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STUDY ABROAD Hillside Chat  |  Terry Hill ’71


2.  President’s Letter

3.  Graduation Day 2017

8.  Bryan Life Feedback

9.  Campus News

14.  Spotlight: Study Abroad

18.  Hillside Chat

20.  Student Profiles

21. Athletics

27.  Library Archives

28.  Memorial: Terry Hill ’71

33. Alumni

38.  Featured Alumni

40.  Lion Tracks

44.  Faculty / Staff Notes

48.  Memory / Honor Gifts

Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world




BRYAN LIFE A Publication of Bryan College Volume 43, Number 2

Advancement Department: Bryan College 721 Bryan Drive Dayton, TN 37321 423.775.7206 www.bryan.edu


Dr. Stephen D. Livesay


Chloe Ann Townsend ’13


David Blanchard ’14

Contributing Photographers

Hannah Carpenter ’17 Curtis Jolley Michael Lindsay ’16 Victoria Mason Wesley Sanders ’15 Ginger Sumerlin Chloe Ann Townsend ’13

Contributing Writers

Dianne Hill Curtis Jolley Dr. Ray Legg ’07H Christopher Nitzband ’18 Justin Winters ’10

Front Cover:

Florence, Italy, as photographed by recent graduate Hannah Carpenter ’17 during her semester abroad with Bryan College’s International Studies Program; story on pages 14-15.


Col. John Haynes ’15H

Mr. Don Blanton ’76

Mr. David W. Kinsey ’73

Ms. Tina Benkiser

Mr. Leighton LeBoeuf

Mr. Chris Cashion

Mr. Ronald D. Messer

Dr. Robert C. Coddington ’13H

Mr. Lawrence H. Puckett ’73

Mr. Ralph Green ’56

Mr. Lebron Purser

Houston, Texas

McDonough, Ga.

Signal Mountain, Tenn. Spring, Texas Hixson, Tenn.

Dayton, Tenn.

Lilburn, Ga.

Alpharetta, Ga.

Lookout Mountain, Ga. Lebanon, Ohio

Cleveland, Tenn. Dayton, Tenn.

Mr. C. Barry Whitney, Jr. ’08H Augusta, Ga.

*Legal Counsel

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many Mark 10:45, NLT

Colleges and universities exist to educate minds, but a Christian college has the primary responsibility to prepare hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says to guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Our minds are directed by our hearts, and Bryan fails in our mission as a college if we fail to cultivate hearts whose desire is to serve our Lord through their chosen vocations. An educated mind is one that has an eternal perspective. Service Day enables us to prepare hearts that beat in sync with our Savior for his Kingdom work.


ne of the highlights each spring semester is the opportunity our faculty, staff, and students have to serve the people of Dayton and Rhea County during our Community Service Day. All of us gather for breakfast, prayer, and worship prior to heading out to multiple venues of service. Classes are canceled for the day, and students work alongside faculty and staff members to show the love of Christ to our community. This year over 700 Bryan members ministered to children, seniors, the disabled, Christian organizations and churches, and business owners in our community. Over 90 students worked the field day for the Dayton City Schools, getting to know many students and parents. Jesus taught servant leadership by caring for others more than himself. In so doing, he gave us an example to follow and an opportunity for us to share with others why he came, to give his life a ransom for many.


Dr. Ray Legg, Chair, Department of English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts, writes in this edition of Bryan Life of two opportunities our students have to study abroad with exciting semester-long programs. Each of the programs provides a different focus for study in Scotland and Italy; but the purpose is the same—preparing hearts and challenging minds to serve our Lord. The stories that follow portray many servants whose lives follow the example of our Lord. Of all our alumni, I doubt there has been a greater servant than Terry Hill; and he is greatly missed. With a wonderful smile, Terry welcomed others into conversations that always included his Savior and Lord. I know that many souls will be in heaven because of his life and witness, and all of us who knew him were encouraged in our walk with the Lord. His was a life welllived and one that epitomized Bryan’s mission, Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.

Stephen D. Livesay


n May 6, 2017, a total of 168 students from various programs graduated with their wellearned degrees from Bryan College, becoming official Bryan alumni during this spring’s commencement ceremonies. “You’ve been chosen by our God for this hour,” college president Dr. Stephen D. Livesay told the CONTINUED >>


COMMENCEMENT AWARDS P.A. Boyd Prizes: Olivia Kezer ’17 and Stephen Powell ’17

Highest Scholastic Record: Catherine E. Poole ’17 (4.0 G.P.A.)

Most Progress: Chad Burrows ’17 and Rachel Flores ’17

Faithfulness and Loyalty Award: LindsayCate Smith ’17 and Bradley Sparks ’17

Class of 2017, “to reason with your peers in this generation for the merits of a Christian worldview as the foundation for every aspect of society and culture.” From the School of Arts and Sciences, 31 students received their Bachelor of Arts, 68 received their Bachelor of Science, and 1 student each earned degrees in Associate of Science and Associate of Arts. From the School of Adult and Graduate Studies ceremony


later that day, 15 students received a Master of Business Administration, 4 received a Master of Education, 41 received a Bachelor of Business Administration, 6 received a Bachelor of Science, and 1 received an Associate of Science. (Numbers include those in absentia.) Members from the Class of 1967 were honored over graduation weekend as well. These “Golden Grads” enjoyed a campus tour, several specially

prepared meals, and a place in the commencement ceremony as they were awarded commemorative golden anniversary diplomas. Alumni Director Paulakay Hall ’84 told the Class of 2017, “In many ways the diploma you are receiving today will be a ‘stone of remembrance.’ Let it remind you in days to come of God’s faithfulness, goodness, and mercy. Let it remind you of the miracles that took place to bring you here; of what you

“Go and do the business of the King.” -Dr. Ken Ham

TWO EMPTY SEATS Sadly, serious health concerns prevented two Golden Grads from attending the commencement ceremony as originally planned. Dr. John R. Stone ’67 and his wife, Phyllis ’69, both beset by pancreatic cancer, were too ill to attend graduation. Bob Pettus ’67 came to campus for the start of the Golden Grad festivities on May 5, but during the reunion dinner that evening he experienced a severe headache and was rushed to the hospital; it was later discovered that he had suffered a brain bleed and stroke. John and Bob were sorely missed at commencement, but each man’s cap, gown, stole, and diploma were proudly displayed in the lineup of their fellows from the Class of 1967.

learned; and of the knowledge, wisdom, and friendships you gathered along the way.” Student commencement speaker Stephen Powell ’17 charged his fellow graduates to handle life with patience and perseverance. Receiving an honorary doctorate that day for what Dr. Livesay called “his courageous proclamation of the truth of Scripture and encouragement in the body of Christ” was the respected commencement speaker, creationist

Dr. Kenneth Ham ’17H. Dr. Ham urged the Class of 2017 to be “welldiggers” after the fashion of the biblical Isaac, who re-dug Abraham’s wells that the Philistines had stopped up. Water is symbolic of the Word of God, Dr. Ham reminded the audience, and today’s culture is one that seeks out wells of Truth in order to stop them up.

re-digging the wells. To be difference makers. To dig those wells so that the water of the Word of God will flow freely in this nation. To reach hearts and minds with the truth of God’s Word and a saving Gospel.” He then encouraged them to “go and do the business of the King.”

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13

Dr. Ham urged the new alumni toward boldness: “Graduates, we need generations of people to be out there


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Lord, help me to take the knowledge and strength you have taught me at Bryan and put it to use in the world. I want to make a difference for Christ.


Get involved with your time, talent, and treasure. Contact David Holcomb: david.holcomb@bryan.edu 423.605.1534 | bryan.edu/scholarship_fund

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campusnews BRYAN RANKED IN TOP 5 MOST AFFORDABLE ONLINE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS From the BestColleges.com article: Bryan College offers three undergraduate degrees online, one of which is their B.S. in applied psychology. This affordable online psychology degree program is formatted in six-week accelerated classes that meet online, and the entire degree consists of 124 credit hours. The feasible time commitment and flexibility of the program allows students to complete their degree while working a full-time job.


BRYAN JOINS IN GIVING TUESDAY HOLIDAY Beginning this academic year, Bryan is now participating in the global social media holiday known as Giving Tuesday. All donations received go toward the Bryan Scholarship Fund, which provides students with financial assistance to be able to attend Bryan. “Together we can give a Christian worldview education to a deserving student,” said Janice Pendergrass, director of advancement at Bryan. “Whether you can give $5 or $500, every gift matters.”




This episode segment addressed fears many students have over online education and featured Dr. Kathy Estes, an assistant professor of business and the MBA program director at Bryan, along with Kristy Wilkerson ’16. With the show’s co-host, Olga Villaverde, they discussed how Bryan’s program distinguishes itself from other schools.




“We are proud to accept the CLT as another option for our students,” said Joshua Hood, director of admissions at Bryan. “The test designers created a very robust exam comparable to better known assessments; it’s very affordable and easily accessible with several test dates already published.”




RIGHT NOW MEDIA AVAILABLE TO BRYAN COLLEGE COMMUNITY December 12, 2016 – The Netflix equivalent of Christian educational resources is now available to the Bryan College family completely free of charge. Open to all Bryan students, employees, and alumni, RightNow Media provides a wide range of faith-based resources including entertainment, Bible study materials, sermons, conference keynote addresses, ministry training, children’s messages, and much more.





Hundreds of friends and family members gathered in Rudd Auditorium on Dec. 16 to watch as 105 students became Bryan College graduates. “Mid-year graduations, just days away from Christmas, are always filled with excitement for all of our deserving graduates,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay. “I pray these graduates will live out our, and now their, mission as servants of Christ making a difference in their world. Congratulations to all!”



DIFFERENCE MAKER BENEFIT EXTENDED TO AGS STUDENTS Students in Bryan’s online and adult undergraduate programs offered through the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) will now have the same opportunity to earn a tuition-free master’s degree through The Bryan Difference Maker benefit also offered to residential students. To qualify, students must earn their bachelor’s degree from Bryan, maintain continuous fulltime enrollment, and graduate with a 3.75 G.P.A.

Bryan College was recently named in two national rankings conducted by BestValueSchools.com. These included No. 4 in “20 Best Value Small Colleges for a Christian Studies Degree” and No. 9 in “Best Value Small Colleges for a Business Administration Degree.”




RESEARCH FROM BRYAN COLLEGE FEATURED IN “IS GENESIS HISTORY?” FILM Research conducted by Bryan College was featured in a documentary film titled “Is Genesis History?” “The inspiration for nearly every scientific idea in the movie came from Bryan’s Center for Origins Research and Education (CORE), beginning in the 1990s,” said Dr. Neal Doran, biology professor at Bryan. “Is Genesis History?” features interviews with top creation scientists, including several who have conducted research at Bryan. Some of the documentary’s scenes were also shot at Pocket Wilderness in Dayton.


Beginning in the fall of 2017, Bryan College will offer two new specializations for its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, including healthcare administration and sports management.




“Out of many nominations, Stacey and Allyson were selected for this award because they both exemplify and further the mission of Bryan,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay. “Stacey makes it possible for many exceptional high school students to participate in Bryan courses through dual enrollment, and Ally’s work in the financial aid office helps both our traditional and adult students afford a Bryan education. Both exemplify caring and committed Christians living out Bryan’s mission.”




STACEY GATES AND ALLYSON UNDERWOOD AWARDED STAFF MEMBERS OF THE FALL NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH REGENT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ANNOUNCED Bryan College and Regent University recently entered into a new partnership that will allow qualified Bryan College graduates a 25% scholarship on tuition to Regent Law’s J.D., M.A. (Law), and LL.M. programs.




Bryan College announced the naming of its new mascot, Leo, after hosting a naming contest on social media open to students and alumni. “We are so glad to have Leo, because of how he adds engagement at events between the fans and the game and the fans and the athletes,” said Janice Perron, the cheerleading coach. “He also puts a face on Bryan athletics and will be an ambassador to Bryan College and the community.”

APRIL 20 •


A total of 540 alumni and friends of Bryan College attended the 10th annual Bryan Opportunity Scholarship Program Dinner in Chattanooga, featuring special guest Steve Green. The event was hosted by the college and Host Co-Chairs Bob and Nan Coddington and Leighton and Jan LeBoeuf, to raise funds for scholarships for low-income Tennessee students. The donors at this year’s dinner raised over $227,000.



More than 700 students, faculty, and staff from Bryan College rolled up their sleeves and set out to help make a difference in the Dayton community and surrounding areas. Highlights of this year’s projects included work at the First Christian Community Church, Dayton Library, Dayton City School, Life Care Center of Dayton, and many others. Several projects were also completed in nearby Spring City and Athens, Tenn., at businesses and residential homes.

BRYAN SELECTED AS A BEST VALUE SCHOOL AWARD RECIPIENT Bryan College was recently honored with the distinction as a Best Value School out of nearly 8,000 eligible postsecondary schools. The award is issued by University Research & Review (URR), a company dedicated to improving the process of how a student selects a postsecondary. “We hope current students and alumni take pride in this honor, and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers Bryan College,” said Joseph Schmoke, founder of URR.




Study Abroad

with Bryan College


he International Studies Programs that Bryan offers are innovative semester-long experiences designed to bring together exciting academics, cultural experiences, and personal encounters with a missions lifestyle for Bryan students. Close contact with people and their values and beliefs gives students a unique perspective on Christ’s impact on every culture. Bryan College partners with Saints Bible Institute of San Lorenzo, Italy, to offer students a chance to experience


Italy while studying in a small Christian school with other American students. Bryan professors travel to Italy to teach many of the courses. Evangelism takes new shape as students minister with missionaries in open-air plazas and converse through interpreters. Time at Saints Bible Institute revolves around spiritual growth, evangelism, and discipleship. The day-to-day lifestyle of a missionary becomes real as students develop relationships with families churchplanting in the nearby city of Udine.

Italy has sometimes been called the forgotten mission field – less than 1% of its 60 million people profess an evangelical understanding of the Gospel. Though rich with church history and brimming with religious activity, many Italians have never considered the Christian faith outside of its historical and cultural expressions in Italy. Ministry week is set aside for handson missions experiences, such as tract distribution, mimes, children’s ministries like puppets and clowns, chalk-talks,

and one-on-one evangelism. Students are introduced to the Italian-speaking branch of the body of Christ as they worship and fellowship with Italian believers.

Scotland, where they learn from a variety of academic courses taught by qualified faculty who will both strengthen and expand their Christian education.

Bryan students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland. Being the newest program available to Bryan students, the Semester in Scotland offers many of the same features found in the Italy Abroad Program.

Students see how God is working in the lives of people living in the beautiful land of Airdrie, Scotland, and how they can further make a difference in today’s world. A vital part of the experience gained from the Semester in Scotland Programme is student participation in the church and among the people of this unique land

Students earn credit towards their Bryan degree while studying in picturesque

through experiencing life in another culture and making lifelong memories. Participation in the International Studies Programs changes the way in which students view their world and provides them with renewed vigor to make a difference in that world.

By Dr. Ray Legg, ’07H Chair for the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Liberal Arts


New ASL Center Dedicated to Ruth Heflin Cofer O

n March 9 a group of Bryan College faculty, staff, and students gathered for a dedication ceremony of its new American Sign Language (ASL) and Interpretation Center named in honor of Ruth Heflin Cofer. “Bryan College is pleased to honor Mrs. Cofer’s life of service in the Chattanooga community with the dedication and to recognize the significant contributions of the Foundation to the growth of our ASL program,” said Chuck Baker, the vice president of advancement. Cofer dedicated her life to helping physically challenged and other special needs children. In addition to her activism for ASL education, Cofer served as an active volunteer and member of the Hamilton County Nursing Home for 30 years, until 1995. She also served as president for the Nursing Home Auxiliary for a total of 17 years. She was a very dedicated Christian who gave God the praise for so many opportunities to help those around her, especially the elderly and forgotten, truly living a life following the example of Jesus Christ. Cofer passed away in


2008, leaving behind a powerful legacy of Christian service and witness. Since 2014, the Fred J. and Ruth Heflin Cofer Foundation has awarded significant grants specifically for Bryan College’s ASL program to help fulfill its mission and equip students to use sign language skills to make a difference in today’s world. ASL is currently the second most studied language by students at Bryan. Representing Cofer at the ceremony were her brother, Keith Heflin, and her nephew, Steve.

“What we are here for today is the result of a life well lived that will continue to go on and impact others,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, president of Bryan College. “God placed the desire to serve others in her heart, and we are so thankful for everything her foundation continues to do to honor her life.” The new ASL and Interpretation Center is located in Mercer Hall, room 243.

By Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator



At Bryan College, you will receive a first class education and can earn a Bachelor’s Degree that will equip you for your future. In this highly competitive global marketplace, a Master’s Degree can provide an even greater advantage. Now, you can earn both degrees for the price of one. Earn your Bachelor’s Degree on campus or online with us and you will have the opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree at Bryan College, tuition-free. It’s the Bryan Difference. Learn more at bryan.edu.

hillside chat › mr. samuel youngs One rarely has the privilege of studying under the auspices of someone who is not only a gentleman and a scholar, but also a friend. However, despite having written numerous academic articles, being a doctoral candidate at King’s College (London, UK), and lecturing in Bible, Christian thought, and philosophy at Bryan College, Professor Samuel J. Youngs still takes a unique interest in his undergraduate students and their lives and pursuits, academic or otherwise. Too often academicians have the reputation for becoming so involved in the world of thought and ideas that they disconnect with real life and real people. This, however, is certainly not the case with Professor Youngs. In the classroom he possesses a genuine zeal to impart the subject matter to his students with humility and passion.


Kelly Coblentz ’17 aptly notes about a popular Youngs’ class, “Philosophy of Religion made me question everything but deepened my faith incredibly!” Furthermore, outside of the classroom, Mr. Youngs never hesitates to chat over coffee or a meal about nearly any aspect of any topic – along with witty and sometimes satiric commentary.

Those familiar with Sam Youngs recognize that he is an up-and-coming scholar who will make a noticeable mark on the fields of religious studies and philosophy through the course of his career. One interesting characteristic of him that many may not know is that he is also the creative type, having studied literature as one of his undergraduate majors. It is partly this literary sensibility that allows students to relate so easily with him. Since I first became acquainted with him in the fall of 2014, Mr. Youngs has been a tremendous source of inspiration to me and several of my peers, having given invaluable advice about nearly every facet of both life in general, and undergraduate work in the humanities in particular. As Jeremy Eastwood ’17 comments, “Sam has been one of the most pivotal people to enter my life. I don’t know where I would be without his mentorship and friendship. He is a man who genuinely pursues truth and God’s will in such a way that is relatable and realistic.”

By Christopher Nitzband ’18

hillside chat › mr. bernie belisle For twenty-four years, Mr. Bernie Belisle ’16H has brought life and light to the Bryan College stage. As William Butler Yeats once said, “It’s certain there is no fine thing since Adam’s fall but needs much laboring”; the fact that Bryan College’s stage performances are a fine thing is a testament not only to Mr. Belisle’s artistry, but also to his passion, his perseverance, and much laboring. For Mr. Belisle, theatre is an opportunity for the participants to see beyond their experiences and witness something true. Those who study with Mr. Belisle know that theatre is so much more than what happens on stage; he says that “life is full of adventures, and we should embrace those while keeping our eyes on Christ.” In the classroom and on the stage he creates the perfect space to show that part of being a Christian is “identifying with others different than yourself.” The Bryan College stage is home to students of many fields of study because “theatre helps students

investigate and begin to understand others with differing points of view.” Mr. Belisle gives students a real opportunity to seek and find truth. Known affectionately by his students and friends as “Mr. B,” he has had many nicknames over the years, including “Big Guns Bernie” and “The Benevolent Dictator.” The collegial atmosphere that Mr. Belisle fosters helps to instill in his students a sense of connectedness and collaboration. This sensibility in the arts is fairly unique; as the sign upon entering the stage area says, Bryan College actors have learned to leave their egos at the door. More than just a director and acting teacher, Mr. Belisle provides opportunities for his students to really thrive. He has worked alongside his students, giving them opportunities to direct, produce, design, and build a myriad of beautiful experiences. His discipleship has paved the way for many students to become theatre directors themselves.

By Justin Winters ’10



aving originally come to Bryan College as a film major, graduating senior Rachel Lawrence quickly fell in love with another field of study: theatre. Since then her life has been filled with opportunities in Bryan’s performing arts programs, from the Chamber Singers to the Hilltop Players. Now a theatre major with a minor in music (vocal performance), Rachel has been involved with every play since, acting in eight of those and assistantdirecting one. “I didn’t have any theatre experience when I came in,” she remembers, “but I just fell in love with it, and I soaked up everything and learned as much as I could. Bryan is a great place to get a theatre degree. It’s a small school, so


we learn how to do everything – lights, building sets, costuming. I’m coming out with so much more experience than if I had gone to a state school.”


One of the things Rachel loves most about her field is the process and significance of storytelling. She values how theatre “can be used to present new perspectives, to open people’s eyes to things they didn’t know anything about, and to teach lessons.” After graduation Rachel already has a production and performance job lined up with the Cumberland County Playhouse, a professional theatre in Crossville, Tenn., and she is excited to see the next doors the Lord may open up.

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13


unior Jordyn Elardo has known for some time that she wants to pursue a career in physical education. Set to graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Science in exercise health science (EHS) and a secondary education licensure, she hopes to put her dreams to work teaching physical education – and maybe even other courses – at a private school. In the meantime, she has kept busy as a Bryan College student, not only in her studies but also through a great deal of involvement in the Student Government Association, as a resident assistant and JV soccer player, and through her work-study job in the EHS department. Because she is getting married this summer, wedding plans are in the works, too!



After graduation Jordyn also hopes to attend graduate school either in education or in speech pathology, another subject that fascinates her. “Sports and education have been very prevalent in my life,” she says. “I had a mentor who teaches P.E., and I’ve seen the impact that she’s had on my life and on other people’s lives; I want to pursue something where I can have that kind of an impact. It was a natural choice! I love sports, and I love people. I’m looking forward to seeing where it leads.” When asked whether she had advice to give prospective students interested in an EHS degree, she concluded, “Work hard. Manage your time well. Love people.”

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13

FISHING AND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS! FISHING For the first time in program history, the Bryan College fishing team is ranked No. 1 in the country. The prestigious ranking comes on the heels of a strong performance in the recent Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bash held on Kentucky Lake. “I am extremely proud of these guys,” said Mike Keen, head coach of the fishing team. “They have worked very hard to reach this milestone. This is the reward of a total team effort. Now we move our focus to placing

high in each tournament in order to protect our No. 1 spot.” The Lions continue their season as they head to the Cabela’s College Open on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark. on March 25. “We are all excited about the honor to become the leader in the running for School of the Year,” said Nathan Bell, a senior on CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE >>

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Sixth-seeded Bryan College completed an amazing run with a 72-47 win over No. 5 seed Tennessee Wesleyan University to win the 2017 Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday. Bryan becomes the first women’s team in conference history to win four games in four days to win the tournament title. One men’s team has accomplished this feat – the 2005 Tennessee Wesleyan squad.

The Lady Lions (18-14 overall) had a balanced scoring attack and dominated the glass, outrebounding the Lady Bulldogs (18-14 overall) 49-34. A trio led Bryan in scoring with Erisha Talley (SR/ Alexandria, Va.), Megan Billingsby (SR/ Dickson, Tenn.), and Tristan McClellan each scoring 16 points apiece. Talley also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for a double-double. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE >>


FISHING (CONTINUED) the team. “It’s entirely a team effort, and the cool thing is it takes all of us to outlast these large colleges and universities since there are no divisions. The strong finish in the Big Bass Bash sets us up really good for the top-10 in School of the Year, because all of the other schools close to us in the race have already participated in their regional tournament. We haven’t fished our BASS regional, which will provide us with even more points.” Keep up with the Bryan Lions Fishing Team on Facebook and Instagram @bryanlionsfishing.

By Wesley Sanders ’15, Sports Information Director

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (CONTINUED) For the most part, Bryan was in control from the outset. The Lady Lions jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first, but the Lady Bulldogs rallied and took an 18-16 late in the frame. Bryan, though scored the final four points of the first to take a 20-18 lead. Bryan would not trail again. Tennessee Wesleyan tied the score three times in the second; the last time coming at the 7:51 mark when Hunter Simpson scored in the paint to make it 25-all. But Bryan closed the half on a 16-4 run to take a 41-29 halftime lead. In the second half, Tennessee Wesleyan could not make up any ground. Bryan led 55-40 after three and outscored Tennessee Wesleyan 17-7 in the fourth to lock up the 72-47 victory and the tournament championship. Brandi Whitted (SR/Cleveland, Tenn.) scored 12 points for Bryan, which finished the game shooting 44.6 percent (29-of-63 shots) from the field. Simpson paced Tennessee Wesleyan with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Gina Dick chipped in 10 points. “I am so proud of these girls for never giving up,” remarked Bryan Head Coach, Jason Smith. “We started slow this year but never stopped working. Our seniors really stepped up leading us late in the season. Megan and Erisha were special in the tournament, and Tristan really controlled the tempo. ‘One more day’ was our mantra, and these ladies delivered!”


Making the All-Tournament Team are: Sarah Robinson (Milligan College), Jaleya Mosley (Reinhardt University), Simpson, Dick, Talley, Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.), and Billingsby, who was also named the Tournament MVP. With the tournament crown, Bryan receives an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, joining Milligan, which earned a berth for winning the regular-season championship. Excerpt from article by aacsports.com.




his has been a great year on and off the field for Bryan softball. We have played a grueling nonconference schedule, looking to continue to grow and compete on a national level. As our

season concludes, we look to finish first or second in our conference after competing incredibly well in AAC competition this spring. Much of that is due to the discipline and time that our girls have put in during the off season and this spring. It has been a year of seeking excellence on the field and in the classroom as we pursue to know Christ and to make Him known.”

Kayla Watkins, Head Softball Coach


hat an amazing year this has been for the baseball team. The team has been doing very well, and it has been fun to watch several

underclassmen step up to the plate (pun intended) and achieve at a very high level! We have also had the highest team GPA in our short history! I am excited to see how the Lord is going to continue to work in the hearts and minds of our players as He shapes their lives in meaningful ways.”

Taylor Hasty ’06, Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director



he men’s basketball team finished this season with an 11-20 record. A difficult first semester filled with injuries and close losses made it tough to build positive momentum. The Lions continued to battle all year long and after getting a couple of players

back were able to win 6 of 7 late in the year while playing their best basketball of the season. Oteriah Lee was a First Team All-Conference player because of his outstanding play. The team had no seniors and are hoping to take this momentum into next year.”

Don Rekoske, Head Men’s Basketball Coach


nternally, we started this season with high expectations because of last year’s 26-5 record and first-place finish in conference. Unfortunately, we started the season slower than expected; but our ladies persevered each day going about their daily business with professionalism, a great work ethic, and determination. That allowed us to win four games in four straight days to win the conference tournament, going away finishing

18-15 on the year. The conference tourney championship gave us another trip to the National Tournament in Iowa. With every season there are adversities that must be overcome, and these were. I am extremely proud of our girls for their achievements on the court, in the classroom, and in their personal relationships. The Lady Lions give praise and honor to God for His faithfulness and blessings this year!”

Jason Smith, Head Women’s Basketball Coach


e have had a really solid season, especially considering how young our team is. The highlight of our season so far is senior Tyler Boone qualifying for

the National Meet in the 5K. We were proud to see our runners compete at the AAC Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship in April.”

Josh Bradley ’10, Head Track and Field and Cross Country Coach 24  BRYAN LIFE


he Lions are heading into the spring 2017 season led by Co-Captains Nick Scully and Tom Durbin. These two have been the anchor of the Lion’s team the past couple of years. Nick has been a rare dual athlete starring in both golf and volleyball. He is also All-Conference academically, being one of five Lions to make the academic All-AAC team, which is their best in school history.

We are hopeful that some of our underclassmen can step up to fill the shoes of these graduates. I’m proud of what these kids have done in and out of the classroom, and I am hopeful that we can take a step up heading into the AAC championships. Some of the coaches have noted that the AAC golf conference is one of the deepest in the nation, with 5 or 6 teams having beaten some of the ranked teams. We are hopeful that with the leadership of Tom and Nick and a couple of younger players stepping up, we can see a significant improvement in the AAC.”

Peter Bollant, Head Golf Coach


pring 2017 has been a time of anxious hope for the Bryan Lady Lions. Krista Reinhardt had an accident and eventually surgery that caused her to miss almost the entire fall 2016 season, so coming into this spring, there were a lot of unanswered questions. Krista has been able to play this spring and set a school record in the Brenau invitational, firing a 74 to break the record of her sister Kerrie, who had graduated as a first team All-AAC standout. In addition, the Lady Lions have been without their #2 player, transfer Sarah Falcon, for

most of the fall and spring due to medical issues. Two other players have also missed meets due to injuries. We have had an outstanding year in and out of the classroom. I am very proud of the great Christian character and maturity I see in these girls. With some prayer, we are hoping to have enough health to improve on their strong showing in the fall 2016 AAC Conference tournament. We have seen some good improvement from players like Christina Lee and others and are hopeful with good health to finish strong.”

Peter Bollant, Head Golf Coach


cheerleading “The 2016-2017 season had some different challenges for the team to face, but they overcame those and continued the steadfast Lions’ tradition of not only supporting the Bryan teams, but also helping out in the community. I’m so blessed to be able to work with these great student athletes.”

Janice Perron,

Head Cheerleading Coach


profiles TYLER BOONE Year Hometown Senior Murfreesboro, Tenn. Sport Cross Country, Track & Field Major Business Administration: Economics and Finance Future Plans Working as a financial analyst for Nissan North America in Franklin, Tenn., and eventually opening a coffee shop. He will also continue to pursue his love of running.

CHRISTINE KENT Year Hometown Senior Lookout Mountain, Ga. Sport Soccer Major Christian Ministry Future Plans Completing her Master of Christian Ministry through the Bryan Difference Maker program and finding a job working with youth at a church.


The archives’ latest acquisition is a rare collection of breathtaking prints of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, recently gifted to Bryan College by a generous donor. There are plans for displaying these prints in the future!


Ta k i n g a P e e k a t t h e B r y a n C o l l e g e L i b r a r y A r c h i v e s


oused on the upper floor of the Bryan College library is the Alice Mercer Humanities Lab, a smallish room lined with tables, display cases, and protective glass-doored cabinets and bookshelves. A guest book lies on the table just inside the door, inviting visitors and students alike to come and peruse the trove of history and memory. Bryan’s archives are home to a vast collection of books, art, student and administrative records, rare memorabilia, and curiosities – all chronicling the history of Bryan College from the 1920s to the present day. Here visitors can see everything

from prints to newspaper clippings to original pins from William Jennings Bryan’s presidential campaign.

But we have a strong sense of heritage here, and it’s so important that we don’t lose our roots.”

Kevin Woodruff, Bryan’s archives and special projects librarian and “the keeper of the lore,” describes the archives as a testimony to excellence.

Woodruff gives an open invitation for visiting alumni and friends to come by the library and explore all that the library archives have to offer: “I have been able to meet with students and alumni and show them some of the Bryan curios we have that show they are part of something wonderful. By looking at how God has kept Bryan and worked through the college in the past, we can look forward to what He’ll do in the future!”

“Bryan has a history to be proud of. We want our students to know that they are the next step in a long line of Bryan grads who have had an incredible impact over the last 87 years,” he says. “This school has had an influence way out of proportion to its size! You get lost if you don’t know where you’ve come from.

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13

Take a look at the extensive virtual archive of yearbooks, Bryan Life, and other school publications dating back to 1931 at this link! bryan.edu/library Questions? Contact Kevin Woodruff at kwoodruff3540@ bryan.edu or 423.775.7430!

Other collections include: • The Boydell Shakespeare Collection • The Stevens 18th-Century British Literature Collection • The Zartman William Jennings Bryan Collection • The Stevens H.L. Mencken Collection


A MAN OF FAITH Remembering Terry Hill ’71 – Missionary, Man of God, and Former Alumni Director at Bryan



was recently reminiscing about all those times I drove Terry over to Bethlehem, many times with guests to give them a personal tour of Bethlehem. Terry loved showing them around Jesus’ birthplace. I recall one time Terry was showing a couple around the Church of the Nativity and a local tour guide offered to show the Coach a special place that tourists typically did not get to go. This guide took Terry and the couple down into the dark “bowels” of the church, deep into a cave and shone a light through some bars there. Behind the bars were about five baby skulls lying on the ground. Terry asked what they were. He was told they were the skulls of the baby boys that Herod killed. Terry couldn’t understand why so few until the guide reminded him there were only about 200 people in all of Bethlehem back then. Boy, is Bethlehem different now – thousands of people. Terry loved for me to drive him around town in our old “white whale” and let him speak to the residents there. When I was in Bethlehem last March, a local gift shop owner reminded me that Terry would sit in “that chair by the door” and greet his customers as they came in the store. He always asked about them and where they were from.

She reminded me that we always had a revolving door at home and other people had lived with us as far back as I can remember. We, as Christians, are called to share God’s love, especially in our homes. Kellie talked about how “Dad always talked about the hope that we as Christians have in Jesus Christ.” Terry was always available to the kids, even offering to go to Afghanistan to comfort her when she was scared. (She didn’t ask him to; just knowing he would, calmed her fears.) Kimmie talked about how he taught her to never quit anything she had committed to. Before going on a five-month journey of coaching in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Ukraine, etc., Terry gave her a business card case with written out Scripture verses on “Do Not Fear”: he called this her “Anti-Satan Kit.” She memorized the verses before boarding the plane. Terry II (Lil Terry) talked about how much his dad (Big Terry) loved people and never met a stranger. Both Terrys loved being together at Temple University, where Big Terry was chaplain for the football team for six years and Lil Terry played football for two years after returning from Iraq.

There were so many ways God used Terry to connect and minister to different people in a tremendous way all over the world. I feel so blessed to have been his wife, best friend and chauffeur these last few years.

I am realizing that Terry’s legacy is left in our children first and also in others who have lived with us over the years. They have reminded me that Terry was always saying “stay focused.” We are on the journey. We are not home yet.

Since many did not have the opportunity to attend any of the three memorial services for Terry, I’d like to just share a few things each of our kids talked about what they had learned from their Dad.

As I was looking back through my journal, during our last Bible study together Terry gave me a quote: “God’s covenants are all of grace, and our works are evidence of our faith.” Terry loved to read the Bible and books about the Bible. He always had a new quote.

Laurie talked about how she learned at a young age to value people as God does.

God is so good. In 1977, while working in Terry’s parents’ Christian bookstore in Atlanta, I read a card that had this quote: “God’s will won’t take you where His grace won’t keep you.” This has been my “verse” of strength through the deaths of both of our parents. While in Columbia, Tenn., the week before Terry’s memorial there, I saw this quote on a little church sign: “Death is just a change of address – what you believe determines the neighborhood.” I love it. Held in His Hand,

Dianne Hill


Olivia Kezer ’17



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Alumni Director THE LEGACY OF LIONS Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end. Psalm 119:111-112, ESV Bob Pettus ’67, just before he became gravely ill, talking to classmates Bob Kaatz ’67 and Eugene Bengtson ’65


ime stood still a few weekends ago when our Class of 1967 returned to Bryan to celebrate their 50th reunion. We already knew one of the classmates who was supposed to join us could not attend because he and his wife are both battling terminal cancer, so the mood was a somber one. We had a diverse group, and many of them had not seen each other since they left BC. I cannot explain how precious it is to see the transformation that takes place when these old friends see each other again – it is like they are transported back in time as they share stories from days gone by. As we spent the day together, everything was wonderful. We spent time in prayer for their critically ill classmates John ’67 and Phyllis (Horton) ’69 Stone and for their family. As we started our dinner together, one of our Golden Grads – Bob Pettus ’67 – approached me, asking for medicine to take care of a sudden and powerful headache. By the time we found some for him, an ambulance had been called.

The Class of 1967 proudly partook in the Bryan commencement ceremony on May 6, dressed in their regalia and receiving their diplomas. There were two empty seats with regalia draped over them: we were missing John Stone and Bob Pettus. Bryan became one as we prayed for our godly warriors who could not be with us. Bob went to be with Jesus last week. Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and for his family, who has suffered many losses already. This Lion left an incredible legacy. From what I overheard as he and his classmates shared stories, Bob was a bit of a troublemaker when he was a student at Bryan! But he finished well. He loved God and his family, and was a great supporter of the college. As a matter of fact, he took an hour out of his own reunion weekend to pray with and for our president, Dr. Livesay. That made such an impression on me. Life is fragile, isn’t it? We spend too much time on frivolous things… arguments, unforgiveness, bitterness, and disagreements. I am the number-one offender. But I pray we all finish well. Life is brief, breakable, and beautiful. What will be your legacy?

Classmates spent the weekend in prayer as we received updates from the hospital. It was not looking good. Bob had suffered a brain aneurism. BRYAN LIFE  33 

Homecoming 2017 34  BRYAN LIFE

Schedule & Registration Register at www.bryan.edu/homecoming EVENTS MARKED WITH THE FAST PASS ICON CAN BE ACCESSED WITH YOUR FAST PASS AT NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE. GET YOURS NOW! Fast Passes only available for purchase until October 3. After that only individual tickets will be available. Order online or mail check w/ticket order to: Bryan College c/o Paulakay Hall 721 Bryan Drive Dayton, TN 37321

• Children 2 and under are free • Children 12+ are priced as adults

Deluxe Fast Pass ��������������������������������������������� $30 Includes 25th Reunion or Cross Country and Soccer Dinner, Tailgate Lunch, Red & Gold Gala, and Lion Cubs for kids*

Fast Pass Lite��������������������������������������������������� $25 Includes burger meal in Prideland Grill, Tailgate Lunch, Red & Gold Gala, and Lion Cubs for kids*

individual Ticket Prices Prideland Grill Burger Meal..............................................................$5 25th Reunion: Class of 1992............................................................$20 Cross Country and Soccer Championship Dinner..............................$10 Dogs in the Park – Baseball.............................................................Free Ice Cream Shoppe Party..................................................................Free Lion Cubs – Friday...........................................................................$5/child* Tailgate Lunch.................................................................................$8/adult, $5/child* Red & Gold Gala..............................................................................$20/adult, $10/child* Lion Cubs – Saturday.......................................................................$5/child* Sunday Lunch.................................................................................Pay at the door *ages 3-11

Friday, October 6

Also enter your business card for a $50 gift card drawing, meet the director of career services, swap strategies, and see what we can offer your business and what your business can offer to our students.

10:00AM – Alumni Chapel

5:30PM – Lion Cubs

Rudd Auditorium

Featuring Christopher Yuan


6:30PM – 25th Reunion: Class of 1992 ( 

  or $20/person)

Library, 2nd floor

  or $5/child)

Meet at registration, Latimer Student Center

Let’s rock this, Class of 1992!

7:30PM – Ice Cream Shoppe Party Prideland Grill (next to registration)

For children ages 3-11 Fun, games, Bible stories, crafts!

5:30PM – Cross Country and Soccer Championship Dinner Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over eight years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks in conferences (such as The Gospel Coalition, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, InterVarsity’s Urbana and the Moody Pastors’ Conferences and Men’s Conference), on college campuses and in churches (such as Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church). Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.


 or $10/person)

Traylor Patio, Latimer Student Center – outside on Triangle side

Come have a burger or hotdog with your buddies and families. All cross country and soccer teammates from 1970-1980 are invited.


  or $5/person)

Baseball – 7:30PM, Senter Field Dogs-in-the-Park cookout for those who attend. This is a free event sponsored by BC Athletics.

Latimer Student Center, 2nd floor

4:00PM to 5:30PM – Business Major and Career Services Meet & Greet Prideland Grill (next to registration)

Alumni Sports:

6:00PM – Prideland Café Burger Meal

2:00PM to 6:00PM – Registration Open Sign in and receive your alumni gift.

Come make your own banana split or sundae!

Fun for the whole family!

Soccer – 8:00PM, Main Field Rugby – 8:00PM, YMCA Field Basketball – 9:00PM, Summers Gymnasium

Refreshments, door prizes and drawings. Talk to our business faculty and other business major alumni. BRYAN LIFE  35 

Saturday, October 7

4:30PM – Women’s Soccer Game Soccer Field

10:00AM to 2:00PM – Registration Open Latimer Student Center, 2nd floor

Noon – Tailgate Lunch ( 

 or $8/person)

Lunch in the Triangle

Bryan vs. Brenau University

5:30PM – Lion Cubs ( 

 or $5/child)

Meet at registration, Latimer Student Center

For children ages 3-11 Fun, games, Bible stories, crafts!

6:00PM – Red & Gold Gala Fried chicken and fellowship Bouncies for the kids Fun and games Photo booth


 or $20/person)

Latimer Student Center, Dining Hall

Alumni of the Year – Drs. Jake ’59 and Sandy Schmickl ’72 Matthes

2:00PM – Men’s Varsity Soccer Game

theory and composition. Jake coached a state champion cross country team in 1968 and a national champion cross country team in 1975. They both pursued advanced degrees at the University of Tennessee, where Sandy completed an M.M. degree (1975) and Jake completed an Ed.D. (1978).

In 1976 both were invited to teach at Liberty Baptist College (now Liberty University). Jake taught mathematics and coached cross country and track. Sandy taught music theory, organ and computer applications in music. There Jake coached a national championship track team in 1978 and 1980. The outdoor track at LU is named Matthes Hopkins Track.

In the school year 1986-87 Sandy and Jake moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where Jake taught mathematics at Florida State University and Florida A&M University. Sandy completed a Ph.D. in music theory in 1995. Both retired from teaching in 2007 but continue serving the Lord in music ministry at Heritage United Methodist Church.

Young Alumni of the Year – R.J. and Lesley Artois Smith ’07

Soccer Field

Bryan vs. Florida National University


Jake graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1959. At Bryan he ran cross country and track and played basketball. Sandy came to Bryan College in 1958, met Jake, and put her college degree on hold. They were married in 1960. Jake taught high school mathematics and coached cross country and track for seven years before completing a master’s degree in 1967 at Northern Illinois Teachers College. He was invited by Dr. Ted Mercer to return to Bryan and revitalize the mathematics major and track and cross country programs. Sandy returned to college and graduated from Bryan in 1972 with a degree in music

R.J. and Lesley met while they were attending Bryan College. Both were actively involved in all aspects of student life. In 2010, R.J.’s job transferred him to Denver, Colo. Shortly afterward, R.J.’s company extended a job offer to Lesley, and she relocated from North Carolina. They married in 2012. Despite their love for Colorado, R.J. and Lesley recently moved to Raleigh, N.C., to be close to family as they raise their daughters, Catherine and Elizabeth. Currently R.J. is the VP of Finance for Venture Technologies, and Lesley cares

for their daughters. They have sought to engage and strengthen the Bryan alumni community by sponsoring the most recent “Evening with Bryan” dinners in Colorado.

Honorary Alumni of the Year – Pat Kinney and Judy Shetter

moved on to work in the business office, mainly working with Perkins loans. Since then her job has come to include everything from those same Perkins loans to student payroll to many different bookkeeping responsibilities. The Kinneys also own Kinney Pools in Dayton, Tenn., a business that both sells and services in-ground pools to the area (and transforms into a festive Christmas shop during the holidays).

Sunday, October 8 10:00AM – Alumni Worship Rudd Auditorium

Featuring Dr. Tom Branson ’80

Pat and Mike live in Spring City, Tenn., and have three children and eight grandchildren, all of whom live near them.

Judy Shetter Bryan College has been a part of Judy’s life from the time she was in elementary school, when students from Bryan came each week and presented a Bible lesson to her class. She remembers how much she enjoyed those students and the lessons they taught. She says, “We also had Bryan students who worked in our church. One, Ken Campbell, was our assistant pastor when I was growing up and my parents often had many of the students over to our house for Sunday lunch. I came to Bryan after graduation from Appalachian Bible College in 1968 and worked in the alumni and public relations department for one year. I returned to Bryan in 1987, working in the admissions office for two years and the rest of the time in financial aid.” She has been married for 44 years to her husband, Danny, and they have two children who graduated from Bryan – Tim, who works as the assistant dean of students at Bryan, and Melody, who is a middle school science teacher.

Pat Kinney Pat Kinney has been a part of the Bryan community since the early 1970s. Her husband, Mike Kinney ’73, graduated from Bryan with an education degree; not long after that Pat began working at the college, starting out in support services -- a department that covered details like mailings, key punching, and switchboard operation. After taking a year’s break to have their youngest son, Pat

Sports Hall of Fame: 1975-76 Cross Country Champs 1977 NCCAA Soccer Champs

Tom was born on March 1, 1955, in Hanson, Ky., to David and Marge Branson. He was married in 1979 to Connie Reehoff ’82, a native of Chicago, Ill. They have four children: David ’03, Jack ’04, Andra ’08, and Josiah, and ten grandchildren.

Tom studied for the ministry at Bryan College; Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind.; and Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind., where he received a B.A. in Greek, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctorate of Ministry.

The emphasis of Tom’s ministry is the expository preaching of God’s Word through a verse-by-verse exposition of the Scriptures. Tom began his ministry in 1974-1977 at Zion Brick in Slaughters, Ky. In 1980-1981 he served as youth director at Grace Bible Church in Dayton, Tenn.; in 1981-1983 as youth director at Mottville Bible Church in White Pigeon, Mich.; in 1984 as pastor for Pleasant View Baptist Church in Madisonville, Ky.; and in February 1989 as pastor at Hanson.

11:30AM – Lunch Latimer Student Center, Dining Hall



Stacey Bradshaw ’09 Actress, Writer, and Photographer


aunching a career in film acting is something that many aspire to but few accomplish; yet Bryan Lion Stacey Bradshaw ’09 has done just that! Hailing from central Virginia, Stacey works part time as a librarian and part time as a photographer, but her real focus is her acting career. After graduating from Bryan in 2009 with a degree in theatre, she stayed an extra year to audit film classes. Then in 2012 her acting career had the chance to truly take off when she landed leading roles in “The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club” and “Touched by Grace.” She reflects, “Since then, I have acted in more than 25 films and recently taught at the Christian Worldview Film Festival in San Antonio, Texas. God has taught me so much as I’ve pursued film acting! I’ve learned to be flexible, to be dependent on Him, and most of all, to trust Him. It took so much pressure off me when I realized that I just need to


show up to auditions, do my best, and be available for Him to use me… and He will open all the right doors!” Stacey has also appeared in the films “Providence,” “My House,” “Wanted,” “Uncommon,” “In His Steps,” “77 Chances,” and “Polycarp,” among others. She says that the courses she took in theatre and film at Bryan gave her a strong foundation to build on

throughout her professional development. “I love being part of redemptive, faith-based stories that can impact people’s lives and further God’s kingdom. I get messages from people all over the world who have seen some of my films on TV and want to share how their hearts have been touched or their perspectives changed,” notes Stacey. “God can take our most meager efforts and

magnify them on a scale beyond our imagination! I’m blessed that I get to do what I love, and that my work has a purpose, and God is using it for His glory.”

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13 Did You

Know? You can find more information about Stacey and her film work on her website: stacey-bradshaw.com



ince graduating from Bryan College in 1956 with an English major and a history major, respectively, Jim and Adrienne Reese present a beautiful example of the teamwork so unique to a God-pleasing marriage. They met at Bryan as freshmen in 1952. Now married for 60 years, they have journeyed through life together as ministry partners, having a widespread and lasting influence for Christ. After pastoring Moline Baptist Church (Moline,

Jim and Adrienne Reese ’56 Founders, Christian Horizons Mich.) for four years soon after graduation, Jim reflects, “We moved to Canada in 1961 to join Canadian evangelist Ken Campbell (fellow graduate of Bryan in 1956), forming the Campbell-Reese Evangelistic Team. From 1961 to 1978 we conducted about 500 evangelistic crusades in local churches and city- and areawide inter-church crusades across Canada, the U.S., and overseas.” In 1978 Jim became pastor at Benton Street Baptist Church (Kitchener, Ontario),

a capacity in which the Reeses were blessed to serve for 25 years. From that time onward, they say, “Besides filling pulpits [via 11 interim pastorates], we also represent Christian Horizons in many speaking engagements across the country.” Jim and Adrienne founded the Christian Horizons organization in the 1960s after the birth of their developmentally challenged son, Steven. The organization “now has a staff of 3,400 serving in Jesus’ name about 2,000 persons with exceptional needs in about 250 group homes and activity centers across Ontario and Saskatchewan” with “many thousands more being served in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.”

convictions that have carried them through so many ministries and life stages. Jim and Adrienne currently reside in Kitchener, Ontario, and have five children, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

By Chloe Ann Townsend ’13 Did You

Know? Of the many staff and faculty members active during their years as students, Dr. Beatrice Batson ’44, Dr. Morton Brown, Dr. Irving Jensen ’73H, Dr. Alma Rader ’70H, President Judson Rudd ’55H, Dr. Dwight Ryther ’84H, Gerald Woughter ’97H, and David Heydenburk were the most profoundly influential to Jim and Adrienne.

The Reeses agree that the most inspiring aspect of their current calling is “the joy of seeing people come to Christ and grow in their faith.” They also cite their Bryan education with helping strengthen the core biblical



Tracks 1980s – 1990s


Darin Gregg ’89 earned his A.A.S. degree in May 2015 and is currently working as an occupational therapy assistant at a short-term rehabilitation facility in Marietta, Ga.

Derek Bollinger ’95 and his wife, Julie, announce the adoption of Samuel Yao-Chen on Aug. 30, 2016. Samuel joins four brothers and sisters. Shannon Blakemore ’01 and her husband, Kevin, announce the birth of their daughter, Ireland Rose, on Oct. 21, 2015. Ireland joins older brother, Memphis (8). Anna (Neff ) Urquhart ’02 graduated from Spalding University in Athens, Greece, with a Master of Fine Arts in writing. She was chosen by her graduating class to be the representative speaker at the commencement ceremony on July 5, 2015.


Melissa Bryan ’06 and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their daughter, Hadley, on May 15, 2016. Quentin and Jessica McCuiston ’03 announce the birth of their twins, Willa Tennyson and Beckett Quentin, on Aug. 22, 2016. Willa and Beckett join big sister, Tessa. The McCuistons live in New York City.

Katie (Flynn) Sosayachanh ’06 and her husband, Nil, announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Kate, on Oct. 7, 2016. The Sosayachanhs currently reside in Florida.

Melissa (Grauman) Knuckles ’04 and her husband, Elijah, announce the birth of their son, Samuel, on Dec. 21, 2014. Melissa and Elijah were married on Aug. 3, 2013.

Robin ’07 and Matt ’08 Meloncon announce the birth of their daughter, Holland Lynn, on Dec. 6, 2016. Holland joins big sister, Allora.




Jonathan ’08 and Crystal ’09 Bryant announce the birth of their son, Alexander, on Aug. 12, 2016.

Jake Fabry ’09 and his wife, Cheryl, announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Estelle, on Nov. 21, 2016. Isabella joins big sisters Elliana and Malia. Jake recently transitioned out of the biosurgery industry and joined his family business as the owner and operations manager of Restoration Wellness in New York and Virginia. He also has been blessed with the opportunity to serve as the worship director at his home church, First Bible, in Rochester, N.Y. 42  BRYAN LIFE


Dennis ’09 and Dr. Shelby ’11 Scheidt announce the birth of their son, Juda Herschel, on Feb. 6, 2017.

Justin ’11 and Laura ’07 Smith announce the birth of their son, Kaden Benaiah, on Sept. 9, 2016. Kaden joins siblings Macy Rae (3) and Asher (2).

Jake Ricketts ’16 and his wife, Ashley, announce the birth of their son, Asher James, on Dec. 13, 2016. Alumni Director Paulakay Franks Hall ’84 is Asher’s proud Gramzy, and Emily Ricketts Rivera ’09 is his aunt.

Nancy Barker ’15 married Kelton Womack on Sept. 10, 2016.


let us know what you’re up to! Send your career and family updates to alumni@bryan.edu or Bryan College 721 Bryan Drive Dayton, TN 37321 Attn: Alumni Director *Text and photo submissions to be considered for publication in the Fall 2017 issue of Bryan Life must be sent by Sept. 15, 2017.

Daniel Cadiz ’16 married Kristin Jager ’15 on Aug. 13, 2016.


FACULTY & STAFF NOTES Dr. Paul Boling and Dr. Travis Ricketts attended the 8th Annual Free Market Forum in Atlanta, Ga. The Business Advisory Board met on Oct. 7, for their annual onsite meeting. The Advisory Board supports the business department in three specific ways: academic relevance, service learning, and internships. Dr. Adina Scruggs, Dr. Kathy Estes, Dr. Stacey Gates, Dr. Jeff Bruehl, Anita Hostetler, and Benton Jones participated in this strategic meeting.

Camp Caraway near Asheboro, N.C., on Jan. 14-16. Gary Fitsimmons wrote a book chapter that was recently published: “Why Shared Governance is both the Worst and Best Model for DecisionMaking in Academic Libraries” in So You Want to Be an Academic Library Director. Stacey Gates has accepted the position of director of dual enrollment.

Audrey Henderson has joined the Bryan College staff as the academic office’s administrative secretary. Benton Jones’ Production and Operations Management class visited Innovative Automotive Concepts in Dayton, Tenn., to learn about tier-one automotive manufacturing. His class also hosted the Project Management Symposium, featuring senior project managers from TVA’s project management office, to discuss the transition from project management to product management. Six of Mr. Jones’ Project Management students have obtained the Certified Associate in Project Management credential from the Project Management Institute. Dr. Scott Jones and members of his Personal Leadership course attended the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta,

The fine and performing arts department hosted the annual Bryan Performing Arts Workshop on Nov. 5. Dr. Vaughn Cardona, Dr. Olivia Ellis, and Kimberly Keck taught classes and coached ensembles, and current music students assisted throughout the day. Jonathan Doran attended the annual meeting of the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists at Belmont University on Sept. 9-10. Jeff Eenigenburg and the Bryan College worship travel team, Devotion, led worship for First Baptist of Lyerly, Ga., on Oct. 16, and at First Baptist of Athens, Tenn. (where Drew Byers ’14 serves as youth pastor). They also led worship for a three-day weekend camp at 44  BRYAN LIFE

Dr. Adina Scruggs

Dr. David Perron

Ga., on Oct. 5-7. The conference theme was “Uncommon Fellowship.” Kimberly Keck was assisted by Dr. Sigrid Luther in an art song recital on Jan. 26 at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (and also at Bryan College on Feb. 3). She performed literature by Schumann, Poulenc, and Gershwin. Dr. Francis Kimmitt has written two articles for Biblical Illustrator, a LifeWay publication used to assist student and adult Sunday school teachers: “Words for ‘The Word’” and “The Psalms: An Overview.” He also has accepted the position of assistant vice president of academics. Dr. Dwight Page was invited by the Blount County Genealogical Society to address their November meeting concerning his new book, The Swiss Presence in the History of Tennessee. He

also addressed the German American Club of Chattanooga on Dec. 18; the address was made in Hochdeutsch. Dr. Dave Perron successfully defended his dissertation for his Doctorate of Education – Sports Management on Dec. 6. His doctoral research project, with dissertation titled “Mental Toughness and the Success of Professional Bass Fishermen,” was mentioned in the October 2016 issue of B.A.S.S. Times. He was also Bryan’s faculty athletic representative at the fall Appalachian Athletic Conference meeting on Nov. 21. Dr. Drew Randle and Dr. Scott Jones attended the 2016 Society of Professors in Christian Education Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. on Oct. 27-29. The theme of the conference was “Sola Fide: Faith Alone.”

Left to right: Paulakay Hall, Tracey Bridwell, and Janice Pendergrass


Mandi Raper has joined the AGS team as lead admissions counselor. Polly Revis attended three webinars: “Cataloging Continuing Resources in a Changing Landscape,” “Workflow Maps: Tools for Insight and Enhancement,” and “Copy Cataloging with CatExpress, an Interface to World Cat.” Yvonne Rose successfully completed the Red Cross course “Water Safety Instructor Trainer Recertification Assessment.” Dr. Hannah Schultz and Kristi Strode attended the Appalachian College Association’s Title IX workshop in Richmond, Ky., on Feb. 2.


Dr. Adina Scruggs and students from her Applied Market Innovation course presented workshops on Oct. 6 (“Steps for Getting Noticed: Standing out in the Crowd”) and Oct. 25 (“Social Media Basics”) for Main Street Dayton and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce. She is also chairman of the Marketing Committee of Strong Women of Rhea County, who recently brought Crissy Haslam to speak at the “Dinner on the Courthouse Lawn” to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Rhea County Courthouse and Imagination Library. The event raised more than $13,000. Dr. Scruggs has accepted the position of dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS). Dr. Adina Scruggs and Dr. Kathy Estes attended the Southern Regional IACBE conference in

Biloxi, Miss., on Oct. 13-14. Dr. Scruggs currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the southern region. This conference helped finalize preparations for Bryan’s IACBE site visit. Dr. Lyle Smith has been designated director of engineering development and will be a liaison with the engineering consultant, Dr. Paul Sims, with potential engineering hires and others involved with the program. Whitney Smith received her certification as a global career development facilitator. Dr. Dana Wilson completed her post-doctoral respecialization in psychology / health psychology on Feb. 12.



“We give to Bryan College because it’s been faithful in the past and currently to its mission statement. And we speak for three generations of our family.” Ralph ’56 and Ruth Green have been a meaningful part of the Bryan College community for years upon years. In fact, Ralph has sat on the board of trustees since 1993, and Ruth is the daughter of Bryan’s first missionaries – Ralph ’37 and Rebecca ’38 Toliver!


Memory & Honor Gifts In Memory Of Dorothy Hargreaves Allen Roger Allen

Harriet Anderson Jim and Priscilla Anderson John C. Anderson

John D. Anderson Jim and Priscilla Anderson John C. Anderson

V. Lois Ardelean Paul and Winnie Ardelean

Mayme Sheddan Bedford Paul and Winnie Ardelean Newton and Eva Layman Howard and Edwina Taylor Jack and Karin Traylor Amos and Celia Wipf David and Barbara Zopfi

Clyde Boeddeker Daniel Boeddeker Tim Boeddeker

Constance Boeddeker Ted and Beth Beattie Daniel Boeddeker Tim Boeddeker

Jeannie Stevens Cook James and Patty Booth

Patricia Ann Fraser David Fraser

Jim Franks Ronnie and Tracey Bridwell Everett and Onalee Garmon David and Paulakay Hall

Patsy Hathaway Herndon Everett and Onalee Garmon


Malcolm J. Hester

Charles and Anna C. Robinson

Daniel Boeddeker

David and Charlotte McSpadden

William “Terry” Hill

Violet Marie Ryder

Paul and Delana Bice Terry Hill’s Family

Paul and Winnie Ardelean Chuck and Cynthia Baker Vance and Connie Berger Paul and Delana Bice Maryanne Brown Tom and Mary Frances Carlson Tony and Valerie Castlen Dolores Cracchiolo Salvator and Barbara Cracchiolo Grace Bible Church Stefon and Alice Gray Ralph and Ruth Green Joe LaVenture Tony and Donna LaVenture Ray and Margie Legg Stephen and Corinne Livesay David and Sigrid Luther Frank and Sue Maracle Jake and Sandy Matthes Hope McRorie Kyle and Jane Ryder-Pinegar Rick and Roanna Taphorn Teacher Created Materials, Inc. Jack and Karin Traylor C. Barry Whitney David and Barbara Zopfi

Louise Huskey Ronnie and Tracey Bridwell Stefon and Alice Gray

William “Bill” Ketchersid Amos and Celia Wipf

Keith Kiser Tim Boeddeker

Rev. and Mrs. Milton Lieninge Jan Nelson

Alice Mercer Amos and Celia Wipf

Theodore Mercer Jean Sentz Tobelmann

Rachel Morgan Amos and Celia Wipf

Helen Neely Donna Woolwine

Elizabeth Boeddeker Sullivan

Robert Passburg

Daniel Boeddeker Tim Boeddeker

Paul and Winnie Ardelean

Dorothy Underwood Harvey Prettyman Steven Prettyman

William Lawrence Reeve First Baptist Church of Chickamauga Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fuller, Jr. JHM Certified Public Accountants Janet Reeve Mike and Carolyn Wright

Borden and Lucy Burr David and Christi Dixon Diane Gentry Alice Grotnes Joy Levio Mary Pate Charles Strain

Rev. and Mrs. W.A. Venable, Jr. William A. Venable III

Vivian McBride Walvatne Craig and Stephanie Walvatne

Margaret J. Witzky Kenneth and Joyce Roden

Mrs. Woodlee Pat Orton

Herman Wolter Paul and Winnie Ardelean Bee Wolter and Family

William Yeary Carol Yeary

IN HONOR OF John C. Anderson Jim and Priscilla Anderson

Eugene Bengtson Everett and Onalee Garmon

Christian Calvert David and Rosemary Day

David and Kathleen Classen David and Rosemary Day

Bob and Nan Coddington Bruce and Vicki Marsh

Kirby Heglar Hills Everett and Onalee Garmon

Stephen and Corinne Livesay Chuck and Cynthia Baker Vance and Connie Berger Kevin and Marcia Clauson Tim and Anita Joy Hostetler Ray and Margie Legg Rick and Roanna Taphorn

Russ Llewellyn Everett and Onalee Garmon

David Willson Dawn Hoffman

With the Lord Albert Aufdemorte ’44x, of Odenville, Ala., died Nov. 21, 2015. Mary R. Mims ’46x, of Tuscumbia, Ala., died Jan. 15, 2017. C. Dean Risser ’48, of Ashland, Ohio, died Feb. 2, 2017. Betty Jo Fitzgerald Prust ’50x, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died Oct. 29, 2016. Margaret Witzky ’51, of Mansfield, Ohio, died March 6, 2017. Claude Huxham ’52, of Laporte, Minn., died Oct. 3, 2016. V. Lois Ardelean ’53, of Cedar, Mich., died Dec. 29, 2016.

David L. Franklin ’54, of Winfield, Ill., died July 16, 2016. Suzanne Smith ’54x, of Torrance, Calif., died March 5, 2017. Dorothy Underwood ’54, of Pelham, Ala., died April 3, 2017. Mary Roselyn (Hall) Lee ’55, of Madisonville, Tenn., died Dec. 24, 2016. Rev. Robert Hughes ’59, of Chambersburg, Penn., died Sept. 10, 2016. Dr. Mayme S. Bedford ’65, of Dayton, Tenn., died Jan. 16, 2017. E. Lamar Hardin ’65, of Oliver Springs, Tenn., died Dec. 1, 2016.

David L. Billings ’67, of Richmond, Va., died March 1, 2014. Bob Pettus ’67, of Charlotte, N.C., died May 10, 2017. Evelyn Marks Maycumber ’68, of Lake Butler, Fla., died Feb. 7, 2017. Rev. Robert L. Daniel ’73, of Rockwood, Tenn., died Feb. 1, 2015. Jeffrey R. Lowery ’75, of Loveland, Ohio, died April 13, 2016. Herman W. Wolter ’01H, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., died Aug. 28, 2016. Kyle Wagley ’08, of Clarksville, Tenn., died March 18, 2017.


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Bryan Life, Spring 2017  

Bryan Life is the official alumni magazine of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.

Bryan Life, Spring 2017  

Bryan Life is the official alumni magazine of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.