RBC President Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Posted On May 22, 2019

Dr. Stephen Nichols is well known for his commitment to training and building up others in the faith. Since coming to RBC in 2014, he has faithfully educated, discipled, and invested in the lives of the next generation of Christian leaders. This month, Geneva College recognized his visionary leadership and steadfast service by awarding him an honorary doctorate.

Looking back on Dr. Nichols’ faithful and fruitful work, Geneva College President Dr. Calvin Troup and the board of trustees voted to grant him the Doctor of Humane Letters degree, which acknowledges those who have followed Christ well in their callings and encouraged others’ devotion to Him in every aspect of thought and life.

Conferring this honor, Dr. Troup said, “Dr. Stephen Nichols has demonstrated a deep and abiding love for God and neighbor, manifested in his wholehearted commitment to educational leadership—both in teaching and scholarship—in service to Christ under His Word. We are privileged to be associated with Dr. Nichols and trust that the Lord will bless our continuing work together pro Christo et patria.”

This degree honors not only Dr. Nichols’ work at RBC, but also his accomplishments as a scholar. As a Ligonier teaching fellow, Dr. Nichols has written numerous books, including A Time for Confidence, and makes church history and theological scholarship accessible through his podcasts, 5 Minutes in Church History and Open Book. He has taught at a variety of Bible colleges and seminaries for more than twenty years.

Dr. Nichols gratefully accepted the degree while at the Geneva College campus in Beaver Falls, Pa., where he also delivered this year’s commencement address. “I am grateful for Geneva’s long-standing tradition of confessional and convictional Christian higher education,” he said. “I am truly humbled by this kindness of Dr. Troup and the board.”

Please join us in giving thanks to God for those He has raised up to serve the body of Christ.