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" January 2018 "

Dr. Jeremiah Deang to Serve as Assistant Professor of Engineering at BJU

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 12, 2018) – Dr. Jeremiah Deang will join the Bob Jones University faculty this January as an assistant professor in the department of engineering in the Division of Natural Science in the College of Arts and Science.

“Dr. Deang brings to his faculty position not only outstanding credentials but a desire to instill in his students a passion for engineering,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “We are grateful that he will be joining our engineering faculty this semester.”

Deang earned a BS (2011) and a PhD (2017) in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Deang previously served as a co-op engineer for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. He has co-authored several publications and is a recipient of the Bagley College of Engineering Fellowship.

In addition to his professional work, Deang is an active member in his church and serves as a worship leader, youth group leader, and small group Bible study leader. Deang and his wife Amina have two daughters.

“I am very excited to join the BJU family and to learn under and serve alongside the faculty,” said Dr. Deang. “My desire in coming to BJU is to build relationships with students and to teach engineering with a biblical worldview.”

BJU offers a BS in engineering with three concentrations: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the program.

Bob Jones University to Participate in MLK Day of Service

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 11, 2018) – Bob Jones University students, faculty and staff will participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15.

“This day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers and creates solutions to social problems,” said BJU President Steve Pettit.  “Hundreds of thousands of Americans each year engage in projects to positively impact their communities. As Christians, our desire is to lovingly serve our Greenville-area community and open doors for Gospel witness.”

In announcing this year’s initiatives, Pettit encouraged students, faculty and staff to join him in serving. This year’s goal is to have at least 300 BJU students, faculty and staff serving the greater Greenville community. Last year, students provided more than 750 hours of work on MLK Day.

This year, students are expanding their service to 11 different locations across Greenville County including the Phillis Wheatley Center, Miracle Hill Overcomers Center, the Greenville Rescue Mission, Shepherd’s Gate, Miracle Hill Children’s Home, Miracle Hill Boys Shelter, Meals on Wheels, the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Center, Rebuild Upstate, the Ronald McDonald House and Greer Relief.



Lisa Arnold to Serve as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Bob Jones University

Lisa Arnold

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 10, 2018) – Lisa Arnold will serve as assistant professor in the division of nursing in the College of Arts and Science at Bob Jones University starting in the spring 2018 semester which begins in January. Arnold previously served as the nursing lab coordinator and as an adjunct clinical instructor at BJU.

“Mrs. Arnold has been doing a wonderful job working with our nursing students in a non-faculty capacity for some time now, so we are especially thrilled she will be joining the nursing faculty this semester,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “She is a great asset to the nursing division, and she will now be able to have an even greater impact in her new faculty role.”

Arnold earned a BS in Nursing (1984) from BJU and a MS in Nursing Education (2018) from Chamberlain University in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Arnold has served as a nurse for over 30 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Arnold worked as a staff nurse at W. J. Barge Memorial Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Greenville and at Anderson Memorial Hospital in Anderson. She also served as the assistant head nurse at St. Francis Hospital.

In addition, Arnold is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), the Carolinas Healthcare Simulation Alliance, and the Harvard School of Public Health Nurse’s Healthy Study. Arnold also serves on the medical safety team at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors.

“In working at BJU for the last six years, I have developed a love for students and a desire to continue the high quality education I received as a BJU BSN graduate,” said Arnold. “I am excited to expand my role at the Division of Nursing and am passionate about preparing today’s students to become excellent nurses, demonstrating Christ’s love in their service. I am truly honored to serve with such a great nursing faculty.”

Dr. Wencong Lai to Serve as Assistant Professor of Engineering at BJU

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 8, 2018) – Dr. Wencong Lai will serve as assistant professor in Bob Jones University’s department of engineering in the Division of Natural Science in the College of Arts and Science beginning in the spring 2018 semester.

“We are greatly looking forward to Dr. Lai’s joining the engineering faculty this semester,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “Our students will benefit immensely from Dr. Lai’s knowledge and expertise, as well as from his extensive research experience.”

Lai earned a BE (2008) in water conservancy and hydropower engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and both an MS (2010) and PhD (2012) in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Lai previously served as a teaching assistant, research assistant and post-doctoral fellow at Clemson University as well as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Lai has made several conference presentations and co-authored numerous publications including a book in 2014 titled Modeling Shallow Water Flows Using the Discontinuous Galerkin Method (CRC Press). He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“I am excited about this new chapter of life at BJU and the opportunities to serve on a campus committed to academic and spiritual development,” said Dr. Lai.

Dr. Lai and his wife Tingting welcomed twin daughters in August and currently live in Central, South Carolina.

BJU offers a BS in engineering with three concentrations: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer engineering. Approximately 100 students are currently enrolled in the program.

Kelly Crum Appointed Interim Chair for Division of Nursing

Kelly Crum

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 5, 2018) – Bob Jones University recently appointed Kelly Crum, a nursing professor in the College of Arts and Science, to serve as interim chair for BJU’s Division of Nursing beginning in the spring 2018 semester.

“We are thrilled that Mrs. Crum is willing to step into the role,” said Dr. Renae Wentworth, dean of the College of Arts and Science. “Her well-honed management skills will serve the Division well during this interim period.”

As interim chair, Crum will assume full leadership in the division as the search for a permanent chair proceeds.

Crum earned a BS in Nursing (1990) from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. She also earned an MS in Nursing (1995) with a focus in maternal, child nursing, curriculum development, and nursing education from the University of South Alabama as well as a post-master’s degree (1999) in women’s health nurse practitioner coursework. Crum is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (ABD) from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed nurse in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin.

Most recently, Crum served as Director of the School of Nursing at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin, where she also served as an associate professor and adjunct faculty member and taught courses such as nursing research, pathophysiology, pediatrics, and maternal child health while at MBU.

Previously, Crum served as an instructional specialist in the Health Sciences and Nursing Department for the University of Phoenix Online and as a certified advanced facilitator at the University of Phoenix. Crum has also served as a nursing faculty member at Pensacola Christian College and Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In addition, Crum has extensive clinical experience and has worked as a staff nurse in a variety of medical units across the country. She also served as the Assistant Director of Nursing and Director of Staff Development at Americare Putnam Nursing Home in Charleston, West Virginia; nursing supervisor for Health Care Services (HCS) Nursing and charge nurse at King’s Daughter Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky; and as the college health nurse at Piedmont International University.

Students Named to Deans List at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 3, 2017) – Bob Jones University named approximately 890 students to the Dean’s List for high academic achievement during the Spring 2017 semester.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.0-3.74 grade point average for the semester. The University’s Merit page lists the students named.

Students Named to President’s List at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 2, 2017) – Approximately 540 Bob Jones University students were named to the President’s List for high academic achievement during the Spring 2017 semester.

To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average for the semester. The University’s Merit page lists the students named.

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Luke 2:1-20

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Anthony Amirikian Serves as Student Teacher for Greenbrier Elementary School

Anthony Amirikian

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 22, 2017) – Anthony Amirikian, a senior elementary education major at Bob Jones University, serves this semester as a student teacher at Greenbrier Elementary School in Greenville, South Carolina.

Amirikian, a resident of Centreville, Maryland, has worked with a mentor teacher and written lesson plans, prepared learning materials, assisted students in their learning, and taught in the classroom.

“This experience has helped me grow professionally and personally,” said Amirikian. “My mentor teacher has helped me learn how to be an effective teacher and to make sure each of the students in our classroom has the best opportunity to succeed.”

A Grateful Tribute for Dr. Stewart Custer

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 21, 2017) — Longtime Bob Jones University and BJU Seminary professor Dr. Stewart Custer went home to be with the Lord last night. BJU President Steve Pettit wrote the following tribute regarding Dr. Custer’s life and ministry:

“As I was getting ready to go to bed last night, my wife read the Facebook post concerning the passing of Dr. Stewart Custer into glory. Immediately my heart was lifted up with thanksgiving for the life of this most unusual and gifted professor and pastor.

I was privileged to sit under Dr. Custer’s tutelage while a student in the BJU Seminary from 1978-1980. His reputation among the seminarians was notable. He was deeply respected for his expansive knowledge and humble spirit. This is why my first class with him was so unique. During my second year of seminary, I had a free elective class to take. I chose a class entitled “The Evangelist and his Evangelism” taught by Dr. Custer. The initial class met in a small conference room in the Alumni Building. Dr. Custer gathered a handful of us together and humbly acknowledged that he was assigned to teach a class on a subject that was not his expertise.  Therefore, he stated that there would be no class lectures. Our assignment was to simply turn in a paper every week on the various aspects of the life and ministry of an evangelist. As I recall, I wrote around twelve papers that semester. Little did I know at the time that this work would be the foundation for my life’s ministry of nearly 30 years as an evangelist.

Dr. Custer’s signature class was Methods of Bible Exposition I and II. During the semester, the students would turn in an expository sermon weekly from an assigned biblical passage. I chose to take MBE I and II in back-to-back summer school sessions for the last required classes of my degree. The assignment was to write three expository sermons a week for each monthly session. It was a grueling summer. During my final session in the month of July, I not only took MBE II but I also took The Book of The Revelation taught by Dr. Custer. The class requirements for The Revelation were to write two expository sermons per week. Included with the MBE II requirements, I was writing five expository sermons a week for the next month. That summer I learned from Dr. Custer lessons on how to properly expound God’s Word that have stayed with me for the last 37 years of ministry.

Last year we began the Stewart Custer Lecture Series in the BJU Seminary out of a recognition and respect for Dr. Custer’s profound legacy as a godly professor, author, and pastor.

As a professor, he leaves behind a legacy of students he taught for 47 years (1955-2002) who have been faithfully preaching the Gospel throughout the world. As an author, he leaves behind a legacy of 15 books including commentaries on Matthew, John, Acts, Romans, Ephesians, and Revelation. As a pastor, he leaves behind the Trinity Bible Church of Greer, South Carolina, where he shepherded and loved this flock of believers for 29 years.

Dr. Custer is now in the presence of the One whom He deeply loved and proclaimed. His work on earth is finished but His ministry continues in the hearts of those he influenced. I am gratefully one of them.