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
- 30/07/2018in Stephen LennoxWhat I’ve Been Reading: Matthew Friedman, Union with God in Christ: Early Christian and Wesleyan Spirituality as an Approach to Islamic Mysticism. American Society of Missiology Monograph Series, vol. 32. (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017). Have an interest in ancient Judaism, early Christianity, early Methodism, early Islam, Sufism, mysti...
- 06/01/2018in Stephen Lennox
What I’ve Been Reading: J. D. Greear, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).At a recent denominational meeting, we were given Gaining by Losing by J. D. Greear (@jdgreear). Lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham (@SummitRDU), Greear writes as a highly effective ministry practitioner with a Ph.D. in systematic theology. The combination of scholarly theological education and ministry passion helps explain...
- 09/12/2017in Stephen LennoxChristmas, 2017 Dear Friend, I often speak with gratitude of how you invest in our students. You might want to hear specific ways your investment is paying dividends. God is using our students in powerful ways in the lives of others. One young woman, timid by nature, recently shared with new-found confidence how God had...
- 23/11/2017in Stephen Lennox
What I’ve Been Reading: Lawson W. Murray, Bible Engagement Basics: Read, Reflect Remember, Respond (Pickering, ON: Scripture Union, 2017).If a recent Lifeway survey is correct, Bible engagement among Christians is in sorry shape. Among their findings: only 20% of church-goers read the Bible daily, less than half read it weekly, and 20% don’t read it at all. Murray, president of Scripture Union Canada, writes to change this sorry state of affairs. He begins...
- 03/11/2017in Stephen LennoxGabe Lyons, The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America. (NY: Doubleday, 2010). North America can no longer be described as Christian. While Christianity once dominated the conversation, we’re now relegated to the margins. Some would like to see us move further away. Lyons is familiar with the landscape, having...