Academic News

Waxahachie, Texas– Friday, September 19, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will host Church Multiplication Network's (CMN) free START Event on September 23-25, 2014, highlighting the challenge and opportunity of planting new, healthy churches. Special chapel speakers include Herbert Cooper, Rob Ketterling, Greg Ford, and Earl Creps


Tuesday, September 23:
9:30 a.m. - Chapel Service (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Greg Ford
10:50 a.m. - Super Session (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Earl Creps and Steve Pike
12:00 p.m. - Plus Lunch (Mundt Room) - Greg Ford 
7:00 p.m. - Chapel Service (Barnes Student Center) - Greg Ford
8:30 p.m. - CMN Pizza Party (Presidents Dining Room) - Jeff Kossack

Wednesday, September 24:
10:10 a.m. - Chapel Service (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Herbert Cooper
11:35 a.m. - Super Lunch (Mundt Room) - Herbert Cooper
1:00 p.m. - Super Session (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Greg Ford

Thursday, September 25:
9:30 a.m. - Chapel Service (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Rob Ketterling
11:35 a.m. - Super Session (Sheaffer Center Auditorium) - Rob Ketterling

Herbert Cooper graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, in 1997 with a Biblical studies major and a psychology minor. Immediately following graduation, he launched a full-time evangelistic ministry. He conducts revivals and crusades and speaks at conferences, youth camps and youth conventions across America. In addition, he is a worldwide speaker preaching in the Ukraine; Malawi, Africa and in Uganda, Africa, in front of crowds numbering in excess of 15,000.

In January 2002, the Coopers sold their home in Springfield, Missouri, and moved to Oklahoma City to begin People’s Church. People’s Church began on May 12, 2002, with 65 people in attendance and is now ministering to 5,000 people every week.

Rob Ketterling is the Lead Pastor of River Valley Church, which is based out of Minnesota’s Twin Cities South Metro area. Starting in 1995 with just 13 people, Rob and his wife, Becca, began River Valley with a vision for church “outside the ordinary.” As Rob describes it, “We want everything from our worship to our kid’s ministry to our Lifegroups to our lobby to be nothing you’ve ever experienced until you walk through our doors.”

Today, River Valley is a thriving, growing church with over 5,000 in attendance at its 17 weekend services across seven locations with campuses in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Edina Area, Faribault, Minnetrista, Savage and international campuses in Mbekelweni, Swaziland and Valencia, Spain.
Greg Ford graduated from SAGU in 2004 with a degree in Biblical studies. He also played three years for the SAGU football team. Before establishing One Church Columbus, Ford served as youth pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Toledo, Ohio, and at Evangel Assembly of God in Wooster, Ohio, where he also coached middle school football and basketball.

Dr. Earl Creps is the pastor of 360church in Berkeley, California, and a visiting professor of Leadership and Spiritual Renewal at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Dr. Creps is a specialist on missional Christianity, postmodernism, communication and leadership.

He served as adult ministries consultant for The General Council of the Assemblies of God and has been a member of various General Council committees. He is the author of "Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)" and "Reverse Mentoring."

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) 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 or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.


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