Faculty Feature: Dr.Timothy Miller

May 14, 2024
Dr.Timothy Miller, Professor at Brewton-Parker College

To share our story is in large part to share the stories of those who have shaped our lives along the way. For Dr. Timothy Miller, associate professor of History at Brewton-Parker College (BPC), to share his story, he too must first tell the story of those who shaped his life. 

Growing up in Dallas, Georgia, Dr. Miller spent a considerable amount of time listening to the stories that his grandmother would share with him. At first, in his younger years, these stories consisted primarily of family history; however, as he grew older, she began to share with him a wider range of topics within the world of history. Amongst her treasury of historic knowledge, she held a particular fondness for the royal family of England, which would later prove to be influential in the life of Dr. Miller himself.

In addition to his grandmother, Dr. Miller also acknowledges the fundamental role that one Sunday school teacher played in his life. Dr. Miller attended church his entire life; however, it was not until he was roughly nine years of age that he came to know Christ as his personal Savior. During a Bible lesson, his teacher stated, “Just because you were born in McDonald’s doesn’t mean that you are a hamburger.” This seemingly simple idea followed Dr. Miller for years, for it held a convicting truth for the young Dr. Miller. The phrase showed him that just because he had been in church his entire life, it did not guarantee that he was a Christian. Upon this revelation of individual accountability, Dr. Miller came to faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ. From that point on, he has made it his goal to keep his commitment to Christ in all areas of his life. This commitment has been the testimony of his life, both personally and professionally.   

When looking at an individual’s life, it is very rarely a straight path. More times than not, it is, as Dr. Miller puts it, “a long winding road.”  Such is the case with his story. During his college career, he studied journalism and worked for newspapers for a time; however, with the rise of the internet, he thought it would be best to change directions in his career.  This change of career led him to seminary, which eventually resulted in him serving as a pastor for twelve years. Through the course of Dr. Miller’s serving as a pastor, God eventually led him into the mission field. Dr. Miller has always been thrilled by the opportunity to serve God in another country, and to this day he considers it a blessing like no other. Through the mission field, Dr. Miller was first introduced to the world of education. Because of this work, when it was time for him to return to the United States, instead of serving at a local church, he began working as a high school teacher.  After serving in this role for several years, Dr. Miller, as well as his wife, moved to England in his pursuit of a doctoral degree, which he completed in 2021.  

As a way of celebrating this accomplishment, Dr. Miller, and his wife, who also recently finished her doctoral studies, vacationed in Scotland. During this trip, he received a phone call from Brewton-Parker College. While walking the streets of a remote Scottish village with limited cell service, he conducted his interview. From this interview, he was led back to the States to serve as an associate professor of history at BPC.  

Through all the twists and turns that have occurred through the course of Dr. Miller’s life, God’s faithfulness has remained. Dr. Miller has traveled the world, studied history, and preached the Word of God. Now he is ready to share his stories with each student who walks into his classroom. He hopes that one day his stories will shape the lives of the next generation just as the stories of his grandmother and the words of his Sunday School teacher have shaped his.

Faculty Feature: Dr.Timothy Miller - Brewton-Parker College


The purpose of the nursing program is to prepare graduates who have the knowledge and skills to provide patient-centered holistic care that is safe, compassionate, honoring to Christ, and that meets the healthcare needs of diverse populations.

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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