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BCF Press Release



February 3, 2016

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Faculty meet with BCF President for devotion and prayer every Tuesday through Friday before classes start at 8:00 a.m.

Every Tuesday through Friday at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, the faculty meet for devotion and prayer before classes begin at 8:00 a.m. On one particular morning upon exiting the faculty prayer time, BCF President Thomas A. Kinchen encountered two BCF students, Sarah Hardison and Mel Chambers. As is his custom, Kinchen paused to engage them in a “How’s it going?” conversation. Chambers quickly changed the focus of the conversation by asking Kinchen, “Do you have 54 cents?” Fifty-four cents was the amount needed for a coffee refill in the King’s Cup Coffee Shop located in the student center.

What an unusual request from a student to a college president; so unusual that it tells the bigger story. Certainly the amount of money is not significant; a fellow student would have gladly offered to provide such a minimal amount. The real story, perhaps, is not even the generosity of Kinchen who would, of course, grant the request as a father would do for a son or daughter. The big story is that the student felt so at ease asking a very busy college president for his time and favor, in contradiction to what most would say, “Such a question would be an unaccepted social practice or protocol.”

That’s certainly not the case at The Baptist College of Florida. Student care is not just a phrase found in a publicity document; it’s a priority for everyday college business/operations, “from the top down.” According to BCF Professor Emeritus Mike Burns who overheard the entire fifty-four cents exchange, “From the Lord, who cares for His servants (I Timothy 5:18); from Kinchen, who by word, leadership and example, has fostered student watch-care; from professors and staff, who see college business and instruction as ministry; from student to student, as they freely communicate and minister together and to one another, that’s what’s special about BCF.” In this encounter, observed by Burns, Chambers dared to commit a social faux-paux on behalf of her fellow student. For you see, Chambers asked the president so that Hardison could get the benefit.

The question remains, did Hardison get the fifty-four cents for a coffee refill? “Yes, she did,” stated Burns. “And she would have received far more if she had a need.” Small change with a big story? “Maybe it is not such a big story after all, just wonderfully business as usual!” stated Burns.

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