Meet Our Faculty

Office Location

IT Department
Jordan Building

(912) 583-3129

Dr. Michael Steinmetz

Assistant Vice President for Information Technology

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Division of Christian Studies and Humanities


  • PhD, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020
  • ThM, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2017
  • MATh, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2015
  • BA, Louisiana College, 2008


I was born in Shreveport, LA. During my undergraduate years, I served as a youth ministry intern at First Baptist Church Pineville, LA. Before working on my master’s degree, I taught high school Spanish, and I spent a year in Spain teaching English. I married my wife Kimberly in 2008, and we spent the last few years living in New Orleans while I worked on my master’s and PhD. I was licensed to the Gospel ministry by Woodridge Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA in 2018. I have came to BPC during the Summer of 2020.

Interesting Facts About Me

  • I play guitar and bass, love loud music and I used to have a green mohawk.
  • I am fluent in Spanish.
  • My wife and I are obsessed with the show Survivor.
  • I love a good board game.
  • I am a New Orleans Saints fan. WHO DAT

Research Interests

  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • The doctrine of sin
  • The doctrine of humanity
  • Theological method
  • Ephesians
  • Genesis
  • Social setting of the New/Old Testament

Professional Organizations/Memberships

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Søren Kierkegaard Society

Favorite Classes Taught at BPC

  • CHR 100Introduction to Biblical Worldview
  • CHR 101 – Introduction to Old Testament
  • CHR 210 – History of Christian Thought

Favorite Bible Verses



The Severed Self: The Doctrine of Sin in the Works of Søren Kierkegaard, De Gruyter Press, 2021




The Life of Spirit: The Self and Sanctification in Søren Kierkegaard’s The Sickness unto Death,” Heythrop Journalvol. 64, January 2023; (

“Kierkegaard’s Concept of Repetition: Seeking Transcendence in a Secular Age,” Secularism and the Pursuit of Transcendence Conference, in peer-review

Purposeful Digression: Ephesians 3:1-13 as Hermeneutical Key to the Book of Ephesians,” Evangelical Quarterly, in peer-review

“Why We Sing on Sunday: What Kierkegaard’s Aesthete Teaches the Church about Worship,” Kerygma und Dogma, in peer-review



Book Review of Controverting Kierkegaard by K. E. Løgstrup, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Fall 2023, Vol. 20, No. 2.

Book Review of Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians by Mark A. Tietjen, Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Spring 2017, Vol. 14, no. 1, 122-124.


 Presenter (forthcoming), “A Trichotomy of Existence: Søren Kierkegaard’s Theological Anthropology”

Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2023

 Plenary Speaker, “Why Do We Sing?”

Worship Conference at First Baptist Church, Vidalia, GA, January 2023

 Presenter, “A Holy Army: The Armor of God as a Unifying Call to Corporate Solidarity and Holiness”

Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2022

 Presenter, “Rhetorical Digression: Ephesians 3:1-13 as Hermeneutical Key to the Book of Ephesians”, Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2020

Presenter, “The Imago Dei in the Secular Age: Charles Taylor’s Relational Anthropology”

Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2019

Presenter, “A Faithless Encounter of the Knight of Faith: Abram, Sarai, and Pharaoh”

Evangelical Theological Society Southwest Regional Meeting, March 2019

Presenter, “The Practical Pneumatology of Søren Kierkegaard”

Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, November 2018

 Presenter, “Culture Clash: Conflict in Ephesus”

Student Theological Fellowship, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, February 2018

Presenter, “Kierkegaard and Apologetics”

Defend The Faith Conference, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, January 2016

Presenter, “‘Moderate View’ from Four Views on Eternal Security

Student Theological Fellowship, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, September 2015

Seminar Paper, “The Problem of Canon: Kierkegaard, Lessing, and a Potential Solution”

NTGK9404 The Canon of the New Testament, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, December 2018

 Seminar Paper, “Methodological Research Paper: William Barrett’s Death of the Soul and Spiritual Theology with Continual Reference to Søren Kierkegaard”

THEO9419 Keepers of the Springs: The Devotional Classics and the Heritage of Christian Spirituality, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, March 2018.

 Seminar Paper, “Barth’s The Epistle to the Romans and Theological Interpretation of Scripture”

THEO9408 Theological Interpretation of Scripture, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary,

May 2016

 Seminar Paper, “Far Yet Near: Infinite Qualitative Difference”

THEO9401 The Doctrine of God, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, May 2016


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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