James Song, Ph.D. founded the International Evangelical Association in 1983 with the purpose of furthering international evangelism, world missions, and Christian education as emphasized in the Great Commission of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28 :18-20.
In June 1986, Midwest University was founded, with Dr. Song as its first president. Midwest University (formerly Midwest College and Theological Seminary) began academic educational programs designed to equip persons called by Christ to serve in churches, mission fields, and Christian universities as well as public and private organizations.
The first building was erected in 1989 at 8909 Bunkum Road, Fairview Heights, Illinois (measuring 7,000 sq. ft.). With this momentous beginning, Midwest University began to train pastors, evangelists, missionaries, church music leaders, counselors, and other church workers for Christian ministries at home and abroad. Since October 1990, Midwest has operated in the State of Missouri as an exempted, nonprofit, religious, degree-granting institution by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education offering Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees.
By 1992, Midwest had achieved associate status with the Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS).
Midwest recognized from the outset that a majority of people who wished to complete a ministry-related education would be unable to leave their churches, jobs, or families. Therefore, Midwest has intentionally developed distance education programs offering ministry training. Several distance education/residential seminar courses are available at masters and doctoral levels.
In September 1993, Midwest acquired 17 acres in Wentzville, Missouri, for the campus. By 1995, the first building at the Wentzville site measuring 7,500 sq. ft was erected. This building housed classrooms, a dining room, and an auditorium. In 1996, faculty apartments were built. In 1999, Paul H. Kim, Ph.D. donated the down payment for the school residence hall.
In 2000, Midwest University had achieved accrediting status from TRACS. TRACS, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is authorized by the following institutions to participate in their programs: the U.S. Department of Education's Title IV Federal Student Aid program and the Montgomery GI Educational Benefits program for Veterans, active duty, reserve, and National Guard Personnel.
By 2002, Midwest became a member of the Federation of Christian Schools in Korea and several national organizations.
In November 2003, Midwest broke ground for the Dr. Jin Kyung Chung World Mission Center, which would house a large auditorium, classrooms, administrative offices, and a computer lab.
In 2004, Midwest's graduate and doctoral programs were accredited by TRACS. By April 2005, Midwest was granted accreditation for its baccalaureate program with concentrations in Education, Biblical Studies, and Church Music. To reflect reorganization of the institution and new electives in graduate level education, the institution was approved by TRACS to change its name to Midwest University. The Mission Center was erected in August 2004.
In 2006, the institution was accredited for its D.Min. in Social Work Program and the Teacher of English as a Second Language (TESOL) program. Also during 2006, in keeping with its mission of developing mutual exchange and understanding among the nations, Midwest was approved to participate in the U.S. Department of State's Exchange Visitor Program receiving J-1 scholars.
The addition of the Master of Arts in Athletic Mission concentration was designed to help the sportsman become involved in missions using personal gifts and athletic skills, especially in martial arts, its origin is in the Orient and the popularity has grown around the world. This training will be helpful as an alternative means to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as part of a professional mission. It will provide an easier way to approach creative access areas for settlement and obtain jobs as professional missionaries.
On November 3, 2009, Midwest University was granted reaffirmation by TRACS.
On October 29, 2010, Midwest University's Board of Trustees requested that the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) Accreditation Commission withdraw its recognition of Midwest University. TRACS Accreditation Commission honored this request.
On Nov. 8, 2011, the Institution was granted as an Applicant status from ABHE (The Assocation for Biblical Higher Education).
On June 20, 2012, Midwest University Graduate School of Theology is an Associate Member with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, (ATS).
On Feb. 12, 2013, Midwest University was approved as an Candidate status from ABHE (The Assocation for Biblical Higher Education).
On Feb. 18, 2015, Midwest University was approved as an Accredited Member from ABHE (The Assocation for Biblical Higher Education).
ABHE, and ATS are institutional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S Department of Education.
On Nov. 6, 2015, Midwest University was approved for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program from ABHE (The Assocation for Biblical Higher Education).
On Dec. 17, 2015, Midwest University have approval by the U.S. Department of State as a sponsor of an Exchange Visitor Program. The program is identified as Exchange Visitor Program. Approved Category on Form DS-2019: Research Scholar, Professor, and College/University Student.
On Feb. 8, 2017, Midwest University was approved for its Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management program from ABHE (The Assocation for Biblical Higher Education).