1/19/2021 9:11:08 AM
Visit with Dr. Sam Horn, Seminary and University President
Some of you may be aware that Pastor John MacArthur stepped away from his role as President of The Master’s University and Seminary in 2019 to focus his energy on pastoring at Grace. The position was ultimately filled in February of 2020 by Dr. Sam Horn who had served on the administration team at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. I first met Dr. Horn at The Master’s Fellowship conference in March of last year. Our paths crossed again recently in UT. By God's grace we enjoyed a rich time of one-on-one fellowship. I don’t think I have ever sat down and spent private time with a seminary president before. One of the first things Dr. Horn said to me is “I am a churchman at heart”. That meant a great deal to me as I tend to identify more with Pastors than with parachurch leaders. I took the opportunity to share about my experience in UT and to ask multiple ministry related questions. Dr. Horn patiently listened and took the time to give his wise insight. When I told him about the difficult church split that happened in 2016 he broke in with “Been there, done that, got the T-shirt, and I got the scars in my back to prove it, brother!” There was a warmth in this man I was not expecting. Another thing we discussed was the challenges related to Covid. I came away with an enriched point of view as a result of our discussion. I believe that our meeting was a Divine appointment. He said several things that I really needed to hear. The government of CA has not been accommodating to Christian colleges and they must adapt to survive. They do not have the same constitutional protections that churches do. I should be clear that TMU does not compromise on doctrine or beliefs, but they have had to make drastic changes regarding safety protocols and regulations in order to continue operation. I can’t imagine how hard this has been for Dr. Horn to navigate as a brand new President.