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2016 Society for Pentecostal Studies: A Personal Reflection and General Report

Margaret English de Alminana

Incoming Executive Director de Alminana is gratefully looking forward to serving in this important post. In an open letter composed for the present report, she says:

Dear friends,
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your recent vote affirming me as the new Executive Director of SPS. Your vote of confidence is one of the most profound privileges I could imagine, and I am humbled and truly grateful. Being a member of SPS has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life, and I have loved getting to meet and know this tremendous family of fine scholars, exemplars, and world changers. You have my most sincere commitment to come in behind Lois Olena and to work hard to maintain her standard of excellence in all ways. I look forward to serving the Executive Committee, the numerous unsung heroes of this team, and, most of all, the membership of SPS. I will do my very best to make myself fully available to all of you. Please pray that I might experience an extra measure of God’s grace as I transition into this role. May God’s richest and most gracious blessings be upon this Society and every member in it.

Warmly,

Peg de Alminana
Executive Director, SPS

Thank you, Peg, for your willingness to serve. We know you will do a great job. We will be praying for you, and we pledge our cooperation and support as you begin this work of faith and labor of love in Christ’s vineyard at SPS.

Anticipation for SPS Next Year

These are just a few reflections, mostly arising out of my own encounters and conversations. One of the great things about SPS 2016 is that there could very well be 331 different reports written. Each individual, while experiencing the same conference, nevertheless participated in a variety of sessions, had a unique range of experiences, and met many different people. There are still many great stories to be told! I’m thankful to John Lathrop (Gordon-Conwell) and the folks at The Pneuma Review for inviting me to share my version.

Now let’s start getting ready for next year’s location and program. SPS 2017 (March 9-11) will be at Urshan College/Urshan Graduate School of Theology in Florissant (St. Louis), Missouri. The theme “Pentecostalism and Culture” promises rich conversations on relevant issues for churches, schools, and society. Let’s make plans to attend. Start thinking now about those presentation proposals for the IGLs. Let’s…well, so on and so on.

See y’all in St. Louis!

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Category: In Depth, Winter 2016

About the Author: Tony Richie, D.Min, Ph.D., is missionary teacher at SEMISUD (Quito, Ecuador) and adjunct professor at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Richie is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and Senior Pastor at New Harvest in Knoxville, TN. He has served the Society for Pentecostal Studies as Ecumenical Studies Interest Group Leader and is currently Liaison to the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA), and represents Pentecostals with Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of the World Council of Churches and the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. He is the author of Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Model for Interreligious Dialogue (Emeth Press, 2011) and Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions: Encountering Cornelius Today (CPT Press, 2013) as well as several journal articles and books chapters on Pentecostal theology and experience.

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