Every Zip Code for Christ

Ron W. Heitman had a vision. As lead pastor of Evangel Church in the suburban Chicago city of Hanover Park, Illinois, he wanted to reach as many people with the gospel as possible. With so many different nationalities in the vicinity, however, Heitman knew people weren’t going to just show up for services, so he … [Read more…]

Run for the Wall Finds Chaplains in Ministry Mode

As hundreds and hundreds of bikers traveled in lined pairs in a visually and audibly impressive pack across the United States, from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. (May 16-25), few would have guessed that within that mass of riders were three AG U.S. Missions chaplains and nearly a dozen more HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry bikers. The … [Read more…]

Call to Worship

Music filled Chris G. Cole’s life as he grew up in blue-collar Palm Desert, California, 120 miles east of Los Angeles and San Diego. Beginning in adolescence, he played all-night jams among the sand and cactus where he played electric guitar. As a young adult, he carried that pursuit of music with him to Oceanside, … [Read more…]

Deaf Interpretation

Ramona G. Banks can look back on some of her earliest years and see God preparing a path for her to enter ministry to the deaf. Growing up, one of her friends from school had deaf parents. At 15, she began attending a deaf church, and a year later, she worked and interpreted for a … [Read more…]

Southeastern Students to Advocate for Persecuted Christians

With a passion of advocating for persecuted Christians around the world, Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, will start an International Christian Concern (ICC) club on its campus in the fall. The student-led chapter will raise awareness and partner with the advocacy team of ICC in their efforts to influence policy-level change in international religious freedom … [Read more…]

Drawing the Unchurched

Meredith F. Holden, 75, a Connecticut native now living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, did secretarial and administrative work for years at Yale and the University of Connecticut. During those decades she felt drawn more to New Age spirituality than to the Christian faith she left in her teens. Holden moved to Santa Fe after … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — June 17, 1956

Hillcrest Children’s Home, an Assemblies of God ministry located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was founded in 1944 in obedience to the scriptural mandate to care for orphans (James 1:27). Edward Weaver, director of Hillcrest Children’s Home, posed the following question to readers of the Pentecostal Evangel on Father’s Day in 1956: “It’s nice to have … [Read more…]

Long-Distance Assistance

When First Assembly North Little Rock Pastor Patrick Lander considered advantages to planting the church’s eighth parent-affiliated church (PAC), this one a full two hours away in Jonesboro in northeastern Arkansas, he didn’t necessarily think about the funnel cake machine. Or the pair of wagons that can take 60 people on a hayride. Nor did … [Read more…]