Dr. Tim McKnight comes to Anderson University with 21 years of experience in ministry, serving churches in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He served in youth ministry for 12 years and in the pastorate for 9 years. In addition, Dr. McKnight served as an infantry chaplain in the U.S. Army, deploying on Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom in 2001. He holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Bluefield College, and a M.Div. and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His primary field of study for the Ph.D. was in evangelism, with additional studies in missions and church history. Before arriving at AU, Dr. McKnight was the lead pastor/teaching elder at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hartsville, South Carolina. While in Hartsville he also co-founded Carolina Family Planning Centers and founded Twin Vision Consultants, a church consultation team that helps congregations become healthy and growing churches. He has also served as a disaster relief chaplain in multiple settings in recent years, including in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake and Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. Additionally, McKnight has served as chair and member of various committees of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Married to Angela, Dr. McKnight and his wife have four children–Noah, Micah, Karissa, and MaryAnna. Angela holds a Bachelor of Music from Toccoa College, and a Masters of Church Music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, Angela works as a stay-at-home mom and a piano teacher.
Evangelism comprises McKnight’s primary research area. He wrote his dissertation on The Theology and Methodology of Evangelism of George Whitefield. He is currently working on a book regarding this aspect of Whitefield’s ministry.
I am at Anderson University to disciple students preparing for youth ministry and ministry in missions and evangelism. I pray that Anderson will send out a generation of youth pastors who partner with parents in discipling students who are examples “in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”(1 Timothy 4:12 ESV) I also pray that Anderson University will send out a generation of missionaries, church planters, and pastors who will spread God’s glory in our country and throughout the world.(Acts 1:8) Finally, I pray that I will have opportunity to shepherd our ministry students and encourage our faculty and administrators as we serve Christ together here at AU.