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May 3, 2012

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BCF Senior Gerald Kirby wins the Presidential Excellence in Preaching Award.

On Tuesday, May 1, students and faculty at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville filled the R.G. Lee Chapel in anticipation of hearing from the Presidential Excellence in Preaching Award winner. Having preached before a student gallery and panel of faculty judges, BCF Senior and pastor of Beulah Baptist Church in Cedar Spring, GA, Gerald Kirby emerged as the front-runner of the Spring 2012 preaching competition.

BCF Graduate Division Chair and Preaching Professor Ed Scott introduced Kirby congratulating him on this significant accomplishment, and the distinct honor of preaching before his peers and faculty. Scott recognized family and friends that accompanied Kirby on this special occasion, specifically his wife, Darlene, who served faithfully in the Marketing Office as the Administrative Assistant to the Director.

Surrounded by family and friends, Kirby spoke from a familiar passage in James 2:1-13, tackling the topic of partiality among believers. With a passion in his voice and a heart wrenching personal story, Kirby held the attention of all in attendance. He compelled listeners to look deep within their hearts to a time when they were judged unfairly or cast judgment on someone else. Kirby challenged the body of Christ to "Always show mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment."

Definitely raising the standard for future student preaching competitions, Kirby will graduate May 11th with a Bachelor's degree in Ministry. For more information on all of the degree programs offered at BCF, please call at 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or visit www.baptistcollege.edu.