Ralph L. Edmonds (’82) has been selected as the 2015 SEBC Alumnus of the Year. He received a BS in Business Administration from Livingston University in 1975. He graduated from SEBC in 1982 with an AA in Bible/Theology and went on to Talbot Seminary in California to earn an MA in Christian Education in 1986. Ralph has served in pastoral ministries since he graduated from SEBC in 1982. He served at Inner City Impact in Chicago from 1982-1990, where he discipled and mentored students. Further, he managed all budgets, programs, and activities, and developed an internship program to provide financial assistance for students who attended Christian colleges. He provided oversight to all programs at Humboldt Park Center, reaching weekly over 450 children and adolescences in the inner city. He developed curriculum and coordinated activities for students whose attendance grew from 40 to 88 students during his oversight. He has served at Good News Bible Church in Chicago since 1990, and he has been the Senior Pastor there since 2011. While there, he has assisted in another church plant; collaborated with New Moms Ministry to provide affordable housing for 25 single mothers; provided affordable housing for urban ministry missionaries and for a Spanish-speaking congregation; served as Administrator of all Christian education activities; provided oversight of Salem Mission Home Outreach, and he is presently developing outreach to a neighborhood public school to serve through tutoring and sports programs. Ralph has been married for 31 years to SEBC alumna, Mary Christine Lawrence Edmonds (’82), who has served as a teacher in Christian schools and at Inner City Impact in Chicago since her graduation from SEBC. They have two adult children, Zac and Jared, and reside in Chicago, IL.
The Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter is now available
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Although begun as a personal letter, this epistle was undoubtedly intended by the writer to serve as a systematic presentation of the Gospel which he preached. It has been heralded as the most complete single systematic presentation of the great theme of justification by faith. Of all the Pauline epistles, Romans has exerted the most influence of Christian thought! It has been appraised by many for its immense value:
Martin Luther said: “It is the chief book of the New Testament.”
Frédéric Louis Godet commented: “It is the Cathedral of the Christian faith.”
W. H. Griffith Thomas observed: “It is a theological education in itself.”
B. H. Carroll stated: “It is the most fundamental, vital, logical, profound, and systematic discussion of the whole plan of salvation in all the literature of the world.”
Dr. Alexander Granados, President of Southeastern Bible College, invites you to join him for a thematic journey through the book of Romans. On this exciting biblical voyage, you will explore God’s complete plan of redemption provided through Jesus Christ. Evening classes will begin Monday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. and meet in classroom 244 (entrance A). Morning classes will begin Tuesday, January 27 at 10:30 a.m., and will also meet in classroom 244. To register for this free class, register online at www.sebc.edu or contact Anita Scroggins at (205) 970-9213 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Arnold Sproule was born April 11, 1927 in Toledo, OH. His departure from this Earth was October 2, 2014. His funeral service was, Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL. There will also be a Graveside service: 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Emlyn Cemetery in Emlyn, KY. Dr. Sproule was preceded in death by his first daughter, Susan, who went to be with the Lord in 1962 at age 6. Survivors include his beloved wife, Virginia, of Calera, AL; his daughter, Lynne, of Calera; and his sister, Jeannette Thomas of Knoxville, TN. After military service overseas in Greece, Dr. Sproule graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1954 as an electrical engineer and worked with General Motors from 1954 to 1965. Helped design and develop the T56 turbo-prop engine, the power plant for the famous C-130′s serving in every battle zone since 2004. As Senior Experimental Engineer, he resigned from GM in 1965 to enter the Gospel Ministry. Received Th.M. Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, 1969 and Th.D. Degree from Grace Theological Seminary, 1981. Held professorships at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, AL (1970-76), Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN (1976-86), and Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD (1986-94). He was Dean of Faculty at Southeastern Bible College. Field of expertise was NT Literature and Exegesis, and primary studies were in NT Greek and Theology. Served as president of Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary from 1991 to 1994, and conducted Bible conference ministries and pastors conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Sproule had a great love for dynamic Bible exposition. He was the primary translator of “Romans” in the New King James Version of the Bible and authored many theological journal and newsletter articles.
The Board of Trustees at Southeastern Bible College has called Dr. Alexander Granados as its next President effective September 1, 2014. Dr. Granados is a native of Bogota, Colombia.
He is married to Dorian Gee Granados and they have two daughters, Emma (age10) and Sophia (age 8).
Dr. Granados comes to Southeastern after having served The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Granados also served The Master’s College as Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives and as Director of Church and Urban Ministries.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1992 from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the special area of International Relations and Comparative Politics.
He received his Master of Theology (TH.M.) in Systematic Theology in 1997 at The Master’s College Seminary in Sun Valley, CA.
He received his Doctor of Philosophy (PH.D) from Biola University in La Miradia, CA. in International Education in 2008.
Dr Granados was named Professor of The Year by The Master’s College in 2012.
He served on several key committees at The Master’s College which included:
- Retention and Graduation Rates Research Committee (2010-2013)
- Philosophy Of Education Committee (2009-2013)
- General Education Committee (2009-2013)
- Foreign Partnerships Committee (2009-21013)
- Diversity Committee (2007-2013)
- Strategic planning Committee (2009-2013)
Dr. Granados has served on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Board where he conducted visits to colleges and universities for initial or continuing accreditation.
He served on the White Fields Board of Trustees, which is an organization that specializes in providing collaborative start-up support to pastors planting local churches among their own people in other parts of the world.
He served as a member of the 76-member Santa Clarita Valley Healthcare Roundtable, which served the community as a forum for discussion and resolution of regional healthcare issues.
Dr. Granados’ publications include a work entitled, The Historical Adam in Education: Why Keeping Him Real in Curriculum Matters, edited by Abner Chou. Grand Rapids; Kregel Publications, 2015; and Granados, A. (2013). Review of Strangers: Next Door; Immigration, Migration, and Mission by J. D. Payne: Themelios: Volume 38. No. 2, July 2013, 347-349.
Dr. Granados has served in several Pastoral roles which include:
- Executive Pastor, The Bridge Bible Fellowship in Reseda, CA. (2009-2011)
- Associate Pastor of the Los Angeles Community Bible Church in Los Angeles, CA. (2000-2009)
- Associate Pastor—Spanish Ministry at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. (1994-1999)
- Youth Leader at First Fundamental Bible Church in Monterey Park, CA.
He has traveled the world on mission projects that include trips to the Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, and Mexico.
Board of Trustee Chairman, Dr. Mike McLemore, stated: “Dr. Granados embodies personally the mission statement of Southeastern Bible College which is to ‘Produce graduates that are biblically grounded; spiritually mature; and culturally relevant.’ Dr. Granados brings all of this to the future of Southeastern, and we look forward to a great journey together as he assumes the role as our next President.”
Dr. Granados follows the thirteen year tenure of Dr. Don Hawkins, the previous President of SEBC, who is now residing in Dallas, Texas after his announcement earlier this year to retire effective August 1, 2014. Dr. Vicki Wolfe, Provost of Southeastern Bible College was named Interim President by the Board of Trustees during the time of transition.
Dr. Mike McLemore stated: “Dr. Vicki Wolfe, the faculty, and the staff of Southeastern Bible College are to be commended for their tireless efforts in making sure the College’s day-by-day operations ran smoothly during this time of transition.
“The Presidential Search Committee under the able leadership of Mr. Steve Gannett is also to be commended for all of the hours they spent in gathering data, resumes, and time spent in interviews with other candidates during the search process. The College is blessed with outstanding leadership at all levels and is ready to move forward to accept the challenges of an ever-changing culture.”
The Summer/Fall 2014 Newsletter is now available.
Dr. Vicki Wolfe named Interim President
The Board of Trustees of SEBC has voted to name Dr. Vicki Wolfe in its meeting on July 10, 2014 as the Interim President of SEBC during the time of transition in seeking a new President. Dr. Wolfe will begin serving as interim President on August 1, 2014 with all the rights and privileges thereof. The President’s cabinet will serve with her as members of the transition team to handle the day by day operations of the college. Dr. Wolfe will be accountable to the Board of Trustees during this interim time and will work closely with the Chairman of the Board of Trustees in decisions that only the Board of Trustees can make. As soon as a new President is installed Dr Wolfe will continue in her role as Provost of SEBC.
The Faculty and Staff welcome the news of Dr. Vicki Wolfe’s appointment as Interim President. We know first-hand of her love for the college, her respect for us, her outstanding work ethic, and her leadership abilities. Our confidence in her, support for her, and dedication to working alongside her for SEBC, its students, and alumni could not be stronger. Congratulations, Dr. Wolfe.