Pastor and author John MacArthur has announced that he will no longer serve as president of The Master’s University in California come May 2020.
In a statement released by the school on Monday, MacArthur explained that “the time has come” for him to transition out of the university’s presidency as the growth of the Santa Clarita-based institution demands “more leadership now and in the future.”
The 79-year-old MacArthur, who also pastors Grace Community Church of Sun Valley and also has a syndicated radio program, has been president of the university since 1985.
He will transition out the role of university president over the next 18 months to allow the institution to find a new president. He will assume the role of university chancellor and will maintain his role as president of the institution’s seminary.
“For 33 years, since 1985, I have had the rare and enriching privilege of serving The Master’s University and Seminary as president,” MacArthur said in a statement. “I originally signed up for five years, thinking I would be able — along with my pastoral ministry at Grace Community Church — to help strengthen the university and seminary. I underestimated the hold that educating young Christians for Gospel influence on the world would have on me.”
MacArthur said that he found it “impossible” to let go of the opportunity to educate young minds.
“I rejoice in the 91-year impact of this institution, because of its faithfulness to the Bible, to the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and His beloved Church,” MacArthur added. “I am confident of the continuing influence of these schools for the Kingdom of our Lord and I look forward to continuing to serve The Master’s University and Seminary in the years ahead.”
The decision was officially announced Friday in a press release explaining that the “board of directors determined that over the coming months, The Master’s University and Seminary will enter a period of transition.”
“During this transition period, the future relationship of the two schools [university and seminary] will be clearly identified,” the statement reads. “Moving into the future, TMU and TMS remain firmly committed to the authority of Scripture, the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the mission of training men and women for Kingdom work.”
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Source: Christian Post