About John Hagee

Who is John Hagee?

He was born in Goose Creek, Texas, now part of

Baytown, to the former Vada Mildred Swick and

the Reverend William Bythel Hagee. He graduated

from Trinity University in San Antonio, with a

Bachelor of Science in History and Education in

1964. He was on a football scholarship and

appeared on the Academic Dean’s List. Hagee

received a Master’s degree in Educational

Administration from the University of North Texas

in Denton in 1966 and completed his theological

training at Southwestern Assemblies of God

University with a Diploma in Theology in

Waxahachie, south of Dallas. In 1989, he received

an Honorary Doctorate from Oral Roberts

University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2005, he

received another Honorary Doctorate from

Netanya Academic College in Israel.  Hagee served

on the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents

from 1989 to January 2008.

John Hagee on April 12, 1976, married 24-year old

Diana Castro, his current wife. Castro was a

member of the Trinity Church congregation at the

time of Hagee’s confession. As a result of the

fallout from his divorce, Hagee resigned from his

pastoral position at Trinity. Hagee and Castro

have three children together.

Hagee founded The Church at Castle Hills, on

Mother’s Day, May 11, 1975. The church started

with 25 members, but within two years, had to

build a new sanctuary seating 1,600 people. The

church continued to grow. On October 4, 1987,

Hagee dedicated a 5,000+-seat sanctuary and

named it Cornerstone Church. Dr. W. A. Criswell,

pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas,

anointed Hagee and Diana before the


Hagee has written more than 30 best-selling books

(several titles selling more than a million copies

and hitting the New York Times Best Seller’s list)

and is a Southern Gospel recording artist. He,

Matthew, Christina, and Sandy often travel

together as “The Hagees”.

On his telecast of December 14, 2008, Hagee

disclosed to the audience that he had recently

undergone successful heart bypass surgery.

John Hagee has thirteen grandchildren.Matthew

Hagee, John’s youngest son, is the executive pastor

of Cornerstone Church.


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