A Message From Our President
Greetings from Clearwater Christian College. I am grateful that you are taking time to investigate our college and the liberal arts opportunities we offer on
our beautiful Florida campus. Deciding where you will go to college is a significant life choice. Our catalog and college website are designed to provide you
with the information critical for this decision. It is my personal prayer that the Lord will give you the wisdom and understanding that you will need to work
through this process. As you review our materials, keep in mind our mission and how we approach a Christ-centered liberal arts education.
The mission statement of Clearwater is a Word-focused, great commission-oriented, and great command directed pursuit of excellence in liberal arts education.
The College's purpose statement declares a commitment to sound doctrine and long discipleship. The life-to-life learning statement and the core values of the
College voice a commitment to scholarship, discipleship, and servant-leadership. Our mission, purpose, doctrinal statement, and core values are all the ways we
express our submission to the authority of God's Word in offering you an excellent liberal arts education.
Historically, a liberal arts education is designed to prepare you for life. At Clearwater Christian College our Christian liberal arts degrees are structured to
equip you for a gospel-driven life. The good news of the gospel tells us that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In addition, it
warns us not to become the captive of any philosophy not according to Christ. This gospel-driven life includes a focus on Christ, His Word, and His grace. The
Clearwater faculty will competently instruct you by speaking the gospel into each part of your liberal arts education. At Clearwater you will not be spoiled with
a philosophy or worldview apart from Christ.
The liberal arts education and biblical focus of Clearwater is coupled with a healthy student life focus. At Clearwater we are committed to building a genuine
sense of community and accountability through a variety of activities. So whether you are a resident student or a commuter we promise to serve and encourage you
in a Christ-like manner.
Satisfied in Christ,
John F. Klem, Th.D.
Dr. John F. Klem began his ministry in May 2012 when he joined the college family as the fifth president of Clearwater Christian College. After
receiving his B.S. from Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, PA, Dr. Klem went on to earn his M.Div. and Th.M. from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks-Summit,
PA, and a Th. D. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MN.
After earning his doctorate, Dr. Klem entered the world of academic administration
at Central Baptist Theological Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament, continued to become a professor of Biblical Theology and Exegesis, and
finally the Vice President of Academics and Academic Dean, while still maintaining a steady teaching schedule. He also served in various academic roles at
Northland International University and Piedmont Baptist Graduate School.
In addition to his many educational accomplishments, Dr. Klem has served in educational ministries, local churches, and administrative positions across the
country, most recently as the senior pastor of Brookdale Baptist Church in Moorhead, MN. Through his various ministries in the local church, Dr. Klem has
fostered an overwhelming passion to use the tools of a Christo-centric liberal arts education to prepare men and women to become vibrant servants of the
Lord in whatever vocational or ministerial pursuit they have chosen for their lives.
Not only a qualified pastor and teacher, Dr. Klem has published several articles in well-known journals such as The Journal of the Evangelical Theological
Society, the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, and the Journal of Ministry and Theology, and authored the book, Selah Moments: Meditations on Scripture
Applied to Life. He has also reviewed books, articles, and dissertations on a variety of subjects and assisted with the online curriculum for Central
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Klem and his wife Cathy have been married for 34 years. They have two adult children, both of whom reside in Virginia.
Partnering with the Clearwater Christian College family, Dr. Klem looks forward to helping equip the next generation with the skills necessary to build a
strong church, a Christ-like walk, and a successful Christian worker in both the secular and ministerial workplace. It is his desire to see CCC intricately
connected to the Great Commission through the spiritual and educational training of men and women.
Dr. Klem's Blog
Dr. Klem live
on Tan Talk
Dr. Klem is a monthly guest on Glenn Pav's Righting the Right program live on the second Monday of each month from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Each program features an aspect of the College's mission and includes CCC faculty and alumni.
Second Monday Monthly
February 10, 2014
Dr. John F. Klem, author / Pastor Paul Rude, and alumns Philip Knight and Nathan Buchanan speak on ministry in the work place.