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Bob Jones University Hosts Missions Emphasis Week

Rev. John Crocker

Rev. John Crocker

Mr. Jay Cross

Mr. Jay Cross

GREENVILLE, S.C. (October 20, 2014) – Bob Jones University will set aside the week of Oct. 20-23 to focus on the work and importance of missions. This year’s theme, “Only One Life to Offer,” is taken from Matthew 16:25-26.

The daily chapel service, held Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus, will feature missionary speakers.

Rev. Jon Crocker, missionary to Mexico with Gospel Fellowship Association, will speak Monday and Tuesday.  Mr. Jay Cross, missionary to Peru (on deputation) with IBM Global, will speak Wednesday and Thursday.

Over one hundred representatives from over fifty mission organizations will be on campus to talk with students and those interested in serving on the mission field.

The University started Missions Emphasis Week in 1989 to impress on the students the demand of world evangelism. The command to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” is for all of us. Missionaries will show the need for workers – both full-time missionaries and business professionals – and introduce their organizations to students who want to use the gifts God has given them in serving Him in a variety of ways on the mission field.

Dr. Heidi Campbell Presents Research at Broadcast Education Conference

Heidi CampbellGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2014) – Dr. Heidi D. Campbell , Associate Professor from the Journalism & Mass Communication department at Bob Jones University recently presented her research titled,  “The Role of Facebook in the Religious Lives of Emerging Adults” at the Broadcast Education Association conference at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Dr. Campbell’s research agenda includes research on the intersection of religion, media, and emerging adulthood.

Henderson Receives Palmetto Teachers of Excellence Award

Henderson PhotoGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 7, 2014) – The South Carolina Council for the Social Studies (SCCSS) recently honored Loyd Henderson, Social Studies department chair at Travelers Rest High School (TRHS), with the Palmetto Teachers of Excellence Award for Social Studies.

Henderson, a 2002 graduate of Bob Jones University, received the award during the 2014 SCCSS Conference Oct. 4 in Columbia. He was one of approximately 35 Social Studies teachers from across South Carolina honored. A resident of Taylors, Henderson was nominated for the award by the Greenville County School District.

According to the Greenville County School District, teachers are selected based on their knowledge of content, passion for quality, engaging instruction, willingness to share and collaborate with their colleagues, and their overall effectiveness in the classroom.

Henderson teaches all levels of classes from freshman geography to IB History of the Americas, as well as various electives. He has been previously recognized as a TRHS Teacher of the Year and has devoted countless hours to non-classroom activities including acting in and set design for multiple school plays and musical productions, sponsoring award winning student videos and serving as a Youth in Government sponsor.





Dr. Sam Horn to Join BJU As Vice President for Ministerial Advancement

SamGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 3, 2014) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit today named Dr. Sam Horn as Vice President for Ministerial Advancement effective January, 2015. Horn will also serve as Dean of the Seminary and School of Religion, and Dr. Steve Hankins and Dr. Royce Short will become associate deans of these respective schools, effective at the end of the current academic year in May.

“Training young people to serve Jesus Christ is what we do best at BJU,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Sam is committed to working with our faculty to ensure our ministerial training is second to none in the nation.”

Horn currently serves as President of Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. He has also served in administrative roles and on the faculty of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Northland International University and BJU.

In addition to his academic experience, Horn brings extensive pastoral experience having served in various roles from youth pastor to senior pastor at churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“Sam Horn’s pastoral experience will be invaluable as he works with our young men training for pastoral ministry,” said Pettit.

Horn earned a BA in Bible in 1986, an MA in Bible in 1988, and a PhD in New Testament Interpretation in 1995—all from BJU—and a DMin from The Master’s Seminary in 2007.

Horn, and his wife, Beth, have two children. Robert is a freshman at BJU majoring in Bible and Ashton is in elementary school.


Dr. Heidi Campbell Has Chapter Published in Leading Communications Textbook

Heidi CampbellGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 1, 2014) – Dr. Heidi D. Campbell, professor in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Bob Jones University, recently published a chapter on digital health in the 14th edition of Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, the leading text for the latest developments, trends, and issues in communication technology since 1992.

The digital health or eHealth industry is expanding at explosive rates innovating new technologies for everything from wearable wireless health and fitness devices to the proliferation of health apps for mobile devices. Dr. Campbell’s chapter titled “eHealth” explores this rapid growth and provides analysis and projections for where the eHealth industry will be in the next ten years.

Congratulations to Stephen Hawkey!

HawkeyGREENVILLE, S.C. (October 1, 2014) – Congratulations to Stephen Hawkey, a freshman cello performance major! He is the cellist in the Chante Trio (a piano trio). The Chante Trio was recently named the winner of the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Their award winning performance starts at 1:01.

ICYMI: BJU President Steve Pettit Continues Series on “Walking in the Spirit”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 30, 2014) – BJU President Steve Pettit continued his chapel series “Walking in the Spirit” during chapel on Mon., Sept. 15.  Videos of his messages are available at

Miles Coleman Named to 2015 Class of Leadership South Carolina

Coleman, MilesGREENVILLE, S.C. (September 29, 2014) – Miles Coleman, a 2006 Bob Jones University graduate, has been named to the 2015 class of Leadership South Carolina, the state’s oldest and most recognized leadership development program.

Coleman is an attorney at Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough, LLP in Columbia.  He joins the Class of 2015 and more than 1,350 Leadership South Carolina members who have participated in the nine month program addressing current and critical issues facing South Carolina.

Leadership South Carolina accepts approximately 50 participants a year who demonstrate commitment to their community and strive to reach a higher level of service to the Palmetto State.

BJU Students Sign Banner Assuring Clemson University Family Of Our Prayers for Them

Banner SigningGREENVILLE, S.C. (September 26, 2014) – Students at Bob Jones University signed a banner today to  assure the faculty, staff and students of Clemson University that we are praying for them during the difficult loss of one of their students this week.  BJU student leaders will deliver the signed banner to Clemson early next week.

Dr. Gary Reimers – “What Is The Church?”

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 24, 2014) – Dr. Gary Reimers kicked off the series on the church during chapel on Wed., September 10. You can view Dr. Reimer’s message, as well as the other messages in the series, at