Advancement

BPC is Presented a Matching Gift of $50,000

From left to right: Mr. Chad Ritchie – BPC Director of Advancement, Dr. Byron Edens – Vice President of Online Learning & Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry, Dr. Steven Echols – BPC President, Dr. Carey Brown – presenting the $50,000 check to the BPC Seminary program, and Dr. Mark Gregory – Dean of the …

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6th Annual BPC Southern Classic Raises Over $20,000 for College

Presenting Sponsor Tim Redding from Metter Ford with Dr. Steven Echols, President of Brewton-Parker College. MOUNT VERNON — On Friday, March 31, 2023, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) hosted its 6th Annual Southern Classic Golf Tournament presented by Metter Ford at the Willow Lake Golf Club in Metter, Georgia. Through the generous support of business sponsors and …

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Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation Grant Award Luncheon

GBHCMF awards BPC $100,000 grant MOUNT VERNON – This year marks the 15th annual Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation’s Grant Award Luncheon. This luncheon allows the GBHCMF’s Board the opportunity to recognize those ministries throughout the state that have demonstrated effective and efficient direct health care services to their local communities. GBHCMF is both …

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BPC Dormitory Dedication: John E. Roller

The official ribbon cutting for the John E. Roller Hall dormitory occurred on August 11, 2021 at Brewton-Parker College, Mount Vernon, Georgia. (From left to right) Mr. Chris Dooley, Mr. Joey Fountain, Mrs. Christie Roller, Dr. Steven Echols, Ms. Joanna Roller, Ms. Anne Roller, Mr. John Roller, Mr. Don Christian, and Mr. Madison Herrin [Photo …

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BPC is Reaffirmed with SACSCOC

Gates Hall (Photo by Evan Riekhof) MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) is pleased to announce that The Southern Association of Colleges and Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees met in June and reaffirmed the BPC’s SACSCOC accreditation for the next ten years. Through the submission of a Compliance Certification Report and onsite review, …

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Simoneauxs Continue to Impact BPC Students

Dr. Mike (center with BPC shirt) and Mrs. Bonnie Simoneaux’s family came together recently to celebrate the creation of the scholarship. MOUNT VERNON — In early 2021, Dr. Stephen Simoneaux and Susan Snyder, children of Mike and Bonnie Simoneaux, decided to establish a scholarship in honor of their parents. Dr. Mike Simoneaux served as President …

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BPC Dormitory Dedication: Donald and Beverly Thigpen

Donald and Beverly Thigpen (center) with their family at the dormitory dedication at Brewton-Parker College (two children, daughter Janet Thigpen Stanley and husband Byron Stanley, and son D. Alan Thigpen and wife Lacey Thigpen; seven grandchildren: Tyler Stewart, Anna Stanley, T. Conner Thigpen, Carolina Thigpen, Catherine Thigpen, Tyler Best, and Alexis Best) [Photo by Evan …

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2021 BPC Southern Classic A Huge Success

By Suzanne Hewett Student Writer BPC President, Dr. Steve Echols (left) with Presenting Sponsor, Tim Redding (right) of Metter Ford, during the annual golf tournament. MOUNT VERNON— On Friday, March 19, 2021, Brewton-Parker College (BPC) hosted their 4th Annual Southern Classic Golf Tournament presented by Metter Ford at the Willow Lake Golf Club in Metter, …

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Brewton-Parker College honors Warren C. Crawley, Sr.

DESCENDANTS GATHER—Members of the Crawley family came together from across the Southeast to attend the dedication of the Warren C. Crawley, Sr. Commons at Brewton-Parker College on August 25. Shown above, left of marker, back row, left to right, are: Cedric Watson, James Watson, Sr., Ciara Watson, and James NeSmith; front row, left to right: …

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Altamaha Bank and Trust donates $10,000 to Building Barons

By Miranda SimmonsBPC Director of Marketing MOUNT VERNON— On August 12, 2020, Brewton-Parker College received a very generous donation of $10,000 from long-time supporter, Altamaha Bank, for the ‘Building Barons Scholarship Fund’. Altamaha Bank has always been a large community supporter, even when faced with challenges from the current pandemic. Despite these challenges, they are …

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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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