Southeastern University to Honor New President

Kent Ingle, Southeastern University president
Kent Ingle

Southeastern University will hold an Installation Ceremony for Dr. Kent Ingle, D.Min., on Friday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be in the university’s Bush Chapel.

Speakers for the event include Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God; Dr. G. Robert Cook Jr., executive vice president of The Alliance for the Assemblies of God Higher Education; Dr. Don Argue, chancellor of Northwest University; and Tommy Barnett, chancellor of Southeastern University.

Ingle, began serving as Southeastern University's 15th president on Feb. 1. Before coming to Southeastern, he was the dean of the College of Ministry at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash.

The Southeastern community is excited as Ingle’s tenure begins. He has a heart for students, is passionate about educating and preparing students for Christ-centered leadership and service, and the Southeastern faculty and staff look forward to the university’s continued academic and spiritual growth under his leadership.

Under his direction, the university has already made tremendous strides. Southeastern graduated its largest class in school history in May with 399 graduates, several key leadership positions have been filled or added, and the administration has started to implement a comprehensive shared-governance model.

Ingle’s professional ministry experience includes eight years as a college professor and 15 years of pastoral leadership to two congregations—one in Los Angeles and the other in Chicago. His pastoral focus was to lead turnaround churches. He loved helping people discover their unique, God-given design, which they then used to make a significant contribution to a Christ-centered missional ministry in the surrounding community.

Prior to entering professional ministry, Ingle spent 10 years as a television sports anchor for NBC and CBS. He started as an anchor at the age of 18 in Bakersfield, Calif., and finished his career in Los Angeles. He covered many professional sports teams and interviewed hundreds of notable people in the professional sports world, including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pete Rose, Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis.

An ordained Assemblies of God minister since 1988, Ingle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Vanguard University of Southern California and later completed his Master of Theological Studies at Vanguard. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Miss.

Ingle has served as Presbyter of the Central Coast Section of the Southern California Assemblies of God, as well as on the board of several Assemblies of God and para-church organizations.

His experience in the broadcasting industry, along with his pastoral experience, allows him to bring a rare blend of depth, humor and practical insight to every audience. He makes the Bible come alive with uplifting messages that are relevant, practical and anything but boring!

In addition to his role at Southeastern University, Ingle serves as a church coach/consultant and a conference speaker. He is passionate about investing his time with church leadership teams, helping them develop their unique gifts and strengths so they can better serve their communities. A California native, Ingle and his wife, Karen, have three teenage children.

Southeastern University has more than 2,500 students. It is a private, liberal arts school accredited to offer 45 programs leading to bachelor’s degrees and ten programs leading to master’s degrees.

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