Detailed Vitae

V   I   T   A   E




Delbert H. Tarr, Jr.  (Del)

Born:         June 14, 1934

Aitkin, Minnesota U.S.A.

Parents:     Delbert H. Tarr, Sr. and Catherine (Putnam) Tarr

Parents became Assemblies of God ministers when Del Jr. was four years old.  They pastored churches in South Dakota and Minnesota.  Siblings are an older sister, Virginia, who was married to the late Rev. Daniel Kricorian an A/G minister, and a younger brother, Rev. Dennis Tarr who is a Presbyterian Minister.

Married:    Dorothy Darline Hill  (Dolly), 1954.

Del and Dolly have three children: a daughter, Cindy Sharon (born 1956); and two sons, Terry Mark (born 1958); and Randel Ray (born 1962). And 5 grandchildren Ainslie, Luke, Nathan, Addison, and Micah.




North Central University

Four years, Bible/Missions Major

B.A. Degree, 1960


University of Minnesota

Two years, Speech Communications Major

Anthropology Minor

M.A. Degree, 1969

University of Minnesota

One year, plus four years research and writing

Ph.D. Degree, Cross-Cultural Communications, 1980

Special Training:

Flying Cloud School of Aviation

Private pilot’s license, 1958

Ecole Lemania, Lausanne, Switzerland

Diploma, French Language Proficiency, 1960


1954-55         Assistant Pastor

Hopkins Assembly of God Church, Hopkins, MN

1955          Licensed Minister

Minnesota District of the Assemblies of God

1955-56     Evangelist

1956-58         Pastor

Hopkins Assembly of God Church, Hopkins, MN

1957          Ordained Minister

Minnesota District of the Assemblies of God

1959-67         Appointed Foreign Missionary

Burkina Faso, West Africa (formerly Upper Volta)

1963-67         Director Mossiland Bible School

Nagabagre, Upper Volta

1970                    Co-Founder

West Africa Advanced School of Theology

Lome, Togo

1970-73         Dean

Director of French section of full WAAST curriculum

Lome, Togo

1973-76         Associate Professor and Coordinator of Cross-Cultural

Communications Studies

Assemblies of God Theological Seminar

1977-79         Dean

Missions Division

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

1976-80       Special Representative

Division of Foreign Missions

Evaluation and goal-setting projections for field fellowships of American missionaries in Indonesia and Bangladesh

1979-82      Professor, Chairman

Missions and Communications Department

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

1982-90       President

California Theological Seminary

Fresno, California

1990-99       President

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

1999 –       Professor Emeritus

Assemblies of God Theological Seminary



Intercultural Communications, ICI, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1987.

Double Image (Study in contextualization of African theology), Paulist Press, 1994.

The Foolishness of God:  A Linguist Looks at the Mystery of Tongues, Access Publishers, 2010.

What a Ride, A Picture Journal of Del and Dolly Tarr’s Life and Ministry, 1954-2026 and beyond, 2016

(In Process) Shepherds Not Kings: Ancient Truth, Modern Relevance, 2018

Individual Chapters:

“The Role of the Holy Spirit in Interpersonal Relations,” 1st chapter in The Holy Spirit & Counseling,  M. Gilbert & R. Brock, Editors, Hendrickson Publishers, 1985.

“Preaching the Word in the Power of the Spirit:  A Cross-Cultural Analysis,” a chapter in Called and Empowered:  Pentecostal Perspectives on Global Mission, M.W. Dempster, B.D. Klaus & D. Petersen, Editors, Hendrickson Publishers, 1990.

“The Church and the Spirit’s Power”,  “Benny C. Aker & Gary B. McGee, Eds.; Signs & Wonders in Ministry Today, Gospel Publishing House, 1996.

“Continuing Education,” a chapter in The Pentecostal Pastor:  A Mandate for the 21st Century, Thomas Trask, Wayde Goodall, Zenas Bickett, Editors, Gospel Publishing House, 1997.

“Transcendence/Immanence and the Emerging Pentecostal Academy,” a chapter in the Festschrift Pentecostalism in Context:  Essays in Honor of William W. Menzies, Won Suk Ma and Robert P. Menzies, Editors, Sheffield Academic Press, 1997.

“The Foolishness of God” a chapter in Helping Others Receive the Gift, Joe Enloe and Randy Hurst, GPH, 2008

“Power in Your Mouth: Pentecostalism and Orality”, Stanley M. Burgess and Paul W. Lewis, A Light to the Nations, Exploration in Ecumenism, Missions, and Pentecostalism, Eugene, OR Pickwick Pub., 2017, 330-346.




“Repeat That Please!”  Pentecostal Evangel, February 24, 1963.

“Like a Match to Straw.”   Paraclete, Summer, 1965.

“Commitment to Men.”    Pentecostal Evangel, April 3, 1966.

“Africa Plans for Advance.”  Pentecostal Evangel, August 16, 1970.

“Take Time to Give Time.”  Pentecostal Evangel, October 15, 1972.  Also reprinted in Christian Herald.

“Church Growth in Land of the Mossi.”  Pentecostal Evangel, February 8, 1976.

“What Mean These Stones?”  Pentecostal Evangel, September 18, 1977.

“I Saw ISUM.”  Pentecostal Evangel, November 2, 1980.

“Watch Out For the Wrapper.”  Pentecostal Evangel, December 21, 1980.

“Slow—Take Time To Give.”  Insight, December-January-February, 1981.

“An African Model of Acts 10.”  Paraclete, Summer, 1981.

“The Christian Family and Television.  Pentecostal Evangel, November 8, 1981.

“Gift-Wrapped Fruit.”  Advance, May 1982.

“African Music: Visceral Symbolism.”  Motif, August 1982.

“Making Truth Memorable.”  Leadership, Spring 1983.

“Benefits of a French Study Bible.”  Life Publishers International, August 4, 1986

“Be My Witnesses.”  Charismatic Times, 1987.

“A Look at Pentecostal Education.”  The Pentecostal Minister, September 1988.

“Contemporary Pentecostal Education: A Symposium.”  The Pentecostal Minister, Summer 1989.


“Power to Tell.”  Advance, January 1991.

“Servant Leadership.”  Ministries Newsletter, February 1993.

Book Review of Surprised by the Power of the Spirit, Jack Deere, Pentecostal Evangel, July 1994.

“Touching America’s Subcultures.”  Pentecostal Evangel, December 11, 1994.

“Trust as the Basis of Economic Health.”  Book Review of The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. Francis Fukuyama, In Trust, Fall, 1995.


“Grapefruit Gospel Surprise.”  Mountain Movers, 1997.

“The Miracle of Memphis.”  Pentecostal Evangel, May 31, 1998.

“How Should We Respond to the Current Revival?  Hold it Gently.”  Pentecostal Evangel, November 1998.

“Quantification Sickness.”  Enrichment Journal, 1998.

Other Writings and Productions:

Master’s Theses  (Plan B)

“Open, Straightforward Manner of Communication as a Cultural Variable” University of Minnesota, 1969.  Adapted for class:  MCC 531, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 1974.

“Social Control and Behavior:  A Comparison of Mossi and Kasena Tribes of Upper Volta.” University of Minnesota, 1968.

“Varied Values of Time: Barrier to Intercultural Communication.” University of Minnesota, 1969. Susbsequently adapted for text material, class:  MCC 531, Intercultural Communications, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 1974.

“Why Polygyny:  A Study of Biological, Psychological, and Social Features Which Apparently Have Contributed to the Institution and Maintenance of the Polygynous Form of Marriage.”  (Co-authored with Herbert Butler) University of Minnesota and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Ph.D. Dissertation

“Indirection and Ambiguity as a Mode of Communication in West Africa:  A Descriptive Study.” University of Minnesota, 1979.

16mm Sound Movie Film

Living Water  (Story and Photography) 1965

TV Production

“Double Image”:  twenty-six 30-minute TV programs produced and broadcast by FCB Network, 1988-89 (Scripture through Third World Eyes.)


Outstanding Young Men of America, 1967

Who’s Who in the Midwest,  1982

Who’s Who in the West, 1987

Who’s Who in American Education, 1992

Outstanding Alumnus; North Central University, 1997

Omicron Alpha; Distinguished Administrator Award, 1999

Omicron Pi; Twenty Year Administrator Award, 1999

Who’s Who in America,  1999-2000

American Society of Missiology

Society of Pentecostal Studies

Evangelical Theological Society

Academy of Evangelism

Robert K. Greenleaf Foundation

Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents

Overseas Ministries Study Center

American Association of Missiologists




Fluent in French and Mori (taught in and worked as translator in these two languages).

Fluent in Ewe (Southern Togo)

Conversational Knowledge in Kasem (Southern Burkina Faso)

Studied Mandarin, Tagalog, and Amharic



General Science

Intro. Psychology



Survey of New Testament

Survey of Old Testament

Synoptic Gospels

Systematic Theology

Wisdom & Poetical Books


Advanced Leadership

Bible School Administration & Teaching

Communications and Human Behavior

Cross Cultural Communications

Cultural Anthropology

Educational Psychology

Group Dynamics

Intercultural Communications

Kinship Systems & Social Law

Languages:  French, English

Media Communication

Nonverbal Communications

Pastoral Counseling

Persuasion and Preaching

Preaching Practicum

TV Production



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