Academic News

Waxahachie, Texas – November 17, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) named Michael Clarensau as the new Dean of the College of Bible and Church Ministries to replace retiring Dean Dr. LeRoy Bartel. After five months of explorations, interviews and vetting, the Cabinet unanimously approved Dr. Clarensau effective June 1, 2015.

Vice President for Academics Paul Brooks said, “There is a high enthusiasm for this choice among the district superintendents who comprise the Executive Committee of SAGU’s Board of Regents.” He continued, “Dr. Clarensau was a highly recommended candidate who served faithfully in his previous roles.”

Dr. Clarensau held positions in pastoral ministry, as the District Youth Director in the Kansas District of the Assemblies of God and with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He now serves as the National Director for the Healthy Church Network

In the last four years, Dr. Clarensau has travelled the nation serving Assemblies of God (AG) districts and has built relationships with more than 250 AG churches. Brooks added, “His wife, Kerry, currently serves as the Assemblies of God National Women’s Department Director. Both are accomplished leaders and outstanding authors as well.”

Dr. Clarensau will begin the transition during the next two months and will begin serving at SAGU in January. He will work closely with the current Dean of the College of Bible and Church Ministries Dr. Leroy Bartel throughout the spring term to prepare for the transition.

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 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


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