Christian Leadership


A minor in Christian Leadership will prepare students to be leaders in ministry. The courses offered will prepare students to counsel, minister, serve, and lead individuals according to Biblical principles.


Below is a list of courses that are required to earn a minor in Christian Leadership. Take a look at the list below to help give you an idea of the classes within this program. Be sure to review the official requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Required Courses

CHR 250 Formation for Ministry     Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to Christian ministry through an integration of the theological, psychological, spiritual, social, and functional dimensions of ministry through the local church. Attention is given to identifying and clarifying the call to ministry and to exploring the necessary preparations for effective ministry.
Prerequisite: 6 hours of CHR courses

CHR 412 Christian Ethics    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the ethical principles of the Christian faith and how they are to be applied to contemporary problems. 
Prerequisite: CHR 210 or instructor approval

Choose 4 of the following:

CHR 351 Ministry of Care and Counseling    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the responsibilities, techniques, and tools of the Christian minister in the areas of pastoral care and counseling. A variety of care and counseling situations is explored. Attention is also given to the process of spiritual growth and development as facilitated by the minister.
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

CHR 353 Biblical and Servant Leadership    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the nature of Christian leadership in the context of local church ministry. An analysis of character qualities, leadership competencies, and primary leadership style is examined. In addition, an emphasis on biblical effectiveness and developing the skills necessary to direct the local church through change and challenges is a central element of the course. 
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

CHR 453 Evangelism and Church Growth    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the evangelistic mission of the church, including its goals and strategies from a decidedly biblical perspective. In addition, a global analysis of the church growth movement’s history and methodology is pursued. 
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

CHR 455 Leadership and Conflict Management      Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of contemporary models and biblical conflict management strategies with respect to analyzing sources and resolving conflicts that arise in the local church while leading it toward its specific mission. Detailed attention is given to staff/staff, staff/member, and member/member relations.
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

CHR 456 Leadership and Women’s Ministry    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a study of contemporary models and biblical leadership strategies with respect to implementing and leading women’s ministry programs in the local church. Particular attention is given to proposing, developing, and putting a women’s ministry project into service through a local church.
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

CHR 457 Leadership and Church Administration    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of contemporary models and specific business administration practices in the local church. Particular attention is given to the development of competent leadership skills with respect to the economic and functional areas of church life.
Prerequisite: CHR 250 or instructor approval

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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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