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Evangel University’s vice president for student development announces retirement

Published on Apr 27, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

Dr. Greg Johns

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Dr. Greg Johns, vice president for student development, recently announced his retirement from Evangel University, effective May 6, 2022, after eight years of service to the institution.

“Greg’s gentle demeanor and genuine love for students made him an often-sought-after mentor and counselor on campus,” said Dr. Michael Kolstad, chief of staff. “Our EU community is so grateful for the investment he has made, and we wish him the very best in retirement.”

Previously, Johns served as Evangel University’s director of spiritual life and campus pastor, a position he held from 2014 to 2021. Known affectionately by students as “Pastor Greg,” Johns’ hallmark was caring well for our students in an environment that nurtured and promoted personal and spiritual growth.

“My favorite memories are of one-on-one meetings with students when we would experience revelational and transformational moments in the presence of the Holy Spirit,” Johns said. “Lots of tears but lots of holy laughter as well.”

Prior to his tenure at Evangel, Johns served as the area director of the South Africa region for Assemblies of God World Missions. He also served as president of Cape Theological Seminary in Cape Town, South Africa, and as the business manager and faculty member of Southern Africa School of Theology in Rustenburg, South Africa.

Dr. Greg Johns and family.

In addition to Johns extensive career in education and ministry, he has also served on a number of international boards and committees, including seven years as chairman of the board of directors of Cape Theological Seminary and as a member of the general presbytery for the International Assemblies of God of South Africa.

“I’m looking forward to new life rhythms and reimagining the next season of my life and continued investment in people,” Johns said of his post-EU plans. “I also plan on being more present in the life of our grandson, Isaac Gregory Adkins, who will be two this June.”

Johns holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Nova-Southeastern University, an M.A. in Christian Education from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Bible from Central Bible College.

“I want to express my thankfulness to my family – Emily, my wife of 47 years, and my children and their spouses, Doug and Megan Johns and Audrey and Nathaniel Adkins for the wonderful support of our ministry over the years, whether on the mission field or this most recent season at Evangel University,” Johns said.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.