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Dr. Jack Klem: CCC's Fifth President



The Board of Directors, faculty, and staff are pleased to welcome Dr. Jack Klem as the fifth president of Clearwater Christian College. Following the resignation announcement of Dr. Richard Stratton in 2011, the College established a Presidential Search Committee comprised of board members, faculty, and staff, and immediately began to search for a fitting candidate for the role of president. After months of investigation, interviewing, and prayer, the Committee made a unanimous recommendation to the board of directors who then extended a call to Dr. Klem. Following in the footsteps of Dr. Stratton, Dr. Klem will lead the college into the next phase of vibrant student ministry with a strong focus on encouraging the Clearwater family to live Gospel-driven lives.


Dr. Klem and his wife Cathy
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.


Dr. Klem speaking in CCC chapel
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.

CCC Student Question and Answer Session
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.