History

Wagner University Timeline

1998

June 1, 1985

1998

On June 6, 1998, Cindy Jacobs gives Peter Wagner about starting WLI at Chuck Pierce’s birthday party: For the Lord would say, “I am going to build a seminary here in Colorado Springs. I am going to gather leaders from around the world.” And the Lord says, “My son, the curriculum that I am going to put together in this school is like nothing that has been seen before. It is going to happen quickly. The Wagner Institute is so big that you cannot imagine how big it is. For it is greater than anything you could dream of.”

1998

November 1, 1998

1998

C. Peter Wagner starts Wagner Leadership Institute, reflecting a new paradigm of unique training in practical ministry directed towards in-service students. Sister organization, Apostolic Counsel for Education Accountability (ACEA) is also launched by C. Peter Wagner as a creative alternative to traditional accreditation.

1999

September 2, 2000

1999

WLI Central expands its non-resident faculty expands to include many nationally and internationally known world class five-fold leaders:

2000

June 20, 2004

2000

First graduation service is held in Colorado Springs.

2006

April 20, 2005

WLI decentralizes and expands multiple training centers both in the US and globally including Korea and Indonesia.

2010

January 1, 2010

2010

Approaching Peter Wagner’s 80th birthday, he hands off WLI to his spiritual sons.  Che Ahn takes the help of WLI as its International Chancellor. As a result, WLI Central moves from Colorado Springs to Pasadena, CA.

2012

September 10, 2012

First Graduation after transition to Pasadena is held in conjunction with HIM’s Leadershift Conference. WLI expands to South America (WLI Brazil) and Central America (WLI Nicaragua)

2014

February 15, 2014

2014

After a G2 Cruise, Peter Wagner coordinated with North American and Chinese apostles and marketplace leaders, an invitation is given to bring WLI to China.  Benny Wang is appointed as the new WLI Dean to China.

2015

March 1, 2015

2015

March: WLI China is launched with a new cohort model, with a hybrid educational system of on-line and residential courses. Also, WLI opens training centers in Russia, Japan and Maryland, USA.

2016

November 22, 2016

2016

WLI holds its first graduation in mainline China, graduating 60 Chinese students. On October 21, 2016, Apostle Pioneer Peter Wagner goes on glory leaving a great legacy.

2017

July 27, 2017

2017

In 2017, WLI became Wagner University (WU). WU is a member of ACEA*, offers a religious degree that is approved by the Colorado State Higher Education Department and is recognized in over 25,000 Churches and organizations world-wide. *ACEA (Academic Council for Educational Accountability) www.acea-schools.org

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