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Prayer Request

Pastor Sean Fortner and the congregation of First Free Will Baptist Church of Inman, SC request your prayers for Rev. Earl Hendrix as he prepares for his graduation day.  Bro. Earl has been in the hospital for the last three weeks. He was moved to the Hospice House over the weekend. He has been surrounded by family and friends as people have come to show their love and support. Sunday, the Church Choir along with the Seasoned Saints came and sang to him.

Bro. Earl Hendrix has been a friend to so many in the Lord’s work including Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. His tireless ministry will continue to be felt long after he graduates to his reward. President Jim Marcum expresses his love and appreciation for Bro. Earl Hendrix.

 

Our Academic Dean, Dr. Danny Baer is pleased to announce that Southeastern Free Will Baptist College continues moving toward full accreditation. Please click the read more tab to read the full story. Academic Update

 

 

Behold the Harvest

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The Southeastern Partner Network prayed for laborers who would prepare and go into the harvest and God has answered their prayer with the freshmen class of 2017/18. Pictured above are pastoral students who come to us believing their calling is to preach God’s Word. These young men have already been serving the Lord and touching lives in their local churches. They now enter a more intensive phase of their ministerial preparation. Southeastern will endeavor to sharpen their understanding of scripture and infuse them with the heart of a shepherd/pastor. Their fellow students will challenge and stretch them to surrender those weaker parts of their nature to the subjection of Christ. At the close of their Bible College preparation, it is Southeastern’s desire that these young men will be humble enough and equipped enough to go out into the fields that are white unto harvest and effectively win and disciple people through the local Church of Jesus Christ.  Read more by clicking the picture above. 

Making Him Known

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President Marcum is pleased to announce that more students and families are feeling the benefits of Southeastern’s accreditation status. On April 25, 2017,  Southeastern Free Will Baptist College was granted Candidate Status by the Transnational Association of Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  Two years ago, one of our current student’s mom had applied for a loan from her retirement and because we were not accredited, she was denied. She recently checked again and because of our accreditation status (candidate) and recognition by the United States Department of Education, she now has that option!  She was very thankful!!

Crystal Ferrell has another unique story about her experience. “After spending twenty years as a stay-at-home wife and mother, I felt the Lord leading me into Christian education. I enrolled in a dual partnership program with Craven Community College and East Carolina University for middle grades education. I had taken a few classes at Southeastern after high school graduation. As part of the enrollment process, I requested my transcripts from Southeastern hoping that maybe something would transfer. I was so excited when I received the letter stating that all my classes had transferred. This was encouraging to me because it gave me a jump start to reaching the goals the Lord has for me. The steps that Southeastern has taken to become accredited will benefit many students in the years to come, and allow them more opportunities to further their career and serve the Lord in the area He has called them. 

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 post-secondary 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.”

The question of the significance of TRACS candidate status for Southeastern is one that Dr. Danny Baer has been asked numerous times during Southeastern’s journey to accreditation. As an honest steward, Dr. Baer has been careful not to overstate the significance of candidate status for accreditation. He knew that there would be certain benefits of candidate status, but he did not know how many benefits or how long the benefits would take to manifest themselves.

Now, with great excitement, Dr. Danny Baer would like to inform the Southeastern family of students and alumni that Southeastern and its alumni are beginning to experience the dividends of candidate status for accreditation by TRACS. At this point, three of our graduates have informed us that they have been accepted into graduate school. Heath Ferguson (2000) and Ashley Baines McNeese (2011) have been accepted into the graduate program at Liberty University. Deanna Brown Williams  (1996) was accepted into the graduate program at Pensacola Christian College.

Shortly after the news of candidate status broke, Jeremy Caraballo (2011) scheduled an appointment with Ms. Gaynor to have his transcripts sent to the Army to make application for a promotion. Last week, Jeremy Caraballo received some exciting news from the Army. Below is Jeremy’s note to Ms. Gaynor and an official copy of his recognition of qualification for promotion by the North Carolina National Guard.

Mrs. Gaynor,

Thank you for being so quick to respond regarding the transcript.  Army Education Services recognized my degree from Southeastern and is now going to award me the points I am entitled to for the promotion board!  It also means that a graduate from SFWBC can now commission as an officer in the Armed services or enlist as an E-4 instead of E-1.  Attached is the memo from the Education Office stating official reception. If Southeastern wants to use this letter for promotional purposes it can do so, as I have redacted my SSN from it.   

 Jeremy Caraballo

 

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President Jim Marcum and Academic Dean, Dr. Danny Baer are pleased to announce that the Transnational Association of Christian Schools (TRACS) has informed us that we are listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

 

You can search for institutions here: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

After Ten Years of Faithful Service, Kevin and Susan Denton Resign as Music Department Chairman and Choir Director

WENDELL, NC- After ten years of faithful service, the Chairman of the Music Department, Susan Denton announced that she will be resigning to focus more on her family. Mr. Kevin Denton who worked in the college music department on a part-time basis for the last nine years, directing the college choir and teaching some music classes, also announced his resignation to return his efforts to his full-time job as the Music Pastor of Faith Free Will Baptist Church in Goldsboro, NC.

“We are grateful for the time God has allowed us to be a part of the wonderful ministry of Southeastern Free Will Baptist College. This is the place where Susan and I met, and God changed our lives.  It was at Southeastern that God gave to us focus in ministry. Our prayer is that the excellent training ministry of Southeastern will continue until Jesus returns. Our love for the college will never change, but God has made it clear for us to invest our time and energy completely in our family and our music ministry at Faith Free Will Baptist Church. We thank the Board of Directors as well as President Marcum for allowing us the opportunity to minister at the college for the last nine and ten years,” Mr. Denton said.

President Marcum stated, “Brother Kevin and Mrs. Susan Denton are deeply loved and will be sorely missed at Southeastern. They not only taught our young people the right harmony and keys to music, but they also taught their students how to sing from and with their hearts.”

“It is difficult to see the Dentons leave Southeastern. Their connection to the students, commitment to the ministry, effectiveness in the classroom and heart for the ministry have made them a tremendous asset to our school. I know God will continue to use this talented and dedicated couple. We wish them all the best,” Dr. Danny Baer said.

The Dentons graduated from Southeastern in 1998 and 1999. They have two children. Meghan (14) and Miles (12) are following in their parent’s love of music. Meghan is already an accomplished pianist and Miles is a saxophonist.