Overcoming Senior Despondency

Ron Tritschler of Washington, Pennsylvania, went into a tailspin when his wife, Reva, received a liver cancer diagnosis. Although doctors predicted a life expectancy of two years, the couple had high hopes that Reva could receive a liver transplant. Then Reva developed aortic valve problems. That risk factor, combined with her age, meant no transplant. … [Read more…]

Youth Training Ground

Long before 42-year-old Shane A. Hawkins knew he would become a church planter, the Lord began to train him for the task. At age 19, he started attending a small church in Pekin, Illinois, with his then-girlfriend (now-wife) Amy. He became an assistant in a Sunday School class of five students. By 21, Hawkins was … [Read more…]

Planting a Beachhead

Nebraska may not seem like the world’s most ethnically diverse place, yet multiracial couple Logan and Gabriella Lee feel right at home at Good News Church in Omaha. The Assemblies of God congregation is home to worshippers representing 57 nationalities, and services are translated into Spanish, French, and Arabic. Logan has an African-American father and … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — Aug. 16, 1970

J. Roswell Flower (1888-1970) was elected, at age 25, to serve as the first general secretary of the Assemblies of God. He went on to become one of the Fellowship’s most prominent leaders in its first four decades. When he went to be with the Lord, General Superintendent Thomas F. Zimmerman declared, “The name of … [Read more…]

CHLS Joins ABR in Historic Dig in Shiloh

The Assemblies of God Center for Holy Lands Studies (CHLS) provides a regular column to AG News that offers deep and sometimes surprising insight into the Word of God through close examination of the culture of the day, biblical sites, and archaeological records. In this article, Jeremy Stein, the CHLS Content Development coordinator, shares about … [Read more…]

Recipients of Zollie L. Smith Jr. Scholarship Announced

The Zollie L. Smith Jr. scholarship is awarded annually to two college-age children of an active U.S. missionary or chaplain. The 2018–2019 recipients are Hannah Shearer and David Alexander. Hannah Shearer of Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, attends Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. She is the daughter of Brian and Sheryl Shearer who serve as military … [Read more…]

30 Years of Building Churches

Solid Rock Assembly of God in Senatobia, Mississippi, broke ground on its new sanctuary in August 2016. But the 450-seat facility really came to life when 81-year-old U.S. Mission America Placement Service (MAPS) RV volunteer Tommy Gene Trumbo took over as foreman in January 2018. Pastor Chris Nowell, 44, says Trumbo has framed the inside, … [Read more…]

Ministering at the Office Cubicle

Shawna Beeman strolls along the cubicles of the offices of Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa, carrying a basket of individualized hard candy. The treats serve as an icebreaker to converse with the staff in the corporate office of the machinery company that employees more than 3,000 across the globe. As the only woman full-time chaplain … [Read more…]

Pizza with a Purpose

Pastor Lynn M. Lapka will never forget the February day he stood staring out the window at a fierce Montana blizzard and prayed. He admitted that the Assemblies of God church he pastored, Cornerstone Faith Center, didn’t have a strong influence in St. Ignatius, a town of 800 on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Lapka told … [Read more…]