SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Assemblies of God World Headquarters in Springfield is celebrating and making history at the same time.
First, the Assemblies of God celebrated 100 years of having their headquarters in Springfield. In 1918, the national office relocated from St. Louis to a building on West Pacific, the former wholesale grocery company. The mayor, Ken McClure received a proclamation from the Assemblies of God, recognizing the City of Springfield for its relationship with the Assemblies of God Church.
Assemblies of God also made history, installing the first female General Secretary. Reverend Donna Barrett has been an Assemblies of God Minister since 1988. She comes to Springfield from Ohio. She now takes the third-ranking position in the leadership. She will oversee credentialing of ministers and chartering of churches.
"I love the Assemblies of God because of how inclusive they are," said Donna Barrett, Assemblies of God General Secretary. "It's a church for all people, and to be able to put someone at this level of executive leadership in the movement sends a message across our movement that the Assemblies of God wants to empower and make a way for men and women to serve shoulder-to-shoulder for the glory of God."
About a quarter of Assemblies of God ministers are women. The leadership team says it is excited to welcome Reverend Donna Barrett to the world headquarters.