What began as a college-level training program founded in 1997 by Pastor Jack Hayford at The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, Calif., recently became the only accredited Pentecostal/charismatic university in the western United States. This summer, during the school’s 13th annual commencement ceremony, officials announced that The King’s College, The King’s Seminary and The Jack W. Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture have achieved university status.

Now called The King’s University, the institution is nationally accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Biblical Higher Education, both members of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university participates in the U.S. Department of Education Title IV educational grant and loan programs, is recognized by all branches of the U.S. military to prepare military chaplains, and is approved by the Veteran’s Administration Educational Assistance Program.

Serving over 2,000 students a year, many of whom are Foursquare pastors and leaders, The King’s University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs on its main campus in Los Angeles and at teaching sites in various locations throughout the U.S. and China. 

The King’s University focuses on preparing men and women for vocational ministry. The school’s specialized programs include a Summer Institute at Oxford University; bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Jewish Messianic Studies in partnership with Jewish Voice; and master’s and doctoral degrees in theology taught in the Mandarin language.