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.”
Lessons from Isaiah and Jeremiah
The Old Testament books of Isaiah and Jeremiah present various messages from God that were delivered to Judah and the surrounding nations both prior to and during the period of the Babylonian conquest of Judah. These two prophets faithfully represented God to the culture in which they lived. As they conveyed God’s message to the people to whom they ministered, they revealed truths about God, the way He relates to people, and the way people relate to Him. In our study series for fall 2014, we will select portions of these two biblical texts, giving particular focus to these revealed truths and considering their application to life today.
Evening classes will begin Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. and meet in classroom 244 (entrance A). Morning classes will begin Tuesday, September 9th at 10:30 a.m., and will also meet in classroom to 244. To register for this free class fill out the form below. You may also contact Anita Scroggins at (205) 970-9213 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.