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ENROLLMENT SETS 21-YEAR RECORD
NASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible
College enrolled 377 students from 22
states and five foreign countries for the
2005 fall semester, the highest number of
enrollees at the college since 1984. The
college enrolled 249 dormitory students
and 128 commuter students. Officials set
the full-time student equivalency at 341,
including 67 seniors, 87 juniors, 99
sophomores, 101 freshmen, and 23
special students. Enrollment has grown
35 percent since the fall of 2001.
By states, students number:
- Alabama 17
- Arkansas 26
- California 6
- Florida 13
- Georgia 20
- Illinois 24
- Indiana 7
- Kansas 2
- Kentucky 10
- Michigan 22
- Mississippi 7
- Missouri 20
- North Carolina 39
- Ohio 9
- Oklahoma 2
- Oregon 1
- Pennsylvania 2
- South Carolina 13
- Tennessee 102
- Texas 5
- Virginia 17
- West Virginia 4
- International 9 (Bahamas, Canada, Korea, Mongolia, Russia)
President J. Matthew Pinson said,
“We’ve had a wonderful beginning to a
promising new academic year. I am
excited about our students this year. This
marks the largest enrollment in 21 years.
We are also delighted with the response to
our Online/Lifetime Learning Program as
well as our Adult Studies Program.”
Contact Free Will Baptist Bible College
for more information:
Call (800) 76-FWBBC,
e-mail email@example.com, or visit the
college website at www.FWBBC.edu.
NASHVILLE, TN—The Free Will Baptist Bible College Flames and
Lady Flames will play more than 25 games during the 2005-06 season,
according to Coach Mike Phillips. The teams will travel as far east as VA and
as far west as OK in regular season and tournament play.
The Flames are scheduled to play 13 home games in the Picirilli Activities
Building, while the Lady Flames will play 10 home games.
FLAMES REMAINING SCHEDULE
- Dec. 2 Friday 7:00 Crown College Powell, TN
- Dec. 6 Tuesday 7:00 Asbury College Home
- Jan. 10 Tuesday 7:00 Northland Baptist College Home
- Jan. 13 Friday 7:00 Kentucky Christian Univ. Home
- Jan. 14 Saturday 4:00 Cincinnati Christian Univ. Home
- Jan. 20 Friday 7:00 Champion Baptist College Home
- Jan. 24 Tuesday 6:30 Johnson Bible College Home
- Jan. 27 Friday 7:30 Kentucky Christian Univ. Grayson, KY
- Jan. 28 Saturday 4:00 Appalachian Bible College Bradley, WV
- Feb. 2 Thursday 8:00 Temple Baptist College Home
- Feb. 3 Friday 7:00 Heritage Baptist University Home
- Feb. 4 Saturday 3:00 Appalachian Bible College Home
- Feb. 7 Tuesday 6:00 Crown College Home
- Feb. 11 Saturday 3:00 Circleville Bible College Home
- Feb. 16 Thursday 7:00 Temple Baptist College Cincinnati, OH
- Feb. 17 Friday 7:00 Cincinnati Christian Univ. Cincinnati, OH
- Feb. 18 Saturday 3:00 Circleville Bible College Circleville, OH
- Feb. 23–25 Thu–Sat TBA Mid-East Regional Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 8–11 Wed–Sat TBA NCCAA II National Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 9–11 Thu–Sat TBA ACCA National Bethany, OK
LADY FLAMES SCHEDULE
- Dec. 1 Thursday 5:00 Atlanta Christian College Home
- Dec. 6 Tuesday 5:00 Judson College Home
- Jan. 13 Friday 5:00 Kentucky Christian Univ. Home
- Jan. 14 Saturday 2:00 Cincinnati Christian Univ. Home
- Jan. 16 Monday 5:00 Alice Lloyd College Home
- Jan. 19 Thursday 6:00 Agnes Scott College Atlanta, GA
- Jan. 20 Friday 5:00 Atlanta Christian College Atlanta, GA
- Jan. 24 Tuesday 5:00 Johnson Bible College Home
- Jan. 27 Friday 5:30 Kentucky Christian University Grayson, KY
- Jan. 28 Saturday 2:00 Appalachian Bible College Bradley, WV
- Feb. 2 Thursday 6:00 Temple Baptist College Home
- Feb. 4 Saturday 1:00 Appalachian Bible Coll. Home
- Feb. 10 Friday 5:00 St. Louis Christian Coll. Home
- Feb. 11 Saturday 1:00 Circleville Bible College Home
- Feb. 16 Thursday 5:00 Temple Baptist College Cincinnati, OH
- Feb. 17 Friday 5:00 Cincinnati Christian Univ. Cincinnati, OH
- Feb. 18 Saturday 1:00 Circleville Bible College Circleville, OH
- Feb. 23–25 Thu–Sat TBA Mid-East Regional Cincinnati, OH
- Mar. 9–11 Thu–Sat TBA NCCAA II National Lakeland, FL
- Mar. 9–11 Thu–Sat TBA ACCA National Bethany, OK
FWBBC PRESIDENT ADDRESSES CONFERENCE
ASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible College President, J. Matthew Pinson, was a featured speaker during the Kentucky Annual Ministers’ Conference of the
Western Division of the Free Will Baptist General Conference this summer. He spoke on the Free Will Baptist approach to apostasy and falling away.
Reverend Randall M. Sheppard, pastor of Guiding Light FWB Church (Indianapolis, IN) and moderator for the Kentucky Annual Ministers’ Conference, said, “President Pinson was received very well by our Annual Bishop Robert D. Watts and by all who were in attendance.”
In addition to his doctrinal address, Pinson made a presentation about FWBBC, explaining how the college could assist them in training ministers and Christian workers. Forty people registered for the
Ministers’ Conference and 100 for the remainder of the conference that met June 14–18, 2005, at Jacksonville FWB Church in South Fulton, Tennessee.
“The Kentucky Annual is comprised of 20-plus churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois,” Moderator Sheppard said. “Just in recent years did our borders reach southward to Tennessee. The General Conference is headquartered in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana, the home of General Bishop Raymond Captiville.” Sheppard explained, “Our General Conference is in efforts to make fraternal ties with the National
Association of Free Will Baptists. I thought it appropriate to invite President Pinson to address our ministers. We hope to provide Free Will Baptist Bible College with students, primarily for ministerial training.”
ALABAMA PASTOR JOINS FWBBC FACULTY
NASHVILLE, TN Reverend Barry G. Raper, pastor of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church in Red Bay, Alabama, has been named program coordinator for the Christian education and youth ministry programs at Free Will Baptist Bible College, according to Academic Dean Milton Fields. The 30-year-old minister is an FWBBC graduate, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in pastoral ministry in 1999.
Raper earned a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) in 2002. He then returned to Alabama where he served as associate pastor at Red Bay FWB Church until Pastor Tom Scott retired. The congregation called Barry as pastor in 2003, and he led the church through an $800,000 building program to construct an 8,000-square-foot sanctuary.
Reverend Raper will teach as an adjunct faculty member at FWBBC during the fall 2005 semester as he completes his duties at Red Bay FWB Church. He will join the FWBBC faculty in a full-time capacity in January 2006. He also plans to begin work on a doctorate.
President J. Matthew Pinson said, “I am delighted that Barry Raper has decided to join our FWBBC team. He is unique in our denomination, combining excellent academic credentials in Christian education, hands-on experience in youth and pastoral ministry, and a passion for preparing cutting-edge youth, family and Christian education ministers for real-world, 21st century ministry in our churches.”
While a student at FWBBC, Raper was named “Best All-Around Student” and elected student body chaplain. An All-State high school basketball player in Alabama, he played two years on the basketball team at FWBBC and was named captain of the Flames. He served as an FWBBC recruiter during the summer of 1999.
Barry put his graduate education to work while earning a master’s degree. He volunteered as youth pastor at Abundant Grace FWB Church (mission work) in Louisville, KY (2000-2001). He served as youth pastor at Corinth FWB Church in Waynesboro, MS, during the summers of 2000 and 2001. He also ministered at homeless shelters in Nashville and Louisville, went on an evangelistic mission trip to Uganda (2001), and helped coordinate mission trips to Mexico.
Raper serves on the Credentials Committee of the Jasper Association of Free Will Baptists in Alabama. His special interests include expository preaching, family ministry, youth, reading, and numerous indoor and outdoor sports.
Barry was converted at age 14 in the pastor’s office at Red Bay FWB Church when Pastor Tom Scott led him to Christ. He answered the call to preach in 1996 and was ordained in 2003.
He was an outstanding high school student and athlete, a member of the Beta Club, and was named to the Red Bay High School Hall of Fame. He played four years of varsity football and basketball, and earned a basketball scholarship to Northwest Shoals Community College.
Barry and Amanda Raper have two children, Hannah (4) and Tré (1).