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Evangel University receives second record-breaking $10 million gift from Green family

Published on Nov 24, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

Evangel University President Dr. Mike Rakes

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University President Dr. Mike Rakes today announced a second $10 million gift from the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby and Mardel. The donation is set up as a matching gift and will be used to support several presidential initiatives, including completion of the much-anticipated Valor Center.

This is the second $10 million donation given to EU by the Green family over the last two years, and matches the largest gift received in university history.

“We are grateful to the Green family for their continued support of EU,” said Rakes. “This second gift from the Greens is more than a spark, it’s an affirmation of Evangel’s impact on this generation.”

The matching gift allows for the contributions of university donors toward these initiatives to be doubled up to $10 million over the next 12 months.

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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