The 2017-18 academic year marked several milestones for The King’s University (TKU). In addition to celebrating five years of main campus operations in Southlake, Texas, the University also celebrated 20 years of fulfilling its mission to equip Christ-like servant-leaders for ministry. Since its establishment in 1997, there are two people who have remained integral parts of the school—the University’s founder, Pastor Jack Hayford, and beloved faculty member, Dr. Jon Huntzinger. In honor of his 20 years of service, Dr. Huntzinger was presented with an award by TKU’s interim president, Dr. David Cole, during chapel on April 11.
Dr. Huntzinger currently serves TKU as the Distinguished Professor of Bible and Ministry, teaching New Testament, hermeneutics, Christian theology, and capstone courses. In the early days of The King’s, he also ministered alongside TKU’s founder at The Church on the Way. Before joining TKU’s faculty, he taught at Oral Roberts University and Fuller Theological Seminary, where he earned his Ph.D. in biblical studies. His areas of expertise include the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John. Dr. Huntzinger contributed to the Spirit-Filled Life Bible as New Testament editor and is author of “John: Spirit-Filled Life New Testament Commentary” and “Sinai in the Sanctuary.” He is also co-editor of recently released “The Pastor & The Kingdom,” a festschrift honoring the legacy of Jack W. Hayford.
“God has blessed The King’s University because of something special that he has done in and through Jack Hayford,” Interim President Cole remarked at the April 11 chapel service. “And that unique imprint of Jack Hayford continues to this day to be a part of who we are at TKU.” He continued, explaining that the founder’s imprint remains on the University through his “spiritual children,” and specifically through Dr. Huntzinger. “Jack Hayford would not hesitate to call Jon Huntzinger his true son in the faith, and that’s a high compliment.” Humorously, he noted that the two even share the same mannerisms and cadence. “He’s very Hayford-esque.”
In addition to Dr. Cole’s remarks, the award presentation also featured a surprise video message from Ps. Hayford (view below). In it, he affirmed Dr. Huntzinger’s devotion to the Word of God, his gifting to teach, and his capacity for transformative leadership. He also reflected in conclusion, “God’s grace to me to have him be with me, joined lockstep at the beginning of The King’s is, I think, the first sign that God was going to do something precious and dynamic here.”
Posted May 18, 2018