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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: The Christian College Landscape

By Ken Horn
Sept. 8, 2013

Change is a constant on the Assemblies of God college and university front. Some of the recent change has been difficult, but much of it is exciting. And AG higher education continues to thrive.

The three Springfield, Mo., schools — Evangel University, Central Bible College and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary — have consolidated. Dr. Carol Taylor, after five years of strong leadership at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., has taken up the presidency of Evangel.

Dr. David Moore, who served as vice president of student relations with the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, left in June to lead American Indian College in Phoenix — his second time as AIC president.

You can always count on change being a part of the Christian academic world. But there are other things you can count on too.

At AG institutions of higher learning you can always rely on: top-quality education, qualified professors who are personally engaged in their students’ lives, a spiritual atmosphere, openness to the Holy Spirit, accredited units ... and much more.

Though I eventually went to seminary and graduate school, I will always value my initial undergraduate education at (what was then) Bethany Bible College in Scotts Valley, Calif. It was indispensible to my formation both as a Christian and a minister.

While AG schools excel at training clergy, they are not just for ministers. I remain firm in my belief that every believer, regardless of intended vocation, would benefit from attending a solid Christian institution of higher learning. And there are quality liberal arts programs that prepare students for secular vocations.

Graduates of AG schools serve all over the world, in ministry and in secular vocations, where their Pentecostal-rooted education has produced godly influence in the workplace.

In this issue, you will find news and features documenting the value of an education at an AG college, as well as a historical retrospective on the schools as presented in this magazine during its first century of publishing.


Ken Horn

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