If Steve Pettit were to summarize his role as president of Bob Jones University in a word, that word would be service. But it’s not a type of service that has its ultimate end in BJU. Rather, he sees BJU as educating people who are Gospel-oriented. “They are God’s people walking around in this world as pilgrims on their way towards Heaven,” he says, “spreading the light of the Gospel wherever they go.”
His desire is to see the entire university community embody this vision. “It’s about developing people with a kind of character that serves and loves people. So love has to be modeled by everybody that works and teaches here. A disciple-maker and a leader are not two different things. They are the same thing.”
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About Steve Pettit
Steve Pettit became the fifth president of BJU in May of 2014. (Read about the presidential announcement.) An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees.
He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and an MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980.
Following his BJU graduation, both he and his wife, Terry, saw their calling in pastoral ministry and evangelism. For five years, Pettit served as youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan, before entering full-time evangelism.
In the following 29 years, the Pettits traveled year-round in evangelism, conducting more than 800 campaigns, crusades and camps throughout the United States and preaching in 21 countries.
At a Glance
- MA, Bob Jones University, 1980
- BS, The Citadel, 1978
Wife, Terry, and 4 children
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