Endowed Scholarship Established for Central Baptist College WISH Circle

Endowed Scholarship Established for Central Baptist College WISH Circle
The Conway Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a grant request from Central Baptist College in the amount of $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for the WISH Circle. The scholarship’s priority will be for women enrolling in CBC’s PACE (Professional Adult College Education) Program. “We are so thankful to Conway Corporation for their very generous gift to affect lasting change for women in our community through higher education,” said Sancy Faulk, Vice President for Advancement.

The WISH Circle’s focus is on under-served women who may not have ever dreamed of a college education but have the capacity and the drive to succeed. The WISH Circle exists to foster generational change in women and their families through education, to catalyze others to make change in their lives, and to give women tools which make them more confident parents, employees, and citizens.

WISH stands for Women In Support of Hope, and the WISH Circle is a women’s initiative where women support women in one of the following three ways:
1. Scholarships- The WISH Circle provides scholarships for women to attend the PACE Program at Central Baptist College. The PACE program allows women the opportunity to attend class at night or online so that they can still work full time and take care of their families. Funding for the scholarships is provided through membership dues to WISH.
2. Mentoring- Members of the WISH Circle Mentoring Advocacy Group will be paired with WISH scholarship recipients or current PACE students to support students in the areas of professional dress, job interview skills, and resume writing.
3. Prayer- Members of the WISH Circle Prayer Partner Advocacy Group will be paired with a WISH scholarship recipient or a current PACE student to pray regularly for these women while they are enrolled in college.

The WISH Circle was formally launched on November 9, 2017. To date, approximately 50 individuals have either joined the WISH Circle or joined an advocacy group. Over $30,000 has been received or pledged for scholarship awards. Information about the WISH scholarship criteria and the application can be found online at www.cbc.edu/wishscholarship.

The WISH Circle is partnering with the United Way of Central Arkansas, The Salvation Army, the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, and Y107.1-Crain Media Group, to bring the first designated Career Closet for women in the Conway area. The WISH Circle will be hosting a Come and Go Reception and Career Closet Drive on October 25 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the Community Room on the Central Baptist College campus. To RSVP for this event, visit www.cbc.edu/wishevents.

For membership information visit www.cbc.edu/joinwish or contact Sancy Faulk, Vice President for Advancement, at either sfaulk@cbc.edu or 501.205.8799.

CBC Teacher Education Program Announces National Accreditation

Program Now 1 of 147 Providers in the U.S. Meeting New, Rigorous Standards to Better Prepare Tomorrow’s Teachers

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) has announced that the Central Baptist College Teacher Education Program is one of 46 providers from 22 states and Puerto Rico to receive accreditation for their educator preparation programs. The spring 2018 review by the CAEP Accreditation Council increased to 147 the total number of providers approved under the CAEP teacher preparation standards—rigorous, nationally recognized standards that were developed to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs.

Central Baptist College officials hosted a celebration on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in the Story Library to announce the national accreditation.

CBC President Terry Kimbrow said, “CBC’s mission is the integration of Christian faith and academic excellence. The Teacher Education Program at CBC exemplifies this commitment by producing Christ-centered servant leaders. Our students and instructors should be very proud of the work they are doing. We’ve set a very high bar for our teacher prep program and CAEP Accreditation validates the hard work we are doing.”

“These institutions meet high standards so that their students receive an education that prepares them to succeed in a diverse range of classrooms after they graduate,” said CAEP President Dr. Christopher A. Koch. “Seeking CAEP Accreditation is a significant commitment on the part of an educator preparation provider.”

CAEP is the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation. Accreditation is a nongovernmental activity based on peer review that serves the dual functions of assuring quality and promoting improvement. CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. It is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation. Currently, more than 800 educator preparation providers participate in the CAEP Accreditation system, including many previously accredited through former standards.

Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles:

Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

Work toward an accredited Teacher Education Program at CBC began in 2009, with the establishment of an Education Department. From 2012-2014, the program became a candidate for accreditation by CAEP’s predecessor, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and programs of study in five licensure areas were approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. In November 2017, the CBC Teacher Education Program hosted a team of peer reviewers for a 3-day site visit during which program data and outcomes were examined, which is the culminating accreditation activity. In April 2018, the CAEP Accreditation Council reviewed information collected by the site visit team and determined that the CBC Teacher Education Program had met all five CAEP standards.

“I’m very proud that we have achieved this significant milestone for our program and for CBC,” said Shanda New, Education Department Chair. “CAEP accreditation requires a huge investment, and yields both a validation for the hard work we’ve done over the last nine years, and direction for continuous improvement in the future. Our graduates prove the quality of our program in the excellent work they do in classrooms every day, and I’m thrilled that CBC can play a role in providing highly-qualified teachers for students in Arkansas and surrounding states.”

Central Baptist College Expands Ministry Tuition Grant Program

Central Baptist College (CBC) is pleased to announce an expansion of the Ministry Tuition Grant. Previously designated the Ministers Discount, the Ministry Tuition Grant has, for many years, been available to those in a traditional degree program who are licensed or ordained to the preaching ministry and actively attending or serving in a Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA), Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), or American Baptist Association (ABA) church. Wives and dependent children of those who met these qualifications were also eligible to receive the grant.

At the March 2018 Board of Trustee’s Meeting, the Ministry Tuition Grant was extended to those enrolled in the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) Department and to missionaries serving through the BMAA Missions Department or the International Missions Board (IMB). Wives and dependent children of those who meet the eligibility requirements will also be eligible to receive the grant if they enroll in the PACE Department, as will wives and dependent children of qualified missionaries.

“We are honored to be able to extend the Ministry Tuition Grant to students in our PACE Department and to missionaries serving around the globe,” said CBC President Terry Kimbrow. “Central Baptist College has supported those in the preaching ministry through higher education since the inception of the College in 1952. These changes to the Ministry Tuition Grant continue our support and allow prospective students the opportunity to choose the program delivery that best fits their current needs.”

The Ministry Tuition Grant ranges from a tuition grant of 20% to a tuition grant of 50%, depending upon the program in which students are enrolling and their denominational affiliation. In order to qualify, all eligibility requirements must be met and all required documentation must be submitted for verification. Full eligibility details, required documentation, and applications can be found online at cbc.edu/MinistryGrant.

For more information about enrolling at Central Baptist College, contact the Admissions Office at 501.329.6873 or admissions@cbc.edu.

CBC Announces Plans to Construct Band Rehearsal Hall

Central Baptist College officials announced today that the college will begin a 4,000 square foot renovation of the Harold E. Cooper Educational Complex on Monday, October 2.  The remodel, anticipated to be completed by the start of the Spring 2018 semester, is to accommodate a new Band Rehearsal Hall.

The 2,600 square foot Band Rehearsal Hall is designed to accommodate up to 75 student musicians.  Additionally, new and renovated office space dedicated to the Fine Arts Department will be included in the renovations. An anonymous donation is covering the cost of construction.

“This is really an exciting time for us,” said Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of BandsTim Gunter.  “We are quickly running out of room and flexibility in our current location.  I am so thankful for President Kimbrow for his tireless efforts on our behalf and to the Lord for His perfect timing and opening this door.”

Gunter noted, “The band hall will provide our current and future band family a place to call home, not just for rehearsals and classes, but throughout the day to hang out.  That is a positive impact that is often overlooked, but I have had many students comment over the years about the comfort of our band halls and how much it meant to them.”

CBC band started in the fall of 2016 with 14 students, and has grown to 30 students for the fall of 2017. Gunter added, “Our band program may have officially started in the fall of 2016, but with the addition of a band rehearsal hall, we are off and running.  I am so thankful and excited about the road ahead!”

Gunter is most well-known for his tenure as Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., a position he held for 15 years. He has also served as Associate Director of Bands at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. and numerous bands across the state of Arkansas.  Gunter most recently has served as the Pastor of Worship and Discipleship at First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark. since 2012.  Gunter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1979 and a Master of Music Conducting degree in 1993, both from the University of Arkansas.

Liz Hamilton, AIA owner of H+N Architects in Conway, will be serving as the architect for the project.  Clark Construction, LLC of Little Rock will be serving as the contractor.

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college founded in 1952 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas.  For more information about the band program contact Director of Bands Tim Gunter at tgunter@cbc.edu or 501-205-8914.



Central Baptist College has been added to the list of Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report. CBC was selected number 48 on the list, tied with Kentucky Christian University.

CBC’s most recent ranking was 71st in the 2016 list. The rankings are based off of the graduate experience and the broad range of programs offered in the liberal arts, such as business, nursing and education.

The U.S. News and World Report is an annual publication and the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2018 guidebook includes rankings of 1,800 institutions nationwide. The rankings are based on peer assessment, first-year student retention rate, graduation rate from 2016, class size, student/faculty ratio, SAT/ACT percentile rating, freshman high school graduation class rank, acceptance rate and alumni giving. The full list of rankings can be found at usnews.com/colleges.

Guyton Hired as New Director of Church Relations

Central Baptist College President Terry Kimbrow has announced the hiring of Duffy Guyton as the Director of Church Relations. Guyton will also assist Dr. Aaron Brister as the pitching coach for the CBC baseball team.

In his capacity as the Director of Church Relations, Guyton will be responsible for building and cultivating passionate and sustainable support for the college through planning and implementing programs which engage local churches in the mission of the college.

Guyton comes to CBC after serving at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) in Cordova, Tenn. for the past 17 years. While at MABTS, Guyton served in various roles, most recently as the Chief Development Officer, Dean of Admissions, and Athletic Director. Guyton has also served as the bi-vocational pastor at Shelby Forest Baptist Church in Millington, Tenn. for the past three years. Also during his time at MABTS, Guyton served as an interim pastor for First Baptist Church in Coldwater, Miss., from January of 2008 to August of 2009 and was the senior pastor at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Moscow, Tenn., from November of 1999 through December of 2001.

Prior to working at MABTS, Guyton served two years as the associate pastor of Central Baptist Church in Brighton, Tenn.

His college administration experience began at Dallas Baptist University, where he served from January of 1996 to September of 1997 as the Director of Freshman and Transfer Recruitment. Prior to serving in that capacity, Guyton served as the Assistant Baseball Coach, Director of Athletic Fundraising and Head Cross-Country Coach for four seasons from 1992 to 1996. While at Dallas Baptist, he was the volunteer leader of the youth ministry at Faithway Baptist Church in Irving, Texas for five years.

Coach Guyton also has almost 15 years of coaching experience in baseball at the homeschool, summer collegiate league, high school and NAIA levels. His coaching experience began at Dallas Baptist, where he was the pitching coach and lead recruiter for four seasons, where he recruited three players that went on to play Major League Baseball (Scott Mullen, Brandon Harper and Jason LaRue). While at DBU, he was also an associate scout for the Kansas City Royals and the head coach of the Dallas Indians Southwest Collegiate Baseball League squad for one season. After a break from coaching, Guyton re-entered that foray by becoming a head coach and assistant coach at the Memphis Homeschool Association Baseball Organization.

Guyton, a native of West Monroe, La., earned his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Dallas Baptist in 1993 and earned his Masters of Education in higher education from DBU in 1997. He also earned his Masters of Divinity from MABTS in 2001. He is married to Dawn and the couple has four sons, Caleb, a 2017 CBC graduate, Ryan, a junior at CBC, and twins Matthew and Andrew, who will both be freshman at CBC this fall.

CBC Adds Autism Support Program

CONWAY, Ark. – Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas is proud to announce a new program to ensure student success called the Autism Spectrum Assistance Program (ASAP).

ASAP is a program for students interested in attending college, but are in need of additional supports in order to be successful. Paula Bender, Disability Support Services Coordinator for CBC said, “Our goal is to support students on the autism spectrum through college. We believe ASAP will be a tremendous benefit to these students and allow them to have the full college experience.”

The Autism Spectrum Assistance Program is accepting applications for a limited number of openings for the fall 2017 semester. The program is open to students admitted to CBC in any degree program and there is a cost for the services in addition to tuition. Information and applications are available on the program’s website at cbc.edu/asap.

ASAP provides extensive support in addition to the appropriate accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Academic tutoring and study skills instruction will be provided. Peer mentors will be assigned and counseling provided to assist with social skills. Students may also participate in ASAP Bootcamp. Bootcamp allows students to experience campus life in a very structured, small group setting, during the summer, in preparation for the beginning of school.

Bender added, “Central Baptist College provides a unique opportunity for students on the Autism Spectrum. The small student-faculty ratio allows more access to instructors and individual attention. The small campus environment is where students can discover their place and feel part of the campus community.”

Students must meet the minimum admissions requirements of CBC, provide documentation of disability, and letters of recommendation from educators and or counselors to be considered for the program. For more information, contact: Paula Bender, Disability Support Services Coordinator, at pbender@cbc.edu or (501)205-8926 or visit cbc.edu/asap.

Lepine Set to Deliver Commencement Addresses at CBC

Bob Lepine, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of FamilyLife and Co-Host of FamilyLife® Today, FamilyLife’s nationally syndicated program, will deliver Central Baptist College’s commencement addresses on Saturday, May 6th in the Burgess Auditorium. The commencement for the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) graduation will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the commencement for traditional students will be at 2:00 p.m.

CBC President Terry Kimbrow said, “I am thrilled to announce Bob Lepine as CBC’s commencement speaker. Lepine is an accomplished author, radio personality, and a great role model for our graduates.” This year’s class of 159 graduates is the largest graduating class in the school’s history. CBC will have 118 graduates participating in graduation, 77 in the Traditional program and 41 in the PACE program.

A veteran of Christian radio, Bob has a degree in communications from the University of Tulsa.  Prior to joining FamilyLife in 1992, Bob worked for local radio stations in Tulsa, Phoenix, Sacramento, and San Antonio.

He is the author of The Christian Husband, and the on-air voice for “Truth for Life” with Alistair Begg.  Bob also serves on the Executive Committee for National Religious Broadcasters.

Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he also serves as an elder and teaching pastor at Redeemer Community Church.

CBC Extends Military Tuition Discount to Veterans

Central Baptist College is proud to announce a special Veteran Education Grant for retirees and veterans of the armed forces. All veterans, active duty, guard or reserve members of the military that are receiving service related benefits are eligible for the tuition discount. The discount will waive the remaining tuition for most military service men and women in both the online & traditional programs. The previous discount was only available for those service men and women that were eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA).

Steven Hall, Director of Military Relations said, “As a veteran this means a great deal to me. I look forward to sharing this benefit that CBC has chosen to give to all veterans, whether they take classes online, on campus, or in one of our many degree programs at either our Conway or North Little Rock campus.”

            “We are so proud to expand our military discount to include all veterans. We have supported all branches of the military through higher education for many years in many ways and this simply continues our support,” said CBC President Terry Kimbrow.

CBC has been named a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media.  This is the eighth year in a row that CBC has received this honor.  The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

CBC offers an Associate of Science degree in Military Technologies with locations in Conway and in North Little Rock at Camp Robinson. In addition to the Military Technologies Associate’s degree, CBC offers over 40 degree programs.  Twelve of these degree programs are offered in the Professional Adult College Education (PACE) program and ten online. 

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college founded in 1952 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas.  For more details visit www.cbc.edu/military or contact Director of Military Relations, Steven Hall at (501) 212-6608.


CBC Adds Church Administration Degree

Central Baptist College has added a Bachelor of Science degree in Church Administration to its list of Professional Adult College Education (PACE) degree programs. Starting in the spring of 2017, the Church Administration degree will help to prepare students to manage the business and administrative aspects of running a church.
The degree is designed around upper-level courses with an emphasis on business and human resource management and church leadership. Additionally, the student will study accounting, computer applications, and Christian doctrine in lower-level courses. The flexibility of the degree plan allows the student, via choice of elective coursework, to prepare for an entry-level position in church and organizational management, promotion in the field, entry into a graduate program, or even law school.

According to Chad Linn, PACE Department Chair and Director of Online Studies at CBC, “This degree bridges the gap between clergy and business staff by properly training non-pastoral or even pastoral servants. We need to equip churches in this area so that clergy are not overwhelmed or taken by surprise with issues outside of spiritual guidance.”

Courses will be offered online and in the classroom and are completed in five-week blocks similar to other non-traditional classes.

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. For more information regarding CBC PACE and Online programs, call 501-329-6873, e-mail admissions@cbc.edu or visit cbc.edu/itsyourtime.