North Central University’s seventh president, Scott Hagan
About Scott Hagan
Scott Hagan was born in the mill town of Sedro Woolley, Washington. His childhood included moving 27 times by the time he turned 16. As he entered high school, his family settled down long enough for him to attend all four years and graduate from Enterprise High School in Redding, California, where he was an exceptional basketball player. He received scholarship offers but after giving his life “once and for all” to Christ, sensed God’s call to ministry and enrolled in a Bible college.
Entering pastoral roles
After graduating from college Scott Hagan was discovered by renowned pastor Charles Crabtree, and was asked to serve as a youth pastor at Crabtree’s church in San Jose, California. After seven years under Crabtree’s mentorship, Hagan returned to the Sacramento area to plant Harvest Church, which grew to an average weekly attendance of 1,700 over an 11-year period. In 2000 He was called to serve a church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It would define one of the most life-changing moments in his ministry.
From there he returned to California where he and his wife started Real Life Church in 2006. Over the past 11 years Real Life Church has helped plant 10 new congregations and campuses throughout their region. Combined with ministries to local jails, public schools, coffee houses, and their innovative “Church on the Streets” ministry, over 3,000 people weekly are being impacted through their visionary efforts.
Excelling in leadership
A natural leader, Scott Hagan has been drawn to the study and practical application of leadership inside and outside the church. He has written six books on leadership, influence, and biblical topics, and since 1995 has written more than 60 articles appearing in publications such as Charisma Magazine, Ministries Today, Pentecostal Evangel, and Influence Magazine (formerly Enrichment Journal). He speaks regularly at conferences, seminars, and on college campuses.
Making a move from pastoral to higher education leadership at North Central is a natural step for Hagan, who has felt God clearly directing his path toward this change in leadership venue. He is keenly aware of the legacy he will be building upon after the retirement of Gordon Anderson (North Central president 1995-2017). “Dr. Gordon Anderson has been a mentor and friend,” Hagan notes. “His legacy of leadership and love has shaped many of my practices as a leader.”
- B.S., Ministry, Bethany University (Santa Cruz, California)
- M.A., Leadership and Organizational Studies, Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, California)
- Ph.D., (in process) Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington)