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Seminary Education Equips Students to Better Defend Faith and Shine Light Into a Dark World

Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land Says New Year Can Be Perfect Time to Pursue Dream of Higher Education


CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The new year is a time when many plan ahead to better themselves, know the Bible more and become closer to God through the study of His Word.

If it’s been a dream to pursue these goals, choosing seminary education will help accomplish all three.

Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, is preparing for the Winter 2018 Module and Spring 2018 Semester, and SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land says the new year is a perfect time to choose higher education.

“Seminary education can be a wonderful way for students who are interested in deepening their faith, growing in the Word, or entering the ministry or missions field to commit themselves to Christ and make a real difference in a world that desperately needs Jesus,” Land said. “Our students and alumni report that their education at Southern Evangelical Seminary has enabled them to defend the faith in ways they never imagined and respond to skeptics’ questions lovingly, intelligently and cogently.”

Feedback from former students, including these alumni who have written blog posts for, is evidence of the SES impact over its 25-year history.

  • “The only way I could … defend the Christian faith is because of the training and education I received from Southern Evangelical Seminary. … it was the writings and teaching of Dr. Thomas Howe that enabled me not only to have the ability but the confidence to engage in the discussion.”—Jim Damron, M.Div. in Apologetics
  • “My experience at SES changed my life. I was already a pastor at a very large church. My initial purpose for going to SES was to learn more about the Bible and its teachings. What I discovered at SES was that I already knew a lot about the Bible. What I did not know much about was how to think.”—Gil Gatch, B.A. in Religious Studies
  • “My SES training has equipped me to serve the local church, to better respond to many of the questions of our church members, and to better teach and preach the word of God. I continue to be involved with SES through the National Conference on Christian Apologetics and outreach ministry (E.A.M.). … I credit SES faculty for equipping me to be able to defend and articulate the historic Christian faith.”—David Haines, M.A. in Philosophy
  • “I’m so grateful for my studies at SES and how the courses prepared me to be a better Bible study teacher. Courses on the Old and New Testament, hermeneutics, biblical languages and classical apologetics, among others, equipped me to open the text of Scripture and observe with a greater understanding the context historically, grammatically, theologically and philosophically.”—Cynthia Suffern, M.A. in Apologetics
  • “God is blessing the work (of our family in South Africa), opening doors for us to serve and employ the training that we received at SES. (We) continue to praise God for our time spent at SES. On a daily basis, we engage with students, the local Church and those in our African community, leaning upon the things we learned formally in the academic program at SES and also the informal conversations that we had with SES friends and faculty over the years. This training has been essential in preparing us for the diverse and challenging South African spiritual landscape.”—Simon Brace, B.A. in Theology and M.A. in Apologetics and Philosophy

As part of the Winter Module that begins on Jan. 8, Land will teach SES’s Ethics course, which will touch upon many of the moral and ethical issues that arise in today’s science and technology headlines. Session II in the module begins Jan. 15 with Dr. Richard Howe teaching on “New Religious Movements.” The 2018 Spring Semester begins Jan. 22. Click here for more information or to apply to SES.

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.