The President of Providence
On April 1, 2014, the Board of Trustees of Providence Christian College announced Dr. Jim Belcher as the third president of Providence Christian College. Dr. Belcher’s shares the vision of developing a Reformed college on the West Coast for the glory of God in the advancement of His kingdom and service to His church.
Dr. Belcher has brought to the office a great zeal for Liberal Arts Education coupled with an ideal wealth of visionary leadership in the Reformed and Evangelical communities as an author, educator, church planter, pastor, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Belcher is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. in political science. He went on to complete an M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in political philosophy at Georgetown University.
Uniquely gifted as an accomplished writer to share this vision, Dr. Belcher is best known as the author of Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, which won Christianity Today’s Best Book Award and Leadership Journal’s 2010 Golden Canon Award. Deep Church winsomely engages one of the most important ecclesiastical issues facing the evangelical world today, doing so without compromising the Reformed faith.
His most recent book, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity, has been praised by church leaders as “a Pilgrims Progress for the 21st century.” It received top recognition as Christianity Today’s “Best of the Best” book for its 2013 Leadership Journal awards.
The appointment of Dr. Belcher followed an extensive yearlong nationwide presidential search that was intensified with the goal of appointing the ideal individual to take office by summer of 2014. Dr. Belcher’s Reformed outlook, ministerial experience, and understanding of the importance of the liberal arts makes him particularly equipped to help young Christian students address the challenges—global challenges—presented in the southern California region. Providence’s board chairman Pete Nanninga expressed confidence that Dr. Belcher “will enrich the Providence mission to prepare students who are biblically grounded to be fully engaged Christian citizens in their churches and communities for the glory of God.”
More from Dr. Belcher
- Read Dr. Belcher’s views on higher education and a liberal arts degree in “The New American College: A Case for the Liberal Arts”
- Listen to Dr. Belcher’s interview, “A Passion for Christ,” from KKLA.
- Listen to Dr. Belcher’s interview on The White Horse Inn, “Millennials and Christian Education”
- Watch the promotional video for Dr. Belcher’s book, “In Search Of Deep Faith”
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