BJU Public Relations

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Dr. Sam Horn Joins BJU as Vice President for Ministerial Advancement

Dr. Sam HornGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 23, 2015) – Dr. Sam Horn, who was named Vice President for Ministerial Advancement by BJU President Steve Pettit last October, officially joined the Bob Jones University administration this week. In addition to his vice presidential responsibilities, Horn will begin serving as Dean of the Seminary and School of Religion at the end of the current academic year in May.

Prior to serving at BJU, Horn was 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.

“I am excited to be at BJU working with the incredible faculty to ensure our ministerial training—at both the undergraduate and graduate level—is second to none,” said Horn. “I look forward to serving with Dr. Steve Hankins and Dr. Royce Short—and the entire Seminary and School of Religion faculty—as we seek to train the next generation of young people to serve Jesus Christ in local churches and ministries around the world.”

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.

Horn earned a BA in Bible in 1986, a 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.

BJU President Steve Pettit’s Remarks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2015) – During this morning’s chapel service, Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit spoke to faculty, staff and students about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his desire to bring about racial equality and harmony.

Pettit noted that we honor King for his sacrifice for a just cause and praised him for the pivotal role he played in ending segregation. Pettit challenged the BJU family to pray for racial harmony as we are all one in Christ’s body.

Cantus to Perform at Bob Jones University

CantusGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 13, 2015) –  The Minnesota-based men’s vocal ensemble Cantus will be in concert at Bob Jones University’s Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium Tues., Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.  Cantus will be performing their new program Anthem, which explores the traditions and customs of singing throughout the world with specific emphasis on when and why people sing together.

“Anthems are an expression of identity and create a way for communities to show support for a cause, belief, a heritage, or even a sports team,” says Cantus tenor Aaron Humble. “If you have once sung a song in a group, that music forever after will conjure the emotions of that moment for you: pride, identity, unity.”

The program includes songs from various cultures and traditions asking the question: When we gather together, how does singing help us celebrate, help us inspire, or help us heal? Anthem features works ranging from the Hebrew Burial Kaddish to the African American work song, “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder,” to works by Kodály, Holst, Verdi, Janáček and Tallis. Two new pieces commissioned for the program include “When We Sing” by Rosephanye Powell, inspired by the recent findings that people’s heartbeats start to synch when they sing together; and an arrangement of “How Can I Keep From Singing” from Stephen Caracciolo, who previously arranged “Simple Gifts” for the group.

 Tickets for the Jan. 27th concert are available by visiting or by calling 864.770.1372.

 About Cantus

The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) nine-member men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their music-making as “spontaneous grace.” Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label. Each year the artists of Cantus share their own love of singing with thousands of students through workshops and master classes to ensure the future of choral arts. To learn more about Cantus visit:

BJU Cinema Graduates Win iNRB Student Film Awards

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 9, 2015) — Three Bob Jones University Cinema graduates recently received awards in the 2014-15 Intercollegiate National Religious Broadcasters (iNRB) Student Production Awards Competition.  This is the second year BJU students have entered projects in the iNRB competition and the second year they have won at least one award.

Marc Pagliuca of Greer tied for first place in the short film contest with his project titled “The Unspeakable.” Justin Kelley of Greenville won second place in the documentary category with “Rupert.” Stephen Pettit of Henrico, Virginia placed third in the documentary category with “Johnathan’s Very Own.” All three students graduated from BJU in 2014 and entered their senior capstone project into the competition.

Each student wrote and directed his own film, the culmination of four years of work in the cinema department, with guidance from BJU’s cinema faculty. Student film projects are judged on a variety of criteria including artistry, originality, production techniques and how the project furthers a Judeo-Christian purpose or goal.

“We believe our students do excellent film work, and it’s gratifying to see others recognize the same ability in them, especially in the Christian media community,” said cinema department head Sharyn Robertson.

BJU Releases President’s List and Dean’s List Honors for the Fall 2014 Semester

GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 7, 2015) – Earlier this week, Bob Jones University released the President’s List and Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

The Fall 2014 semester is the inaugural semester for BJU’s President’s List and honored approximately 450 students whose grade point average (GPA) for the semester was 3.75 or higher.

The Dean’s List honored approximately 950 students whose GPA for the semester was 3.0-3.74.

Congratulations to all of the students for this academic honor.

Congratulations, Dr. Bledsoe!

GregBledsoeGREENVILLE, S.C. (January 5, 2015) — Congratulations to Dr. Greg Bledsoe, a 1995 Bob Jones University graduate, on being named surgeon general for the State of Arkansas.

Bob Jones University’s Aida Production Wins National Opera Association Award

Aida2014GREENVLLE, S.C. (January 5, 2015) — Bob Jones University’s 2014 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida won second place in the Professional Division of the National Opera Association’s (NOA) Opera Production Competition. This is the fourth time BJU has entered the NOA competition and its fourth NOA award.

Because of the strength of its productions, BJU has been placed in the professional category, rather than in the collegiate category, and ranked in the top three nationally each time it has entered the competition.

Previous award-winning BJU opera productions are Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila (2010), Charles Gounod’s Faust (2011) and Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore (2012).

BJU’s production of Aida, conducted by Maestro Stephen White of the Metropolitan Opera, included a cast of more than 200 in addition to more than 150 musicians and stage crew. Guest artists Kevin Thompson (Ramphis), Clay Hilley (Radames), Mary Phillips (Amneris), Indra Thomas (Aida) and Grant Youngblood (Amonasro) joined the BJU cast.

The award will be presented at the 60th Annual Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina later this month. Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts & Communication, who served as director of the production will accept the award for BJU.

“To be recognized on a national level speaks very well about the commitment of BJU’s students and staff crew as well as our level of excellence to the glory of God,” said Lawson.


Have A Blessed Christmas!

“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.” Luke 2:1-20

BJU President Steve Pettit Announces GRACE Report

GREENVILLE, S.C. (December 10, 2014) – Bob Jones University President Steve Pettit announced to the BJU faculty, staff and students this morning that GRACE has completed its report on how the University responded in the past to student reports of sexual abuse or assault.

In November 2012, BJU initiated the GRACE investigation to make certain university policies and procedures for handling reports of sexual abuse and assault comply with every aspect of the law and ensure a loving, scripturally based response to those involved. Additionally, BJU leadership wished to have an opportunity to communicate with and be reconciled with any former students or other individuals who believe they received inadequate help when they reported to a BJU representative that they had been abused at some point in their past.

In making the announcement, Pettit said, “We are all awakening to the depth and breadth of this societal problem.  Colleges and universities across the country are reassessing how they handle cases of sexual abuse and assault.  We want to be part of that solution.  To do that, we must first take the mote out of our own eye and address our own failings. The GRACE report helps in that effort by helping us identify areas of concern.”

While the report focuses on the experiences of approximately 20 out of over 90,000 former students, it identified a number of instances where BJU’s response was inadequate and students were not satisfied with the help they received. It also identified a number of specific areas requiring improvement.

During his presentation earlier today, President Pettit apologized to the abuse and assault victims who said they did not receive adequate help and expressed his appreciation for their courage in coming forward and sharing their experiences with GRACE. He stated, “I would like to sincerely and humbly apologize to those who felt they did not receive from us genuine love, compassion, understanding and support after suffering sexual abuse or assault …To them I would say—we have carefully listened to your voice. We take your testimony in this report to our hearts. We intend to thoroughly review every aspect and concern outlined in the investigation and respond appropriately.”

President Pettit will immediately appoint a committee which will review the report findings and recommendations over the next 90 days.

“For those actions to be truly meaningful, we must make a long-term commitment that creates genuine, sustainable change,” said Pettit. “This will take a lot of hard work in the coming months, in fact, years. This is a process of change that must and will happen by the grace of God. This is our solemn pledge.”

GRACE, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, will release its final report Thurs., Dec. 11.