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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.”


Wednesday, Jan. 29 (a.m.)
Faith Baptist Bible College
1900 NW 4th Street
Ankeny, Iowa

Wednesday, Jan. 29 (p.m.)
Faith Baptist Bible College
1900 NW 4th Street
Ankeny, Iowa

Sunday, Feb. 2 (a.m.)
Lighthouse Baptist Church
1842 Otis Chapel Road
Newark, Del.

Sunday, Feb. 2 (p.m.)
Faith Baptist Church
4105 Plank Road
Fredericksburg, Va.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (p.m.)
Iglesia Bautista Independiente Faro de Luz
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Feb. 6–8
Iglesia Bautista El Faro
El Progreso, Honduras

Sunday, Feb. 16 (a.m.)
River City Baptist Church
6801 Merrill Road
Jacksonville, Fla.

Sunday, Feb. 16 (p.m.)
Pinecrest Baptist Church
175 Foster Drive
McDonough, Ga.

Monday, Feb. 24 (7 p.m.)
Pizza with the President
Westerville Bible Church
2665 W Schrock Rd. #8999
Westerville, Ohio

Thursday, Feb. 27 (p.m.)
Springdale House and Gardens
3150 Platt Springs Road
West Columbia, S.C.

Sunday, Mar. 1 (a.m.)
Faith Baptist Church
26510 Schoenherr Road
Warren, Mich.

Sunday, Mar. 1 (p.m.)
Victory Baptist Church
278 Victory Church Road
Sylva, N.C.

At a Glance

May 2014


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


Wife, Terry, and 4 children

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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 an 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.