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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

ICYMI: BJU President on Understanding Galatians

GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 24, 2014) — BJU President Steve Pettit began his series “Walking in the Spirit” during chapel on Mon., Sept. 8. His first message available here was an introductory message entitled “Understanding Galatians.” Videos of his messages are available at

BJU Symphony Orchestra to Perform with David Kim

DavidKimGREENVILLE, S.C. (September 23, 2014) — Bob Jones University begins its 2014-2015 Concert, Opera and Drama Series Thurs., Oct. 2, as the BJU Symphony Orchestra performs with special guest, David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m. in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium on the BJU campus, will feature Kim performing one of the most popular violin concertos of all time, Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3—a riveting work in its beauty, passion, and power.

In addition, Kim will lead the string section of the orchestra in a performance of Grieg’s Holberg Suite and the Meditation from Massenet’s Thaïs.

The audience will find in Kim both a consummate artistry and engaging warmth that together should make for a spectacular evening of music.

Tickets are available online or by calling 864-770-1372

Congratulations, Dr. Eidson!

Tim Eidson 2GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 23, 2014) – Dr. Tim Eidson, a 1992 pre-med graduate of Bob Jones University, was recently named Pediatrician of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Congratulations to Dr. Eidson on this momentous accomplishment!