7 Reasons To Choose BPC

By Marlee Ruark | Student Writer


If you’re reading this, you may be interested in coming to Brewton-Parker College (BPC). Or you may have already been accepted, and you are trying to pick between your favorite schools. I too had a hard decision to make when choosing which college to attend. I had to choose between a large public university, another small Christian college, and BPC. I chose Brewton- Parker for a number of reasons, and I am very glad I did!


  • You are surrounded by a body of Christian believers.

BPC is a small, private Christian college, and the loving Christian atmosphere is evident daily. The professors, coaches, and staff are all super friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. They make coming to BPC worthwhile! Since BPC is a Christian school, there are opportunities to take Christian classes to learn more about the Bible and the Christian worldview, if you are interested. You can even major in Christian Studies if you are looking into becoming a pastor, missionary, or something in that field of study. We attend chapel every week, and have the option to attend small Bible studies and groups that get together throughout the week. BPC is great if you are looking to grow and learn more about your faith or if you are curious about Christianity.  
  • You can enjoy the quaint and picturesque landscape along with recreational activities.

BPC has a lake in the middle of campus that is not only pretty to look at, but also provides fun activities like fishing, kayaking, and paddle boating. You can also just go sit and relax. We also have a swimming pool that is open when there is warmer weather, and there is also a sand volleyball court for anyone to enjoy. While the campus is spread out and takes time to walk across, walking to each class from your dorm is not only doable but also gives you a chance to enjoy the pretty campus.  
  • You are more than a number; you can build personal connections with professors and have individualized learning.

Because the school is small, class sizes can range anywhere from you being the only person in one of your upper level classes (which I have experienced) or having up to twenty-five people in a core class. These small class sizes are great because learning can be individualized. You get to know your professors on a personal level rather than being in an auditorium with three hundred students where your professor might not notice if you show up to class or not. Some might see our small size as a downside because you have to be prepared and on top of your work and be present to class, but the class size mainly ensures that you are getting a quality education. If you are interested in going to graduate school after BPC, the small class sizes will have prepared you for how your graduate classes will be set up.  
  • You can still participate in the sport you love while getting an education.

If you are wanting to play a sport at a higher level, BPC has 18 athletic teams that a large number of students at the school are a part of. I am a student athlete myself, and I really enjoy having the opportunity to participate in sports while getting an education. While some people might see playing a sport in college as difficult, it is actually manageable and lots of fun. If you are considering or have the opportunity to join a sports team here, you can read my previous blog post (https://www.bpc.edu/21083) about being a student athlete for a little more insight!  
  • You can earn money while gaining experience with an on-campus job.

 At BPC, many on-campus jobs and work study positions are available, which is really helpful if you need some extra income or want to build your resume. You can work in the business or marketing department, have a job in the library or game room, work for maintenance, give campus tours, and more! You can apply for whatever interests you most or you can work for the department of your major. The hours are flexible, and each department is willing to work around your schedule.  
  • You are able to enjoy living in a small community with minimal distractions.

 BPC is located in Mount Vernon, Georgia, which is a small rural community. There is not much to do unless you go to the town of Vidalia, which is twenty minutes away. Vidalia has a ton of stores, a movie theater and bowling alley, churches, and fast food and regular restaurants. Even though students may be discouraged by the fact that not much surrounds the school, I view it as a positive aspect because I have fewer distractions, which makes it easier to focus on my classes and my degree.  
  • Your safety matters most.

 Because BPC is a private Christian college, there are a few rules that the students are required to abide by. For instance, drugs and alcohol are not tolerated, like most schools, so that rule is understandable. There is a curfew and visitation rules for the girls and boys dorms. While these rules might seem somewhat restricting, they are honestly reasonable. A curfew ensures that the students are safe, and limited visitation helps students stay focused on their schoolwork and helps them manage their time wisely. Overall, Brewton-Parker College is a great school with many opportunities for growth. It is a place where you can focus on your education, learn more about Christ, play a sport at a higher level, or get experience with a job on campus. The staff is so welcoming and makes this place feel like home!   EZE02215

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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