News at Faith

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Gary Sammons, a former faculty member at Faith, entered the Lord's presence on Thursday, August 20, at the age of 76. Gary and Wilma ('66) served as missionaries in Chile before coming to teach in the Missions Department at Faith. After leaving Faith, Gary and Wilma taught at Piedmont International University and then served with Baptist Mid-Missions, first in CBF ministry and then in the Spanish literature and theological curriculum departments. He was the coordinator for the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies Spanish online program.

We remember Gary Sammons as a humble, faithful servant of Christ who touched thousands of lives around the world for the cause of Christ. We extend our deepest sympathies to Wilma, her children Beth and Jim, and their families. You will find the obituary here.  

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Mark Davis Appointed as a Vice President
Mark Davis ('03, '07), who has served for several years as our director of admissions, has been appointed as vice president for enrollment and student life. In this new role he will continue as director of admissions and add oversight of the Student LIfe, Athletic, and Alumni Departments at Faith. Mark's passion and commitment to Faith suit him well for this enhanced role. He will continue to travel and represent Faith in camps and conferences. We appreciate Mark's willingness to take on these additional tasks to advance the ministry of Faith.




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New Staff Members
Faith welcomes four of our graduates to full-time staff posiitons. 
Leanna Acree ('15) is now the alumni coordinator and will devote her time and skills to promoting the Faith Alumni Association. She will be responsible for the increased communication with our alumni. Karis Cole ('15), who worked at Faith part-time the last two years as a student, now works full-time. She divides her time between the Business Office and the Advancement Department. In her Business Office role she also spends some time as our receptionist, so if you call Faith, you may hear her pleasant voice. Bri Harrier ('11) is now the executive assistant for President Jim Tillotson. In her role she assists the president and coordinates his schedules. Nick Payne ('13, '15) has been working part-time in our IT Department and now moves to a full-time position in that area. Since so much of our work at Faith depends on IT, Nick is a valuable addition to our staff. These four individuals bring a high level of skills and commitment to their new roles at Faith.


Paul Hartog Publishes New Book
Dr. Paul Hartog, professor and librarian at Faith, has edited and contributed to a new book on the early history of Christianity. The book is titled Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christian Contexts: Reconsidering the Bauer Thesis. The book explores a widely-held view of early Christianity and supports a more traditional and conservative view on the early church. Dr. Hartog has distinguished himself in the field of early church history, and we are thankful for the contrbution he has made to this field through this new book. You may order the book from Amazon.

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New Music Faculty Member
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Sherri Nicholson as a new faculty member in our Music Department. Sherri graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Bible and from Bob Jones University in 2006 with a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy. Since then she has been actively involved in the music ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and in operating a private piano studio of thirty students.

At Faith Sherri will teach music theory, music appreciation, and give private piano lessons. Sherri states that her goal at Faith is to provide "excellent piano and music instruction for the next generation of Christian musicians." Sherri and her husband, Jason, have four daughters—Priscilla, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Lilly. The addition of Sherri Nicholson further strengthens Faith's Music Department both musically and spiritually.

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Gene Matlock with the Lord
Gene Matlock, Faith's vice president for advancement and church relations and a 1977 grad of the school, went to be with the Lord on October 7, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. In his role as advancement officer Gene tirelessly traveled the country making friends for Faith and raising funds for the institution. We will miss him greatly. Click here to read a tribute to Gene. On Saturday, October 11, a memorial service was held at Shiloh Hills Baptist Church in Kennesaw, Georgia. Dr. Ernie Schmidt and Don Anderson represented Faith. The Faith Family held a memorial service for Gene on Wednesday, October 29,  in the Nettleton Center. Gene's wife, Judy, was with us for that service. You can view that service here.





Presidental Installation Service

September 17

Join us as we install Jim Tillotson as the new president of Faith.


September 17–19

Come back to your alma mater to meet the new president and reconnect with friends.


October 3

Make plans now to bring your teens to the premier youth event this fall.

Refresh Conference

February 9–12

A specialized conference for pastors and wives to refresh you in your ministry