Professor Wyckoff receives Delta Alpha Award
Waxahachie, TX – August 23, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Graduate Chair of Theological Studies John Wyckoff was awarded the Delta Alpha Award by the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education on August 3, 2011.
“I am greatly honored to be receiving this award. But, the reality is, all the glory and honor goes to the Lord. I would not have been able to do this without Myrna’s encouragement and support, for now a little over 42 years,” Wyckoff shared. "I also would not have had the opportunity for my God-given gifts to grow and benefit His Kingdom without the ‘ministry’ called SAGU. Thank you.”
The name of the award is adapted from the Greek words for “teacher of excellence” (didaskalos aretes), implying that the person is not only a skilled teacher but a teacher of moral excellence. It is the highest award for an Assemblies of God faculty member. The names of awardees are displayed in the offices of The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education and publicized in the appropriate AG and non-AG publications.
Wyckoff taught Chemistry and Mathematics at SAGU from 1966-1968. After completing his M.A. in Religion at Southern Nazarene University, he pastored Humboldt Assembly of God in Humboldt, KS. In 1976, he returned to SAGU as a professor of Bible and Theology. Wyckoff later completed his doctorate in Religion from Baylor University. He was the first Division Chair of the Bible and Church Ministries Department and serves as the Graduate Chair of Theological Studies for SAGU’s Harrison School of Graduate Studies.
“Dr. Wyckoff brings a deep commitment and authentic passion to the task of teaching theology. He is thoroughly Pentecostal by experience and conviction. His belief in the authority and reliability of Scripture is rock solid and is the foundation upon which everything is built. His personal relationship with God through Christ is evident,” states LeRoy Bartel, Dean of Church and Bible Ministries. “Students love to see Dr. Wyckoff’s eyes flash with conviction, soften with affection, and glow with affirmation. This resonates with students,” Bartel continues. “However, Dr. Wyckoff has never fallen into the trap of simply communicating ‘content’. His greatest delight is teaching students – urging them to seek truth, thrilling at their personal discovery, and encouraging them to become what God has redeemed and gifted them to become.”
Criteria for recipients include a significant number of years in AG educational institutions, contributions to the AG Fellowship at home or abroad, contributions to AG education and Pentecostal scholarship, knowledge of subject area and field of expertise, effectiveness in the classroom, exemplary Christian character, and ethical leadership.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.