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BCF TRUSTEES CONDUCT HISTORIC MEETING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 28, 2014


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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen with newly elected BCF Board of Trustee Chair Kenric Conway.

The Board of Trustees of The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) conducted its Post-Convention meeting on January 23-24, 2014, in Graceville, Fla. According to BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen, “This meeting is always the one at which we amend the budget, approve the audit, approve the Long Range Plan, and elect officers. The 2014 meeting was no different in content. What was different was the personalities involved.”

Rev. Kenric Conway, pastor of The Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City, was elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the college. The Baptist College of Florida is in its seventy-first year of operation, and Conway is the first African American elected to serve as Chairman of the Board. In fact, according to Kinchen, “The best information that I have indicates that he is the first African American ever elected to serve as Chairman of the Board for any of our agencies or institutions of the Florida Baptist Convention.” Kinchen continued, “As I told our trustees, Kenric was not elected because of his ethnic background. He was elected because he is God’s man, in God’s time, at God’s place. He has served faithfully and has all of the qualities that we are seeking in a trustee leader. He is my friend and brother, and I am truly excited about working with him and our Board.” The Baptist College of Florida has an extension site housed at The Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City, and Conway has been instrumental in sending many students to study at the campus in Graceville.

Robert Carlton, retired businessman and member of the Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, was elected to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board. Don McLaughlin, pastor of the Lifebasics Church in Tallahassee, was elected to serve as Secretary of the Board. Kinchen noted, “All of our Board members and officers represent the finest folks in the Florida Baptist Convention. I am honored and excited to serve along with them as our Lord leads us.”

In other business, the Board of Trustees approved an audit report which indicated that the college continues to operate in a most responsible manner. The college received the highest possible rating from the auditors. The school continues to operate in the black and carries no debt. Trustees received a report indicating that the 2013-2014 Operating Budget would not require amendment. The board received reports concerning the ongoing renovation and renewal of the campus in Graceville as well as the expansion of the distance education program.

For more information on The Baptist College of Florida and the degree opportunities, please contact 800-328-2660 ext. 460 or access the website at www.baptistcollege.edu

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BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen with newly elected officers of the Board of Trustees:  Secretary, Don McLaughlin, pastor of the Lifebasics Church in Tallahassee; Chairman, Kenric Conway, pastor of The Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City; and Robert Carlton retired businessman and member of the Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board.


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