Online Program for Christian Studies to Launch Fall 2019

August 3, 2021


By Thomas Rhodes

BPC Student Writer

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College is excited to announce the launch of a new online degree program for a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies this fall. To have this degree program available in an online format will allow for a wide variety of students to earn their degree, no matter their life circumstance.

In 2016, BPC took its first steps into the world of online programs by offering a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The foundational goal for beginning this program was for BPC to expand its reach to see the lives of more students transformed.

The online program enhances the college’s ability to accomplish its transformative mission, but it also provides students with an opportunity for tremendous financial savings.  With classes costing only $285 per credit hour, students can potentially receive their four-year degree without the need for student loans.

“Our key objective in launching the Christian Studies degree program online is to make theological education accessible to the growing number of bivocational pastors and lay ministers that serve the majority of our churches,” stated Dr. Bob Brian, BPC Provost.

“Recent figures from LifeWay Research show that almost 90% of churches report weekly attendance of less than 250 worshippers,” he continued. “The greater access and affordability of this program for such churches is designed, as Paul wrote to the Ephesians, ‘to equip the saints for works of service and for building up the body of Christ.’  When you think about it, such programs are the virtual ‘sandals of antiquity’ carrying the gospel in the 21st Century to a world that needs Jesus.”

Recognizing this growing need for flexible and affordable programs in higher education, BPC is excited to offer future students a competitive option. The Christian Studies program is designed for those who sense a call to Christian ministry and seek training in the understanding, defense, and application of God’s Word and biblical faith. The students who are in this program receive training, teaching, as well as wise counsel from professors who are dedicated to ensuring that the students who are under their charge are prepared for a life of ministry.

For the students already serving in ministry and lack the time to attend classes on campus, this program will allow them to remain in their areas of ministry or other occupational obligations, all while receiving the training that will equip them for Christian service to the best of their abilities.

Those who complete the Christian Studies degree program will find themselves ready to serve in a variety of positions such as Pastor, Missionary, Youth Minister, Worship Leader, Children’s Minister, Christian Counselor, Church Planter, Education Minister, Bible Teacher, Evangelist, Campus Minister, and Bi-vocational Minister.  Not only that, but the degree will also prepare students to continue their education at the seminary of their choosing by giving them a solid intellectual and spiritual foundation.

Those interested in learning more about the online program can visit the college’s website at

Online Program for Christian Studies to Launch Fall 2019 - Brewton-Parker College


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Mission Statement

In concert with Brewton-Parker College’s mission, the School of Nursing is committed to provide nursing education through the application of biblical truth to promote the formation of graduates who engage in evidence-based practice, lifelong learning, and servant leadership through the development of clinical reasoning, professional nursing skills, and Christian values.

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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