Meet President David Hoag

Having served over 30 years in Christian higher education, Dr. David A. Hoag is an experienced leader in higher education, an expert related to financing and fundraising, and, most importantly, a follower of Jesus Christ.

Before coming to Warner, he served as the Vice President of University Advancement at Trinity International University and in leadership roles at Asbury College and Greenville College.

Dr. Hoag holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Saint Louis University, a Master of Science from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Science from Asbury University. He also has earned a Certificate of Achievement from Indiana University Center on Philanthropy Fundraising School.

Dr. Hoag is also the president of The Sun Conference, sits on the Council of Presidents for the the NAIA, and the vice-chair of ICUF, which keeps him active in Tallahassee, advocating for scholarship dollars for students.

Dr. Hoag is married to Joanna, whom he met in college, and they have been married for over 30 years. They have two daughters, Jamie Sanfilippo (Ryan) and Joni Stanick (Scott), who are both married.

Our Mission

Warner University is committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character and

intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve.

Our Values


Demonstrate Christ’s mercy and compassion to others.


Choose what is best according to the will of God.


Live blamelessly in light of Christ’s imminent return.


Increase in love and knowledge to the glory of God.


Seek the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ.

Our Faith

We Believe

the Bible to be verbally inspired in every word, inerrant in the original documents, infallible, God-breathed and sufficient.

(2 Timothy 3:16)

We Believe

that for the salvation of sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is provided by grace, through faith in Christ Jesus.

(John 3:16-19)

We Believe

that all believers are under the mandate of Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel to all the world.

(Matthew 28:19-20)

Our Full Statement of Faith

Our Story

Founded as Warner Southern College in 1968 by Church of God pastors and laity, the institution became known as Warner University in 2008. The first freshman class of just 27 students entered in the fall of 1968.

But now, Warner bustles with nearly 1200 students from over 30 states and 20 countries, all dedicated to learning in a vibrant Christian community. Our West campus has grown from two buildings to ten, including the 49,000-square-foot Darby Academic Building and new resident housing—Holland Hall.