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Upon returning today from our eleven-day mission trip to Moldova and Romania, I have been gripped again first hand as to the purpose of Southeastern College. We exist to train workers for the vast harvest fields at home and abroad. “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few”- Jesus Christ.

We have seen firsthand how our graduates are bringing in a great harvest on these fields. Along with other members of Landmark Church, senior student, Vadim Popovici, and alumnus, Dustin Smith, and their wives accompanied us on this mission adventure 5,500 miles from home.

We were met on the mission field by three Southeastern alumni missionaries. Evangelist and Camp Builder (Camp Christ’s in Romania) Pavel Clipa, Church Planters Shanna Pascaru and her husband Victor and Church Planters, Nick and Candy Corlata, who both pastor soul-winning churches.

Our team conducted four evangelistic crusades in places where the gospel is not proclaimed. The team preached and shared testimonies in seven local churches, encouraging the pastors and their families. Our team led a three-day Vacation Bible School in a poor village, with 70 children attending.

A clinic was conducted to train pastors and missionaries in local church ministry. A meeting was held with the administrators of the Baptist Theological University in Chisinau, Moldova to discuss joint missionary ventures in the future. A local church that was planted by Southeastern alumni, Chip and Elizabeth Henley, is completing a new sanctuary and educational facility outside the capital city of Moldova, and we were able to encourage the pastor and his wife.

All in all, Christ was glorified, over 150 souls publicly professed faith in Christ for the first time, believers were encouraged, and scores of commitments were made for service to Christ.

Southeastern exists for this purpose and may the Lord add His blessing upon our passion to produce more workers for the field.

It is not too late to send us students! Start pursuing your purpose today at Southeastern! Contact our registration office today. https://sfwbc.edu/apply

 

A Message from the President

Every decision of any significance that I have made in my life as a believer has had the counsel and the clear leading of the LORD. Such is the case now as I have accepted to serve you, and most importantly the Lord, in this capacity at the college. On July first, I joyfully begin this great opportunity, with dependence upon the Lord for both strength and wisdom. Since my acceptance before the students and faculty in late April, I have been working behind the scenes, along with our College Dean, Dr. Danny Baer, to assemble a great team of professors to join our present faculty.
As you will see in our new personnel, the Lord has directed in an amazing way to orchestrate in bringing together a great team of men and women for this fall semester. Dr. Tom Malone said, “When God is going to do something wonderful, He starts with the difficult. When God is going to do something miraculous, He starts with the impossible.” I am more thrilled than ever about the bright future of our Southeastern College. The need is greater than ever before to produce dedicated, consecrated young lives for the great mission that lies before us, the mission of glorifying our great God and Savior by bringing the gospel to the nations through local church ministries. We are not “ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:8).
I am looking forward to the students that the Lord will direct to us for training, sharpening, and equipping this fall and into the future until Christ returns. Southeastern is just a small part of the Kingdom, a kingdom that shall never fail. What part do we all play? The lives of these young people (and some, not so young) are precious pieces of clay. We must be faithful to our calling from the Lord not to cause one of them to stumble.
How can you help us? There is no substitute for prayer! Pray for us. Use your influence to send us students. Support us with your finances, as the Lord, by His grace, enables you. Southeastern is not a replacement for the local church. We are simply a partner, a tool that the Lord has used, and will use, to teach and train hearts and minds for the greatest cause on earth. Please join us in the great cause.

Pastor/President Nate Ange

A Message from the President

Every decision of any significance that I have made in my life as a believer has had the counsel and the clear leading of the LORD. Such is the case now as I have accepted to serve you, and most importantly the Lord, in this capacity at the college. On July first, I joyfully begin this great opportunity, with dependence upon the Lord for both strength and wisdom. Since my acceptance before the students and faculty in late April, I have been working behind the scenes, along with our College Dean, Dr. Danny Baer, to assemble a great team of professors to join our present faculty.

As you will see in our new personnel, the Lord has directed in an amazing way to orchestrate in bringing together a great team of men and women for this fall semester. Dr. Tom Malone said, “When God is going to do something wonderful, He starts with the difficult. When God is going to do something miraculous, He starts with the impossible.” I am more thrilled than ever about the bright future of our Southeastern College. The need is greater than ever before to produce dedicated, consecrated young lives for the great mission that lies before us, the mission of glorifying our great God and Savior by bringing the gospel to the nations through local church ministries. We are not “ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” (2 Tim. 1:8).

I am looking forward to the students that the Lord will direct to us for training, sharpening, and equipping this fall and into the future until Christ returns. Southeastern is just a small part of the Kingdom, a kingdom that shall never fail. What part do we all play? The lives of these young people (and some, not so young) are precious pieces of clay. We must be faithful to our calling from the Lord not to cause one of them to stumble.

How can you help us? There is no substitute for prayer! Pray for us. Use your influence to send us students. Support us with your finances, as the Lord, by His grace, enables you. Southeastern is not a replacement for the local church. We are simply a partner, a tool that the Lord has used, and will use, to teach and train hearts and minds for the greatest cause on earth. Please join us in the great cause.

Pastor Nate Ange

Music Education Major to Begin Again!

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Mark Going, will return as a full-time professor of music and director of our college choir, the Sounds of Victory this fall.

Exciting Announcements

The Board of Directors of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College announces that Rev. Nathanael Joseph Ange has been named the sixth president of Southeastern. Nate Ange has served as an evangelist, associate and youth pastor, camp director, church planter, and professor of Homiletics at Southeastern. Additionally, he served as assistant moderator, moderator, and treasurer of the North Carolina State Association of Free Will Baptists for twelve years. As an evangelist, Nate has enjoyed seeing hundreds of people surrender their lives to Christ. Numbers of preachers, pastors, and missionaries acknowledge Nate’s positive influence on their decision to surrender to Christ’s service. His great love for God and the next generation of servant leaders are cited as reasons that the Board of Directors selected him for this influential role as president of Southeastern.

Nate is married to Becky Ange (Floyd), and together they have three adult children–Kristie, Sarah, and Nathan–all alumni of Southeastern College. Kristie is married to Scott Coghill, the pastor of New Life Church in New Bern, North Carolina. Scott and Kristie have five children. Sarah is married to Daniel Hewes. Daniel and Sarah have two children and are expecting their third child in August. They are members serving Landmark Church in Cary, North Carolina. Nathan is married to Meredith (Sugg). Nathan and Meredith have one child and are expecting their second in August. Nathan has completed a Master’s of Ministry degree and is employed with Builder’s Mutual in Cary. Nathan is in the process of a transition in ministry, prayerfully searching for his family’s next place of service in God’s perfect will.

President Ange will begin his duties on July 1, 2018. He will continue leadership as the pastor of the Landmark Free Will Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina, where he has faithfully served as founding pastor since 1989.

President-elect Ange states, “It is both a humbling responsibility and a great honor to be selected to serve Southeastern in this capacity. I have witnessed this college as it has trained and sent out hundreds of servants who are serving Christ’s kingdom honorably throughout the world. It is my passion for you to join us in prayer as together we witness the Lord bless the ministry of local churches across the world, producing young people who surrender their lives for service.

Southeastern stands ready to expand its capacity to mentor and to train these servants going into Christ’s fields. The needs are too great for us not to reach our full potential as a college. It is a high calling and a great honor to serve you, our supporters, and this dedicated faculty, staff, and student body.”

President Jim Marcum expresses his wholehearted support for the selection of his long-time friend Nate Ange as the next president of Southeastern.

 

On February 15, 2018, the Board of Directors voted to ask the Parkers Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville, NC, to take in Southeastern Free Will Baptist College as a ministry located on their property and operating under the care of their local church. On Sunday night, March 11, 2018, Pastor Gene Williams presented the request to the Parkers Chapel Church for their consideration.

The following information is all contingent upon the vote of the good folks of Parkers Chapel Church. In this age of rapid information transfer, we believe it unfair to pressure Parkers Chapel Church by sharing too much information, but also unfair not to keep our constituents abreast of our prayer needs. We ask for your understanding as we show respect to all who love Southeastern and Free Will Baptists.

Southeastern Free Will Baptist College is committed to continuing its 35-year tradition of training and sending workers unto the fields that are white unto harvest. We are pleased that 100% of our 2017 graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees united with Free Will Baptist ministries. We believe that the move to Parkers Chapel will help us fulfill our mission in two ways:

  • Southeastern has always maintained an understanding that the first area of service of our ministry, faculty, and students is in and through a local church. We believe that such a move will help us to better fulfill our mission by being more closely associated with a local church.
  • By moving the college to a local church, the Board of Directors believes that there will be opportunities to share facilities and personnel. This will lower the operating expenses that the college has on the current campus. Our lower student enrollment can more easily be maintained until numerical growth returns. Private college enrollment is cyclical in nature, and we expect this move to provide even greater opportunities for numerical growth.

A little over five years ago, when Rev. Jim Marcum accepted the role of president of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College at sixty-three years of age, he and the Board of Directors believed that his tenure would be approximately five to seven years. President Marcum has sensed for some time now that Southeastern’s reuniting with a vibrant local church is the preferred path for stability and growth. During the February Board of Directors meeting, President Marcum, in his vision to unite the college with a local church, shared his willingness to step down as president and serve in whatever capacity the Board of Directors viewed best. President Marcum has offered to continue maintaining a close relationship by serving as an adjunct professor in the pastoral department and traveling for the college.

In the request for the Parkers Chapel Church to receive the college, the Board of Directors also asked Pastor Gene Williams to assume the role of president of the college. This change will unite the leadership of both the church and the college. The Southeastern Board of Directors will continue providing oversight and guidance of the college and the accreditation progress will not be inhibited in any way. In Greenville, the Board of Directors also believes that there are potential faculty members who may even expedite the accreditation path.

When will this transition take place? That is a difficult question. The original plan was to sell the property, build offices and dorm buildings and move in the summer of 2019. Nevertheless, there are interesting possibilities developing in the student housing area which may allow the fall of 2018 to be the start date. We will keep you posted on these developments.

We earnestly request your prayers and support as we cautiously move through what we believe to be God’s will in our next steps.

  • Pray for the dear folks of Parkers Chapel that they may have peace about God’s will as they vote on April 1.
  • Pray that we will be able to come to an agreement with the complex across the street for our student housing.
  • Pray that we will receive approval for federal aid this Spring.
  • Pray that we will be able to bring in the right professors in our classes to move us toward accreditation as soon as possible.
  • Pray that God will give Brother Gene wisdom as he begins to lead both ministries on July 1.
  • Pray for the many details that must be worked out in this transition.
  • Pray for our Board of Directors, Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students as we are facing the months ahead.

Southeastern Spring Update

Join the many 20/20 Vision Partners who partner with Southeastern by giving monthly or annually. These special donors make a Christian education possible for many students. These students are our future pastors, missionaries and teachers. Thank you for your partnership!

Go to www.sfwbc.edu/support/ and join the many faithful partners who faithfully support the ministry of training our future leaders. We need your help!

Legacy Giving! As you end the year and plan for the next, you may be interested in remembering your charities in your end of life planning. We invite you to become a member of the Compass Rose Legacy Society. Join our Compass Rose Legacy Society by remembering Southeastern in your end of life planning.

 Considering College?

Your decision of where to prepare and train for the rest of your life is a big decision.  Students of Southeastern College invite you to come spend two days with them on January 18-20, 2018 GRAD DAYS.  You will arrive on Thursday afternoon and enjoy an evening activity.  Friday morning you will attend the class of your choice and have an opportunity to meet with President Marcum as well as others who will answer your questions about college.

Students and staff love the morning chapel services which are held three days a week. You will experience the great music and preaching of a Southeastern chapel service.  Friday afternoon, there will be a scavenger hunt around downtown Raleigh followed by supper and an evening activity.

Register today by going to:

https://sfwbc.edu/graddays

 

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Rev. Earl Hendrix With The Lord!

Southeastern College shares our love and support for the family and church family of Earl Hendrix. This morning, Nov. 8, 2017, Rev. Earl Hendrix experienced victory as he entered the presence of the Lord! Bro. Earl was one of the founding pastors who served on Southeastern Free Will Baptist College’s first Board of Directors.

The following is a re-post of what First Free Will Baptist Church of Inman, SC expressed this morning when they announced Bro. Earl’s home-going.

It is with great sorrow, yet with much peace, we announce that our shepherd for so many years, Rev. Earl Hendrix, has gained his eternal healing. He got to meet his Savior, for which he so longed, at 2:15 this morning.

There will be a void like none other in the days ahead, but rest assured, we take comfort in the fact that he is safely in the arms of The Almighty.

Please keep his family, our church, and this community in your prayers as this is an immeasurable loss for us here on this side of Heaven.

But today, Heaven is much sweeter, and we must rejoice.

Arrangements will be announced shortly.

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Challenge:

Friends, what we would like is for the legacy of Preacher Earl to flood Facebook, and your conversations, in the days ahead. So, please comment on this post how Preacher Earl has impacted you, where you met, funny stories, etc. We will use your comments/pictures, in some fashion, for the service.

Thank you!

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