Profiles in Servant Leadership

By Evan Riekhof
BPC Marketing Coordinator


MOUNT VERNON — Servant Leadership, a core value of Brewton-Parker College, seeks to inspire and develop servant leaders to follow the example of Jesus in self-sacrifice and service to others. As a spotlight on Servant Leadership during this school year, Brewton-Parker College conducted a Servant Leadership Day on August 25, 2020.

On Servant Leadership Day, BPC hosted the Feeding America Food truck for Montgomery County, a mobile food pantry, and the 2020 Census bus following the dedication of the Warren C. Crawley, Sr. Commons. Through Feeding America, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community volunteered their time and energy as servant leaders helping distribute 560 boxes of food and 2,000 gallons of milk to our community. Volunteers also helped man the Census bus and assisted citizens and students in completing census forms.

The Feeding America Truck and Census bus travel together and depend solely on volunteer support. The Feeding America website states the Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Volunteers play an important role in its efforts to end hunger.

Student participation in the census is extremely important. Cities, like Mount Vernon, depend on an accurate census count to apply for and receive federal dollars which help build infrastructure and provide needed resources for citizens. BPC students account for approximately 15% of the population of the city of Mt. Vernon.

According to Dr. Beverly Robinson, Vice President of Student Success and Diversity Engagement for BPC and one of the organizers of the event, combining the dedication of the Crawley Commons and Servant Leadership Day made perfect sense because “Servant Leadership is about following the path of Jesus.” In 1904, Mr. Warren C. Crawley Sr., a former slave, donated five acres of land to several local churches that dreamed of establishing a Christian school in Montgomery County. Mr. Crawley knew during a time of segregation that his grandchildren would not be able to attend the school. His gift displayed a Christ-like act of love and the hope of unity and forgiveness and represents the very definition of Servant Leadership.

Mr. Bill Ward, BPC Advisory Board Member and community member, decided to participate in the event because it was almost entirely volunteer-run. Mr. Ward stated, “Without the enthusiasm of local volunteers, this program could not achieve its mission. The volunteer time, energy, and dedication given by all who volunteered meant that hundreds of families in our service area were able to live at least temporarily without the uncertainty and fear of being at risk for hunger during this pandemic and these uncertain times.”

Volunteers spent the day sorting food, loading food into vehicles, and assisting with census forms. Student Jean Elden J. Bozor, Junior from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was happy to volunteer for the event. Bozor stated, “The event gives you the opportunity to minister to people, it helps to connect with one another. Even a simple ‘God bless you’ or ‘God loves you’ can make a huge impact or difference in someone’s life.” Bozor referenced 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 which says that God loves a cheerful giver and is able to bless abundantly so we lack nothing. Bozor stated, “Not only were we helping with material things, but we are giving our time for the Lord.”

Among the faculty members assisting was Tanvi Chauhan, Assistant Library Director and a long-time member of the Cultural Diversity Committee, who enjoys helping and interacting with different people. “I find it my duty to participate and serve in community events that foster a sense of collective kinship,” she stated.

Recent 2020 BPC Graduate and Assistant to the Academic Success Center, Gregory Kennedy, also volunteered and stated that the event would not have been possible without volunteers to help distribute the food and milk in an orderly fashion. Kennedy believes volunteering as a member of the BPC faculty/staff versus when he was a student has given him a different perspective. His perspective as a student was that he only saw what was happening while he was volunteering, and he only saw the “outside perspective of how the community was helped. “As a faculty/staff member, you see the whole picture. You see the results, you see how many people came to help, you see how much you helped the community. It gives a broader picture than what you would previously see as a student.”

Over 1,000 Montgomery County families received food and milk as a result of Servant Leadership Day, providing opportunities for the BPC family and community members to follow the example of Jesus in self-sacrifice and service to others as a servant leader.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. As a comprehensive Georgia Baptist institution, Brewton-Parker College provides liberal arts and professional programs in a learning community of shared Christian values. Through the application of biblical truth in scholarship and a co-curricular focus on character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement, the college strives to provide a transformational experience that equips the whole student for lifelong learning and service in Christ..

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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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