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Inauguration of Evangel’s Fifth President

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 (rsvp required)

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

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

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

Ernest S. Williams
1929-1931, 1939-1948

Barlett Peterson

J. Robert Ashcroft

Philip Crouch

H. Maurice Lednicky

M. Wayne Benson

Gary A. Denbow

Evangel University

Klaude Kendrick

J. Robert Ashcroft

Robert H. Spence

Carol A. Taylor

Mike Rakes

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

Thomas F. Zimmerman

G. Raymond Carlson

H. Glynn Hall

Del H. Tarr

Byron D. Klaus

Mark A. Hausfeld

Tim Hager