Mark Gregory Named Dean of the Temple Baptist Theological Seminary of Brewton-Parker College

April 3, 2023

BPC is pleased to announce Dr. Mark Gregory as the Dean of the Temple Baptist Theological Seminary of Brewton-Parker College.

MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) is pleased to announce Dr. Mark Gregory as the Dean of the Temple Baptist Theological Seminary (TBTS) of Brewton-Parker College. Dr. Gregory will also serve as an Old Testament professor and lead the Church-Minister Relations team housed within TBTS. Dr. Gregory brings a wealth of experience that will prove valuable to BPC. He has worked with three churches over 31 years but has over 40 total years in ministry. After pastoring, Dr. Gregoroy worked as a professor at Piedmont Divinity School, where he also served as the Interim Director of the Divinity School from 2020-2022. While pastoring at his last church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he had the privilege of serving as an Adjunct Professor for three Baptist Seminaries in Central America. Dr. Gregory shared that the experiences of teaching in Central America are a part of what led him to pursue becoming a full-time professor of the Old Testament.

 Dr. Gregory is a man of many talents. He is an instrument-rated private pilot. He also plays guitar and has served in various worship bands, including the BPC’s chapel praise band. Dr. Gregory also enjoys writing and has published two fiction novels and two non-fiction works – one on leadership and the other on Essential Elements of the Hebrew Grammar in Spanish. Dr. Gregory has been married to his wife, Jan, for 43 years. She has partnered with him in ministry and supported him in his pastoral work. She has served as an Adjunct Professor, Women’s Ministry Director, Prayer Coordinator, Conference Speaker, and other ministries. They have two adult sons who are also in the field of ministry. Their older son is a Worship Pastor in Wilmington, NC, with his wife and their two children. Their younger son is at Southern Seminary, where he has completed two master’s degrees and will begin his Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek in January of 2023.

 As of December 4, BPC received notification that the application to become a level three institution and approved by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees. Level three will allow BPC to offer master’s-level classes starting in March 2023 with the launch of the new seminary, TBTS. Dr. Gregory is looking forward to the new program getting started and leading the charge as the Dean of the Seminary. Dr. Gregory commented, “As the Dean of the seminary, I have the incredible opportunity to support our churches by equipping and training ministers who will lead our churches to fulfill the Great Commission.” The first master’s level programs offered will be a Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) and a Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (MABTS). The programs offered will be entirely online to accommodate the busy schedules of individuals, including bivocational and covocational ministers, desiring to pursue a MAM or MABTS degree. The program’s current goal is to implement the new programs of the seminary and to bring on board new students who will benefit from our courses.

 Dr. Gregory is very passionate about the program and shared his thoughts by saying, “Pastors, ministers, and lay persons today need the highest level of biblical knowledge to face the challenges from cultural trends and assaults against our faith, but the same persons also need a profound understanding of the ‘how’ of ministering to the deepest spiritual needs of the people they serve.” With this new program, the ones enrolled will be able to experience this firsthand. Being an online program has advantages. Such advantages include facilitating a seamless educational experience and offering courses in eight-week sessions. The students may take courses at their own pace. The year-round schedule will provide maximum flexibility. Seminary students will receive personalized instruction from esteemed faculty who hold over 150 years of combined ministry and mission experience to become the next generation of Christian leaders. The seminary will offer classes entirely online, allowing students already serving churches or other ministries to work on a degree while remaining in their ministries.

Dr. Gregory plans to encourage others through the program and give advice to those who wish to pursue the program through Matthew 6:33. He states that this verse points us to a personal reality and commitment to “Seek first the Kingdom of God” and 1 Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that we are to “do all to the glory of God.” He goes on to say, “These verses, and many others, focus us upon pursuing Christ in a personal relationship first and foremost, and then subsequently every facet of our lives is to bring honor and glory to the Father. Thus for the student entering college or the seminary, it is very important to be intentional and purposeful in all that you do, making sure to set spiritual priorities that maintain a right relationship with Christ. Following that commitment, we will want to honor the Lord by excellence in all areas such as in service, academics, athletics, etc.”

 BPC is now accepting applications and admitting students into TBTS. Special scholarships are available for Southern Baptists who are training for vocational ministry and TTU and BPC alums. For more information about the seminary or to apply, please visit

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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