NASHVILLE, TN—Dr. David S. Dockery and Reverend Tim Campbell are scheduled to challenge the Welch College graduating class of 2014 May 8-9, according to President Matt Pinson.

Dr. David Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and president-elect of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, will address the graduates during 10:00 a.m. commencement exercises Friday, May 9. Reverend Tim Campbell, executive director of Arkansas Free Will Baptists, will bring the baccalaureate message Thursday evening, May 8, at 7:00 p.m.

President Pinson said, “This is such a significant occasion for the entire college community, and especially for our graduating seniors and their families. Commencement week always vividly reminds us of Welch’s mission—to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life. We’re grateful for the opportunity to have two wonderful speakers address the graduating class, and we hope that many will join us in this special time of celebration.”

Birmingham, Alabama native Dr. David S. Dockery was selected as the 15th president of Union University in December of 1995. During his 18-year tenure, the university saw significant growth, developing into a leader in Christian higher education. Prior to his presidency at Union, Dr. Dockery served as chief academic officer and theology and New Testament professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. In June, Dr. Dockery is set to become the 15th president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He and his wife Lanese have been married for 38 years and have three sons and six grandchildren.

Reverend Tim Campbell is the Executive Director of Arkansas Free Will Baptists. A 1990 graduate of Welch College, Campbell has pastored churches in Missouri and Arkansas and served 10 years on the administrative staff at Welch, including time as Director of Stewardship Development and Dean of Students and Dean of Men. He is currently a member of the General Board and Executive Committee of the National Association of Free Will Baptists. He also serves as president of the Arkansas Faith and Ethics Council. He and his wife Jane have been married for 38 years and have one son, Ben.

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