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Evangelism, Worship, Discipleship & Compassion

49th General Council, 2001

August 7-10, 2001 — Kansas City, Missouri

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Speakers


THOMAS E. TRASK

Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 p.m.

General Superintendent Thomas E. Trask will keynote the family gathering Wednesday, August 8, speaking on The Great Empowerment of Pentecost. His message will set the tone for the remainder of the week's services. Trask has served his present post since 1993. He is passionate about winning the lost to Christ and seeing believers baptized in the Holy Spirit. He currently serves as chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship and the Pentecostal World Conference. A mass Teen Challenge Choir will minister in this service.


JAMES L. GARLOW

Thursday, August 9, 9 a.m.

Dr. Garlow is senior pastor of the 3,500 member Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, Calif. The author of several books, including Partners in Ministry, The Covenant, and How God Saved Civilization, he is a dynamic speaker and minister. In addition, he is part of the Beeson Clergy Council of Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Ky.), working with doctoral candidates. He will speak on The Church Alive and Well for our Thursday morning family gathering at the General Council. You won't want to miss this plenary session.


SCOTT HAGAN

Thursday, August 9, 2 p.m.

Scott Hagan, senior pastor of First Assembly of God, Grand Rapids, Mich., will speak Thursday afternoon (August 9) as one of four speakers addressing Great Themes of Pentecost. Pastor Hagan will focus on "The Supernatural." He and his wife pioneered Harvest Church in Elk Grove, Calif., in 1990. He became pastor in Grand Rapids in February, 2001. He also enjoys a writing ministry and, among other periodicals, is a frequent contributor to the Pentecostal Evangel.


ST. CLAIR MITCHELL

Thursday, August 9, 2 p.m.

Also addressing Great Themes of Pentecost on Thursday afternoon is St. Clair Mitchell, director of Church Development and Home Missions for the Potomac District. Mitchell will speak on "Repentance and Holiness." A native of Dominica, he pioneered several churches in his country and served in leadership there, including as district superintendent. He and his family moved to the United States in 1991 where they have continued to be active in Assemblies of God ministries.


MARTHA TENNISON

Thursday, August 9, 2 p.m.

The third speaker on Great Themes of Pentecost will be Martha Tennison. Her focus will be on "Prayer." Martha and her husband, Don, have pastored churches and preached revivals, retreats, and seminars all across the nation for more than 29 years. They were pastors of First Assembly, Radcliff, Ky., in 1988 when a tragic church bus accident claimed the lives of 27 of their congregation. The church family experienced God's sustaining power and healing touch through the prayers of God's people.


MARK BLISS

Thursday, August 9, 2 p.m.

"Sacrifice" will be the focus of veteran Missionary Mark Bliss during the Thursday afternoon session Great Themes of Pentecost. Mark and Gladys Bliss began 35 years of missionary service in 1960. After serving in a leper colony in Liberia, they transferred to Iran in 1965. Their faith was severely tried in 1969 when a tragic accident resulted in the death of their three children, as well as that of a pastor's infant child. The Blisses sustained serious injuries in the accident. Nevertheless, in 1980 they continued their overseas missions efforts, this time in Bangladesh and later among Iranians in England. Few ministers in the Fellowship are better prepared to speak on "Sacrifice" than is Mark Bliss.


ALICIA CHOLE

Thursday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

The Great Mission of Pentecost will theme the Thursday evening family gathering. Alicia Chole, National Chi Alpha Missions Network and Mobilization representative with her husband, Barry, will challenge and stir hearts as she ministers the Word. "Mission is not part of God's purpose," she says. "It is the heart of His purpose! We cannot segregate Christ from His cause. To follow Him is to live for what He died for." Chole is a popular speaker for retreats, seminars, and missions conventions.


RANDY HURST

Thursday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.

Hurst, who is Commissioner on Evangelism for the Fellowship, will continue on The Great Mission of Pentecost. The son of missionary parents and a long-term missionary himself, Hurst's focus is on the unreached of the United States and the world and the responsibility of all believers to tell them about Jesus. A creative communicator, Hurst is passionate about evangelism and reaching the lost everywhere.


ISAAC CANALES

Friday, August 10, 9 a.m.

The traditional communion/memorial service will be Friday morning, August 10. Dr. Isaac Canales will speak on The Great Heritage of Pentecost as the Council memorializes those ministers who have gone to be with the Lord during the biennium. The communion/memorial service is a highlight of each Council. Dr. Canales is president of the Latin American Bible Institute in LaPuente, Calif., and senior pastor of Mission Eben-Ezer Family Church, Carson, Calif. His urban church has 1,500 members. He is a published author, Bible teacher, preacher, and has participated in three documentary films produced by the A&E network, "Mysteries of the Bible Series."


JIM CYMBALA

Friday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.

From a small handful of members to a congregation of thousands, the ministry of the Brooklyn Tabernacle continues to grow under the leadership of Pastor Jim Cymbala. Pastor Cymbala will conclude this family gathering by focusing on The Great Future of Pentecost. His congregation has started numerous churches in various parts of New York City and other places. Joining Pastor Cymbala for this final service will be the award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Singers, under the direction of Cymbala's wife, Carol. She will also be directing the General Council mass choir this evening.