Southeastern Bible College hires Dr. Orrett L. Bailey to be Director of Advancement. Dr. Bailey has come with a wealth of experience in Higher Education, Administration and Development. Dr. Bailey will be working close with the Admissions Department, SEBC Alumni and SEBC supporters. Along with those duties he will be actively writing grants and building up our current scholarship.
The Department of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of a new faculty member. Mrs. Christy Hayes will be joining us full-time August 1st as an Instructor and Advisor for our Elementary Education program. Our Elementary Education program has needed a major professor and a champion for the program for several years. We are grateful for God’s provision of Christy.
Christy is a career-long kindergarten teacher. She taught for many years at Hueytown Elementary School, where she also served as the Kindergarten Grade-Level Chairperson and Mentor for new teachers. We were introduced to Christy by Heather Simpson, Micah Simpson’s wife, who was mentored by Christy.
Christy received her BS and MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was awarded the Ellen Northcutt Teacher of the Year Award by the Hueytown Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012. She was nominated by community members, peers, parents, and students for this award. She was also chosen by her peers twice as the “Second Mile Teacher” at Hueytown Elementary.
Christy is married and has three children. Her youngest just graduated from high school in May. Christy and her husband, Jimmy, attend Gardendale First Baptist Church.
From our first meeting with Christy, we knew that she would be a perfect fit at SEBC. It became clear that she will not only make a significant impact in the classroom, but also in the lives of our students. We are thrilled that she is joining the SEBC family.
A Life Changing Encounter with the Book of Ephesians
Whether it is because of its magnificent sweep of God’s saving purposes from election before the foundation of the world to his summing up of all things in Christ, the place of the exalted Christ within those purposes and believers’ relationship to him, God’s victory in Christ over the powers, the grand presentation of the church, its language of worship and prayer, or the scope and depth of its ethical teaching, Ephesians has had a profound influence on the lives of many. The understanding of the gospel in Ephesians challenges and redefines the superficial understanding of the gospel prevalent in our day. Dr. Alexander Granados, President of Southeastern Bible College, invites you to join him for a life changing encounter with God’s Word from the book of Ephesians. Evening classes will begin Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. and meet in classroom 244 (entrance A). Morning classes will begin Tuesday, September 15 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 email@example.com.
Global education is an essential component of our vision to equip servant leaders for Christian living and service worldwide through being an institution of academic and spiritual excellence. A Southeastern Bible College education is a biblical passport for Christian servants on their path to effectively fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40). We endeavor to offer excellent cross-cultural programs and equip students with a biblical worldview to exegete Scripture and culture. We believe that a global Christian guided by a biblical compass is empowered by faith to work and make a lasting contribution for the cause of Christ (James 2:14-18).
March 4-13, 2016 is your opportunity as friends and family of Southeastern Bible College to experience an unforgettable journey of studying the Bible in the land of the Bible during the perfect time of the year. The beauty of Israel in the spring awaits!
May 29 – June 18, 2016 The Israel Study Program is a three week study abroad experience. Students live, travel, and study in the land of the Bible for three weeks in the summer. Participants earn 3 credit hours. The Israel Study Program enhances students’ knowledge of Scripture through instruction conducted in the land of the Bible, provides students with a clearer understanding of and deeper appreciation for the state of Israel, and provides students with the benefits and growth which can only come through a genuine cross-cultural experience.
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The SEBC class of 2015 celebrated their graduation at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8th. Dr. Alexander Granados delivered the commencement address, presiding over his first graduation as SEBC’s new president. Salutatorian Jessica Elaine Mayfield gave the graduating senior address. David Jeffrey Harrison was the class valedictorian. Dr. Douglas C. Daspit, co-pastor of Crescent City Community Church in New Orleans, greeted the assembly as the alumni recipient of honorary membership in the Delta Epsilon Chi honor society.
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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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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.