The Master’s University and Seminary Appoints Dr. Sam Horn President

"The Board of Directors of The Master’s University and Seminary in Santa Clarita, California, today voted to name Dr. Sam Horn their 9th president, succeeding Dr. John Stead, effective in May or June 2020." - BJU Today

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josh p's picture

Wow I’m surprised at this. I didn’t see a connection there. I expect he will do very well.

Andrew K's picture

josh p wrote:

Wow I’m surprised at this. I didn’t see a connection there. I expect he will do very well.

Dr. Horn was always one of my favorite professors. I recall he kept his connections with Masters rather quiet back in his Northland days.... Wink

G. N. Barkman's picture

I didn't see that one coming!

G. N. Barkman

Ron Bean's picture

G. N. Barkman wrote:

I didn't see that one coming!

You and a lot of people! 

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

AndyE's picture

One of the things I wonder about is the reaction on the Master's side. Having grown up in Southern California, and the west coast in general, it was not easy for me to go to Bob Jones.  The school was basically ridiculed in the church circles  and Christian schools that I was a part of, and that would be the constituency that has always fed Masters (formerly LABC) with students.  Sam has obviously cultivated a good relationship with the leadership there at Masters, but I wonder how the supporting churches are going to feel about a BJU-guy coming in and running the show. It was interesting to read on the Master's site that they mention Sam is a Master's man.  He does have a degree from there but I suspect this is just as surprising on the Master's side as it is the BJU side.

TylerR's picture

Editor

Great news. There are some people, typically older men who are comfy in the FBFI orbit, who will view this as some sort of "betrayal." I see it as great news.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Dave White's picture

Fundamentalism in the decline. Conservative Evangelicalism on the rise

Mark_Smith's picture

sees itself as on the "fundamentalist" side of Conservative Evangelicalism. They needed someone from outside of the TMS orbit to head the school to keep ahead of accreditation, so they went with a man with fundamentalist background rather than someone from either a pure Reformed background or another Conservative Evangelical school (say SWBTS, Southern, Dallas or TEDS).

Interesting...

Wayne Wilson's picture

AndyE wrote:

One of the things I wonder about is the reaction on the Master's side. Having grown up in Southern California, and the west coast in general, it was not easy for me to go to Bob Jones.  The school was basically ridiculed in the church circles  and Christian schools that I was a part of, and that would be the constituency that has always fed Masters (formerly LABC) with students.  Sam has obviously cultivated a good relationship with the leadership there at Masters, but I wonder how the supporting churches are going to feel about a BJU-guy coming in and running the show. It was interesting to read on the Master's site that they mention Sam is a Master's man.  He does have a degree from there but I suspect this is just as surprising on the Master's side as it is the BJU side.

Andy, BJU has changed... a lot. And for the better.  

Robert Apps's picture

For long time now BJU has had much more in common with places like Master's than say Hyles-Anderson, Pensacola etc. This moves confirms it. 

Robert's church website is www.odbc.org.au. 

Ron Bean's picture

Robert Apps wrote:

For long time now BJU has had much more in common with places like Master's than say Hyles-Anderson, Pensacola etc. This moves confirms it. 

And that is a good thing!

"Some things are of that nature as to make one's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache." John Bunyan

G. N. Barkman's picture

That Sam Horn is a very smart and capable men.  That a BJU education is high level schooling.  That John Mac Arthur is a historic fundamentalist.  That Masters Seminary wants to remain conservative, maybe become even a bit more conservative.  That Steve Pettit picked an outstanding man to serve as VP at BJU.  That Steve Pettit evidences a congenial spirit toward those of like precious faith.  That Sam Horn's shoes at BJU will be challenging to fill.  (And others I won't take time to list.)

G. N. Barkman

TylerR's picture

Editor

This announcement is great on so many levels ...

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and an Investigations Manager with a Washington State agency. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

I'm not sure I would want to follow MacArthur there, especially given the troubles (accreditation issues, etc..) at Master's.  Suffice it to say that Horn has his work cut out for him, and I wish/pray him well.  How long had he been at BJU?

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Joeb's picture

Here on SI I previously said BJU was ahead of the curve in resolving academic and the other problems Christian Universities face.  In my mind BJU Admin are the go to guys for Leadership in Christian Higher Education.  Considering there is two Christian Universities still doing stealth business and associations with Criminal Mission Organizations BJU has shown leadership in cleaning up their  act.