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Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College) in Nashville, TN, has been the official college of the Free Will Baptist Denomination since 1942. To find out more information about the school, visit their website.


Lockert to Head Flames Volleyball Program

Ashley Lockert (pictured below) has been named Welch College head volleyball coach, according to Athletic Director Gary Turner. Lockert is a 2007 Welch College graduate and one of only a few volleyball players to compete all four years as a member of the Flames.

As a student at Welch, in addition to volleyball, Lockert was involved in several areas of campus life. She was a student council representative, Charlotte Bronte society events coordinator, assistant director of Musicals, and Concert Choir president.


Lockert has two things critical for success—a love of volleyball and a love for Welch College. She is determined to come in and advance the program.

“I love volleyball,” Lockert stated. “Being able to return to my alma mater in this new position is very exciting. I am truly honored and humbled by the opportunity.”

“I am looking forward to working with Coach Lockert,” said Gary Turner. “Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport will definitely continue moving our program in the right direction.”

Lockert is currently a legal assistant/paralegal at Feeney & Murray, P.C. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as musical theatre with the Cheatham County Community Theatre.
Ashley is married to Will Lockert, and they have two sons—Liam and Loghan. They attend Bethlehem FWB Church in Ashland City, Tennessee, where they are youth leaders and Ashley teaches preschool children’s church.


Noel Levitz Survey Gives Welch College High Marks

The nationwide Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory conducted among national, four-year colleges ranked Welch College above the national averages in all but 6 of 45 measures of student satisfaction, according to President Matt Pinson. Some 88% of Welch students report that the college met their expectations for a college experience, with 67% reporting that the college exceeded their expectations (compared to 84% and 53% respectively at national, four-year colleges).

Dr. Pinson said, “The areas where we received the highest marks in comparison to other private colleges are the areas we emphasize that distinguish Welch from other colleges and universities. These traits make our campus attractive to students and parents who desire excellent academics combined with a deep, personalized investment in the spiritual and academic life of each individual student.”

Asked if they were likely to enroll again if they had it to do over, 87% of Welch students surveyed responded yes (compared to 73% of students at other national, four-year colleges).

The 10 areas where Welch received the highest marks when compared to other colleges and universities that participated in the survey were as follows:

  1. Caring and helpful campus staff

  2. Students made to feel welcome

  3. Excellent personal academic advising

  4. Excellent instruction in classes

  5. Convenient registration

  6. Administrators available to hear students’ concerns

  7. Adequate library services

  8. Fair and unbiased faculty in their treatment of individual students

  9. Availability of sufficient courses in major

  10. Residence hall staff concerned about me as an individual

Provost Greg Ketteman said, “We are always eager to participate in nationwide surveys like the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, because it gives us a chance to see how Welch College compares with other four-year private colleges. This survey confirms just what we thought about Welch—the vast majority of our students believe they are getting what they came here to find, and our denominational constituency can be assured that Welch College is a name they can trust with tomorrow and with their children.”

“We are very pleased with the outcome of the survey,” President Pinson said. “There is a renewed sense of excitement on the campus of Welch College, and we believe the high marks on this survey, as well as the increase in dorm student enrollment, are a testament to this.”


120 Students Make President’s/Provost’s Lists

The Spring 2014 semester at Welch College ended with 120 students earning academic recognition, according to Provost Greg Ketteman. Twenty-eight students made all A’s and were placed on the President’s List: six seniors, eleven juniors, eight sophomores, and three freshmen. Ninety-two students earned a B average or higher and were placed on the Provost’s List: 16 seniors, 23 juniors, 30 sophomores, and 23 freshmen.

President’s List: “A” Honor Roll

Barthelemy, Kaleigh (So.) GA
Brown, Charity (Sr.) TN
Brown, Reese (Jr.) TN
Cominskie, Derek (Jr.) VA
Congleton, Jacy (Jr.) NC
Conley, Jason (Fr.) TN
Dell, David (Jr.) VA
Douglas, Bethany (Sr.) TN
Grimsely, Anna (So.) GA
Henley, Lindsey (So.) TN
Hill, Elizabeth (Jr.) VA
Hollis, Michael (So.) NC
Lewis, Casey (Jr.) NC
Nelson, Melissa (Sr.) NC
Outlaw, Carson (Fr.) TN
Parrish, Emily (Jr.) NC
Riggs, Laura (Jr.) MI
Sample, Kayla (Sr.) IL
Scott, Benjamin (Fr.) TN
Sexton, Leah (So.) GA
Smith, Candice (Jr.) NB, Canada
Thomas, Larissa (So.) AR
Trotter, Audrey (Sr.) TN
Tucker, Gregory (Jr.) TN
Tuttobene, Cherish (So.) TN
Tuttobene, Jeannine (So.) TN
Wilkerson, Reid (Jr.) TN
Williams, Samantha (Sr.) AR


Provost’s List: “B” Honor Roll

Bell, Victoria (NC)
Cloninger, John (TN)
Coker, Daniel (TN)
Coker, Taylor (TN)
Colvin, Nathan (TN)
Cyrus, Andrew (TN)
Deel, Austin (TN)
Easley, Phillip (MO)
Forlines, Joel (TN)
Fry, Katherine (TN)
Hutchinson, Tim (MI)
Manning, Jake (NC)
Montero, Julie (FL)
Mouser, Matthew (TN)
Pugh, Daniel (TN)
Truett, Cody (FL)

Alexander, Loren (AR)
Bozeman, Stephen (GA)
Brimer, Nathaniel (VA)
Dunbar, Joshua (AR)
Fondren, Brooke (MS)
Greer, Taylor (VA)
Jackson, Matthew (TN)
Jenkins, Lesley (TN)
Lindsay, Deandra (TN)
Lute, Derreck (OH)
Mouser, Amanda (TN)
Nelson, Kelsey (NC)
Newland, John (TN)
Petty, Maria (IL)
Reeves, David (KY)
Snow, Elizabeth (TN)
Stox, Kevin (NC)
Taylor, Sean (VA)
Trimble, Alyssa (CA)
Trussel, Kristin (FL)
Walker, Brittany (FL)
Walters, Dustin (MS)
Zuniga, Zuri (AR)


Campbell, Anna (TN)
Clarke, Staci (TN)
Driggers, Camille (SC)
Driggers, Hannah (SC)
Droll, Morgan (IL)
Dunham, Hanna (OH)
Ford, Celeste (TN)
Forlines, Jared (TN)
Foust, Corey (TN)
Freeman, Shelby (VA)
Hampton, Rachel (TN)
Holdon, Trevor (AR)
Marable, Albert (TN)
Martin, Joshua (NC)
McDonald, Amy (TN)
Melvin, Jessica (TN)
Merkh, Caroline (TN)
Milling, Caleb (TN)
Morgan, Rebekah (TN)
Nichols, Leslie (TN)
Norris, Tyler (AL)
Owen, Melissa (GA)
Pate, Chris (TN)
Pope, Eric (NC)
Sample, Hunter (IL)
Skaggs, Hannah (KY)
Stonerock, Paula (OH)
Thorton, William (TN)
Thrasher, Emily (MI)
Vickery, Zachary (AL)

Blades, Autumn (TN)
Blake, Allison (TN)
Carey, Christian (OK)
Chandler, Jordan (TN)
Coleman, Nicholas (AR)
Crawford, Alexander (AR)
Dell, Daniel (VA)
Ferguson, Joslin (TN)
Forlines, Anna (TN)
Gedeon, Matthew (TN)
Guzman, Damaris (WV)
James, Megan (TN)
Johnson, Ashton (OK)
Kim, Daeun (TN)
Kimbrel, Kayla (SC)
Madden, Dakota (AL)
Montgomery, Caleb (AL)
Parrish, Ellen (NC)
Persinger, Travis (IN)
Romain, Akelam (USVI)
Saunders, Matthew (TN)
Strickland, Lauren (NC)
Walker, Hope (IL)


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