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Dean’s Welcome

Stephen J. Hankins, PhD

God favors men who learn to accurately explain and proclaim the Word of God. He delights in servants whose method in proclamation is clear, interesting, and life-related, showing the lost world and the church what He desires of them in response—faith and obedience. At Bob Jones University Seminary we focus on training men to preach the Word, since this is central to shepherding people for the glory of God in any ministry context.

But even more important, our focus at the Seminary is on developing the right kind of men to do the preaching that God commands. Men of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage provide just the sort of example the people of God need to grow in the image of Christ. Since setting a right example is the essence of true spiritual leadership, we strive to prepare men who are well-developed models of the Truth. Our aim is to prepare men who will effectively teach others by what they say and the way they live.

Seminary Conference Series

Bob Jones University Seminary since 2011 has hosted an annual conference for pastors and lay leaders dealing with some aspect of ministry in a concentrated manner. The seminary conference draws from the theological and ministry practice of its own seminary professors and of leaders who are recognized for their expertise on the conference topic. Details of past conferences can be found at the links below.

Professional Ministry Program

Pastors, it’s never too late to earn a seminary degree. Our Professional Ministry Program offers 1-week courses of concentrated, quality education that easily fit into your busy schedule.

Programs

Our course curriculum saturates our students with the knowledge and skills essential for serving as full-time vocational servants of Christ who minister the Word of God to others. We believe that it is knowledge of the contents and meaning of the Bible that equips a Christian for effective service for Christ.

Philosophically we are committed to the idea that a Christian’s effectiveness in ministry will be directly in proportion to the extent of his knowledge of the Scriptures and his ability to apply them to the lives of those he serves.

What does a student receive?

When a student graduates from the Seminary they will leave with a degree, but more important, they will leave with the knowledge and the zeal necessary to fulfill the 2 greatest commandments of all—to love God and love your neighbor through the proclamation of the good news about Christ.

Armed with thorough knowledge of the Biblical languages, comprehensive theological knowledge, complete familiarity with the sixty-six books of the Bible, an understanding of the needs of people, and the leadership and interpersonal skills to serve, our Seminary graduates are ready to take up their cross and follow their master into the harvest fields of service until Christ comes again.

Faculty

The faculty at Bob Jones University Seminary is on a mission to train men and women who have made a life-commitment to fulfil the last command of Christ, the Great Commission. Our goals are to teach students in our master's and doctoral degree programs how to spread the Gospel of Christ, help new believers become a vital part of the Church, the Body of Christ, and teach growing Christians how to know, obey, and glorify God in every dimension of life.

They are recognized specialists in their teaching fields, having served as:

  • Missionaries
  • Evangelists
  • Youth pastors
  • Church planters
  • Associate pastors
  • Senior pastors of independent Fundamental churches

Approximately 25 faculty (resident & adjunct) offer ministry training each year. Our full-time faculty have all earned doctoral degrees while most of our adjunct faculty have earned doctorates. Their cumulative years of ministry experience total over 450, with an average of 20 years per faculty member.

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Bob Bell

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Education

  • PhD, Old Testament, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Jim Berg

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Education

  • MA, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Ken Casillas

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Education

  • PhD, Old Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Dave Fisher

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Education

  • PhD, Church History, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Church History, Bob Jones University
  • BS, Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University

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Brian Hand

Chairperson, Division of Graduate Studies

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Education

  • PhD, New Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Humanities, Bob Jones University

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Steve Hankins

Dean, Seminary and Graduate School of Religion

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Education

  • PhD, New Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Randy Jaeggli

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Education

  • PhD, Old Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MDiv, Master of Divinity, Bob Jones University
  • BS, Paper Science and Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Wade Kuhlewind

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Education

  • DPasTh, Pastoral Theology, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Randy Leedy

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Education

  • PhD, New Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Mark Minnick

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Education

  • PhD, New Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Alan Patterson

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Education

  • PhD, New Testament Interpretation, Bob Jones University
  • MDiv, Divinity, Bob Jones University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University at Raleigh

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Gary Reimers

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Education

  • PhD, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Bible, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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Layton Talbert

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Education

  • PhD, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • MA, Theology, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bible, Bob Jones University

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