Living by Faith, Not by Sight

Pastor Philip T. Dunn knows what it means to live by faith and not by sight. Nine years into his 24-year ministry as lead pastor of Valley Christian Assembly in Charleston, West Virginia, Dunn began experiencing vision impairment. At 45, he received a diagnosis of macular degeneration and found himself grappling with the potential end … [Read more…]

Evangel University Offers 30-Hour Master of Educational Leadership Degree

Beginning this fall, graduate students at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, will be able to earn a master’s degree and meet Missouri’s state certification requirements for elementary or secondary principals with 30 credits of coursework. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares students to become building-level administrators. The degree has historically required 35-37 credit … [Read more…]

Saving Philadelphia’s Mean Streets

David and Shirrie Dominguez minister on the overlooked mean streets of Philadelphia, where dirty heroin needles carpet empty lots and prostitutes openly sell their services. Earning serious street cred heading outreach programs for Calvary Christian Center in Ormond Beach, Florida, for 12 years, the couple is launching the Philly Dream Center Church (PDCC). “I felt … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — May 22, 1977

Andrae Edward Crouch (1942-2015) was a gospel singer, composer, music producer, and pastor of New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Los Angeles. As an 11-year-old preacher’s son, Crouch’s father asked him, “Andrae, if the Lord gives you the gift of music, will you use it?” Young Andrae replied, “Yeah, Daddy. I’ll … [Read more…]

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…]