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CommuniquÉ—January 2003

Volume XXVII Number 5

Academic Dean | Admissions, Records and Financial Aid | Business Office | Continuing Education | Library | President | Spiritual Formation and Student Services | Student Advisory Council

From the President's Office... (top)

New Academic Dean

Joseph L. Castleberry has been appointed by the board of directors of AGTS to be the new academic dean beginning January 2003. He and his wife, Kathleen, have three daughters, Jessica, Jodi, and Sophie.

We welcome the Castleberrys to the AGTS community.

More about Dr. Castleberry.

From the Office of Academic Affairs... (top)

2003 Spring Lectureship Series

An exciting 2003 Spring Lectureship series is scheduled for January 14-16, with Sherwood Lingenfelter, the provost and senior vice president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Watch for posters listing his chapel schedule, class lectures, and the complimentary pizza luncheon in the Great Hall for the entire AGTS family. Take a look at some of his most recent books in the library or purchase your own copy in the bookstore. Dr. Lingenfelter will sign his books on Thursday, January 16, 1-1:30 p.m.

More about Dr. Lingenfelter.

Bible and Theology Lectureship

Jim Hernando will speak on the topic “Imitation Language in Paul: Implications for Discipleship and Ministerial Training” at the Bible and Theology Department lectureship on Thursday, January 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the AGTS chapel.


Winter Weather

In the rare event that classes are canceled due to severe winter weather, the major television and radio stations in Springfield will be notified that the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (not the same as the Assemblies of God Christian School) has canceled classes. Before calling the seminary, listen for such announcements.

Chaplaincy Scholarships

Applications for chaplaincy scholarships (Military, Veterans Affairs, Industrial, Institutional) from the AG Chaplaincy Department will be available from Jan Maempa in the Academic Dean’s Office, beginning January 3. The application deadline is Monday, January 20, 2003.

More about chaplaincy scholarships.

Student Appointments with Faculty

Students seeking appointments with faculty members should sign the appointment forms posted by their respective office doors. Students who phone from off-campus should contact the faculty secretary, Kimberly Penrod (268-1070). Faculty may be emailed at their offices by using their first initial and last name as in this example,

Procedure for Summer Practicums

Approval for MSS 641 Practicum in Cross-Cultural Ministry (Summer 2003) must be finalized by January 15. All other applications for summer practicums must be approved and processed Tuesday-Friday, January 21-31. Application forms are available from Kimberly Penrod, or if a counseling practicum—from Angela Reid. Make an appointment now to see the appropriate professor.

Prayer Opportunities

The Khoo Kay Peng Prayer Room is literally at the center of the AGTS complex. We want to insure that it is at the spiritual center of our life together. As we move into the new year, please make time for regular weekly prayer in the prayer room.

Faculty News
  • Ben Aker had his article “Charismata: Gifts, Enablements, or Ministries” published in the October 2002 issue of Journal of Pentecostal Theology 11.1.
  • Roger Cotton's essay, “A Biblical Theology of Leviticus Focusing on Chapter 19,” was published in the book, Hear the Word of Yahweh.
  • Stephen Lim wrote “Do I Really Need to Speak in Tongues” which appears in 50 Tough Questions: Relevant Answers for Today’s Concerns, compiled and edited by Hal Donaldson and Ken Horn, Pentecostal Evangel Books, Gospel Publishing House, 2002.
  • Gary B. McGee wrote the chapter “Minnie F. Abrams, Another Context, Another Founder” in Portraits of a Generation: Early Pentecostal Leaders, edited by James R. Goff, Jr. and Grant Wacker, Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Press, 2002.
  • Edgar Lee traveled to Singapore in November 2002 and taught the course “Holy Spirit in the New Testament Church” the graduate division of ATCEM (Asian Theological Centre for Evangelism and Missions). The class included local Chinese students, who are a part of the leadership team at Victory Family Centre, as well as two African students from Ghana and Nigeria.

    Most articles written by faculty at AGTS can be found on their faculty pages at

From the Office of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid... (top)

Course Change Deadline, January 22

Wednesday, January 22 is the final deadline to make spring course changes in the Records Office. The tuition refund policy for spring courses dropped is 90% (January 7-13), 80% (January 14-21), and 70% (January 22-30). There is no refund beginning January 31.

Free Audit for Spouses

Spouses of full-time seminarians are encouraged to audit a course this spring free of charge. Register in the Records Office before January 20. Download the “Student Spouse Registration for Unofficial Audit” form.

Summer/Fall Preregistration, February 25-28

The dates for summer and fall preregistration are Tuesday-Friday, February 25-28.

Financial Aid for Fall/Spring 2003-04

Students are encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2003-04 academic year. Beginning January 1, applications can be completed at AGTS institutional forms required for 2003-04 Federal Aid will be available in the Financial Aid Office beginning January 20 or on the web at

Deadline for Late Spring Loans

February 15 is the deadline for all financial aid paperwork to secure a late Federal Stafford Loan for the 2002-03 academic year. Forms are available at Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions (268-1025).

From the Office of Spiritual Formation and Student Services... (top)

Training and Orientation
  • “The Seven T’s to Technical Writing”—January 9, 2:30-4 p.m., room 116
  • Library Orientation—January 14, 2:30-3:15 p.m., Library
  • Internet Research Training—January 14, 3:15-4:30 p.m., Computer Lab

From the Office of Continuing Education... (top)

Spring Module Options
  • January 13-17—PTHM 545 “Ministry Development Seminar” with Mark Bradford, Jay Taylor, and Randy Walls
  • January 20-24—PTHM 640 “Putting an End to the Worship Wars” with Tom McDonald
  • February 10-14—PTHM 625 “Effective Leadership” with Mel Ming
  • March 3-7—BNTM 533/ BTHM 640 “Special Studies in the Letters of Paul: 1 Corinthians” with Russ Spittler
  • March 10-12—HOME 640 “Pentecostal Preachers Week” with Stephen Lim

From Student Advisory Council... (top)

Spiritual Emphasis Week with Carl Gibbs, Tuesday-Friday, January 7-10

Carl Gibbs is the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Global University. Dr. Gibbs earned a B.A. degree from Northwest College and an M.Div. and D.Min. from Western Seminary in Portland, Ore. He has served with AG World Missions for over 23 years. From 1977-1989 he directed curriculum development for the Brazilian Extension School of Theology (BEST), which now has more than 16,000 degree-level students in six countries. From 1991-1998, he served ICI University as Dean of the School of Bible and Theology. He has also served as a member of DETC and as President of ACCESS and has taught and lectured throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Pizza in the Great Hall

Come for a time of pizza and fellowship at the SAC lunch on Thursday, January 16, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Student Ministries

Victory Mission—A ministry team will lead a service and serve supper at this homeless shelter on Thursday, January 23, from 6-8 p.m. Please meet at 5 p.m. in the chapel. For more information or directions, please call Sheryl Shearer (866-3424).

Prison Ministry—Students will have the opportunity to conduct a Pentecostal service at the Federal Medical Center for Prisoners once each semester. For more information, please contact Jerrod Ramirez (881-0702).

Hospital Ministry—This ministry is directed to hospital patients at Cox Hospital on Sunday, January 12, at 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Unyong Statwick (885-8083).

Nursing Home Ministry—Students can help revive hope and plant an understanding of life purposes to the elderly on the first and third Sunday, January 5 and 19, from 2:15-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Patrice Robichaux (868-0142).

Street Evangelism Team—This ministry addresses individuals' need for truth, salvation and healing. The team will meet for prayer before going out in the community on Friday, January 10 and 24. For more information, please contact Stephane and Tanya Jalbert (888-2489).

Prayer Ministries

  • Missions Emphasis—Contact Ebby Anyamba (833-8543) or Roman Stefaniw (833-0911).
  • General Concerns—Contact Uzoma Ozojiofor (864-0520).
  • National Prayer Center at AG Headquarters—For information on signing up for a specific time to answer phones and pray for individuals who call in, contact Kim Simmons (693-3725 or 862-1032).

Chapel Worship Teams—If you would like to be involved in a chapel worship team, bring your instruments and voices to the Monday rehearsals at 4:30 p.m. Rehearsals will cover all music for Tuesday—Thursday chapel services. For more information, please contact Jim Risner (890-1866).

From the Cordas C. Burnett Library... (top)

Holiday Library Hours

Since no classes will be in session over the Holiday Break, the Library will follow the standard Holiday schedule from Thursday, December 19–Sunday, January 5 on days the building is open:

  • Monday-Friday—8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday—Closed

The Library will be closed throughout Christmas week (Monday, December 23–Friday, December 27) and will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1. See the December Communique at for holiday building hours.

Library Survey Thank-You

We would like to thank all students who participated in the recent Library student survey. Your participation will help us better serve the student community in the years to come. We will seriously consider any comments or suggestions that you have provided, and we encourage you to let us know of any concerns you may have in the future.

Joe Marics
Director of Library Services

From the Business Office... (top)

Spring 2003 Scholarships

Scholarships for the spring 2003 term will post to student accounts after January 20. If you are a recipient, please review your February account statement carefully to make sure that the award and the accurate amount have been posted. Please report any discrepancies to the Business Office as soon as possible.

Deferred Payment Dates

Deferred payments are due on or before January 6, February 15 and March 15. AGTS no longer charges interest on outstanding balances, but past due accounts are subject to a $25 per month late fee.

Scholarship Applications for Fall 2003

Scholarship applications for the fall 2003 semester will be available in the Business Office on January 20. The forms must be completed and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on January 31. Awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee and scholarship notifications made by March 1.

Chapel Schedule

Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:54 AM


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