UPDATE: In October 2021, Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School President Dr. Thomas L. Kiedis announced that Dr. Brian Pinzer will serve in a new role, Associate Provost for Global Education, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
“We have benefited from the strategic mind and academic excellence Dr. Brian Pinzer brings to our seminary and graduate education,” Kiedis said. “In this role, Dr. Pinzer will work with the Provost in all aspects of our online initiatives and will continue to work in collaboration with the Vice President for Global Education.” Pinzer will also provide leadership for global academics and faculty, digital learning support and academic partnerships.
On Sept. 15, 2020, Pinzer began his post of Vice President of Seminary & Graduate Education at LBC | Capital. Get to know Dr. Pinzer better through the Q&A below.
Q: Please tell us about some of your extensive academic experience.
A: I began serving in higher education in 2010 with Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School. My first role was student services for both the adult education program and graduate education. During those years with LBC | Capital, I also served as an Associate Dean for the Seminary and as Associate Chair for the Bible and Theology Department. In 2016, I transitioned to serving on staff at a church in Haymarket, Virginia, as well as teaching multiple master and doctoral courses as an adjunct professor. As I have served in these roles, it has become evident to me that biblical higher education is as critical as ever to serving not only churches and ministry organizations but many other vocations.
Q: What path led you to LBC | Capital?
A: I have served on staff at several local churches over the years, leading student ministry and most recently in an executive and discipleship pastor role. My heart is for serving Jesus and His Church, which I have had the privilege to do through leadership in a local church and biblical higher education. My continued connection with LBC | Capital as an adjunct professor has allowed me to remain engaged with the mission. When I learned about this new position for the school, I was immediately interested. It did not take long for me to recognize the Lord’s leading back to LBC | Capital for this new opportunity to serve.
Q: Why do you think biblically based graduate education is important to those in ministry, leadership and other professions?
A: This is an important question and I believe one that defines our school. No matter the vocation, a Christian is called to engage that vocation differently than others might. A biblical worldview should inform our practice and ethics in any context. I believe the biblically integrated curriculum LBC | Capital has designed offers a critical foundation for any Christian. I have spoken with many students who have been transformed through their learning in a biblically integrated program of study. The experience in these programs, specifically because they are biblically based, fosters both personal transformation and practical learning.
Q: What impact do you see LBC | Capital having in today’s world?
A: What is compelling to me is the opportunity we have at LBC | Capital to invest in servant-leaders for global impact. The student body is comprised of godly servant-leaders from all over the globe and in numerous professions. Some are seasoned leaders and some emerging leaders, but both seeking further equipping for the call on their life. We have the privilege of equipping people to serve with a biblical worldview and practice. The real impact occurs with transformed lives and practices of each student. My prayer for these students is for a deeper understanding and formation of their role as a Christian leader in their context.
Q: How have your own graduate studies shaped your worldview and personal/professional growth?
A: My own educational experience increased my understanding of who God is, who I am in relation to Him and my responsibility as a Christian leader. I have certainly learned much about the Bible, theology, leadership and other subject matters, and have a new value for lifelong learning. The more I have been exposed to in my education, the more I have recognized there is so much I do not know. I believe life-long learning is a part of biblical stewardship for all Christians, and I must steward well all that the Lord has entrusted to me.
Q: If you went back to school, which degree would you earn next? Is there an academic area you have not studied that fascinates you?
A: Well, I would first have to convince my wife I should pursue another degree! Counseling is an area that I would love to study more. So many people are hurting and in need of counsel that is both informed by current knowledge and practices as well as rooted in a biblical worldview.