Mon, 11 Jan 2010 - 9:41 AM CST
Our Non-resident Executive Presbytery
Dan Betzer has served as the Southeast area executive presbyter since 1995. He is a former assistant district superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District, and since 1987 he has served as senior pastor at First Assembly Ministries, a church of 10,000 with five campuses in Fort Myers, Florida.
Betzer has an extensive background in broadcasting. For 17 years, he preached on the weekly Assemblies of God syndicated broadcast Revivaltime. Betzer has produced over 50 audio and video albums for children. He was also the writer and host of Byline weekday radio and television commentaries.
Warren D. Bullock
Warren D. Bullock has served as the Northwest area executive presbyter since 2001. Since 2006, he’s held the position of senior pastor at Northwest Family Church in Auburn, Washington. During his ministry, Bullock has pastored at several churches in Washington and Oregon. He also served as superintendent of the Northwest District for eight years.
Bullock has a long history with Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. In addition to earning his undergraduate degrees there, he has held the positions of public relations director and dean of the school of ministry. Bullock currently serves on the university’s board of directors.
Bullock earned a Master of Arts from Seattle Pacific University and a Doctor of Ministry from California Graduate School of Theology and is the author of the book, When The Spirit Speaks.
T. Ray Rachels
T. Ray Rachels has served as the Southwest area executive presbyter since November, 2011. He served for 22 years as Superintendent and three years as Assistant Superintendent for the Southern California District Council of the Assemblies of God.
Prior to that he served as district youth director for both the Ohio and Northern California/Nevada Districts, and pastored churches in Santa Clara and Long Beach, California.
Rachels holds bachelor degrees from Southeastern Bible University and Troy State University. He has done additional studies at Union Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio, and holds a masters degree from Vanguard University.
Rachels is the author of Relationships and Ethics in Ministry.
Rod Loy has served as the Gulf area executive presbyter since November, 2011. He is the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Under Loy’s leadership, the church has grown to over 3,000 in average weekly attendance on four campuses, gives over a million dollars to missions every year and has helped plant more than 1,100 churches in 63 nations.
A former children's pastor, Loy has helped develop the Faith Case curriculum for children and is still actively involved with kids, working as a volunteer teacher's assistant in a low-income, academically challenged public school.
Loy is author of 3 Questions.
J. Don George
J. Don George has served as the South Central area executive presbyter since 2001. Since 1972, George has been senior pastor at Calvary Church in Irving, Texas. During that time, church membership has increased from 60 to more than 7,000.
A graduate of Wayland Baptist University, George has done additional studies at Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds the Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Wilfredo De Jesús
Wilfredo De Jesús has served as the east Spanish language area executive presbyter since 2015. Born and raised in Chicago's Humboldt Park community, he received Christ at the age 14 in a local AG church. Twenty years later, in 2000, De Jesús was appointed pastor of the church, now known as New Life Covenant Church. During this time, the church has grown from a weekly attendance of 120 to 17,000 globally through church plants and more than 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised – the broken hearted, poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts, and gang members.
A graduate of Trinity University and North Park Theological Seminary, De Jesús is sought after as a motivational speaker at various church events and leadership conferences throughout the nation and abroad. He is presently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University.
In 2013, De Jesús was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence with the Evangelical and Latino audiences. De Jesús is the author of Amazing Faith and In the Gap.
Dr. Beth Grant has served as Executive Presbyter, representing Ordained Female Ministers, since August of 2009.
Beth and her husband David serve as Assemblies of God missionaries. While their 32 year career has focused on India, their heart for people has carried them to over thirty nations of the world. Beth is co-founder of Project Rescue, an AGWM ministry in Eurasia to survivors of sex slavery. She has co-authored “Hands that Heal” (2007), an international curriculum to help train caregivers to provide transformational care to victims of sexual exploitation.
Beth’s calling and passion is that of teacher. She has served as faculty and guest lecturer in missions in colleges and seminaries in India, Europe, South Africa and the US.She has recently been appointed to the faculty of Assemblies of God Theological Seminary for the new Ph. D. program in Intercultural Studies. Beth has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from AGTS and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University School of Intercultural Studies.
Beth also serves as chairperson for The Network for Women in Ministry, an executive-sponsored initiative for developing, mentoring and resourcing vocational women ministers and women preparing for ministry in the Assemblies of God. Beth has served on a variety of executive boards including AGTS, Zion Bible College and the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST).
Larry H. Griswold
Larry H. Griswold has served as the Great Lakes area executive presbyter since 2008. He has provided pastoral leadership for 27 years including 10 as District Superintendent of the Illinois District, and pastorates in Ottawa, Mascoutah, and Joliet, Illinois. Reverend Griswold currently provides transitional pastor and short-term missions ministries.
He is a graduate of North Central Bible College (now North Central University) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministries, Reverend Griswold also attended Northwestern University and Wheaton Graduate School.
Reverend Griswold also serves as a Board Member of Teen Challenge of Illinois, the Board of Regents for North Central University in Minneapolis, MN and the Board of Regents for Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND.
Brian Schmidgall has served as Executive Presbyter, representing Ordained Ministers Under 40, since August of 2013.
Brian is the lead pastor of MiddleTree Church in St. Louis, Mo. He and his wife, Mary, moved into an inner city neighborhood in 2009 and planted this multi-cultural church in 2012. He has been bi-vocational serving as a chaplain at St. Louis University Hospital. Prior to this, Brian served as youth pastor at the Assembly of God in Shawano, Wi from 2000 - 2009.
He is a graduate of Evangel University and the Florida School of Discipleship.
John E. Maracle
John E. Maracle has served as the ethnic area executive presbyter since 2007. He currently serves as the chief/president of the Native American Fellowship of the Assemblies of God, representing the constituency of 190 American Indian and Alaska Native churches, and three Bible colleges that serve Native people across the United States.
As a member of the Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan, of the Iroquois Confederacy, Maracle served on the Mohawk Council at Tyendinaga, Mohawk Nation Territory. He is the grandson of one of the first Pentecostal believers from his reservation.
Maracle was ordained and appointed as a U.S. Assemblies of God missionary in 1975. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Central Bible College and a Master of Arts from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.
Dr. Jesse Miranda, Jr.
Dr. Jesse Miranda, Jr. has served as the west Spanish language area executive presbyter since 1995. He is also the founder and director of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership at Vanguard University, the president of the Alianza de Ministerios Evangelicos Nacionales (AMEN) and executive director of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC).
Miranda received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern California College (now Vanguard University), a Masters in Religious Education at Talbot Theological Seminary (Biola University), a Master of Science Degree in School Administration from California State University (Fullerton) and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.
He is the author of The Christian Church in Ministry (translated into ten languages) and Liderazgo y Amistad (Leadership and Friendship).
Nam Soo Kim
Nam Soo Kim has served as the other language area executive presbyter since 1999. As senior pastor of Full Gospel New York Church in Flushing, New York, since 1977, he leads a growing congregation of 4,000 members. Kim has helped to establish more than 10 schools around the world that are training more than 10,000 students to become outstanding Christian leaders.
Previously, Kim served at Choong Buk Full Gospel Church in Korea, and at an Assemblies of God church in Berlin, Germany.
Duane P. Durst
Dr. Duane P. Durst has served as the Northeast area executive presbyter since 2015. He is currently the district superintendent of the New York District. Prior to this he served as the assistant superintendent for the district and has pastored churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and New York State.
Dr. Durst is a graduate of Central Bible College and holds a Masters of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling and a Doctorate of Ministry in Administration from Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) in Ohio. He is an adjunct professor at ATS and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Dr. Durst has served as a church consultant in the area of administration, planning and leadership development, and conflict resolution.
Clarence St. John
Clarence St. John has served as the North Central area executive presbyter since 2007. Additionally, he has served as superintendent of the Minnesota District since 1989. Prior to assuming these responsibilities, he pastored in Hibbing, Minnesota for 21 years.