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BPC trustees affirm BF&M, elect chairman


MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College trustees have adopted the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as the school’s doctrinal mission statement. The policy-making body also instructed the college’s Presidential Search Committee to seek a president who ascribes to the historical document.

The motion was made by trustee Schel Paulk, chairman of the Trustee Development Committee, during the group’s regularly scheduled meeting on June 17.

The trustees’ decision follows the recent adoption of the college’s new vision statement which reads, “Brewton-Parker College strives to honor Jesus Christ in every area of the academy”; and the new bridging statement which reads, “To develop the whole student through the application of

biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.”

Acting President Mike Simoneaux said, “Everything flows from the mission and vision of a college. I believe we have clarified who and what we are by adopting a mission and vision statement that are simple and clear in their intent. These statements are bridges to what will be a new permanent administration.”

Simoneaux is also convinced that the trustees’ adoption of the BF&M represents a significant and historic step of faith and commitment, which should help solidify the school’s relationship with Georgia Baptists.

In other business, Gary Campbell of Vidalia was elected chairman following the resignation of chairman Tony Romans of Atlanta.

Romans, who accepted the helm of the policy-making body on Jan. 20, resigned following his acceptance of the pastorate of Faith Fellowship Church in Athens, Texas. Romans had been serving as senior pastor of North Peachtree Baptist Church in Dunwoody, an Atlanta suburb.

In other elections at the board meeting, assistant secretary Lynda Yawn of Statesboro – who also serves as the chair of the Presidential Search Committee – was elected vice chair. Terry Braswell of Lithia Springs was elected as assistant secretary while Gilbert Westberry of Swainsboro remained as secretary.

Campbell is chief executive officer of VNS Corporation, a manufacturing company in nearby Vidalia.