About SAGU

Three Bible schools were brought together to form Southwestern Bible Institute. The first, known as Southwestern Bible School, was established at Enid, Oklahoma in 1927 under the leadership of the Reverend P. C. Nelson. The second, Shield of Faith Bible Institute, was founded in Amarillo, Texas, in 1931 under the direction of the Reverend Guy Shields. It included not only a Bible school, but also a grade school and high school. The third, which was operated as Southern Bible College in connection with the Richey Evangelistic Temple, began at Goose Creek, Texas in 1931. It was started by Reverend J. T. Little in Trinity Tabernacle and later moved to Houston in 1933. The school's name was then changed to Southern Bible Institute.

The Bible school division of Shield of Faith Bible Institute was moved to Fort Worth in 1935. The high school division was transferred the following year. In 1940, a merger resulted in Southern Bible Institute, moving to Fort Worth. The combined school, operating as South Central Bible Institute, came under the ownership and direction of the Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God.

The school in Enid merged with South Central in 1941, at which time the name was changed to Southwestern Bible Institute. In 1943, the institute was moved to its present facilities in Waxahachie, Texas.

During the 1944-45 term, a junior college curriculum was added. The Junior College Division soon accounted for about half of enrollment. 

Southwestern Bible Institute became a regional school in 1954. At that time seven districts of the Assemblies of God--Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas--owned and operated the school. In 1969, the Rocky Mountain District, composed of Colorado and Utah, was admitted to the Region. The Mississippi District was then added to the Region in 1979. In 1980, the Rocky Mountain District voted to withdraw from the Southwestern Region and to remain neutral.

The proposal to change the name was ratified by all seven Districts, and the name became Southwestern Assemblies of God College. In 1963, the upper two years of the College were renamed Southwestern College of the Bible. In 1968, the separation of the divisions of the College was made more complete, and the Junior College was designated Southwestern Junior College of the Assemblies of God. In 1987 the two divisions were reunited.

Beginning in the early nineties, the university experienced phenomenal enrollment increases. From 596 students in the fall of 1991, enrollment grew to 1492 students in 1997. Along with the enrollment increase, opportunities to expand the curriculum and programs developed. In December 1994, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the name change to Southwestern Assemblies of God University to more accurately reflect its purpose and mission as a Bible university of theological and professional studies.

In 1996, SAGU expanded to include a graduate school.

In 2004, the academic divisions of the university realigned into two colleges, the College of Bible & Church Ministries and the College of Arts & Professions. Both colleges maintain Bible-based curriculum to fulfill the mission of SAGU.

Since 2000, SAGU has added 24 new academic programs, bringing the total to more than 60 programs. Additionally, under the direction of President Kermit Bridges, the campus continues to grow. In 2006-2007, Teeter and Bridges Halls were added. They were followed by the new Alton Garrison Student Wellness Center in 2009.

Amidst the physical expansion, SAGU experienced consecutive record enrollments Fall 2007 through Fall 2010 reaching a milestone of 2,064.

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SAGU professor appointed for AG Commission on Doctrinal Purity

SAGU professor appointed for AG Commission on Doctrinal Purity

Oct 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - October 7, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor Dr. John Wyckoff was appointed by the Executive Presbytery of the General Council of the Assemblie...

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SAGU Alumna Forms HHope Support Group for Teenage Mothers

SAGU Alumna Forms HHope Support Group for Teenage Mothers

Oct 03, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - October 2, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Faitth Brooks began HHope, an organization dedicated to help and support you...

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SAGU Alumna named District Elementary Teacher of the Year

SAGU Alumna named District Elementary Teacher of the Year

Sep 16, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - September 12, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Heather Landry was named the 2014-2015 District Elementary Teacher of the Year on May 22, 2014. Land...

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SAGU Alumna assists translation of the Modern English Version Bible

SAGU Alumna assists translation of the Modern English Version Bible

Sep 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas - September 4, 2014 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumna Dr. Verna Linzey, D.D., served on a team of 47 translators for the new Modern English Version (MEV), whi...

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SAGU Alumni Association announces the 2014 Alumni Award recipients

SAGU Alumni Association announces the 2014 Alumni Award recipients

Sep 04, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – September 4, 2014 – The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumni Association announced the 2014 Alumni Award recipients.      ...

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SAGU Alumni show their "Lion Pride"

SAGU Alumni show their "Lion Pride"

Aug 27, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 27, 2014 –Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Advancement department launched a 3-week campaign allowing alumni and friends to show their LION PRIDE...

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SAGU alumnus creates 'Every Kid Deserves a Ball'

SAGU alumnus creates 'Every Kid Deserves a Ball'

Aug 12, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 11, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus David Flores created a non-profit organization called Every Kid Deserves A Ball that hosts&nb...

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SAGU alumni and professor release free youth ministry eBook "Depleted"

SAGU alumni and professor release free youth ministry eBook "Depleted"

Jul 30, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 29, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumni Taylor Johnson, Wade Bearden, Preston Ulmer and professor Dr. Garland Owensby collaborated ...

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SAGU Alumna Kristen Welch authors "Rhinestone Jesus"

SAGU Alumna Kristen Welch authors "Rhinestone Jesus"

Jul 17, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 17, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna and well-known blog author Kristen Clark Welch published her second book "Rhinestone Jesus&...

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Former SAGU professor, Dr. Gene Brown, passes at age 78

Former SAGU professor, Dr. Gene Brown, passes at age 78

Jul 03, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – July 3, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) professor, Dr. Gene Brown, died at the age of 78 on June 29, 2014. SAGU's Dean of Graduate Studie...

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Former SAGU president, Hershel A. Brummett, dies at age 84

Former SAGU president, Hershel A. Brummett, dies at age 84

Jun 25, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – June 25, 2014 – Dr. Hershel A. Brummett, president of Southwestern Assemblies of God College (SAGC) from 1979-1982, died at the age of 84 on Monday, June 23, 2014, in T...

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SAGU alumnus publishes 'Changing Church: It's Never Too Late'

SAGU alumnus publishes 'Changing Church: It's Never Too Late'

May 14, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — May 14, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and Senior Pastor of Copper Pointe Church (Albuquerque, NM) Galen Woodward published "Chan...

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Alumnus records church's worship album, first recording in HCC

Alumnus records church's worship album, first recording in HCC

May 12, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — May 12, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus and Worship Pastor at New Community Church (NCC) (Mesquite, Texas) David Belt recorded the churc...

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SAGU alumnus creates youth ministry curriculum

SAGU alumnus creates youth ministry curriculum

Mar 07, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 7, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Dustin Woodward, a former Young Alumni Award Recipient, recently launched a youth and young ...

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Alumnus pastors one of 2013's Top 100 fastest growing churches in America

Alumnus pastors one of 2013's Top 100 fastest growing churches in America

Mar 07, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — March 7, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Abram Gomez serves as the executive pastor of Valley International Christian Center (VICC) i...

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SAGU alumna coordinates Waxahachie community giveaway

SAGU alumna coordinates Waxahachie community giveaway

Feb 10, 2014 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — February. 10, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna and adjunct instructor Rebecca Manguno hosted Waxahachie Bible Church's 4th annual A...

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SAGU dedicates Hagee Communication Center on Dec. 11

SAGU dedicates Hagee Communication Center on Dec. 11

Nov 19, 2013 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — November 19, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will dedicate the John and Diana Hagee Communication Center (HCC) on Wednesday, December 11. ...

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VAR Resources employs 15 SAGU alumni

VAR Resources employs 15 SAGU alumni

Nov 12, 2013 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas — November 12, 2013 — VAR Resources President and CEO and Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Gary Sutton has employed 15 SAGU alumni over the pas...

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Alumni Relations 'mugs' students during first week

Alumni Relations 'mugs' students during first week

Aug 30, 2012 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – August 29, 2012 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) launched a new tradition Tuesday, August 28. The Alumni Relations office "mugged" hundreds of students in the ...

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Alumna walks 250 miles for pro-life movement

Alumna walks 250 miles for pro-life movement

Mar 27, 2012 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, Texas – March 28, 2012 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Carisma Reyes will walk 250 miles in 21 days with 38 other women for the “Back to Life” movement in a...

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Alumnus leads opening prayer for U.S. Congress

Alumnus leads opening prayer for U.S. Congress

Dec 19, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX - December 19, 2011 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Bryan Thiessen was selected by Pennsylvania Congressman Tim Murphy (18th district) to give the invocati...

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Alumna to compete on “Food Network Challenge,” November 13

Alumna to compete on “Food Network Challenge,” November 13

Nov 08, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – November 8, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Wendy Weixel Collinsworth will appear on the Food Network Channel’s “Food Network...

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Alumnus serves as youth pastor at The Potter’s House

Alumnus serves as youth pastor at The Potter’s House

Nov 07, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – November 7, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus Drew Castillo serves as “The Fire House” youth pastor at The Potter’s Hous...

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Alumna serves as SMU Chi Alpha pastor

Alumna serves as SMU Chi Alpha pastor

Oct 28, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 28, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumna Mandy (Bass) Pathak serves alongside husband Shomik in the Chi Alpha ministry at Southern Met...

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Delmer and Eleanor Guynes memorialized in dormitory

Delmer and Eleanor Guynes memorialized in dormitory

Oct 26, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 26, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) memorialized Delmer and Eleanor Guynes with a wall display during the Homecoming events held on Frid...

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Alumna receives Milken Educator Award

Alumna receives Milken Educator Award

Oct 18, 2011 - Alumni News

Waxahachie, TX – October 18, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Alumna Andrea Morales McKenna was presented with a Milken Educator Award on October 7, 2011. McKenna...

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Eleanor Guynes Memorial Service to be streamed, Friday, May 20, 2PM

Eleanor Guynes Memorial Service to be streamed, Friday, May 20, 2PM

May 14, 2011 - Alumni News

Kind Words "Thank you Lord for a faithful servant!" Terrell Welch "Heaven just received another hero of the faith." Anita Cook "My deepest ...

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Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez Serves as Federal Prison Chaplain

Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez Serves as Federal Prison Chaplain

Nov 17, 2010 - Alumni News

Alumnus Jerrod Ramirez recently became a Federal Prison Chaplain at the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. Ramirez previously served as a navy chaplain. Jerrod and Stephanie Ra...

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Alumna Brandi Lewis Trains Men's Pair Champions

Alumna Brandi Lewis Trains Men's Pair Champions

Oct 27, 2010 - Alumni News

Alumna Brandi Lewis recently produced the first elite athletes in Acrobatic Gymnastics in Texas. Men’s Pair Axel Osborne and Dylan Inserra are Senior National Team members and three-time nati...

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Alumna Stephanie Graham Named Teacher of the Year

Alumna Stephanie Graham Named Teacher of the Year

Sep 28, 2010 - Alumni News

SAGU alumna Stephanie Graham was recently named Teacher of the Year for Life School in Lancaster, Texas. Graham graduated from SAGU in 2008 with a degree in Elementary Education. Graham was sel...

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