JOEL BEEKE

Dr. Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.

He has written and co-authored over one hundred books (most recently, Reformed Systematic Theology, Vol. 1: Revelation and GodReformed PreachingA Puritan Theology: Doctrine for LifeKnowing and Growing in Assurance of FaithPrepared by Grace, for Grace: The Puritans on God’s Ordinary Way of Leading Sinners to Christ; and Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination), edited another one hundred books, and contributed 2,500 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias.

His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.

STEVE PETTIT

Steve Pettit was named the fifth president of Bob Jones University May 8, 2014. Pettit is the first president in the University’s history not related to nationally known evangelist and BJU founder Bob Jones Sr.

Pettit received a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1978 and an MA in Pastoral Studies from BJU in 1980. In 2014, Pettit was named a Distinguished Citadel Alumnus, becoming the 142nd alumnus to be named to the list since The Citadel was founded in 1842.

Prior to being elected BJU president, he served for 29 years as the president of the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Association. In this ministry, Pettit emphasized revival and evangelism as he conducted over 800 campaigns throughout the United States and preached in over 21 countries.

Additionally, Pettit served for nearly three years as national director for Cross Impact Ministries, a ministry which partners with local churches to minister on college campuses across the nation. Pettit formerly served as camp director and staff evangelist for Northland Camp and Conference Center in Dunbar, Wisconsin, and as an assistant pastor for youth ministry at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan.

Married to the former Terry Elkins of Denver, Colorado, he and his wife have four adult children— Rebecca, Rachel, Stephen Jr. and Michael—three grandsons and a granddaughter.

Pettit chairs the BJU Education Group Board and serves on the boards of the Central Africa Baptist College in Kitwe, Zambia, the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center in Brevard, North Carolina, and the BJU Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission.

With a deep burden for this generation of young people, Pettit devotes a large portion of his ministry to inspiring young people to pursue relational discipleship while reflecting a commitment to godly living. A gifted communicator and expositor of the Scriptures, Pettit regularly speaks at BJU and in churches, Christian schools, colleges, camps and conferences around the world.

As BJU’s president, Pettit leads BJU with a firm reliance on the absolute authority of Scripture and a thorough integration of a biblical worldview into academic programs and student life. Under his leadership the University has expanded academic program offerings; launched a new School of Health Professions and the School for Continuing, Online and Professional Education; established the Center for Global Opportunities to organize community service and ministry projects; expanded intercollegiate sports; and was granted regional accreditation. Pettit seeks to inspire students to serve Christ vocationally through the knowledge they gain at BJU in their respective fields of study.

RICHARD D. PHILLIPS

Richard Davis Phillips became the twelfth Senior Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville in July, 2007.

He came to faith in Jesus Christ at age 30, surrendering his life to the Savior in response to the preaching of God’s Word. He soon was leading evangelistic Bible studies at the college where he was teaching and, after a few years, received God’s call to enter the gospel ministry. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and after graduation joined the pastoral staff of the church where he came to faith, Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA. There, Rick was mentored by the well-known Bible teacher, Dr. James Montgomery Boice, and began his calling as a weekly preacher of God’s Word. After serving at Tenth Presbyterian from 1995-2002, Dr. Phillips accepted the call to be Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs, FL. After five years there, he moved to Greenville to serve our church in 2007.

Dr. Phillips describes his ministry as centering on three “P”s: preaching, praying, and pastoring. He is devoted to expository preaching, which is the teaching of whole books of the Bible week-by-week. His ministry is widely heard on the radio and the internet and Dr. Phillips is frequently called upon to speak at conferences on the Bible and Reformed theology. He further serves the church by authoring books, with over twenty-five currently in print. Among his many activities, he serves on the board and council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the council of The Gospel Coalition, and the board of trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary. Together with Philip Graham Ryken, he is series coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Phillips holds degrees from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Doctor of Divinity), the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and the University of Michigan (B.A.).

Rick is married to the former Sharon Wilkey, whom he met at church in Philadelphia. Sharon is a homemaker, author, and home-schooling mother. They have an active family of five children: Hannah, Matthew, Jonathan, Ellie and Lydia.