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Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private Christian university in Waxahachie, Texas. SAGU is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and officially endorsed by the Assemblies of God USA. It is the only Assemblies of God university in Texas. The university offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in liberal arts, Bible, and Church ministry.

Southwestern Assemblies of
God University
Former names
Southwestern Bible Institute
Southwestern Bible School
Shield of Faith Bible School
Southern Bible Institute
MottoHigher Education for a Higher Purpose
TypePrivate
Established1927 (1927)
Religious affiliation
Assemblies of God
PresidentKermit Bridges
ProvostPaul Brooks
Academic staff
125
Students2,012
Undergraduates1,700
Postgraduates312
Location,,
United States

32°24′14″N96°51′11″W /32.4038°N 96.8530°W /32.4038; -96.8530Coordinates: 32°24′14″N96°51′11″W /32.4038°N 96.8530°W /32.4038; -96.8530
CampusSuburban, 70 acres (0.28 km2)
ColorsPurple and Gold
NicknameLions
Sporting affiliations
NAIA, NCCAASAC
MascotJudah the Lion
Websitewww.sagu.edu

Contents

The Merger

Southwestern Assemblies of God University began life as three separate Bible schools. The first, known as Southwestern Bible School, was established in 1927 in Enid, Oklahoma, under the leadership of the Reverend P. C. Nelson. The second, Shield of Faith Bible Institute, was founded in Amarillo Texas, in 1931 under the direction of the Reverend Guy Shields. It included not only a Bible school, but also a grade school and a high school. The third, which was operated as Southern Bible College in connection with the Richey Evangelistic Temple, began in 1931 at Goose Creek, Texas (now Baytown), in 1931. It was started by Reverend J. T. Little in Trinity Tabernacle and moved to Houston in 1933. The school's name was then changed to Southern Bible Institute.

The Bible school division of Shield of Faith Bible Institute was moved to Fort Worth in 1935. The high school division was transferred the following year. In 1940, a merger resulted in Southern Bible Institute, moving to Fort Worth. The combined school, operating as South Central Bible Institute, came under the ownership and direction of the Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God.

The school in Enid merged with South Central in 1941, at which time the name was changed to Southwestern Bible Institute. In 1943, the institute was moved to its present facilities in Waxahachie, Texas. During the 1944–45 term, a junior college curriculum was added to the school's program. The Junior College Division soon accounted for about half of the enrollment in the College.

Becoming Southwestern Bible College

Southwestern Bible Institute became a regional school in 1954. At that time seven districts of the Assemblies of God—Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas—owned and operated the school. In 1969, the Rocky Mountain District, composed of Colorado and Utah, was admitted to the Region. The Mississippi District was then added to the Region in 1979. In 1980, the Rocky Mountain District voted to withdraw from the Southwestern Region and to remain neutral.

The proposal to change the name of Southwestern was ratified by all seven districts, and the name became Southwestern Assemblies of God College. In 1963, the upper two years of the college were renamed Southwestern College of the Bible. In 1968, the separation of the divisions of the college was made more complete, and the Junior College was designated Southwestern Junior College of the Assemblies of God. In 1988 the two divisions were reunited.

Becoming Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Sheaffer Center at SAGU

Beginning in the early nineties, Southwestern experienced phenomenal enrollment increases. From 596 students in the fall of 1991, enrollment grew to 1492 students in 1997. Along with the enrollment increase, opportunities to expand the curriculum and programs developed. In December 1994, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the name change to Southwestern Assemblies of God University to more accurately reflect its purpose and mission as a Bible university of theological and professional studies.

Harrison Graduate School

In 1996, SAGU expanded to include a graduate school. Approximately nineteen graduate programs are available through SAGU’s Harrison School of Graduate Studies.

Discrimination law exception

In 2015 SAGU was granted an exception to Title IX allowing it to discriminate against LGBT students for religious reasons. In 2016 the organization Campus Pride ranked the college among the worst schools in Texas for LGBT students. SAGU responded to the negative ranking by saying that the anti-LGBT student policy is clearly articulated to prospective students before they attend.

The university's handbook lists homosexuality as an offense for which a student can be expelled. SAGU had 3 members of LGBT rights group Equality Ride arrested for trying to attend a chapel service.

In 2004, the academic divisions of the university realigned into two colleges, the College of Bible & Church Ministries and the College of Arts & Professions. Both colleges maintain Bible-based curriculum and strive to fulfill the mission of SAGU.

Since 2000, SAGU has added 24 new academic programs, bringing the total to more than 60 programs. Additionally, under the direction of President Kermit Bridges, the campus has continued to grow. In 2006–2007, Teeter and Bridges Halls were added. They were followed by the new Alton Garrison Student Wellness Center in 2009.

Amidst the physical expansion, SAGU experienced consecutive record enrollments in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, and Fall 2010 reaching a milestone of 2,064.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Southwestern's Teacher Education Program is approved by the Texas Education Agency.

SAGU teams, nicknamed athletically as the Lions, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference, while its football team competes in the Central States Football League (CSFL). The Lions also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and holds their home games at Lumpkins Stadium a local high school football stadium of Waxahachie High School. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football and soccer; while women's sports include basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.

In September 2012, SAGU announced they would move from the RRAC to the Sooner Athletic Conference in the 2013–14 season.

There is a cheerleading squad. The school colors are purple and gold.

The 2012-2013 season made 2013 a record-setting year for SAGU Lions Basketball, with the Lions achieving the NAIA second-place championship ranking.

SAGU shares a stadium with Waxahachie High School at Lumpkins Stadium for football.
SAGU Athletic Teams
Men's Women's
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cheerleading
Cross Country Cross Country
Football Soccer
Soccer Softball
Track and Field Track and Field
Volleyball

Judah the Lion

Influenced by Vice President George Brazell's acquisition of a four-month-old lion cub named Judah, Southwestern adopted the "Lion of Judah" as its mascot in 1963.

Southwestern Assemblies God University (SAGU) ranked 7th in midsize companies in The Dallas Morning News’ Top 100 Workplaces in DFW on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Winners were selected based upon survey results. Dallas Morning News ranks winners by small (less than 150 employees), midsize (150-499 employees) and large (500 employees or more) companies. This year, 276 companies were surveyed, and WorkplaceDynamics analyzed the answers from 72,285 workers to determine the Top 100.

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  2. SACS COC listing Archived 2013-09-11 at the Wayback Machine. SACSCOC.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  3. AG Colleges. AG.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
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  5. Hacker, Holly K. (August 29, 2016). "9 Texas colleges rank among the 'absolute worst' for LGBT students, gay rights group says". The Dallas Morning News. RetrievedAugust 22, 2021.
  6. Poynor, Kelsey (September 1, 2016). "SAGU releases statement regarding Campus Pride 'Shame List'". Waxahachie Daily Light. RetrievedAugust 23, 2021.
  7. "3 Soulforce Equality Riders arrested on SAGU campus". Dallas Voice. Associated Press. January 30, 2008. RetrievedAugust 23, 2021.
  8. SAGU Sees 8th Consecutive Semester Increase. Sagu.edu. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  9. SAGU To Join Sooner Athletic Conference. SAGU.edu. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  10. SAGU in NAIA Semifinal Game. NAIA.org. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  11. SAGU Setback in National Championship. SAGU.edu. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  12. For the Whole World: A History of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, p.134
  13. Mascot – Judah the Lion. Sagu.edu. Retrieved on 2012-05-29.
  14. "State Rep. Gary W. Elkins District 135 (R-Houston)". The Texas Tribune. RetrievedMarch 30, 2014.
  15. "About Dr. Mike Evans". Jerusalem Prayer Team. Retrieved19 May 2014.
  16. "Top 100 Places to Work in D-FW 2014". dallasnews.com.
  17. "SAGU makes Top 100 Places to Work for 2nd consecutive year". Retrieved2015-09-23.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Southwestern Assemblies of God University news newspapers books scholar JSTOR July 2009 Learn how and when to remove this template message Southwestern Assemblies of God University SAGU is a private Christian university in Waxahachie Texas SAGU is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 2 and officially endorsed by the Assemblies of God USA 3 It is the only Assemblies of God university in Texas The university offers associate bachelor s master s and doctorate degrees in liberal arts Bible and Church ministry Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityFormer namesSouthwestern Bible Institute Southwestern Bible School Shield of Faith Bible School Southern Bible InstituteMottoHigher Education for a Higher PurposeTypePrivateEstablished1927 1927 Religious affiliationAssemblies of GodPresidentKermit BridgesProvostPaul BrooksAcademic staff125Students2 012Undergraduates1 700Postgraduates312LocationWaxahachie Texas United States 32 24 14 N 96 51 11 W 32 4038 N 96 8530 W 32 4038 96 8530 Coordinates 32 24 14 N 96 51 11 W 32 4038 N 96 8530 W 32 4038 96 8530CampusSuburban 70 acres 0 28 km2 ColorsPurple and Gold 1 NicknameLionsSporting affiliationsNAIA NCCAA SACMascotJudah the LionWebsitewww wbr sagu wbr edu Contents 1 History 1 1 The Merger 1 2 Becoming Southwestern Bible College 1 3 Becoming Southwestern Assemblies of God University 1 4 Harrison Graduate School 1 5 Discrimination law exception 2 Academics 3 Accreditation 4 Athletics 4 1 Judah the Lion 5 Notable alumni 6 Awards 7 References 8 External linksHistory EditThe Merger Edit Southwestern Assemblies of God University began life as three separate Bible schools The first known as Southwestern Bible School was established in 1927 in Enid Oklahoma under the leadership of the Reverend P C Nelson The second Shield of Faith Bible Institute was founded in Amarillo Texas in 1931 under the direction of the Reverend Guy Shields It included not only a Bible school but also a grade school and a high school The third which was operated as Southern Bible College in connection with the Richey Evangelistic Temple began in 1931 at Goose Creek Texas now Baytown in 1931 It was started by Reverend J T Little in Trinity Tabernacle and moved to Houston in 1933 The school s name was then changed to Southern Bible Institute 4 The Bible school division of Shield of Faith Bible Institute was moved to Fort Worth in 1935 The high school division was transferred the following year In 1940 a merger resulted in Southern Bible Institute moving to Fort Worth The combined school operating as South Central Bible Institute came under the ownership and direction of the Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God The school in Enid merged with South Central in 1941 at which time the name was changed to Southwestern Bible Institute In 1943 the institute was moved to its present facilities in Waxahachie Texas During the 1944 45 term a junior college curriculum was added to the school s program The Junior College Division soon accounted for about half of the enrollment in the College Becoming Southwestern Bible College Edit Southwestern Bible Institute became a regional school in 1954 At that time seven districts of the Assemblies of God Arkansas Louisiana New Mexico North Texas Oklahoma South Texas and West Texas owned and operated the school In 1969 the Rocky Mountain District composed of Colorado and Utah was admitted to the Region The Mississippi District was then added to the Region in 1979 In 1980 the Rocky Mountain District voted to withdraw from the Southwestern Region and to remain neutral The proposal to change the name of Southwestern was ratified by all seven districts and the name became Southwestern Assemblies of God College In 1963 the upper two years of the college were renamed Southwestern College of the Bible In 1968 the separation of the divisions of the college was made more complete and the Junior College was designated Southwestern Junior College of the Assemblies of God In 1988 the two divisions were reunited Becoming Southwestern Assemblies of God University Edit Sheaffer Center at SAGU Beginning in the early nineties Southwestern experienced phenomenal enrollment increases From 596 students in the fall of 1991 enrollment grew to 1492 students in 1997 Along with the enrollment increase opportunities to expand the curriculum and programs developed In December 1994 the Board of Regents unanimously approved the name change to Southwestern Assemblies of God University to more accurately reflect its purpose and mission as a Bible university of theological and professional studies Harrison Graduate School Edit In 1996 SAGU expanded to include a graduate school Approximately nineteen graduate programs are available through SAGU s Harrison School of Graduate Studies Discrimination law exception Edit In 2015 SAGU was granted an exception to Title IX allowing it to discriminate against LGBT students for religious reasons In 2016 the organization Campus Pride ranked the college among the worst schools in Texas for LGBT students 5 SAGU responded to the negative ranking by saying that the anti LGBT student policy is clearly articulated to prospective students before they attend 6 The university s handbook lists homosexuality as an offense for which a student can be expelled SAGU had 3 members of LGBT rights group Equality Ride arrested for trying to attend a chapel service 7 Academics EditIn 2004 the academic divisions of the university realigned into two colleges the College of Bible amp Church Ministries and the College of Arts amp Professions Both colleges maintain Bible based curriculum and strive to fulfill the mission of SAGU Since 2000 SAGU has added 24 new academic programs bringing the total to more than 60 programs Additionally under the direction of President Kermit Bridges the campus has continued to grow In 2006 2007 Teeter and Bridges Halls were added They were followed by the new Alton Garrison Student Wellness Center in 2009 Amidst the physical expansion SAGU experienced consecutive record enrollments in Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 and Fall 2010 reaching a milestone of 2 064 8 Accreditation EditSouthwestern Assemblies of God University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges SACSCOC to award associate baccalaureate masters and doctorate degrees Southwestern s Teacher Education Program is approved by the Texas Education Agency Athletics EditSAGU teams nicknamed athletically as the Lions are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA primarily competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference while its football team competes in the Central States Football League CSFL The Lions also compete as a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association NCCAA and holds their home games at Lumpkins Stadium a local high school football stadium of Waxahachie High School Men s sports include baseball basketball football and soccer while women s sports include basketball soccer softball and volleyball In September 2012 SAGU announced they would move from the RRAC to the Sooner Athletic Conference in the 2013 14 season 9 There is a cheerleading squad The school colors are purple and gold The 2012 2013 season made 2013 a record setting year for SAGU Lions Basketball with the Lions achieving the NAIA second place championship ranking 10 11 SAGU shares a stadium with Waxahachie High School at Lumpkins Stadium for football SAGU Athletic TeamsMen s Women sBaseball BasketballBasketball CheerleadingCross Country Cross CountryFootball SoccerSoccer SoftballTrack and Field Track and FieldVolleyballJudah the Lion Edit Influenced by Vice President George Brazell s acquisition of a four month old lion cub named Judah Southwestern adopted the Lion of Judah as its mascot in 1963 12 13 Notable alumni EditGary Elkins BS 78 former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from his native Houston Texas 14 Mike Evans author journalist Middle East commentator 15 Marlin Maddoux conservative Christian radio host and founder of Point of View Ministries Jerry Lee Lewis expelled for having played a Boogie Woogie rendition of My God Is Real Awards EditSouthwestern Assemblies God University SAGU ranked 7th in midsize companies in The Dallas Morning News Top 100 Workplaces in DFW on Sunday November 10 2013 Winners were selected based upon survey results Dallas Morning News ranks winners by small less than 150 employees midsize 150 499 employees and large 500 employees or more companies This year 276 companies were surveyed and WorkplaceDynamics analyzed the answers from 72 285 workers to determine the Top 100 16 17 References Edit University Branding amp Communication Style amp Policy Guide PDF SAGU Marketing and Public Relations 2014 10 01 Retrieved 2015 09 21 SACS COC listing Archived 2013 09 11 at the Wayback Machine SACSCOC org Retrieved on 2012 03 22 AG Colleges AG org Retrieved on 2012 03 22 About SAGU Sagu edu Retrieved on 2012 05 29 Hacker Holly K August 29 2016 9 Texas colleges rank among the absolute worst for LGBT students gay rights group says The Dallas Morning News Retrieved August 22 2021 Poynor Kelsey September 1 2016 SAGU releases statement regarding Campus Pride Shame List Waxahachie Daily Light Retrieved August 23 2021 3 Soulforce Equality Riders arrested on SAGU campus Dallas Voice Associated Press January 30 2008 Retrieved August 23 2021 SAGU Sees 8th Consecutive Semester Increase Sagu edu Retrieved on 2012 05 29 SAGU To Join Sooner Athletic Conference SAGU edu Retrieved on 2012 03 22 SAGU in NAIA Semifinal Game NAIA org Retrieved on 2012 03 22 SAGU Setback in National Championship SAGU edu Retrieved on 2012 03 22 For the Whole World A History of Southwestern Assemblies of God University p 134 Mascot Judah the Lion Sagu edu Retrieved on 2012 05 29 State Rep Gary W Elkins District 135 R Houston The Texas Tribune Retrieved March 30 2014 About Dr Mike Evans Jerusalem Prayer Team Retrieved 19 May 2014 Top 100 Places to Work in D FW 2014 dallasnews com SAGU makes Top 100 Places to Work for 2nd consecutive year Retrieved 2015 09 23 External links EditOfficial website Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Southwestern Assemblies of God University amp oldid 1043005288, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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