Dr. Tomlinson began working at Northwestern College in 1983 as a faculty member in the Communications Department. He later chaired the department for 10 years before moving to an administrative position as Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education. Dr. Tomlinson brought leadership to the graduate and non-traditional educational programs at Northwestern for seven years before becoming the Vice President for Global Education and Leadership Development in 2007.
During the last 10 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church has established a higher education ministry called The Bethlehem Institute. This ministry has provided non-accredited college-level Bible and theology classes to the local church, and seminary-level classes to young men seeking to enter full-time ministry. Now, The Bethlehem Institute is becoming Bethlehem College and Seminary, with the official launch scheduled for Fall 2009.
Dr. Tomlinson will guide this new institution as it launches a Master of Divinity degree, beginning Fall 2009, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree, beginning Fall 2010. Dr. Tomlinson will also coordinate fundraising for the new institution and help begin the accreditation process.
John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church, is the chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary and will work with Dr. Tomlinson in this new venture, as well as teach preaching and practical theology courses in the seminary program.