Cultivating Mission
Sep25

Cultivating Mission

by Matthew McAffee and Matthew Steven Bracey The mission of Welch College is to educate leaders to serve Christ, His church, and His world through biblical thought and life. Our institution has faithfully executed this mission now for seventy-five years. The names, faces, and location have all changed considerably since L. C. Johnson initiated this project in Free Will Baptist higher education in 1942, but the mission has not. This...

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The Real Force in Education
Sep19

The Real Force in Education

In 1942, Free Will Baptists founded Welch College to provide a Christian response to secular education. During the previous century, many Christian institutions attempted to retain their Christian identity by requiring chapel attendance or enforcing strict moral regulations on campus while simultaneously rejecting orthodox Christianity in the classroom. Unsurprisingly, almost every major “Christian” institution in America abandoned...

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The Ministry and Legacy of Ralph and Margaret Hampton
Sep11

The Ministry and Legacy of Ralph and Margaret Hampton

Many names fill the pages of Welch College history. The 75th anniversary of the college’s founding gives occasion to consider some of those names, including ones that are sometimes overlooked. Though Ralph and Margaret Hampton aren’t as well known to a rising generation of Free Will Baptists, their dependability, versatility, and longevity in the service of our movement and denominational college constitute a story that should be...

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The Theological Contribution of J. P. Barrow
Sep05

The Theological Contribution of J. P. Barrow

One Sunday night earlier this year, I was speaking with my grandfather, a lifelong Free Will Baptist pastor and evangelist. He mentioned a name to me that I’d never heard before: Jesse Parrot Barrow. My grandfather had visited my grandmother’s grave that Sunday afternoon in a small North Carolina town, as he often does, but that Sunday he had also found the grave marker of J. P. Barrow. In all of my reading and all of the...

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Welch College’s 75th-year Anniversary
Sep05

Welch College’s 75th-year Anniversary

The month of September marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Welch College. Since its founding in 1942, it has educated thousands upon thousands of students in its mission is to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through Biblical thought and life. Welch College began as a two-year school but began offering four-year bachelor’s degrees by the early 1950s. In the late 1950s, it gained accreditation with AABC (now ABHE, The...

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Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis
Aug28

Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis

Douglas Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). Within the Christian academic community, there are many resources for the aspiring Bible student. A cursory glance at the resource section of a Christian bookstore will show myriad concordances, Bible handbooks, commentaries, Bible translations, and more. Even with these resources, bridging Bible reading and...

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