University Relations // 12.07.2016
Dr. Ross Parker, assistant professor of Christian studies, has been named the dean of the School of Christian Studies, effective January 1.
“Dr. Parker’s academic training and experience will provide new ideas and momentum to our programs,” said Dr. Jackie Fish, vice president for academic affairs. “He will be collaborating with many faith-based community organizations to develop internships for CSU students as well as grow our graduate program in Christian Studies.”
Parker is the content editor for the School of Christian Studies’ ChurchandGospel.com website. He also serves as an external fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His areas of specialization include philosophy of religion, ethics and Christian apologetics.
“As the mission statement for the School of Christian Studies says, our aim is to ‘prepare Christian disciples who faithfully serve Christ and his church,’” said Parker. “I’ve seen this commitment lived out at CSU firsthand in the ministries of Christian Studies faculty inside and outside of the classroom. I look forward to leading the School of Christian Studies to continue to accomplish this mission with all the students who have been entrusted to our teaching and care.”
Parker holds a PhD and an MA in philosophy from Baylor University; an MDiv in Christian ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA in history from Union University. He was associate pastor of Poplar Spring Baptist Church in Zebulon, N.C. from 2007 to 2009.
The School of Christian Studies offers majors in Christian Missions and Church Planting, Christian Studies, Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Languages, and Student Ministry. Minors in Christian Leadership, Christian Missions and Church Planting, Christian Studies, Christian Worldview and Apologetics, and Women’s Ministry are available.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.