A Hope and a Future

Stefani Mitchell first met Paul Gifford, lead pastor of First Assembly of God in Toms River, New Jersey, and Paul Hulse, outreach director of a ministry to the homeless called Haven-Beat the Streets, during the winter of 2017. The Toms River church became the first facility in Ocean County to open its doors to the … [Read more…]

Tornadoes Damage AG Churches

An EF-3 tornado ripped through Dallas Sunday night causing massive damage, including to Primero Iglesia Asamblea de Dios. Two additional churches in Arkansas, Centro Cristiano Hispano in Siloam Springs, and Centro Cristiana de Rogers in Rogers, reported damage from what are believed to have been EF-1 tornadoes. According to Cathy Lara, a minister and daughter … [Read more…]

Back to the Basics

PHOENIXVILLE, Pennsylvania — The publicity photos of some evangelical schools look forced, with the smiling faces of students from multiple ethnic backgrounds implying diversity that is unrepresentative of the reality of campus demographics. Not so with the University of Valley Forge, the Assemblies of God school in Phoenixville, a bucolic suburb 28 miles northwest of … [Read more…]

Historic Albanian FireBible Dedicated

Kurt and Stephanie Plagenhoef are AGWM missionaries to Albania and the Balkans. On Oct. 4, the Albanian translation of the FireBible was dedicated, marking the completion of the first study Bible in the Albanian language. Over 80 pastors of various evangelical and Pentecostal churches, as well as many believers, gathered at Evangelical Theological College in … [Read more…]

BGMC: When Kids "Get It"

“Teacher Dan! Teacher Dan! I brought four quarters for BGMC this Sunday,” Shiloh called out excitedly, his eyes beaming with excitement as he displayed the quarters proudly in his small hands. “I know the boys are going to win now!” Shiloh is a 7-year-old, blonde-headed ball of energy and curiosity who throws himself whole-heartedly into … [Read more…]

Earning Ministry Cred

Shell D. Osbon and his wife, Missy, smile at their waitress as they order dinner in a local restaurant, a frequent practice after Sunday morning worship at Life Church Smyrna Assembly of God in an Atlanta suburb. Osbon, 56, Life Church’s lead pastor and Georgia Ministry Network metro Atlanta regional presbyter, almost always asks the … [Read more…]

Jesus Christ, God and Man

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Pentecostal Evangel in a series entitled, “Theology in a Nutshell.” Perhaps the most important question found in Scripture is this one that Jesus asked His disciples: “But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15, NKJV). Each person must answer that question today. The Assemblies of … [Read more…]

Industrious Volunteers

Skydiving, climbing Mount Everest, or swimming with sharks may be on the bucket list for some, but not Richard and Arlene Noteman. The Sacramento, California-based couple, who are U.S. Mission America Placement Service workers, instead are passionate about doing service projects as they work at churches, ministries, and camps. “This has been on our bucket … [Read more…]

Ministering Despite Disability

Assemblies of God pastor Gary L. Hoyt had started to doze when he sensed the tires of the car go off the road. He reached over to grab the steering wheel of the Toyota Corolla his 15-year-old son, Danny, was driving. But in trying to correct the car’s path, Hoyt overcorrected. The small car rolled … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Oct. 18, 1964

How important is evangelism? It is absolutely essential to fulfilling the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Evangelism has always been at the forefront of the Assemblies of God and its mission. At the second General Council in November 1914, the Assemblies of God delegates approved a resolution to achieve “the … [Read more…]