Feature Stories


Alumnus author Nathan Rouse tackles what it means to cultivate an unstoppable faith in the midst of adversity.

The Broken Plastic Chair

If you were going to get robbed, this was the most likely place it would happen. She was taught to keep her head down and always move quickly to the next bus stop. But, then, she would have never met David.

Surviving with Mike Holloway

Alumnus and CBS Survivor Mike Holloway on overcoming adversity on television, in life and in business.

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Lion Authors

A Spirit-empowered Life

A Spirit-empowered Life

Dr. Michael Clarensau, Dean, College of Bible and Church Ministries

Author Clarensau examines five action steps toward a Spirit-empowered life: connect, grow, serve, go, and worship. A Spirit-Empowered Life features stories of others living out these steps as well as a “Think About It” section at the end of each chapter.

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Talk Now and Later

Talk Now and Later

Brian Dollar, Alumnus

In Talk Now and Later, author Brian Dollar presents 10 common topics your child deals with — or will soon — and detailed advice on how to approach and discuss the issues with them. Learn to have these conversations early, have them often, and have them wisely so that when the difficult topics come up, the lines of communication will already be open.

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Wounds of the Heart

Wounds of the Heart

Danon Renee Carter, D.M., Assistant Professor of Business

In our quest for love, we often make irrational decisions and choices all to be loved. This book is about a heart exposed to hurts, disappointment, rejection, and pain. A personal, transparent revealing of the challenges many women face in broken relationships and the path we walk, if willing, to allow our heart to be exposed to the healing of God.

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The Fisher Boy

The Fisher Boy

Darren Sapp, Alumnus

Kwaku, always vague about his unusual past, opens up about his beginnings as an orphan and fishing slave who overcomes those difficult circumstances. His indomitable spirit and faith in God allowed him to achieve the impossible. You will experience despair, anger, joy, and inspiration through Kwaku's story.

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Clear the Stage

Clear the Stage

Scott Wilson, John Bates, Alumni

Can your church be both seeker-friendly and spirit-filled? Based on their own life-changing experiences, Scott and John share how you can use the sacred traditions of the Pentecostal experience to reach out to the lost while also discipling believers in a new and relevant way.

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When God Became ApParent

When God Became ApParent

Darren Daugherty, Ph.D., Program Director, Children and Family Ministries

This book provides a picture of what the childhood loss of a parent is like for those who have experienced it, and what can be done to find hope and healing. This book is also ideal for surviving spouses, counselors, pastors, grief recovery groups, foster parents, social workers, college students, those who want to better understand the loss experiences of friends and relatives.

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Math is Fun! A Guide to Number Sense and Mental Arithmetic

Math is Fun! A Guide to Number Sense and Mental Arithmetic

Tom Ferguson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics

Whether you are a serious competitor in number sense or just want to enjoy some fun mental math tricks, this is the book for you! The book covers tricks for students from fourth grade all the way through high school. There is also plenty of real mathematics along the way including geometry, algebra, and calculus. Also included are two sample number sense tests and the answer keys.

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Campus Headlines

Mission TEN Sends Students to 21 Countries and 9 US States

Mission TEN sent students to 21 international countries and 9 U.S. States this summer; staying on track to reach every nation, Indian Province and Chinese State by 2020.

SAGU and Chick-fil-A Partner to Serve "Chikin" On Campus

Students have another on-campus meal option separate from Einstein’s Bros. Bagels, The Caf, and the Lion's Den Grill as SAGU partners with Chick-fil-A to bring their signature sandwiches to the Barnes Student Center. In conjunction with Aramark Food Services, Chick-fil-A began serving food in the Barnes Student Center’s Lion's Den every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

SAGU Alumni Association Announces Honorees

Each year, the Alumni Association Executive Council honors outstanding alumni and friends. Each award has different criteria and nominees are carefully considered prior to being named. Among the honorees, SAGU President Dr. Kermit Bridges received the 2015 P.C. Nelson Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Alumna Desiree Richards Loses Over 200 Pounds

In September of 2013, while attending SAGU, Richards was rushed to the emergency room due to a racing heart rate. After doctors restored her heart's regular rhythm, the risk of diabetes and heart disease triggered a life-style change.

SAGU Senior Natalia Mendez Receives UPS Scholarship

Senior Natalia Mendez was awarded the 2015 UPS Scholarship for the Fall 2015 semester provided by the ICUT Foundation and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Mendez is a Communications major, minoring in both Digital Media and Media Ministries.

Assemblies of God Honors Verna Linzey on 50th Anniversary as an Active Minister

The Assemblies of God presented alumna Verna M. Linzey a Certificate of Appreciation for 50 years of active ministry as an Assemblies of God minister and pastor. Rev. George Fessler, representing the Southern California Network of the Assemblies of God, presented the honor.

SAGU Cross Country’s Garza Receives National Award

Destiny Garza was named National Christian College Athletic Associations (NCCAA) D1 Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the week. Garza, a junior from Aldine, Texas, demolished the University of Dallas course with a personal record of 18:20. The course is known as “no PR hill” because of the grueling terrain. With her first place finish, she beat the second place runner by 1:19.

SAGU Cross Country Competes in NCCAA National Championship

Men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2015 National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Cross Country Championships. The men finished in 10th place and the women finished in 15th place.

Seniors Lead Football to Banner Season

The 2015 season is officially the winningest ever for the football team with a record of 7-3. The Lions topped Bacone College, 48-26 on senior day.

Alumna Karissa Thorpe in Nationwide Feature-Film "War Room"

Alumna Karissa Thorpe is seen in the nationwide Christian drama "War Room," directed by Alex Kendrick and co-written and produced by Stephan Kendrick. The film grossed $11,351,389 its opening weekend and $65,791,210 worldwide as of October 22, 2015.

Libero Emmalee Smith Breaks School Record

Senior libero Emmalee Smith officially became SAGU’s career leader in digs after having a season-high of 26 digs against JBU. Smith broke the record in the third set, making the play on an impressive hit by JBU.

SAGU Hosts Ninth Annual Credentialing Day

SAGU held its ninth annual Credentialing Day on Thursday, September 24, in Sheaffer Center's Mundt Room ​hosting 133 students and 9 districts. Credentialing Day allows students to meet with district representatives regarding ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God. Students have the opportunity to sit with leaders of the districts as they share the process of receiving credentials and answer students' questions.

SAGU Football Hosts Victory Bowl

SAGU football was selected to host and play in the 2015 National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Victory Bowl. The Lions played University of Northwestern (Minnesota).

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