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.

Central Baptist College Named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly Schools List

Central Baptist College announced today that it has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM , and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

CBC President Terry Kimbrow said, “It is an honor to be included on the Military Friendly Schools list for the eighth year in a row. We have a long tradition of working with students who serve or have served our country. We will continue to do whatever it takes to honor their service.” Currently, at CBC, 14% of the institution’s total student population is comprised of students from various branches of the U.S. Military.

CBC offers an Associate of Science degree in Military Technologies with locations in Conway and in North Little Rock at Camp Robinson. To admitted students, CBC also offers the following benefits to our service men and women: Full time veteran advisers on staff, process enrollment certifications for VA GI Bill Education, Federal Tuition Assistance, tuition discounts of up to 25% for qualifying soldiers, free evaluations of AARTS/SMARTS military transcript, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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 program and six online. This program offers the working adult the opportunity to work full time and obtain their college degree.

Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college founded in 1952 by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. For information about CBC, go to www.cbc.edu/military or call 501-329-6873.

CBC Jumps in Latest U.S. News and World Report Rankings

Central Baptist College has been ranked as a “Best Regional College” in the South, according to the 2017 U.S. Best College rankings by U.S. News & World Report. CBC ranks 40th in the category of “Best Regional Colleges” among regional universities in the South moving up from the 71st position in the 2016 rankings.

“I am so proud that CBC has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a best regional college in the south. This achievement is due to efforts and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students who are committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence,” said CBC President Terry Kimbrow.

According to the US. News and World Report, ranked colleges focus on the graduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts in fields such as business, nursing and education. The rankings are based on peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

The full and complete 2017 Best Colleges rankings and data is available at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Carnahan Selected to Lead CBC Men’s Soccer

Central Baptist College announces the hiring of Taylor Carnahan as Men’s Soccer Coach. Carnahan, originally from Russellville, Ark., was the assistant coach for the Mustangs in the 2015-2016 season where they had a 5-9-2 season. The previous year, 2014-2015, he was a student assistant helping the Mustangs to a 10-7-2 season, where they made it all the way to the finals of the NCCAA Regional Tournament.

CBC Athletic Director Lyle Middleton said, “I am very excited to add Taylor to our staff. He had a great career as a student-athlete at CBC, is passionate and competitive about soccer and dedicated to teaching and mentoring. He sets high standard for himself and others. I am confident that these characteristics will help continue to push our program to the next level.”

Carnahan is a 2015 graduate of CBC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science. He played for the Mustangs for three years before taking on the role as student assistant his senior year.

Carnahan’s work experience includes working as a Personal Admissions Officer for Athletics at CBC from January 1, 2016. Carnahan has also been an academy trainer and is currently a staff coach for the Arkansas United Soccer Club.

The Mustangs open play on August 27 at 2:00 p.m. against Evangel University at the Centennial Soccer Complex in Conway, Ark.

Carnahan is married to Katy Carnahan of Greenwood and they have one daughter, Mackenzie.

Carnahan, Taylor

CBC Announces Two New Hires Mayo Named Mustang Outfitters Manager

Britni Elder has been hired as Director of Human Resources at CBC. The Director of Human Resources works under the direction of the VP Finance to develop sound, effective, well-documented, and readily understood human resource policies and procedures.

Elder received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Arkansas State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She come to CBC from New Life Church Human Resources department.

Elder is a member of New life Church in Conway where she serves as a life group leader and a mission’s leader. She currently serves on the board of directors for Deliver Hope. Elder and her husband, Steve, reside in Conway along with their three children where they are members of New Life Church.


Blake Forrest has been hired as a Personal Admissions Officer at CBC beginning on August 1. Forrest is a 2015 graduate of CBC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible with a minor in Youth Ministry.

Forrest, a native of Searcy, Ark., has been very active with the youth and music ministry in his home church of West Race Baptist Church in Searcy, Ark. As a student at CBC, Forrest has been involved with the CBC Ministerial Alliance and the CBC Chapel Band.

Forrest has also been active at Antioch Baptist Church where he is a member. At Antioch, Forrest works with the middle school ministry and Perspective, the college age ministry.


Lacie Mayo has been named the Mustang Outfitters Manager beginning August 1. Mayo previously worked in the Admissions Office at CBC as a Personal Admissions Officer.

As Mustang Outfitters Manager, Mayo will plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the operations of the Mustang Outfitters campus store.

Mayo is a 2013 CBC graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Social Services. Mayo is involved in a college ministry called Mayo Mondays at CBC. Mayo and her husband, Michael, are members of The Bible Church in Little Rock, Ark.

Britni Elder

Britni Elder

Blake Forrest

Blake Forrest

Lacie Mayo

Lacie Mayo


CBC Advancement Division Announces Promotion and New Hires

J.D. Gray has been named Director of Development for CBC.  Gray had previously served as a Development Officer at CBC.  Gray’s responsibilities include working with the President and Vice President for Advancement to plan and promote the financial development of the College.  Gray will supervise the CBC Annual Fund and will serve as the primary contact for the Mustang Club and Mustang Club Board.  

Gray comes to CBC after spending one season as a Direct Sales Representative for Ticket Development with the St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to joining the Cardinals organization, he was the Assistant for Ticketing, Operations and Marketing for the University of Central Arkansas athletics. 

Gray holds a Master of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Arkansas, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management and Marketing from Arkansas Tech University.

He is a member of Springhill Baptist Church in Greenbrier, Ark and is the son of Michael and Donna Gray.  Gray will be a sideline reporter for Y107 and the Conway High Wampus Cat Football team in the fall.  He will assume his duties at CBC on September 1. 

Amy Reed has been named Annual Fund Officer at Central Baptist College.  Reed most recently served as the Director of Enrollment for Non-traditional Programs at CBC. Reed came to CBC from First Security Bank where she was a Business Development Officer. She is a 2015 graduate of the CBC PACE program with a degree in Leadership and Ministry

As Annual Fund Officer, Reed will be responsible for developing relationships with CBC’s donors to increase the level of support to annual giving and campus wide fundraising efforts.  Reed will begin her position on September 1. 

Reed is a member of the Conway Regional Medical Center Women’s Council, the Women’s Inc Advisory Board, a Dazzle Daze committee member, a Lion’s Club board member and is a member of the Renewal Ranch Marketing Team. Reed and her husband reside in Conway along with their two children where they are members of Second Baptist Church in Conway. 

Jessica Faulkner has been named Director of Campaign Activities at CBC.  Faulkner most recently served as Director of Special Events at Central Baptist College. Faulkner earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and Communications from the University of Central Arkansas.

As Director of Campaign Activities, Faulkner will be responsible for implementing the capital campaign for CBC.  Faulkner will begin her duties as Director of Campaign Activities on August 1.

Faulkner is a member of the Conway Kiwanis Club where she currently serves on the board of directors.  She is also a Faulkner County Leadership Institute board member and graduate.  Faulkner and her husband, Daniel, have one daughter and are members of Antioch Baptist Church.

Jessica Faulkner

Jessica Faulkner

Amy Reed

Amy Reed

J.D. Gray

J.D. Gray

CBC to Host a Watch Party for First Ever NAIA Baseball Championship Berth

Come watch as the CBC Baseball team finds out where they will play in their first ever NAIA Baseball Championship. The NAIA selection show will be live-streamed as the Mustangs find out what Regional Tournament they will play in and their seeding. The event is open to the community.

Friday, May 13, 2016
2:30 p.m.

Mabee Student Services Building – Dining Hall
1501 College Avenue
Conway, AR 72034

Interview with CBC Mustang Baseball Coach Aaron Brister
Interview with CBC President Terry Kimbrow
Interview with student athletes

Directions from Little Rock:
Interstate 40 W
Take exit 127
Turn left on to E Oak St
Turn left onto Harkrider St
Turn right onto College Ave

8TH Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Fishing Seminar with Larry Nixon

Central Baptist College is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 on the Central Baptist College campus. All proceeds from this event will benefit the CBC Fishing Team and Vision 2020.

This year’s event will begin with a fish fry on the grounds at 5:00 p.m. as well as a silent auction. Directly following dinner, the event will move inside to the newly renovated Burgess Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. for a live auction and fishing seminar with Larry Nixon, affectionately referred to as “The General.”

Nixon, a native of Bee Branch, Ark. is one of the most respected anglers in tournament bass fishing history. In his years with the FLW, he has racked up several wins and finished in the top-25 of the FLW Angler of the Year standings the majority of his tour years. His best finish came in the Forrest Wood Cup in 2010, when he finished third. Nixon started tournament fishing in 1977, won a fully rigged bass Ranger boat in his first major bass tournament in 1978, and has won 10 additional boats since then. Nixon’s favorite technique is fishing a worm and his favorite body of water is Toledo Bend.

The menu includes fried fish, chicken tenders, French fries, hush puppies, cole slaw, beans, and assorted cobblers. The silent and live auctions will include hunting, fishing, sports, and other outdoor and recreation items.

Individual tickets are $25 if purchased in April and sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000. Tickets may be purchased online at cbc.edu/benefit. For more information regarding the event, contact Sancy Faulk at sfaulk@cbc.edu or 501-205-8799.