President and Lecturer in Politics
With his appointment as the 3rd president of Providence in July 2014, Dr. Belcher brings 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.
Dr. Belcher and his wife Michelle, along with their four children, Jordan, Jonathan, Lindsay, and Meghan reside in Pasadena. Dr. Belcher has previously served as seminary professor and as church planter and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA.