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Evangel announces director of AG Ministry Leaders of Tomorrow Project

Published on Apr 4, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

Dr. Darin Poe

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Dr. Darin Poe (EU ’88, ’07) has been named director of the AG Ministry Leaders of Tomorrow Project at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS). In this role, Poe will oversee the large-scale partnership between AGTS and the Assemblies of God (AG) National Office to resource pastors for ministry.

“I am so thrilled to be back at my alma mater,” said Poe. “I believe the AG Ministry Leaders of Tomorrow Project will bring some great ministry students, ministers, and momentum to Evangel, AGTS, and the Assemblies of God.”

The AG Ministry Leaders of Tomorrow Project is funded by a $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. Through this grant funding, Evangel and the AG will build pathways to sustainable, robust pastoral education to support the rapid growth of young, diverse Pentecostal churches.

As director of the project, Poe will be responsible for the design, deployment, and management of the initiative. Partnering with the AG Ministerial Advancement (CALLED) office and the Church Multiplication Network, the program will offer new and innovative theological training to local church leaders and provide a pathway to a formal advanced ministerial degree.

Dr. Darin Poe (center) and family.

Poe brings 35 years of experience to the position, including 22 years as the AG Southern Missouri District Youth Director and three years as the national AG Director of Student Discipleship and Resource Development. He has taught leadership and ministry courses as an adjunct professor at Evangel University, Northwest University, and Southwestern AG University.

Poe received a B.S. in History and a Master of Organizational Leadership from Evangel and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University.

“Core to the AG Ministry Leaders of Tomorrow initiative is the idea that people of all backgrounds, with the right empowerment, training, and support can lead congregations in powerful service for Christ to the betterment of their communities.” said Dr. Mike Rakes, Evangel University president.

Poe and his wife, Heather, have been married for 33 years and have two adult children, Gavin and Megan, and two grandsons, Henry and Charlie.



 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