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Fall 2013

President Michael S. Stewart

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Dear Friend:


As I begin my 9th year as president, I want you to know we are able to continue to move forward because of your belief in our vision and your faithfulness in giving to support our efforts. That is the gateway to sustainability and expansion. As we near completion of our Growing Forward capital campaign, I am hopeful and optimistic we will meet our $4 million goal by the end of 2013 as we have surpassed the $3.5 million mark. Just in time for fall semester, we have completed the third of four towers at Roberson Hall and will finish the fourth tower in time for spring semester. Those two towers add a total of 144 more beds for resident students. Our new soccer and lacrosse fields will open soon. The lights are up, the sod continues to be planted, and the fence goes up soon. In academics, we received approval from SACS to offer concentrations in pre-vet as well as pre-occupational therapy and pre-physical therapy. My vision for this phase of my presidency is to focus on those things that will help sustain us in the future. I believe our past success has come from the grace and hand of God, not from the hand of people. Our role is to be sensitive to His movement and to move with Him. I believe that is our mandate for the future. A theme I will carry into this year is Commit to the E. That E is the excellence of Emmanuel College—the ideals, values and standards we uphold. However, more importantly, I want us all to commit ourselves to the real E: Emmanuel, Jesus Christ. I want this to be a year of deep, true and growing commitment in our relationship with Jesus. As we commit ourselves to the E, we determine this year we will grow our walk with Christ in a deeper way. As we focus on that, I will ask our campus to begin by reading the Gospel of John. In one of our first convocations, we distributed that book to all students and employees and asked them to read it by October 1 as a basis for what we will experience together as we commit ourselves to Emmanuel; that we get to know Him, read His story, interact with who he really is, and engage Jesus in our own personal way. I challenge you to deepen your walk with Christ, to get to know Him, to be more intimate with Him, to stay in His word, to pray and to be faithful to Him. Also, to remember this statement from Jesus: apart from Me, you can do nothing. Emmanuel College is here today because of men and women who have committed to the E, Jesus Christ, and He worked through them in powerful ways. Remember, God still wants to do that today through you and me. Sincerely and respectfully yours,

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For Alumni and Friends of Emmanuel College Mission Statement Emmanuel College is a Christ-centered, liberal arts institution which strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning, and living for effective careers, scholarship, and service. Founded in 1919, Emmanuel is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emmanuel College. President Dr. Michael S. Stewart Vice President for Development Brian James Alumni and Development Staff Shanterrin Harland Harrell Queen Erin Rosene Ginny Swails Executive Editor Paula Dixon Managing Editor Ginny Swails Contributing Writers Paula Dixon Martha Coleman Duncan Lauren Peeples Contributing Photographers Paula Dixon Corey Nolan Design and Printing Services Beth James Wansley, Designer LifeSprings Resources, Inc. Quad Fall 2013, Vol. 68, Issue 1 (USPS 175-200) is published four times a year by the Emmanuel College Alumni and Development Office, 181 Spring Street, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. Periodicals postage paid at Franklin Springs, GA 30639. To submit address changes, send an e-mail to or call 800-860-8600, opt. 4. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to Emmanuel College Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639. Ranked as a Tier One private college and named as a Best Regional College (South) –U.S. News & World Report (2013)

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Dr. Michael Stewart, President • 800.860.8600

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News Events

Each fall semester begins at Emmanuel College as the campus gathers for a time of corporate worship services during the annual ALPHA Weekend. This year, 18 students asked to be baptized. Dr. Mark Rutland opened the first session on Thursday, Aug. 22. “He challenged us with a powerful message from the premise that God¹s holiness is not to be feared or despised; rather, it is to be embraced,” says Ben Crisp, a junior from Lenoir, N.C., majoring in Christian Ministries. “This is true because God¹s holiness derives from His character--His love for us. If we as students allow this message

Talmadge Gardner

Tommy McGhee

“As students, faculty and staff begin this new academic year at Emmanuel College, we will spend four days reminding ourselves that faith in Christ is the key component of all we do,” Pastor Chris says. “Dr. Rutland has the reputation as one of the best preachers of our time, and we are honored he’s here to help us begin this new year at Emmanuel. Through worship, prayer and biblical teaching, ALPHA Weekend offers us a chance to remember our heritage and let it become real to each of us. We want more than just a new school year—we want to see God make each of us new.” A bestselling author, founder of Global Servants as well as The National Institute of Christian Leadership, Dr. Rutland recently joined the preaching team at Free Chapel, a mega church in Gainesville, Ga., with campuses in Irvine, Calif., and Gwinnett County, Ga. Previously, Dr. Rutland served as the third president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. He is a distinguished author, educator, charismatic leader, businessman and a nationally recognized figure in Christian higher education.

Emmanuel College proudly congratulates IPHC Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham (’69), Bishop Talmadge Gardner (’82) and Bishop Tommy McGhee (’76)! These outstanding alumni were re-elected, along with Bishop Chris Thompson, to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops at the 27th General Conference in Dallas, Texas, in July 2013. Presiding Bishop Beacham is General Superintendent of the IPHC, Bishop Thompson is Executive Director of Evangeliam USA, Bishop Gardner is Executive Director of World Missions Ministries, and Bishop McGhee is Executive Director of Discipleship Ministries. It marks the first general conference where all four general officials were elected by acclamation.

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Dr. Doug Beacham

to sink in, the results will be life-changing. We will journey through not only this academic year, but the entirety of our lives Dr. Mark Rutland changed and inspired to model after and pursue our holy, loving God,” he adds. The next day featured EC Campus Pastor Margaret Turner, and then EC Campus Pastor and Spiritual Life Director Chris Maxwell spoke Saturday and Sunday. • 800.860.8600 3


Alumni Workday

Friday, October 4 Homecoming Registration 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., John W. Swails Center, West Lobby 66th Annual Feast of Ingathering 10 a.m., John W. Swails Center Women’s Ministries Luncheon 11:30 a.m., John W. Swails Center Retiree Council Meeting 1 p.m., John W. Swails Center, Marshburn Room Evening with the President 7-9 p.m., John W. Swails Center Bowling Fellowship 9 p.m., Lion Lanes Bowling Center, Athletic Center Saturday, October 5 Registration & Reunion Headquarters 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., John W. Swails Center, West Lobby

EC Admissions Staff

5th Annual Springs Sprint 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run 9 a.m., Start and Finish at Taylor/Aaron Parking Lot Golden Grads Reunion & Breakfast 9 a.m., Franklin Springs City Hall SCM Reunion 9 a.m., Emmanuel College Dining Ctr. Alumni Valedictorian Reception 10 a.m., Taylor Chapel Annual Alumni & Friends Luncheon Noon – 1:30 p.m., John W. Swails Ctr. Naming Ceremony of the Athletic Center 2 p.m., Athletic Center Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony for new Stephens Soccer & Lacrosse Fields 3 p.m., Soccer & Lacrosse Fields

Jack Puckett and Sherm Smith

We greatly appreciate all the help from alumni and friends who recently volunteered their time and efforts to add the final touches to help get our beautiful campus ready for fall semester. From laying sod and pine straw to making phone calls and stuffing envelopes, you really made a difference! Thank you to Sherm (‘60) and Bett (‘61) Smith, Harrell (‘63) and Linda Queen, James and Rachel (‘58) Sorrow, Betty Jo Bailey (‘56), Gilbert (‘60) and Sheila (‘60) Shaw, Jack Puckett (‘56), Frank Daniels (‘59), as well as our Admissions Office, men’s soccer team and several other faculty, staff and students!

Piano students have a new Steinway Baby Grand

Tour of Roberson Hall Expansion 4 p.m., Roberson Hall

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Varsity Women’s & Men’s Basketball Scrimmages & Halftime Alumni Shootouts 6 and 8 p.m., Athletic Center


Sunday, October 6 Sunday Homecoming Service 10:30 a.m., Franklin Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church Golf Fellowship 2 p.m., Victoria Bryant State Park For updates, visit • 800.860.8600

Thanks to a generous bequest by the late Beverly Tilton (‘56), her Steinway Baby Grand Piano was donated to Emmanuel College over the summer. “We are so excited about receiving this generous and beautiful Ms. Beth Chitwood and Dr. Leslie Boucher

Emmanuel is a McGhee family tradition Etta B. McGhee celebrated her 100th birthday February 16, 2013, Etta McGhee at the Ministry Center of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Patrick Springs, Va. Joining her were 250 family members and many friends from various churches where she and her husband, the late Rev. Mr. G.I. “Graydon” McGhee, ministered over the years. All seven of her children graduated from Emmanuel College: Gerald McGhee (’57), Burlington, N.C.; Pearlie Coleman (’58), Collinsville, Va.; Elaine Scarlett (’62), Snow Camp, N.C.; Naomi Pilson (’67), Stuart, Va.; Nadine Wilson (’68), Clinton N.C.; David McGhee (’73, ’91, deceased); and Tommy McGhee (’76), Oklahoma City, Okla. She has nine grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, 28 step greatgrandchildren, and 12 step great great-grandchildren. Her youngest son, Tommy, who was recently re-elected to the IPHC Executive Council of Bishops (see page 3), says he thought about attending another college. “I thought I would be the first to break it,” he explains. “I told Dad I was going to UNC-Charlotte, and he said, ‘I hope you have some financial aid.’ So, I thought I would at least get away from home by going to Emmanuel.” Although their father himself might not have been a student EC, he served on the Board of Trustees. He also served on the Conference Board of Western North Carolina for 14 years. Bishop McGhee describes his mother as industrious, making most of the clothes his sisters wore and making and selling thousands of pound cakes and soft mints. “She was constantly working on those two things to provide extra income and be able to stay home with her children,” he says. As one of 11 children, Mrs. McGhee was once told she would likely never have children of her own. She and all of her children actively serve in the IPHC.

“Emmanuel College continues to strive to provide excellence in academics by providing majors that mirror the needs and openings in the job market,” says Wendy Vinson, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. “With the expansions of our academic programs, we are able to be even more competitive with state schools and offer students these degrees from a biblical world view.”

School of Arts and Sciences

English Department BA in English Mathematics Department BS in Mathematics Music Department BA in Church Music BA in Music BA in Music Performance Natural Sciences Department BS in Biology » Pre-Pharmacy* » Pre-Professional Studies* (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, etc.) » Pre-Veterinary* – new this year Social Sciences Department BS/BA in History BS/BA in Pre-Law BS/BA in Psychology

School of Business

Business Department BS/BA in Business Administration » Management* » Computer Information Systems* Communication Studies Department BS/BA in Communication Studies » Digital Media* » Organizational Communication* BS/BA in Graphic Design Kinesiology and Sports Management Department BS in Kinesiology » Pre-Occupational Therapy* – new this year » Pre-Physical Therapy* – new this year BS in Sports Management

School of Christian Ministries BS/BA in Christian Ministries BS in Worship and Music Ministry

School of Education

BS in Early Childhood Education BS in Middle Grades Education BS in Business Education BS in Health and Physical Ed (P-12) BS in History Education BS in Math Education BA in English Education BME in Music Education (P-12)

*denotes degree concentration

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gift,” says Dr. Leslie Boucher, Dean of EC’s School of Arts and Sciences as well as Music Department Chair. “This is a legacy to be treasured along with the memories of Beverly and her family. Its beauty graces the office of piano instructor Ms. Beth Chitwood, and she is extremely grateful. We thank Beverly’s nephew and estate trustee, Mr. David Drum, for making the gift of this exquisite piano possible. Our students will benefit greatly!” (Note: we regret to have mistakenly reported in the previous issue of Quad the piano was gift from EC instead of to EC. Mrs. Tilton passed way on April 27, 2013.)

Three new academic concentrations offered in 2013-14 • 800.860.8600 5

Surviving and thriving in the music industry

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-by Lauren Peeples (‘10)


Just living the dream is what many would say about Lindsey Williams from Kingston Springs, Tenn. With a lifelong passion for music, Williams began writing theme songs for multimillion dollar corporations, including Walmart, McDonald’s and Nike in the 1990s. “I love waking up every morning and not having any idea what I’ll be doing. I may be taking care of office stuff, writing and playing anything from Southern Gospel to an orchestral hybrid tune for a film, to blues, country, rock and indie singer/songwriter,” he says. “When I was 20 years old, I was saved and needed to do something positive with my life. I had been touring the Southeast with a Southern rock band living a rock band lifestyle when I gave my heart to The Lord in August 1975. I arrived at EC in January 1976,” he recalls. After completing EC’s music program, Williams earned a bachelor of music degree in classical guitar performance in 1980 from the University of Georgia. He toured with Rick Bonfim of the United Methodist Evangelist in North Georgia Annual Conference until 1983 when he moved to Nashville. “I played sessions and toured with artists. Holly Dunn, Paul Overstreet, Brenda Lee were the name acts I played guitar for. There are other regional and local artists I’ve played guitar for. Such is the life of a guitar slinger—you work where you can,” he says. In the mid-1990s, Williams wrote music for brands including Texaco, Shell, Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Tylenol, Burger King, Payday, Logan’s Road House, FEMA, Ambien, Bush Gardens, Captain D’s, Shoney’s, Home Depot and Lowe’s. By the late 1990s, he began freelancing for major music houses in Nashville, which led to writing/ producing TV promos and themes, including CMT’s Most Wanted Star, The CMA Festival on CBS, Where In The World Is Matt Lauer - NBC Today Show, Animal Planet and Peachtree TV. “I have hundreds of jingles airing for businesses across the country. The national stuff that’s running on TV is the Late Night With David Letterman promo and the theme for Hoda and Kathy Lee’s • 800.860.8600

hour on the Today Show,” he says. “That music was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2009 in the Outstanding Original Song (Main Title and Promo). It didn’t win the statue, but my wife and I had a great time going to L.A. and attending the ceremony.” Williams says he enjoys the spontaneity of his profession and contributes his success to trusting God’s will.  “I personally don’t think there Lindsey (‘77) and Susan Williams are any breaks in my business. I believe you just keep doing what you do, trust God to take care of paying His mortgage, and see what the day brings. It really is a lot of hard work,” says Williams, who insists EC served a significant purpose in his life.  “At Emmanuel, I was able to get away from the distractions and get grounded in The Word. I plugged into campus ministries that involved making music as well as ministering in the prison at Alto,” he says. “There’s no doubt that the time I spent at EC helped to prepare me for what was and what is coming in my life.” Williams and Susan, his wife of 26 years, have two children. Beau is a freshman at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and Caroline is in high school. As for the future, Williams said his main focus is to remain faithful to God and be the best husband and father possible. “As far as career, I am going to continue creating music,” Williams says. “I have no plans to retire because I really am not done yet.”

Tower Three of Roberson Hall opens As resident students moved on campus during a rainy August weekend, Roberson Hall’s third tower opened to add another 72 beds. The fourth tower, with another 72 beds, will be ready in time for Spring Semester 2014. It will be open for tours Saturday afternoon of Homecoming Weekend October 4-6, 2013.

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Ruby Pitts (‘35)

-by Martha Coleman Duncan (’72) On a recent trip to see my mother in the Mt. Gap community of central Georgia, we paid a visit to her long-time friend and prayer partner, Ruby Pasley Pitts. During our chat I learned that Sister Pitts attended Franklin Springs Institute and might be one of the last living members of the graduating class of ’35. She turned 98 years old August 11, 2013, so I seized the opportunity to ask a few questions.  Martha: How were you able to attend the Institute?

Ruby: I graduated from the 10th grade at Meansville High School when I was 15. That was the highest grade available at the time. I began working at the Mt. Gap PHC teaching Sunday School and working with the youth. When I was 19, my pastor at the time, Bro. J. B., recommended me for a Georgia Conference Scholarship to FSI and the Conference Youth Leader supported his recommendation. I was able to attend FSI for my 11th grade year.   Martha: Whom were some of the people you attended with?   Ruby: Remember that I was 19 when I went there, so I was older than most of them. There was Esther Baker, Ollie Ray, Josephine Ferris, Lillian Cox Myers, Lois Swizegood Todd, O. N. Todd and others I can’t remember now. Four of us girls shared a room, and the girls were housed in the same building where the classes were held.   Martha: Who was your favorite teacher?   Ruby: Bro. Walter Nash. He taught science and math. I also enjoyed Bro. Goodrum.    Martha: What did you do after you graduated?

Ruby: I returned to Mt. Gap and married Isaiah Pitts. We had four children, all of whom attended Emmanuel. Two of them graduated from there and met their spouses there. I have the four children, 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Isaiah was never able to attend college, but he wanted to be sure his children had that opportunity. Hopefully, all 27 great-grands will be able to attend Emmanuel. The members of Sis. Ruby’s family who graduated from EC are Martha Pitts Dennis, husband Cleon (’55) and their son Timothy (Ted); Alton Pitts (’61), wife Faye Spain Pitts (’60) and their children Leslie Pitts Wood (’88) and William Pitts (’91) and his wife Sherry Maynard Pitts (’92). Leslie’s son David currently attends EC. Two of Sis. Ruby’s other daughters also attended EC: Elaine Pitts Haney (’63) and Judy Pitts Tea (’66).

It was good to see Bishop Eduardo Durán Castro (’67) from Santiago, Chile, as he attended the IPHC General Conference in Dallas. As he talked to President Michael Stewart, he said he always remembers the kindness of people at Emmanuel who helped him while he was here as a student. “It is a special place, and everyone helped me very much,” he shared.

1970s Rhonda (Murrell) Sweeney (’77) has recently been home on furlough from the mission field. After graduating from Emmanuel, she pursued a nursing degree from USC Aiken and worked in the emergency room at Doctors Hospital of Augusta for the next 20 years. In 1999, Rhonda and her husband TR answered the call to the mission field and relocated to Honduras. They currently live in an adobe house where she operates a free clinic in her home. She also travels to local Indian tribes, who are Mayan descendants, with her mobile medical clinic. Sweeney fondly recalls her memories at Emmanuel with friends who aided in the spiritual atmosphere on campus. She returns every two years to the US to raise funds for her ministry and to visit her parents who still live in South Carolina. She can be reached through Grace Missions Corps, 1725 Sibley Road, Augusta, GA 30909.

Remember, it is easy to stay connected with Emmanuel friends through our Facebook alumni groups at EmmanuelCollegeGA or /ECFranklinSprings.

We Remember Joyce Carole Taylor (’67), retired English faculty member, passed away June 22, 2013, at age 66 after years declining health. She was hired at EC in 1977 and retired in 2004. She dedicated her professional life to educating young people at Emmanuel College. She loved her church, her career, and her community, and she also enjoyed sharing her delicious homemade sourdough bread. Surviving Ms. Taylor are her sister, Judy T. van Roekel, brother-in-law, John H. “Herb” (’68) van Roekel, two nieces, Jennifer van Roekel Strickland and Amanda (’03) van Roekel, and two great-nieces, Deelen and Hannah Strickland, as well as a great-nephew, John William van Roekel. A memorial service for Joyce will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Clear Branch Baptist Church (nine miles south of Black Mountain, N.C.), her childhood church built by her father and uncle. Bishop A. D. “Doug” Beacham, Jr. will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Emmanuel College.

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The Rev. Freddie C. Goss Sr. (’61) went to be with Jesus April 1, 2013, after a complication from a simple surgery on his leg. He graduated from Emmanuel’s high school in 1959 and the junior college in 1961. On March 23, Freddie and his wife, Merlin, celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. YouTube hosts his Pastor Freddie Goss Homegoing Video, which he preached himself. “Freddie was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and a wonderful minister and pastor,” his wife says. “He really loved everyone and liked to joke around, to make them smile. He was just fun to be around.” • 800.860.8600 7

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