President (Interim)
Abner Chou

March 5, 2021. Special Update From The TMUS Board Of Directors

Last Friday, February 26, Dr. Sam Horn submitted his letter of resignation to the TMUS Board of Directors. During Dr. Horn’s tenure, the Lord faithfully guided us through challenges, overwhelmed us with his generosity, and encouraged us with an enrollment that reflects years of careful investment and planning. The university and seminary successfully navigated a series of obstacles related to COVID-19. Our reopening plan has allowed us to enjoy student life and spiritual discipleship at both campuses. The schools also received six-year affirmation of accreditation from WSCUC, and are gearing up to launch several new programs that will provide even more opportunities for future students to learn in a Christ-centered environment. We are grateful for the way all these circumstances have stretched us, and we thank the Lord for the achievements of the past year. We are confident that TMUS is in a strong place as we look to the future.

Today, the board of directors appointed Dr. Abner Chou as interim president. Dr. Chou is the John F MacArthur Endowed Fellow at The Master’s University. He is a well-regarded theologian and author who has taught at TMU for 17 years. We are grateful for Dr. Chou’s longstanding commitment to the doctrinal heritage of TMUS, and we are confident that he will faithfully lead the institution during this interim period. Below is a full biography of Dr. Chou.

The board asks our faculty, staff, students, and alumni to pray for Dr. Chou, especially as he leads the schools into an exciting new chapter. Our confidence is in the Lord. He has been faithful to TMUS since 1927, and we are confident his kind grace will continue to go before us.


ABNER CHOU

Dr. Chou began to teach Greek at the university in 2004 and continued to teach both at the university and seminary. He also spent two years teaching in Israel with IBEX. In 2021, Dr. Chou was appointed interim president of The Master’s University & Seminary.

Dr. Chou is currently working with the team developing the Legacy Standard Bible (LSB), a translation that — at its core — seeks to be a window into the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. He has written several papers for Evangelical Theological Society, completed several encyclopedia articles, contributed to a study Bible, and penned an article entitled, “Myth- Busters,” featured in Answers magazine. He also has written a book on a biblical theology of vision (Wipf and Stock), a commentary on Lamentations (Logos), a book on hermeneutics (Kregel), and commentary on Deuteronomy. Ultimately, he aims for students to know the Word of God deeply, study it accurately, and be driven by it to live fully for the Kingdom. In 2009, Abner was honored as The Master’s University “Teacher of the Year.” He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, fountain pens, and spending time with students and of course his family. The Lord has blessed Abner with an incredible wife and ministry partner, Johanna, and four children: Nehemiah, Naomi, Meital, and Hannah

  • To listen to Dr. Chou’s Sermons click here

  • Watch Dr Chou at Shepherd’s Conference 2020 here

  • Learn more about the LSB here


Historically, The Master’s University and Seminary has enjoyed the tenure of faithful presidents. Each of them has ensured that this institution remains committed to Christ and Scripture.

  • 2021 - present: Dr. Abner Chou (interim)

  • 2020 - 2021: Dr. Sam Horn

  • 2019 - 2020: Dr. John Stead (interim)

  • 1985 - 2019: Dr. John MacArthur

  • 1959 - 1984: Dr. John R. Dunkin

  • 1927 - 1958: Dr. William A. Matthews

The Master’s University and Seminary president embodies the following:

BIBLICAL CONVICTION

First and foremost, the president of TMUS is a stalwart for the doctrinal fidelity of the organization. He affirms the institution’s doctrinal statement without qualification, upholds it without reservation, and competently defends it. He models these theological convictions by being elder-qualified (cf. 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1) and is committed to the priority of the local church as evidenced by his active service in a local congregation.

EDUCATIONAL CLARITY

Furthermore, the president has a passion for the educational mission of The Master’s University and Seminary. He thoroughly grasps the intensity of the institution’s commitment to the lordship of Christ in learning. At TMUS, Scripture is authoritative, not only over every discipline but also over how those disciplines are inculcated inside and outside the classroom. Faculty and staff do not simply distill truth but invest their very lives in shaping the hearts and minds of students. The goal of such instruction goes beyond an intellectual pursuit. It commits all thought, vocation, and life to the glory of God. Such an education is inextricably linked with the liberal arts. The president is a compelling champion for this Christ-centered education as he articulates, exemplifies, and cultivates it both on and off campus.

COMPELLING LEADERSHIP

The president is prepared to face the present and upcoming challenges in Christian higher education, and knows how to formulate a decisive strategy to guide TMUS to continued faithfulness. He is a gifted administrator. He discerns the threats and opportunities of the current theological, political, and educational landscape. He understands the operations of the school in the areas of finance, enrollment, education, accreditation, and compliance. He gives direction in these areas. Within this responsibility, he represents the institution to the board of directors, acknowledge his accountability to them, and collaborates with them to chart the course for the campus. He also raises up an executive team that will assist in implementing this plan. Even more, his leadership motivates faculty, staff, and students to wholeheartedly participate in carrying out this agenda. The president is approachable and encourages openness in the decision-making process, yet makes timely and difficult decisions.

TRUSTED AMBASSADOR

The president must equally exert leadership among external constituencies. He is the face of the institution to both the local community and the broader evangelical world. He is an articulate and winsome spokesman for the school. As such, he helps to maintain a positive relationship with alumni. He represents the institution to donors, builds trust with outside parties, and inspires investment in the ministry of the school. The president works with the development department to build and leverage partnerships that expand the institution’s opportunities.

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