MacArthur Out As President of Master’s University

After a tumultuous period with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges which ultimately placed Master’s University on probation (for, among other things, a lack of gender diversity in the institution’s curriculum), John MacArthur has resigned his presidency at the University. While remaining on as president of the seminary, he will, over the course of the next 18 months, begin a transition into serving in the office of the school’s chancellor, which is usually a ceremonial office within an educational institution that is reserved for those worthy of honor.

As previously reported by Pulpit & Pen, WASC listed numerous problems with Masters, including unhappy (although anonymous) faculty members, perceived nepotism, a complaint that MacArthur is both a pastor and the institution’s president (which they believe to be a conflict of interest between the church and the institution) and as stated above, a lack of gender inclusion.

For 33 years, since 1985, I have had the rare and enriching privilege of serving The Master’s University and Seminary as president.

I originally signed up for 5 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.

Class after class, year after year, as new students arrived, I found it impossible to let go of the opportunity to educate their minds and hearts to take the Light of God’s truth into this dark world. So, I have stayed and loved every day of my service.

However, with the growth of the University and Seminary, demanding more leadership now and in the future, the time has come for me to transition to the position of Chancellor of the University and President of the Seminary.

The transition will provide for a new president for the university. This will occur over the next 18 months.

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.

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.


[Editor’s Note: You can read it from the Master’s website here]