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2011Convocation Officially Welcomes Dr. Simoneaux into the Brewton-Parker Family

By Ashley Marsteller

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON – This year’s traditional Fall Convocation chapel service made history as it marked the commissioning of Dr. Mike Simoneaux as Brewton-Parker’s 15th college president.

As evidence of new beginnings, faculty, staff, and returning students lined up to welcome the new freshmen preceding the service held on Sep. 6th in Saliba Chapel. This is a first and beginning of a new tradition at the college.

Dr. Michael Williams, Georgia Baptist Convention Vice President for Operations, addressed the students, challenging them to be steadfast “laborers in God’s harvest” instead of “sideline Christians” in a secular world. 

“A great harvest demands a growing number of committed and confident harvesters,” instructed Dr. Williams. He encouraged the freshmen, addressing them as “new harvesters” to rely on their professors to empower them in their studies and equip them for the future.

In his presidential response, Dr. Simoneaux extended his thanks for the privilege and “incredible blessing from the Lord” to serve as BPC’s 15th president. In closing and in keeping with Dr. Williams’ message, Dr. Simoneaux further encouraged the students to be “fresh soil” and continue praying and expecting the Lord’s promise for a plentiful harvest.

Rev. Karl Hay gave the commissioning as administrators and Trustees laid their hands on Dr. Simoneaux and his wife Bonnie, offering prayer for guidance as they endeavor to foster the BPC family in the coming years.

Convocation is an academic ceremony in which each of the college’s academic divisions are represented by their faculty, dressed in their own unique graduation gowns, and their individual flags. It is a chance for students to experience the pride and spirit of their institution and join in fellowship as they begin a new year together.

Student Government Association President Jonathan Brown gave the invocation, and Zeke Addison, professor of arts, carried the wooden mace symbolizing Brewton-Parker’s authority and resolve.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in South Georgia. The college offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its main campus in Mount Vernon and external learning site in Newnan.



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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: September 14, 2011 11:07 AM