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.