Dr. Lamerson has been at the Seminary since 1989 when Dr. D. James Kennedy founded it under the guidance of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. Dr. Lamerson was a member of the first Knox graduating class in 1993, and is well respected by the faculty, staff, and academia at large. He has been professor of New Testament since the fall of 1997 after receiving his PhD in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the longest serving faculty member and has steadily advanced through roles such as director of admissions, dean of students, and dean of faculty.
Board Chairman, Mr. Clark Cochran, said of the new President, “Dr. Sam Lamerson has long been recognized by students, alumni, faculty and Board members as the heart and soul of Knox. The entire Knox community can take great joy and confidence in Sam’s love for and commitment to Knox as the Seminary continues to carry out its mission in south Florida and around the world through Knox Online.” Encouraged by the Seminary’s growth in recent years, Mr. Cochran adds, “The Board is devoted to continuing the development of excellent programs, both residential and online, serving the church, training pastors and protectors of the Word, and continuing to build for the future.”
In answering the call to become Knox Theological Seminary’s President, Dr. Lamerson expressed, “Knox changed my life and I want to be a part of doing that for other students.” Dr. Lamerson is a master teacher with a pastoral heart and is loved by his students. He hopes to help make communication an important part of the culture at Knox and believes that his “open door policy” will help ensure students, faculty, and staff that no question is off limits.
Dr. Lamerson brings a strong community, missional, residential, and pastoral presence to the Knox leadership that is crucial during an exciting period of growth in the life of the Seminary. “There have been times over the past twenty years when Knox has experienced a great bounty and times when the Seminary has faced serious adversity,” says Dr. Lamerson. “I am humbled and certainly know that any work like this will face difficulties but I also know that God is our ultimate hope.” President Lamerson hopes to bring prayer to the forefront in the Knox community as the school boldly moves forward in mission and ministry.
Knox Theological Seminary is an independent evangelical seminary and home to students from a broad range of denominational backgrounds. The Seminary prepares leaders to minister in a 21st century context by emphasizing the application of Scripture to all areas of life, providing exceptional academic instruction, in the tradition of the Reformed faith, as well as guidance for spiritual growth.
Dr. Lamerson will continue to teach several of his New Testament classes and to speak and teach at various churches in the south Florida area. He remains committed to the spiritual formation of students, as well as the faculty and staff, along with assuming the administrative and academic responsibilities of the president.
An inaugural ceremony for Dr. Lamerson will take place in December 2014.