Church Given Charge of City Festival

For decades, Elton Days in Elton, Wisconsin, signaled the time for anyone who had ever called the former bustling logging town “home,” to return for an annual reunion. It is a time of family, friends, food, music, brats (aka bratwurst) and beer. But last year, Elton — now a community of just 125 — ran … [Read more…]

A Different Kind of Retirement

When Bill Moll considered retiring, he envisioned doing volunteer work at the church he attended, Abundant Life Assembly of God, in Cupertino, California. He also contemplated using his considerable work experience as a volunteer in a Christian organization. He had been senior vice president of merchandising at Macy’s West, overseeing more than 250 locations in … [Read more…]

10 Days in a Lifeboat

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted from Assemblies of God Heritage magazine in 1985. Paul L. Kitch, who served as an AG pastor and missionary to Africa, died in 2005 at the age of 94. His son Paul A. Kitch, who also served as an AG missionary to Africa with his wife, Delma, retired … [Read more…]

Faithful Behind Bars

Optimistic and good-natured Floyd Bledsoe doesn’t sound like a man who spent nearly 16 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Yet Bledsoe, 39, credits Assemblies of God U.S. missionary Donald W. Starnes and participants in the Freedom Challenge program with encouraging him to stay strong in desperate environs. Starnes has served as … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — May 27, 1916

The Mexican Revolution, a decade-long civil war beginning in 1910, changed the North American social landscape. Thousands of displaced people fled the armed conflict and social disruption in Mexico and sought refuge along the borderlands in the United States. It was among these refugees that Henry C. Ball, a young preacher in Ricardo, Texas, planted … [Read more…]

Happy Trails

The cowbell rings on a Sunday night. It’s a sure sign that church is about to begin. That’s the scenario at Northwoods Harvest Barn in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, better known as Cowboy Church Perham. The welcoming and nonthreatening atmosphere allows folks of all ages — from the wizened farmer to the littlest buckaroo — to … [Read more…]

Neuroscience Collaboration

After Aimee Franklin graduated in 2007 with a degree in biology from Southeastern University (SEU) in Lakeland, Florida, she moved back home to Alabama and took a job working for her father, who had to leave an Assemblies of God pastorate after a severe heart attack. Franklin put her dream of becoming a physician on … [Read more…]