Dr. Stephen J. Lennox, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen J. Lennox became Kingswood’s 12th president on July 1, 2015. He was unanimously elected by the Board of Trustees during their spring 2015 meeting and officially inaugurated as president on October 16, 2015.
Dr. Lennox, an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church, served ten years in pastoral ministry. During that time, his love for the Bible grew into a burning passion to study and teach it.
For twenty-two years, Dr. Lennox served with distinction at Indiana Wesleyan University in several roles, including Division Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry, Director of the graduate ministry program, Dean of the Chapel, and Honours Professor of Bible and Humanities. The recognized scholar holds four degrees: the Ph.D. and M.Phil. from Drew University, the M. Div. from Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from Houghton College.
A Christian statesman and prolific writer, Dr. Lennox has authored six books on the Old Testament including commentaries on Psalms, Proverbs, and Joshua, as well as an introduction to the Old Testament, God's Story Revealed. He has led educational tours for students in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, in addition to participating in excavations at Tel Dor in Israel.
Dr. Lennox strongly supports cross-cultural education and has taught courses in Russia, Jamaica, Zambia, and Mozambique. He and his wife, Eileen, have two children and two grandchildren.
A proven leader with an educated mind and warm heart, Dr. Lennox firmly believes that,
As Kingswood remains faithful to its calling and obedient to His leading, God will bless our efforts with success to His glory.
1992 – Ph.D. (Biblical Studies), Drew University, Madison, NJ
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: “Biblical Interpretation in the American Holiness Movement, 1875-1920.” Approved with distinction.
1991 – M.Phil. (Biblical Studies), Drew University, Madison, NJ
1982 – M.Div. (Pastoral Ministry), Evangelical School of Theology, Myerstown, PA
1979 – B.A. (Communications), Houghton College, Houghton, NY
Joshua: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, Beacon Hill Press, 2015.
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God's Story Revealed: A Guide for Understanding the Old Testament, Wesleyan Publishing House, 2009. (Previously published as God with Us: An Introduction to the Old Testament, Triangle Publications, 2003.)
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Call me Coach: A Festschrift in Honor of Keith Drury on His Retirement from Full-Time Ministry, Edited by Stephen J. Lennox and Kenneth Schenck, 2013.
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“The Ethical Challenges of Genetic Engineering” in Care of Creation (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2010) (co-authored with Burt Webb).
“The Bible as God’s Treasure” in The Keys to the Treasure, (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2008).
“What Does it Take to be a Holiness Church?” In His Likeness (Beacon Hill Press, 2007).
“When is Jesus Coming?” in Living Christ (Beacon Hill Press, 2006).
“Is Conflict Necessary?” in Christians in Conflict (Beacon Hill Press, 2004).
“The Bible” in Building Faith, (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2002).
“I Believe in God the Father” in A Place to Stand: Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting, (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2002).
"The Widow and Mary: The Measure of Success" in Success by the Book, (Nazarene Publishing House, 1999).
“Managing Time” in Who's on First? (Nazarene Publishing House, 1999).
"Becoming a Holy Community" in Reflecting God NIV Study Bible, (Zondervan Publishing House, 1999).
“A Promise Making God” in Great Passages of the Bible, (Nazarene Publishing House, 1997).
"A Biblical Response to Homosexuality - Part 1" (PDF)
"A Biblical Response to Homosexuality - Part 2" (PDF)
President Lennox's Posts
- This has been a busy summer at Kingswood University. We had a surprising number of visitors take advantage of our invitation to visit the university in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. We love showing off our beautiful Maritimes. The noise of construction has resounded across campus. We’ll soon complete an expansion to the parking area for our...
- Eileen and I just got back from a scouting trip to Newfoundland. We wanted to ensure everything is as good as it can be for our Vision Tour to Newfoundland in September....
- 17/05/2017in Stephen LennoxOne of the chief reasons for Kingswood University’s existence is to prepare men and women for vocational ministry. This infographic from a recent Barna study contains fascinating insights into how that call tends to come (www.barna.com/research/called-to-pastoral-ministry/). We recognize that calling people to vocational ministry is God’s business,...
- We are closing the books on our spring semester 2017. This has been a great semester in so many ways. Best of all, God has been present among us, eliciting powerful worship, enabling student ministry, and fostering spiritual formation....
- Early spring in the Maritimes is special. This is “sugaring” time, when the sap begins to run in the maples. You need just the right shift in temperatures from below freezing overnight to above freezing during the day. ...