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September 29, 2016-Updated August 15, 2017 | Andrew Hurst

Ms. Nell receives plaque Faculty and Staff of Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) gathered together today to celebrate Nell Moore, the university’s beloved custodian who has committed 40 years of service to the institution.

Several members of the SAGU community gave a unique account of how Nell Moore (Ms. Nell) has spoken into their lives through her diligent service and faithful attitude.

“Nell Moore is one of the most dedicated employees SAGU has ever known,” Kermit Bridges, President of SAGU said. “Every day, she faithfully fulfills her duties as a ministry unto the Lord. What an incredible testimony of selfless service!”

In 1977, Ms. Nell stepped onto what was then Southwestern Assemblies of God College for the first time and filled out a job application. She was immediately hired and began her custodial work the next day in the Farmer Administration Building where her daily duties included cleaning offices, bathrooms and classrooms.

Since that day, she has resumed her daily cleaning tasks with diligence and passion. During the course of her time at SAGU, the institution has had five presidents, undergone several building developments and experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment. However, during this time of great change, she has continued to provide custodial duties in SAGU’s Farmer Administration Building and serve others with the same smile and consideration that has made her known throughout SAGU’s campus as the beloved “Ms. Nell.”

Over the years, Ms. Nell has crafted a number of strong friendships on campus including Communication Arts Professor Dr. Danny Alexander and English Professor Dr. Amy Alexander. Both of whom used to be in the Farmer Administration Building before later moving to the Hagee Communication Center.

Dr. Danny Alexander and Dr. Amy Alexander consider Ms. Nell to be a precious friend and an amazing woman of faith. When Dr. Amy Alexander’s office was previously in the Farmer Administration Building, she experienced a continuous leaking problem during rainy weather. Every time it rained, water would leak through the roof. However, Ms. Nell was always there with a bucket to catch the water and help prevent Dr. Amy Alexander’s materials from being ruined by water damage.

“She takes pride in her work and goes beyond what is required of her,” Dr. Danny Alexander said. “We consider her a dear friend and an amazing woman of faith whose heart loves to minister to people of all ages.”

Custodial Manager Maria Marquez has been working with Nell Moore for the past five years and has seen her interaction with faculty and students firsthand. Maria Marquez said that Ms. Nell is well known for going above and beyond her required duties. “Her connection with everyone on campus is one-of-a-kind,” she said. “They respect the fact that Ms. Nell has to clean and they try to keep the building clean because of their respect for her.”

“When I wake up in the morning, I have a good mind to come in and do my job,” Ms. Nell said. “I just enjoy coming in and meeting the professors. It makes my day.”

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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