About SAGU

Waxahachie, Texas – July 29, 2014 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumni Taylor Johnson, Wade Bearden, Preston Ulmer and professor Dr. Garland Owensby collaborated to write a free eBook, “Depleted: Dealing with Difficult Moments in Youth Ministry.” 

Johnson, youth pastor at The House of Hope in Waxahachie, Texas, described his motivation for the eBook, “I’ve had a lot of great conversations with these writers about ministry and the difficult moments they’ve faced. It was always so refreshing to hear others talk about having the same problems I’ve gone through. I wasn’t alone! I wanted a way to share that feeling with others.”

Bearden, a contributor to Christianity Today and Preaching.com, discusses the ministry and life demands of being bi-vocational. Johnson speaks to the issue of cynicism in ministry and how easy it is to fall into that trap. Finally, Ulmer authentically shares about recovering from the hurt that is often encountered in ministry.

Owensby is a Youth and Student Ministries professor at SAGU. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Southeastern College (Assemblies of God) in Lakeland, Florida. He holds a Master of Science in Practical Theology and a Master of Arts in Bible and Theology from SAGU. He also completed a Doctor of Educational Ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ft. Worth, Texas). 

Owensby says, “Many people find themselves exhausted and emotionally depleted from ministry and this book speaks to those who are struggling in an authentic way.” 

Owensby is active in evangelistic and teaching ministry. He speaks in churches, youth groups, public school assemblies, youth camps and conventions across the nation. He is also a stand-up comedian and has performed at The Improv and Hyenas. He has also been heard on Sirius/XM Laugh USA and has three recordings available on iTunes and Amazon.com.  

Bearden has worked in student ministry for ten years, the last five as a youth ministry pastor for junior high and high school students. He knows what it's like to be part-time, full-time and volunteer. 

Bearden currently serves as a youth and associate pastor at Northwood Church in Spring, Texas, and as an adjunct instructor at SAGU. He holds his Master of Arts in Bible and Theology and has written for Christianity TodayYouth Worker MagazinePreaching.com and Christ and Pop Culture.

Johnson is a stand-up comedian and evangelist who has been on the road since 2008. "Don’t Panic" is Johnson’s first live stand-up album that released on iTunes last year. He has served as a part-time youth pastor at The House of Hope in Waxahachie, Texas, for the past year and a half. 

Ulmer has been in student ministry for eight years, specializing in engaging students through apologetics. For the last three years, he has served at SAGU as a Dorm Pastor. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty University and is currently working on his Master of Divinity. 

Ulmer recently published a devotional called "The Why I Love Jesus Marathon." His writings are being used by HeartSupport Ministries,, and other organizations who minister to the unchurched youth culture. Preston and his wife Lisa live in Waxahachie with their daughter, Piper Joy.

The free eBook is available for download at taylorjohnsononline.com/eBook.

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 www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 
 

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