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AS THE OFFICIAL COLLEGE of the Free Will Baptist denomination, Free Will Baptist Bible College has been helping students find their place in God's world since 1942. The college exists "to equip men and women, through Bible-based education, to serve Christ and His Church."

FWBBC Announces Commencement plans

NASHVILLE, TN Missouri executive secretary Gary Fry and Tennessee pastor Randy Riggs are scheduled to bring challenges to Free Will Baptist Bible College’s 2006 graduating class in May, according to President J. Matthew Pinson.

Reverend Gary Fry, who also chairs the FWBBC Board of Trustees, will bring the final challenge to graduates at commencement exercises on Friday morning, May 5.

Pastor Randy Riggs, who leads Good Springs FWB Church in Pleasant View and serves as moderator of the Cumberland Association’s Northern Quarterly, will bring the baccalaureate message Thursday evening, May 4.

President Pinson said, “While every graduation is a special celebration, the 2006 edition provides a unique opportunity for the college to honor a faculty member who has served 50 years.  That person is Reverend Leroy Forlines, FWBBC’s Theology Professor Emeritus. We invite the denomination to join us in saluting Brother Forlines’ five decades in the classroom and his signal influence in thousands of lives.”



NASHVILLE, TN The 2006 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will include the names of 12 students from Free Will Baptist Bible College who have been selected as national outstanding campus leaders. Campus nominating committees and editors of the annual directory have included the names of these students based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.

They join an elite group of students from more than 2,000 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several foreign nations.

Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Students named this year from Free Will Baptist Bible College are:

-Keri Lynn Bartlett (CA)
-Stephen Craig Batts (NC)
-Aaron John DeMerchant (CAN)
-AnnaGee Christen Harris (TN)
-Heath Levan Hubbard (AR)
-Ashley Nicole Lewis (IL)
-Jara Lee Miller (GA)
-Elizabeth Brooke Nethercutt (WV)
-Khristi Beth Pugh (TN)
-Michael Brandon Stutts (TN)
-Gerald Lynn Turner (MS)
-Emily Rachel Walker (TN)



NASHVILLE, TN Thirty-seven students from 10 states gathered on the Free Will Baptist Bible College campus November 10-12, 2005, for Senior Days, according to Ryan Lewis, director of recruitment.  Senior Days is a new recruiting effort started this fall by FWBBC that focuses on prospective high school seniors and their needs.

Each student was given a personal guide during their stay on the FWBBC campus.  The visiting students attended classes of their choice Friday morning after a series of welcoming activities and events Thursday evening.  Following chapel, they participated in a question/answer time with Ryan Lewis.

A luncheon with President J. Matthew Pinson put the students in direct contact with FWBBC’s energetic young leader who shared his educational vision and encouraged them to follow God’s will and join the FWBBC family.

Faculty advisors met with the students to discuss their special areas of interest.  Jeff Caudill, director of enrollment services, conducted a financial aid seminar and answered questions. 

The next Senior Days is scheduled February 9-11, 2006.  The college’s annual Welcome Days will meet March 30-April 1, 2006, and is expected to attract more than 200 participants.



NASHVILLE, TN The new teaching lab at Free Will Baptist Bible College was dedicated Monday, November 14, as students, Teacher Education faculty, and guests gathered in Room 201 of the Johnson Classroom Building.

Dr. Suzann Harris, T.E. faculty member at FWBBC since 1994, said, “This is such a wonderful occasion. This is the first time we have a teaching lab where students can refine their teaching skills and create learning centers, bulletin boards, unit plans and more.”

In a carefully orchestrated surprise, the teaching lab was dedicated to Dr. Milton and Mrs. Helen Fields and Dr. Thurman and Mrs. Ann Pate. Helen Fields donated most of the teaching aids in the resource lab along with teaching materials and state-of-the-arts technological equipment.  A former teacher, Mrs. Fields said, “I never wanted to throw anything away. I’m so glad the T.E. students will continue to use the materials.”

Dr. Thurman Pate, chair of the T.E. Department, said, “My job here with these students is more than a job. It’s a ministry.”

The teacher education officers, led by T.E. president Jill McAllister (CA), planned the event, secured funding for plaques, and contacted former students and colleagues to compile books of letters honoring the Fields and the Pates.

Photo: (left to right) Dr. Thurman Pate, Mrs. Helen Fields, Dr. Milton Fields.




NASHVILLE, TN The 2005 fall semester ended at Free Will Baptist Bible College with 142 students earning academic recognition, according to Academic Dean Milton Fields.  Thirty-seven of those students made all A’s and were placed on the President’s List.

One hundred five students earned a B average or higher and were placed on the Dean’s List.  The Dean’s List includes 26 freshmen, 29 sophomores, 31 juniors, and 19 seniors.


A Roll

Matt Akers, Monterey, TN
Ana Batts, Woodlawn, TN
Craig Batts, Elm City, NC
Drew Bigley, Ina, IL
Chris Birmingham, Tupelo, MS
John David Carter, Nashville, TN
Ashley Christian, Plant City, FL
Ashley Coker, Woodlawn, TN
Teddie Collier, Fair Grove, MO
Joshua Deatherage, Huntsville, AL
Kristen Edwards, Jesup, GA
Josh Eidson, Greenbrier, TN
Rebekah Forlines, Nashville, TN
Danielle Fowler, Winfield, AL
Grace Gaskins,
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Allan Gates, Walnut Ridge, AR
Samantha Graybill, Burns, TN
Joseph Haas, Holmesville, NB, Canada
Andrew Harrison, Nashville, TN
Mary Elizabeth Hovies, Lebanon, TN
Brandy Howell, Cornersville, TN
Christian Huls, Hermitage, TN
David Jones, Fenton, MO
Jennifer Kizzire, Winfield, AL
Ashley Lewis, Cisne, IL
Derek Lewis, Cisne, IL
Jeremy Luthy, Amelia, OH
Jill McAlister, Farmersville, CA
Patrick McDaniel, Vernon, AL
Jara Miller, Colquitt, GA
Ashton Mundt, Haysville, KS
Jamie Scrivner, Millport, AL
Alan Skiles, Ahoskie, NC
Jeremy Skiles, Ahoskie, NC
Susan Stewart, Knoxville, TN
Gerald Turner, Tupelo, MS
Megan Wilfong, Park Hills, MO



Jennifer Altom, Nashville, TN
Keri Bartlett, Castaic, CA
Josh Bennett, Homerville, GA
Beth Chamberlin, Harrison City, PA
Maci Dukes, Lake Butler, FL
Daniel Fisher, Nashville, TN
James FutrelL, East Alton, IL
Brad Gentry, Limestone, TN
AnnaGee Harris, Joelton, TN
Nehemiah Hernandez, Suffolk,
Justin Hogg, Franklin, TN
Adam James, Clarksville, TN
Melissa Kendall, New Castle, IN
Bethany Martin, Nashville, TN
Heather Olson, Nashville, TN
Bethany Parks, Pleasant View, TN
Jennifer Russell, Wilson, NC
Holly Tuck, Norfolk, VA
Renee West, Willis, MI


Sarah Bequette, Marquand, MO
Mark Brandenburg, Nashville, TN
Lauren Cameron, Garden City, MI
Rachel Caudill, Joelton, TN
Tabitha Corbett, Virginia Beach, VA
Tonya Corbett, Virginia Beach, VA
Katie Douglas, Macon, GA
Susan Eastridge, Catlettsburg, KY
Jesse Fletcher, Antioch, TN
Amy Gladson, Franklin, TN
Kenneth Gossar, Nashville, TN




Mark Headrick, Gallatin, TN
Erik Hearn, Durham, NC
Ryan Johnston, Ashland City, TN
James Judkins, Monticello, AR
Heidi Lane, Nashville, TN
Amanda Lemons, Nashville, TN
Allison Lutes, Lombard, IL
Leslie Meadows, Lexington, KY
David Pool, Aulander, NC
Ashley Price, Statesboro, GA
Emilee Puckett, Amory, MS
Jacob Riggs, Joelton, TN
Laura Snowder, Nashville, TN
Leigh Stone, Norfolk, VA
Cherith Taylor, Salado, AR
Emily Walker, Nashville, TN
Heather Watkins, Batesville, AR
Jackson Watts, Turbeville, SC
Lance Williams, Pocahontas, AR
Lyle Williams, Pocahontas, AR


Sarah Aldridge, Brandon, FL
Jared Austin, LaVergne, TN
Jennifer Bishop, Hokkaido, Japan
Ashley Boshers, Columbia, TN
Matt Bracey, Ashland City, TN
Josh Burba, Woodbridge, VA
Emily Cobb, New Castle, IN
Paul Corn, Ashland City, TN
Josh Davenport, Bristol, NB,Canada
Brooke Dickerson, Limestone, TN
Matthew Goodwin, Gastonia, NC
Miriam Hardin, Greenville, NC
Graham Hart, New Bern, NC
Daniel Judkins, Monticello, AR
Jessica Klug, St. Claire Shores, MI
Daniel Landers, Batesville, AR
Jeremy Lawrence, Beaufort, NC
April Michaud, Wapske, NB, Canada
Jared Oakes, Knoxville, TN
Jeremy Overstreet, Dothan, AL
Aaron Pontious, Norfolk, VA
Alison Sagraves, Antioch, TN
Kyle Saunders, Wilson, NC
Youngsoon Shin, Seoul, Korea
Jennifer Simpson, Fairfield, IL
Daniel Speer, Charlotte, TN
Lynsey Stripling, N. Little Rock, AR
Ben Wheeler, Wilson, NC
Elizabeth Wilhite, Pleasant View, TN


Brittany Brown, Woodbridge, VA
Heather Cason, Glennville, GA
Brandon Davis, New Bern, NC
Audra Gifford, Geff, IL
Ashley Gladson, Franklin, TN
Samantha Hajek, St. Charles, MO
Kristen Helms, Allen Park, MI
Jonathan Holt, Franklin, TN
Tyler Hudson, Florence, AL
Shane Huey, Tupelo, MS
Kevin Hulguin, Norfolk, VA
Hughes Jennot, Seffner, FL
Rachel Landers, Batesville, AR
Joseph Lunsford, Midland City, AL
Jerod McNeal, Lake Butler, FL
April Midgett, Plant City, FL
Seth Morgan, Cedar Hill, TN
Matthew Morrell, Inman, SC
Zachary Nethercutt,
Charles Town, WV
Jordan Osborn, Cordova, TN
Lindsey Parks, Pleasant View, TN
Matt Riley, Chicago, IL
Jonathan Sawyer, Stanley, NC
Tera Walker, Marengo, OH
Laura Webb, Tupelo, MS
Tracy Wilfong, Park Hills, MO



©2005 ONE Magazine, National Association of Free Will Baptists