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Byron Edens

Vice President of Online Learning

Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership, (Ph.D.) April 2021, Carolina University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching, (D.Min.) Dec. 2012, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • Master of Divinity ( M.Div.) – Dec. 2001, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, North Georgia Campus
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BAIS)- University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC – August 11,1984
  • Associate in Commercial Education (ACE) University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC – May 15,1982 -Degree:
  • Associate in Arts Degree (AA) Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC – May 30,1979
  • (Additional 24 Ph.D. hours completed for a Technology Teaching Qualification) Doctor of Philosophy of Applied Management and Decision Sciences in Information Technology, Walden University, Aug. to Dec. 2004


Dr. Edens is the Vice President of Online Learning and Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry of Brewton -Parker College, based in Mount Vernon, Georgia. He holds the academic rank of Professor with over 20 years of collegiate teaching experience. He serves as both a national and international conference speaker. He has over 40 years of pastoral ministry experience spanning 12 different churches. He also served as the 2018-19 Vice President of The Tennessee Baptist Convention, TN. Additionally, he is also a Georgia POST certified Law Enforcement Chaplain with over 20 years of experience in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.

Dr. Edens is a native of West Columbia, S.C. where he was saved at the age of seven and was called to ministry at the age of 18. He accepted that call and was later licensed and ordained at Northside Baptist Church, West Columbia, SC. Dr. Edens is married to Theresa Ann (Wilson )Edens of Miami. They have two children, Danielle and Philip (wife Emily).

Dr. Edens ministry of preaching and evangelism has allowed him to share the gospel in South East Asia, the Holy Lands, Israel, Jerusalem, Judea, Greece, Moldova, India, Africa, Russia, Cambodia, Japan, North and South Vietnam, Jamaica, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Sierra Leone and many other countries. He has a heart and passion to reach the people that Jesus challenged each of us to reach in all walks of life, especially to those underprivileged of the world and give them an opportunity to gain a Christian education. There is an old saying, “Man’s flight through life is sustained by the power of his knowledge!” Without the knowledge of Christ, the world is lost. Dr. Edens challenge is, “we must reach the world for Jesus!”

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Research Interests

  • Leadership
  • Preaching
  • Christian Ministry

Professional Organizations/Memberships

  •  Board of Directors – CBMI – Cross and Bible Ministries International, Dallas TX, 2021 to Present 
  • Cobb County Police Academy, GA POST Chaplain Certification, July 2006
  •  Eagle Scout Award at Age 14, Boy Scouts of America Nov. 5, 1973

Classes Taught at BPC

  • Upcoming at BPC : CJ 312A Qualitative Research Methods 2023/ 01
  • Upcoming at TBTS : CHR593 Current Ministry Issues 2023/01

Interesting Facts About Me

  • Presently serve as the Bi-vocational Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church of Marietta, Georgia

Favorite Bible Verse

What do you love about working at Brewton-Parker College?

I love working with the students!

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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