News Release

Local faculty and alumni to participate in Society for Pentecostal Studies conference

March 20, 2013 | Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Faculty and alumni from Evangel University and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary will serve as presenters and panelists for the Society for Pentecostal Studies’ 42nd annual meeting, to be held in Seattle, Wash., March 21-23.

The theme for the 2013 meeting is “Holiness.” Presentations will explore numerous topics relating to holiness and how Pentecostal Christians address and relate to this subject.

The following EU and AGTS scholars are involved with the conference:

  • Meghan Musy, Evangel alum, presenting “Exploring Isaiah 25: Waiting for Yaweh Tsabaoth to Swallow Up Death”
  • Doug Olena, Evangel adjunct professor, panelist for a discussion of Nimi Wariboko’s Pentecostal Principle
  • Paul Alexander, AGTS alum, presenting “An Exploratory Discussion of the Problems and Possibilities of Empirical Research in Pentecostal Theology” and chairing “Palestinian Christians and the Israeli-Palestinian Situation”
  • Craig Keener, AGTS alum, panelist for Craig Keener’s Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts                                                                                                        
  • Rosemarie Kowalski, AGTS Ph.D. ICS grad, presenting “The Holy Spirit’s Role for Early Pentecostal Female Missionaries”
  • Wally Kowalski, AGTS D.Min. adjunct professor, presenting “‘Silence for the Women’ in Light of Paul’s Instructions on Charismata”
  • Paul Lewis, AGTS missionary-in-residence, chairing “The Relevance of Pentecostal Missionary Call Narratives”
  • Faith McGhee, AGTS graduate student, presenting “Holiness and the Path of Suffering: Lessons for Pentecostals from the Book of Hebrews”
  • Dan Morrison, AGTS grad, presenting “Let the Holy Still Be Holy: Images of Holiness in the Apocalypse of John”
  • Johan Mostert, AGTS professor, presenting “Holiness as a Function of Psychobehavioral Monitoring: The Talmedeem Project”
  • Lois Olena, AGTS associate professor, serving as SPS executive director

Individuals interested in Pentecostal/Charismatic renewal studies are welcome to attend. Membership requirements are outlined here:

This year’s conference will take place in conjunction with the Wesleyan Theological Society.

SPS was founded in 1970 by three scholars, including the late Dr. William Menzies, who chaired the biblical studies department at Evangel. Menzies served as the first president of SPS and the first editor of its journal, Pneuma.

For additional information about the conference or about the Society for Pentecostal Studies, contact SPS Executive Director Dr. Lois Olena at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary by calling 417-268-1000, ext. 1084.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.


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