Honorary Alumnus of the Year

Peter Held
Peter Held '22

Honorary Alumnus of the Year '22


Peter Held served Bryan College for 28 years as Vice President for Student Life and Professor of Christian Studies and Senior Fellow.  His fondest memories are the lifelong relationships with students that developed over the years.  His career includes Administrator/Headmaster at North Hills Christian School, Salisbury, NC; Dean of Students and Professor at Southeastern Bible College; and adjunct faculty for Dallas Theological Seminary and for John Brown University Graduate School.

Dr. Held earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University, Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Doctor of Education degree from the University of Alabama.

He has been inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society for Education, and Chi Sigma Iota, International Honor Society for Counseling. He has been recognized in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, the National Distinguished Service Registry, Outstanding Young Men of America, and Who’s Who in America. Dr. Held has served on the Board of Advisors for Saints Bible Institute (Italy); Advisory Council for World Vision; the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Commission for Senior Student Development Officers; Advisory Board for Hillcrest Hospital (Birmingham, AL); Board of Directors for Greater Birmingham Youth for Christ/Campus Life; education consultant for Scripture Press; and chaplain for the original Birmingham Stallions Football Team (USFL).

He enjoys spending time with his family, day hiking in the Smokey Mountains, watching football, learning to play chess, and traveling.  His two daughters and sons-in-law are Bryan graduates, and each daughter was selected by her graduating class as their commencement speaker.  His daughter, Rachel, a writer, and speaker, tragically died in 2019.  His daughter, Amanda, is an author, songwriter, speaker, and former international relief worker.   Dr. Held and his wife Robin have been married for 49 years.  Robin taught fourth grade in Texas and North Carolina, and recently retired after teaching for 15 years at Dayton City School.  Their future plans include spending more time with their four grandchildren.