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Waxahachie, Texas – November 3, 2015 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) ​alumnus James Carnell brings numerous students from different denominations together as one collective body in Estes Park, Colorado, through a community wide youth group called "The HUB: His United Body."

Participating churches contribute a leader to be on staff of the non-denominational student ministry and act as a net to bring students together. 

When explaining the outreach process, Carnell said, "The connection is made with our leaders and discipleship takes place in the small group setting of the local churches." 

Currently they have a representative of students from 13 various churches in their community with over 130 attending. The middle school students meet weekly Wednesday nights at Mountain View Bible Fellowship Church and the high school students on Sunday nights. 

The primary reason of growth is the non-denominational aspect of the ministry. Carnell shares, "Parents are not hesitant to encourage their child to attend because it's not one denomination. We keep our message simple. Through this, we are seeing cross pollination between churches in ministry and resources."

Carnell attended SAGU in 1985-1988 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministries and Evangelism. Carnell is married with three children and moved to Colorado in 2002 to plant a church, now known as Park Fellowship Church, with the Rocky Mountain District Council where he pastored for 11 years. 

After pastoring, Carnell felt like a time of transition was coming in his ministry. He then attended the Assemblies of God General Council in Orlando, Florida, where he felt challenged to "dream and do something that had never been done before in ministry." 

Upon his return to Colorado, he announced they would resign as pastors even though the next step was not clear.

Carnell had monthly prayer meetings with the local pastors that turned into weekly gatherings to form community wide events such as Christmas Eve and Easter sunrise services. Carnell says, "Through all of this the Lord brought a great unity between the churches and pastors."

Carnell shared his vision with the pastors to create a community wide youth group and they unanimously asked if he would lead the launch of this ministry and develop a plan to present to the other local churches. "Within two months we had received approval from 5 churches that would financially support a joint youth ministry." 

Carnell credits his success to his longevity in the area. He has lived in Estes Park for 13 years and participated in his community as a coach, church pastor, community volunteer, high school sports announcer, business owner and currently as a police chaplain for over 10 years. 

His wife also has worked in the elementary school for over 7 years giving her the opportunity to connect with many parents and students personally. He explained, "We have earned a level of respect in our town and among the people, which has bridged many gaps."

James Carnell is invited to speak in many of the community churches on a regular basis. He explained. "We hope to be a part of an even greater community awakening to the Gospel as we move forward." 

Click here for more information on The Hub, 

About SAGU:
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 miles 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 calling1-888-YES-SAGU 

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