Change in the Atmosphere

Although she is about to become the first female executive at the national office of the Assemblies of God in Springfield, Missouri, Donna L. Barrett has much in common with the Fellowship’s rank and file. She leads a church of just over 100 attendees, in a denomination where slightly more than two-thirds of congregations are … [Read more…]

Go Northwest, Young Woman

In 1997, after the Lord sent two prophetic words to Susana Palacios, a Salvadoran immigrant who served as president of her Los Angeles Hispanic church’s youth group, the Holy Spirit impressed upon her to travel to Portland, Oregon. She and another lady in her church’s women’s ministry bought bus tickets, trusting that the Lord would … [Read more…]

They Thought They Had Failed

For two years, U.S. missionaries Isaac and Jaime Olivarez worked intensely on growing their new church plant, Urban Outreach Denver. On their initial launch Sunday, they saw 97 people attend . . . attendance after that encouraging start rarely hit 50. It seemed no matter what they did, coming to UO Denver on Sundays was … [Read more…]

Bilingual Blend

Moses Lake, a summer destination 190 miles east of Seattle on Interstate 90, is home to Sendero Life Center, a church of more than 400 attendees that combines Spanish-speaking and English-language ministry. Twenty-one years ago, when Mike and Mary Alvarado accepted a request to be youth pastors at their home church, it drew around 120 … [Read more…]

New Life Comes to Dermott, Arkansas

For bivocational Pastor Chris Cook, a field engineer* for Entergy Arkansas Utility Company, his launch into ministry started with a question: “When are you going to do something about God’s call on your life?” The question came from Larry Moore, district superintendent of the Arkansas Assemblies of God. “I thought I was serving at that … [Read more…]

A Compelling Calling

Jacob S. Jester’s heart for evangelism began with his first exposure to ministry as a missionary kid in West Africa. Jester witnessed intense evangelistic outreach growing up in both Sierra Leone and Senegal. His parents, Stephen and Karen Jester, left Arkansas and served as Assemblies of God world missionaries from 1989 until 2016. Jester came … [Read more…]

Embracing the Oil Rebound

When Sheldon McGorman became youth pastor at Watford City Assembly of God in 2000, the North Dakota community had a population of 1,300 — and falling. The recent oil boom appeared over. Two homes seemed to be for sale on every block. Youth left never to return. McGorman, who grew up in Manitoba, Canada, graduated … [Read more…]