SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

SBU University Success Center

Ted Bachman

Ted Bachman
Ted Bachman
Ted Bachman
Instructor of University Success Center
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue,
105 Mabee Chapel
Bolivar, MO 65613


Education and professional background: Bachman received a B.A. in Christian Ministry from SBU and a master's in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to SBU, Bachman has worked as a counselor with Christian Counseling Associates in Plano, Texas; was a teaching assistant at Dallas Theological Seminary; and served as a college pastor at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas. He began teaching at SBU in fall 2006 and teaches University Seminar and Critical Thinking courses. He advises freshmen through the University Success Center.

Family: Bachman is married to his wife, Shanna, and they have four kids - Scarlett, Soren, Jossalyn and Jude.

Community involvement: Bachman is an elder at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Bolivar. He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and provides biblical leadership to the church and community through preaching, teaching, mentoring and counseling.

Why did you choose to teach at SBU? "It is a joy and a pleasure to encourage college students in the faith and challenge them to appropriate their beliefs in the academic realm. The training of the mind is part of the Christian experience, and at SBU I get to walk with students down this path."

What sets SBU apart from other universities? "There are lots of people here who love Jesus; you don't always get that at other universities. Additionally, it's refreshing to work at a university that does not pretend to be "free" from religion in our intellectual pursuits, but instead we encourage our students to engage the world of ideas with a biblical lens."

What advice do you have for prospective students? "Embrace the hard work of reading and begin to practice the principle of deferred gratification. I didn't do this, and I was foolish for it. I find that success in college and in life is about being able to pursue and experience our desires, hopes and dreams with proper perspective. And remember that there is 'a desire which no natural happiness will satisfy' - pursue that." (C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory)

What is your favorite thing to do in Bolivar/Southwest Missouri? "Hang out with my family."