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Fall Life Classes 2019 - Session I


Life Classes are for you!

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.


Fall Life Class Registration will open Sunday, August 4!  Life classes will be held on WEDNESDAY evenings September 4th, 11th, and 18th from 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm. Class size is limited and registration is required. You may register online at www.poa.church or at the welcome centers.  The final day to register is August 28th.


Faith 101 – Thetus Tenney

You don't need a whole lot, just use what you've got...We would all love to use and understand our faith a little better. We know that we need faith to please God and know that we all have a certain amount of it, but how much is enough?  In this class, we will journey into a scriptural study to understand the purpose of faith, to learn how to grow our faith, and to activate our faith.  Come share together as we build our faith.


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).


Parenting, Technology and Kids oh MY! – Derek Parker

Technology has become a noticeable part of daily family life. While there are benefits to being digitally connected, there are also challenges for parents. How is technology changing the way our families communicate and interact with each other?  How can we help protect and guide our children from inappropriate content and connections? As parents in this technology generation, our responsibility to guide our children toward habits of appropriate use is critical.  In this interactive class, we will discuss how to use technology as a purposeful tool, learn tips and tricks for connecting/disconnecting gaming consoles to the world of other players, and learn to set safeguards for navigating YouTube and other apps.  Come join us as dive into the digital world.


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.


pas·sion /ˈpaSHən/ - Pastor Mangun & Sis. Vesta Mangun

It has often been said that the most powerful human force on earth is the human soul on fire, burning with passion and propelled towards a cause or movement.  In our culture, there is no shortage of human-directed passion.  As children of God, we are called to burn with God-directed passion and to be propelled towards action in our daily lives.  Come join us as we dive into cultivating passion and using that to propel us into active Kingdom work.


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.


Temple Cleansing:  Taking Care of the Body – Deb Cook

I Corinthians 6:19  “What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”  Sharing from her own personal journey of healing and deliverances from 14+ years of anorexia/bulimia and other destructive mindsets, Deb will facilitate this interactive class.  The class is for men and women.  We will explore clean eating and small steps towards wholeness in mind, body, soul and spirit with open discussion and recipe sharing.


Deb Cook and her husband Bryan have been members at POA for 15 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.


The Basics of Emotional Health – Natoshia (Tossi) Wellman

Emotional health is an important part of wholeness.  Emotionally healthy individuals are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They can process through, and cope with, life’s challenges. Emotionally healthy people see themselves through the filter of 'what God says about me is true.’  Come join us as we discover what it means to be emotionally healthy and how to rest secure in our identity in Christ.


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 Book of Hebrews – Roger Skluzacek

The study of the Book of Hebrews provides a greater understanding of the provisions of the New Covenant:  the better way, including the promises, the royal priesthood, the rest, and the heavenly sanctuary. It gives the church the desired next step of growth toward greater intimacy with Christ, more faith, new commitment, perseverance, and bolder acts of service. It shows Jesus in His absolute pre-eminence sufficient in power, majesty, love, mercy and grace. You will see the warnings Paul used to keep the Jewish believers from backsliding into their old ways, tradition, worldliness, formality, and indifference. Key in Paul’s discipling is the sound advice given to those losing their salvation on how to attain maturity. What the angels desired to look into but was given to us will encourage wholehearted progress in our Christian lives.


In 1972, Roger Skluzacek began to fulfill a promise to God that if He showed him that He was real, he would serve Him. Immediately upon coming to the truth, he began teaching Home Bible studies and in time began serving in various ministries, i.e. bus routes, visitation, choir, tape ministry, youth ministry, scouts, dramas, and coordinator of the 13-year-old Sunday School class for 23 years. As the Outreach Director for 20 years, he led in the development of Ministry Training, Orientation, Baptistry workers, Record Keepers, and Ministry Teams. He is currently over Discover your Ministry and Ministry Teams. Roger is retired after working as lead in Adult Education and quality improvement initiatives for the Air Force and later the Army. He has a bachelor degree in Botany from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Management and Public Administration from Webster University in St. Louis Missouri


The Core- Penny Rai and Lakeitha Williams

Biblical principles to maintain your single parent household without losing your mind.

Come join us as we apply Biblical principles to guide us through this season of parenting. Regardless of where you are in this journey, the message is clear: you shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord  (Psalm 118:17).  God’s intention for you is to not merely survive but to thrive and to declare His Word and works in your life and that of your family.  In class, we will share the core principles that have proven helpful and critical to being a thriving family.  God and a wonderful body of believers are here to support you, so come expecting strength for your journey.


BIO:  Lakeitha Williams

Lakeitha Williams single mom to Daniel and Dailyn, mom in law to Julie, and “Nanna” to Dailen and Mia.  Daniel is a recent graduate from Louisiana College, and Dailyn started his freshmen year at McNeese University in August. While single parenting, Lakeitha obtained her BA in Social Work and Certification in Addiction Counseling. She is currently a Louisiana Certified Addiction Counselor and Master Level Social Worker. In December she graduated with her Masters in Social Work from LSU Baton Rouge. Lakeitha is currently a Community Resource Specialist for Cenla United Way’s Strong Neighborhood Project. Lakeitha was born in Alexandria and raised in Breaux Bridge La. She has lived in Alexandria for over 20 years and a POA member for over 17 years.  She works in Altar Work Ministry, Prayer Team, Choir and Praise Team member, Kingdom Life SS class, and Single Mom’s Connect Group leader.


BIO:  Penny Rai

Penny Rai has been a single mom for 14 years.  She has two daughters that are in college.  Since becoming a single mom, she has earned a BA in Business Management, a BS degree in Accounting. In December she graduated with her M.B.A. from LSU Shreveport.  She also is a Certified Medical Office Manager. Penny is currently an accountant with a healthcare management company and has previously worked as a financial manager for a physician’s medical practice.  This summer Penny also began teaching part time at Blue Cliff College. She has lived in Alexandria for 10 years and attends the POA.  She works in Wonderland, POA kids and the single mother’s ministry. You will often find her working behind the scenes somewhere on the POA campus.


The Dangers of Not Living – Rob Riddle

We all want to live life to the very fullest. Media and marketing strategies promote the idea of living a fulfilled life, and we are surrounded with strategies, opportunities and instructions on how to achieve that life.  Yet sometimes it feels like we just exist; the days and weeks fly by, and we never seem to attain the contentment and satisfaction that the Bible talks about.  God has given us so many promises of Life, not only eternally, but here and now, and it is His desire that we live fully in our body, our soul and in our spirit, so that we truly become living epistles, known and read by all men, showing His astounding love, power, and grace.  In this class we will discuss what the Bible describes as “Living”, how to avoid the “Dangers of not Living”, and what to do when you find yourself in stuck in the “Existing Rut” so that you can start living again.


Rob Riddle, and his wife Pam, are currently the World Missions Directors of POA and have been members since 2007. Through his passion for foreign missions, Rob has traveled ministering and teaching Bible doctrine in many countries giving him many experiences and interesting insights that he desires to share through sharing God’s Word.


Will You Please Speak My Language?– Shane and Teryn Spears

A Love Languages Introduction for Husbands & Wives

I know you, and you know me...or do we really? How well do we really know each other? Marriages grow when we learn about one another, communicate clearly, and when we love well.  Everyone gives and receives love differently and with insight into these differences, we can be confidently equipped to love clearly and love well. Come join us and discover your spouse’s – and your own – love language.


Shane & Teryn Spears are just a regular, fun-loving husband and wife team who win at life some days and learn something on the others.  Daily living in the Spears’ home is a beautiful cacophony of life’s goodness as they grapple with marriage, parenting four boys, working, and following God’s call. As career educators, leaders, pastors, musicians, explorers and learners, Shane & Teryn strive to inspire change, incite growth, and honestly share their lives with the world.  They love nothing more than to engage others with their contagious enthusiasm for getting better by improving their “being” rather than just increasing their “doing.”







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Service Schedule

Sunday School, 9:30 am


Sunday Morning Worship, 10:30 am

Sunday Evening Worship, 6:00 pm


Wednesday Evening, 7:00 pm


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