Southern Evangelical Seminary Establishes Memorial Fund in Honor of Co-Founder Dr. Norman Geisler
Dr. Geisler Passed Away July 1 After a Lifetime of Service to the Lord and a Lifelong Commitment to Christian Apologetics
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—One week after the passing of its co-founder, Dr. Norman Geisler, Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) has established a new memorial fund in his name.
Geisler passed away July 1 at the age of 86. The SES family remembered his legacy at funeral services this past weekend.
The “Dr. Norman L. Geisler Memorial Fund” will be used for student scholarships and special projects that would have been near and dear to Dr. Geisler’s heart.
“We have spent the past several days honoring Dr. Geisler’s priceless legacy in the wake of his homegoing to be with his Lord and Savior for eternity,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “All of us in the SES family are aware our co-founder and President Emeritus was a spiritual giant. We will miss his reassuring presence and helpful and encouraging ministry in our lives.
“However,” Land added, “in the wake of Dr. Geisler’s entering into his eternal rest, we are renewing our dedication to perpetuate and expand Dr. Geisler’s legacy for future generations.”
Land said he and his wife, Rebekah, asked for the privilege of making the first donation in honor of Dr. Geisler to the fund and invited others within the Southern Evangelical Seminary family and the Christian apologetics field to do the same.
“The entire Southern Evangelical Seminary family has been so comforted and gratified by the tremendous outpouring of testimonials to the profound impact our beloved co-founder, President Emeritus, mentor, colleague and friend had on multitudes of Christians around the globe,” Land said. “Dr. Geisler was truly a spiritual giant, a ‘Mount Rushmore’ figure for millions of Christians across denominational lines. His ministry was invaluable and his influence incalculable.
“We continue to pray for his wife, Barbara, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they mourn their loss while still rejoicing that Norm is now more alive than he has ever been in the presence of his Savior.”
Dr. Geisler and Dr. Ross Rhoads co-founded SES in 1992. Dr. Geisler’s deep commitment to defend the historic Christian faith coupled with Dr. Rhoads’ burden for global evangelism birthed the two-fold vision of the seminary to use apologetics, theology and philosophy to “evangelize the world and to defend the historic Christian Faith.” A prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist and theologian, Geisler has been described as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham.
Geisler was the author of more than 125 books and hundreds of articles. He taught theology, philosophy and apologetics at the college or graduate level for more than 50 years, and was an annual speaker at SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics for many years. Geisler also served as a professor at some of the finest seminaries in the United States. He retired from his SES teaching duties earlier this summer.
The renowned apologist was educated at many colleges, universities and graduate schools around the nation, various educational institutions were privileged to welcome him as a faculty member or administrator, and several churches and ministries were also honored to have him either in leadership or servanthood. In 2006, Geisler founded the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and in 2007, co-founded Veritas Evangelical Seminary, where he served as president from 2007 until his death.
Read a personal tribute from Dr. Richard Land to Dr. Geisler here. To donate to the “Dr. Norman L. Geisler Memorial Fund,” click here (in the “Additional Comments” field, note “Geisler Memorial Fund.”)