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President Robert H. Spence keynote speaker for sixth annual Horton Pentecostal Heritage Lectureship Series at Evangel University

Published on Apr 2, 2013 by Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University will present the sixth annual Dr. Stanley M. Horton Pentecostal Heritage Lectureship Series Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, April 2, 4 and 5, at 10 a.m. in the chapel auditorium.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert H. Spence, president of Evangel University.

The purpose of the series is to reinforce the importance of the Pentecostal heritage of the Assemblies of God.

“The lectureship series was launched at Evangel in 2008 to recognize Dr. Horton’s lifetime accomplishments as an author, professor and the chief intellectual architect/spokesperson for the Pentecostal doctrine for the Assemblies of God,” Spence said.

“It is an honor to be a part of this series and encourage the continuation of Dr. Horton’s work through the lives of our students.”


Dr. Stanley Horton, age 96, is a renowned scholar, a prolific writer and until recently, he traveled the world as a lecturer. He has authored dozens of books and manuals, and he has published more than 250 articles and book reviews.

Horton is a Harvard graduate and distinguished professor emeritus of Bible and theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he taught from 1978-1991. Prior to that, he served as chair of the Bible department at Central Bible College from 1948-1978.

His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as The Encyclopedia Americana and The Full-Life Study Bible. His book, What the Bible Says About the Holy Spirit (Gospel Publishing House, 1976), has long been the definitive text on that topic in universities and seminaries around the world.

He has been listed in Who’s Who in Religion and Outstanding Educators of America.

Dr. Horton and his late-wife, Evelyn, were blessed with three children, two of which, Stan and Ed, are Evangel alumni.

President Robert H. Spence has served as president of the Evangel University since May 1, 1974.

He is the longest-tenured college president in the State of Missouri and second-longest in the nation.

During his 39 years at Evangel, the campus has been transformed with the addition of 12 new facilities, including two residence halls, a 2,200-seat chapel, a state-of-the-art fitness center, dining hall and student union, fine arts center, two major classroom buildings and a 66,000-square-foot administration building.

Under his leadership, enrollment has doubled and nine master’s programs have been added.

Spence is active in civic and community affairs in Springfield, having served as president of the board of directors of Cox Health Systems, chairman of the board of directors of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the board of City Utilities of Springfield, chairman of the board of directors of the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport, president of the Springfield Downtown Rotary Club, and as a member of the board of trustees of the Cox College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

For additional information, contact the chapel office at (417) 865-2811, ext. 7396.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.