AGTS Center for Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies Faculty
Global Initiative

"Practitioner/Scholars" epitomizes the definition of the Islamic Studies faculty of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. The combined experience of our faculty totals more than 200 years of living and planting the church in global Muslim contexts. Our faculty travels the world of Islam training and equipping the church and engaging Muslim peoples. Experience the difference our "practitioner/scholars" will make on your life and ministry through our classes and master's level concentration in the Summer Institute of Islamic Studies.

—Mark Hausfeld


Director of Ministries

Jim and Theda Bennett began their ministry in 1974 in Jordan where they served for 15 years. Jim was pastor of the Evangelistic Center and director of the Jordan Theological College in the capital city of Amman. In 1989 the Bennetts moved to Brussels, Belgium to assume the presidency of Continental Theological Seminary. Jim became associate director in 1998 and director in 2001 of the Center for Ministry to Muslims, an international ministry of the Assemblies of God World Missions program. In 2009, the Center for Ministry to Muslims became Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. Following the change in name, Jim assumed the role of director of ministries.

Jim received his Bachelors of Arts in missions at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, Texas. M.A.I.S. from AGTS and a Doctor of Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.


International Representative

Ken and Kathy Ferguson served in the Middle East from 1980 until 1991. Then they accepted an invitation to join the faculty of Continental Theological Seminary (CTS) in Brussels, Belgium. Ken served on the administration of that institution from 1992 until his resignation in 1999. Ken served as a missionary in residence at Evangel University from 1999 to 2001. Upon his completion of that assignment the Fergusons accepted an invitation to join Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.

Ken received a B.A. degree from CBC in 1972. He earned a M.A. in cultural anthropology in 1987, an M.Div. in 1998 and a D.Min. in 2006 from AGTS. His project was entitled “Creating a Basic Pentecostal Discipleship Course for Muslim Background Believers.”


Professor of Urban and Islamic Studies

Mark Hausfeld has 25 years of pastoral and missionary experience in Chicago, Pakistan and Central Asia. He spent seven years in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a missionary with Assembies of God World Missions (AGWM) where they started Teen Challenge Pakistan and assisted two church plants.

Dr. Hausfeld served as the international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples (2009-2015). As director, he collaborated with national churches around the world, AGWM regions and local churches in the United States to equip and mobilized them to reach Muslims everywhere. As the President of Global Oasis: Engaging Muslim Peoples, Dr. Hausfeld administrates a ministry organization that trains and mobilizes people to reach Muslims around the world.

From 2000 to 2008, Mark served as the Area Director for AGWM Central Eurasia. In this role, he provided pastoral care, strategic consultation and administration for missionaries and national leaders in the region.

Mark received his B.A. from Evangel University, his M.Div. from AGTS, and a Doctor of Ministry (urban missions) from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.


U.S. Missions Representative

Tommy and his wife, Sandy, have been missionaries with Assemblies of God U.S. Missions since 1984. They served in Dearborn, Michigan (November 1984– April 1992) where they collaborated in the production of a weekly television program, pioneered an after-school athletic program for youth and secured instructional materials for speakers of Arabic. From 1992 until January 1998, the Hodums served as chaplains for the county penal system in Jonesboro, Arkansas and at the same time, administered an outreach curriculum to 1,500 students in six states. Tommy joined Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples in 1998 as the U.S. representative.

Tommy received his B.A. in Bible and missions from Trinity Bible College, an M.A. in Islamic studies from Columbia International University, and a doctor of education in educational leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri.



Donna completed an M.A. in Intercultural Communication from AGTS in 1983. She and her husband are currently serving in Turkey and are enrolled in the Ph.D. Program at The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She received full appointment with AGWM and served in Pakistan from 1990-2003 where she started a café for Muslim women. In Tajikistan she started a café/training center for women (2003-2006) that is still flourishing.


International Representative
Paul Parks is a missionary with Assemblies of God World Missions since 1977. He and his wife were assigned to work in the Middle Eastern countries of Tunisia, Jordan and Israel. In 1997 Paul was assigned to Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. He serves as an international representative, traveling and teaching nationals and missionaries how to reach Muslims. Paul has also written materials to help westerners understand Muslims, and to raise awareness among U.S. churches on how Muslims think and feel.

Paul received a B.A. in biblical studies from CBC in 1970, an M.A. in biblical literature from AGTS in 1977, an M.Div. from AGTS in 1993 and a D.Min. in 1997 from Oral Roberts University. His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Story Telling as a Method of Instruction in Theological Training in a Middle East Context.”

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