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Heritage Chapel first BPC campus worship of 2011

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BPC President Dr. David R. Smith addresses the college during Heritage Chapel, the first chapel of 2011. Dr. Smith spoke about the history of the college. (Photo by Raymond Minks)

MOUNT VERNON—Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker College President, addressed students, faculty and staff Jan. 18 in the first chapel of 2011 – the college’s Heritage Chapel.

Heritage Chapel is intended to honor the history of Brewton-Parker, and Dr. Smith recalled the installation of the Warren C. Crawley memorial on the campus during his early years as president. Crawley was a former slave and area businessman who donated five acres of land to the college, ensuring its creation at its present location during a bidding competition among several South Georgia towns back in 1904.

“Mr. Crawley donated this land, knowing that at that time, none of his children would be allowed to attend this institution of higher learning,” said Dr. Smith.

Assistant Professor of Business Randy Minton gave the invocation, and Joshua McPhatter, Student Government Association President, welcomed the attendees and introduced Dr. Smith. Rev. Karl Hay, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, led the alma mater.

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Brewton-Parker College Student Government President Joshua McPhatter leads the student body, faculty and staff in the closing prayer of the 2011 Heritage Chapel Jan. 18. (Photo by Raymond Minks)


This academic ceremony included a faculty and student procession, with special guest Jeff Lewis of Baxley performing the processional on the organ. Dr. Mariam George, biology professor, serves as the 2010-2011 faculty marshall. Student flag bearers were Jonathan D’Andrew Brown (Brewton-Parker), Amanda Lott (Arts and Letters), Tim Jickell (Business), Nikki Hancock (Education), Anand Dave (Library), Ronteria Redding (Math and Science), Sarah Ring (Religion and Philosophy) and Gady Youmans (Social and Behavioral Sciences).

Chapel is held every Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus. It is open to the public.

Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, 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: January 26, 2011 10:10 AM