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August 17, 2018 | Mikayla Heldt

Nick Franklin

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) alumnus, Nick Franklin, has always felt called to minister to and disciple youth. When Franklin was just a teenager, he served as a campus missionary to his own high school. After graduating from SAGU this past fall, his passion for ministering to the next generation was further fostered when he became an official Youth Alive Missionary Associate.

Youth Alive North Texas is a strategic outreach organization that maintains the vision of reaching every student in every school across the region. The organization utilizes numerous strategies to empower students to be a light for Christ and reach their schools.

With Franklin’s new role, he will have a direct impact on the next generation and provide them with the necessary discipleship tools for them to effectively witness to their fellow classmates and peers.

“I want to see students empowered, encouraged, and equipped to go reach their schools for Christ. Any way that I can do that-to help them share their faith with friends and kids in their school.”

Franklin believes that he will be able to speak from his own experience as a high school campus missionary in mentoring students who are on fire for God and passionate about spreading the gospel in their schools.

Along with his prior experience of school campus discipleship, Franklin mentioned the impact SAGU has had on his ministry and his overall outlook on youth ministry. During his college career, Franklin served on a traveling worship team called, “Ransomed” and as an interim youth pastor at a church in Waxahachie.

“That experience really taught me how to continue to flow in the Spirit and listen to the voice of God, pray, prophesy and operate in the gifts of the Spirit,” said Franklin.

During his senior year, he was presented with the opportunity to travel and minister with Kyle Embry, the Youth Alive Missionary. Under Embry’s watch, Franklin learned the ins and outs of the program. “That prepared me for what I am doing now,” he says. “Before I knew it, he asked if I was interested in joining the team.”

For Franklin, his experience in the classroom at SAGU under the mentorship of the Bible and Theology professors have strongly influenced his own views and approach to ministry. He specifically mentioned professors, Dr. Mike Clarensau, Dr. Minter and Dr. Rosdahl. “My last semester, I took a course with Dr. Clarensau which changed me. He also brought up the idea of me serving as a campus missionary.”

“Dr. Minter and Dr. Rosdahl-they always gave applicable ways to take lessons and principles taught in the classroom to use in ministry.”

In response to advice he would give to students pursuing full-time ministry, Franklin said, “Be obedient in every single thing when you are trying to listen to the voice of God and you can hear his voice.”

Franklin is currently in the process of raising financial support. This support is vital to support the calling God has placed on his life as a missionary. If you are interested in partnering with him, click here .

To learn about our Bible and Theology programs, click here .

To learn more about Youth Alive North Texas, click here

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

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