Evangel President Rakes Statement on Dr. George O. Wood

January 12, 2022

It makes my heart very sad today to learn the news of the passing of Evangel University alumnus and former General Superintendent of The Assemblies of God, Dr. George O. Wood. He passed away January 12, 2022 and entered into his eternal reward.

The year of 2021 marked the 64th anniversary of Dr. George O. Wood’s feet stepping onto the campus of Evangel University, then a college. In his distinguished career of leadership, he was a strong champion for Evangel University and a principal voice for the vital mission of Assemblies of God Higher Education.

Dr. George O. Wood was the first full-time campus pastor of Evangel (College) University in 1970-1971, and when serving as the interim president of Evangel University in 2020-2021, he again made a significant contribution toward elevating Evangel University by making the renovation of the Spence Chapel media platform and stage a reality. He transformed the university chapel experience for students with raising the funds, delivering the dramatic upgrade, and paving the way for the new university mascot, Valor, which he believed represented the new call to this generation.

Dr. George O. Wood’s spiritual grace and sharp intellect brought distinction to our Lord by serving whole heartedly the Evangel University family and the global Assemblies of God. His absence will be felt greatly on campus, and we are forever changed by his love for this place. In November of 2021, Dr. George O. Wood was given the inaugural Presidential Award of Valor, an award given at the discretion of the university president for actions and service that go beyond human accomplishment and are identified as something exceptional, extraordinary, and for the best of the institution and global family of Evangel University.

On a personal note, Dr. Wood’s ministry challenged me early in my pastoral ministry to keep growing and pursue education. Over the last year we shared some amazing moments talking about what God had done and was going to do through Evangel University and her graduates. I already miss his friendship and professional encouragement.

The Assemblies of God , Evangel University, and God’s kingdom on this earth will be forever grateful for his giftedness and acute mind and tender heart. Please join the entire EU Cabinet and the Evangel family around the world in giving thanks to God for this great champion and join our prayers for his wife, Jewel, son George P., and his entire family.  

Sincerely,

Dr. Mike L. Rakes

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