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Education Commission

Dean Register, Chairman

When we as Mississippi Baptists take the time to count our blessings we run out of time before we run out of blessings. On behalf of the Education Commission, I am delighted to declare that Mississippi Baptists are impacting the world for Christ through our three Baptist Colleges: Blue Mountain, Mississippi College, and William Carey University.

One of the purposes of the Education Commission is to “seek to strengthen the colleges of Mississippi Baptists and unify the efforts of these institutions in the Convention program of Christ in higher education.” Approximately seven million Cooperative Program dollars are allocated by the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board to undergird and enhance the mission and vision of our colleges.

The Commission meets on each campus annually and serves as a liaison between Mississippi Baptists and the colleges. During the meetings we have an opportunity to hear our college presidents highlight their programs, facilities, finances, faculty, and student activities. We have been richly blessed by the dedicated and highly capable leadership of Dr. Lee Royce, Mississippi College; Dr. Tommy King, William Carey University; and recently retired Dr. Bettye Rogers Coward, Blue Mountain College. We also excitedly welcome Dr. Barbara McMillin as the ninth president of Blue Mountain College. Furthermore, during our meetings we hear testimonies from students regarding their personal relationship with Christ and the faith journey that connected them to one of our Baptist colleges.

As Mississippi Baptists, we must continue to engage in fervent prayer for our colleges, the students and their parents, our presidents, our faculty, and our administrative staff. We can pray and encourage high school students to consider enrolling in one of our Baptist colleges, and we can ask our heavenly Father to multiply His blessings upon the investments Mississippi Baptists are making to immerse a college education with a passionate faith in Christ.

Information from the 2012 Book of Reports