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January 29, 2010

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Geoffrey Reiter, new English professor at The Baptist College of Florida.

The General Education Division at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., proudly welcomed new professor Geoffrey Reiter at the beginning of the spring 2010 semester. Reiter comes to Graceville from Waco, Texas, where he taught eighth through tenth grade at a charter school while pursing a doctoral degree in English at Baylor University.

Reiter earned his undergraduate degree in English from Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y. in 2001 and a master's degree in church history from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2005. He plans to complete his doctoral dissertation this summer through Baylor University.

This is not his first teaching experience, having worked with students of all ages, from elementary, middle and high to college freshman. His courses at BCF this semester include Intermediate Composition, American Prose Writers from World War I to Present, Advanced Composition, and Studies in the Short Story.

Reiter works to capture the interests of students taking English only to fulfill a core requirement. "Students need to see how reading can affect their lives and their thinking," said Reiter. "So much of the pop culture they love is related to literature."

The B.A. in English is a relatively new degree program offered at BCF. "It is daunting but very exciting. It truly has an advantage because it provides the ideal teaching situation - small classes with a core group who really want to be here," stated Reiter. "I hope to see the department expand because there are so many ways God can use someone in vocations as well as ministry who can use ideas and language effectively."

Reiter and his wife, Mary, have a two year old daughter, Greta, and a six month old son, Simon.

Reiter summed up his experience at BCF this far by saying, "I don't have to think about how to answer that, the people are all very kind and there is a genuine devotion and passion for Christ."

For more information on the English degree and other degrees offered at The Baptist College of Florida, visit www.baptistcollege.edu.