miles from Interstate 44 and only three miles from Highway 65.


 
 

Academic Attire & Robing

For academic delegates

  1. All delegates in the academic procession are expected to wear academic attire. 
  2. A secure room will be provided for robing and personal belongings that will be staffed during all inauguration events. The robing will be in the Barnett Fine Arts Building.
  3. We ask that you be robed no later than 9:15 a.m. so that we can assure the appropriate order of the procession. Evangel University staff members will be available to assist you.
  4. The inaugural procession will form at 9:30 a.m. and begin at 9:45 a.m. We anticipate the ceremony concluding at 11:15 a.m.
Evangel Past Presidents

The Presidents and Leadership of Central Bible College, Evangel University, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Central Bible College

John W. Welch
1922-1925, 1931-1939

W.T. Gaston
1925-1954

Ernest S. Williams
1929-1931, 1939-1948

Barlett Peterson
1948-1958

J. Robert Ashcroft
1958-1963

Philip Crouch
1963-1980

H. Maurice Lednicky
1980-2001

M. Wayne Benson
2001-2005

Gary A. Denbow
2005-2013

Evangel University

Klaude Kendrick
1955-1958

J. Robert Ashcroft
1958-1974

Robert H. Spence
1974-2014

Carol A. Taylor
2014-2020

Mike Rakes
2021-


Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Thomas F. Zimmerman
1972-1985

G. Raymond Carlson
1985-1987

H. Glynn Hall
1987-1990

Del H. Tarr
1990-1999

Byron D. Klaus
1999-2015

Mark A. Hausfeld
2015-2017

Tim Hager
2017-2021