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AGTS News: Watch recordings of 2015 AGTS graduation events

Saturday, May 2

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Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture
Friday, May 1

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Doctoral Celebration Service
Friday, May 1

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AGTS celebrates retiring Byron D. Klaus and 2015 graduating class

AGTS Building in Spring

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary celebrated its 42nd annual graduation activities April 30 through May 2, 2015. In addition, the seminary celebrated retiring president Byron D. Klaus and his 16 years of distinguished service at AGTS. AGTS awarded 77 doctoral and master degrees during its 42nd commencement celebration on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m., at Central Assembly of God, Springfield, Mo.

Evangel president, Dr. Carol Taylor, said of Dr. Klaus' leadership:horton

Dr. Klaus has been a tireless and visionary champion for seminary education and for the benefits of an embedded seminary where ministerial education can now be provided from baccalaureate through doctoral levels. I have had the privilege of seeing Dr. Klaus' leadership and faith up close. One only needs look no further for an extraordinary example of sacrificial, servant leadership deeply rooted in the best of Pentecostal heritage of the Assemblies of God along with an inspiring vision for the future.

Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God and chair of the AGTS Board also reflected on Dr. Klaus' seminary leadership:

Byron has a sure and steady compass and passion for graduate and undergraduate ministerial preparation and has set AGTS and Evangel's School of Theology and Church Ministries in a direction that will thoroughly prepare the next generation of ministers for effective Spirit-empowered service. The Assemblies of God owes Byron a huge debt of gratitude for his tireless services, and I am grateful that AGTS has had such a godly leader at its helm for these past 16 years. 

To recognize Dr. Klaus for his exemplary leadership, AGTS established the Byron D. Klaus Leadership Fund to strategically invest in influential, proven ministry leaders. Through scholarships of $5,000 per recipient, this fund will help AGTS attract top-tier leaders seeking to enhance their ministry through doctoral studies. Donations are accepted here. The public is welcome to leave messages and photos for Dr. Klaus here.

President Klaus delivered this year's commencement address with student speakers and video.

Doctoral candidates and their work were honored during a series of public events on Friday, May 1, including a Doctor of Ministry Symposium and an Intercultural Doctoral Studies Investiture at 12:30 p.m., a reception at 1:45 and a Celebration service at 2:15.

Graduation events included a golf tournament, benefiting student scholarships, on Thursday, April 30 at Rivercut Golf Course.

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. It is a unique graduate-level educational institution embedded within the larger structure of Evangel University offering doctoral degrees and masters degrees. For more information visit or call 1-800-467-AGTS.

Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 10:16 AM

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