Do you feel called to ministry? Do you have a heart for serving the people around you? Do you enjoy studying God’s Word and helping others learn it too? At Brewton-Parker College, we can assist you in discovering your calling and help equip you for a life in ministry.

Choosing a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies at Brewton-Parker College means you will tackle Biblical hermeneutics, church history, systematic theology, philosophy, apologetics and biblical studies. Whether the desire be personal or professional, BPC can provide you with a thorough education and spiritual foundation designed to prepare you for teaching, preaching, writing or pursing a graduate education.

During your time in this program, you will work closely with our faculty who will become more than your professors, but as mentors that will guide you through the joys and challenges of ministry. Equipped with the highest degrees in their fields and years of experience in Christian service, they are ready to support and encourage you as you seek God’s purpose for your life.

Once you earn your BA in Christian Studies, you will be able to:

  1. Use biblical interpretation skills to methodically arrive at the meaning of scriptural texts.
  2. Understand the evangelical perspective through Christian theology and history.
  3. Develop and begin to apply a personal philosophy of ministry.
  4. Execute effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  5. Comprehend practical and theological components of ministry-related vocations.


Accelerate your Master of Divinity:
At BPC, students can experience a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate work as they apply their BPC coursework toward earning a Master of Divinity at one of our partner seminaries. For example, qualifying courses from BPC can be applied to the Accelerated M. Div. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. By applying the college credit from their undergraduate classes, students can reduce the time it takes to complete the Master of Divinity.



If you know that God has called you into Pastoral ministry, then this concentration is for you. Through this program, we will equip you with the knowledge and experience necessary to cultivate your education and leadership skills in pastoral ministry. 

This concentration offers classes from the Formation of Ministry (CHR 350) to Biblical and Servant Leadership (CH 353). 

You will find numerous opportunities for preaching experience and pastoral internships in and throughout the surrounding areas of BPC.


Are you called into missions? A Christian Studies degree at BPC with a concentration in Missions will equip those who feel called to be sent out by the church to serve wherever God leads. The courses necessary for this concentration will prepare students with the education and experience that they will need while on the mission field. 

This concentration offers classes from Missions Practicum (CHR 340) to Evangelism and Church Growth (CHR 453). 

You will find numerous opportunities to engage in missions, local and abroad.

Still not sure if this program is for you? Check out some of the classes you can take and the careers you can have through a Bachelor of Arts in Christian studies.

Popular Classes

CHR 316 | Israelite Prophets
CHR 412 | Christian Ethics
CHR 351 | Ministry of Care & Counseling

Potential Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from Brewton-Parker College with a degree in Christian Studies have many options available to them after graduation, such as

Church Ministerial Staff

Camp Director
Christian Counselor
Administrator of Christian Organizations
Foundation Director

Scholarship Opportunity

We take our commitment to training the next generation of students who have a calling into full time Christian ministry very seriously. To affirm our commitment, we reserve some of our largest institutional scholarships for those students who attend BPC and declare a major in our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies degree. BPC will award qualified students a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year *) to assist in paying for tuition, room, board, and fees while enrolled at the college.

*$10,000 will be the total number of all institutional scholarships combined and will not be in addition to any other institutional, athletic, or Georgia Baptist scholarship that you may receive.

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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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