Prior to this weekend, Arnett said he had visited Massachusetts only once before, having attended graduation at Gordon College in Wenham three years ago.
In a telephone interview, Arnett said he arrived here Sunday and spent several days meeting college leaders, faculty and staff, and students.
“We’re just getting to know the area,” he said Tuesday while house-shopping in Haverhill. He flew back to Missouri on Wednesday.
“I’ll be flying back and forth from time to time until I officially start in May,” Arnett said. “We’re looking forward to moving here and working to grow and advance the college.”
Arnett said his wife, Kathy, executive director for Alumni Relations at Central Bible College, will be coming with him to Haverhill. He said she will likely work for Zion in some capacity.
According to a press release put out by the college, Arnett has served at churches in New Mexico, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri, and has helped start eight churches and a Christian academy. The press release said Arnett travels extensively, preaching and teaching throughout the country.
Zion Bible College and Central Bible College are among 19 private Bible colleges in the Assemblies of God system. Each school’s curriculum is designed to educate and train ministers, missionaries and Christian workers.