Christian Studies and Humanities

BPC Launches Georgia Baptist Bible Institute

MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) is proud to announce the launch of the Georgia Baptist Bible Institute (GBBI). As a collaborative effort between BPC and the local Georgia Baptist Associations, the GBBI exists to provide biblical training for pastors and church members to enhance the effectiveness of their ministry throughout their communities. The GBBI […]

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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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BPC Historic Village Roars to Life

The first post-COVID History Under the Stars at the Brewton-Parker College Historic Village in Mount Vernon, Georgia was a resounding success.  From left to right: Dr. Brandi Simpson-Miller, assistant professor of history at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, Dr. Matthew Jennings professor of History at Middle Georgia State University, and Dr. Timothy Miller, BPC assistant

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The Severed Self – An Academic Book by BPC Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Michael Steinmetz (Assistant Professor of Christian Studies and Director of Information Technology) with the cover of his academic book, The Severed Self: The Doctrine of Sin in the Works of Søren Kierkegaard. MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College’s Assistant Professor of Christian Studies and Director of Information Technology, Dr. Michael Steinmetz, had an academic book

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Sisyphus No More – An Academic Book by BPC Professor of Social Sciences

By Evan RiekhofBPC Marketing Coordinator  casinodeguide website   MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College’s (BPC) Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Director of Prison Programs, Dr. Roger C. Byrd, will have an academic book published by Rowman and Littlefield on December 15, 2020. Dr. Byrd’s upcoming book, entitled Sisyphus No More: The Case for Prison Education,

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BPC History Professor Primed to Publish First Academic Book: Russia’s French Connection

By Evan RiekhofBPC Marketing Coordinator    MOUNT VERNON – Brewton-Parker College’s (BPC) Assistant Professor of History and Christian Studies, Dr. Adam Coker, received news that his academic book will be published by Routledge in July 2020. Dr. Coker’s forthcoming book entitled Russia’s French Connection: A History of the Lasting French Imprint on Russian Culture will

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Brewton-Parker College Now Offers Two Degree Programs Completely Online: Bachelors of Business Administration and Bachelors of Arts in Christian Studies

  By Emma Hamilton External Programs Admissions Counselor MOUNT-VERNON – Brewton-Parker College now offers two degree programs completely online: a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Bachelors of Arts in Christian Studies. Online education through BPC affords a variety of individuals the ability to create an accommodating schedule without affecting their work, family, and social

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Local High School Students Attend First Annual BPC Choral Clinic

    MOUNT VERNON – Around 9:30 AM on February 1, 2020, the Music Department at Brewton-Parker College (BPC) welcomed over 25 high school students to campus for the first annual Choral Clinic. Last year, Dr. David Wilson, Assistant Professor of Worship and Church Music, was inspired to host this event and partnered with Enrollment

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Interview: Alumna Returns for Annual MLK Day Parade

MOUNT VERNON— On Monday, January 20, students gathered around Brewton-Parker College’s flagpole to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a 1.5 mile march to join the local MLK Day Parade.  As students stood in the morning chill sipping on hot chocolate, one face in particular stood out from the crowd. While most in attendance

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Brewton-Parker College partners with NOBTS to offer accelerated Master of Divinity program to students

By Evan Riekhof – Marketing Coordinator MOUNT VERNON – Brewton-Parker College (BPC) President Dr. Steve Echols signed an articulation agreement earlier this academic year with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) President Dr. Jamie Dew. This articulation agreement was created to help students in BPC’s Christian Studies program save time and money as they work toward

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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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