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Centralife CONNECTING ALUMNI TO CBC: HEART, SOUL, MIND AND STRENGTH

Central Bible College Alumni Publication

CHURCH PLANTING

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A Conversation with Mark Batterson Homecoming Snapshots

“Envisioning the Invisible” by Dr. J. David Arnett

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Spring/Summer 2009


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Editor’s Insight President’s Page Meet Our Donors Sowing Seeds in Michigan Homecoming Snapshots CBC Ministry Teams CBC - At a District Council Near You A Conversation with Mark Batterson

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Envisioning the Invisible by Dr. J. David Arnett Church Planters - A Sampling Life Lines New Life Lives Remembered Open Letter from the President Pledge Form Save the Dates

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Centralife Official Publication of Central Bible College

President: DR. GARY DENBOW Vice President, Academic Affairs: ALAN BAKER, INTERIM Vice President, Student Development: DR. JIM VIGIL Vice President, Operations: REV. CHARLENE PETERSON Vice President, College Advancement: DR. MARK WOOTTON Senior Editor, Executive Director for Alumni Relations: KATHY ARNETT Assistant Editor, Alumni Secretary: SARAH HASTY Assistant Editors: DOROTHY BRATTIN ESTHER JAYNE BARBARA TOUCHSTONE Academic Editor: DR. FRED HALTOM Graphic Design: IFLE DESIGN Contributing Photography: PIXEL THIS Webpage: WWW.CBCAG.EDU/ALUMNI Email: alumni@cbcag.edu Alumni Association Board of Directors Philip Goss – President George Westlake III – Vice-President Roberta Crabtree – Secretary Jim Argue, Richard Avila, Peter Bosworth, James Collins, Tia Cooper, Tim Enloe, Beth Grant, Bobby Hawk, Sam Henning, Spencer Jones, Dave Kyllonen, Cynthia Nicholson, Scott Obremski, Brenton Osgood, Jodi Pfadt, Nick Poole, Carley Touchstone, Otto Wegner, Jeffrey Williams, Johnny Wilson

Change of Address: Please send change of address to: Central Bible College, Alumni Office, 3000 North Grant, Springfield, MO 65803. Or by email to alumni@cbcag.edu or by phone to (417) 833-2551 Ext. 1207. To receive the monthly electronic alumni newsletter go to: www.cbcag.edu/enews.

Gifts or Scholarships to CBC Contact Advancement Office at (417) 833-2551, x 1114. © COPYRIGHT 2009, Central Bible College Centralife is published by the Central Bible College Alumni Office and is distributed free of charge to alumni, faculty and friends of the college. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.

CHURCH PLANTING When I was a child my brother and I somehow got our hands on some seed packets and decided we would grow gardens. He planted his 3 x 4 patch in the back yard near the lawn and I planted my little patch of vegetables near the clothes line. After a few days of watering and no green sprouts shooting up, we were both discouraged and turned our attention to other summertime activities. Occasionally I checked the ‘gardens’ and saw my brother’s had a few little green plants growing and mine had only some struggling carrot tops. When our ‘harvest’ came he proudly took our mother a modest bunch of vegetables and all I had to show were a few scrawny carrots. His garden had some success since our dad watered the lawn each evening. My little patch, near the clothes line, received no such benefit. A few years later I rode a bus to school. Every morning and evening we passed a real garden. I’d never seen anything like it. There must have been two or three rolling acres covered with garden paths winding through lush shrubbery, zinnias, sunflowers, foxglove, iris, and other brightly colored flowers and shade trees, as well as grapevines, lettuce, tomatoes and other good things to eat. Whenever I passed by the garden I always saw a lady wearing a big sun hat, carrying a basket and a trowel, working among the plants. Even more amazing, this beautiful garden had been cultivated in the arid New Mexico climate, where the annual rainfall is a scant 10 inches per year. It was the most beautiful sight imaginable, and I often wished I could stop there and walk among the flowers. Planting a church is a lot like planting a garden. It takes planning, planting, watering, weeding, and constant, vigilant, loving care to raise a great one. It doesn’t happen overnight or within six months or even in a year. It takes many years of work, prayer, bright ideas, failures, successes, and God’s blessing to grow a group of people into a vibrant, loving, gospel-germinating church. This Centralife issue is focused on church planting. There are many names for it: pioneering, mothering, multiplying. Central Bible College is home to many church planters and this issue is dedicated to all the men and women of CBC who have labored, both in the U.S. and overseas, to see that villages, towns, cities, and metropolises have vibrant, Pentecostal, gospel preaching churches. If you are a CBC church planter, we would love to hear your story. Send it by email to alumni@cbcag.edu along with pictures of yourself, the beginning church and the church today. God bless you! And keep your trowels handy!

KATHY ARNETT, EDITOR Executive Director for Alumni Relations

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Steven (‘06) and Rachel (King ‘07) Campbell were both model students and campus leaders. Steven grew up in Pennsylvania, Rachel in Wisconsin, but both knew Central Bible College was the place to prepare for the ministry to which God had called them. It was while on the campus of CBC that they met and began to form a friendship. As their friendship grew, they knew they were to serve God together as missionaries. Steven graduated from CBC and went on to study at AGTS. Rachel graduated and felt led to give a year of service as a Missionary Associate in Kyrgyzstan. For a long year this engaged couple was apart.

They planned to be married after her year in Kyrgyzstan, then to settle in Wisconsin and get jobs. Their goal was to tackle their combined $55,000 school bill and work quickly to pay it down so that they could apply to become Assemblies of God missionaries. Dr. George O. Wood became General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in October 2007. He clearly stated that one of his core values was to make strategic investments in the next generation of Assemblies of God leaders. Through his efforts, the Assemblies of God Trust was born. The Trust would be used to support research and development at Gospel Publishing House. It would invest large sums of money in planting 500 churches per year. And, it would help students in Assemblies of God institutes, colleges, and universities with their educational expense both for vocational and ministry degrees.

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MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN! A major launch of the AG Trust was planned for the 2008 General Presbytery meeting. God led Dr. Wood to search for a couple who would go directly into ministry if they had some way to pay their college loans. He found Steven and Rachel. They were brought to Springfield and presented to the General Presbytery on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. They explained their calling and their determination to follow that call, but they also explained how they were hampered by the large debt they carried. Then a miracle happened for Steven and Rachel. Dr. Wood told them that when they were accepted as Assemblies of God missionaries, the AG Trust would pay the difference between $200 per month allowed in their missionary budget and the $600 they owed. That $400 payment would continue as long as they remained AGWM missionaries. Needless to say, they were speechless. Thank God for what He has done for Steven and Rachel. Would you consider sowing a seed of support into the life of a CBC student? There are dozens like Steven and Rachel who are going to make a difference in our world by carrying the message of Christ to the ends of the earth. Let’s come along beside them with encouragement and practical help.

To donate to CBC go to www.cbcag.edu/donate

GARY A. DENBOW, D.MIN. President, Central Bible College


SCHOLARSHIPS

MEET OUR DONORS

» Helping the Next Generation One of the best parts of my job is meeting the generous and passionate donors who provide the scholarships and endowments to prepare the next generation of ministers and missionaries at CBC. Their stories, ideas, and motivations are inspirational and moving. In this edition, I want to introduce you to Ken and Betty Taylor. I recently visited them while in Florida. Ken and Betty never attended CBC, but their son, Scott, was a student from 1983-87. Scott would frequently mention the burden he had for fellow students whose parents did not support their decision to enter the ministry. Scott had even heard of parents offering to pay for college if their students went to medical or law school, but refused to pay for their ministerial training. This broke his heart.

have thought Ken and I could fulfill his dream in this way? We count it a privilege to support CBC.” Ken and Betty admit that starting the scholarship stretched them, but confirm that the more they have given the more God has blessed. If you would like to establish your own scholarship or add to the alumni endowment, please call Jeanne Kelley in our Scholarship Department. If you want a scholarship/ endowment to be a part of your estate planning, call me. We would be honored to facilitate your passion into becoming a reality.

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Shortly after graduating from CBC, Scott returned to Springfield to attend the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. While working as a delivery person for a local food shop, Scott was killed by an impatient driver who pulled out in front of him.

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Scott Taylor Scholarship

Ken and Betty soon decided to honor their son’s passion by establishing the Scott Taylor Memorial Fund Scholarship at CBC for students lacking their family’s moral and financial support. In their own way, they are becoming that supporting family for deserving students each year. Betty says, “Who would

MARK WOOTTON, D.MIN. Vice President for College Advancement

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SOWING SEEDS IN MICHIGAN SINCE 1963 DETROIT STYLE

By Susan L. Fleming -CL3-Detroit Instructor & Dr. Janet R. Blakely- CL3-Detroit Academic Dean The long arm of Central Bible College has been reaching north to Michigan since 1963. The CBC Center for LifeLong Learning-Detroit (CL3-Detroit) offers CBC courses for the Associate of Arts Degree in Bible through the AG Michigan District Office.

Brightmoor Christian Church, in Novi, Michigan, has been the main teaching location for more than 40 years. Other class locations include four Metropolitan Detroit area churches and two United Auto Workers (UAW) locations. CBC courses are taught primarily by qualified pastors. Students enjoy a low student-toteacher ratio where they can often interact one-onone with their instructors. Dr. Janet Blakely, Academic Dean for CL3-Detroit says, “One of our UAW students who worked on the Ford assembly line and received his associate’s degree is now an ordained minister in a local church.” He is just one of many CL3-Detroit students who have been equipped for ministry through CBC.

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Editor’s Notes: For more information about CL3 Detroit contact Rev. Janet Blakely, Ph.D, Dean at: Phone 586-294-7668 Voicemail: 248-737-3801 Ext 36 http://aogmi.org/245756.ihtml

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The UAW student referenced is Chuck Willis. He is now Associate Pastor at Fair Haven Assembly of God, Dearborn Heights, Michigan.


HOMECOMING 2008

- SAVE THE DATE November 5-6, 2009

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MINISTRY TEAMS Central Bible College has several traveling teams that minister during the summer months. If you would like to book a team for summer camp, a revival, or a Sunday service, please use the contact information for the specific group. ( )

HeartSong This summer HeartSong will minister in the Netherlands. Missionary Doug Raught (’79) writes “This will be a huge boost for the ministries in Holland and Belgium. We are making plans to utilize their gifts in such things as: national church music workshops, voice training, keyboard instruction, concerts on the streets, church services, ministering at Bible schools and Students for Christ, and more.” Each student has the responsibility of raising their own funds––which is no easy task for a student. Please remember to pray for HeartSong this summer. And if you wish to give toward their trip, send a check to CBC. You can give toward an individual student or the entire group by designating your preference on your check.

Floodgate Floodgate represents Central Bible College with drama, preaching, seminars, and serving at youth camps, conventions, and various ministry events across the country. Last year Floodgate ministered in 22 states and several national conferences. The three teams tour for 11 weeks in the summer and travel during the school year to serve with many different ministries. They would love to be with you in 2009.

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For booking information please call Glenda Mohr at 417-833-2551 ext. 1312.

57:7 57:7 is CBC’s traveling worship team. This group of men will draw you into worship with their charismatic style and their heart of worship for the Lord. “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57:7 They are booking their summer tour to Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Potomac District and West Florida.

( ) If you are interested in having them minister at your church or ministry event, please contact the Enrollment Office at 800-831-4222 Ext 1290.

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Coming to a District Council Near You!

We LOVE to see our alumni! CBC will be represented at over THIRTY district councils this spring and summer. There will be a CBC reunion at most of them – a breakfast, lunch or reception. Please check the website for the latest information: www.cbcag.edu/alumni

Tennessee North Dakota Kentucky Southern California South Texas Minnesota Wisconsin/Northern Michigan Kansas Southern Missouri Arizona Northern Missouri Northwest Northern California/Nevada Northern New England

New Jersey Peninsular Florida Michigan Mississippi New York Southern New England Ohio Appalachian Indiana Illinois West Florida North Texas Midwest Latin America

Check website for new additions!

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A CONVERSATION WITH MARK BATTERSON Mark Batterson (’92) has been the pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. since 1996 when the church was launched. NCC now has five sites and owns and operates “Ebenezers” the largest coffee house on Capitol Hill. He has authored two books, “Wild Goose Chase” and “In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day,” and is working on the next book. Mark was recently on the CBC campus to preach for Spiritual Emphasis Week. He graciously agreed to stop by the office for a chat. He’d already had a whirlwind 48 hours: flying into Springfield from DC, preaching in chapel twice a day, meeting with students for a “working lunch” as well as keeping in touch with his family, his ministry and taking time to blog. He was dressed casually and appeared relaxed. He has a chatty, personable way of communicating. For someone who is in high demand nationwide for speaking engagements, he seems like a guy you could invite to a backyard cookout.

BY KATHY ARNETT

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Mark, how and when did you become a Christian? I grew up in a Christian family. We went to every type of church. I’m a “Spiritual Mutt.” In so many ways it prepared me for the ministry I do now. The first Pentecostal church we attended was the A/G in Naperville. (Calvary Church, Naperville, Illinois, where he met Lora Schmidgall. They were married two weeks after both graduated from CBC). Also Sister Reddin (Dr. Opal Reddin) was very influential in talking me through some of the confusion about spiritual gifts. God was preparing me all along for what I’m doing now. I didn’t get Pentecost by osmosis. I had to grapple with it and really understand what it meant. It helped me in explaining it to other people.

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Why do you feel your church model is working in DC? I don’t want to minimize the favor of God. You pour your heart out and do your best. We put a lot of focus into our weekend gatherings. We’ll have 100 small groups this next semester. We’ll go on ten missions trips to ten different countries in the next ten months. It’s a combination of prayer, weekend gatherings, systems, creativity, mobilizing people, and small groups.

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Would this model work in other places? I think it can. We are in an urban environment. That exact model will not work everywhere. Every church has a unique personality. The principle of being in the market place and being in the community and out of the church building would work great. Every church needs to find unique ways to be the church in their own community.

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What advice would you give to someone planting a church? Read “In A Pit With A Lion”. (He laughs) It’s a good starting point. That’s why I wrote it. I’ve given copies to church planters. I view the book as a way to come behind church planters and give them a little shove. It’s like learning to ride a bike. Sometimes someone needs to take the training wheels off and give a final shove. It’s going to be exciting and scary, a mixture of those two things. If you don’t do it you won’t know what God would have done.

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You describe the first year of church planting as “hard.” How has it gotten easier and how has it become more difficult?

What advice would you give to writers?

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An interesting thing happens when you publish a book – people think you know more than you do. What I would say to a writer is ‘write if you can’t not write.’ It’s a hard, lonely job. You must be called to do it. If you knew you’d never have a book published and you still need to write then you should write.

It was so difficult early on because I had to do everything. There was no backup. My wife led worship for nine years and we had a couple of little ones. Makes me appreciate my team now. I can tell them they aren’t doing something I haven’t done. The biggest challenge now? The blessing of God complicates our lives in a way that is positive. Like having three kids, your energy is divided by three and your blessing multiplied by three. It gets more and more complicated; it doesn’t get easier. Your energy is divided but your joy is multiplied. Now at National Community Church we have around 27 staff members and managing it all is a challenge.

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There is a big change going on in Washington. How does a change in administration affect your ministry?

We have an election cycle every two years so we’re always seeing people get a job and lose a job. The great thing is we’re working with people who want to make a difference in the world. Many of them are 20 somethings who are writing and drafting the nation’s legislation. They are the next generation of senators and congressman and we are able to impact them. We influence the influencers.

How do you run a successful business (Ebenezer’s Coffee House) and pastor a multi-campus church? We were ready for it. It opened 2 ½ years ago. We’d done our homework. Location doesn’t hurt. Basically our business administrator is the manager. We have regular paid employees. It’s run as a business and we pay our taxes. They are two separate entities in a sense, but it exists to serve Christ as well as coffee; this is kept at the heart of it. We also use the space for just about everything else – small groups, two Saturday night services, bands. We use the space for anything and everything.

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At the same time you’re writing. How did your first book come about and how did you get it published? I’m as much called to write as I am to pastor. In seminary I felt called to write. I wrote a book and self-published it just to show myself I could do it. Later I was fortunate to meet a fellow author who introduced me to an agent who was able to get me a book contract. The Lord has blessed it. Ninety-seven percent of books sell less than 5,000 copies and now my first book has topped sales of 100,000. I found out yesterday the 2nd book has gone into the 3rd printing. But content is king. There must be content to maintain sales.

You commented that you don’t sacrifice your family on the altar of ministry. Can you explain how that works for you? I give the church one night a week. I need to be home helping my kids with their homework. If you don’t control your calendar it will control you. I am intentional – I’ll bring the kids with me and take them places. I have an adventure gene; I love going to new places and doing new things. I use all my vacation days – I owe it to my family. I am trying to intentionally disciple them, especially now my oldest. I intentionally work on balance.

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At this point in life, how would you describe yourself? Without hesitating he said, “Grateful. I believe the best days are in front. I haven’t written my best book, or preached my best sermon.”

You can follow the adventures of Mark Batterson on his blog at www.evotional.com

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ENVISIONING THE INVISIBLE BY DR. J. DAVID ARNETT


Church planters envision the invisible, dream the undreamt, think the unthinkable, and do the impossible. They look beyond the void that exists and see great churches that must be established to minister to the radically unchurched. Lynnette lives in Willard, Missouri. She attended the first service of Carpenter’s House (our latest church plant). She has invited four of the five people who have accepted Christ in the short history of the church. Recently, she asked me a thought-provoking question: “What kind of people do you want in this new church?” When I asked what she meant, she replied, “I have many friends in Willard, but they do not look like you, dress like you, or talk like you. They are drug addicts, Meth addicts, and real sinners. They live together. They have problems with the law. But they are longing for something more. They will come, if I invite them. But I was not sure you wanted them.” I reminded her that one of my first sermons in the new church was on the verse: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV). Today’s successful church planters are not afraid to seek out and touch the untouchable. With authenticity and transparency, they proclaim good news to the impoverished, freedom for the imprisoned, healing for the infirm, forgiveness for the guilty, and deliverance for the addict (Luke 4:18). As Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mk 1:17, NIV). Truly effective planters understand that the only way to make a lasting impact on society is by ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Only the Holy Spirit can transform individuals from the inside out. This inward transformation is the first step to solving individual, familial, and societal problems. However, while depending on the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, contemporary church planters are establishing churches that do not look like the churches their grandparents attended. Society and culture in the Western world is changing. The methods and media used to communicate the message of Christ are changing. Such culturally responsive ministry is not new.

Culturally Responsive Churches Many early Pentecostal ministers and missionaries mistakenly believed that the supernatural ability to speak in other tongues that accompanied their Baptism in the Holy Spirit would enable them to preach in the native languages of the people to whom God was sending them. A. G. Garr, the first missionary to leave the Azusa Street Revival, “went to India fully expecting to preach in Hindustani. After a few months, he admitted his failure on this point, but nonetheless remained to carry on a successful ministry for several years,

preaching to these British subjects in English.”1 Though disappointed by their inability to speak the languages of the natives, the early Pentecostal missionaries adjusted their presentations of the sacrosanct message of God to connect effectively with their audiences. They adopted methods and media to aid them in communicating the good news that reconciliation and restored intimacy with the Creator is possible through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Eventually, the Pentecostal missionaries implemented indigenous church principles so that native converts—who obviously understood the local language and cultural context—could even more efficiently share the Gospel. Today, passionate Pentecostal ministers find themselves confronted by a similar dilemma. This time it is not a foreign language in a foreign land, but a foreign culture in the neighborhood. This alien culture is the result of an epistemological and cultural upheaval. According to Diogenes Allen, “A massive intellectual revolution is taking place that is perhaps as great as that which marked off the modern world from the Middle Ages. The foundations of the modern world are collapsing, and we are entering a post-modern world.”2 The tectonic activity of cultural change is making it necessary for today’s Pentecostal ministers and missionaries to adjust their methods and media to communicate God’s good news about Jesus Christ more effectively—just as the Pentecostal pioneers did. Contemporary church planters are launching churches dedicated to finding culturally responsive, innovative ways to present the inviolate message of Christ.

Innovative Churches Contemporary church planters do not limit themselves to buildings with steeples and stained glass. They go where the people are and launch churches in various settings. These men and women preach Jesus in theaters, hotel conference rooms, coffee houses, shopping plazas, apartment complexes, casinos, race tracks, rodeo arenas, factories, amusement parks, homes, schools, and even among the sky walks that connect the high rise office buildings in downtown Minneapolis. Likewise, contemporary church planters do not limit themselves to traditional schedules. Some meet on Saturday nights. Others meet on Sunday afternoons. One holds a Friday night healing service. Some planters hold multiple services on the same campus while others meet on multiple campuses and the preacher delivers his message by video or travels to the various venues in a circuit-riding fashion. The diversity also extends to the methods and media used


by innovative church planters. For her readers, Seattle Times reporter, Janet Tu, described the culturally responsive churches she studied. Often these churches are relatively small, dedicated to fostering personal relationships among members and not setting the pastor above the members. They value experiential, intuitive experiences of God. They often are involved in social-justice issues and tend to be theologically conservative; emphasizing the earliest days of Christianity and the root meaning of stories in the Bible ... They often use creative means of conveying their message. Some combine traditional practices such as Gregorian chants with modern R&B music. Others may use works of art to talk about spirituality.3 Whereas the culturally responsive, innovative churches are diverse, the church planters tend to have similar characteristics.

penetrate postmodern hearts.”6 Effective church planters are leaders with interpersonal skills. They are people who are able to inspire and to build strong, synergistic ministry teams. Secure in their own leadership, church planters are willing to share ministry and thereby multiply the impact.

What a challenge for the Pentecostal Movement. Pentecostal churches, with their emphasis on ministering in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, corporate prayer, and expressive worship, should be in the forefront of the ministry to a spiritually hungry culture.

DAVID ARNETT, D. MIN.

Innovative church planters are visionaries. The vision drives them and fills them with passion. They share the vision in a concrete, compelling way until others begin to see what they see and feel the passion they feel.

Notes

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Dr. J. David Arnett – Loyal, Medford, Sussex & Germantown, WI; Rogersville, Fordland, Willard & Conway, MO Rev. Alan Baker – Mons, Belgium

In today’s world, team ministry has become increasingly important. The emerging generation is blasé toward the polish and panache of “spectator church.” They crave involvement. They want to experience the supernatural. The innovation they desire is a hope born out of a face-to-face encounter with God.

Innovative Church Planters

As creative communicators, contemporary church planters often approach the preaching event with a nontraditional method. The preacher no longer has to be what Kenton C. Anderson calls an “information salesman”—someone who gets people to buy ideas and concepts that they have little interest in or for which they have no use.4 Instead, the preacher assumes a collaborative stance and “help[s] people hear from God.”5 Rather than point-making sermons, alliterated outlines, and a third-person descriptive logic, preachers draw on image-rich narratives and stories to “capture postmodern imaginations and

CBC Faculty Church Planters

Professor of Church Ministries and Lead Pastor of the Carpenter’s House Churches

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D. William Faupel, “Glossolalia as Foreign Language: An Investigation of the Early Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Claim.” Edited by Michael Mattei for the Wesley Center for Applied Theology at Northwest Nazarene University, 2003. Web site, available from http://wesley.nnu.edu/ WesleyanTheology/theojrnl/31-35/31-1-05.htm#_edn21; accessed 14 February 2004. 2

Diogenes Allen, Christian Belief in a Postmodern World (Louisville: John Knox Press, 1989), 2. 3

Janet I. Tu, “‘Emerging churches’ drawing young flock,” The Seattle Times (Thursday, January 16, 2003). See http:// seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134616588_ emergingchurch16m.html. (Accessed July 2, 2003). 4

Kenton C. Anderson, Preaching With Conviction: Connecting with Postmodern Listeners (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 2001), 48. 5

Ibid.

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Dr. Calvin Pincombe - Enfield, CT Dr. Leo Theriot – Dulac, LA Dr. Jim Vigil – Denver, CO & Los Angeles, CA Dr. Mark Wootton – Columbus, OH Rev. Paul York – Ethiopia & Bellevue, WA

CBC Alumni: A Sampling of Church Planters Carl Long ‘02 Mark Batterson ‘92 Brad Leach ‘01 Jeff Leake ‘86 Aaron Cole ‘94 Bobby Hawk ‘03 Spencer Jones ‘72 Scott Bruegman ‘95 Otto Wegner ‘66 Dan McNew ’75 Chad Fagerland ‘95 Jason Bowman ‘02 Hannah Bate ‘08 Josh ‘07 & Laura ‘05 (Quackenbush) Longanecker CBC has alumni everywhere who have helped begin churches. If you are a church planter we would love to hear your story! Please email a short description of the church plant(s) you have been involved in, along with pictures of yourself and the church. It may appear in a future publication. Email address: alumni@cbcag.edu


LIFE LINES 1950s

1970s Frank

A.J. (’54) & Marie Frank, Jr. feel privileged to have studied under some of the pioneers of the A/G: Rev. J. Roswell Flower, Rev. Pop Evans, Rev. Robert Ashcroft, Rev. Ernest S. Williams, Rev. Frank M. Boyd, Rev. Stanley Horton, Rev. Glenn A. Reed, Rev. Robert Cummings. The Franks pastored two district churches while at CBI and have enjoyed 55 years of fruitful ministry. They now attend Woodlake A/G in Tulsa, OK, and are the proud parents of three daughters, one son, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They celebrated 65 years of marriage on October 23, 2008.

Haraldsen Kenneth Haraldsen (‘54) was featured in an article by 9News in January of 2007 for his volunteer work at the Plains Conservation Center in South Dakota. http://www.9news.com/news/article. aspx?storyid=62571

1960s

Smeeton Donald Dean Smeeton (‘67) was elected president of the Association of Christian Librarians at its annual conference at Boston, MA.  ACL, with a membership of over 500, provides professional development and spiritual refreshment for its members.  It works closely with the Association of Biblical Higher Education to implement standards to strengthen the libraries in schools like CBC.

Amsler David (’78) & Debbie (Pinion) Amsler are beginning their first term in Guatemala after nearly 30 years of youth ministry, including 16 years as the District Youth Director in Kentucky.

1980s Hutchings Don (’80) & Carol (’76) Hutchings have been pastors at Evangel Temple A/G in Fort Smith, AR, since 1989, where Don is the senior pastor. Don was elected as Civic Director, Ward 3 in Fort Smith, AR on August 12, 2008.

Cirtin Robert M. Cirtin (‘81) has authored a book, Church Safety and Security, A Practical Guide, CSS Publishing Company, Inc. It was reviewed in the Fall ’08 issue of Enrichment Journal.

Walls Daniel and Catherine (White) Walls (both ‘81) attend the Cathedral of the Hills A/G in Edmond, OK, were Cayt is active in the Worship Arts ministry. She is currently working at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Employee Relations & Development Department.

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LIFE LINES 1980s

2000s

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Stell Bryan(‘85) and Rebecca Stell serve New Life Church (www.newlifechurch.tv) Conway/ Little Rock, AR, as Associate Pastors, Singles Pastors and academic coordinator and teacher for “24/7”, the ministry and leadership training school of the church. Bryan is also a donor relations officer in the development office of FamilyLife (www. familylife.com). He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Christian Education. He and Rebecca have been married 16 years and she is an accomplished hairdresser and marathon runner.

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Pahls Michael J. G. Pahls (‘94) is preparing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University. He serves a local parish in O’Fallon as their Vicar. He was received as a priest into the Anglican Communion (province of Rwanda) last year after a decade of church ministry as a Presbyterian. He and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Abigail and Lily.

Henslee Rev. Rebecca (Becca) Henslee (’98) is now the Women’s Teen Challenge Director for the women’s facilities in the state of Kentucky. Previously she opened the Teen Challenge center for women in Evansville, IN. Her years at CBC and then at AGTS were essential parts of the journey that God has been walking her through. She has been encouraged and blessed to work with a recent graduate of CBC, Samantha Stroub (’08). Becca sees evidence that God continues to anoint the CBC staff to train and prepare more people for ministry.

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Burkhart Paul (’01) and Crystal (Gabbard ’00) Burkhart serve as missionaries in Lao PDR. The Burkharts have three children, Madelyn-6, Taggart-3, and Axel-4 months.

Jackson Nick (‘00) & Heather Jackson served as youth pastors in the Southern California District and Northern California/Nevada District for seven years. Nick recently graduated from Probation Officer Academy and is a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services in Clark County, NV. The Jacksons have two children, Noelle - 4 1/2 and Jack 1 1/2. They reside in the Las Vegas area.

Malone Austin Malone (’01) received a Master’s Degree from Indiana University after graduating from CBC. He then taught English and United States History at Mitchell High School. He has been on staff as the media pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Bloomington, IA, since 2003. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 2003 and their daughter, Elle, was born in 2006. Austin has been on missions trips to Europe and the Dominican Republic.

Zabroski Shannon (’01) and Hollie (Slagle, ‘02) Zabroski After Shannon’s graduation from AGTS with an M.Div., he accepted a position at Christian Life Center as the Director of Family Ministries in Dayton, OH.


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Woodroof Matt & Candace (Cooper) Woodroof (both ‘05) are now youth ministers at Cullasaja A/G in Franklin, NC. The church’s website is www.cullasajaag.org

David Morgan (’08) is the pastor of Canyon First Assembly of God in Canyon, TX. David and his wife, Tricia, have two daughters, Ashley and Megan.

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Cramer Rev. Scott & Rev. Nicole (Moore) Cramer (both ‘07) are youth and music pastors at Realife Assembly in Salem, OH.

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LIVES UNITED Argue Jim (‘59) and Gloria Argue celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July. Their life verses are: Proverbs 3:5-6. What an incredible, God-blessed, journey they have been on together: College graduation-1959; First Pastorate-Natchez, MS. 1959-1961; Second Pastorate-Ojai, CA. 1961-1964; Third Pastorate-Oakland, CA. 1964-1967; Northern California-Nevada Assemblies of God District Youth Director-1967-1972; Founder-President of Genesis Discipleship Training Center, Santa Rosa, CA.-1972-1994; Chairman, Servant Leader Team for the interdenominational Pastors Prayer Fellowship, Sonoma County, CA.-1993-2003; and Springfield, MO.-their base of ministry locally and a traveling teaching ministry nationally-2003-Present. The hymn that best expresses their gratitude at this chapter of their lives is “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. Through every jubilant victory and every valley of testing, God has been faithful to guide, protect and keep them in the center of His will. Congratulations on 50 blessed years and may God grant you many more to come!

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NEW LIFE Berkey Scott and Sarah (Wheeler) Berkey (both ’00) welcomed Myah Kathrine, on November 15, 2007. Myah joins big sister, Madeline —3.

Barkell Angela (Leveret) and Cheston Lee Barkell (both ’08) welcomed their first child, Lion Judah, in July 2008. They are currently volunteering at Forest Assembly of God in Springfield, MO. Cheston works at Bass Pro Shop and Angela is a full-time wife and mom! Proud grandparents are Stan (‘92) and Mary Leverett.

Cherbony Herman and Amy (Eggers ‘98) Cherbony welcomed their third child, Elijah Destin, on September 15, 2007.  Elijah joins big brother and sister, Josiah and Elisabeth. Herman and Amy are living in Brooksville, FL, and being mentored by Pastor David Garcia at Grace World Outreach Church.

Crosby Lincoln Caleb was born on May 22, 2008 to Leo (‘00) and LaDawna (Ferguson ‘99) Crosby. He joins big brother, Levi Colton (17 months). LaDawna is a stay at home mom while Leo is the Director of Consulting Services for New Iron Media (a business consulting firm for the faith-based market).

Haltom Chaplain, Captain, M. David (‘95) and Tina Haltom welcomed, Nevaeh Joy on November 7, 2008. David has since been deployed to Iraq. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Handley Steven and Cheryl (Easter ’98) Handley are proud to announce the birth of their adopted daughter, Emma Kathleen, born September 26, 2008. Emma is the first child for the Handleys. Cheryl is on staff at CBC and both Steven and Cheryl are very active in ministry at Central Assembly of God in Springfield, MO.

Joy Isaac Scott, born May 5, 2008, is the first biological child of Jeremy and Rachelle (Moon) Joy (both ‘03). They have 2 permanently placed foster children, Robert Warner—3, and TaShawna Tuckta —2, for whom they received guardianship on December 20, 2007.

Leach Jim (‘98) and Becky (Harrison ‘99) Leach welcomed Kerrington Faith on July 12th, 2008. She is their third child.

Leblanc Dreckman Scott and Lisa (Noble ‘97) Dreckman welcomed Elicia Michelle on October 22, 2008. She is a miracle baby and the answer to many, many prayers! Lisa is the Assistant Pastor at Grace Assembly of God, Rogersville, MO.

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David (‘05) and Amy Leblanc welcomed their third child, Cassidy Ann, on June 24, 2008. She joins her older sisters, Amelie Grace—2, and Audrey Kathryn -3 1/2. The Leblancs are living in Norfolk, VA, where David serves in the Navy as an Operation Specialist. After his discharge he plans to get his M.Div. and become a Navy Chaplain.


LIVES REMEMBERED Mann Chris and Shawna (Inman ‘98) Mann welcomed Arielle Jordyn on July 28, 2008. She joins siblings Josiah-5 and Hadassah-3. The Manns were recently appointed as full-time missionaries and are currently itinerating.

Matheny Jon (‘98) & Stephanie Matheny welcomed Madeline Grace, their first child, on July 3, 2008. Jon is serving as the Director of Housing and the Residence Life Coordinator at Hope International University, a Christian university, in Orange County, CA.

Nicar Fallon Barbara was born on February 22, 2008 to Brad and Amy (Burke) Nicar (both ‘96). Fallon is joining her 2-year old brother, Ridge. Brad is the Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God in Pauls Valley, OK.

Peggins Hunter Derek was born June 10, 2008, to Kenny and Ashley (Vasher, ‘07) Peggins. Ashley is substitute teaching while attending Evangel and working toward a Master’s Degree. Kenny works at CBC while finishing his degree.

Smith Nate (’07) and Megan Smith welcomed their first child, Gabriel Curtis, on October 2, 2008. Nate writes, “He came to us in very good health, with a nice set of lungs as well!”

Wilhoite Steven and Kim (Dietz) Wilhoite (both ’07) welcomed their first child, Jackson Thomas, on August 28, 2008. The Wilhoites are youth pastors at Word of Life Assembly in San Angelo, TX.

1930s Dr. William Snow (‘38) passed away on July 30, 2008 at the age of 98.

Margaret M. (Dice) Stambaugh (’38), beloved

mother, grandmother and aunt heard the voice of her Lord and Savior on November 9, 2008; “Rise up my love, my fair one and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10) May worked in the office of the Hoover Company where she met and married Duane T. Stambaugh who preceded her in death in 1997. May was soft-spoken, kind- hearted and compassionate. Her mission in life was intercessory prayer for family and friends. She had a nursing home visitation ministry for many years. She is survived by her loving and caring daughters, Miriam Malterer and Linda Ober; a granddaughter and grandson; five nephews, eight nieces and their families.

Dorothy L. (Torgerson) Waggoner (’38) passed away November 23, 2008, at the age of 93. She is survived by her husband Donald, whom she met while attending CBI, and four children. They pastored several AG churches and pioneered three in North Dakota. She had the gift of hospitality and loved to sew, play the piano, and sing.

1940s Reverend C. Byron Personeus (’40) went to be with the Lord on June 21, 2008, in Port Orchard, WA. He was born to AG missionaries. He served in many different ministries throughout his lifetime including: prison ministry, ministry to servicemen during WWII, boat ministry in SE Alaska, as well as pastoring.

Leonard B. Hopper (‘43) passed away on September

4, 2008, at the age of 91. He was a loving and joyous man who shared 60 years of his life with his wife, Marjorie (who preceded him in death.) Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren live all over the country. During his many years of ministry he was active in building churches in IL, KS, & MO; as well as working for the Belleville School District Facility. He was also a farmer who had a passion for making things grow both physically and spiritually.

Herb Meppelink (‘43) passed away October 11, 2008.

He and Florence (‘42), his wife of 63 years, were in active ministry for 63 years. After pastoring for 20 years in the state of Michigan, Herb assumed responsibility for starting and maintaining the Teen Challenge in Detroit in 1965. He and Flo were appointed Home Missionaries in 1967. In 1975 he became the Mid-America Teen Challenge Director and served as the National Teen Challenge President from 1990-1994. During retirement years, he was director of all Teen Challenge operations for the South Texas District. Flo preceded him in death in January 2007. He is survived by their son, Chuck, a brother, Harvey, and a sister, Joyce.

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June (Tolin) Francis (’45) was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, whom she loved and served her entire life on October 20, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle, of 55 years, and is survived by her daughter. The ministry closest to her heart was children’s ministry, and she participated in it wherever she went.

Jane Elizabeth (Fliflet)Thomas (’45) went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2008. She graduated from Great Lakes Bible Institute.

(Editor’s note: Great Lakes Bible College, Zion, Illinois, merged with CBI in 1954.) Jane married Robert Thomas in 1950 and together they founded Thomas Equipment Company. Jane was known as “Nana’’, not only to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but to many others, and was greatly loved. Many lives were touched by her loving and generous spirit. She served as a Sunday School teacher and as a pianist at several local churches for many years. She is survived by her husband, Robert.

William H. “Bill” Seamans (‘45) passed away on October 21, 2007, at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Elsie M. Proudfoot (’46), author and missionary to Bangladesh, age 88, met her Savior face to face on Monday, September 22, 2008. She

married James Proudfoot in 1961, and together they ministered in various areas of Missouri and Pennsylvania. The couple had no children but were house parents for Bear Foundation for Troubled Youth. James preceded her in death in 1989. While in her 70s, she wrote three books. In January 2000, she returned to Bangladesh for a 50-year reunion of former missionaries. She was honored as the first woman missionary to Bangladesh, starting a Bible college there, translating Bible material into Bengali and making her home among the peoples there. She was a rock and stabilizer for those who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.

Rev. Dwight Paul Hamilton (‘48) went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2008, after a long illness. Dwight and his wife, Elizabeth, pastored Assemblies of God churches in New York, Indiana, California and Florida. Elizabeth preceded him in death in 1989.

Audrey Irene (Young ‘48) Simmons, 82, of Onawa, Iowa, formerly of Sioux City, passed away on September 28, 2008. She received her

license to preach through the Assemblies of God. In 1947, she married Howard L. Simmons and they had nine children. She was a Bible scholar who began each day with personal devotions and lived it out in her daily life. She loved her Bible, quilting, reading, gardening, and wrote extensively on Bible subjects and the adventures of her childhood. Many of her Bible studies are in the process of being published. She made teddy bears and baby dolls for the children in her life.

1950s Rev. Charles E. Green (‘52) passed away December 11, 2008, at the age of 83. He served in the army for 2 years and was an Assemblies

of God minister for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Helen; 5 children and their spouses, Carolyn and Dennis Robineau, Charles and Linda Green, Debra Brinkley, Sandra and David McLucas, and Joseph and Frances Green; 22 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred, and her husband, Walter Crites; and numerous family members.

Rev. Croft M. Pentz (‘52) passed away on July 2, 2008, at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Arleene McClain Barkdoll Pentz. His

life was full of ministry which included: pastoral work, church planting, deaf ministries, writing, television appearances, and interpreting for the deaf at multiple Billy Graham crusades. He was featured in the January 8, 1960 edition of “TV Guide” and led the opening prayer for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Rev. Thomas Roswell Brubaker, Jr. (’53) died October 5, 2008, at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife, Emily, a daughter and son and

their spouses, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and served as a pastor for over 40 years. He loved music and was a member of the Revivaltime Choir while a student at Central Bible College.

Rev. E. Jerald Ogg (‘57) went to be with the Lord on June 30, 2008, on his 75th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Janett, siblings, children and grandchildren. He was an ordained minister of the Gospel and a pastor for over 50 years with the Assemblies of God. He had a passion for God, his family, and the churches he had the privilege of pastoring.

Rev. George John DeTellis (’58), loving husband of 48 years to Jeanne DiPietro, passed away at his home in Orlando, Florida, on June 26, 2008. He was the founder of New Missions as well as being a missionary in Haiti for 18 years and the Dominican Republic for 8 years.

1960s Franklin R. Linton (‘61) passed from this life to meet his loving Lord on Sept. 1, 2008. He entered pastoral ministry in the fall of 1961 and pastored 8 different churches. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne “Bonnie” (Peck) Linton, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters.

Rev. Stephen Rexroat (‘62) passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2008, at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife Patricia. He has touched many hearts and lives throughout his ministry and will be sorely missed by his many friends and family members.

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Ruth B Weitkamp (‘65) passed away on September 1, 2008. She was ordained with the Assemblies of God in 1965 and served as a home missionary, a foreign missionary, teacher, national prayer service volunteer, and helped to initiate the Retired Missionary Fellowship in Springfield, MO.

C. Earl Stubbs (’68) former missionary to India, passed away on July 15, 2008. He was married to Arlene for 41 years.

1970s James Houston Gilbert (’71) died October 25, 2008. He served in the United States Air Force for eight years, worked at Tandy Corp for

eight years in a management position, and later worked as a computer specialist for NASA. He is survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Charles Pratte (‘74) went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2008. His was married to Nellie (Joan) for 57 years and was a faithful member of

Morrisville A/G in Morrisville, MO. He was a lifetime student of the Bible and an example of Christ to his family, church and all that knew him.

James Tillman Boyd (’74) departed this life on November 12, 2008, at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Karen, of 32 years,

and numerous other relatives. He and his wife served as pastors in various locations and served as evangelists for a time. He served as administrator of children’s group homes in Texas. Singing for the Lord was one of his greatest joys. He will be fondly remembered by many whose lives he touched.

1980s Rev. Joe Zickafoose (‘83) passed away on August 12, 2008 at the age of 50. He worked with Assemblies of God World Missions for over 25

years and was a missionary to Scotland for 5 years and worked with Chi Alpha in the U.S. He is survived by his wife, Jayne, and two sons, John and Andrew.

2000s Landon Reimer (‘07) went to be with the Lord on October 20, 2008, at the age of 23. He was the Youth Pastor of New Hope Assembly of God in Albany, New York. He leaves behind his wife of a year and a half, Joyanna (Johnson ‘06) and many friends and family.

FACULTY Scott M. Jett (‘98) went on to glory on September 12, 2008. He received a B.A. in Youth Ministry from CBC, graduating Cum Laude, a B.A. in Psychology (’98) from Evangel University, and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Counselor education (‘03) from UMKC. Scott had been a Counselor for Shapes Mentoring Program and Safe Harbor Counseling. He was beginning his first semester as an Assistant Professor at CBC. He was an active member of Brighton Assembly of God. Having been awarded the National Royal Ranger of the Year in 1987, he believed in this program and was a Royal Ranger Sponsor for the Expedition Rangers. He was involved with community service as a Springfield Police Chaplain and he performed extra services needed in churches in the surrounding area. His hobbies included his wife and children, soccer, LSU Football, hunting and playing guitar. He loved to preach the Word of God boldly. Scott is survived by his wife, Cori; children, Scott Connor, Caiden Michael, Gracie Elaine, Coltin David, a baby on the way, due March 16, 2009; his father & mother; sisters and their spouses; nieces and nephews; mother & father-in-law; brother-in-law; and numerous friends and loved ones. Former CBC professor, Dr. Gary B. McGee (‘67), slipped from this life into the arms of his loving Savior on December 10, 2008. He leaves behind his wife, Alice; two daughters, Angela Brim and Catherine McGee; and two grandchildren, Bailey and Marshall Brim. He was a prolific author and distinguished professor who emerged as one of the most highly respected and loved educators in the Assemblies of God, as well as one of the most articulate voices concerning the history of Pentecostal missions. He demonstrated how a holy man—a man of God—can die well. During the last ten years of his life he suffered from cancer and arthritis, but McGee did not complain. Instead, he joyfully focused on other peoples’ needs and labored to complete the tasks he believed the Lord had given to him. For more information visit the AGTS website. http://agts.edu/mcgee.html

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Dear Friend of CBC, God has provided His Church with the Word and the Spirit—everything needed to accomplish His purpose in the world. But the right people are also indispensible to the effectiveness of the mission. For 40 years I have served as a missionary and a pastor. During these years this truth has come forcibly to my heart: the most important natural resource God uses to build His kingdom is people. The hundreds of students who come to Central Bible College each year represent divine callings. Each has a personal appointment with destiny in our Lord’s mission. Their future ministry is a precious commodity for the Kingdom. For more than 85 years, God has used CBC to train and educate thousands of men and women, launch them into ministry and proclaim His gospel to the ends of the earth. The productivity of this great institution has been proven over time. Consider these facts:

. Twenty-four percent of AG district superintendents in the U.S. received their training and education at CBC. . Twenty-nine percent of AG district secretary/treasurers in the U.S. received their training and education at CBC. . And, my favorite, 358 of the current AG world missionaries and missionary associates are CBC alumni and currently minister

in 85 countries. Many of them will tell you that the chapel altar was the place where God’s call became clear to them.

I am sure you are aware that the costs of higher education are rising everywhere. I am happy to report that CBC still has the secondlowest costs of any AG resident college. The board has steadfastly resisted the pressure to raise tuition—for one reason. We are deeply committed to keep CBC from becoming cost prohibitive for divinely-called students who need to be here. I believe CBC is similar to the church at Antioch. The impact of the Antioch church on the Gentile world can’t be quantified. This great church became the sending agency for Barnabas and Paul—the first missionaries in the New Testament. As the ministry of these two men was launched from the shores of Antioch so CBC is launching the ministries of the next generation of preachers and missionaries.   We recently created the “Antioch Fund” as a means of supporting young men and women who will take the gospel throughout our nation and to the ends of the earth. Donations to the fund will provide scholarships for students, based on both merit and need. Scholarships average about $1,000 per student each semester. Scholarships can be renewed in most cases for up to eight semesters, contingent on a student maintaining a good GPA and strong character. The Antioch Fund will help students enter ministry quickly with less debt after graduation. For some students, these scholarships will actually allow them to remain in school. I believe the people who will best understand the urgency of this need are those who themselves attended CBC. I appeal to you, as a past student, to prayerfully consider making a monthly commitment in any amount to the Antioch Fund. We urgently need your help to continue enabling these wonderful young people to study God’s Word and prepare for a life of ministry. By supporting the Antioch Fund, you will have a part in these students’ service for our Lord—wherever they go and whatever they do. On the opposite page is a pledge form. You can send it in the enclosed CBC envelope. Donations will be added to your regular giving receipt from the AG national headquarters and will not require a separate check, envelope or stamp. Your support will be recorded, and a combined check forwarded to us each month. You probably remember from your days at CBC the words on the cornerstone: “Dedicated to the Training of Ministers and Missionaries.” Your faithful support will help us continue to translate that dedication into reality. Thanks for prayerfully considering this need. Your partnership is cherished and greatly appreciated. Gratefully,  Gary Denbow, D.Min. President

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