Board Chair Dr. Romans resigns from BPC Trustees
Board adopts Baptist Faith and Message as doctrinal position for new president
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Gary Campbell announced Chairman Dr. Tony Romans’ resignation from the board during the June meeting last week.
Dr. Romans’ and his family are relocating to Texas, where he will pastor Faith Fellowship Church in Athens, Texas. Dr. Romans previously served as the senior pastor of North Peachtree Baptist in Dunwoody.
“I deeply appreciate the leadership and support of Dr. Tony Romans as chairman of the Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Mike Simoneaux, BPC acting president. “I pray for God’s blessings on his new ministry in Texas.”
Campbell, of Vidalia, was elected as the Board’s new chairman. Assistant Secretary Lynda Yawn, of Statesboro, who also serves as the chair of the Presidential Search Committee, was elected vice chair. Rev. Terry Braswell, of Lithia Springs, was elected as the new assistant secretary. Rev. Gilbert Westberry of Swainsboro remains as secretary.
During the meeting, the Board accepted a $100,000 stimulus check from Montgomery County Development Authority Executive Director Joe Filippone on behalf of the MCDA’s nine-member board. The funds are to be used to “prime the pump” generating recurring revenue for the private, Christian college, said Filippone.
On a motion by Trustee Schel Paulk, chairman of the Trustee Development Committee, and with a unanimous vote, the Board adopted the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as its doctrinal position statement. The Board of Trustees also requested the Presidential Search Committee and the Trustee Development Committee to seek a President and Trustees who ascribe to this statement.
Thanks to an $80,000 donation from the Georgia Baptist Convention, the College is able to renovate the Thompson Hall bathrooms and install a new air conditioning unit in the Fountain-New Library, which houses college archives and an extensive judicial book collection. Both projects are much-needed repairs and improvements to these buildings, reports Dr. Simoneaux.
Brewton-Parker College was established in 1904 as a high school for students in south Georgia, and has grown to a four-year liberal arts college with 17 major and 27 minor program offerings. Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, Fla.
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.