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 more than 700 students university-wide, and 270 students at the main campus in DFW, TKU’s dynamic learning environment and Spirit-empowered community enable its students to learn, develop skills and talents, and grow in relationships with fellow students, faculty and with the Lord.

Oli Snyder

Oli Snyder

Undergraduate Student

A prophetic word inspired Oli Snyder to eventually leave the corporate world to study theology at The King’s University. “About…


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Charlotte Barnes

Charlotte Barnes

Undergraduate Student

Charlotte Barnes reconnected to God’s big picture for her life when she audited two classes at The King’s University. “I…


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Jay Axtell

Jay Axtell

Graduate Student

Jay Axtell says he knows firsthand that life doesn’t stop after 40. In 2009, through answered prayer to a prophetic…


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Kipepeo Asha

Kipepeo Asha

Undergraduate Student

Kipepeo Asha (“Asha”) discovered her passion on a trip to Israel over a decade ago. “I fell in love with…


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Jared Barber

Jared Barber

Undergraduate Student

Jared Barber says The King’s University is the only thing that brought him to Texas. The Shreveport, LA native felt…


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Courtney Widelitz

Courtney Widelitz

Graduate Student

Courtney Widelitz was a full-time makeup artist before feeling God call her to The King’s University to pursue a Masters…


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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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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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1989

Crown

The King's Institute was founded

1996

Vision

A vision was cast

1997

Classes

Classes began at King's College and Seminary

2001

Accreditation

Accreditation was granted

2002

Fontana

Opening of first teaching site in Fontana, CA

2003

Colorado

Opening of Colorado Springs teaching site

2006

Nor Cal

Opening of Nor Cal teaching site

2012

Gateway

Opening of Gateway teaching site

2012

Houston

Opening of Houston teaching site

2013

Santa Clarita

Opening of Santa Clarita teaching site

2013

Main Campus

Main campus relocated to Southlake, Texas

2014

Lubbock

Opening of Lubbock teaching site

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