With his appointment as the 3rd president of Providence, Dr. Belcher brings a zeal for Liberal Arts Education coupled with a wealth of visionary leadership in the Reformed and Evangelical communities as an author, educator, church planter, pastor, and entrepreneur.
Belcher is a graduate of Gordon College with a B.A. in political science. He went on to complete an M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in political philosophy at Georgetown University.
Belcher is best known as the author of Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional, which won Christianity Today’s Best Book Award and Leadership Journal’s 2010 Golden Canon Award. Deep Church engages one of the most pressing ecclesiastical issues facing the evangelical world today, doing so without compromising the Reformed faith.
His most recent book, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness, and Heart of Christianity, received top recognition as Christianity Today’s “Best of the Best” book for its 2013 Leadership Journal awards.
The appointment of Dr. Belcher follows an extensive yearlong presidential search. Dr. Belcher’s Reformed outlook, ministerial experience, and understanding of the importance of the liberal arts makes him well equipped to help Christian students address the challenges—global challenges—presented in the southern California region. Providence board chairman Pete Nanninga expressed confidence that Belcher “will enrich the Providence mission to prepare students who are biblically grounded to be fully engaged Christian citizens in their churches and communities for the glory of God.”