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Community Invited to Evangel’s Homecoming Events

Published on Oct 21, 2021 by Erin Hedlun



A crowd cheers on the EU football team at a previous Homecoming celebration.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The community is invited to attend several key events as part of Evangel University’s annual Homecoming celebration on October 21-23.

Public activities include an Evangel University Chorale concert tonight, the inauguration of Evangel’s fifth president, Dr. Mike Rakes, on Friday morning, and athletic events on Saturday afternoon. Various departmental events are also taking place throughout the weekend. To view the full list, visit the Homecoming departmental activities web page.

Homecoming festivities kick off with a concert by the Evangel University Chorale at 8 p.m. this evening in the Barnett Recital Hall. Admission is free.

The installation ceremony for Dr. Mike Rakes will be held on Friday, Oct. 22 at 9:45 a.m. in Spence Chapel. The program will include musical performances by the Evangel University Chorale and HeartSong, Evangel’s traveling worship team. Highlighted speakers include Rev. Doug Clay, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Dr. William “Billy” Wilson, president of Oral Roberts University, and Mart Green, founder of Mardel Christian & Educational Supply. Rakes will also deliver an inaugural address.

On Saturday, Oct. 23 the men’s and women’s soccer teams will take on Mount Mercy University at Evangel’s Coryell Field. The ladies game will start at noon and the men’s game will begin at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Evangel University football team will take on Baker University at Nixa High School’s stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at Nixa High School’s stadium. Admission at the gate is $10 per ticket for adults; 12 and under are free.

To view the full Homecoming schedule, visit



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.