About TKU

The King’s University is an accredited, Spirit-empowered, evangelical university based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of north Texas. TKU’s main campus partners with Gateway Church by providing a unique learning environment that integrates higher education with valuable practical ministry experience within the local church. This complete educational experience prepares and equips students to serve in the local church, the marketplace and throughout the world.

Dr. Jack Hayford, Founder and Chancellor of The King’s University, and Pastor Robert Morris, founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church, have cultivated a unique partnership, in that Dr. Hayford serves as an apostolic elder of Gateway Church, and Pastor Robert currently severs as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The King’s University. Dr. Hayford and Pastor Robert share the value of excellence and professionalism in their vision to train men and women for the work of the Kingdom wherever God gives them influence. This shared vision led to the creation of a TKU campus at Gateway Church and, ultimately, the transition of the main campus from Van Nuys, California, to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in January 2014.

With 680 students university-wide, and more than 200 students on the DFW main campus in its inaugural year, The King’s University offers both a dynamic learning environment with intimate classroom settings, and an exciting Spirit-empowered community, enabling its students to learn, to develop skills and talents, and to grow in relationship with fellow students, faculty and with the Lord.

Chandler Schmitz

Chandler Schmitz

Undergraduate Student

Born in Forth Worth, Chandler Schmitz grew up in the panhandle of Texas and later returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area…

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Patricia Morris

Patricia Morris

Graduate Student

Patricia Morris was born in New York, but grew up primarily in Brazil. After moving back to the states years…

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Jonathan Landis

Jonathan Landis

Graduate Student

Jonathan Landis had years of exposure to ministry and a business education background, but he saw in TKU an opportunity…

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Brandon Bailey

Brandon Bailey

Undergraduate Student

Brandon Bailey is a native Texan attending our main campus in Southlake, Texas. God began stirring his heart to attend…

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The King's Institute was founded



A vision was cast



Classes began at King's College and Seminary



Accreditation was granted



Opening of first teaching site in Fontana, CA



Opening of Colorado Springs teaching site


Nor Cal

Opening of Nor Cal teaching site



Opening of Gateway teaching site



Opening of Houston teaching site


Santa Clarita

Opening of Santa Clarita teaching site


Main Campus

Main campus relocated to Southlake, Texas



Opening of Lubbock teaching site

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