AG Pastor, Congregants Martyred in Burkina Faso

On Sunday, April 28, as many as a dozen gunmen on motorbikes arrived at a small Assemblies of God church in Sirgadji, Burkina Faso. According to Michel Ouédraogo, Burkina Faso AG general superintendent, the attackers singled out Pastor Peter Ouédraogo and took five other men from the congregation, executing them after demanding they convert to … [Read more…]

Small Church Pundit

Karl A. Vaters jokes that he became a small church expert because he failed miserably when the church he pastored grew, then receded. Vaters has been at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California, for 26 years. For most of that time, the Assemblies of God church has been under 200 regular attendees, except for … [Read more…]

SAGU Celebrates First Doctor of Ministry Degree

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) in Waxahachie, Texas, has announced its first recipient of the Doctor of Ministry degree. The degree plan was initially launched in the fall of 2014. Teresa Blakney, M. Div., will be the institution’s very first to walk the stage this May and receive a diploma for the new Doctor … [Read more…]

A Walk of Faith

Jaydee Anderson has been youth pastor at Faith Assembly Crossville in Tennessee for 11 years. For 19 years, Anderson used a wheelchair due to a series of strokes. Doctors gave her a poor prognosis, telling her she never would walk again. Three tumors on her spine further compromised her health and mobility. She also has … [Read more…]

African Kids in Kentucky

When Beth A. Arp took the helm of Shively Worship Center 13 years ago, the Louisville, Kentucky, church had nearly shut down. Her presence didn’t improve matters. “When I took the church, a lot of people, especially men, wouldn’t sit under me, so they left,” says Arp, 60. “They just couldn’t accept the fact that … [Read more…]

A Timely Intervention

Brandon McNair rarely felt unsafe growing up on a dead-end street surrounded by Section 8 apartments on the east side of Aurora, Illinois. However, looking back McNair, 32, now recognizes how police chasing teens down streets, drive-by shootings, and living next door to a Latino King gang leader made life more challenging for him than … [Read more…]

The "Perfect" Missionaries

“I have tried to be a sweet, perfect missionary,” Lynn Diaz admits. “But that mask becomes far too heavy.” Lynn leads the HealthCare Ministries facet of AG World Missions’ CompassionLink Ministries. Her husband, Victor, is a beloved pastor and discipleship leader in San Salvador, El Salvador. After more than 40 years of service on the … [Read more…]

Fresh Vision for the Inner City

DES MOINES, Iowa — Current pastor Jamel Crawford couldn’t be much more unlike Helen I. Martin, who planted New Life Church as a Des Moines coffeehouse in 1972. Crawford is a 42-year-old Brooklyn-born African-American who has tremendous rapport with young people. He and his wife, Melissa Kay, have three preschool-age children. Martin, who is white, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — April 27, 1969

An annual retreat for AG servicemen (and now servicewomen) in Europe has been held in Germany for the last 62 years. This yearly event has done much to encourage military personnel and their families stationed in Europe. The first AG servicemen’s retreat in Europe was held at the Chiemsee Retreat Center in Berchtesgaden in March … [Read more…]