High Impact, Low Cost

Latino ministers anticipate planting more than two dozen Assemblies of God churches this year in Texas and Louisiana. During a church planting summit last September, ministers in the Texas-Louisiana Hispanic District (TLHD) committed to launching 27 churches in 2020. This is by far the most ambitious church planting effort in the district’s 10-year history. The … [Read more…]

Ethnic Emphasis Broadens SoCal Reach

When Ronald A. King became senior pastor of New Hope Family Worship Center in Corona, California, he sensed the Lord indicating He would bring a variety of ethnic groups to the church. Today, on Sunday mornings, five different ethnic churches hold services on the campus, including Samoan, Arabic, black, and Spanish-speaking congregations. In the past, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Jan. 18, 1936

Elva K. Stump (1885-1985) was a trained nurse and a pioneer Assemblies of God minister. Most of her ministry was in Ohio, but she also spent time in the 1930s ministering in rural West Virginia, where she helped pioneer both white and African-American congregations. Stump had a very full life. A nurse by profession, she … [Read more…]

Continuing the Legacy

Although Pentecostal Hispanic patriarch Jesse Miranda Jr. died last July at age 82, his legacy continues to be felt throughout the Latino evangelical world. One of those carrying out Miranda’s vision is his older son, Jesse R. Miranda III, who is executive director at the institute that bears his father’s name, the Jesse Miranda Center … [Read more…]

Connecting Through Music

When Katie Kadan took the stage in The Voice finale on Dec. 16, 2019, much of Chicagoland watched, including adherents of Impact Church in Maywood, Illinois. Kadan, whose powerful vocals and audience appeal propelled her to the finals, is worship leader at Impact as well as a favorite on the local blues scene. Kadan, 38, … [Read more…]

Ghanaian Pastor on Mission in New York

Even before God called Mark A. Manu to full-time ministry, the former businessman felt passionate about missions. “As a church member in Ghana, that’s what I loved doing,” says the 54-year-old pastor of Upper Room Assembly of God in the Bronx. “We went into villages, slept there, and planted churches. I became a pastor out … [Read more…]

A Missionary Legacy

Longtime Assemblies of God pastor Randy L. Valimont remained a champion of global missions to the end. Valimont, 59, died Oct. 31 from complications from surgery. Since 1993, he had been senior pastor of Griffin First Assembly in Georgia. When Valimont became senior pastor more than a quarter century ago, the church had an average … [Read more…]

The Blessing of Giving

In case you haven’t noticed, the Bible has a lot to say about money. There are 2,350 verses related to money, and Jesus spoke on the topic often, incorporating this subject in half of the 32 parables. The topic of money in Scripture is important because how we view money is an indicator of what … [Read more…]