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WENDELL, NC—After fourteen years of faithful service, Director of Student Affairs, Professor Ron Davis announced that he will be transitioning to pioneer a new ministry to help remedy the fleeting droves of young people walking away from the Christian faith. Mr. Davis will continue to teach a few classes at Southeastern and will also continue to fulfill his duties in relation to the Youth Aflame Conference.

“Bro. Ron,” as he is affectionately known by his students and many young people, has been the visionary leader behind one of the preeminent youth conferences in the country, Youth Aflame. His positive impact on young people and college age students is evidenced by the many Christian leaders who are effectively serving the Lord around the world. Mr. Davis’ students routinely learn Christian excellence by seeing him minister to children in a VBS, drive a bus for a senior trip, preach on a foreign mission field or teach Hebrew or Greek in the classroom.

“The positive impact that Ron Davis has made on Southeastern and the students he has touched is undeniable,” President Jim Marcum said. Marcum continued, “The mission of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College has been maintained and furthered by Mr. Davis, for which we are eternally grateful.”  Speaking in the Southeastern chapel today, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jeff Jones said, “While a little uncertainty lies ahead for Bro. Ron in his new ministry and for Southeastern, I am certain that God’s hand will continue to lead both Bro. Ron and Southeastern.”  Jeff Jones added: “Bro. Ron Davis has been a difference maker in the lives of the young men and women on the campus of Southeastern. We are excited for Bro. Ron as he follows our Lord in a new ministry opportunity and yet we are thankful that he will still be teaching on a part-time basis on our faculty.”

Ron and Kristi Davis have two children, Emilee who is a freshman at Southeastern and Alyssa who is a junior at Faith Christian Academy. Alyssa plans to attend Southeastern following high school graduation. Bro. Ron stated to the student body today, “Combining my time as a student and a professor, twenty wonderful years of my life have been spent at Southeastern. I believe in Southeastern’s mission and love Southeastern College today as much as I ever have. I will continue to do everything that I can to further Southeastern’s success.”

Pictured left to right: Dr. Danny Baer, Dr. Tanmay Pramanik (Vice President of TRACS), President Jim Marcum, President Tim Eaton (President of TRACS)

We are very pleased to announce that Southeastern Free Will Baptist College has been granted Candidate Status by the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS).

TRACS is recognized by both the United States Department of Education (USDOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a national institutional accrediting agency for Christian postsecondary institutions, colleges, universities, and seminaries. With Candidate Status, we are officially a member of TRACS and will have up to 5 years to achieve Accredited Status. Our goal is to accomplish this in 3 years.

Thank you for your prayers. We give praise to a loving and merciful God for His guidance and care. We believe this is a major step in allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission of “training men and women for church related ministries.”



Southeastern Free Will Baptist College Is Granted Candidate Status with TRACS


Accreditation Team Visits Southeastern

For the past few days President Jim Marcum and the administration, faculty and staff of Southeastern have hosted an Evaluation Team from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). The team of five were from TRACS Institutions in California, Oklahoma, Virginia and Maryland and were accompanied by TRACS Field Representative, Dr. Tanmay Pramanik.  The team visited our campus to examine and inspect our college in anticipation of receiving Candidate Status which is a major step toward Accreditation.

Two Commendations!

In the past few months, our staff has been busy compiling a self-study which is a self-evaluation based on the standards in the TRACS Accreditation Manual. The Visiting Team verified our self-study and, in addition, conducted interviews, inspected records, observed classes, participated in chapel and toured our facilities. They left us with a report that included 16 suggestions, 33 recommendations, and 2, very hard to get, commendations for us in two vital areas.

First, they recognized the “passion and commitment to the mission of the institution” of our Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff. We at Southeastern are fully committed to the task of “training men and women for church-related ministries.” It is important to us that we are all in one accord and working together to fulfill this mission. We are grateful for this recognition.

The second area that the team thought was exemplary was that we are completely out of debt. Southeastern is situated on 60 acres of land in an area that has increased in value a great deal during the past 29+ years that we have been in North Carolina. We struggle with “cash flow” and continue to need support to help keep our tuition affordable for our students. But it is a tremendous blessing to have such a strong financial base. To God be the glory!

The Next Step

The 16 “suggestions” that the Visiting Team left us are not mandatory changes but, if implemented, will improve our college greatly. The 33 “recommendations” are each tied to one or more of the TRACS standards and must eventually be addressed before we can become accredited. For now, however we will need only to devise a plan to address all 29 of the recommendations and send that plan to TRACS by February 15th.

Candidate Status in our Grasp

Four of the 33 recommendations pertain to what TRACS calls the Institutional Entrance Requirements (IER’s).  To be granted “Candidate Status” we must be in “Basic Compliance” which means we satisfy all of those IER’s. The good news is that those four recommendations can be fixed and we are confident that we will be granted Candidate Status at the semiannual TRACS Commission meeting on April 26th.

When can we be Accredited?

Once we have Candidate Status we have 5 years to become accredited. It is our hope and belief that we can comply with all the TRACS standards and become accredited in three years. We believe that we have a path to possibly obtain accreditation in two years. However, if it takes four or five years we will not be deterred or discouraged. We can do this!

How can you help?

We need your prayers. Our greatest need is the power of God on our campus and our work. Our next greatest need is students. Please pray that God will impress on young men and women to answer the call to His service as the need for workers in His vineyard has never been greater. We also need your continued financial support. In fact, the accreditation process places even a greater strain on our budget. We need extra funds to expand our library, help many of our faculty to take needed graduate courses, pay our TRACS dues, attend necessary conferences, etc. We have also hired a part-time librarian which is an expense above our expectations for the year.

These are exciting days. Please feel free to visit the TRACS website at for more information about the process. Also, we will be happy to answer your questions. And, don’t forget to PRAY, GIVE and URGE young people to seriously consider Southeastern.

Announcing Southeastern Partner Day 

2017 Southeastern Offering from Steve Berry on Vimeo.

The need for Christian workers, pastors, teachers, missionaries, musicians and Christian business people has never been greater. President Marcum is declaring March 26th, 2017 as Southeastern Partner Day. The call is going out to all of our Southeastern Partnering Churches to rally behind this effort and help us raise a “Victory Offering” of $200,000 on March 26th, 2017. The goal is for our 150+ partnering churches to average an offering of $1,333. These churches will be supplied with coin banks and promotional posters to help them promote the event at their church.

Monday, April 10th, 2017, during our Spring Conference, will be a night to honor our partnering churches and pastors. Each of these church pastors present will be honored with a gift, presented by our Board of Director’s members. Southeastern’s successes have always been an extension of our partnering churches. This night we will receive the “Victory Offering.”  Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 will be an opportunity for any and all last minute partners who want to donate online to be included in the Tuesday night’s “Victory Offering” announcement total. By God’s grace and His people’s generosity, we can reach our goal of $200,000. This “Victory Offering” is instrumental in the support of our annual fund and our ongoing accreditation expenses. Please consider sharing in this momentous offering.

For more information or to register your church or family, go to


Happy Thanksgiving from Southeastern

Yesterday, during the annual Thanksgiving chapel service, the students and staff shared sweet testimonies of God’s goodness.  Professor Susan Denton shared a video with everyone in attendance.  President Marcum wanted to share it with the entire Southeastern family.  May God bless you this Thanksgiving.


Southeastern had a very exciting weekend with our annual Tip-Off Tournament this past Thursday-Saturday.

Twelve teams from six Christian schools with their sponsors were in attendance. The schools were Faith Christian Academy from Goldsboro, NC, Gateway Christian Academy from Virginia Beach, VA, Great Bridge Christian Academy from Chesapeake, VA, Hilltop Christian School from Fuquay-Varina, NC, Maranatha Christian School from Florence, SC and New Bern Christian Academy from New Bern, NC. Four of the school teams and sponsors were able to attend our chapel service on Friday morning.

The main purpose for our Tip-Off Tournament is to expose students to Southeastern, get them on our campus and hopefully in return, get some of those students to commit to come to Southeastern.

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A part of every believer’s day should be spent in thanking God for His bountiful blessings. We at Southeastern Free Will Baptist College feel that we have been especially blessed. Our first blessing is in relation to how God has enabled us to train and send so many Christian workers into the local church. Now, that special group of Southeastern alumni are training and sending workers who have a heart “To Know Him and To Make Him Known.”

On behalf of President Marcum, the Board of Directors, the Faculty and Staff, and the Student Body, we say THANK YOU for all you have done and all you will do. Your love, prayers, and donations continue to reap a harvest through the ministry of our students and alumni.  We all send our love back to you on this Thanksgiving!





One week ago today 110 high school students arrived on Southeastern’s campus to experience three days of All Access Days.  All Access Days is a time twice a year when high school students are invited to come on campus and experience college life.

Our hope is that many of these students will find belonging and a future for themselves at Southeastern.  

Dozens of photos are available for viewing and downloading here 

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Southeastern’s First Lay-leader Church Music Conference

Southeastern’s mission is to train students for church-related ministries. That purpose is born from a belief in the importance of the local church.  Sensing that burden for the local church and its lay leaders, Southeastern has been evaluating how we can better serve the local church.

On Friday, Jan. 27th – Sunday, Jan. 29th, 2017, the Southeastern Music Department is pleased to offer our first Music Enrichment Conference for Lay-leaders. Send your music ministry team members to be revitalized and equipped with ideas to bring back to your church. It will begin on Friday and conclude Sunday afternoon. Your team will be able to see much of what they have learned applied in Faith FWB’s Sunday morning service.


Kevin-Southeastern from Faith FWB Church on Vimeo.

Southeastern’s Spring Conference 2017 (Road to Revival)

Do you love biblical preaching and great Christian music? Make plans to attend “Road to Revival” Southeastern’s Spring Preaching Conference.  Every year, hundreds of Christians gather on the campus of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College for an encouraging week of strong biblical preaching and Christ-centered, uplifting music.

Monday morning pastors and guests will welcome 300+ high school students to hear Gene Williams and Ron Davis preach God’s Word.

Monday night will be a night to honor our partnering pastors and churches with a gift and then hear one of our favorite preachers, Curtis Linton.

Tuesday morning will begin with great preaching followed by an important Cooperating Board meeting.

Tuesday afternoon continues a long-time tradition of an alumni luncheon for all alumni, their families, and current and past faculty.

Tuesday evening is the annual alumni choir concert when the alumni join the 2016 student choir.  Then, Jeff Jones will bring the final message. If you have never attended our preaching conference, you owe it to yourself to come experience what God is doing here at Southeastern. We would be honored to have you and your family.


“Lord, place me on the Road to Revival”