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Spring Life Classes 2020

 

Life Classes are for you!

Life Classes are designed to provide opportunities for you to apply Biblical truths to everyday living and to fulfill your unique purpose.  You will finish your Life Class equipped with tools you need to follow, serve and grow as a disciple of Christ.

 

March Life Class Registration is now open!  Life classes will be held on SUNDAY evenings March 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 6:00 pm until 7:15 pm. Class size is limited and registration is required. You may register by clicking the link below or at the welcome centers.  The final day to register is March 11th.

 

Wonderland Child Care

Wonderland Nursery is available for children ages 6 weeks through 3rd birthday. If you are attending a life class and require child care, please click the link to register your child.  Please register to secure a place for your child.

 

 

POA KIDS

 

Discover God’s Word:  KIDS ONLY!!

Join with other kids (Grades PK-5) in a fun-filled few weeks of adventuring through God’s word. All students will come together each night for worship-singing and cool action songs. Then, in grade level groups, students will rotate through classes where they will experience hands-on Bible stories, play team-building games, create crafts, and more!

 

 

REFUGE

 

JCrew:  Wild Truths:  Bible Heroes and Me – Garen Stanley

You won’t want to miss this class about real people who, in wild Bible stories, did really wild things for God.  What’s more, the stories don’t stop there.  The lives of these Bible heroes serve as truths for each of us and challenge us to make better decisions, better friends, better lives, and to serve God with all we have.  Come join us for an exciting time of learning all about Bible Heroes.

 

BIO:  At the age of 12 during a Jcrew service I felt God's call on my life that could not be denied. However, filled with fear and not feeling like I "fit in" I ran from God. Until one night in Rush  that I rededicated my life and began to pursue the call. I have now been with the Refuge Student Ministry department for the last 9 years.  I have been told that others describe me as a family centered, ministry minded, loud, humorous, "can get on the kids level" type of person.   I truly believe relationships are the vital component in discipling others to become a follower of Christ. I am grateful for my beautiful wife, Barbara, who has supported the dreams and wild ideas and for our two wonderful children, Kylen and Gunner who keep us on our toes. My prayer for myself, my family and my church family is that we seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven.  My Motto is: Love God and Love People

 

RUSH:  Christianity 101 – Thetus Tenney

What does the life of a thriving and growing Christian look like?  What are the foundations that must be in place?  Nothing is more important as we grow into mature disciples of Jesus than establishing the right patterns for our lives by answering these critical questions.  Come join us for a 3 week look into lifestyle disciplines, daily conduct, and service to the Kingdom that will transform the way you grow into all God has for you to be!

 

BIO:  Thetus Tenney is a member of POA, with a life long history of teaching and speaking at events attended by multiplied thousands, and Sunday School classes with just a few.  At age 84, her wisdom and knowledge combined with her experiences in life, make her an excellent source of hope and help for you and me wherever we are on our own life's journey.  She loves God, she loves people, she loves teaching.  She loves her kids (2) and her grandkids (5), and her great-grands (9).

 

RUSH:  Hey, Are You Pentecostal? – Tim Waters

So you think you know what you believe? Have you ever been challenged? Have you ever been asked questions about doctrine that made you uncomfortable? If so, this class is for you.  Join Tim Waters as he explains Apostolic doctrine in a concise, fast-paced, and easy to understand manner. So easy in fact, you’ll be able to explain it to others with the handbook he provides! Come learn what we believe, and why we believe it.

 

BIO:  Tim Waters  is a registered pharmacist and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for thirty years. He and his wife Gail have been married over thirty years, and for the last eight years have led the Young Marrieds Class at the POA. They have two married sons, and one granddaughter and one grandson. Tim is the author of the ‘Beyond Belief’ and ‘Original’ booklets on Apostolic doctrine.

 

Comparison Trap – Tonya Clark and Danielle Cox

(*females only - 16yrs and over)

Comparison is never-ending and exhausting.  The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. Whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It’s a trap.  Come join us as we explore God’s Word and learn how to cultivate and use those tools to live a life of contentment and avoid the trap of comparison.

 

BIO:  Tonya Clark has been a member at POA for 25 years. She and her husband, Kent, have been

married for 20 years and have two sons, Phillip and Jathan. Together they coordinate Journey,

POA’s College-Career Ministry, where they have led mission trips to various cities, taught

countless lessons, and served their students and community for over 10 years. She has taught

this particular lesson to her Journey girls and looks forward to sharing the content with women

of all ages.

 

Danielle Cox is happily married to Andrew Cox and they have the most adorable little girl named Emma-Claire! Danielle has lead student ministry for 11 years and has served on various local, state, and national student and women’s committees. She sincerely loves serving with the best students on the planet! Danielle earnestly anticipates what God has planned for every student she encounters.

 

ADULTS

 

Act Like a Man! – Doug Oliver

(Males Only)

Do you know how to build a house, repair your roof, or change your oil? Do you know how to run a successful business? Can you start a fire without matches? You may know how to do all of these things,

but do you know how to control your anger? Do you sometimes say things that you didn’t want to say?

Are you overloaded and stressed out? Come and let’s have straight talk about real issues with real men.

 

BIO:  Doug Oliver has been a member of the POA for 27 years.  Many of those years he was active in youth ministry and a senior high Sunday School teacher.  Doug has been married to Tami for 26 years and together they have four children, two of which are members of the POA, and four beautiful grandchildren.  Several years ago Doug began a journey of deep emotional healing and spiritual growth.  As a result of that process, he felt God calling him to make a career shift that would allow continued growth.  Doug has a God-given passion to work with men who desire moral integrity, accountability, and enhanced relationship and communication skills.

 

Body, Soul, & Spirit – Pamela Riddle

And God created man in His own image... how cool is that?!?  We are complex, three dimensional masterpieces of art created not only with bodies, but also with spirits and souls.  So it is not surprising that God is interested in encouraging us to grow and lead satisfying, full lives in all three parts of our being. In this class we’ll explore these three different facets of self, how they interact, and what to do when they conflict with each other.  We’ll show how to study the Bible to see the promises God has given us for all three dimensions: our spirits, our souls, and our physical selves.

 

BIO:  A veteran bible study teacher, Pamela Riddle has been actively teaching bible studies around the world for over 25 years.  She has taught classes ranging in size from a single student, to auditoriums with over 300 participants.  She absolutely believes that there is nothing so exciting as receiving revelation from the Word of God, and passes that excitement to her students throughout her lessons.

 

Comparison Trap – Tonya Clark and Danielle Cox

(*females only - 16yrs and over)

Comparison is never-ending and exhausting.  The temptation to compare is as near as your next chat with a friend, trip to the store, or check-in on social media. Whether you come out on top or come up lacking, there is simply no win in comparison. It’s a trap.  Come join us as we explore God’s Word and learn how to cultivate and use those tools to live a life of contentment and avoid the trap of comparison.

 

BIO:  Tonya Clark has been a member at POA for 25 years. She and her husband, Kent, have been

married for 20 years and have two sons, Phillip and Jathan. Together they coordinate Journey,

POA’s College-Career Ministry, where they have led mission trips to various cities, taught

countless lessons, and served their students and community for over 10 years. She has taught

this particular lesson to her Journey girls and looks forward to sharing the content with women

of all ages.

 

Danielle Cox is happily married to Andrew Cox and they have the most adorable little girl named Emma-Claire! Danielle has lead student ministry for 11 years and has served on various local, state, and national student and women’s committees. She sincerely loves serving with the best students on the planet! Danielle earnestly anticipates what God has planned for every student she encounters.

 

Dangerous Lies – Shane Spears

We all seek the truth in life.  We want to know what's right and what's wrong, and we are smart enough to know that we don't always get it right!  And although with God's help we do a pretty good job of it most of the time, there are still some deeply ingrained ideas and thought processes, dangerous lies, that we all battle.  In our spirit we can know the truth, but our flesh will never give up in its fight for independence and control.  We were born in sin, and we were all prone to believe these lies.  In this class, we will work to identify how these dangerous lies of autonomy, relativity, and self-sufficiency surface, and we will learn how to win the victory over them once and for all!  Come join us as we sharpen our weapons of truth and crush these Dangerous Lies!

 

BIO:  Shane thinks the highest compliment you could give him would be to call him a learner. The constant journey to be a better disciple of Jesus, husband, father, and friend is what moves and motivates him. He is blessed to be married to his true love and soul-mate, Teryn, and they are raising 4 boys to change the world.  Shane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration.

 

Disciple-Makers – Pastor Anthony Mangun & Vesta Layne Mangun

At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He left His disciples with the Great Commission to go and make disciples.  The commission for us today is no different:  go and make disciples. We know that to make disciples, we must first be disciples who are passionately following, serving and growing in Christ.  Come join Pastor and his team as they share what it means to be a disciple, what it looks like when disciples disciple others, and share practical tools for going about the work of making disciples.

 

Pastor Anthony Mangun is a graduate of Bolton High School in Alexandria.  He attended Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN and Louisiana College in Pineville, LA before going into full-time ministry as an evangelist in the late 1960s.  Following six years of itinerant ministry (1969-1975), during which he married Mickey Lumpkin (1972), the couple settled in Plano, Texas where they began the work of growing a church in the Dallas metroplex.  They served as pastor at Abundant Life Church from 1976-1981 during which time the church grew from approximately 30 members to well over 400.  In 1981, the Manguns moved back to Alexandria, Louisiana and became co-pastor with his father. He now serves as Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Alexandria.  Pastor Mangun is a well-known and gifted speaker, participating in conferences across America as well as around the world.  He has served in an advisory capacity to the local District Board of the Louisiana District UPC.  He also served 2 years as an Executive Presbyter for the United Pentecostal Church, International.

 

The daughter of an East Texas pioneer minister, Royal D. Gibson, and his wife, Eula, Vesta Mangun is an author, the featured speaker at conferences and camp meetings across our nation and around the world.   In addition, she is an anointed vocalist and musician who has been invited to sing at the inauguration of two Louisiana Governors.  She was honored in 2015 to be selected as one of the YWCA 2015 Decades of Women representing women of the 80s decade (of age).  Vesta is the Widow of the late G. A. Mangun, Bishop of The Pentecostals of Alexandria  (67 years of marriage), mother to one son and daughter-in-law and grandmother to two Grandchildren and two grandchildren in marriage and two great-grandchildren.

 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality – Natoshia (Tossi) Wellman

An individual will never be more spiritually mature than they are emotionally mature.  Using biblical principles, we will discover how to overcome the top ten symptoms of emotionally “un”healthy spirituality thereby leading us to a path of lasting transformation in our relationship with Christ.  Throughout the class, we will use the book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality; it is available for purchase at the White Steeple Bookstore.

 

Natoshia Wellman (Tossi) has been a member of POA since 1996 and serves as the POA Emotional Health Ministry department leader.  She holds a Master of Arts in professional counseling from Liberty University and is a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor. She identifies herself as a life transformed through the grace and mercy of God.  Her declaration statement is, ‘I am forgiven, redeemed, and loved by Christ!’

 

The Five Levels of Leadership – Pastor Ryan Franklin with Chris & Amy Olson

Are you ready to maximize your potential and take your leadership to the next level? Come join us for an in-depth discussion of John Maxwell’s book The 5 Levels of Leadership, where we will take a further look into his 5 principles from a biblical perspective:

1. Position- people follow because they have to

2. Permission- people follow because they want to

3. Production- people follow because of what you have done for the organization

4. People Development- people follow because of what you have done for them personally

5. Pinnacle- people follow because of who you are and what you represent

Regardless of which level you may find yourself in at different times, each of us can glean from these principles to become a more respected, influential, and successful leader. The 5 Levels of Leadership, by John Maxwell, is available for purchase at White Steeple Bookstore.

 

Pastor Ryan Franklin:

Prior to becoming involved in full-time church ministry in 2005, Ryan Franklin's natural leadership gifts brought him to the forefront in the field of nursing.  He served as a nursing director at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC, where he was an integral part of restructuring and revitalizing what was a failing health care facility. Ryan currently serves as the Ministries Pastor at the Pentecostals of Alexandria, charged with overseeing many of the adult ministries of the local church. He has a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry: Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Ryan is the author of several popular Bible studies, including The Bible Made Simple. He also has experience as a Leadership Coach assisting with the development of church leaders. He and his wife, Angie, are raising two tremendous kids, Olivia and Neil.

 

Chris Olson:

Chris Olson is an ordained minister who has served in leadership and ministry roles at congregations of all sizes for nearly twenty years. He also has more than fifteen years experience in business management and organizational leadership. Chris obtained his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Regent University in 2015 and is a published author, professor, and leadership consultant. His passion lies in teaching and developing systems and processes for Christian leaders.

 

Amy Olson:

Dr. Amy Olson has served in leadership and ministry roles at congregations of all sizes for more than two decades, and has over fifteen years experience in organizational leadership and management.  Amy obtained her doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University’s School of Business and Leadership, and is an internationally published author, professor, strategic advisor, and executive coach.  In addition to her passion for developing Christian leaders and teams, Amy enjoys playing music, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 

Foundational Prayer – Deb Cook

foun·da·tion·al (/founˈdāSH(ə)nəl/): denoting an underlying basis or principle; fundamental.

Do your prayers sometimes seem scattered and sporadic? Have you ever wondered if you’re asking “amiss?” We all want to build a consistent, powerful prayer life that moves mountains and tears down strongholds.  Maybe you’ve tried patterns of prayer and felt as if those have become vain repetition. Join us as we focus on the basics of building a consistent, powerful prayer life based on the Word of God and experience the joy of daily spending time talking with God.

 

Deb Cook and her husband, Bryan have been members at POA for 13 years and are actively involved in the POA music ministry. She is the Administrative Assistant to Pastor & Sis. Mickey. Deb spent 12 years teaching in junior high and high school Sunday School before coming to POA where she & Bryan served on YMC staff for 11 years. Deb has taught several module classes (now Life Classes) at POA and has found that in every class, the teacher learns as much as the class attendees. We are all on a journey together... from glory to glory changed into his image.

 

Honoring the Lord with Your Finances- Paul Miller

Let Christian principles guide your financial planning activities while keeping the proper balance between building wealth and laying up treasure in Heaven. The class will explore developing budgets that provide for today’s needs, while planning for a secure future. Classes will include information on getting rid of debt, stewardship, investing, and planning for retirement. Lessons will be shared from the life experience  perspective of one now entering the “Golden Years” of retirement.

 

Paul Miller is a Professional Engineer who graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1979 and who recently retired after working in the environmental field for more than 40 years. Paul and family returned to the Alexandria area and became POA members in 1993. He has served as an Usher for over 10 years and previously taught Sunday School and Financial Peace Classes. Paul, married to Brenda for over 38 years, have a son, (Jonathan married to Bethany) and a daughter (Andrea married to Chris Hebron) and grandchildren Kate and Landon.

 

Mind Monsters – Derek Parker

Every day we are bombarded with Mind Monsters:  negative messages from society, the media, and even from self-talk.  Mind monsters are those negative thoughts we all battle, the creeping shadows in the corners of our minds that feed our insecurities, worries, and fears. They will steal your life...if you let them. But there is good news! You can take control.  This class will show you how to recognize destructive thoughts, take them captive, and use Biblical truths to overcome them.  Today you have a choice: Will you allow your mind monsters to take up residence, affecting who you are and God’s plan for your life, or will you conquer them and experience a life that is positive, abundant, joyful, and overflowing with peace.

 

Derek Parker graduated from the University of New Orleans with a degree in Management Information Systems.  He has spent over 20 years in the Information Technology field and currently is the Manager of Data Integrity at CHRISTUS Health.  Derek has also been involved in ministry with the United Pentecostal Church International for over 15 years.  He served as youth pastor, assistant pastor, and sectional youth director in the New Orleans area.  He also had the privilege of pastoring a church for nine years.

 

Simplify – Gail Waters

If the status of your life would be labeled “complicated,” then you might want to consider this class. Join Gail Waters as she explores ways in which we can all simplify our lives. This class will be a practical look at methods and habits we can employ to decrease chaos and silence the “noise” of living in a first world culture. This class will look at everything from the way we manage our homes to the way we plan our schedules. Gail is a self-proclaimed chaos survivor who has come by her organizational/management skills via trial and error and the experience she gained as a working mom. Gail invites you to join her in discovering a few life hacks that will give us all what we need more of – time.

 

BIO:   Gail Waters has worked at POA for the last fifteen years as graphic designer and recently in the information technology department. Before coming to POA, she was a teacher for Rapides Parish Schools and holds a masters degree in gifted education and technology.  She and her husband Tim have been married over thirty years, and for the last eight years have led the Young Marrieds Class at the POA. They have two married sons, and one granddaughter and one grandson.

 

The Thread of Marriage – Davin & Melissa Ainsworth

The importance of a strong marriage cannot be over-emphasized.  God joins man and woman together through a powerful bond.  We fully believe that each marriage has its own unique thread that is powerful enough to hold it together through any storm or struggle of life.  When we said "I Do" to each other, we agreed to give ourselves to that common thread of life that we now share.  We commit to build memories, learn and grow together, and become all that God has called us to be as husband and wife.  Our desire for this class is that each couple will refocus their attention on that common thread they share and as such, strengthen the bond of their marriage forever.

 

Davin and Melissa Ainsworth  have been active members of the POA for many years.  Melissa was born and raised at POA, and Davin has been attending the POA since 1998.  They serve as the High School Senior Coordinators and also lead the Matthew 25 outreach for the POA.  Melissa has served in various capacities in children and youth ministries for 30 years and has been a public school teacher for 25 years.  She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.  Davin is retired and is also a business owner. He enjoys hunting, fishing, riding UTV’s, traveling, discussing business opportunities, encouraging others in life and good conversations with friends and family.  They have two fantastic children: Anderson, who is in elementary school and Allie, who is in high school.

 

 

 

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Sunday Evening Worship, 6:00 pm

 

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