Dr. Donald Sweeting Called as President of Colorado Christian University

Dr. Sweeting succeeds Bill Armstrong, former U.S. Senator from Colorado; he will begin his presidency on October 1, 2016.

Prior to joining Colorado Christian University, Dr. Sweeting served as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida from 2010-2016. While at RTS, Dr. Sweeting also served as the James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History and regularly taught core and elective courses on church history and practical theology.

 

The following announcement was made by Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado.

On behalf of the entire CCU Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald Sweeting as the next president of Colorado Christian University. Dr. Sweeting succeeds our beloved president, Bill Armstrong, who passed away on July 5, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Sweeting will begin his presidency at CCU on October 1st.

The nationwide search for a new president of CCU began in February 2016 after President Armstrong announced his plans to retire. The search was conducted by the CCU Board of Trustees with assistance from nationally-known executive search firm, CarterBaldwin. The focus of our search was to select a candidate who is an excellent cultural and theological fit for CCU, and someone who is aligned with our values as an evangelical institution.

From an extensive pool of candidates, from all walks of life and vocations, the CCU trustees unanimously selected Dr. Donald Sweeting as the right man to lead CCU at this time – someone with an unshakable commitment to Jesus Christ, the University’s Statement of Faith and Strategic Objectives, and our pursuit to become a great university. Colorado Christian University remains steadfast in placing Jesus Christ at the center of who we are as an institution.

Don has been closely affiliated with CCU since 2004, and served as a member of the Board of Trustees during Bill Armstrong’s tenure as president from 2006-2016. He worked closely with President Armstrong as his personal confidant, and was called upon to officiate his funeral.

As a trustee, Dr. Sweeting served alongside President Armstrong, the trustees, and the vice presidential leadership team to guide the University to an unprecedented phase of growth and opportunity. Don is both humbled and excited to continue the direction set by President Armstrong for CCU, including adherence to our Statement of Faith and the University’s Strategic Objectives.

Prior to joining Colorado Christian University, Dr. Sweeting served as president of the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida from 2010-2016. While at RTS, Dr. Sweeting also served as the James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History and regularly taught core and elective courses on church history and practical theology.

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), Dr. Sweeting was the senior pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village (a Denver suburb) for 12 years. He also served for 11 years as the founding pastor of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in Northern Illinois.

Before entering into ministry, Don also served as an assistant to Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

In addition to a diverse professional background, Dr. Sweeting has served with many ministries and organizations. Today he serves on the board of the National Evangelical Association (NAE) and on the executive committee of the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents. He was the Chairman of the Theology Committee for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Don served on the board of John Stott Ministries in the United States. He also served on the board of the Langham Partnership International, a London-based global ministry that aims to equip and train upcoming leaders in Two-Thirds World churches by providing scholarships, building seminaries and training preachers.

Dr. Sweeting holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. He also earned B.A./M.A. degree from Oxford University in England, and a B.A. in History from Lawrence University. In addition, he received a diploma in Bible-Theology from Moody Bible Institute, where he was named the 2016 Alumnus of the Year.

Dr. Sweeting speaks and preaches around the country and has published numerous articles for well-known magazines and scholarly journals. He also co-authored two books and is working on several others, and also has a daily five-minute, nationally syndicated radio program called TAKE5, heard in 23 states.

Don and his wife Christina have three adult sons and a teenage daughter. His son Joshua graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2014. Don writes a regular blog post at donsweeting.com and can be followed on Twitter @dsweeting.

Gary Armstrong
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Colorado Christian University