The King's University
|The King's University|
|Religious affiliation||Christian (nondenominational)|
|Location||Southlake, Texas, United States|
The King’s University is a fully accredited evangelical university based in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The university continues to expand its footprint with multiple locations worldwide to prepare men and women for effective leadership and Christ-like service in the global community.
In 1996, God called Pastor Jack Hayford to establish an Evangelical, Spirit-Filled college and seminary in Los Angeles, California. Just as Los Angeles is a physical gateway to America on the West Coast, so The King’s University (formerly The King’s College and Seminary) was founded to be a spiritual gateway for men and women called by God to be servant-leaders and kingdom-builders. From its foundation by Pastor Hayford and Dr. Paul Chappell, until its departure in 2013, TKU was the only accredited postsecondary institution of its kind west of Oklahoma.
Pastor Jack Hayford, Founding Pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California and Pastor Robert Morris, Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, have a long-standing relationship. Among his many lucrative activities, Hayford serves as Apostolic Elder for Gateway Church, which has grown to over 34,000 active members since the church’s beginnings in 2000 on a $104-million campus on 180 acres and a paid staff of more than 500. Pastor Robert serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The King’s University.
Pastor Jack and Pastor Robert share a common vision to train men and women to fulfill the call God has placed on their lives. This vision matured when The King's moved its headquarters to the Dallas metroplex in 2014. This unique, highly interactive ministry-based setting at the heart of the United States seeks to integrate the best of academic excellence and immediately apply biblical principles to the challenges of the local Emerging Church Movement.
The January of 2014, take over of The King's University by Gateway, left Los Angeles without a Pentecostal/Charismatic university within its boundaries; the founding site in Van Nuys being downsized to simply one of several teaching sites, of which there are currently nine in the U.S.: Fontana, CA; Inglewood, CA; Modesto, CA; Santa Clarita, CA; Van Nuys, CA; Colorado Springs, CO; Houston, TX; and Lubbock, TX, and two international campuses in Hong Kong and New Zealand.
The King's University currently offers an undergraduate certificate, an associate's degree, and bachelor's degrees in biblical studies, Christian ministry, and theological studies. Also, the King's offers two graduate certificates: biblical studies and Christian ministry; two master's degrees:Practical theology and Divinity, as well as a Doctor of Ministrydegree.
The King's is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), both accreditation agencies being members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation; Until its move to Texas, The King's University was the only Spirit-filled Pentecostal/Charismatic University and Seminary on the West coast to be accredited by the those organizations.