BPC Student Ministries Building Dedication

The family of Barbra “Bobbi” K. Goble at the Briscoe-Goble Center dedication. [Photo by Raylyn Wingate.]

MOUNT VERNON – On Saturday, July 30th, 2022 Brewton-Parker College (BPC) honored Barbra “Bobbi” K. Goble and D. Eugene Briscoe by dedicating a student life building in honor of their love and dedication for the college. Many family members and friends attended the dedication in support of these two people who would be honored to be a part of such an amazing ministry.

The Briscoe center was dedicated to D. Eugene Briscoe on April 22, 1993. As director of the Georgia Baptist Department of Student Work, Reverend Briscoe had been working with the college to finalize plans for the religious activities center. Unfortunately, during the planning process, Rev. Briscoe was tragically killed in an automobile accident. After Rev. Briscoe’s passing, President Y. Lynn Holmes expressed his appreciation for all Mr. Briscoe had done, and was planning to do for the college, that he decided to dedicate this building to him.

Barbra “Bobbi” Goble was an integral part of Brewton-Parker College for decades. She not only attended BPC, she was a huge asset to student ministries and awareness of the college. While a student, she was awarded for her “Outstanding Leadership and Service.”, was part of the Baptist Student Union leadership, as well as a member of the Young Women Auxiliary. After graduating with her associates from Brewton-Parker, Miss Bobbi continued her education receiving a Bachelors from the University of Florida and pursued graduate studies at Georgia Southern College. Miss Bobbi’s job in the Montgomery County School System prepared her for her position as the Registrar at BPC in 1973. As she served students with her credentials and experience as the Registrar, Miss Bobbi also worked for the Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) in the Briscoe Center from 1998-2010. Because of the numerous students’ lives Miss Goble touched, the college dedicated this building in her memory. 

President Steve Echols addressed his thanks regarding Miss Bobbi’s generosity and her heart for the students all those years of service to the College, as well as the family, expressing his thanks, “Without your help and input, we could not have made this dedication possible.” He also proceeded to thank the family for their patience as Covid-19 put a halt to the plans they had for the Briscoe-Goble Center. 

Reverend Joe Graham, who was BCM pastor for several years, made some special remarks to the family about his remembrance of Mr. Briscoe, and the dream that he had for campus ministries. He stated, “It was because of his dream that we could start this campus ministry.” Rev. Joe continued to say that Miss Bobbi was the one who “trained the campus minister”. He stated, “if it weren’t for Bobbi, a lot of things wouldn’t have happened as well as they did.” 

Reverend Al Rahn also made some remarks regarding his remembrance of Miss Bobbi and the four years they were able to work together all those years ago. “I consider it an honor to sit here and give some words about Bobbi on this special occasion.” He stated that Miss Bobbi was more than just a worker in the building, she was a good friend, and she had a tremendous love for students. “On top of that, she loved the Lord. She also loved Brewton-Parker College… I know she is smiling down from heaven seeing that some of her influence is part of this occasion today.”

Adam Stanley, Director of Student Life at Brewton-Parker College, continued by presenting the vision for the Briscoe-Goble Center as it is used for Campus Ministries. Madison Herrin, the Colleges BCM director, will use this space to equip students for ministry. Stanley stated, “we are training students in discipleship to be disciplers of others.” There will be several programs that the students will be in charge of in regards to this new building. New ministries will include: Disciple Now Ministries, Random Acts of Kindness, Discipleship through Bible Studies across campus. Stanley stated, “we believe they will meet in the space to train for what they will do in their future.”

Nancy Goble, Miss Goble’s sister-in-law, spoke on behalf of the family. She thanked Dr. Echols and his assistant, Laura Hay, and everyone else for all of their hard work to get the Briscoe Center renovated and ready for this dedication and for students to enjoy. She remarked, “it is really a beautiful building, one we know Bobbi would be very proud of.” She continued to express how much Bobbi loved the students and the school, and how proud she would be to be honored in such a way as this.

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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