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Theology & Global Church Ministries – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Theology & Global Church Ministries at Evangel University has announced its 2023 graduation awards. The awards were presented during the university’s traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 4 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The Theology Department houses the undergraduate programs of Evangel’s embedded seminary.

Students have the benefit of enhanced ministerial education in a variety of traditional and accelerated formats, from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees in Bible and Theology, Church Leadership, Ministry, Philosophy, and Intercultural Studies.

The following awards were presented:

WI Evans Outstanding Graduate 

Braden Parks

Twila Brown Edwards Woman of Distinction Award

Julia LaRue

Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Languages 

Levi Moberg

Outstanding Graduates in Biblical Studies

Jonathan Good

TJ Slagle

Outstanding Graduate in Children’s Ministry

Brooke Friddle

Outstanding Graduate in Church Leadership 

Anna Pratt

Outstanding Graduates in Intercultural Studies 

Joy Haase

Julia LaRue

Outstanding Graduate in Philosophy 

Allison Paige Tucking

Outstanding Graduate in Preaching 

Nathan Buis

Outstanding Graduate in Youth Ministries 

Bailey Mabry

The Class of 2023

Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary celebrated 579 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 4. Graduates earned a total of 24 doctoral, 154 master’s, 357 bachelor’s, and 44 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AAs are from Evangel’s James River College campus.


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:

  • 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