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October 10, 2010

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R.C. and Lois Mills assist BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen in cutting the monumental ribbon opening the doors to the Mills Center for Missions and Evangelism.

Over 150 people gathered for the official opening and dedication of The Mills Center for Missions and Evangelism at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville Friday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m.

BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen stressed to those in attendance that this ceremony marks the culmination of 10 years of prayer and hard work. "This is just one more step in the journey for the institution whose business is about changing the world," stated Kinchen. "The real proof of this work is in the students -- with what you learn here, what you carry out from here, and what you do with it."

BCF Board of Trustee Chair Howard Gates addressed the crowd and shared his thoughts on the reason for the gathering, "We are here because the Word of God is alive!" The Mills Center was constructed as a place for students to learn the Word, to be grounded in God's Word, so they then could go into the world and share that knowledge.

Dean of Faculty and Theology Division Chair Robin Jumper expressed how humbled and grateful he was to be a part of the day, conveying to those gathered all the hopes he has for the center. "I believe God has His hand on this school as we prepare young men and women to spread the Gospel; it's my prayer that this will be done through this facility," said Jumper. "This will be a place of prayer, a place of learning the Word of God, a place where mentoring takes place, and where students are compelled to be God's servants in the world."

Florida Baptist Convention Executive Director-Treasurer John Sullivan quoted from Philippians, relating how Paul and Timothy thanked God upon their every remembrance of fellow laborers for the Kingdom. Sullivan said, "I am confident that this building will stand for spreading the Gospel of Christ."

President Kinchen thanked all of those who not only had a vision for a missions and evangelism center, but also those who had a part in the construction and designing of the new center. He presented Supervising Contractor Tom Horton with a resolution from the Board of Trustees. The resolution, along with a monetary gift, was to thank Horton for his tireless efforts to see the building finished, having never taken any payment for his time and energy. "I saw him here before early and after late, saying he wanted to bless this school because it has so blessed this community," stated Kinchen.

After a round of applause, the BCF Male Chorale led by Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis sang "Favorite Song of All" featuring senior soloist Andy Johnston. Embodying the reason for the creation of the Mills Center, the song relates how God's favorite thing to hear is the song of a soul being redeemed.

BCF Trustee R.C. Mills offered the prayer of dedication before he and his wife, Lois, joined President Kinchen, Gates, Jumper, and Sullivan to cut the ribbon and officially open the Mills Center for Missions and Evangelism, thereby furthering BCF in its endeavors to "Change the World, Through the Unchanging Word®, "

For more information about the Ministry and Missions Programs offered at BCF, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen presents Tom Horton with a gift and resolution from the Board of Trustees.