In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Assemblies of God (AG), Vanguard University’s Lewis Wilson Institute (LWI) hosted general superintendent, Dr. George O. Wood for the 5th annual Pentecostal Leaders Series on March 12.
Each year, LWI hosts Pentecostal leaders from nearby churches and from around the nation to provide the “means by which we can spotlight Vanguard’s Pentecostal heritage and identity,” LWI Director Derrick R. Rosenior, Ph.D., said. This year, LWI had the unique opportunity to host Dr. Wood, who is not only the general superintendent of the U.S. Assemblies of God, but also the chairman of the World Assemblies of God Fellowship.
For the day, Dr. Wood spoke at Vanguard’s chapel, participated in a Q&A session for students and a pastor’s luncheon with more than 100 pastors in attendance and then spoke at the main evening event. “It was quite an honor to have him here on our campus,” Dr. Rosenior said while describing Dr. Wood’s prestigious leadership position. However, “he’s no stranger to us,” Dr. Rosenior added detailing Dr. Wood’s time as the pastor of Newport Mesa Church.
At the evening gathering, Dr. Wood spoke about the lives of eight influential AG leaders and missionaries who took the Pentecostal movement and the Gospel around the world. These individuals made numerous sacrifices for the sake of the Gospel, and for some, this included their very lives. His topic, “We Will Remember”, focused on sharing the stories of these leaders, the development and spread of the Pentecostal movement during the last 100 years, and a message about the future of the Assemblies of God.