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On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, sixty golfers representing over fifty-five sponsoring organizations gathered at The Neuse Country Club for a day of fun on the links. The event raised more than $35,000 for the ministry of Southeastern College.

Golfers had great prize opportunities on each par three, which included hole-in-one prizes. While no one took home the beautiful 2019, Kia Optima, which was positioned nicely, overlooking the tee box on hole number 3, many players did take home some terrific prizes. Joe Ange, Jonathan Ange, Lee Powell, and Jim Summerson took first-place and won with a score of 58.

Mike Morris and his Southeastern Cafeteria Team provided an outstanding breakfast followed by ribeye steaks and all the fixings for lunch. The sixty golfers who attended expressed their appreciation for the quality tournament presented. Tournament Director Steve Berry challenged the group to grow the attendance again next year, and he set a goal for 75 golfers and 75 sponsors.

Please mark your calendars for next year’s tournament which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Exciting events are just around the corner at Southeastern College. Don’t miss out on anything.

  • Constitution Days – Thursday, September 19, 2019, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice will be our chapel speaker.
    • Justice Newby has been married to Macon Tucker Newby since 1983, and they have four children. He and his family attend Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh where he is an Elder, Sunday School teacher and, youth leader.
    • Learn more about Justice Paul Newby.


  • Annual Teacher’s Convention – Dr. Russ Moots and Dr. Danny Baer are sponsoring a trip for all of Southeastern’s education students to attend the annual NCCSA Teacher’s Convention. Southeastern’s teachers attend this great event every year.
    • On September 25-27, 2019, the NCCSA will join the GACS (Georgia Association of Christian Schools) and SCACS (S.C. Association of Christian Schools) to host the Southeast Christian School Convention at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Nearly 1,600 Christian Educators and over 100 exhibitors attend this very popular event.



  • Kid’s Fest – Bring your third through sixth graders for a day of kid-focused activities.
    • It doesn’t take long in one’s calling of youth ministry to learn the importance of shaping the heart of children toward Christ. If we as youth workers really want to produce youth who live for God for a lifetime, our most significant advantage is to win and disciple children who will then grow into strong Christian teenagers.
    • On September 28, 2019, we are hosting our second annual Kids Fest. Your students will be challenged spiritually and have a great day of fun and activities on Southeastern’s campus.


  • Southeastern Benefit Golf Tournament –  Attention Golfers! Southeastern College invites you to a day on the links to benefit students.  Tuesday, October 1, 2019, over 50 golfers will gather at The Neuse Golf Club in Clayton, NC  (918 Birkdale Dr. Clayton, NC 27527) for a day of fun, fellowship, food, prizes, and support for our students. There are many great prizes including a new car!
  • Here’s what you do: Contact businesses, churches, foundations, and individuals and share the great work Southeastern is doing in the lives of students. Ask for their support and tax-deductible gift. Once you’ve collected $1,000 or more of cash and/or commitments, go to and register using the form or call the college office at (919)365-7711.
  • Golf Tournament Flyer



  • Harvest Missions Revival -President Nate Ange invites you to attend Southeastern’s Harvest Mission Revival on October 14th-17th, 2019. Students who develop a heart for missions, that stays with them for a lifetime, is one of the goals of the Southeastern faculty and staff.  More information

    Monday, Oct. 14 @ 9:50 a.m. – Daniel Mann

    Monday, Oct. 14 @ 7:00 p.m. – Daniel Mann

    Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ 9:50 a.m. – Noah Taylor

    Tuesday, Oct. 15 @ 7:00 p.m. – Daniel Mann

    Wednesday, Oct. 16 @ 9:50 a.m. – Daniel Mann

    Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 9:50 a.m. – Scott Coghill


  • All Access Days – Bring your tenth through twelfth-grade students and recent graduates to Southeastern on October 31, – November 2, 2019, to experience college by spending a couple of days on campus with our students. Students will attend classes, chapel and enjoy special events planned with your students in mine.








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You are invited to participate in one of the most enjoyable days of golf you will ever experience. Southeastern’s Annual Benefit Golf Tournament joins great people, great prizes, great food and some pretty good golf for a great fundraiser for the students of Southeastern College. Your tax-deductible gift will be invested in the lives of some of the best young people in America.
Hole in One Grand Prize on hole #3 – Play for a 2019 Kia Optima
Hole in One Grand Prize on hole #11 – Play for $10,000 Cash Split ($5,000 to Winner and $5,000 Scholarship Fund)
Golfers are invited to play for free by soliciting sponsors and raising $1,000 for Southeastern.
A pastor may play for free by finding three other golfers who raise a total of $3,000 for Southeastern.

Platinum Sponsor – $2,500 (10 corporate signs on the course)

Gold Sponsor – $1,000  (6 corporate signs on the course)

Silver Sponsor – $500  (2 corporate signs on the course)

Bronze Sponsor – $250  (1 corporate sign on the course)

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
8:00 a.m. – Coffee, Chick-fil-A biscuits, hit a bucket of golf balls
9:00 a.m. – Shotgun start
12:30 p.m. – Ribeye steak dinner
1:00 p.m. – Awards ceremony
The proceeds of this tournament will be used in a special scholarship assistance fund. By the way, according to our calculations about 70% of the cash donations given will go directly to the college. The rest is used almost exclusively for golf, food, and prizes for the golfers.


(A Student Must be Taking at Least 12 Semester Hours & Have No Failures or Incompletes)

“A” Honor Roll (4.0)

Freshmen                                Sophomores                               Juniors                                      Seniors

Abigail Hair                                                                                  Grace Poston

Christina Sexton

“B” Honor Roll (3.0 & Above)

Freshmen                                Sophomores                               Juniors                                      Seniors

Allison Page                           Dakoda Addington                    Rebecca Wall                             Jessica Barrow

Robert Pendley                      Dail Andrews                                                                                Anna Holmstrand

Chassity Sexton                     Joshua Cox                                                                                   Arron Howard

Mihail Vacarciuc                    Jonathan Cribb                                                                             Hanna Poole

Kody Ward                            Lauren Cunningham                                                                     Joseph Taylor

Nikita Demyanov

Barbara Hair

Britt Harris

Erin Harris

Allison Holloman

Devan Sexton



In ten days, the first ever Youth Aflame North will begin at the Sandhill Free Will Baptist Church in Sandusky, Ohio. Students from Ohio and neighboring states will join together for a week of life-changing preaching from some of the most effective youth preachers in the country. College students who sing in the Sounds of Praise Ensemble from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College will help direct the conference through singing, fellowshipping with students and serving to make the event go smoothly.


This year’s theme is “Breakthrough.” Youth today are confronted with constant sinful temptations. It seems that today’s youth are presented with more addictive behaviors than ever before. Addictive behaviors trap youth and thwart their spiritual progress as they search for the call of God on their lives. This year, we are preaching for a breakthrough in all of our lives.

Youth Aflame exists to see a generation of young people be the light of the world. It is a gathering for 7th grade through high school students to come together to worship the name of Jesus. Through preaching, teaching, music, and maybe even some friendly competition here and there, your students will have fun serving the one true God. This is more than just a youth conference. It is a time when students will choose to dedicate their lives to GOD, desire to see HIS presence, and ultimately have a soul on fire for Jesus Christ.  Decisions will be made. Lives will be changed. It is time to light the FLAME.




Noah Taylor will kick off the conference on Monday night. He is the pastor of the Evergreen Free Will Baptist Church in Erwin, Tennessee. A native Oklahoman, he has a wit and humor that students will enjoy during his messages. Having lost his mom early in life gave him many challenges to overcome. Despite these many challenges, he was able to break through and find victory and is today living his dream of touching others for Christ.




Cindy Berry will speak to all the female students in a split session on Wednesday morning. Cindy was born in South Carolina and has had the pleasure of living and serving the Lord in many different states. Her engaging way in sharing how God gave her a spiritual breakthrough as an older teenager will challenge and offer hope to those who hear her.





Steve Berry will serve as director of the conference as well as speaking to the guys in a split session on Wednesday morning. Steve was born in West Virginia although he grew up mostly in Virginia. His most significant breakthrough came when he was met by a church bus captain who was visiting in Steve’s neighborhood. After attending church for the second week in a row, Steve trusted Christ, and soon his family began to change as one by one, they too, believed in Jesus as Lord.




Christian Powell is the pastor of Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC. Christian has experienced not only personal breakthrough but the breakthrough in the lives of hundreds of teenagers who he ministered to during his many years as the Youth Pastor of Faith Church. He has been used around the country as a favorite camp and youth speaker. Youth seem to bond immediately with Christian seconds after he enters the pulpit.



Nate Ange serves as the pastor of the Landmark Free Will Baptist Church in Cary, NC and President of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. Nate is the son of Dr. Joe and Hazel Ange who served the Lord powerfully in the Free Will Baptist movement. Nate has preached over 500 revival meetings and remains one of the favorite preachers of Youth Aflame South. Literally, hundreds of young people have surrendered to the call of God on their lives after listening to Bro. Nate preach.





Arron Howard is a native of Erwin, TN and a 2019 graduate of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. As a pastoral student at Southeastern, Arron had the opportunity to preach to youth around the country. His connection to students is almost instant, and his message is life-changing. While attending public school in Tennessee, Arron committed his life to preaching God’s Word. Today, he is doing precisely that. Arron serves as the recruitment coordinator at Southeastern College.




Southeastern Free Will Baptist College President Nate Ange announces a “Call for Resumes” for two full or part-time positions.

Teacher Education Professor

We are seeking a full-time professor for the Teacher Education department. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in either math or science and the intention to complete a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction as soon as possible. Additionally, it is preferred that applicants have already earned a doctorate or education specialist degree.

Bible Professor

Southeastern is also seeking a full-time professor in the general areas of Bible, theology, or Greek language. A combination of two or more of these areas is preferred. We are willing to fill the need with a few part-time faculty, but would prefer someone in a full-time capacity. This position requires a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited institution with eighteen hours of graduate work in Bible, theology, or Greek language and the intention to complete a doctoral degree as soon as possible. The ideal candidate will already have a D.Min. or Ph.D.

All applicants are encouraged to read and consider our Cooperating Board Statement (follow this link: to measure your philosophical unity with the College before pursuing these teaching opportunities.

Please email a cover letter expressing your availability and resume to Marc Holloman at

Financial Aid Is Now Available To Southeastern Students

Another step forward in the accreditation process brings financial aid approval to Southeastern. This past December, Southeastern was officially granted approval to accept financial aid. During the spring semester, our students applied and received financial aid through Pell grants and Stafford student loans. You may now click on the link below and begin your application for student aid for the 2019/2020 school year.

Financial Aid

The board of directors has worked diligently to keep Southeastern’s tuition as affordable as possible. It is the board’s commitment to making a Christian education a reality for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The board is thrilled that qualifying students may now receive as much as $6,100 per year in Pell grants.

Congratulations Class of 2019

Commencement 2019 was a celebration of what God is doing in the lives and hearts of eighteen graduates of Southeastern. The Sounds of Victory Choir began by singing, “Wherever He Leads, I’ll Go.” From their seats, the graduates could be observed singing the words with tears puddled in their eyes as they each understood their love and commitment to Christ and willingness to go anywhere for Him.

You may watch the graduation service by clicking the link below.


Summer Renovations Have Begun

All four dormitories will receive new carpet during May and June. Last Wednesday, May 8, the new carpet began being installed in the first of 40 dormitory rooms. With the students moving our last Friday, demolition and carpet removal will begin this Monday. The carpet installers are confident that they can have the job completed in thirty days.

These renovations are directly connected to our successful end of the year fundraising campaign for scholarships and renovations. In February, 28,000 square feet of carpet was purchased at a highly discounted price. Director of Development and Donor Relations, Steve Berry, wishes to thank each of our 20/20 Vision Club Partners who donated to the End of Year Matching Gift Campaign. “This fall our students will arrive and be overwhelmed when they step into their newly renovated dormitories. A fresh place to study, sleep, laugh and pray will then be their home for the next nine months. It overjoys my heart to be able to provide this wonderful space for our students. 20/20 Vision club Partners, you are the best!”

$142,000 In Scholarships Offered To Current And Incoming Students

In combination with the End of Year Matching Gift Campaign and the Southeastern Alumni Association, President Ange was excited to share $29,500 in scholarships to nineteen students. These scholarships ranged from $500 to $2,000 each and were based on merit and need.

The Southeastern Promotional Department has offered a total of $112,500 in scholarships to potential students.

  • SACS Leadership Scholarships – High school seniors who competed in the annual SACS competition and won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in an event received a Southeastern scholarship for their effort.
    • 1st place certificate = $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $500 per semester in the 2019/20 school year.
    • 2nd or 3rd place certificate = $500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $250 per semester in the 2019/20 school year.
    • Note: Your SACS award certificate is your scholarship and must be presented to the college financial office to receive the scholarship.
    • Note: These scholarships are for your senior year in high school only and may not be added to certificates awarded in previous years.
    • Note: Only one SACS award certificate per person may be used for a scholarship in the 2019/20 school year.
  • Pastoral Student and Christian Leadership Scholarships Offered – Recently, over 50 scholarship certificates were offered to young preachers and Christian leaders who have distinguished themselves as Christian leaders among their peers.
    • Pastoral Student Scholarship = $1,500 scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded at $750 per semester for the 2019/20 school year. If you know of a young preacher who is considering preparing for his ministry with a Christian education, please contact Steve Berry at
    • Christian Leadership Scholarship = $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded at $500 per semester for the 2019/20 school year. If you know of a Christian young person who has distinguished himself/herself among peers as a committed Christian and is interested in Christian education, please contact Steve Berry at to request a scholarship on their behalf.


Financial Aid Is Now Available To Southeastern Students

Another step forward in the accreditation process brings financial aid approval to Southeastern. This past December, Southeastern was officially granted approval to accept financial aid. During the spring semester, our students applied and received financial aid through Pell grants and Stafford student loans. In just a few days we will be posting information for students to apply for financial aid for the fall semester.

The board of directors has worked diligently to keep Southeastern’s tuition as affordable as possible. It is the board’s commitment to making a Christian education a reality for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The board is thrilled that qualifying students may now receive as much as $6,100 per year in Pell grants.

Youth Aflame North And South

Youth Pastors and students are invited to begin registering now for Youth Aflame North and Youth Aflame South. This year’s theme is “Breakthrough.” Youth often make commitments to God only to be swallowed back up by complacency and worldliness. Yet, some youth make a commitment to Christ and follow through consistently for the entirety of their lives. Why do some youth seem to have a “Breakthrough” and others don’t? This year we will be preaching and ministering for “Breakthrough” at Youth Aflame North and South.

Youth Aflame North – Sandusky, Ohio – June 10-13, 2019 @ Sandhill Free Will Baptist Church

Youth Aflame South – Cramerton, North Carolina – June 17-20, 2019 @ Cramerton Free Will Baptist Church

Click on the appropriate postcard link to be directed to your Youth Aflame of choice.

Southeastern To Sponsor Summer Camp Week At Harvest Time Bible Camp In Summer Of 2020

Plans are being made for a Southeastern week of teen camp at Harvest Time Bible Camp on August 3-7, 2020. Your youth will enjoy a dynamic camp evangelist selected by President Ange and spending time with Southeastern college student sponsors. Youth camp is a place where students get away to a location with other youth and Christian sponsors where they can be challenged spiritually through God’s Word and spend time learning new and fun things. Harvest Time Bible Camp is a premier camping experience and is directed by Southeastern alumnus, Stephen Brackeen. If you are interested in a dynamic Christian experience for your youth at a location equipped with horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, archery, and many other great activities, please reserve these dates on your youth calendar. Space is limited to 120 campers.


Kid’s Fest 2019 – Save The Date September 19, 2019

Make plans to bring your third through sixth-grade students to Kid’s Fest 2019 at Southeastern College. Last year we had a great time with kids from several youth groups. Come see Nicodemus, have a great lunch, hear a great kids sermon and play some great games led by our college students.


Early in November, two donors issued a matching gift challenge to our Southeastern partners. Donor #1 committed a matching gift of up to $50,000 with a desire to see it used toward annual fund needs. Donor #2 committed a matching gift of up to $50,000 with a desire to see it used for pastoral student scholarships. The stage was set, and we began to make our partners aware of the challenge and opportunity.

During December, Director of Development and Donor Relations, Steve Berry, was brought to tears multiple days as he returned from the post office and began opening letters and gifts from our partners. Currently, the business office has recorded $225,374.55 toward this campaign.

“Southeastern donors have always connected their Southeastern giving to the great commission. A gift to Southeastern transforms lives and extends the gospel.” – Steve Berry

Campus Renovations

Last summer, the dormitories experienced a makeover with renovated bathrooms and the dorm rooms being painted. More renovations are scheduled for this summer. We are planning to replace the old dorm room carpet with new carpet tiles. This will allow us to later replace one carpet tile at a time when there is small area damage.

Prior to the new carpet being installed, the maintenance department is repairing the sill damage to the bottom of our buildings. The damage has occurred as the caulking deteriorated during the last 31 years. All of the roofing bolts are being replaced as well. These water intrusion repairs must be completed before we install new carpet.

How Can You Help?

The maintenance department is in need to borrow a tractor with a front-end loader to help move the river rock that we will install around the perimeter of all dormitories. Prior to Hurricane Florence, the maintenance department used an excavator to dig out drainage areas around the campus that had silted in over time. We are confident that these efforts mitigated our water damage during the storm. The college has need and use for a tractor full-time, but for this project, if anyone could allow us to borrow a tractor for several weeks, it would be much appreciated.

Our friends and partners may now begin contributing donations towards the “Summer Renovations.” We are still gathering prices as we search for the best deals on the carpet. We hope to outfit all four dormitories with new carpet.

Cuba Pastor’s Family Retreat

For over a decade, Southeastern College has enjoyed a partnership with the Cedars of Lebanon Seminary in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. On January 21, President Ange and Steve Berry will lead a team of pastors and professors to teach and preach at the annual pastor’s family retreat. 100 attendees will gather at the annual retreat for an inspirational time of instruction, preaching, and fellowship. Dann Patrick and Wayne & Laurie Johnson will also be part of the team ministering during the retreat. Keith Holmstrand, a recent Southeastern graduate, completes the team. It is Keith’s second trip to minister in Cuba.

SFWBC Approved to Receive Title IV Student Aid

President, Rev. Nate Ange and College Dean, Dr. Danny Baer are pleased to announce that as of Friday, December 7, Southeastern Free Will Baptist College has been approved for Federal Aid. This means our students will be able to apply for aid under Title IV in the form of Pell Grants and student loans. It will take a few weeks to get all of the details worked out, so we hope to have our Virtual Student Aid Office available through our website around the first week of January for students to begin the application process. Students SHOULD NOT apply before notice is given that all is ready. Until then students are welcome to explore and to learn more about aid and the Title IV program. They can even go through a process to estimate how much financial aid they will receive.

Arron Howard Hired as Recruiter

The promotional office is pleased to announce the hiring of Arron Howard in the recruitment office.  Arron is from Erwin, Tennessee. He has served in the promotional department for two years as the sound technician for the Sounds of Praise Ensemble. As president of the student body for the second year in a row, Arron has gained respect from his peers.  Many of our churches have enjoyed Arron’s preaching ministry.

His duties will begin part-time in January and become full-time after his graduation in May. He is excited to begin recruiting students to the school he loves. If you know of an interested student prospect for Southeastern you may contact Arron at


Year-End Fundraising Challenge

We are thrilled to announce an end-of-year challenge. Two donors have issued a matching grant challenge of $50,000 each. That’s right. If we can raise $100,000 by the end of the year, your gift will be matched by $100,000. We intend to designate $100,000 for student scholarships and $100,000 to the annual fund.
The lack of financial scholarship help for students continues to be one of our challenges in recruiting students. Many students would love to prepare for ministry at Southeastern, but they cannot afford it. Your gifts this Christmas season will help us recruit next year’s students.
Please consider a special year-end matching gift donation for Southeastern College. We need your help! We can now receive your gifts of highly appreciated stocks and bonds which you can donate tax-free. If you are not a 20/20 Vision Club Partner, please consider becoming one today.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Berry at 919-365-7711 (work), 321-917-2376 (cell), or Thanks for all you do to support Southeastern College!