Dr. Jim Belcher has been appointed the new president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, Calif., after an extensive yearlong search, the college’s Board of Trustees recently announced.
In its press release, the college said that Belcher “brings to the office a great zeal for liberal arts education coupled with an ideal wealth of visionary leadership in the Reformed and evangelical communities,” making him “particularly equipped to help young Christian students address the challenges—global challenges—presented in the southern California region.”
Belcher has served as a church planter, pastor, and professor prior to this appointment. He is also the author of several award-winning books, including Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional and In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity. He will assume his duties as the third president of the college this summer.
Board chairman Pete Nanninga expressed confidence that Belcher “will enrich the Providence mission to prepare students who are biblically grounded to be fully engaged Christian citizens in their churches and communities for the glory of God.”
Providence Christian College was founded in 2005 and is the only accredited Reformed liberal arts college on the west coast of the United States. Many who serve as board members, employees, and supporters of the college are members of the Christian Reformed Church.