Southern Evangelical Seminary Co-Founder Joins President for August 4 Open House
Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Richard Land Welcome Community to New Campus That Enables Seminary to Expand Resources and Technology; Discounts Offered for On-Campus Students This Academic Year
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.SES.edu) co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler will join SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land for an open house next month to welcome the community to the new campus home.
Nestled in the rapidly growing area of West Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina, the new 35,000 sq. ft. two-building campus symbolizes the 26-year-old seminary’s reaffirmed commitment to both on-campus and online learning. To celebrate the new location, SES will also offer on-campus students special tuition discounts this fall.
“The trustees and leadership at Southern Evangelical Seminary consider our live-stream and online class delivery to be second to none,” Land said. “At the same time, we understand that nothing can fully replace actually being in the classroom. That’s why, beginning with this fall’s 2018-19 school year, students who attend at least 80 percent of their class sessions in-person at our new campus home will receive a 10 percent discount on their next semester’s tuition. Many plans are in motion to make the SES campus one of the premier homes for apologetics and evangelism training.”
On Aug. 4, the seminary will welcome the community to the open house, dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new campus. The schedule for the day will include the following events:
- 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.—Prospective Student Open House with lunch provided
- 1 p.m.—Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Service
- 1:15 to 3 p.m.—Public Open House and Networking with refreshments and tours
Geisler and Land will officially cut the ribbon during the ceremony, and they will be joined by Dr. Hugh Ross, SES adjunct professor and president and founder of Reasons to Believe.
“Our new campus will enable us to equip even more Christians both here and around the world to even more ably serve our Lord and to defend the historic Christian faith,” Land added.
One of the practical methods for that defense of the Christian faith is Dr. Geisler’s new course, “Intro to Christian Apologetics,” the first at the new campus; it will also be offered live-streaming and online for students from anywhere in the world.
Students in Geisler’s weeklong class from Aug. 13-18 will learn the basics of defending the Christian faith. Intro to Apologetics is one of the core classes required for nearly every degree offered at SES and provides the foundation upon which more detailed apologetic endeavors can be built. Regardless if students are pastors, youth leaders, preparing for ministry of any type, or simply want to equip themselves to be a more effective ambassador of Christ, Intro to Apologetics will be one of the best steps students can take in that preparation. In the class, Geisler also covers the 12 steps that demonstrate that Christianity is true, and upon the completion, students will be able to rationally demonstrate the truth of Christianity.
Intro to Apologetics will meet from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Coursework will be completed in the weeks following the lectures, and on-campus attendance is encouraged so students may experience personal in-class and outside-of-class interactions with both students and professors. Livestreaming is also offered, which allows online students to interact in real time during class.
While other schools offer apologetics, SES was the first to be grounded in apologetics throughout all its degree programs. Prospective students at the Aug. 4 open house will hear from SES faculty, staff and alumni about how SES can uniquely equip them to more effectively proclaim and defend the Gospel within ministry. A livestream will also be available. For more information on the open house and to RSVP, click here.
Besides the even more centrally located campus in the greater Charlotte area, the two-building, 35,000-square-foot campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, better technological advances and increased streaming capabilities. In fact, online students will have one of fastest bandwidths available in order to stream their courses. The ideal location also affords on-campus students a variety of options for housing in nearby neighborhoods. For those students who commute, the campus is more centrally located in the greater Charlotte area. The campus is also close to four restaurants, a YMCA and a racquetball club.
Along with the excitement about the new campus, registrations for SES’s annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics are running more than double what they were at this time last year. The 2018 conference will focus on the theme of “The God Who Is” and will take place at Calvary Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 12-13, when the seminary will welcome top thinkers, scholars, authors, apologists and scientific minds, including Ravi Zacharias. For answers to frequently asked questions about SES’s NCCA conference, click here.