ACU was founded on the generosity of individuals and families committed to educating followers of Christ that will transform culture with truth.

Stories of Transformation

Brennan Bowen

After high school, while attending a large public university, Brennan began to “drift” and fell into some destructive patterns. He even contemplated suicide. After quitting school and returning to Phoenix, Brennan got a phone call from the head coach of ACU’s football team inviting him to join the program. While at ACU, Brennan rededicated his life to Christ and went on to be a three-year captain on the ACU football team and receive the prestigious Sigma Lambda award for excellence. Brennan now is a law student at Arizona State University and will serve as a law clerk for the Arizona Supreme Court after graduation.

Darius Gasatura

Darius Gasatura grew up in Rwanda, Africa, and lived through the horrific genocide that swept through that country in 1994. In the years that followed, Darius recognized that the church was becoming a critical source of help and hope to the survivors of the civil war. He felt called to join this revival and applied to ACU to receive the education needed to become a pastor. Thanks to the scholarships available to him, Darius was able to attend ACU. The education he received has equipped him with the spiritual, academic, and relational ability to preach Christ to his people, who have endured great suffering and loss. He plans to return to Rwanda next year after completing his graduate education at Phoenix Seminary.

Josiah Friedman

Josiah Friedman chose to attend ACU wanted to be part of a college experience that was more than academics – he wanted training in cultural transformation. During his time at Arizona Christian he founded Voices for the Voiceless, a pro-life nonprofit organization. Voices for the Voiceless’s digital media campaigns influence millions of young Americans’ perspectives on abortion and unplanned pregnancy, and their growing online audience is younger and more ethnically and ideologically diverse than that of any other organization nationwide. Josiah is using his education to change the narrative and shape the discussion on one of the most critical social issues of our day. And it all started at ACU.