Bracey Named as Welch College Cross Country Coach

For Immediate Release

February 18, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN—Welch College has named Matthew Steven Bracey as cross country coach at Welch College, according to Athletic Director Gary Turner. “Welch has taken a big step toward building a strong cross country program with the hire of Matthew Bracey as its new cross country coach,” Turner said. “An avid runner himself, Bracey has a real heart for running and is excited about the prospect of building a really strong, vibrant program. He looks forward to working and running with students, as well as building personalized training programs for them.”

Bracey has run numerous marathons, including, most recently, the Mercedes-Benz Marathon and the Walt Disney World Marathon. He has also run several smaller races, winning his age category in a recent 5k.

“I’m honored to serve in this capacity as the coach for Welch’s cross country team,” Bracey remarked. “The opportunity to combine two things that I love—Welch and its students on the one hand, and running on the other—is an awesome blessing. I look forward to building a great cross country program and team. And I’m especially excited about working even more with students.”

Bracey, a 2008 graduate of Welch College, received an M.T.S. from Beeson Divinity School and a J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He began working for Welch in 2013, where he serves as Associate Vice Provost and teaches law, theology, and history. He has also co-edited and contributed to two books and written a number of scholarly and popular articles.

“I believe Coach Bracey will take our cross country program to a whole new level,” said Turner. “With his love of Welch College and his passion for running, I think we’ll see the program flourish. If you’re interested in cross country, or know someone who is, contact Coach Bracey at mbracey@welch.edu.”

Welch College Adult Degree Program in Gallatin Tennessee

Welch College Expands Enriched Adult Studies Program to Gallatin and Hendersonville

NASHVILLE, TN—With the opening of its new campus in Gallatin this spring, Welch College will launch its new Enriched Adult Studies Program, according to Dr. Charles Lea, special assistant to the president for adult education. “Beginning in April, Welch will start offering classes leading to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees tailored for adults who want to go back and complete their degree,” Lea said. Plans call for the offering of degrees in Biology, Business, Christian Ministry, Teacher Education and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure.

Lea said, “For those interested in learning more about the Enriched Adult Studies Program, Discover Welch sessions are scheduled for January 26 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce (100 Country Club Drive #104, Hendersonville, TN 37075) and February 28 at the Welch College campus off of Bison Trail, Gallatin.”

Classes will meet one night per week and will have both flexible on-campus and online components. The program features value-priced tuition for working adults with full federal financial aid, and credit for life experience is available. Each student in the program will receive a specific and individualized degree pathway, and internship options and placement assistance will be offered. Applications are now being accepted at welch.edu/EnrichedAdultStudies.

Welch College is both regionally and nationally accredited and ranked one of the South’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Report. The college is slated to relocate to its new campus on Bison Trail in February. Welch has been part of Middle Tennessee’s educational community since 1942, where around 400 students from 23 states and three other countries study in a Christian community of faith and learning.

For more information or to apply: Call 615.844.5000 or go online to welch.edu/EnrichedAdultStudies.

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

Nashville, TN—The fall 2016 semester at Welch College ended with 71 students receiving academic recognition, according to Provost Greg Ketteman. This honor roll includes online students whose fall courses ended in late December.

Twenty-three students made all A’s and were placed on the President’s List—12 seniors, 5 juniors, 3 sophomores, and 3 freshman. Forty-eight students earned a 3.25 GPA and all A’s and B’s and were placed on the Provost’s list—18 seniors, 17 juniors, 6 sophomores, and 7 freshmen.

President’s List “A” Honor Roll:

Stacy Allison (Sr.) TN Mariah Moore (So.) KS
Joshua Burgus (Fr.) TN Hannah Morgan (Jr.) TN
Joshua Colson (Sr.) IL Samuel Riggs (Sr.) AL
Lydia Creech (Jr.) GA Daniel Rojas (Jr.) TN
Kimberly Hagood (Sr.) TN Benjamin Scott (Sr.) TN
Trevor Holden (Sr.) TN Heather Stevens (Fr.) TN
Daniel Hubin (So.) TN Deborah Trifonova (Fr.) TN
Joshua Hunter (Jr.) AR Cherish Tuttobene (Sr.) TN
Kinsley Kivette (So.) TN Jeannine Tuttobene (Sr.) TN
Dakota Kron (Jr.) TN Rachel White (So.) VA
Jacob Lute (Sr.) OH Whitney Wright (Sr.) OH
Caleb Montgomery (Sr.) AL
Mackenzie Moody (Sr.) NC


Provost’s List “B” Honor Roll:


Zachary Barefield AR Mackenzie McNeese TN
Jordan Chandler TN Megan McNeill TN
Josh Chapman MO William Outlaw TN
Daniel Dell TN Maredith Ryan IL
Morgan Droll IL Stephen Seeley SC
Ashton Johnson OK Abigail Settle TN
Rae Mahaney OH Lauren Strickland NC
Albert Marable TN Jacob Voltz TX
Amy McDonald TN Zurisadai Zuniga TN



Jacob Austin FL Robert Moore NC
Gabriel Cameron GA William Parent OK
Haley Cole AL Brandon Presley TN
Jimmy Daniels AR Layton Smith MO
Keren Delgado AR Elizabeth Stevanus TN
Alyssa Hill VA Anna Stone TN
Lauren LaMotte TN Abby Walker NC
Jonathan Lewis IL Ryan Whiticker TN
Hailee Mann TN



Dalton Alvis PA
Jacklyn Grizzle TN
Chelsea Holesapple MO
Jalynn Hood TN
Alicia Moran NC



Sarah Brown TN Justin Scott NC
Baylea Freeman VA Matthew Stone TN
Emma Guthrie IL Jessica Vaccaro TN
Avery Jones OK
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Phillip Morgan to Join Welch Faculty

Phillip Morgan will begin duties as a full-time faculty member in history starting in January, according to Dr. Greg Ketteman, provost at Welch College.

John Carter, long-time history professor at Welch, announced his planned retirement recently. In December, he will end a 35-year tenure as a faculty member at Welch. He has agreed to continue teaching in an adjunct capacity after retirement.

Morgan currently serves as Associate Pastor for Youth and Music at Heads Free Will Baptist Church in Cedar Hill, Tennessee, where he has served for 5 years. He intends to continue serving in local church ministry on a part-time basis. A 2008 Welch graduate with a B.S. in music, Morgan owned a restaurant for four years before his ordination to the ministry. He is finishing his M.A. in history from Middle Tennessee State University, which will be completed in December. He will then begin work on his Ph.D. at MTSU in the field of public history.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Phillip on board the faculty at Welch,” Ketteman said. “He is an impressive young man with a varied background who will bring to the campus a combination of academic rigor, a love for teaching and leading young people, and a heart for ministry.”

Mr. Carter states, “I am so excited that Phillip Morgan will be taking my place in the history program at Welch College. He is an excellent historian with a solid Christian worldview, and he cares deeply about bringing together a conservative, Christian worldview with historical understanding. This is so important to our curriculum at Welch, and I think Phillip is just the man we need to do this.”

Morgan has been active in denominational affairs, serving on the Tennessee Christian Education Board, Cumberland Association Christian Education Board, chairing the Northern Quarterly Christian Education Board, leading  summer youth camps at Cumberland Camp, and giving seminars at Free Will Baptist national conventions on his innovative approach to teaching church history and theology to teens. His writing has been published in Integrity: A Journal of Christian Thought and in a recent collection of essays on the theology of Welch professor emeritus Leroy Forlines. He also serves as a contributor and editor for the Helwys Society Forum (thehsf.com).

Morgan has also served for the past few years as the Assistant Curator of the Free Will Baptist Historical Collection under the supervision of Dr. Robert Picirilli, as well as the Archivist for Welch College. He and his wife Megan, and their children, Isaiah (3) and Julia (4m), live on a small farm in Robertson County, Tennessee.

Welch College Music Chairman Wins Award at Sheet Music Plus

Dr. James M. Stevens, chairman of the Music Department at Welch College, recently received the New Year’s Selling Contest Award at Sheet Music Plus for his bestselling Prelude to a Wedding book in the piano solo category. This collection contains 28 original songs drawn from his highly successful Relaxing and Romantic Piano books, Volumes I – IV.

Sheet Music Plus is the world’s largest sheet music dealer representing over one million print and digital titles and over one thousand music publishers. This is Stevens’s third award in the last year at Sheet Music Plus. He also won the Steinway Music Composition Contest in December 2015.

Stevens is one of the most prolific composers for Sheet Music Plus. He currently has more piano solo compositions published there than any living composer and is only surpassed in numbers by Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, and Liszt.

His The Sacred Flute book for solo flute and piano is currently the number-one bestselling flute solo book in both the print and digital categories. His compositions can be found at Sheet Music Plus under his publishing company, James M. Stevens Music ASCAP.

Dr. Stevens is a graduate of Samford University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has a doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Kentucky. He is beginning his thirteenth year as the Music Department chairman at Welch College.