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Dr. Mike and Darla Rakes to be featured speakers at General Council 2023

Published on Jul 27, 2023 by Erin Hedlun


SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Dr. Mike Rakes, fifth president of Evangel University, and Darla Rakes, ambassador to students and donors at EU, will be among the slate of featured speakers at the 2023 General Council of the Assemblies of God (AG). The biennial meeting that brings together AG leaders, ministers, missionaries, and students from across the country will be held July 31 – August 4 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The Rakes will share the stage during the main session on Friday, August 4.

Dr. Mike Rakes serves as the fifth president of Evangel University with his wife, Pastor Darla Rakes, by his side. Prior to his appointment as president, he and Darla served as co-pastors of Winston Salem First, a diverse church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Rakes is a graduate of Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). He holds a number of degrees including a Doctor of Ministry degree from Biola University.

Dr. Mike & Darla Rakes

Darla is completing her D.Min. at AGTS and is currently working on her first book, which will focus on the topic of biblical identity, slated for release at the end of 2024.

Dr. Mike’s most recent book, “Surrendered & Unafraid: The Flourishing of Faith During Seasons of Suffering,” details the family’s journey through the passing of their daughter, Whitney, from a rare blood cancer at the age of 27.

Under Rakes’ leadership, Evangel saw a record-breaking 2022-2023 fiscal year giving total of over $27 million, an 11% increase in student enrollment, and the university’s first major building campaign since 2009.

“Dr. Rakes’ life and ministry are a testament to his commitment to helping others fulfill their God-given calling. His investment in the lives of students at Evangel University will help build a brighter future,” said Rev. Doug Clay, Evangel University trustee and general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

General Council 2023 marks the 60th such event in the fellowship’s history, and the theme is “Our Church Our Family.” General Council includes business meetings, elections, services, ministry training, networking, and the National Youth Conference and Fine Arts Festival.


 About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at