SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Mark Entzminger has been named vice president for student development, effective July 3. Entzminger follows Dr. Greg Johns, who recently retired after serving in this role as well as campus pastor.
“What most excites me about this opportunity is the ability to invest in future leaders and shape the spiritual climate of every student’s experience at Evangel University,” Entzminger said. “The student life experience is vital to attracting new students to campus and helping them realize God’s calling on their lives.”
Entzminger transitions to Evangel from the Assemblies of God (AG) National Office where he served as the AG ministries and resources administrator since 2017, providing strategic oversight of church ministries for the offices of children, youth, adult, and family ministries.
He first joined the AG National Office in 2011 as the national children’s ministries director, leading product development, events, and leadership training for children’s ministries groups, including Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge, Royal Rangers, Girls Ministries, and Junior Bible Quiz.
During this tenure, Entzminger and his team launched Tru Fire, a discipleship curriculum for preschool, elementary, and middle school students and their families, as well as a leadership growth program known as Hydrate. He also established an annual national children’s ministries conference to resource local leaders.
Entzminger has also served as an AG district youth director for the South Dakota Assemblies of God and as a youth pastor.
“Mark is best known for his strength as a leader and innovator of discipleship design and implementation,” Dr. Mike Rakes, EU’s President, said. “His practical skills and innovative approaches will lead our efforts to make disciples through environments of belonging and Bible engagement.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible, Theology, and Youth Ministry from Central Bible College and a Master of Leadership and Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Entzminger is also an ordained AG minister.
He and his wife, Christie, have two boys, Colby and Cadyn, and reside in Nixa, Missouri.
About the role
The vice president for student development reports to the president, serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and university planning council, and represents the area of student development to the university and its constituents.
This role provides leadership and oversight to all student development-related programs and services, including community life, spiritual life, student activities, housing, public safety, counseling, and health services.
The vice president also acts as a liaison between administration and students. At Evangel, student development is holistic, focused on the spiritual, social, cultural, emotional, physical, vocational, and intellectual health of every student.
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 AcademicInfluence.com
- Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
- Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by BestColleges.com
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 evangel.edu.