Dr. White honored at BPC Chapel
|BPC President Dr. David R. Smith, left, presents Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director of the GBC, with a special certificate of recognition showing BPC support of Dr. White and the GBC’s Cooperative Program, as well as BPC’s new Trustee-approved Faith and Learning Statement, which proclaims “Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9). (Photo by Kelly Vickers)
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News & Public Information
MOUNT VERNON – Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, was honored Tuesday, April 20 in Chapel at Brewton-Parker College on its Mount Vernon campus.
BPC President Dr. David R. Smith presented Dr. White with a Resolution of Support for Dr. White and the GBC’s Cooperative Program, a fundraising arm of the Convention that supports the success of its numerous ministries and missions at home and abroad.
Dr. Smith also thanked Dr. White and the Georgia Baptist Convention for supporting BPC over the years with more than $18 million in donations and support, making the GBC the college’s largest benefactor.
|Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, delivers the Chapel message at Brewton-Parker College April 20 in Saliba Chapel on the college’s Mount Vernon campus.
The certificate heralds BPC’s new Trustee-approved Faith and Learning Statement, which proclaims “Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9). The statement, which can be found in its entirety online at www.bpc.edu and in part below, was unanimously approved during the April 15 Board of Trustee meeting.
“There are supporters that show friendship by donating funds and others who encourage through wise counsel, and Dr. White represents both with his presence here today,” said Dr. Smith. “We present this as a reminder of our commitment of faith to spread the gospel. Brewton-Parker College focuses its Christian mission on the twin concepts of providing an unapologetically Christian and proudly Baptist tradition of higher education.”
The Statement of Faith and Learning, in part, reads: “As a Georgia Baptist institution of higher learning, Brewton-Parker College is firmly and unequivocally rooted in the Christian faith, adopting the central confession for its statement of faith and learning from the New Testament – “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Romans 10:9). For Brewton-Parker College to express Christ’s Lordship as a function of its academic mission, its research, teaching, and learning communities must embrace in principle and practice all the questions and issues, all the curiosity and imagination that an undergraduate institution can hope to bring to the academic table. As a consequence, to say that “Jesus Christ is Lord” is to nurture a learning environment in which academic challenge, authentic spirituality, and the practice of integrity can flourish. To confess that “Jesus Christ is Lord” is to say that any query, argument, or issue can be explored to the end, whether it originates from the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences and technology, business and management, the arts and humanities, or religion and philosophy.”
The Trustees also approved other “Articles of Faith” during its April 15 session. They include a Theology and Doctrine statement, which emphasizes the College leadership’s alignment with the Southern Baptist doctrine, “specifically expressed in ‘The Baptist Faith and Message’, the denomination’s doctrinal statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1963 and revised in 2000 (Theology and Doctrine statement).”
Another article illustrates BPC’s Mission-Centered Curriculum, stating, “It is the policy of Brewton-Parker College that the College’s Christian mission is expressed in each course taught at the institution. Faculty members do this in a variety of ways. The Chair of each Academic Division gives an annual written report to the Provost on the connection of the curriculum to Christian Mission of the College.”
Dr. White gave the day’s Chapel message, calling on John 3:16 as the “Greatest Story Ever Told” and saying, “God loves you and cares about you personally.”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college holds classes on its main campus in Mount Vernon and at its external site Newnan.