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Hausfeld Inaugurated as AGTS President

Dr. Mark A. Hausfeld was inaugurated as the president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University today, Friday, November 13, 2015.

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University held the inauguration of Dr. Mark A. Hausfeld as president today, Friday, November 13, in the William J. Seymour Chapel at AGTS in Springfield, Missouri.

After being appointed by the university Board of Trustees, Dr. Hausfeld assumed the seminary presidency on July 1, 2015. The seminary president reports to the university president and serves on the cabinet of Evangel University President Carol Taylor.

"As a graduate of both Evangel University and AGTS, Dr. Hausfeld is uniquely positioned to lead AGTS into the future as part of the larger Evangel University," Taylor said. "He possesses broad pastoral, missions, academic and leadership experience, and I am excited that he has joined the senior leadership team for the university."

Hausfeld has more than 30 years of ministry experience, both in the United States and abroad. His passion is for equipping Spirit-empowered servant leaders with the highest quality seminary scholarship and training. Prior to his role as AGTS president, his focus centered on discipleship and church planting in urban settings in North America and restricted contexts in Central Asia and far-reaching global Muslim communities.

In keeping with this focus, Mark and his wife, Lynda, pastored and planted a church on the South Side of the City of Chicago for 10 years before partnering with Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) to reach the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1995. He later became AGWM's area director for Central Eurasia (2000-2008).

Most recently, Hausfeld served as the international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples (2009-2015). As director, he collaborated with national churches around the world, AGWM regions and local churches in the United States to equip and mobilize them to reach Muslims everywhere.

Hausfeld has functioned as the seminary's director of the Center for Islamic Studies since June 2010. He served as associate professor of Urban and Islamic Studies from 2007 to 2015. Today he holds appointment at the rank of professor.

"I count it a great privilege to serve Christ's kingdom in this way," said President Hausfeld. "I look forward to seeing the seminary's influence expand over the coming years. Operating as an embedded seminary within Evangel University will only enhance the breadth of this influence."