BPC chairman resigns, discusses departure of Caner, Scott

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. – A number of top leadership team members have left Brewton-Parker College in rural Georgia following the departure of the college’s controversial president, Ergun Caner.

Gary Campbell, chairman of trustees, announced his resignation Feb. 2 prior to introducing Charles “Charlie” Bass to faculty and staff as the college’s interim president. Bass is a former vice president and head of student services at Brewton-Parker College. Most recently, he was headmaster at a private school in Franklin, N.C.

Before announcing his own resignation, Campbell discussed the unexpected resignation of Caner on Jan. 20 and, a week later, the termination of C.B. Scott, a vice president.

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Speakers challenge evangelism conference attendees

SHERWOOD – Kevin Hamm, pastor of Gardendale First Baptist Church, Gardendale, Ala., reminded attendees at the 2015 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth Jan. 26 that “we’re living in the last days” and that if there is to be a great revival, it must start with them.

He spoke from Isaiah 44:21-23, encouraging attendees to remember that God created them and will never leave them; to return to God; to rejoice in what God has done and to shout to Him.

Hamm encouraged the crowd to “fall back in love with Him (Jesus).”

“It’s not rocket science,” he said. “Just fall back in love with Him.”

He encouraged them to “reach his word with passion” and “share the word with enthusiasm.”

Alvin Reid 

Following Hamm was Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism and student ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C., who spoke about the need for a new Jesus movement.

Reid spoke on the first “Jesus movement” found in the Book of Acts and on the Jesus Movement that occurred in the 1970s.

He noted three things about Jesus movements: they are “Holy Spirit movements,” they are movements about Jesus and they are “consumed with His mission.” 

“We can’t create a movement, but we surely can put ourselves in a place where God can use us,” he said, noting “movements don’t start with a mass.” 

Rather, he said movements start with a few people. 

“I want to encourage you – be filled with the Holy Spirit, be consumed with Jesus,” he said. “That will push you to a mission that will take you to the broken, to the disenfranchised, to the people that make you nervous, and ask God to help you love them."

Tom Elliff

Tom Elliff, former president of the International Mission Board, spoke from 2 Timothy 1 during the Monday evening session.

“To share the gospel … is absolutely counter to everything in our culture,” Elliff said.

He paraphrased 2 Timothy 1:12 as saying: “This is not an easy road, but you won’t be sorry you’ve taken it because it’s a road that leads to intimacy with Christ by faith, upon which you discover He can handle it.”

He reminded attendees that the lost world needs to hear that God can handle the circumstances in which they find themselves.

Michael Catt

Michael Catt, pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church, Albany, Ga., spoke on “what happens when God shows up” Monday evening. 

He began his message by reading from 1 Chronicles 17:20, 2 Samuel 7:22 and Psalm 44:1.

Catt spoke to attendees about the recognition of a desperate need, the recollection of a dynamic season and the reminder of the dynamic of the Spirit. 

“You can’t work up revival. You can’t work up the new birth. You can’t work up the burden for lost people. You can’t work up the Holy Spirit,” Catt said. “But you can set your sails to catch the wind of God blowing across the landscape. And you can put yourself in a position for God to use you, for God to manifest Himself in your presence in such a way that He changes everything. 

Catt added, “There are seasons for wind. There are tornado seasons and hurricane seasons. And I believe we are in a season when God is beginning to bring a wind across this land to give us one more chance for a mighty move in our midst. If we miss it, God help us. … It will take a wind from heaven to change our churches. It will take a wind from heaven to give us the Book of Acts again.”



Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker College president

CanerMOUNT VERNON, Ga. – Ergun Caner announced today that he is stepping down as president of Brewton-Parker College.

Follow the link below to read a news release from the college.

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ABSC hires three new campus ministers

From left: Jared Farley, Henderson State University campus minister; Ryan Scantling, Conway BCM campus minister; and Brad Branham, Arkansas Tech University campus minister.

LITTLE ROCK – During the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) Executive Board meeting Dec. 9, the board approved the hiring of new Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) campus ministers for Henderson State University, the Conway BCM and Arkansas Tech University.

Jared Farley, Henderson State’s interim BCM campus minister since August, was hired as the school’s full-time campus minister. Farley graduated from Henderson State in 2012 with a degree in business administration. Farley replaces Neal Nelson, who served as Henderson State’s BCM campus minister for 16 years before recently being called as associate pastor at Northstar Church in Blacksburg, Va.

Ryan Scantling was hired as Conway BCM campus minister. Scantling graduated from Arkansas Tech in 2013 with a degree in business administration. Scantling had served as Arkansas Tech’s assistant campus minister since 2013. He replaces Chris Larmoyeux, who recently became pastor of First Baptist Church, Maumelle.

Brad Branham was hired as BCM campus minister for Arkansas Tech University. Branham graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in mass communications and graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in 2009 with a Master of Arts in evangelism and church planting. He previously served as student and collegiate pastor at First Baptist Church, Batesville, and as BCM campus minister at Lyon College. Branham replaces Darrel Ray, who is now a member of the ABSC evangelism and church health team.


Ouachita trustees elect new board members/staff, hear report on Berry Bible Building campaign

ARKADELPHIA—Ouachita Baptist University’s board of trustees elected five new trustees and approved two administrative staff recommendations during the board’s Dec. 11 meeting on Ouachita’s Arkadelphia campus.
In other business, Ouachita President Rex Horne announced that efforts are under way to raise funds for the renovation of Berry Bible Building. The facility, built in 1962, is the academic hub of Ouachita’s Pruet School of Christian Studies. Plans call for updating classrooms, offices and other resources.

There currently are more than 175 Ouachita students pursuing majors in Christian studies and more than 400 students who cite an interest in preparing for vocational ministry. The renovation project will allow students to study in an enhanced learning environment as they prepare for ministry in Arkansas and around the world.

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