Press Release for Immediate Release 
Chaplain (Major) J.P. Smith named AGTS Alumnus of the Year for 2016

By Paul Logsdon

Chaplain Major J.P. Smith accepting his award.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  --- Major J.P. Smith is a seasoned combat veteran, an author, holds a PhD and is an ordained minister. He has also been a U.S. Army Chaplain for more than ten years.

Smith is a 2005 graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and was honored during Evangel University's Homecoming 2016 Celebration as the AGTS Alumnus of the Year. 

The presentation was made during a luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the University Plaza Convention Center.

Smith credits AGTS with giving him the type of opportunities that helped shape his career. While pursuing his degree, he served as one of the primary mentors to the Chaplain Candidates.

"AGTS was committed to grooming seminary students for the path of their choice, to prepare them for their next stage of ministry," said Smith, who currently serves as Deputy Division Chaplain, 10 th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.  "I have spoken with countless chaplain candidates and one thing is evident. Chaplain candidates [from AGTS] were significantly ahead of their peers from other seminaries. We received the best training, support and education," he said.

Overcoming his past
The new book by Chaplain Major J.P. Smith

Dr. Smith was raised in the absence of his biological father, lost his mother early in life and was told he would never amount to anything. In his new book,  The Image of My Father, he shares stories of how God took someone experiencing brokenness and, through His grace, created a champion.

Overcoming all odds, he now holds two Master's degrees, one in Divinity, and the other in Theological Studies. He also earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.

"During my time as an Army chaplain, J.P. served as my chaplain assistant," said Dr. Steven L. Jordan, U.S. Army, retired. "[He] is a person of high moral character, with impeccable work ethic and intellectual capacity."

During Smith's 22-year military career, he has earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Meritorious Unit Award and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

He has served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In his most recent deployment, he served as the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan Command Chaplain.
Chaplain Smith with his wife, Veronica, and their three children

Summarizing Smith's strengths, Dr. Jordan added, "He has a caring and compassionate personality and a genuine ability to holistically create meaningful connections with the troops and their families."

Chaplain Smith has exhibited great leadership ability, facilitating the first Afghanistan National Army Special Operations Command Religious Cultural Advisor Interfaith Dialogue, a two-day event that gave support teams the opportunity to meet and build relationships.

He has also been the guest speaker for the Special Operations Joint Task Force Religious Leaders Summit, as well as at the Issachar Awareness International Leadership Summit, both in Afghanistan.

Chaplain Smith's wife, Veronica, worked on staff at AGTS in the development office from 2003-2006. They have three children ages 6 to 16.

AGTS serves the larger Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions with 21st-century leadership for the Church and its mission. AGTS is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada. As an embedded seminary, AGTS with Evangel University serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master's and doctoral degrees. For more information about AGTS go to or call 1-800-467-AGTS.


CONTACT:  Paul Logsdon , director of public relations and publications
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