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CommuniquÉ—December 2001

Volume XXVI Number 4

Admissions, Records and Financial Aid | Busies Office | Chapel Schedule | Continuing Education | Final Exam Schedule | Library | President | Student Life | Student Advisory Council |Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

AGTS Welcomes Paul Martinez as New Development Director

Paul Martinez is no stranger to AGTS. He graduated from the seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993 and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate. He was formerly a business administrator and associate pastor at First Family Church, Albuquerque, N.M. from 1993-2000. During the last year Martinez planted Southland Church in Tustin, Calif. where he discipled and trained core members into leaders, cast visions and set goals, provided pastoral care, and administrated church business including a church budget. His bachelor’s degree was in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. We welcome Martinez, his wife Rhonda, and their two-year old son Max.

AG Commissions First Married Couple as Chaplain Candidates

Eric and Raylene Cochrane, M.Div. students from New Mexico, were commissioned as Navy Chaplain Candidates during chapel on November 1, by AG Chaplaincy Department director, Chaplain Charles Marvin. They are the first married couple to be commissioned as chaplains, either military or institutional, in the church’s history and are only one of a very few number of Armed Forces chaplain couples in the nation.

The military requires that chaplain candidates receive denominational endorsement and be enrolled as a full-time student in a Master of Divinity program at an accredited seminary such as AGTS. Prior to being accessed to active duty, candidates must complete the Master of Divinity degree, be ordained, and meet pastoral requirements set by their endorsing agent. Upon fulfilling these requirements, the Cochranes may each be ordered to any number of Navy, Marine or Coast Guard commands. Military regulations, however, will not permit a married couple to serve under the same commanding officer.

During the same chapel service, Chaplain Marvin and Chaplain Worthley presented 23 Institutional/ Occupational and Military chaplaincy students with $2000 scholarships, awarded on a semester basis, from the AG Chaplaincy Department. Chaplaincy students make up approximately ten percent of the resident student body at AGTS. One-hundred and twelve AGTS graduates currently serve in chaplaincy ministries including military, prison, hospital, rodeo, trucking, police, fire and rescue, etc.

From the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs... (top)

Final Exam Week Schedule

Class schedules change during final exam week: December 10-14. Students should refer to the schedule online or in the AGTS Student Handbook (available on computers in the computer lab or online).

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.

2002 Spring Lectureship Series

Mark your calendar now for a lectureship series in the spring, January 15-17, 2002, with Siang-Yang Tan. Dr. Tan is Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., and currently serves as senior pastor of First Evangelical Church in Glendale, Calif. He has written a number of books and articles. His topic will relate to two of his published works, Disciplines of the Holy Spirit and/or Experiencing God’s Peace in a Restless World. Watch for further details.

Faculty News

Earl Creps’ article, “Premarital Coaching,” originally published in Enrichment (Fall 2001), has been adopted by Asbury Online Institute as part of the content for their Pastoral Care & Counseling program.

Stephen Lim had two articles published:

  • "Why Can’t God Just Forgive?” Church of God Evangel, November 2001.
  • “Mismatch Made in Heaven,” Standard (Nazarene Publication), December 16, 2001.

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

Fall Grades

On December 28, grades will be available in student mailboxes. Please report any forwarding addresses or changes to the Records Office by contacting Cherda Pino (417-268-1022 or

Spring Registration

Resident seminarians who have not preregistered for spring classes should plan to do so on Friday, January 4. Classes begin on Monday evening, January 7. Registered students are encouraged to make any course changes by December 28.

Stafford Loan Exit Interview

Federal regulations require seminarians who secured a Stafford Loan at AGTS to attend an exit interview. If you plan to graduate in December, withdraw, or register for less than 6 hours for spring 2002, you must attend the exit interview on Thursday, November 29 at 1:30 p.m. in room 233. If you missed this interview, contact Marilyn Erickson (417-268-1028 or in the Financial Aid Office immediately.

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

Module Options
  • January 14-18—PTHM 545 “Ministry Development Seminar” with Mark Bradford, John Spurling, and Randy Walls
  • January 21-25
    • BTHM 640/HISM 546 “Spirit and Power: Foundations of Pentecostal Experience” with Robert and William Menzies
    • MCSM 634 “Introduction to Judaism” with Ray Gannon
  • February 11-15—PTHM 528 “Vision Centered Leadership and Management” with Mel Ming
  • March 4-8—BTHM 632/THEM 639 “Biblical Theology of Signs and Wonders” with Ben Aker
  • March 18-22—MCSM 630 “Missions Anthropology” with Warren Newberry
Pentecostal Preachers Week—Conference Credit

The General Council will host Pentecostal Preachers Week, March 11-13, 2002 at James River Assembly. The conference will feature both inspiration and instruction for pastors and evangelists. A two and three credit PTH elective option is available with Stephen Lim as the instructor. For more information contact the CE Office (417-268-1044, or

From the Business Office... (top)

Returned Check Charge

The AGTS Business Office charges $15 for all returned checks.

Finances for Spring Term

If you have not given thought to how you will finance the spring 2002 term, please stop by the Business Office.

Financial Registration for Spring Term

If you have not yet Financially Registered for the spring 2002 Term please do so immediately.

How is your account?

Remember, in order to attend classes in spring 2002 your fall 2001 account balance must be paid in full prior to the start of the spring 2002 term.

From the Office of Student Life... (top)

Cookie Day!!! December 12

Follow your nose to the Great Hall between finals on Wednesday and Thursday, December 12-13. There you will find seasonal treats that will surpass any hungry student’s wildest cookie dreams. Sip hot cider or coffee while you enjoy the fellowship of AGTS administration, faculty, and staff. Watch for more details.

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

Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 15


Monday - Friday, December 17-21

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 22


Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24


Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25


Wednesday, December 26

Thursday - Friday, December 27-28

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 29


New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31


New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1


Wednesday, January 2

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

From Student Advisory Council... (top)

Christmas in the USA: AGTS Christmas Dinner

Bring your friends and family to celebrate Christmas with music and merriment on Saturday, December 1, 6-8 p.m., at Praise Assembly, 3535 N. Glenstone. Dress in Christmas sparkle and fancy [jeans will be tolerated :) ]. The dinner is free, but bring a dessert to share. Sign up by the Chapel. Childcare will be provided.

Christmas Caroling, December 2

Any AGTS community member is invited to go Christmas caroling at the Springfield Rehabilitation Center, 3:30 p.m., on Fort Street between Sunshine and Battlefield on the west side of the city. Bring your family and friends!

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Mark your calendars for Spiritual Emphasis Week, January 8-11. Watch for more details.

Chapel Schedule

Updated: Friday, August 1, 2003 4:05 PM


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