Southern Evangelical Seminary Was the First to Be Grounded in Apologetics; Remains So at New Home
State-of-the-Art Technology and Improved Resources Allow Even More Students to Delve Into God’s Word and Learn to Defend the Faith
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.SES.edu) is running full steam ahead at its new home, with on-campus and online students soaking in rich lessons from experienced faculty and interacting with their peers.
Classes have been under way for a week at SES’s new campus in the rapidly growing area of West Ballantyne in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 35,000-square-foot, two-building campus symbolizes the 26-year-old seminary’s reaffirmed commitment to both on-campus and online learning.
While other schools offer apologetics, SES was the first to be grounded in apologetics throughout all its degree programs, which equip students to more effectively proclaim and defend the Gospel in all areas of ministry. That vision came from SES co-founders Dr. Norman Geisler and the late Dr. Ross Rhoads.
“Dr. Rhoads and I set out to build a school with the unique focus of apologetics and evangelism,” Geisler said. “At the time, there were no other schools doing that. Today, while there are more schools that offer apologetics, SES remains grounded in apologetics. Throughout the changing times, the school’s commitment to its founding principles has only gotten stronger. Every course in every degree program offered at SES is focused on reaching the lost and defending the faith.”
And the students agree. Cory S. remarked on Facebook: “I am excited and thankful for what SES has to offer students. As a student myself, I hope to see more students engage with SES in the coming years.”
“This new chapter in SES’s history could not have been possible without the clear and unwavering vision of our founders—Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Ross Rhoads,” said SES President Dr. Richard Land. “What makes SES unique is that our talented faculty equips students to see every aspect of life and ministry through a biblical worldview and with an apologetics focus. That commitment will never change at Southern Evangelical Seminary, no matter where we may gather students for the purpose of learning together—and for God’s glory. We are grateful to God and greatly encouraged that we have seen a 15 percent increase in enrollment over last fall.”
The more centrally located campus in the greater Charlotte area 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. The campus is also close to four restaurants, a YMCA and a racquetball club.
Along with the excitement about the start of the first full semester on the new campus, registrations for SES’s annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics topped more than 1,000 at the Aug. 1 early bird deadline. 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.