Our Story | Mission | Vision


There’s a better way. 

The Story of Building God’s Way

 

Since its inception, BGW has been doing things differently than the average architecture firm. The BGW concept was born out of Founder Dan Cook’s own experience working with dozens of faith-based projects throughout his career prior to accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1986. Dan felt a calling from God to help ministries address not only the funding challenges they face in facility expansion or remodel, but also the fundamental flaws of the construction industry, in which poor stewardship and conflict are far too common. He was also deeply committed to showing ministries how to impact people with the love of Christ during construction, a commitment that has become the heart of the BGW program.

Our Roots
Concept Origin
BGW Launch
Growth
Present Day

Our Roots

The architectural and construction roots of Building God’s Way (BGW) date back to 1972, when founder Daniel Cook established his first construction company and a few years later became a registered architect. However, the real story of BGW began in 1986, when Dan’s life and career were completely transformed after accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

Concept Origin

In 1995, Dan Cook took a leave of absence from his architectural practice to devote himself full-time to building Christian Heritage School in Riverdale, Utah. This project proved to be another pivotal point in Dan’s life as he watched God do amazing things through the devotion and faith of a small group of people.  During this project, Dan began developing the foundations of the BGW concept through repeated contact with schools and churches who sought his advice. Dan’s unique approach was revolutionizing the way faith-based facilities were designed and built and ministries across the country wanted to know more about this process.

BGW Launch

In 1998, Dan made the life-changing decision to give up his secular architectural work and commit the company solely to designing and building Christian churches and schools.  BGW began design on its first project soon thereafter for Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Growth

BGW experienced tremendous growth in the early 2000’s as ministries around the country began to learn about this unique new approach. Architect Don Mahoney joined BGW as a partner Architect in 2003 and brought a wealth of design experience as the owner of his own firm and former President of the American Institute of Architects local chapter. With an extensive background in church, school and performing arts design, Don has become a leader in the field of faith-based architecture and has been recognized with a number of national church design awards.

Present Day

To date, BGW has designed nearly 800 churches and Christian schools and has served hundreds of others through its broad network of Kingdom building services.  Now an employee-owned company headquartered in Ogden, Utah, BGW is staffed with highly trained architects, MEP engineers, designers, drafters, project managers, as well as personnel in the areas of building supply, business development, accounting, and administration.

Our Mission & Vision

BGW’s mission is to build God’s Kingdom by translating the God-given vision of Christian organizations through innovative, stewardship-driven design, resulting in high quality, cost effective buildings that become dynamic ministry tools.

 

As we work to accomplish this mission, we seek to honor God by impacting the lives of our clients, our employees, and the communities in which we work. We believe that God owns this business and we are simply His stewards of it for a season. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all we do in and through the business honors Him.