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Office of the President – Steve Pettit

Steve Pettit

If Steve Pettit were to summarize his role as president of Bob Jones University in a word, that word would be service. But it’s not a type of service that has its ultimate end in BJU. Rather, he sees BJU as educating people who are Gospel-oriented. “They are God’s people walking around in this world as pilgrims on their way towards Heaven,” he says, “spreading the light of the Gospel wherever they go.”

His desire is to see the entire university community embody this vision. “It’s about developing people with a kind of character that serves and loves people. So love has to be modeled by everybody that works and teaches here. A disciple-maker and a leader are not two different things. They are the same thing.”

Meet and visit with President Pettit at a Dinner with the President or an Advance Conference for Pastors near you.


June 28-July 1, 2017
Camp Utibaca
Ephraim, UT

July 3-8, 2017
The Wilds of New England
Deering, NH
(Teen Camp)

July 17-22, 2017
Grand View Camp
Eager, AZ
(Teen Camp)

July 30, 2017 (a.m.)
Heritage Baptist Church
Dewitt, WI

July 31-August 4, 2017
Camp Kanesatake
Spruce Creek, PA
(Teen Camp)

August 6, 2017 (a.m.)
Bucksport Bible Church
Bucksport, ME

August 6, 2017 (p.m.)
Heritage Baptist Church
Dover, NH

At a Glance

May 2014


  • MA, Bob Jones University, 1980
    Pastoral Studies
  • BS, The Citadel, 1978
    Business Administration


Wife, Terry, and 4 children

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet | Biography

Contact Information

Office of the President

Office of the President
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC 29614

About Steve Pettit

Steve Pettit became the fifth president of BJU in May of 2014. (Read about the presidential announcement.) An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees.

He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980.

Following his BJU graduation, both he and his wife, Terry, saw their calling in pastoral ministry and evangelism. For five years, Pettit served as youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan, before entering full-time evangelism.

In the following 29 years, the Pettits traveled year-round in evangelism, conducting more than 800 campaigns, crusades and camps throughout the United States and preaching in 21 countries.