SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University and its seminary will host a joint graduation ceremony on Friday, May 7, 2021. Participants include both 2021 and 2020 graduates, as the university was unable to hold an in-person commencement ceremony last year due to the coronavirus.
The 63rd Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel will be held at 9:30 a.m. at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.
The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University will celebrate its 48th Annual Commencement as a part of the same ceremony. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.
The university will celebrate 544 graduates earning 25 doctoral, 130 master’s, 344 bachelor’s and 45 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s are from Evangel’s James River College campus.
The top five bachelor-level majors graduating from Evangel in 2021 are: Business Management, Elementary Education, Biology, Psychology, and Allied Health.
The entire graduation ceremony will be live-streamed at evangel.edu/commencement.
This year’s commencement speaker will be Dr. Greg Mundis Sr., a CBC (’73) and AGTS (’97) alum and executive director of Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). Mundis oversees the work of more than 2,700 missionaries serving in more than 255 countries, territories, and provinces.
Mundis has a long history of ministry with the AG, previously serving as the director of AGWM’s Europe region and as the area director of Central Europe. In addition to these roles, Mundis served as a missionary to Austria, where he co-founded International Vienna Christian Center. He was also a youth pastor at a church in Lima, OH as well as at Central Assembly in Springfield.
In 2020, Mundis was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent more than 50 grueling days in the hospital, much of that time on a ventilator, fighting for his life. He experienced a miraculous recovery and is now back to work full-time.
“God chose to let me stay, and that gives me a sense of responsibility and accountability. He’s given me some extra time,” said Mundis. “However long that is, I want to finish His work.”
Evangel University’s Interim President Dr. George O. Wood previously served with Mundis on the executive leadership team at the AG’s national office. “Greg is a tenacious and passionate leader,” said Wood. “His story of resilience in overcoming the coronavirus is remarkable and speaks to the fact that the Lord has more work for him to do. Our graduates will be encouraged by his story.”
Mundis holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology degree from AGTS, and a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Central Bible College.
Mundis and his wife, Sandie, have two children, Greg Mundis, Jr. (EU ’99) and Hollie McClaflin (EU ’97) and eight grandchildren.
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.