The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) will celebrate its 43rd annual Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel at Evangel University (1111 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Mo.). The public is invited to attend.

AGTS will award 1 Doctor of Missiology, 3 Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies and 14 Doctor of Ministry degrees along with Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees to candidates from 17 states and 3 countries.

Doctoral candidates and their work will be honored during a series of public events on Friday, May 6, including a Doctor of Ministry Symposium at 12:30 p.m., a reception at 2 p.m. and an Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture at 2:30 p.m.

This is the first commencement under the leadership of President Mark A. Hausfeld. “AGTS has a reputation for honoring, celebrating and prayerfully commissioning its graduates,” said Hausfeld. “This year’s graduation will once more do this with excellence. We will glorify God through graduates who are already revitalizing the Church and evangelizing the world in the power of the Spirit.”

This year’s commencement will highlight three 2016 degree candidates, their stories and their vision for the future.

  • John Alarid is an ex-con planting a church to reach the homeless, addicted and frequently incarcerated populations in Springfield, Missouri with the knowledge he has gleaned from his Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies degree at AGTS.
  • Saehee Duran, a candidate for the Master of Arts in Church Ministries, witnessed her life transition from the world of traditional Korean dance and beauty pageants to ministry among internationals in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Chris Railey is the senior director for Leadership and Church Development at the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center with a distinct vision for the future of the church he serves. He is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Graduation events will also include a golf tournament, benefiting student scholarships, on Thursday, May 5 at Rivercut Golf Course. Register for the Golf tournament here. The Commencement ceremony, Doctor of Ministry Symposium and Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture will be streamed live on this page.