College of Ministry & Religion Renamed

On May 4, Southeastern University will unveil the renaming of our College of Christian Ministries and Religion in honor of the chancellor of our university, Tommy Barnett.

The newly named college will be known as the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology.

The Legacy of Pastor Barnett

“No one has embodied a commitment to innovation and empowering the next generation like Pastor Tommy Barnett,” said Dr. Kent Ingle, president of Southeastern. “One of our objectives in restructuring the college is to honor his legacy.”

Barnett serves alongside his son Luke as the co-pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America — Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1994, Barnett and his son, Matthew, launched the first Dream Center in Los Angeles to serve the needs of those in poverty and life-controlling situations. This church gave rise to dozens of Dream Centers across the country.

Barnett has served as the chancellor of SEU since 2011.

“Since the inception of Southeastern in 1935, one of our passions has been to train students for positions of leadership within the local church,” said Ingle. “This passion continues to push us forward as an institution to seek out new and innovative ways to bring the very best in education to our students.”

College Restructuring

The renaming of the college is the first of several changes. One such change includes the launching of the School of Worship in the fall of 2017.

The restructuring of the college will include an advisory board of significant church leaders to provide practical feedback on ministerial trends and to promote the college. There will also be four distinct schools within the college, with focuses on worship, ministerial leadership, theological studies, and graduate studies. The restructuring also includes certificate programs, faculty-at-large, a placement program and an upgrade to the facilities. The planned capital improvements include the expansion of the campus chapel to seat 2,500 to 3,000 students, a recording studio and additional classrooms for the college.

“Our College of Christian Ministries and Religion is the largest and one of the most prestigious colleges within SEU. As the very foundation of our university, it’s led by faculty who succeed in ministry and in academics, and challenge each student with academic rigor and practical experience,” said Provost Dr. Bill Hackett.

The college’s current enrollment is 1,610, including both undergraduate and graduate students. The college offers one doctoral degree, three master’s degrees, nine bachelor’s degrees and one associate degree. The combined publishing record of the college faculty includes more than 35 books and 300 scholarly articles.

Dedication Ceremony

The dedication ceremony and special reception with Pastor Barnett will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Bolin building on SEU’s campus, which will house the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact SEU’s Advancement Office at advancement@seu.edu or call 863.667.5455.