Tag: News Update

Making Him Known

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







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.”