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AGTS at Evangel to host 8th annual Horton Lectureship Series

Published on Jan 26, 2016 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University will host Dr. Renea Brathwaite as the guest lecturer for the 8th annual Dr. Stanley M. Horton Pentecostal Heritage Lectureship Series, Feb. 9-11, 2016.

Dr. Brathwaite, a 2005 graduate of AGTS, is recognized as an outstanding scholar, teacher and preacher, according to Dr. Mark Hausfeld, president of AGTS. “We are honored to welcome him back to campus for this special event,” said Hausfeld.

Evangel University launched the Horton Lectureship Series in April of 2008, to reinforce the importance of the Pentecostal heritage of the Assemblies of God.

The series was named for long-time Springfieldian, Dr. Stanley M. Horton, who was a renowned scholar, prolific writer and worldwide lecturer. He was recognized during his lifetime as Pentecostalism’s premier theologian.

Dr. Horton also served collectively from 1948-1991 as a professor at Central Bible College and AGTS.

The lectures

Dr. Brathwaite will speak on “A Re-Examination of the Theology of William J. Seymour, a Pentecostal Pioneer,” at 2 p.m. (central) each day, in the William J. Seymour Chapel at AGTS.

The Rev. Seymour was born in Louisiana in 1870, the son of former slaves. At 35, he was invited to Los Angeles to preach and soon became the leader of the 1906 Azusa Street revival, which is regarded as the beginning of the modern Pentecostal movement.

Dr. Brathwaite’s lectures will be streamed live at

  1. “Double-Consciousness: The Religio-Cultural Framework of William J. Seymour’s Theology and Praxis”
  2. “William J. Seymour and ‘Bible Evidence’”
  3. “William J. Seymour and Racial Reconciliation at the Azusa Street Revival”

The speaker

Dr. Brathwaite was born in Barbados, a small island-nation in the Caribbean. He first came to Springfield via New York City to attend AGTS. There he earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, graduating summa cum laude.

While in Springfield, he also spent two years as an adjunct faculty member in Evangel University’s theology department

In 2006, Dr. Brathwaite relocated his family to Virginia Beach, in order to pursue a terminal degree in theology at Regent University’s School of Divinity. In May of 2013, he defended his dissertation on the theology of the early Pentecostal pioneer William J. Seymour.

He now holds a PhD, having been named Presidential Scholar for three consecutive years and having received both the Outstanding Graduate and Distinguished Graduate awards.

While at Regent, he served as a teaching/editorial assistant and adjunct graduate professor for the university, taught classes in his home church, served on the church’s preaching rotation, and was a member of its pastoral ministry team.

Dr. Brathwaite currently teaches at Malone University, in Canton, Ohio. He is an active member in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, of which Dr. Horton served as president in 1980, and he was also recently appointed as dean of the Ohio Ministry Network’s Ohio School of Ministry.

For more than twenty-two years, Brathwaite has been happily married to Joy, who currently serves as vice president of finance and business affairs at Malone. They have two children, Kara and Andrew.

The influence of Dr. Horton

A Harvard graduate, Dr. Stanley Horton held the title of distinguished professor emeritus of Bible and theology at AGTS, where he taught from 1978-1991. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Bible department at Central Bible College from 1948-1978.

Spence & Horton 2008
APRIL 3, 2008 — Dr. Horton received this plaque from then-President Robert H. Spence, “In recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the Pentecostal Revival of the Twentieth Century, the faculty and administration of Evangel University recognizes Dr. Stanley M. Horton — Author. Teacher. Scholar. Mentor — on the occasion of the inauguration of the Stanley M. Horton Lectureship for Pentecostal Studies.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

He continued to travel and teach around the world until the age of 92. Dr. Horton was present at almost every one of the lecture series at Evangel, until his passing at the age of 98 on July 12, 2014.

Dr. Horton was listed in both Who’s Who in Religion and Outstanding Educators of America.

Dr. Horton’s book, What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit (Gospel Publishing House, 1976), has long been the definitive text on that topic in universities and seminaries around the world.

He authored dozens of books and manuals, and he published more than 250 articles and book reviews. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as The Encyclopedia Americana and The Full-Life Study Bible.

Dr. Horton and his wife, Evelyn, were blessed with three children. They had two sons and a granddaughter choose to attend Evangel — Stanley M. Horton, Jr. (’69), Edward Horton (’71) and his daughter, Monica (Horton ’97) Bryant.

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by the Association for Theological Schools. As an embedded seminary, AGTS with Evangel University serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees. For more information about AGTS, go to or call 1-800-467-AGTS.