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Evangel to host second annual Veteran Valor Appreciation Luncheon

Published on Feb 15, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

Military members interact before the luncheon begins in 2023.

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University will host its second annual Veteran Valor Appreciation Luncheon for local veterans and active-duty service members on Friday, April 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in EU’s dining hall. All local current and past service members are invited to attend, and there is no cost.

The university’s morning chapel service that day will include special recognition for those who are serving or who have served in the military as well as a military panel session led by EU President Dr. Mike Rakes. The chapel service begins at 9:45 a.m. in Spence Chapel and those attending the luncheon are invited to participate.

“Veteran Valor Day is an event to not only honor our American heroes, but to pass that respect and esteem for our veterans to the students that we serve,” said Dane Moore, Evangel’s Veteran’s Center director. “As a veteran, seminary alum, and staff member of Evangel University, it is a privilege to focus our appreciation on the veterans of our community.”

EU’s campus decorated for the first Veteran Valor Day in 2023.

The university has foundational ties to the military, as its campus was built on the grounds of the O’Reilly General Hospital, a facility built during World War II to treat wounded soldiers. The university is also home to the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, one of the largest producers of military chaplains in the nation.

“We aim to instill virtue and valor in every student at Evangel,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, EU chief of staff. “This event is a great way to allow our students and campus community to show their appreciation to the men and women who have shown virtue and valor in their service to our country.”

Military members wishing to attend may register at


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:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • 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