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Ergun Caner names Peter Lumpkins as communications VP

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Peter Lumpkins has been named vice president of communications at Brewton-Parker College.

LumpkinsErgun Caner, Brewton-Parker College president, announced the hiring of Lumpkins in Jan. 22 news release from the Baptist-affiliated college. Caner described Lumpkins of the SBC Tomorrow blog site as “one of the most well-known and respected writers in the Southern Baptist Convention.”

“One of the most important roles of a college,” Caner said in the news release, “is consistently ‘tell its story’ to alumni, churches and constituents. Peter Lumpkins is singularly qualified for such a monumental task. A graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Peter has written three books, runs a successful publishing company and is one of the most popular voices in the new social media. … Peter has served in Georgia churches for the past seventeen years. We welcome Peter and his wife Kathy Lynn to the BPC family.”

Caner said Lumpkins is “a perfect fit for us, as he provides a much-needed voice for traditional and grassroots Southern Baptists. He is a bold preacher, a personal soul winner, a local churchman and a fearless writer. I consider his book ‘Alcohol Today: Abstinence in an Age of Indulgence’ to be one of the best books on the subject. His blog, SBC Tomorrow, is one of the most-read religious blogs in the SBC, averaging over 64,000 hits a month since its launch in 2006.”

Lumpkins will begin his duties Feb. 1 at the Mount Vernon, Ga., campus and will serve as a member of the president’s cabinet. The news release said Lumpkins will “oversee every venue of writing and marketing on the campus, including alumni newsletters, web content, social media and academic publishing.”

Caner was unanimously elected as Brewton-Parker president Dec. 2 by the 30-member board of trustees of the four-year 600-student college affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, succeeding Mike Simoneaux. Caner had served at Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Texas, as provost and academic dean since 2011.

From a Brewton-Parker College news release via Baptist Press


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Clella Lee named new national WMU leadership consultant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Clella Lee will join the national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) staff as leadership consultant on the adult resource team Jan. 6. 

LeeIn the new role, Lee will create strategic plans for developing women in the area of leadership including an online leadership training program to further expand WMU’s Christian Women’s Leadership Center (CWLC).

The Christian Women’s Leadership Center is a partnership between WMU and Samford University for the purpose of assisting women of all walks of life in furthering their leadership capabilities. Lee will help guide and grow the CWLC by implementing plans for experiential learning opportunities, more internships for students at WMU and monthly leadership luncheons.

“Clella brings a great depth of knowledge and practical experience to WMU,” said Carol Causey, director of national WMU’s missions resource center. “Her role in leading the CWLC will give her and WMU an ideal platform to assist women in all spheres of life to be servant leaders. We are thrilled Clella is joining us.” 

Most recently, Lee served on the staff of Lafayette Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., leading in the areas of evangelism and equipping from 2000 to 2008, and music and worship from 2008 until April of this year. Prior work experience includes serving at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, N.C., as an adjunct professor in 2010 and 2011 and as director of admissions and student affairs from 1997 until 2000. She also has 14 years of experience teaching in elementary schools, which will help give context and insight as she helps develop leadership content for all WMU age-level missions organizations.

Lee obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. and earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Christian education and Doctor of Ministry from Campbell University.

She and her husband, Brian, who is pastor of Shades Crest Baptist Church, reside in Birmingham, Ala.


Huckabee weighs another presidential bid

NASHVILLE (BP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is considering another run for president in 2016, he said on Fox News during his latest round of defending biblical values.

"When people ask me, 'Are you open to the possibilities?' the honest answer is yes. Does that mean I'm running? I don't honestly know," Huckabee, said on "Fox News Sunday" Dec. 22. "I think there is a lot of time between now and then and, frankly, the Republicans have a strong stable of possible candidates.

"What I'm looking [to do] is to find out whether it's the right thing for me to do, and I'm not ready to make that decision," Huckabee told Chris Wallace. "But I just don't want to tell people, 'Oh, no, I wouldn't open my mind to it' because that would be, frankly, dishonest at this point."

Huckabee, who was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, went on to say there is a 50/50 chance he'll run, and while he has other projects to focus on in the meantime, he'll "just keep that option open and make a decision after the 2014 elections."

Huckabee, currently hosting his weekend "Huckabee" show on the Fox network, is a former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Wallace noted that part of Huckabee's appeal is that he's a "populist who is concerned about reaching out to minorities, to working class folks who don't typically or certainly in the last election didn't vote Republican."

Also during his appearance, Huckabee discussed the controversy surrounding comments made by Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" regarding homosexuality. Huckabee launched a Facebook page called "I Stand with Phil."

"I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so that if you want to take a point of view that is traditional, that holds to steadfast, old-fashioned biblical Christian values, which are also, by the way, values of traditional Judaism and even Islam, that somehow you're supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself," Huckabee said.


Parrish to lead Corp. Chaplains of America  

WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Preston Parrish, formerly of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA). Parrish succeeds the organization’s founder Mark Cress. 

ParrishFor more than 20 years, Preston has been involved in evangelical ministry leadership roles with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of the My Hope America with Billy Graham campaign, which mobilized more than 26,000 churches across the United States to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be prayerfully selected by the board to lead Corporate Chaplains of America at this very important moment in the ministry’s history and into an exciting new era,” said Preston.

Corporate Chaplains of America is a worldwide, non-denominational Christian chaplaincy organization. More information is available at www.chaplain.org.