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Southwestern Assemblies of God University hires new chapel worship directorWaxahachie, Texas - June 8, 2012 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) named Rachel Hunter as the chapel worship director.

"I hope to continue to build the university's growing worship program and see it become an influential leader in worship education," said Hunter.

"The partnership of the academic music program and chapel worship program makes SAGU a highly competitive university for those that want to go into music ministry," she said.

She continued, "Most importantly, I hope that SAGU's chapel worship would strengthen, guide and encourage students during a transitional time in their lives."

"I want to see SAGU students healed emotionally, physically and spiritually through worship."

Hunter will continue student worship recordings that previous Chapel Worship Director Meredith Jones revived last year. Along with teaching students how to lead worship teams, she wants to teach them how to build a team of worship leaders.

She said, "Worship is so much more than a person leading songs. Each vocalist and musician should see themselves as a worship leader and shoulder the spiritual responsibility of leading people into God's presence."

Hunter graduated from SAGU in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in education. She has been leading worship for 22 years at churches including The Oaks Fellowship (Red Oak, Texas), Grace Community Church (Houston, Texas), Lakewood Assembly of God (Dallas, Texas), and Desoto Assembly of God (Desoto, Texas).

She has been a part of numerous live and studio recordings as a lead and background vocalist, taught at worship conferences, was on the International Worship Institute worship team, and has been a participant and judge of AG National Fine Arts.

Hunter and her husband Dan, originally from Houston, Texas, are the founding and lead pastors at Living Church in Mansfield, Texas. Dan is also a SAGU graduate with a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministries and Christian education. They have been married for 20 years and have twin girls, Jordyn and Avery.

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

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