Southwestern Assemblies of God University American Indian College (SAGU-AIC) in Phoenix has announced it has selected Jonathan Gannon to follow David Moore as president of the SAGU-AIC campus. Moore will continue as campus president until May 31, 2021. Gannon will begin his role as campus president on June 1, 2021.
“The AIC campus is a primary part of what SAGU is about,” said Kermit Bridges, president of SAGU in Waxahachie, Texas. “We value what is happening at AIC. God was orchestrating our steps in choosing the next SAGU-AIC president, as the vote for the most capable candidate was unanimous.”
“In Dr. Gannon we found somebody who embodied the most important qualifications of what we were looking for in a president . . . integrity, humility, and generosity,” said Moore. “I look forward to working with him in this transition so we will see the only accredited private college campus that primarily serves Native Americans continue to thrive and advance.”
Gannon is currently the lead pastor at Life Spring Church in El Mirage, Arizona, and has served there since 2012. Previously, he served as the director of Global Outreach at Jewish Voice Ministries International in Phoenix. His additional ministry experiences include lead pastor and church planter at Bethel Church of Liberty AG in Liberty, Missouri, and singles and young adult pastor at Northland Cathedral AG in Kansas City, Missouri.
Gannon holds both a Doctor of Ministry in missional leadership and a Master of Divinity from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in missions studies and biblical languages from Evangel University. His additional studies include cross-cultural ministries and biblical languages through North Central University and Israel College of the Bible.
“I am a missionary kid, and was raised in Israel in a cross-cultural home,” said Gannon. He has lived in California, New York, Arizona, and Jerusalem. He has been privileged to do work and ministry in Israel, Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, India, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Uruguay, and Mexico.
“I look forward to becoming an advocate for the students on this campus,” Gannon said. “I can’t wait to spend time learning their stories, their backgrounds, their experiences, and elevating the profile of this school that deserves to experience a bright future. This school is poised for a very unique leap forward and I’m excited for what God has in store for AIC next.”
Gannon has been married to Monica Gannon for 23 years. Monica is an ordained AG minister and will graduate in May from SAGU with an undergraduate degree.
“It is our privilege to be coming into this new role,” said Monica. “It’s in our nature to come around people and become family.” Together the Gannons have six children — Anastasia, Jonathan II, Josiah, Anneliese, Angelina, and Arianna, ranging from 21 to 10 years old.
“It’s an exciting day for us,” said Jonathan Gannon. “I have learned to cherish the sacred identity of this school . . . my great-grandparents, Joe and Irma Gannon, were AG home missionaries in the 1950s to Native Americans. I look back and see an amazing link as though the Lord has brought something full circle in allowing me to come here and serve.”