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.
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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.”
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Moody Radio Announces Co-Hosts for Morning Show in Chicago
Karl Clauson and June Felix to co-host morning show weekdays from 5–9 a.m., beginning July 14.
(Chicago, Ill.—May 16, 2014) Moody Radio officially announced today Karl Clauson and June Felix as co-hosts of its new
“For months we have prayed faithfully for the Lord to bring those He wants for these positions,” said Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio. “After a nationwide search, we have found two wonderful people ‘close to home.’ Clauson comes to Moody Radio from Salem’s WYLL in Chicago where he hosted an afternoon program, while Felix has served with Moody Radio in various capacities for the more than eight years. “I am thrilled to welcome them to our morning show in Chicago.Their hearts for the Lord and for people is apparent from the moment you meet them. They are passionate about their faith, living the journey, reaching their communities and contagious in their love for Jesus.”
Clauson’s background also includes education from Multnomah University and Denver Seminary, serving as a pastor in Alaska and speaking at FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage conferences. He is the author of Thrill – When Normal Is Not Enough and has a new book coming out in the fall of 2014. He and his wife, Junanne, have been married for 26 years and have
“What an amazing privilege to join God where He’s clearly at work,” said Clauson. “The vision of Moody and the quality of its leadership is outstanding. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves, leaning into God for direction and partnering with June as we work to bring compelling and transforming radio to Chicago in the mornings.”
A graduate of Southeastern Bible College, Felix first served with Moody Radio in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for six years and has been co-hosting Circle of Friends on Moody Radio in Michigan since 2011. She has also served with Trans World Radio for the last two years as a producer, writer and voice talent with Project Hannah in collaboration with the Magdalena Film Ministry of The Jesus Film Project. She and her husband, Sacha, have been married for 17 years and have two children.
“It is a joy to be invited to serve once again with Moody Radio,” said Felix. “I’m excited about what God has in store for this new adventure in faith and discovering His heart and message for everyone who has ears to hear in the Chicago land area.”
More information about Moody Radio’s new morning show in Chicago will be released in June 2014. The show will be focused on reaching a broad and diverse audience, delivering news and information in a conversational manner, increased caller and guest interaction, and much more.
For more information about Moody Radio in Chicago, please visit www.moodyradiochicago.fm.
About Moody Radio:
As one of the largest Christian radio networks in the country, Moody Radio has 36 owned and operated stations, six Internet stations and more than 1,500 outlets that carry all or part of its programming. Moody Radio produces and delivers compelling programming filled with solid biblical insight and creative expressions of faith that helps listeners take the next step in their relationship with Christ. For more information about Moody Radio, please visit www.moodyradio.org.
March 31, 2014
For immediate release:
Birmingham, Alabama– Dr. Don Hawkins, President, of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, has announced his resignation effective August 1, 2014.
In a letter to the Board of Trustees, Dr. Hawkins cited several factors, including family needs and a radio ministry opportunity, which led to his decision. Dr. Hawkins stated, “There is a part of me which is extremely reluctant to make this move, but prayer, time in the Scriptures, and godly counsel have indicated to me that this is the time.”
Dr. Hawkins announced his decision to faculty and staff at a meeting on March 13, and explained that he believed this move could strengthen both the administrative leadership and development initiative for the college. He explained, “I intend to offer my services to the board and my successor in a development capacity following the model utilized by other Bible college presidents. I would focus my time and energy on cultivating relationships with major supporters of the college, but would not be involved in administrative affairs. Kathy and I anticipate relocating toDallasin late summer, and I would anticipate returning toBirminghamperiodically to serve the college in this capacity.”
Dr. Mike McLemore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southeastern, responded to Dr. Hawkins resignation with the following statement: “We are saddened to see Dr. Hawkins resign because for the last 13 years he has provided dedicated leadership in many vital areas to move the college forward. He will be sorely missed by trustees, faculty, staff, student body, alumni, and the many friends that he and Mrs. Hawkins have endeared themselves to over the years. It has been a great joy to walk beside him in these days as a trustee but more important as a dear friend.”
According to Southeastern Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe, “On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Hawkins for his faithful service to the college that spans over a decade. As President, he has played a key role in keeping Southeastern focused on fulfilling our mission and casting a vision for the future. We wish Dr. Hawkins and Kathy all the best as they transition into this next phase of life and ministry.”
During Dr. Hawkins years of service as President of Southeastern, the college has relocated to a new 22-acre campus, adopted a policy approach to trustee governance, completed two 10-year accreditation reaffirmations, launched the ACHIEVE degree completion program, and initiated the Because It Matters capital initiative.
Dr. Hawkins noted that Southeastern will move forward with strong leadership at several levels. “Our Board of Trustees has already begun the process of appointing a presidential search committee under the leadership of trustee Steve Gannett. With an outstanding and engaged Board of Trustees, and excellent leadership from our Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe and our cabinet, our college is poised to continue fulfilling our vital mission of producing graduates who are biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant.”
SEBC Trustee Chairman Dr. McLemore further noted, “The Board of Trustees will continue to build upon the legacy and solid foundation that all nine of our former Presidents have laid to enable Southeastern to fulfill its vision of equipping with academic and spiritual excellence.
Our faculty is academically and spiritually qualified to teach the Word of God; our outstanding administrative staff is second to none; our students are passionate about being trained and equipped to enter into ministry or other vocations to which God leads them with a strong Christian world view; and our alumni, friends and supporters are all ready for this next chapter of college life as God directs. We all stand together as a Christian College family with a renewed vision and spirit to be all that The Lord wants us to be.”
Dr. Hawkins, the ninth President of Southeastern, previously served as co-host and producer of the international Back to the Bible radio broadcast, as the host and executive producer of Life Perspectives radio, and as the Vice President and radio host of the Minirth Meier Clinic.
The Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education has announced that the accreditation of Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham has been reaffirmed for 10 years, through 2024. According to Southeastern President Dr. Don Hawkins, the decision by the commission to reaffirm accreditation is the culmination of two years’ worth of intense work by the college faculty and staff.
“We began to collect and process data in the spring of 2012 in order to write a self-study for submission to the Commission on Accreditation. The self-study was submitted last July, and set the stage for the accreditation team site visit in late September. The site visit team then reported to the Commission on Accreditation, which also reviewed the self-study documents. “
The Association for Biblical Higher Education is one of 12 institutional accrediting agencies, including the regionals and other specialized accrediting organizations, which function under the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the US Department of Education. Southeastern has held accreditation with ABHE since 1962.
According to Southeastern Provost Dr. Vicki Wolfe, accreditation benefits the college and its students in several ways. “For one thing, accreditation demonstrates the college’s ability to fulfill our mission, which is to produce graduates who are Biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant. Accreditation also affirms our compliance with rigorous academic and financial standards, fulfillment of stated student learning outcomes and continuous improvement. For our students, accreditation provides public accountability and makes it possible for students to secure Title IV funds, including PellGrants and student loans.”
According to Dr. Hawkins the reaffirmation process confirmed several of the college’s strengths. “We have an outstanding faculty, with each full-time member holding a terminal degree in his or her field. Student surveys underscore the engagement of our faculty with students in the mentoring process, and the site visit team noted the outstanding quality of our 22 acre campus on Valleydale Road.”
Dr. Hawkins further noted that Southeastern’s focus is on training and equipping individuals who will engage in some kind of ministry. “For almost 80 years, our aim has been to equip men and women to serve as pastors, missionaries, Christian educators, counselors and other vocational ministry fields as well as to prepare students for graduate school and to train lay leaders for local churches.”
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