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October 5, 2012

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen shared words of remembrance, encouragement, excitement and welcome to guests attending the Platinum Jubilee Celebration.

On October 4, The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville opened the chapel doors as faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the college joined together to celebrate the beginning of the college's 70th academic session. The BCF orchestra under the direction of Professor Ron Branning ushered in the festivities as BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen welcomed guests to a service of praise and thanksgiving for what God has done in and through the men and women who have given their lives in service to the Lord. Kinchen recognized special guests from the Florida Baptist Convention, State Legislature, Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the many friends that have prayed and supported the college over the past 70 years.

Special musical arrangements were performed by the BCF College Choir, Women's Ensemble, Male Chorale, and College Singers prior to Kinchen sharing a few words of anticipation, excitement, and reading stories from alumni of how attending BCF has equipped them and prepared them for areas of ministry and service. Kinchen echoed the proclamation sung by the combined choir "At the name of Jesus..." we have life, purpose, direction, and a bright future. "Beginning in Lakeland, Fla., with a small prayerful group of men who were concerned about the need for theological education in Florida," reflected Kinchen. "Now 70 years later, see what mighty things God has done with their vision."

Immediately following the time of praise and worship in the chapel, a special concert was provided by the BCF Jazz Band as guests enjoyed lunch on the grounds and a time of fellowship with students and faculty. Social media sites were filled with "Happy Birthday BCF" as students were excited about where they came from, encouraged about where they are, and eager to go change the world for Christ.

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