April 9, 2013

Assemblies of God Chief Responds to Paul Alexander Controversy


Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood has released this statement responding to Jeff Walton’s coverage of the recent Society of Pentecostal Studies meeting in Seattle. At that event, the society’s then president, Paul Alexander, who’s ordained in the Assemblies of God, made controversial remarks about race, theology and sex.

“Dr. Paul Alexander is a faculty member of Palmer Seminary and a licensed Assemblies of God minister. On April 8, I received a copy of statements attributed to him at the Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS) meeting. At the time of those remarks, Dr. Alexander served as president of SPS.

I am waiting for a written transcript to be completed from his address at SPS. In the meantime, I have made his district superintendent aware of this matter. Our General Council Bylaws, Article X, provide for a process when allegations are made against a credentialed minister.

I trust that there will never be a day in the Assemblies of God when a credentialed minister can continue to hold credentials and support any form of sexual immorality.”