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July 6, 2011

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen and members of the Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals

The Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals (GACHP) met for its Eighth Annual Convention in Richmond, Virginia on June 22-25, 2011. During the meeting a new partnership was announced between the professional organization and The Baptist College of Florida (BCF).

The purpose of the GACHP is "to inspire and equip Christian hospitality professionals to the next level of excellence." Currently the group has members in 19 states. Members serve primarily in food service and other hospitality based ministries in local churches and according to Marcus White, President of GACHP, the membership is rapidly growing all across the country.

In an effort to provide strong Bible-based business leadership training for Christian hospitality professionals, BCF and GACHP have formed a uniquely intentional partnership. Currently, BCF offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Leadership. Under the new program this program will be tailored to fit the needs of GACHP members through biblical and theological studies, business studies, and internships in Christian hospitality settings.

BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen delivered the closing Keynote Address for the GACHP Convention held in June. Assuring those attending of the vital importance of their work, Kinchen reminded the group that "Our Lord has always been in the business of hospitality. From Eden, through the Exodus and the ministry of Jesus, God has provided for the needs of His people and invited us to join Him in Heaven for eternity. Now that is the epitome of Christian hospitality." Kinchen noted that he was impressed by the genuine passion that the GACHP members displayed for their calling and service. He noted that BCF looks forward to a long and fruitful association with GACHP.

In assessing the Annual Convention, White noted, "Our deepest desire would be to minister to, inspire and equip even more hospitality professionals. We would love to see business administrators and church leaders understand the importance of sending their hospitality staff to the annual meetings. Attending the meetings not only encourages and provides a network of individuals to learn exchange ideas and information, but it also exposes them to even greater areas of service, professionalism and ministry. We are already getting excited about our next meeting to be held in Savannah, Ga., June 28-30, 2012."

As a part of the development of the new training partnership, the GACHP established a scholarship fund that will help to underwrite the costs for GACHP members who are pursuing the Business Leadership degree at BCF.

For more information about GACHP, please check out their website at www.gachp.org. For additional information on degrees offered through The Baptist College of Florida call 800-328-2660 ext. 460.

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen (right) accepts the Global Association of Christian Hospitality Professionals (GACHP) scholarship from GACHP President Marcus White.