MOUNT VERNON - A best-selling Christian author who recently spent 18 years as a pastor in Kansas is now part of the development staff at Brewton-Parker College. Kent Crockett, who has two published books and is writing a third, started work as BPC's director of development in April.
His first book, The 911 Handbook, became a Christian Booksellers Association bestseller. His second book, titled Making Today Count for Eternity, was published by Multnomah Publishers in 2001. Both books are available through Family Christian Stores.
Another large Christian publishing company is considering the book Crockett is currently writing, but that is not his purpose at Brewton-Parker College.
"I'm here to advance the college as director of development," Crockett says. "Writing is what I do in my spare time. Some people like to play golf. I like to write."
How did Kent arrive at Brewton-Parker College from Garden City, Kan.?
"I've known Dr. David Smith for 26 years and I've admired him as a man of God," Crockett said of Brewton-Parker's president. "My wife and I always wanted to work on a Christian campus. When Dr. Smith asked me to consider coming to Brewton-Parker, I knew God wanted us here."
Crockett's wife, Cindy, is also working on campus and his son, Scott, is a freshman at BPC. The Crocketts also have a daughter, Hannah, who will soon receive her college degree in television broadcasting and was recently hired at Northland Cable Television in Vidalia.
In addition to writing, Kent Crockett has been a pastor, counselor, fundraiser, and church-planter. On weekends, he has been busy preaching in Baptist churches throughout Georgia.
He also considers his work in development as a ministry.
"I see so much potential on this campus," Crockett says. "We can continue to grow this college by joining together in a team effort. I'm excited about being at Brewton-Parker College."
(Editor's note: You can visit his website at www.KentCrockett.com)