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North Central University President Scott Hagan, Ph.D.

North Central University 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., Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington)

Learn more about President Scott Hagan

New NCU president Scott Hagan and wife Karen
Awards, recognition, and leadership roles

President Scott Hagan has served in a variety of leadership roles over the years and received recognition for his contributions to ministry and community.

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  • 2015 Acknowledged by Ministries Today Magazine as the leader of one of the 21 Most Influential Churches in America when it comes to diversity.
  • 2011 Awarded “Difference Maker award by the Martin Luther king committee of Sacramento for outstanding civic leadership and unity.
  • 2010–present Serves on the Church Multiplication Network Lead Team (Assemblies of God)
  • 2005–present Serves as executive member of the Martin Luther King Committee in Sacramento, California.
  • 2005 Awarded “City Proclamation” by the honorable George Hartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • 2000 Presented with a resolution by the California State Assembly recognizing the leadership contributions made to the Sacramento community.
  • 2000 Awarded “Church Plant of the Decade” by the Northern California Nevada District Council and highlighted nationally by Charisma Magazine for its influence as a multicultural congregation.
  • 1995–2000 Served as trustee, Bethany University.
Family of North Central president Scott Hagan
Meet the Hagan family

Scott Hagan met his future wife Karen in 1981. They were engaged in 1982 and married in 1983 and now have four children and multiple grandchildren.

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Karen Hagan is an ordained Assemblies of God minister with a dynamic speaking and leadership gift. She has been serving in leadership alongside her husband, Scott, for the past 34 years. She speaks at conferences and events across the country to influence young women who aspire to a well-rounded life of godly influence.

Scott and Karen Hagan have four children:
  • Joslyn, a North Central University School of Business graduate who became a licensed stockbroker and now lives with her husband, Marcelo DaValla, in Brazil.
  • Tyler, who serves as campus pastor at Real Life Church in Sacramento, California. He is married to Nicole and they have one son, Elias, and a daughter on the way.
  • Kramer, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University and two master’s degrees from Liberty University, is beginning studies at the Sacramento Police Academy.
  • Spencer, who attended University of California at Berkeley for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, is a college football coach. He’s married to Breana and they have one son, Spencer, Jr.


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