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Assemblies of God Theological Seminary — 2020 graduation awards

Published on May 5, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University has announced its 2020 graduation awards. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of campus events, traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies for Evangel and AGTS have been postponed until mid-August. The awards will be presented to the graduates at that time.

A reception will follow the Baccalaureate Ceremony, offering one more opportunity to interact with faculty, friends and church leaders like the Rev. Doug Clay, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God. // PHOTO BY Paul K. Logsdon

A total of 65 scholars from 27 states and four foreign countries completed their degrees from AGTS in the spring 2020 semester, including 29 doctorates and 36 Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees.

AGTS has one of the largest doctoral programs among peer seminaries with more than 200 students currently pursuing doctoral degrees in theology, ministry and missiology.

AGTS also offers a variety of master’s degrees, each integrating faith and scholarly exploration to equip professionals to be servant leaders.

The seminary is a significant contributor of chaplains for military, hospitals, and other organizations with 105 alumni currently serving as U.S. Military Chaplains.


These AGTS 2020 awards were presented to master’s-level students:

Outstanding Student in Bible and Theology

  • Gloria Seong Eun Lee from Baltimore, Maryland

Outstanding Student in Global Missions

  • John A. Koeshall from Heidelberg Germany

Outstanding Student in Practical Theology

  • Debbie L. Gillispie from Point of Rocks, Maryland

W.I. Evans Award

  • Debbie L. Gillispie from Point of Rocks, Maryland

Cordas Burnett Preaching Award

  • Levi M. Paradee from Alexandria, Minnesota


The Class of 2020

A survey of more than 500 spring graduates of Evangel University and its seminary showed that 84% preferred to have a traditional Commencement and have it postponed until later in the summer.

• The 62nd Annual Commencement for Evangel will be held Saturday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Central Assembly auditorium, 1301 N. Boonville in Springfield, Missouri.

• The 47th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel will take place as a part of the same ceremony. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

Emmy Award winning journalist Steve Grant will be the Commencement speaker. Grant is a 1976 Evangel graduate and a highly-regarded news anchor at KY3, the NBC affiliate for the Springfield metro area. In addition, he currently serves as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-America Chapter.

The Commencement 2020 ceremony will be live-streamed at

For additional details on Evangel’s three Baccalaureate & Awards Ceremonies, and on Steve Grant’s life of service, see a feature story on the EU website.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.