H. Lee Mitchell, MS

Department Instructor, Physical Sciences
Unit: College of Humanities and Sciences, School of Sciences and Math, Physical Science
Location: Tigerville

As a scientist, and specifically a geologist, I consider it a special privilege to be able to show students, and anyone else, the amazing, awesome, magnificent creation that our Lord Jesus, the Creator, has given us to live in, enjoy, tend to, and understand. “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:3 (NIV)
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in the physical sciences.


    • BS, Geology, Furman University
    • MS, Geology, University of South Carolina
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes being a Registered Professional Geologist (SC, NC, GA), with emphasis in Hydrogeology; SC Department of Natural Resources, Greenville and Clemson, SC, 1985-2011; Journeyman Missionary (water well driller), Foreign Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Uganda 1982-1984; Field Geologist, Union Carbide Corporation, Oak Ridge, TN (US Department of Energy Contract), 1977-1980; teaching Earth Science and Environmental Geology part time at Furman University Division of Continuing Education, 1985-2008; teaching Integrated Physical Science and Earth Science, part-time, at North Greenville University, 2008-2011; teaching Earth Science full-time at North Greenville since 2011.

  • Selected Publications
    • Springs of South Carolina, Hydrology/Geology Map Series Number 6: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources-Land, Water and Conservation Division, 2004
    • Use of the Wadi, a surface geophysical groundwater-prospecting tool, in the Piedmont of South Carolina to find groundwater in faults and fracture systems: in Geology of the Inner Piedmont in the Caesars Head and Table Rock State Parks Area, Northwestern South Carolina: Carolina Geological Society Field Guide: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey, South Carolina Geology, Vol. 43, 2001
    • Geology, ground water, and wells of Greenville County, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources-Water Resources Division, Report 8, 66 p., 1 pl, 1995
    • Response of well water levels to precipitation in the South Carolina Piedmont: p. 163-174, in Conference on Ground Water in the Piedmont of the Eastern United States, Proceedings, Charlotte, North Carolina, 693 p. (published by Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina), 1989
    • Several other hydrological reports and articles while with SC Water Resources Commission / SC Department of Natural Resources
    • For National Uranium Resource Evaluation Project (US Department of Energy), co-authored several reports on hydrogeochemical and stream sediment reconnaissance data for: the Laramie Range, WY; USGS 1° x 2° quadrangles Laredo, TX; Austin, TX; Houston, TX, and Seguin, TX (1977-1980).
  • My Story

    I was blessed to be born into a Christian family; my parents were Southern Baptist missionaries and I grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil. I came to accept Christ into my heart at the age of ten. In Junior High I fell in love with science, and began to have a hard time reconciling scientific “reality” with my spiritual life. Over time, the Lord showed me that there is no conflict between His Word and His world! He showed me and patiently opened my mind and heart to Him. When I worked in my first geological job after graduating from college, I continued to mature in Christ and see His creation all around me.

    I have been privileged to work as a hydrogeologist and to see creation up close – in the office, on maps, in rock and water samples, dry holes and gushing wells, and the great outdoors… and even in other people! The more I learn, the more I see His magnificent blueprint, and am continually filled with awe and love of this majestic Creator who loved me so much that He came to die and rise again for me – that part of the blueprint is the most humbling of all. At North Greenville University, what a privilege it is to teach about this wonderful creation and to become closer to the One who brought it, and us, into existence. He has created us in His image, and wants us to love Him, to love others, and to care for His creation.

    I am married to another former Journeyman Missionary, Jane Meadows, and we have two grown children; our daughter graduated from NGU a few years ago. We are active members of Brookwood Church in Mauldin.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    I love teaching Earth Science, in lectures, labs, field trips, and in personal conversations.

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