BGW Architects 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.


Since its inception, BGW Architects has been doing things differently than the average architecture firm. The BGW concept was born out of a calling to help ministries address not only the funding challenges they face in facility expansion and remodel, but also some of the fundamental flaws that are inherent to the construction process, in which poor stewardship and conflict are far too common.

From the beginning, BGW and its people have also been deeply committed to showing ministries how to impact workers on the job site with the love of Christ, a firm commitment that has become the heart of the BGW program and has impacted thousands over the years.


Launched by Founder Emeritus Daniel Cook, BGW began design on its first project in 1997 for Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Indiana. Growth was slow and gradual during the first few years, but the company experienced tremendous expansion 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.


Now an employee-owned company, BGW Architects has designed more than 850 ministry-based facilities nationally for churches, Christian schools and Christian colleges and has served hundreds of others though its broad network of Kingdom building services and consultants.  Headquartered in Ogden, Utah, the company is staffed with a team of highly trained architects, engineers, designers, drafters, project managers, as well as personnel in the areas of business development, accounting, and administration.

Through the BGW Network of Kingdom Building Services, BGW Architects has developed strong partnerships with great organizations across the U.S. that share the same heart for supporting the growth of Christian Ministry, including contractors, suppliers and consultants in the areas of funding, strategic planning, audio / video / lighting, church health, and more.

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