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

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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.

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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 works in State government. 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

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This announcement is great on so many levels ...

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. 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. 

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https://twitter.com/jrpeet/status/1366577782080364546

March 1, 2021. Special Update From the TMUS Board of Directors:

On Friday, February 26, the Board of Directors received a letter of resignation from our TMUS president, Dr. Sam Horn. The board is grateful for the several important institutional milestones that were reached this past year, including the school’s reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the reaffirmation of accreditation by WSCUC. This past year has been one of the most challenging years in higher education and we are grateful for our entire leadership team during this unprecedented time. In the coming days, the Board of Directors will appoint an interim president and begin the process of looking for the next president. Pray for us as we seek what is best for the future of both TMU and TMS.

Bert Perry's picture

....hopefully it's something benign, but.....

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture

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TMU is in trouble. JMac is The Man who cannot be gain said. The Big Man model of leadership is alive and well. 

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

josh p's picture

I don't know why this happened and I'm not sure I want to know. It's really too bad though. Sam Horn seems like a great guy. I pray that he and TMU are all honoring God at this time. 

AndyE's picture

Having grown up in that sub-culture, I always thought it would be tough to make this work, but it seems he stepped into an almost impossible situation, and that's not even considering the impact of the pandemic.  I feel bad for him and the school. Short tenures like this can't be good for either one.

 

Bert Perry's picture

OK, granted, not the world's most authoritative source, but if Horn was shown the door after resolving a lot of the probation issues with the accrediting agencies, that is a seriously toxic work environment.    Put differently, I hope Tyler is wrong and Andy is pessimistic--as I'm sure they do as well--but this is not good at all.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Mark_Smith's picture

We really do not know why Sam Horn left TMU. It could be for a host of reasons. Let's assume the best rather than the worst.

TylerR's picture

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The man was on-board for less than one academic year, during a time when there has been significant public scrutiny on JMac and TMU/TMS for allegedly flouting COVID regulations, and TMU/TMS continues to deal with accreditation issues, while JMac has found new latter-day fame as the cool grandfather of the "theo-bros" who frame COVID as persecution ("I'm all outta Fresca!").

It is certainly possible Horn left for perfectly innocent reasons. It's also possible the Seattle Mariners will win the World Series this year.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Wayne Wilson's picture

Dr. Horn was very impressive. It is heart-breaking. 

TylerR's picture

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Abner Chou, a professor at TMU/TMS, reported during chapel today that Horn resigned because the administration felt he did not meet the requirements to be an elder. Chou explained, "we don’t exercise authority in a way that’s quick tempered or pugnacious." You can listen to the relevant audio from the chapel session at the end of Julie Roys' article here.

My default is to assume Horn was railroaded out. You've heard of meat-grinder churches that chew, pulverize and spit out pastors. Well, I suspect we have here a meat-grinder institution that will never be healthy unless or until JMac lets go. I doubt he will. Unless the President is content to be a figurehead, I suspect he will have problems. 

Of course, it's entirely possible Horn is disqualified from being an elder. I just don't think it's likely. I will never recommend anybody go to this school.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Joeb's picture

Very sad to hear.  In this day and age of corruption in Christian Higher Learning Horn is what Masters needed and if not of his own decision should not have been sent packing.  You have the guy doing the investigation at Moody caught giving a recommendation to a Sex Perp Pastor which shows the level of corruption and you send Horn packing.  Sure makes sense to me.  This just enforces my opinion that BJU is the only honest game in town standing.  At least they cleaned up their act.  Others are to buried in sin or on the Trump train.  

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He was certainly stepping into a tough situation-- the whole accreditation struggle, and then the Covid politics out there in Calif. It can't have helped to have large numbers of folks of the denier/defier mindset.

Kudos for making it through three years and getting some things done.

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