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BPC offers area senior pastors, their spouses a relaxing evening of inspiration

Jeffrey Brazell and Holly Randle sing
BPC music students Jeffrey Brazell and Holly Randle serenade the pastors and their spouses Sept. 22.

By Kelley M. Arnold

BPC Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON—Taking time out of a busy schedule for oneself is something most don’t take the opportunity to do. However, finding time to take out of the day – especially if the person looking for it is a pastor – is almost impossible.

Dr. Charles Strickland, Brewton-Parker College’s Executive Assistant to the President for Church Relations, who is himself a pastor, knows just how hard it is to fit personal time into one’s schedule. That’s why he and a dedicated committee of administrators and students organized the college’s first Senior Pastor and Spouse Appreciation Dinner Sept. 22.

Rev. Larry Wynn
Rev. Larry Wynn, former Georgia Baptist Convention president, encourages the attendees of Brewton-Parker College’s first Senior Pastor and Spouse Appreciation Dinner Sept. 22.

The event, filled with inspirational, “battery-recharging” music and a message from former Georgia Baptist Convention President, Rev. Larry Wynn, was one to remember. More than 30 couples attended the event, and Dr. Strickland hopes even more will attend in years to come.


“We are hoping to make this an annual event,” Dr. Strickland said. “We know how busy you are in your congregations and in your homes and we want to take this time to say thank you and show you how much you are loved and appreciated.”


Dr. David Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College, agreed and thanked the assembled senior ministry members and their spouses for their dedication to their faith and the people and families they serve – including the family of students, faculty and staff at Brewton-Parker.

“At Brewton-Parker College, we are an extension of the congregations of South Georgia,” said Dr. Smith. “We are grateful you give us a place to grow in your congregations.”

Dr. Smith introduced Rev. Wynn, who has served as senior pastor of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Ga. for the last 28 years. Rev. Wynn shared an inspirational pick-me-up with his fellow pastors and their spouses.

“I want to remind you of something. Just because you are going through a storm doesn’t always mean you are out of the will of God. Your storm may be physical, in your ministry, in your finances... There are all kinds of storms that effect Christians and non-Christians alike,” Wynn said. “I want to tell you though, tonight, some of you are braving a stormy time, but you are right where God placed you.”

Rev. Wynn used the illustration of the 12 disciples in the boat at sea, reminding the audience that as the wind picked up and a storm rolled in, the disciples were told by Jesus “in the first place” to go out on the boat and travel into the weather.

“They were in the will of God,” Rev. Wynn said.

Cheryl Ward speaks to Mark and Kay Jones of Higgston Baptist Church
Cheryl Ward (left), wife of Murray Ward, pastor of Cross Timber Baptist Church in Vidalia, speaks to Mark and Kay Jones of Higgston Baptist Church during the first Senior Pastor and Spouse Appreciation Dinner at Brewton-Parker Church. The event was held in the Gillis Gymnasium.

Rev. Wynn added, “Jesus is the master teacher. He gives the exam first, and then He teaches the lesson. I’ve learned more about the faithfulness of God in stormy times than I have in other times.”

In closing prayer, Rev. Wynn encouraged everyone that “You don’t have to be strong; He’s strong. It’s not the size of your faith; It’s the size of your God,” and “Whatever your storm tonight, I believe Jesus has a word for you tonight at this banquet.”

The pre-dinner music was a duet serenade by BPC music students Jeffrey Brazell and Holly Randle. The meal was catered by ARAMARK and served by BPC’s Ministerial Students. Each couple left with a goody-bag filled with BPC promotional materials and a copy of Ann Turner’s book, Brewton-Parker College: Triumph Over Adversity, The First One-Hundred Years.”



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM