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January Board meeting welcomes new Trustees


Gary Braddy         Dr. John Connell           Mike Jenkins

Dennis Madison                Dr. Rick Payne             Lynda Yawn

(top from left to right) Gary Braddy, Dr. John Connell, and Mike Jenkins 

(bottom from left to right) Dennis Madison, Dr. Rick Payne, and Lynda Yawn

By Kelley M. Arnold

Interim Director of Marketing

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s January 15 meeting of the Board of Trustees welcomed four new and two returning members to the college’s governing board, reports Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president.


New members Mike Jenkins of Bonaire, Dennis Madison of Vidalia, Dr. Rick Payne of Emerson and Lynda Yawn of Statesboro were joined by previous BPC trustees, Gary Braddy of Mount Vernon and Dr. John Connell, senior pastor of Calvary in Savannah. They will serve terms expiring in 2013.

The following are short biographical sketches of the newest trustees.


Michael “Mike” S. Jenkins is the president of Rightway Drywall, Inc. of Macon. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Centerville. He and his wife, Pam, reside in Bonaire.

 “It is an honor and a privilege for me to be asked and to serve as one of the Trustees on the Board at Brewton-Parker College. During this time, it is important for me that I know as much as possible about the history and make up of Brewton-Parker College,” said Jenkins. “I hope to get to know the personnel and develop relationships while serving. Above all, I hope to accomplish God’s mission and bring glory and honor to Him in every way possible. His mission is my first goal.”


Dennis Madison is the vice president for the Plant Hatch Southern Nuclear Power Plant in Baxley. He holds an MBA from Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a B.S. and B.A. from Auburn University (Montgomery, Ala.). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way. He and his wife, Lynne, reside in Vidalia and are members of the First Baptist Church of Vidalia.


“As a BPC trustee, I hope to assist the staff in sharing Christ with students,” said Madison.


Pediatrician Dr. William Richard “Rick” Payne is the chief financial officer and co-owner of Cartersville Pediatric Associates of Cartersville. He earned an M.D. from the University of Alabama’s Birmingham School of Medicine in 1983 and a B.S. in biology from Mobile College (Ala.) in 1979. He is a member of the American College of Pediatricians, Global Health Outreach Medical Missions, Christian Medical and Dental Associations, American Academy of Pediatrics, Medical Association of Georgia and Georgia Home Educators Association. He and his wife, Virginia “Lee”, attend the First Baptist Church of Cartersville and reside in Emerson.


“As a BPC trustee, I hope, by the grace of God, to work with the other members of the Board to build upon the rich Baptist heritage and excellent reputation that the College enjoys to create the institution of higher education in our state that will train the future Christian statesmen, professionals, and clergy that will lead our nation and state,” said Dr. Payne.


Lynda Mathis Yawn is the assistant superintendent of human resources at Bulloch County Board of Education in Statesboro. Yawn holds an M. Ed. Level Coursework in Leadership/Supervision, an M. Ed. Middle Grades and a B.S. in education in middle grades, all from Georgia Southern University. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Statesboro, a member of the Board of Directors of Statesboro Bulloch Chamber of Commerce, is a Chamber Education Committee Chairperson and is a member of the Executive Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County. She and her husband, William J. “Billy” Yawn, are members of the First Baptist Church of Statesboro, where they reside.


“As a Brewton-Parker College trustee, I hope to bring my 30 years of experience as an educator, my deep-rooted Christian values, and my time to the board and work with other trustees and the college administration to promote the mission of Brewton-Parker College,” said Yawn.

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


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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM