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Colson Building Facelift

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The front of the Colson Building got a facelift in June, with new stucco to replace where the building's original stucco was bubbled and cracked.


In This Issue: Graduation iYouth Conference Students Tour Israel Accreditation Update Honoring Dr. Bradshaw McAllen Improvements New SCS Team Members

Commencement and Graduation Celebration

SCS conferred degrees on the first five graduates from SCS programs on May 16, 2013. Marco Garza received an Associate of Arts in Ministry Studies; Gary Morris, Karl Jenkins, and James Barber received a Diploma in Ministry Studies; and Willie Campbell received a Certificate in Ministry. Family, friends, and SCS faculty and staff were on hand to celebrate with the SCS graduates as well as SCS students who received their degrees from Howard Payne University and Logsdon Seminary. Raul Elizondo celebrated earning his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian Studies from Howard Payne University. Logsdon Seminary students Scott Britton and Emily Powdrill celebrated earning their Master of Divinity in Family Ministry. Geoff Smith celebrated earning his Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry, and Larry Brown, Mike Cervantes, Daryl Colvin, Tim Henson, Becky Jackson, Arthur Lane, Lavonda Mann, Ryan Pflughaupt, and Stephen Strealy all celebrated earning their Master of Divinity in Spiritual Care Ministry.


SCS Graduates L to R: Marco Garza, Gary Morris, Karl Jenkins, James Barber, WIllie Campbell

iYouth Conference 2013

Youth workers from nearly 20 churches from the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley converged on the SCS Corpus Christi campus for the iYouth Conference on April 6. Youth ministers, Sunday School teachers, and youth volunteers came to network, worship, and discuss this year’s topic, “Youth Ministry: In it for the Long Haul.” Keynote speaker Allen Frans of Central Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas, emphasized the importance of embracing the calling into youth ministry. He talked about his 20 year ministry at Central Baptist Church and discussed some of the steps that helped him be able to invest in a single congregation for the long haul. Attendees had the opportunity to dig deeper during a series of breakout sessions. SCS Instructor Justin Horton led a session that addressed contemporary issues in youth ministry. Jane WIlson, Youth Ministry Specialist with the BGCT, led a session about helping students meet God in small group Bible study. Veteran youth minister and author Darren Sutton led a session about how to develop key relationships in youth ministry. Joshua Fuentes, youth minister at Second Baptist Church Corpus Christi, moderated a panel discussion with Steven Gaither from First Baptist Orange Grove, Mike Bryant from First Baptist Beeville, and Matt Singleton from First Baptist Skidmore, where they discussed youth ministry in the context of a small town. The day culminated in a time of worship, led by Price Hill. The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, and planning for next year’s iYouth Conference is already underway. Visit www.stscs.or/iyc for details about future conferences and videos from this year’s event. Justin Horton prays while worship band Price Hill plays music at iYC


Students Experience the Holy Land

In April, a group of four SCS students and Dr. Doug Jackson had the privilege of experiencing the Holy Land in person as part of a tour led by Dr. Jim Dennison and Dr. Mike Fanning. Generous grants from the Prichard Family Foundation, the Denison Forum, and the Makor Foundation gave SCS students the opportunity to earn course credit through this unique study abroad experience. For the first time, the SCS team included students from every academic level. Through a rigorous application and selection process, the students awarded a place on this year’s team were Certificate in Ministry student Willie Campbell, Associate of Arts student Marco Garza, Bachelor of Behavioral Science student Rochelle Roots, and Master of Divinity student Daryl Colvin. This once in a lifetime opportunity continues to reverberate in the hearts and minds of the students who were chosen to make the trip. Marco Garza said, “I go back to every place we visited because they all touched my life. These are memories to draw from in my walk with God.” Pastor Daryl Colvin, who graduated from Logsdon seminary shortly after the trip, explained, “It is important for men and women called of God to have the kind of educational and spiritual experience a trip to Israel offers because there is nothing like experiencing Israel for yourself. Books cannot convey distance and details like the human mind...once you have experienced a location for yourself, then it’s yours for life.” SCS plans to send another group of students to study abroad in Israel in the spring of 2014. Space is available for anyone interested in touring Israel with the SCS students through Dr. Fanning’s organization. For more traveling information, contact Deanne Celelli at or (361) 991-9403.


Clockwise from top left: Marco Garza, Dr. Doug Jackson, Willie Campbell, Daryl Colvin, Rochelle Roots

Accreditation Update The Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation voted on the SCS application and granted SCS Applicant Status at their meeting in February. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the SCS academic programs. The SCS team is seeking prayer support as they move forward on the next stages of the accreditation process. They have already begun working on preparing the school to apply for Candidate Status.

In Memoriam

Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw was born mere months before the stock market crash in 1929. He grew up on a ranch in eastern Oklahoma learning invaluable lessons of perseverance, resourcefulness, and faith in the providence of God. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1951 and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 1955 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He later earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology in 1967. Dr. Bradshaw became a Christian in 1945 and was ordained in 1952. Dr. Bradshaw pastored for 25 years from 1952 until 1977 in Oklahoma, Texas, and Maryland, including Windsor Park Baptist Church from 1970-1977. His leadership in these churches was characterized by growth in all of the essential areas of church life. His emphasis was to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in reaching the unsaved and to develop new believers into mature Christians who learn to love God and their world. In July of 1977, Dr. Bradshaw became an Associate Professor at Howard Payne University and director of the Baptist Learning Center (BLC), which is now the South Texas School of Christian Studies (SCS). He was given the responsibility of establishing a satellite religion campus in Corpus Christi until his retirement in 1995. These classes were and are still held at 7000 Ocean Drive, adjacent to Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Dr. Bradshaw’s service to the campus became the hands, feet, and voice of the BLC vision. As the institution’s first director, Bradshaw recruited students, taught classes, handled administrative tasks, and raised funds. For eighteen years, Dr. Bradshaw gave himself tirelessly to the task of establishing the work of the BLC.

Dr. Javier Elizondo, Dr. Ralph Enlow ABHE President, and Dr. Tony Celelli

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Additionally, Dr. Bradshaw was involved in mission work throughout his career. He participated with the Home Mission Board in several areas. He directed studies in the “Rural-Urban Church” during Home Mission Week and directed studies in relation to the “Church in the Declining Community” at Glorieta, NM. He also presented a paper on this subject to the Long-range Planning Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and led Church Development clinics in Ohio and Missouri under the direction of the Home Mission Board. Dr. Bradshaw was a member and officer of the Community Development Corporation in Corpus Christi for eleven years. This organization provided single and multi-unit housing for the low income, elderly, and disabled. Although retired, Dr. Bradshaw worked to expand the ministry and facilities at the South Texas School of Christian Studies, believing the mature trained Christians are the best instruments God has to impact the world in a redemptive fashion. He even introduced the idea of expanding theological education to the valley. It is evident that Dr. Bradshaw’s efforts during his time as director made the South Texas School of Christian Studies what it is today, a thriving institution that exists to equip the educationally underserved followers of Christ to change the world through service in the church and the community. Dr. Bradshaw passed away Friday, April 26 in Corpus Christi with his loving wife, Betty, by his side. He is survived by his spouse, three children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. An endowment has been set up in Dr. Bradshaw’s name that will allow his legacy to continue through supporting the mission of SCS.

Dr. Kenneth Bradshaw 1929-2013

McAllen Campus Improvements

Thanks to the generous volunteer help of the Texas Baptist Men Retiree Builders and the tireless efforts of SCS employees Justin Horton and Jimmy Jimenez, the church property SCS purchased in McAllen has taken shape as an educational campus. Three new classrooms are complete, one of which will be named in honor of the Texas Baptist Men (TBM) who gave so generously of their time and talent to make the transformation on this campus possible. A fence around the perimeter of the campus is complete, unifying all of the buildings on the property, satisfying city ordinances, and giving the campus a cohesive look. The process of revitalizing the recently neglected landscape on this once beautiful property is underway. The courtyard will soon be a place of peace and solitude, surrounded by mature Monterey Oak and Olive trees. The Hospitality Suite, which is in the final stages of construction, will serve as a temporary residence and office space for visiting faculty and guests to the McAllen campus. It will be ready to accommodate visitors by summer. By creating a welcoming environment for guests on campus, SCS continues to attract the best practicioner-scholars offering students unique educational opportunities. Cleaned and repaired, the commercial kitchen is now in working order. SCS will be able to serve mission groups, students, and others who need a place to break bread. The adjacent dining hall can seat 200 plus people and is under construction as well. In the fall SCS will offer three Certificate, Diploma, and AA courses on the McAllen campus (including one in Spanish) as well as four graduate level courses as part of the partnership with Logsdon Seminary. The McAllen campus is equipped to facilitate online and distance learning courses, giving students in the Rio Grande Valley unprecedented access to theological education. Dr. Joe Rangel, Director of the Hardin-Simmons University Undergraduate Program, will serve in McAllen, developing student relationships and helping SCS and its partners become a true part of the McAllen community. Visit to find out how you can contribute to the McAllen campus renovations.


Retiree builders install drywall in McAllen classrooms

New SCS Staff Members Dr. Marshall Johnston joins SCS as Dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Johnston graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University in 2007. After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Johnston spent six years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including combat service in Operation Desert Storm. He has served in several churches in Texas and Florida as pastor, music minister and youth minister. Most recently Dr. Johnston pastored the First Baptist Church of Aransas Pass for eight years. He is married to Kathy and they have three children, Mary, Melissa and Matthew. His hobbies include fishing, running, shooting sports, and skateboarding.

Dr. Marshall Johnston Dean, Student Affairs Christopher Stapper came to SCS in May 2013 as Dean of Business Affairs after serving for seven years at First Baptist Church, Athens as the Teaching Pastor and Youth Minister. Prior to FBC Athens, he was a part of the leadership staff for six years at Camp Zephyr on Lake Corpus Christi. Christopher earned his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies through Howard Payne University at SCS in May 2005. Christopher received two Master's degrees from Dallas Baptist University: a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Christian Education. He is currently in his second year of Ph.D. studies at Dallas Baptist University. He is married to Erin and has two children: Emma (8) and Caedmon (6). Dean Stapper enjoys biking, fishing, camping, cooking, and watching movies with his family.

Chris Stapper Dean, Business Affairs Rochelle Roots joined the SCS staff in February as Executive Assistant to Dr. Celelli. She has eighteen years experience as a legal secretary/assistant, and serves the Lord as a dynamic speaker to women and teen girls at both local and national events. Currently a full-time student at SCS, she is working toward her Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Ministry. Rochelle is happily married to James, her husband of sixteen years, and they have two sons, Jalen (12) and Uriah (10). In her free time, Rochelle enjoys reading, writing, and live music.

Rochelle Roots Executive Assistant, President In May 2013, SCS welcomed Tatenda Tavaziva to the staff as Bookkeeper. Tatenda worked for Texas Book Company for three years, obtaining valuable expertise in billing, accounts payable, auditing, and various other accounting functions. Tatenda was the Student Body President at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree of Business Administration in both Accounting and Business Management. Tatenda enjoys camping, fishing, sports, and watching movies. His favorite sports teams include the San Antonio Spurs and the New England Patriots.

Tatenda Tavaziva Bookkeeper

Fall classes start August 26th in Corpus Christi and Mcallen!

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Rev. Linn and Betty Self Bible Symposium Thursday, October 3, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tommy Sanders

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