Meet Jana Reynolds, BPC’s new Wellness Director, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News & Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—When Jana Reynolds got in her car to drive to Georgia to visit her old college basketball coach, Sheila Simmons, she only knew one thing for sure — God told her to go.
|Jana Reynolds inside the Snooks Student Activities Center, home of BPC's new Wellness Center.
“I was actually on my way to Miami, after just returning from Mozambique where I worked in an orphanage and was in mission’s school. God told me to go to Miami—and I didn’t know anyone in Miami, but I went. On the way there, I stopped at Brewton-Parker, and literally, within a few minutes after saying ‘hi’ to Coach Simmons (BPC Athletics Director), she said, ‘I think I have a job for you’.”
Reynolds is amazed at what God has done in her life, just by listening to Him and being obedient in His instruction, she says, and she’s excited to see what “great things” God has planned for the College.
“I’m always listening for that voice,” she says, describing God’s way of showing her “the next step” on her life’s journey. “God has more in store for Brewton-Parker and this community, and I just want to be ready.”
Reynolds was hired as the new Wellness Director and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach last month. She has been charged with bringing a $125,000 grant-funded Wellness Center to life on campus and in the community. She plans to begin recruiting and testing faculty and staff this summer. She will launch workout and nutrition classes in the fall. Six pieces of assessment and work out equipment are scheduled to arrive in April.
Reynolds holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in exercise physiology with an emphasis in teaching and coaching from Brevard College, where she first met Coach Simmons in 2000. She also holds a master’s in education administration.
“I think we are extremely blessed to have this opportunity from the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Foundation grant to have someone like Jana to meet the wellness needs of our campus and community,” said Simmons. “I am excited about the program and think it’s going to overall enhance the ability of those who are in the program and, hopefully, motivate others to put wellness as a focal point in their lives.”
A former high school basketball coach and science teacher in Shelbyville, Tenn., Reynolds has also worked in physical therapy and administered cardiac endurance testing to firemen and police officers to ensure their physical ability to work in stressful emergency situations. While in Mozambique (October-December 2009), she conducted physical education classes for an orphanage and assisted with wellness outreach in the community.
BPC Women’s Basketball Coach DeCole Shoemate welcomes Reynolds, saying, “Jana is going to truly add a wealth of knowledge to our program. She has a true passion for God’s work, and already I have seen how her support will complete the needs for our women’s basketball program and our coaching staff.”
Reynolds is a 2000 graduate of Dixon County High School, located near White Bluff, Tenn., where her parents still reside. Her mother is an R.N. and her father is a rodeo evangelist. She is a native of Thomasville, Ga. She has two brothers and a sister.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, the college’s main campus is located in Mount Vernon in addition to an external learning center in Newnan.