Live. Lead. Serve. How one fraternity is making a difference.

 

By Thomas Rhodes

Student Writer

On Thursday, April 18, the Kappa Tau Kappa (KTK) brotherhood visited the Paul Anderson Youth Home to present a $200 donation that they raised during the semester. The Paul Anderson Youth Home is a ministry located in Vidalia, GA, whose goal is to take young men, from the ages of 16-21, and give them another chance in life, all while helping them grow spiritually in a Christ-centered atmosphere.  

When the campus fraternity, KTK, delivered the donation, the brotherhood was given the opportunity to tour the facility, as well as meet some of the young men who live there.   

For what reason did our campus fraternity desire to raise money and donate it to this ministry? To answer that question, you have to understand the true nature of the KTK brotherhood and how it hopes to to make a difference in the next generation.   


As we are near the end of the school year, countless seniors in high school are about to take the very first steps towards making their dreams a reality. Right now, countless high school students are making decisions that will have a dramatic effect on the course of their lives.

What college should I go to?  What major should I study? What do I want to do with my life?  

All of these questions are so important these days, and as students pursue the answers, it’s natural to feel isolated.  It can feel as if the very weight of the world is placed on their shoulders.

For this reason, we encourage our students, particularly our freshmen, to join the brotherhood of  KTK. KTK is a greek life fraternity, which functions in accordance with its motto of Live, Lead, Serve.

Live.  By joining the fraternity of KTK, students have the opportunity to be welcomed into a community, a brotherhood, and a family that is actively involved in the day to day life of BPC.  A freshmen who joins the fraternity, a freshmen who is still trying to fully grasp the implications of the decisions that he has made by declaring a major, will be met with the support of all of his KTK brothers. He will find that he is not alone in his decision making throughout his college career, all while enjoying the company of his fellow students.

Lead. The members of KTK are pushed by their fellow brothers to be leaders, whether it is the form of leadership in the classroom,  on the field, in the workplace, or in campus life. The development of leadership qualities is vital in the pursuit of the next step in life.  For this reason KTK strives to grow each of its members in this regard.

Serve.  At its core, service is the act of putting all others ahead of yourself.  We see this in the life of Christ as He healed, ministered, and served all whom He encountered.  In the same way, KTK has the mission of serving others rather than serving themselves. The value of service in KTK is best displayed in the fact that whenever there is work to be done, the campus is confident in the fact that it can call on this group of brothers to serve in whatever capacity necessary.


Former BPC student, Corbin Howard, who now serves as a counselor of admissions for the college, also serves as the Staff Advisor for the fraternity. When asked about the time that he spent in KTK while he was a student, he replied,  “I served in many different roles in KTK throughout my time at BPC, but being the Staff Advisor has been a completely different experience and given me an entirely new perspective. As a servant-leadership fraternity, we’re always trying to find new ways to serve and enhance BPC as an institution and now, as a staff member, that means so much more to me that there is a group of young men that are willing to give up their time to do exactly that. BPC is a special place and KTK is blessed to be able to serve it and its students!”

That is the true nature of KTK and its role on campus: to bring the campus together and ultimately honor and glorify God.  

Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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