Judge Phil Ginn

President of Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College


Judge Ginn began the role of President of Southern Evangelical Seminary in April 2021. Through the years, Judge Ginn has remained active with Southern Evangelical Seminary not only because of his friendship and admiration for his mentor, Dr. Norm Geisler, but also because of his strong belief in the mission of the seminary to evangelize our culture through apologetics. In the previous two years, Judge Ginn also served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of SES.

After a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge, Judge Ginn retired as the Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for the 24th Judicial District in North Carolina. Over the course of his 22-year judicial career, he was privileged to hold court in almost 50% of the county seats in North Carolina. Upon retirement at the end of 2014, using his experience from his 4 decades as an attorney and judge, Judge Ginn purchased a struggling horizontal pump company in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Over the next 3 years with help from key employees and through prudent and visionary leadership, he managed to turn the business into one of the largest privately owned horizontal pump companies in the United States. In early 2018, Judge Ginn completed the sale of the company and returned to his beloved mountains of North Carolina. Currently, in addition to his participation in real estate development, he continues to do consulting work, has served as co-counsel on a variety of major legal cases, and is active as both a Mediator and Arbitrator.

Judge Ginn has been married to his wife, Lynn, for over 42 years. Together they have 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, and 5 wonderful grandchildren (he has pictures). He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC.


  • Doctor of Ministry, Southern Evangelical Seminary
  • Juris Doctor, Law School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Arts – BA, Magna Cum Laude, Appalachian State University