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Evangel University connects with students at annual National Youth Convention

Published on Aug 5, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – A team of faculty, staff, and students from Evangel University attended the Assemblies of God (AG) National Youth Convention (NYC) in Orlando, Florida, from August 1-5. The event brings together middle and high school students from across the nation to compete in the AG’s annual Fine Arts Festival (FAF), a competition designed to help students develop their creative talents in over 80 categories, including singing, reader’s theater, graphic design, photography, short sermon and more.

“The National Fine Arts Festival presents a key opportunity for Evangel professors and staff to connect with prospective students,” said Chris Belcher, vice president of enrollment. “We offer fine arts scholarships that complement the talent of these incredible teenagers.”

EU student Daniel Yanez helps bag groceries for a Convoy of Hope outreach event.
EU student Daniel Yanez helps bag groceries for a Convoy of Hope outreach event.

The NYC also includes various service opportunities with Convoy of Hope and nightly services with featured speakers from the AG’s National Youth Ministries Department.

In odd-numbered years, NYC coincides with the AG’s General Council meetings, which include forum discussions, voting, and plenary sessions that determines the fellowship’s bylaws, culture, and future endeavors. The next General Council and NYC will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from July 31-August 4, 2023.

About Evangel University’s Fine Arts Scholarships

Every year, Evangel University awards renewable fine arts scholarships based on performance, ability, and needs within the applicable department. Fine Arts scholarships are part of EU’s talent scholarship program, which also includes athletic awards.

To view scholarship criteria, audition dates, or to complete an application, visit

About the AG Fine Arts Festival

The AG Fine Arts Festival is designed to help students discover, develop, and deploy their ministry gifts and to learn about their God-given abilities and talents. FAF enables students to experience a time of learning through evaluations, workshops, and interaction with other students.

Beginning in September each year, over 65,000 junior and senior high school students begin preparing their entries for the district and National Fine Arts Festivals. Students may enter as many as 80+ categories offered in 7 main divisions: Art, Communication, Dance, Drama, Instrumental, Vocal, and Writing.



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:

  • 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