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2002 PE Report stories

Congregations demonstrate weekly prayer yields results (December 30, 2001)

L.A. Dream Center, Angelus Temple make history, reach more with merge (December 16, 2001)

Rain, gang doesn't halt impact of newly formed congregation (December 9, 2001)

Women urged to minister hope at global gathering (November 25, 2001)

Volunteers meet needs at Pentagon cleanup (November 18, 2001)

Fear, uncertainty open window of opportunity for evangelism (November 11, 2001)

'Jump for Jesus' raises $40,000 for STL (October 21, 2001)

Widows, single mothers gain practical blessings (October 14, 2001)

Five new executive presbyters elected (September 30, 2001)

Credit card 'freedoms' tempt college students (September 16, 2001)

Fellowship, nation show ethnic makeup changes (August 26, 2001)

Congregations extend a hand, spread gospel after tropical storm (August 19, 2001)

Single-parent families find hope at camp (August 12, 2001) caught in middle of culture war (July 22, 2001)

Pentecostal World Conference looks toward future cooperation (July 13, 2001)

Crossover Community Church ministers to hip-hop culture (July 8, 2001)

Prison chaplain hooked on ministry (June 24, 2001)

National Singles team convenes, plans regional conferences (June 17, 2001)

Children's ministries take center stage (June 10, 2001)

U.S. Christians trek to Israel despite news reports of danger (May 27, 2001)

A/G ministries combat eating disorders (May 20, 2001)

Mobilizing laity leads to church growth (May 13, 2001)

Fellowship convenes conference for women (April 29, 2001)

14,547 'honored guests' attend Convoy of Hope outreach in Dallas (April 22, 2001)

Hollywood sends wrong signals on teen smoking (April 15, 2001)

Iowa community faces unique challenges (April 8, 2001)

Churches support ministries to lead youth out of lifestyle (March 25, 2001)

English lessons reach Chinese with gospel (March 18, 2001)

A/G church, police, schools partner for strong community (March 11, 2001)

Church uses 'human hunt' as evangelism tool for teens (February 25, 2001)

Ministering in the fast lane (February 18, 2001)

Abstinence education saves lives, futures (February 11, 2001)

Donated food helps Convoy of Hope extend hand around the world (January 21, 2001)

American Indian College students impact boarding school (January 14, 2001)

2000 News Digest stories

Five new executive presbyters elected

(September 30, 2001)

The General Council elected five new members to the Executive Presbytery in August at the Fellowship’s biennial convention in Kansas City, Mo.

Altar experience: Worshipers respond at the end of a service.


"The new membership that has been elected to the Executive Presbytery has a wide variety of ministerial backgrounds, which will bring many years of service that will be meaningful to the church as we embark upon the 21st century," says Thomas E. Trask, himself re-elected general superintendent of the Assemblies of God at the gathering. "These new members will bring a perspective that will be most helpful in dealing with the challenges the church will face in the new millennium."

The new members are Warren D. Bullock from the Northwest Area, J. Don George from the South Central Area, Charles E. Crank from the Great Lakes Area, L. Alton Garrison from the Gulf Area and H. Robert Rhoden from the Northeast Area.

The Executive Presbytery is charged with carrying out the directives that are established by the General Presbytery and the legislative action that is taken by the General Council.

Rhoden, superintendent of the Potomac District since 1991, says he is grateful to be a new member of the national body. "Any organization that is moving forward has to be a change agent," Rhoden says. "The leaders of that movement are called to be change agents. Not change for change sake, but change to help fulfill the vision."

Crank, Indiana District superintendent, says being selected is an honor. "I feel unworthy," Crank told the Pentecostal Evangel. "I hope we give leadership that will help move the Fellowship forward and help bring a sense of spiritual renewal and revival across the breadth of the Assemblies of God."

Six incumbents were re-elected at the meeting: Richard L. Dresselhaus from the Southwest Area, David W. Argue from the North Central Area, Dan Betzer from the Southeast Area, Jesse Miranda and Nam Soo Kim from the two Language Areas, and Spencer Jones from the Ethnic Fellowship.

Trask, who has served as superintendent of the Assemblies of God since 1993, was picked for another four-year term on August 7.

"I pledge to you that in the days to come, should Jesus tarry, we will continue to herald this Pentecostal message and the power of Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit," Trask told delegates after the election results were announced. Trask received 1,187 of 1,381 votes in being re-elected in the first round of balloting.

General Treasurer James K. Bridges and Division of Home Missions Executive Director Charles Hackett also were re-elected to new four-year terms by overwhelming majorities. Hackett also inherited a new name for his division, as the General Council voted to change the Division of Home Missions to Assemblies of God Home Missions.

About 17,000 people attended the 49th General Council. Featured speakers at the evening sessions were Trask, Evangelism Commissioner Randy Hurst and Brooklyn Tabernacle pastor Jim Cymbala. Excerpts from their messages will be featured in the October 28 Pentecostal Evangel.

— Staff reports

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