Dr. Manuel A. Cordero

M.A. Adjunct Faculty


  • D.Min. Marriage and Family Therapy, Palmer Theological Seminary, St Davids, PA, 1999.
  • M.Div., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO, 1981.
  • B.S. Bible, Central Bible College, Springfield, MO, 1978.
  • Outreach pastor, Central Assembly, Springfield MO 1978 – 1981
  • Executive Director of Chaplaincy Services, Bexar County Detention Services, San Antonio, TX 1981 – 1983
  • Chaplain, Federal Burau of Prisons, various facilities, and positions. Last position was an assistant to the Chief of Chaplains, Washington, D.C. -1983-2006
  • Pastoral Care Pastor, Oasis City Church, Philadelphia PA 2001 – 2009
  • Correctional Ministry Representative for the General Council of the Assemblies of God 2006-2015
  • Senior Director of Chaplain Ministries, for the General Council of the Assemblies of God 2017- Present
  • Adjunct Professor, NYACK University, Washington D.C. Campus 2004 – 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Assemblies of God Theological Association 2008 – Present
  • Doctoral projects advisor for several students at AGTS, NYACK Seminary
  • Guest Lecturer for several Universities 
  • General Presbyter of the General Council of the Assemblies of God 2015 – Present
  • Member of the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions Executive Committee 2015 – Present
  • Member of the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions Advisory Board 2015 – Present
  • Assemblies of God Commission on Chaplains 2001- 2002 and 2006 – Present.
  • Member of the XA Ministry board 2021 – Present
  • Board member Oasis City Church Youth Foundation, Philadelphia PA. 1996 – 2010. 
  • Member American Jail Association 2006 – 2017
  • Member Texas Correctional Association 1981-1983
  • Member American Correctional Association 2006 – 2019
  • Member of the Executive Council of the American Correctional Chaplains Association 2006 – 2018
  • Treasurer of the American Correctional Protestant Chaplains Association 2007 – 2019
  • Member of Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Member of Advisory Board of Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association 2010 – 2018.
  • Member of Advisory Board for the Institute for Correctional Ministries of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College 2010 – present 
  • Member of the Racetrack Chaplains Association 2011 – present 
  • Member and President of Coalition of Prison Evangelist 2006 – 2020
  • Board member of Maranatha Assembly of God, Lansdale, PA 1996 – 2001
  • Member of the Association of Religious Endorsing Bodies 2012 – Present 
  • Member of the Commission of Ministry in Specialized Settings 2007 – Present 
  • Volunteer Chaplain at Cecil County Jail, Maryland


Dr. Manuel A. Cordero is the Senior Director of the Chaplaincy Ministries for The General Council of the Assemblies of God and an ordained minister in the Pennsylvania/Delaware Ministry Network. Previously he served as the Correctional Ministries Representative for the Assemblies of God.  His years of experience and expertise have benefitted Assemblies of God worldwide. World Assemblies of God has designated Dr. Cordero as a resource to General Councils throughout the world in matters of pastoral care, chaplaincy, and emergency response. He assisted the Assemblies of God of Nigeria, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Cuba to establish their Chaplaincy Ministries Department. He conducts workshops and seminars internationally on prison ministry, pastoral care, and marriage and family. He and his wife, Christine, conduct marriage retreats for pastors. Dr. Cordero has received multiple awards from various institutions, including Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was selected three times to the Who is Who among American Latinos. He received Chaplain of the Year Award from the Williamsburg Jewish Congregations.  Institute of Correctional Ministry of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College named Dr. Cordero the Chaplain of the Year in 2010. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary bestowed upon him Alumni of the Year award in 2014. Dr. Cordero was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico. He married Christine (Kuykendall) in 1977 and they currently reside in Missouri. They have two grown children (Nathan and Angela) and six grandchildren (Gabriela, Troy Curtis, Jessica, Eden, Jack, and Samantha). 

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