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Brewton-Parker welcomes new members to Board of Trustees

Dr. Joe M. Allen Jr.
Dr. Joe M. Allen Jr.

MOUNT VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College welcomed 12 new members of its Board of Trustees to the board during its Jan. 17 meeting in the Hall of Fame Room of the Bartow and Jean Snooks Student Activities Center on the Mount Vernon campus. One of the board’s new members, Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention (GBC), will serve in an ex-officio capacity.

Eleven trustees joining the board included the following individuals (accompanied by their term’s year of expiration): Gary Braddy of Mount Vernon (2008), Bill Grant of Washington (2009), Carey Jones of Jesup (2010), Dr. Sheperd Johnson of Douglas (2010), David Gunn of Wadley (2011), Dr. Joe M. Allen Jr. of Cairo (2012), Colon Sammons of Mount Vernon (2012), Richard Wernick of Alpharetta (2012), Rev. Terry Braswell Sr. of Austell (2012), Phyllis Johnson of Hazlehurst (2012) and Dr. Cliff Morris of Dublin (2012).

Morris, Braddy, Sammons and Wernick have previously served on the BPC Board of Trustees. The following are short biographical sketches of the newest trustees. Dr. White's ex officio term does not expire. It will continuously be filled by the current GBC executive director.

Gary Braddy
Gary Braddy

Rev. Terry Braswell Sr. is an associational missionary with the West Metro Baptist Association based in Lithia Springs. Rev. Braswell earned an associate in divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983. Braswell’s son, Terry L. Braswell Jr., is a 1993 graduate of BPC. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Lithia Springs.

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to be an encourager to the president, staff and students and help them accomplish their greatest potential in ministry and academics,” said Rev. Braswell.

Dr. Joe M. Allen Jr. is senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cairo. Allen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Florida Bible College (1977) and a bachelor of science degree from Dallas Baptist University (1983). After earning a master of theology degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary in 1988, he completed his doctorate of ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994. His wife’s name is Lindsey.

Rev. Terry Braswell
Rev. Terry Braswell

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to glorify God by spirit-led decision making that will influence the students to reach their full potential for Jesus Christ,” said Dr. Allen.

William “Bill” Forrest Grant Jr. is the executive vice president of Farmers and Merchants Bank in Washington, Ga. Grant earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial management with a minor in history from the Georgia Institute of Technology and attended The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University from 1994-1996.

He is a member of Kiawanis International, Elbert County Chamber of Commerce, Wilkes Memorial Hospital Foundation, True Blue Athletic Boosters and Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Melissa, are members of the First Baptist Church of Washington. Grant’s grandfather, O.A. Grant, is a former BPC trustee, and his father, William Forrest Grant Sr., is a BPC alumnus.

Bill Grant
Bill Grant

“A higher education where Jesus Christ is honored and served is a tremendous blessing,” said Grant. “The Lord has been providing this blessing through Brewton-Parker College since its inception. As a trustee, I pray the Lord will allow me to represent the college and provide management insight that will enhance this blessing.”

J. David Gunn is a pharmacist with Gunn Drug Company, Inc. in Wadley. After attending Georgia College, he earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy at Mercer’s Southern School of Pharmacy in 1976. He and his wife, Nan, reside in Wadley.

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to help our college keep its Christian moral principles in every aspect of the student’s college life,” said Gunn. “This foundation of academic excellence and extracurricular activities in an environment of Christ’s teachings and love will prepare our students for a lifetime of opportunity and service.”

David Gunn
David Gunn

Phyllis T. Johnson is a pharmacist with Jeff Davis Hospital in Hazlehurst. She is also co-owner of Thompson Hardwoods, Inc., also based in Hazlehurst. She earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Georgia’s School of Pharmacy in 1979. She is a member of the Ohoopee Regional Council for the Arts; Brewton-Parker College’s Ladies Advancing Christian Education (LACE) and is vice chairperson of the governor-appointed Board of Natural Resources, which oversees the state’s Department of Natural Resources. She and her husband, Stephen H. Johnson, reside in Hazlehurst. Her father, William N. Thompson Sr., graduated from Brewton-Parker Institute.

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to contribute to strengthening and sustaining the college in its mission of providing academic excellence in a nurturing Christian environment,” said Johnson.

Dr. J. Shepherd “Shep” Johnson is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Douglas. After earning a bachelor of chemical engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975, he earned a master of divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983. Johnson also earned a doctor of ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999. He and his wife, Vivian, reside in Douglas.

Carey Jones
Carey Jones

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I pray that I might contribute in some meaningful way toward the goal of providing each BPC student with a superior and balanced education complemented and enhanced by a thoroughly Christian worldview,” said Dr. Johnson.

Carey Jones is the owner and pharmacist of Jones Prescription Shop in Jesup. After graduating from Wayne County High School in 1974, he earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy from the University of Florida in 1980. He is a member of The Heritage Bank Board of Directors. He and his wife, Carmen, reside in Jesup.

“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to promote the outstanding programs the college offers and represent BPC in my home area,” said Jones.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.

Phyllis Johnson Dr. Shep Johnson Dr. Cliff Morris
Phyllis Johnson
Dr. Sheperd Johnson
Dr. Clifton F. “Cliff” Morris
Colin Sammons Richard Wernick
Colin Sammons
Richard Wernick



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM