Evangel University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is affiliated with the Assemblies of God Christian denomination, which is also headquartered in Springfield. The former Evangel College was renamed Evangel University on June 8, 1998. The campus sits on 80 acres (320,000 m2) that were originally part of O'Reilly General Hospital. The first president of Evangel was Klaude Kendrick who served from 1955-1958. Dr. J. Robert Ashcroft, father of United States Attorney General John Ashcroft, was president of the university from 1958-1974. Dr. Robert H. Spence is the current president of the university, beginning his leadership in 1974.
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