GRACEVILLE (BCF)—The Baptist College of Florida had a busy month in August ushering in the Fall 2013 semester and hosting a “Celebration of Praise”—among other activities. The school also introduced three new professors and five new staff members.
A “Celebration of Praise” Aug. 11 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Chipley involved six area church choirs with seven music directors and a combined choir of over 200 BCF students, faculty, and staff members.
Nine local church choirs uniting to perform the second annual “Celebration of Praise,” which included BCF students, alumni, and faculty: Gary Medlock, Northside Baptist Church, Ponce De Leon; Lucas Lott, Damascus Baptist Church, Graceville; Shawn Smith, Holmes Creek Baptist Church, Chipley; Ellis Wimberly and Dan Colletti, First Baptist Church, Chipley; Bill Davis, First Baptist Church, Geneva, Ala.; Joey Thomas, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Bonifay; and Daniel McNeill, Shiloh Baptist Church, Chipley.
New additions to the college family are professors Kaye Johnson, Shawn Buice, and Jim Robinett. New staff members are Timothy Skinner, Samuel Jackson, John (JJ) Lain, John Stickles, and Laurie Hargrave.
Kaye Johnson is a native of Graceville, where she served as an elementary education teacher at Graceville Elementary School, as well as the teacher on assignment involved in administrative duties and the technology coordinator. Johnson earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. Some of the courses Johnson will be teaching are Children’s Literature and Math Concepts, and Methods for Elementary Teachers.
Shawn Buice comes to Graceville by way of Schenectady, N.Y. where he served as a professor of New Testament and Greek at the northeast campus of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In the past, Buice served as an International Mission Board (IMB) missionary in Recife, Brazil. Buice earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia in Athens, in 1984 and in 1991, his M.Div from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and doctorate in New Testament and Greek from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997. Buice will be teaching Greek, New Testament, and hermeneutics courses.
Timothy Skinner joins BCF as the new public services/electronic resources librarian having served as the academic librarian at Christ Central Institution in Columbia, S.C., Washington Bible College, and South Florida Bible College. He holds multiple degrees in biblical interpretation, church history and missions, and library and information studies.
Not new to BCF, former Valley employee Laurie Hargrave joined the staff at BCF as the administrative assistant in the teacher education division, and BCF graduates John (JJ) Lain and John Stickles accepted full-time positions, Lain in the marketing and admissions office and Stickles in the registrar’s office.
In addition to the Graceville campus, BCF welcomed new Distance Site Directors Jim Robinett in Orlando, Samuel Jackson in Panama City, and BCF graduate Lisa Potter as the administrative assistant in Orlando.
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“When different churches come together in an event like this and worship alongside each other, it shows a wonderful picture of what it means to be unified in Christ,” stated Medlock. “I look forward to seeing what ‘Celebration of Praise’ turns into in the years to come and to ‘Sing the glory of His name and make His praise glorious’ once again.”
For more information on upcoming BCF music events, please call 850-263-3261 ext. 427.
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