New Presidents

Last week was an exciting week for a couple of educational institutions. Bob Jones University named Steve Pettit as its new president effective May 10th and on that same day Ken Endean was installed as the new president of International Baptist College and Seminary in Chandler, AZ.

I am thankful that I have known both of these men for over 30 years. Steve and I first met out on the soccer fields of BJU when I was a freshman and he was in grad school. Ken and I actually met for the first time on the drive from Michigan to BJU as both our families stopped at a rest area for a break on the journey. I have the highest respect for both of them. They are men of godly character, strong conviction, and love for our Lord Jesus Christ and His church.

Although I had no say in it, I’ll confess that Steve Pettit was at the top of my list for president of BJU. Steve has preached here at IC many times through the years, and we’ve preached together in other venues. I loved what he did in cultivating a solid discipleship mindset and process at Northland Camp, something all of my sons benefitted from as campers and two of them did as counselors. We’re both pretty busy with our respective responsibilities, so we don’t talk often, but whenever we have, I’ve come away from the conversations encouraged, sharpened, and thankful. As an alumnus and also as the dad of BJU student, I’m thrilled that Steve is the new president and will be praying for the transition.

As I mentioned, Ken Endean and I were in college together (I’ll spare the stories about how ruthless he was when he used to check my room!). When I left First Baptist Church of Troy, Michigan to return here to Inter-City as the senior pastor, Ken came to take my place at FBC. Ken did an excellent job there for 7 years before transitioning to Maine to serve as the senior pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church. God blessed his ministry there and he has been a model of faithful shepherding. I believe he will likewise do an excellent job in leading IBC&S. He has a heart for ministry mentoring and will provide clear, steady leadership. Every time I’m out in the western states I’m impressed by the great need for biblical, balanced churches to reach those states for Christ. May God use Ken and IBC&S to equip men for gospel ministry out there!

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