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					    BCF Music Department Presents a
                                      ECHOES
                                                                             From The President
Christmas Extravaganza                Volume 59
                                      (USPS) 041-960
                                                           Number 4
                                                          Winter 2004

                                            PUBLISHER
                                      Thomas A. Kinchen, President
                                         MANAGING EDITOR
                                                                                                  A Sentimental
                                                                                                     Stupor
                                             Charles R. Parker
                                             Vice President for
                                        Institutional Advancement
                                                EDITOR
                                            Heather L. Stewart
                                                Director of
                                           Information Services
                                              Photographer                                       Dear Friends,
                                              Mike A. Smith
                                              Art Coordinator
                                                                                                   I am excited about our Special Year End
                                                                                                   Edition of Echoes. This gives me one more
                                                                          opportunity to share with you some of the blessings and joy of the
                                                                          campus during this most wonderful time. As I have told you before,
                                                                          I just enter into a sentimental stupor during the holidays.

                                                                          This year has provided many very special blessings for The Baptist
                                                                          College of Florida. I want to be quick to thank our Lord for all of
                                                                          these. I am well aware that He uses people in His blessings. So
                                                                          many of you have been our Lord’s agents for blessing the college
                                                                          during 2004. Thank You. Thank you for being who you are. Thank
                                                                          you for doing what you have done. Thank you for your prayers and
                                                                          friendship in the years ahead.
                                        Cover Photo: BCF’s music
                                          department presents a
                                        Christmas Extravaganza.           This issue of Echoes is full of the sights of the holidays. I only wish
                                      Photo by Brandi Smith. Cover
                                                                          that we had the sound for you. It has been a time of celebration for
                                       design by Heather Stewart.         all of us. We hosted the Holiday Homecoming on the Friday
                                       Echoes is published quarterly      evening before Thanksgiving, and it was a wonderful success. The
                                        by The Baptist College of
                                       Florida, 5400 College Drive,
                                                                          rain lifted just long enough for the festivities. Please mark your cal-
                                      Graceville, Florida 32440-1898.     endar for November 18, 2005 so that you can attend this great event
                                         Periodical postage paid at
                                       Graceville, Florida and addi-      next year. The Christmas Extravaganza was superb! It was the best
                                               tional offices.            production that I can remember at the college. Hats Off to Dr. Odom
                                         If you know someone who          and all of those who worked so hard to make this a most meaning-
                                       would like to receive Echoes,
                                       please send name and address       ful time of celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas season.
                                        to BCF, Echoes Editor, 5400
                                       College Drive, Graceville, FL
                                                32440-1898.               I am especially grateful to our December 2004 graduating class for
                                             POSTMASTER:
                                                                          their class project. The scholarship for Dr. and Mrs. Lee is a most
                                            SEND ADDRESS                  appropriate honor for two special people. As the Lees are continual
                                          CORRECTIONS TO:
                                                  BCF                     blessings to the college, the scholarship will serve to bless students
                                         5400 COLLEGE DRIVE
                                           GRACEVILLE, FL
                                                                          for years to come.
                                               32440-1898

                                           Statement of Mission           Please note the upcoming events for the spring conference sched-
                                         The purpose of The Baptist
                                       College of Florida shall be to
                                                                          ule. This is a fantastic line-up. We would be delighted to see you at
                                       promote, provide for, operate      any or all of these events.
                                       and control a program of edu-
                                      cation and training for ministers
                                        and other religious workers.
                                       The college shall operate as a
                                                                          God Bless You,
                                       coeducational, post-secondary
                                       institution awarding associate
                                        and baccalaureate degrees in
                                      the fields of theology, Christian
                                          education, church music,
                                      Christian counseling, leadership
                                                and education.


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                                                                                                                                                                  Legacy


                                                       H
                                                       a zeal for both the Word of God and his stu-
                                                       dents.
                                                                  e has walked the halls of The
                                                                  Baptist College (BCF) for over 35
                                                                  years, bringing with him each day
                                                                                                         of Dr. Lee's students traveled around cam-
                                                                                                         pus with a video camera recording greetings
                                                                                                         and well-wishes from students, faculty and
                                                                                                         staff which she then sent to Dr. Lee at his
                                                                                                         treatment center in Texas to lift his spirits.
                                                                                                                                                          ognize you not only as a teacher, but as a
                                                                                                                                                          friend," said Rebekah Fries who presented
                                                                                                                                                          the plaque as emotion hung thick in the air.
                                                                                                                                                              True to form, Dr. Lee was not short of
                                                                                                                                                          words for the occasion congratulating and
                                                           Even today with wavering health as he             Now nearly two years into his battle         encouraging the graduates.
                                                       fights a personal battle with cancer, he can      with cancer, he continues to make it to cam-         "You have not gotten here coasting or
                                                       always be found with a smile on his face          pus as often as possible although he was         easily. It has been difficult work and
                                                       encouraging students in their faith and           unable to teach his classes this fall.           endurance, but . . . you're life is going to
                                                       work.                                                 However, the long-time fixture on the        make a great difference in our world for
                                                           So, when it was time for BCF's fall sen-      campus is still                                                     Jesus Christ," said the
                                                       ior class to choose a class project, they         helping to mold                                                     revered professor.
                                                       could think of none more appropriate than         the ministers of                                                              "For the past
                                                       to honor this man who has touched their           tomorrow.                                                           years I have buried my
                                                       lives so profoundly with the establishment            "Dr. Lee has a                                                  heart and my life in this
                                                       of a scholarship in his honor to continue his     passion for the                                                     institution. I love it and
                                                       legacy at BCF well into the future.               word of God . . .                                                   God has ordained it," he
                                                           Dr. Lee's journey at BCF began in 1969,       and a passion for                                                   finished.
                                                       just 16 years after the campus made the           teaching . . . and a                                                          BCF President
                                                       move from Lakeland to the rural communi-          passion for stu-                                                    Dr. Thomas A. Kinchen
                                                       ty of Graceville in the Florida panhandle as      dents . . . and for                                                 concluded the remarks
                                                       Baptist Bible Institute. He has seen the col-     the Lord," explains                                                 stating, "Dr. Lee has
                                                       lege through two name changes, three pres-        BCF senior David Rathel who presented the        made an impression on you and it is one of




                       The
                                                       idents, and over 100 semesters.                   scholarship to Lee and wife, Joyce, during       righteousness." "Dr. Lee, we love you and
                                                           While working at the college he has con-      the Dec. 1 ceremony.                             God bless you."
                                There are a few        tinued to serve the local church as interim           "We figured the best thing we could do           The Dr. J.W. and Joyce Lee endowed
                                                       pastor for 42 churches in Georgia, Alabama        is to help the students he loves so much,"       scholarship will each year provide tuition




Legacy
                                people in each         and Florida from 1969 to 2004. He has also        said Rathel.                                     assistance to one Biblical Studies major
                                                       written numerous publications.                        As the couple walked to the stage to         preparing for Christian vocation. Donations

                             person's life who truly       As Senior Professor of Old Testament he
                                                       is known for his tough classes including lec-
                                                                                                         receive the plaque of recognition, the con-
                                                                                                         gregation stood in ovation with tears in their
                                                                                                                                                          may be made to the scholarship fund by
                                                                                                                                                          calling the office of Institutional

                              make a difference,
                                                       tures that tediously expound verse by verse       eyes.                                            Advancement at 800-328-2660, ext. 416.
                                                       through each book of the Bible.                       "We established this scholarship to rec-
                                                           "Dr. Lee's classes were very demanding
                              leave a legacy and       and challenging but the rewards far out-


                                                                                                                    Support the Legacy
                                                       weighed the demand because he makes the
                             change lives forever.     Old Testament come to life," recalls now
                                                       BCF assistant professor leadership Dr.

                               For thousands of
continues
                                                       David Coggins of his days of study under
                                                                                                                   If you would like to contribute to this scholarship,
                                                       Dr. Lee.
                                                                                                                           please use the attached envelope.
                                                           "He helped to lay a foundation of study
                                                                                                                       Designate on the envelope and your check
                               students and the        in the Old Testament that is still a benefit to
                                                                                                                          “Dr. J.W. and Joyce Lee Scholarship.”
                                                       me in ministry."
                             members of 49 area            Despite his all business attitude in lec-                   For more information, call 800-328-2660,
                                                       ture, his love for the students is obvious and                ext. 416 or e-mail ksluke@baptistcollege.edu.
                             churches, this person     they respond in kind.
                                                           In the fall of 2003 after being diagnosed                            All donations are tax deductible.
                                                       with sarcoma cancer early in the year, one
                                is Dr. J.W. Lee.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             People & Events




                              Holiday Homecoming reminiscent of                                                                                                                                            alumni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                news
                            Christmas of Old                                                                                                                                                               Stay in
    T
             he lights were twinkling and the
             sound of music filled the air as
             young and old alike meandered
    through The Baptist College of
    Florida's (BCF) Heritage Village at this
    year's Holiday Homecoming.
        The November 19 event drew a large
    crowd of visitors to the turn of the cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Touch   with fellow alumni
    tury collection of homes, churches and
    a one-room school house that make up
                                                                                                                                             1970’s              have relocated to Fort          2000’s            Kyle (00) and Cara       graduate from New
    the village.
                                                                                                                                       Ron Roberts (77) is       Polk, LA where Peter      Jo Marin (03) is cur-   Luke (01) and son        Orleans Baptist
        Picket fences were adorned with                                                                                                                          is currently assigned                             Garet have relocated     Theological Seminary
                                                                                                                                       currently serving as                                rently serving as
    greenery and lights, and each building                                                                                                                       to the First Battalion                            to Dothan, AL. They      with a Masters of
                                                The Basford Brothers Quartet entertained a large crowd with Southern                   Associate Pastor at                                 youth pastor at
    was decorated with old-fashioned deco-                                                                                             Summerville Baptist       (Airborne) 509th          Friendship Baptist      may be reached by        Music in Church
                                                Gospel favorites during the annual Holiday Homecoming event at BCF.
    rations for the holiday season.                                                                                                    Church in Phenix          Infantry Regiment as      Church in Fort          mail at 116 Elmwood      Music in December
        Several musical groups entertained                                                                                             City, AL. Ron may be      the Battalion             Worth, TX while         Drive Dothan, AL         of 2004.
    the crowds from the center court with                                                                                              reached by mail at        Chaplain. The family      working toward a        36303 or by phone at
    southern gospel music including the                                                                                                3500 Summerville          may be reached by         Master of Divinity      334-699-3158. Kyle       Shaun Braley (04)
    Basford Brothers Quartet and the                                                                                                   Road Phenix City,         mail at 5975-A            degree at               will graduate with a     has been named as
    Mount Gilead Quartet. A visit to the old                                                                                           AL 36867, by phone        Harrell Place, Ft.        Southwestern Baptist    Master’s degree in       the Music Assistant
                                                                                                                                       at 706-327-1171 or        Polk, LA 71459, by        Theological Seminary    Public Administra-       for the Church Music
    Primitive Baptist Church brought the
                                                                                                                                       by e-mail to              phone at 337-537-         in Fort Worth, TX. Jo   tion from Florida        Division at The
    sound of Christmas tunes played by
                                                                                                                                       rlroberts@                8195, or by e-mail to     can be reached by       State University in      Baptist College of
    BCF's own College Winds.
                                                                                                                                       knology.net.              Keoughs5@ aol.com.        mail at 4318 S.         December 2004.           Florida. Shaun and
        Around every corner visitors found                                                                                                                                                                                                  wife, Alison (04), are
                                                                                                                                                                                           Henderson Avenue
    old-fashioned artisans demonstrating                                                                                                                         Mark McDowell                                     Todd (03) and Faithe     both serving at
                                                                                                                                             1980’s                                        #202 Fort Worth, TX
    their craft. Children gathered through-                                                                                            Mark Chamberlin           (96) is currently serv-   76115, by phone at      Ward have relocated      Bethlehem Baptist
    out the night around the husband and                                                                                               (84) is currently serv-   ing as senior pastor at   801-301-7293, or by     to Lake Wylie, South     Church in Bonifay,
    wife team of Tom and Pam Thompson           Pam Thompson, right, spent the brisk night surrounded by wide-eyed little              ing as senior pastor at   First Baptist Church      e-mail to               Carolina where Todd      Florida. The Braley’s
    who were stationed in front of the gal-     girls intrigued by the crafting of corn shuck dolls.                                   Hilltop Baptist           in Brandywine, WV.        cjmarin@charter.net.    is serving as Minister   may be reached at
    ley style Carlton House. Tom sat craft-                                                                                            Church in Chula           Mark may be reached                               of Music for Lake        712 North Varner
    ing baskets from thin strips of wood, a     let them feel how soft the finished bar     cooked to perfection. Those who held       Vista, CA. He and         by mail at PO Box 89      Jeff Stading (01) is    Wylie Baptist            Street, Bonifay,
    skill which has garnered him acclaim        became.                                     out until the end were rewarded with a     wife, Anna (85), may      Brandywine, WV            currently serving as    Church. They may be      Florida 32425 or by
                                                    A sweet smell filling the air drew      taste of the perfected syrup to complete   be reached by mail at     26802, by phone at        senior pastor at        reached at 5415          phone at (850) 547-
    throughout northwest Florida.
                                                visitors to the opposite side of the vil-   the blissful night.                        1190 Neptune Drive        304-249-5767 or by        Salem Baptist Church    Highway 557, Lake        2424
        Little girls watched enthralled as
                                                lage where they found a quilter and a           The event is a long-standing tradi-    Chula Vista, CA           e-mail to                 in Tampa, FL. Jeff      Wylie, South
    Pam helped them make dolls out of corn
                                                blacksmith at work before stumbling         tion at the college previously held the    91911 or by phone at      pastormcdowell@           can be reached by       Carolina 29710.                 Deaths
    shucks while keeping a watchful eye on                                                                                                                       hotmail.com.                                                               Eugene Phillips who
                                                upon the origin of the sweet aroma at       first weekend of December as "Village      619-271-6578.                                       mail at 1712 East
    her nearby wash pot where her brew of                                                                                                                                                                          Danny (02), Shae         attended BCF 1957-
                                                                                                                                                                                           Busch Blvd. Tampa,
    homemade lye soap simmered over a           the cane syrup kettle.                      Christmas." This year organizers moved                               Roger Culpepper                                   (02) and Madison         59 passed on
                                                    Smoke billowed in the cold night air    the event to November and changed the
                                                                                                                                             1990’s                                        FL 33612, by phone
    propane cooker.                                                                                                                    Peter (99) and Amy        (98) may be reached       at 813-935-0738, or     Heath are now serv-      September 12, 2004.
        Later after she poured up the mix-      as the syrup made of cane juice ground      name to "Holiday Homecoming" to                                      by mail at 463 SE                                 ing at First Baptist
                                                                                                                                       Keough and three                                    by e-mail to jstad-
    ture, the children stood in wonder as she   just a few hours earlier at the village     kick off the holiday season.               children Haden,           71st Street Starke, FL    ing@verizon.net.        Church, La Place as
                                                                                                                                       Austin and Kaitlyn        32656.                                            full time Minister of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Music. Danny will


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