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November 28, 2017 | PE News

Joel and Sharon Cornelius
Joel and Sharon Cornelius

The turning point for Native Americans Joel and Sharon Cornelius happened when the troubled young married couple attended a service at an Assemblies of God church in Durango, Colorado. Immediately after surrendering their lives to Jesus, the couple wanted to share their newfound joy with others.

Their pastor suggested they attend Bible college. Sharon, a Navajo, had a cousin at American Indian College in Phoenix.

“The Lord was there,” says Joel Cornelius, 54, who is half Oneida Indian. “People were going out and sharing the gospel. Something just felt like I should try that.”

To learn more about the Cornelius’ ministry including how they have been able to effectively minister to the Native American Population, click here to continue reading this story on PE News

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) American Indian College (AIC) is the nation’s only private Christian college serving primarily Native American students. Established in 1957, AIC now serves nearly 25 tribes as well as other ethnicities.


Southwestern Assemblies of God University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the SACSCOC at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southwestern Assemblies of God University.