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Theology & Global Church Ministries Department – 2021 EU Graduation Awards

Published on May 10, 2021 by Erin Hedlun



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Theology & Global Church Ministries at Evangel University has announced its 2021 graduation awards. The awards were presented during the Baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 6, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

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

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

The following awards were presented

WI Evans Outstanding Graduate

  • Felicito Abram Bagunu from Lee Summit, MO

Twila Brown Edwards Woman of Distinction Award

  • Elysia Dukes from West Terre Haute, IN
  • Annabelle Helen Miller from Plano, IL

Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Languages

  • Natalie Louise Hickman from Kansas City, MO

Outstanding Graduates in Biblical Studies

  • Michaela E. J. Hunter from Macks Creek, MO
  • Cade Taylor Chrastina from Ozark, MO

Outstanding Graduate in Church Leadership

  • Corbin Jacob White from Marshfield, MO

Outstanding Graduate in Intercultural Studies

  • Bridget Julaine Peterson from Omaha, NE

Outstanding Graduate in Philosophy

  • Kaysen Andrew Miner from Springfield, MO

Outstanding Graduate in Preaching

  • Lucas E. Yantz from LaGrange City, KY

Outstanding Graduate in Youth Ministries

  • Jon Leroy Axtell from Davenport, IA


The Class of 2021

Evangel University and its seminary celebrated 544 graduates at its joint commencement ceremony at JQH Arena in Springfield, MO on May 7. Graduates earned a total of 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.

Participants included both 2021 and 2020 graduates, as the university was unable to hold an in-person commencement ceremony last year due to the coronavirus.

The commencement speaker was 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.

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.



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.


Additional 2021 Departmental Outstanding Graduates:

Behavioral & Social Sciences:

Business & Economics:







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