Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

Meet the Staff Meet the Staff

Staff of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

FRONT: Alice Harris, Meaghan Collier, Catherine McGee.
BACK: Darrin Rodgers, Joyce Lee, Robert Sears, Ruthie Oberg, Glenn Gohr.

Darrin Rodgers
Curriculum Vitae

Darrin has served as director since September 2005. A fourth-generation Pentecostal, he was raised in North Dakota. Darrin earned his B.A. (Hillsdale College), M.A. in Theological Studies (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary), and J.D. (University of North Dakota School of Law). When asked about his legal training, he quips that he "moved from law to grace." He came to the FPHC from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he served at the David du Plessis Archive and the McAlister Library. He has authored Northern Harvest, a history of Pentecostalism in North Dakota, and numerous articles in books and journals. His research interests include Pentecostal origins, ethnic aspects of Pentecostalism's development, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. Darrin's portfolio includes public relations, acquisitions, editing Assemblies of God Heritage magazine, conducting oral history interviews and, he notes, leading "a talented team of people who are passionate about Pentecostal history." Darrin and his wife, Desiree, reside in Springfield.

Glenn Gohr
Reference Archivist
Curriculum Vitae

Originally from Wichita Falls, Texas, Glenn has served at the FPHC since July 1987. After earning a B.A. in English from Midwestern State University, he moved to Springfield and earned an M.Div. from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He is an ordained AG minister, is married, and has two children. Glenn's duties at the FPHC include cataloging and maintaining the photograph collection and the audio and video files. He regularly contributes articles and is also the copy editor for Heritage. He has written articles for various publications, including the New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. His broad knowledge of early Pentecostal history is a significant asset to the FPHC.

Ruthie Edgerly Oberg
Administrative Coordinator

Ruthie, a Central Bible College graduate and ordained Assemblies of God minister, is well-known for her work in the Women in Ministry Network. After pastoring for 24 years in Iowa she moved to Springfield to pursue her Masters of Divinity degree at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. She began work at the FPHC in June 2016.  Ruthie is a fourth generation Pentecostal and fifth generation Preacher’s Kid with roots in both the Assemblies of God and the Pentecostal Church of God.  Along with her administrative duties at the FPHC, which include the production of the biennial Memorial Book, she enjoys short-term missions’ trips to assist in cataloguing libraries for African schools.

Robert Sears

Robert joined the FPHC in January, 2017, as Archivist. He has been a librarian at Christian colleges for 27 years, including 16 years as library director at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. He has a degree in Mathematics Education from Indiana University, a Master's in Library Science, also from I.U., and an M.A. in Christian Thought (Church History and Theology) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His primary responsibilities at the FPHC involve cataloging and processing materials. With his love of Pentecostal history, he will be exploring and assisting in a wide variety of projects.

Joyce Lee
Assistant Cataloger

Joyce has served at the FPHC since May 1986. She retired as Archivist in May 2013 and continues to work part-time as Assistant Cataloger. Born and raised in New Jersey, she is a third-generation Pentecostal. She moved to Springfield in 1976 to attend the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, from which she graduated in 1979. She previously worked as the cataloger and coordinator of technical services at the AGTS library for nine years. As archivist, she is responsible for cataloging or supervising the cataloging of printed materials, occasionally creating puzzles for Heritage magazine, and assisting researchers. In 1999 she assisted then FPHC director, Wayne Warner, in the compilation of The Essential Smith Wigglesworth. Joyce and her husband Jay live in Springfield.

Alice Harris
Archives Specialist

Alice has served at the FPHC since February 2016. A Springfield native, she graduated from Central Bible College with a B.A. in Christian Education. She worked at Central Bible College for 26 years where she served as the Library Secretary from 2004 - 2013. She is a member of Central Assembly of God where she serves as a Sunday School class secretary. She works part-time at the FPHC, where she assists with fulfilling customer orders.

Meaghan Collier
Archives Specialist

Meaghan has served at the FPHC since March 2017. A Kansas native, she moved to Springfield in 2002 to attend Evangel University. She has a B.S. in History and Government from Evangel University and a M.A. in History from Missouri State University. She worked at Evangel University for 9 years, where she served as the Library Instructional Resource Center Supervisor and as Administrative Assistant for the Social Science Department. She attends James River Church where she serves on the elementary team at the West Campus. She also volunteers with the Cherish Kids Organization, serving as member of the Leadership Team and as the Cherish Kids West Campus Event Coordinator. She works part-time at the FPHC, where she assists with digitizing periodical and audio collections. Meaghan, her husband Mike, and their two children reside in Republic.

Elysia Williams
Archives Specialist

Elysia is currently a student at Evangel University. She came to Springfield from West Terre Haute, Indiana, where she was active in her home church, First Assembly of God of West Terre Haute. Her involvement included student youth leader and church worship leader. She now serves as a youth leader at Life360 Church (Chesterfield campus), an Assemblies of God church in Springfield. In high school, her activities included National Honor Society, Tennis team, Color guard, band, orchestra, and choir. Elysia works part-time at the FPHC, where she assists in the processing of materials in all formats as well as other special projects.

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