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

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 or (501)205-8926 or visit

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 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 or visit

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 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

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