Sunrise at Welch College, a private Christian college in Gallatin, Tennesse

Welch Marks Highest Fall Enrollment in 36 Years

Welch College enrolled the highest number of students in 36 years for the Fall 2019 semester, according to Provost Matthew McAffee. Total enrollment statistics indicate 426 students from 24 states, one territory, and five foreign countries, a 5.4 percent increase over last fall’s headcount. The fall of 1983 was the last fall semester that the enrollment was higher, with a headcount of 467.

“We are thankful for the modest increase in enrollment numbers this year,” McAffee said. “The Lord continues to bless our efforts in equipping leaders for Christ’s kingdom work.”

The increase in new students this year occurred with both freshmen and transfer students. This fall 84 new students enrolled in traditional on-campus programs at Welch. A total of 116 new students joined the student body for the new school year, including graduate, online, and adult studies enrollments.

At press time the college reported 185 dormitory students, 36 commuter students, 33 graduate students, 31 Adult Studies students, 50 Online/Lifetime Learning students, and 91 dual enrollment students. The fall’s full-time equivalency (FTE) is 307 students.

“We’re thankful to God for another increase in headcount and FTE enrollment,” President Matt Pinson said. “We’re excited that we have the third highest number of new traditional, college-age students since 2006, one of the top incoming classes in the last twenty years. This is good, especially given the fact that enrollment at many colleges and universities in the U.S. is at a standstill or declining.”

“The composition of the enrollment at private colleges and universities has shifted since the turn of the century, and we’ve seen this at Welch,” Pinson said. “When I was a student in the mid-1980s, we had a large number of married students in their late twenties and thirties who had pulled up stakes and moved across the country to attend college. Those days are gone. That kind of student is now engaging in non-traditional delivery systems, including online and evening classes. It’s exciting, though, to see an upward trend in enrollment occurring across all sectors at Welch.”

For more information about Welch College, email recruit@welch.edu or visit the college’s website at www.welch.edu.

90 Welch College Students Make President’s and Provost’s Lists

The spring 2019 semester at Welch College ended with 90 students receiving academic recognition, according to Provost Matthew McAffee. This honor roll includes both online and Enriched Adult Studies students whose spring courses ended in late May. “We congratulate these students on their academic accomplishments,” says McAffee. “These students are the academic leaders among their peers at Welch College, and we hope their example will encourage others to strive for excellence in their academic work.”

Twenty-four made all A’s and were placed on the President’s List—6 seniors, 5 juniors, 7 sophomores, and 6 freshmen. Sixty-six earned a 3.25 GPA and all A’s and B’s and were placed on the Provost’s list—6 seniors, 14 juniors, 25 sophomores, and 21 freshmen.

President’s List: “A” Honor Roll

Kandace Ailworth Sophomore TN Josh Hunter Senior TN
Meredith Baer Freshman NC Alejandro Johnson Sophomore TN
Addie Barnett Freshman TN Dakota Kron Senior TN
Leif Barrett Freshman TN Kip McNeil Junior TN
Catherine Blades Sophomore TN Hannah Morgan Senior TN
Adam Brown Junior IL Jonathan Payne Sophomore IL
Josh Burgus Junior TN Anna Pinson Freshman TN
Blake Chandler Sophomore TN Daniel Rojas Senior TN
Alyssa Davis Freshman NC Mallie Sharenberger Sophomore TN
Grace Elkins Freshman TN Lizzie Stevanus Senior TN
Jacklyn Grizzle Junior TN Debbie Trifonova Junior BG
Daniel Hubin Senior TN Destinee Woolett Sophomore SD

Provost’s List: “B” Honor Roll

Jacob Austin FL
Adra Brown TN
Keren Delgado AR
Anna Forlines TN
Nikolette Jones AL
Emily Petty IL
Elisha Cameron GA Kinsley Kivette TN
Brenton Driscoll CA Mariah Moore KS
Summer Elliott QC Dan Pappas SC
Emma Guthrie IL Meredith Parrish NC
Chelsea Holesapple MO Sarah Pierce IL
Abby Hunter AR Hannah Reynolds RI
Avery Jones OK Laurel Woodis TN
Riley Bell TN Jolee McClure TN
Hailey Boyer MO Whitney Moody MS
Emilee Davis NC Elaine Park TN
Michaela Easley TN Ashlee Presley TN
Abigail Fawbush TN Kendal Ryan IL
Hannah Gorrell WV Ashley Snipes GA
Hannah Goucher MS Tori Thomsen TN
Ally Greenwood TN Savannah Watts TN
Kelsey Horton TN James Webb AL
Bryan Houser VA Kullen Williams TN
Jami Howell FL Emily Wise TN
Cheyenne Johnson TN Andy Yerby AL
Maks Lutsenko TN
Benjamin Barcroft IL Krista Lindsay AL
Emmie Barnett TN Tori Masters NC
Lauren Batey TN Cody Matlock KS
Micah Borck TN Caroline McDonald TN
LeeAnn Branch SC Kerena Morton VA
Sara Carman TN Alexis Saunders TN
Allie Foust TN Raygan Sellers TN
Gabrielle Hicks KS Gabby Subeh VA
Ashley Holland TN Sydney Walker NC
Daniel Kilgore CA Madison Wright NC
Savannah Kelly AL

2019 Commencement Speakers Announced

Dr. Mark Stripling and Dr. Bruce Ashford will address the Welch College class of 2019, according to President Matt Pinson. Stripling, Senior Pastor of North Little Rock Free Will Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas, will present the baccalaureate sermon Thursday evening, May 9, at 7:00. Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, will address the graduates at the 10:00 a.m. commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Stripling, who has served Free Will Baptist churches in a number of capacities for 36 years, has served at the North Little Rock Church since 1990. A Georgia native, he has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Executive Board of Arkansas Free Will Baptists and the Executive Board of the Central Association of Arkansas Free Will Baptists. He recently ended his second term as a member of the Welch Board of Trustees, serving most of his twelve years on the Board as its secretary.

Ashford is well-known in Christian higher education circles, having taught at Southeastern Seminary since 2003 and provost since 2013. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, he is a well-known conference speaker and prolific author. His best known book is Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians (Lexham, 2015). He is co-author of One Nation under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics (B&H, 2015) and editor of Theology and Practice of Mission (B&H, 2011).

President Matt Pinson said, “Commencement activities are such important events in the life of our college community at Welch, and especially for the graduating seniors. Commencement always highlights our 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 great speakers address the graduating class. We invite friends, family, and alumni to join us in this special time of celebration.”

Welch College Choir Tour “One of the Best in Years”

The forty-member Welch College Choir, under the direction of Dr. James Stevens, completed a three-state tour during spring break covering 1700 miles and ministering in ten locations over seven days, according to according to Todd Parrish, Director of Church Relations.

“Church members in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia worshiped joyfully as the choir sang through the O Praise the Name program,” Parrish said. “The choir did a variety of music, which included anthems, hymn arrangements, spirituals, and contemporary worship songs. Alumni and former choir members stated that this was one of the best Welch choirs in years.”

Choir members spent time with residents at the Governor’s Bend Assisted Living Center in Erwin, TN, as well as with students at Gateway Christian Academy (VA) and Bethel Christian Academy (NC). “One teacher expressed how grateful she was that the college students went out of their way to make her fifth graders feel important,” Parrish said. Over 300 academy students signed up to receive more information about Welch College. From these student information cards, Andrea Sosa (VA) was selected to win a free Apple watch.

Welch College Announces Sumner Regional Medical Center as Naming Sponsor for Strong and Courageous Event

Welch College is delighted to announce that Sumner Regional Medical Center will be the Naming Sponsor of the second annual Strong and Courageous banquet on May 13.

Sumner Regional has provided quality healthcare to the Sumner County community for 60 years. Their partnership with Welch College for the Strong and Courageous event is a significant way for them to recognize local people of faith who continue to make an impact through excellence in their work, their neighborhood, and their community displaying strong kingdom values.

Dr. Charles Lea, Special Assistant to the President at Welch, said, “Sumner Regional Medical Center and their HighPoint partners provide outstanding healthcare and contribute in many ways to the physical, moral, and spiritual health of the greater Sumner County community. We are extremely pleased to welcome Sumner Regional as our naming sponsor this year.”

Strong and Courageous 2019 presented by Sumner Regional Medical Center will be held on the Welch College campus on Monday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. It will be an exciting evening of entertainment, inspirational speaking, and the presentation of the 2019 Strong and Courageous award.

For more information or for tickets to the event, please contact Derek Altom at 615.675.5262 or go to the event website at welch.edu/strongandcourageous. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at Welch College. For more information on Sumner Regional Medical Center, visit mysumnermedical.com.

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