Dr. Richard Land

Southern Evangelical Seminary Welcomes New Staff, Promotes Others

September 24, 2015

Andrews, Gustafson, Bridges, Tucker and Lenhart Among Staff Changes as SESPositions Itself for an Expanding Future

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.eduis welcoming Robert N. Andrews, the new Director of Institutional Advancement. Andrews has experience in executive administration and volunteer management and comes to SES after serving as a consultant for The Center for Clergy & Church Support in Rocky Mount, N.C., where he worked in membership relations, fundraising and grant-writing.

“In our longstanding vision to help students learn to defend their faith passionately and intelligently, Southern Evangelical Seminary is continually seeking talented individuals who can help fulfill this overarching mission,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “We are delighted that Robert Andrews has agreed to join the SES team as our first full-time Director of Institutional Advancement. Robert brings with him a tremendous wealth of experience in the development field. He shares the SES vision for reaching America and the world with the Gospel through apologetics, and he brings a tremendous sense of enthusiasm with him. We are all looking forward to working with Robert in the months and years ahead, as we seek to grow the resources available to SES to fulfill the divine calling God has given us.”

Formerly, Andrews had served as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and also has development and alumni relations experience at Southeastern University and Howard University School of Divinity, as well as the North Center Community Development Corporation.

Andrews earned his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care from Loyola University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in professional history from North Carolina A&T State University.

Additionally, SES’s Eric Gustafson has been named Director of Communications and Special Events and Assistant Director of Development. Gustafson earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and film from Eastern Michigan University and worked for 13 years in sales and marketing before entering the non-profit world in 2007. He has been at the seminary since 2009 and is currently completing his master’s degree at SES.

Gustafson has been the producer of all radio and television programs the school has produced, which have aired on networks such as American Family Radio, Bott Radio Network and the National Religious Broadcasters Network. He was instrumental in the creation of SES’s Institute of Scientific Apologetics, the Institute of Global Engagement for world missions and the Southern Evangelical Apologetics Lay Institute (SEALI, www.seali.ses.edu). Since 2011, Gustafson has been leadingSES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics, set this year for Oct. 16-17.

“Eric Gustafson is an invaluable part of SES’s ministry team,” Land said. “Necessity has often forced us to ask him to do as many as three or four jobs, certainly more than we should ask anyone to do on a sustained basis. In spite of that, he has soldiered on, working sacrificially to advance the Lord’s Kingdom and SES. The addition of Robert Andrews will free Eric to devote himself more exclusively to the areas that will remain under his supervisory purview.”

SES faculty member Dr. J.T. Bridges has been named as the new Academic Dean and has been promoted to Associate Professor of Philosophy. He was one of the first to earn a Ph.D. from SES and his academic interests include the philosophical theology of Thomas Aquinas, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion.

“Dr. Bridges is committed to keeping the vision of SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler,” Land said. “He is uniquely suited for furnishing guidance and direction in keeping that pledge. We are grateful that Dr. Bridges feels called to exercise his considerable gifts in and through the ministry of SES.”

SES is also naming Adam Tucker, former Ratio Christi leader at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, as Director of Evangelism and Director of TEAM (Truth, Evangelism, Apologetics and Mission, www.TEAM.ses.edu). Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina and is currently finishing a master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in apologetics from SES.

“Adam is committed to SES’s vision and philosophy,” Land said, “and we look forward to ministering together with him in the years ahead. In his new post at SES, Tucker will connect SES students and alumni with various national and international ministry opportunities.”

Lastly, Jeff Lenhart has been named Director of Online Education and Director of SEALI. Originally from Canada, he spent eight years in South Korea, four years in Iowa and has lived in North Carolina since 2012. He earned a master’s degree from SES in philosophy and biblical studies, and his academic interests lie in the philosophy of language, particularly as that relates to biblical hermeneutics. He is an active speaker and preacher, having preached and spoken across the globe. Lenhart will also be a speaker at SES’s upcoming apologetics conference on the topic “From Perversion to Orientation: How a Shift in Terminology Led to the Inversion of Moral Judgment.”

“Jeff Lenhart, who answered God’s call to leave Canada and come to study at SES, has impressed everyone he has come into contact with at SES with both his dedication and his abilities,” Land said. “He is already laying out exciting and ambitious plans for the future in terms of the expansion of SES’s online presence and the further expansion of SEALI.”

SES is preparing for its 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 16-17. The theme of the 2015 conference is “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Michael Brown, Ryan Anderson, Frank Turek, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. To register, visit conference.ses.edu/registration.

Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.

Southern Evangelical Seminary invites visitors to its web site to join the more than 20,000 people who have already downloaded the SES Apologetics App for Windows mobile devices and Android and Apple phones and tablets. Those with the app can get the very best news and information in Christian apologetics, including articles, audio, video, blogs and more from today’s most able defenders of the Christian faith—William Lane Craig, Lee Strobel, Josh McDowell, William Dembski, Frank Turek, Hugh Ross, Gary Habermas and other well-known speakers, authors and teachers.

Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”

For more information on SES, visit its web site at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SESTwitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH. For more information about SES’ “Ethics in Emerging Technology” program, visit www.ethics.ses.edu.  

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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.