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AGTS professor co-edits “Foundations for Spirit-Filled Christianity” textbook series

Published on Aug 31, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Dr. Paul Lewis of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) recently co-edited “Introduction to Theology” by Frank Macchia and “Introduction to Spirituality,” by Gary Tyra, the first two of four volumes in the “Foundations for Spirit-Filled Theology” series published by Baker Academic.

Lewis, professor of historical theology and intercultural studies at AGTS, is joined in his editorial duties by Macchia and Jerry Ireland, both Assemblies of God scholars.

“The ‘Foundations’ series is focused on providing students and pastors with an introductory survey textbook that covers the specified topic in a manner inclusive of Pentecostal and Charismatic sensibilities globally,” said Lewis.

Forthcoming series installments include “Introduction to Biblical Interpretation” by Lewis and Jacqueline Grey and “Introduction to Missions” by Rob Gallagher and Sarita Edwards. Baker plans to release these volumes in 2024.

“The goal of ‘Introduction to Biblical Interpretation’ is to help students approach the biblical text with understanding about the issues involved, and how to glean the meaning of the Bible first in its original contexts, second for us today, and then third for those of other cultures, noting how to engage with them,” said Lewis.

Dr. Paul Lewis, AGTS professor of historical theology & intercultural studies

About Dr. Paul Lewis

Lewis joined AGTS in 2012, first as a missionary-in-residence and then as the admissions and programs coordinator for Intercultural doctoral studies degrees. He also previously served as the associate dean of doctoral programs and is currently a professor of historical theology and intercultural studies.

Prior to his service at AGTS, Lewis served as academic dean at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines from 2006-2012.

From 1995–2006, Lewis and his wife, Eveline, served as Assemblies of God World Missions missionaries assigned to Northern Asia, where for more than six years they worked on college campuses, and for five years were the directors of Global University in Northern Asia. There, they founded a company focused on the neo-natal and special needs units in an orphanage, and the translation of educational training materials.

He has also engaged in pastoral and campus ministry in Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas, and served as an Assemblies of God US missionary to international students in central Texas from 1991–1995.

Lewis holds a B.A. in History and Antiquities and an M.A. in History from Missouri State University, an M.Div. in Missions from AGTS, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University.

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About AGTS & Evangel University

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and evangelical traditions with 21st century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools and The Higher Learning Commission. AGTS is the embedded seminary of Evangel University, the national school of the Assemblies of God.