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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






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.


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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.


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.

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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.