President’s 2016 Leadership Panel


Distinguished Evangel University alumni discuss ways address the racial tension in the United States from a faith-based perspective in a leadership panel during Homecoming 2016.

Chris Beard (EU ’89) has served as Lead Pastor of Peoples Church Cincinnati since 2001. Today, Peoples Church is not only a thriving, multi-cultural worship center but has also assisted in the planting of more than 20 churches in 20 years, many of which have ethnic, cultural and generational inclusion similar to Peoples Church Cincinnati.

Emma Assante (EU ’97) serves as Vice President for Special Projects and Community Relations at NBC Chicago with compassionate vision and exceptional leadership. The Chicago Defender newspaper recently named her as one of their Women of Excellence for 2016.

Alex Bryant (EU ’95) serves as executive pastor at New Life Church in Oak Grove, Mo. He recently shared the hope of Christ in a viral Facebook video. Using flip cards, facial expressions and the well-timed appearance of his interracial family, he shares an insightful and hopeful message about race relations in America in response to the recent Dallas shootings. To date, the video has received over 34 million views.

Brian Schmidgall (EU ’96) is the lead pastor of MiddleTree Church in St. Louis, Mo. He and his family moved to a strategic neighborhood in 2009 with the goal to plant a multi-cultural church that would help heal the fracture of the city that occurs on Delmar Boulevard. He also serves as a chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital.

Our moderator, Dr. Carol Taylor (EU ’73, AGTS ’78), serves as President of Evangel University. She previously served as president of Vanguard University in California, as vice provost for undergraduate education at Biola University, was in executive management and research at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, and has taught in public education at several state universities at both the undergraduate and graduate school levels.

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