Welch College Announces Nursing Scholarships, Information Session

Welch College has announced new, $1,000 incentive scholarships for eligible students desiring a career in Nursing, according to Dr. Ian Hawkins, Nursing program coordinator at Welch.

“Through the Welch Education Nursing Collaborative, the college offers a seamless 4-year path to a bachelor’s degree in Nursing,” Hawkins said. “New students who apply at Welch by May 15 and meet minimum criteria will receive an additional incentive scholarship of $1,000. Local private-sector employers are providing funds to make the additional financial assistance possible.”

Hawkins reported that a special Nursing Collaborative Information Session will be held March 23 at 6:30 p.m.on the Welch campus in Gallatin in Celorio Hall. The session will explain the academic program, provide a tour of the campus, and offer additional Financial Aid assistance to apply and receive the incentive and other scholarships. Welch College offers scholarships to both traditional and adult students.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges* and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education accredit Welch College both regionally and nationally.  The college remains one of the most affordable private colleges in the mid-state and is ranked 16th by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges of regional colleges in the South.

Registration for the Information Session is not necessary, but additional information is available by contacting Dr. Ian Hawkins at Ihawkins@welch.edu.

*Welch College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate’s bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Welch College.


Coffman Hall on Welch College Campus - a Christian Bible College in Gallatin, Tennessee

Welch College Partners with White & Associates for Physical Plant Maintenance

Welch College has entered into a partnership with White & Associates of Hendersonville, Tennessee, to provide managerial oversight of its Physical Plant department, according to Craig Mahler, Vice President for Financial Affairs. After the retirement of Mr. Sandy Goodfellow, long-time Director of Plant Operations, college leadership explored multiple options, including outsourcing, for this important role critical to the effective stewardship of the college’s new campus.

A family-owned firm, White & Associates provides a full array of property management services, including cleaning, grounds, and maintenance and has served churches, educational institutions, and businesses across Middle Tennessee for over a decade. Prior to founding White and Associates, Mr. DeWayne White, Principal, led the property management division of a large Middle Tennessee construction firm for over 25 years.

The role of White & Associates at Welch will be to provide supervision of and support for the college’s current cleaning, grounds, and maintenance employees; implement a new work order system; and develop plans for the ongoing stewardship of college facilities. “We are delighted to welcome these seasoned professionals to our Physical Plant team both to support current college personnel and aid the college with adoption of an effective program to maintain and care for the college’s beautiful new campus for many years to come,” Mahler said.

The phased transition to White & Associates management of Physical Plant sub-departments will begin January 1, 2020, with the goal of fully transitioning to oversight of all aspects of the Plant function on or by June 1, 2020.

Welch Volleyball Coach Warren Resigns

Athletic Director Greg Fawbush announced that Abigail Warren has resigned as volleyball coach for Welch College. A former student at Welch, Coach Warren led the Lady Flame for the past two seasons. She is also an elementary physical education teacher for Davidson County. Time commitment to her teaching responsibilities is the reason for her resignation.

The FlamesVolleyball program showed great improvement under Coach Warren’s leadership. She used her platform to help build Welch’s volleyball program into a competitive program in the NCCAA Mideast. The Lady Flamesvolleyball teams finished both seasons with a winning record under her leadership. She produced several all-regional players and help lead the program to several historic wins.

“Coach Warren was a constant mentor to the young ladies in the volleyball program, stated Coach Fawbush. “She challenged them physically, academically, and, most importantly, spiritually. Coach Warren demonstrated how winning can be accomplished by applying a work ethic that does not compromise on integrity.”

Welch College Press Publishes The Apologetics of Leroy Forlines

Welch College Press released a new publication this summer, The Apologetics of Leroy Forlines, by F. Leroy Forlines and J. Matthew Pinson, according to managing editor Matthew Bracey.

“The book debuted at the National Association of Free Will Baptists with much enthusiasm and praise,” Bracey said. “We’re proud of this book and believe it honors the legacy that Mr. Forlines has left to us on the topics of apologetics and worldview thinking.”

As detailed on the book’s dust jacket, “In The Apologetics of Leroy Forlines, J. Matthew Pinson brings together select writings of F. Leroy Forlines on apologetics and the knowledge of God. He begins the volume with a lengthy essay on the apologetics of the foremost systematic theologian of the modern Free Will Baptist Church and the contemporary Reformed Arminian movement.”

“The ideas in this book are timely,” Forlines said. “My prayer is that God will add His blessing to this book, using it to extend His kingdom and give Him the glory that is due His name alone.”

Apologetics is the fourth publication from Welch College Press. Previous publications include:

  • J. Matthew Pinson, Matthew Steven Bracey, Matthew McAffee, and Michael Oliver, Sexuality, Gender, and the Church: A Christian Response to the New Cultural Landscape
  • Christopher Talbot, Remodeling Youth Ministry: A Biblical Blueprint for Ministering to Students
  • Phillip T. Morgan and J. Matthew Pinson, Light and Truth: A Seventy-fifth Anniversary Pictorial History of Welch College

To purchase any of these titles, visit https://welch.edu/welchpress.

Welch College Announces Congressman John Rose as Banquet Speaker

Welch College is excited to announce that the Honorable John Rose, Congressman of Tennessee’s 6thCongressional District, will be speaking at the 2019 Strong and Courageous banquet sponsored by Sumner Regional Medical Center and HighPoint Health System. The event, held on the campus of Welch College, honors the Christian faith that is a vital part of the Sumner County community. The banquet will feature entertainment, an inspirational message, and presentation of the 2019 Strong and Courageous award. The event will take place on Monday evening, May 13, 2019, at 7:00.

This second annual banquet highlights Christians in the community who work to have a positive impact on their work, neighborhood, and community through their strong and courageous faith. Dr. Matt Pinson, President of Welch College, said, “We are happy that Congressman Rose will share a challenge at our Strong and Courageous banquet. He has worked diligently to make the community and state a better place in which to live.”

The Welch College Rejoice!ensemble and Dr. James Stevens, Chairman of the Welch Music Department,  will provide inspirational music before Congressman Rose presents his address. John Rose is an eighth generation farmer from Cookeville, TN. He has a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness economics, a Master of Science in agricultural economics, as well as a Juris Doctorate. He co-founded Transcender Corporation which earned the Music City Future 50 Award five consecutive years, and currently owns Boson Software, LLC which trains IT professionals across the country. Congressman Rose has also served as Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee since 2002 and has chaired the Tennessee State Fair Association since 2010.

For more information on sponsorships for this event, contact Derek Altom, 615-675-5262, or go to the event website at welch.edu/strongandcourageous. Proceeds from the event will support student scholarships at Welch College.

Welch College offers over 40 different programs of study with degrees at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s levels. The college partners with other higher education institutions to offer unique programs of study in traditional and online settings. Welch participates in both the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect scholarship financial aid programs. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Welch as one of the outstanding colleges in the South.

Pave the Way Bricks Dedicated

On March 12, Welch College President Matt Pinson led a dedication ceremony for a brick walkway installed with over 700 engraved bricks given in honor and memory of Welch supporters, according to David Williford, Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

The brick walkway is located on the quad side of the Welch library at Coffman Hall where all can enjoy looking for the name or names of loved ones memorialized or honored. “We are delighted at the response to the Pave the Way campaign,” Williford said. “The bricks honor those who have paved the way for current and future students to enjoy the new Welch campus.”

Many churches and Women Active for Christ groups purchased bricks to show support for students from their area. The Advancement office placed a brick for every 2018 Welch graduate and plans to do this for the 2019 graduates as well.

If you missed the opportunity to place a brick in this first installation, Welch is offering a special promotion of Buy One/Get One ½ Price. The bricks are $250 regular price. Contact Merinda Parrish (615-675-5360 or email mparrish@welch.edu) for more information.

This brief dedication service can be viewed on the Welch College Facebook page.

Welch College Flames to Play NCAA Division I Presbyterian College

GALLATIN, TN—Welch College men’s basketball team has agreed to play Presbyterian College next season according to Greg Fawbush, Athletic Director and head men’s basketball coach. This will be the first time in the history of the college that a Welch athletic team will play an NCAA Division I team. The game will be played on the campus of Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, at 7:00 p.m. on November 12.

Welch College is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association division II and primarily plays NAIA and NCAA III colleges for out-of-conference games. Presbyterian College is a member of the Big South Conference and plays some of the top teams in the nation. “Our student-athletes work hard, and this gives them an opportunity to showcase their God given talents,” Coach Fawbush said. “We hope this opportunity not only gives us the chance to display our testimonies through competition but also demonstrates the uniqueness of Welch College.”

Welch College Announces Grand Opening of Student Activities Center

The Grand Opening of the Welch College Student Activities Center is scheduled for Friday, November 10, according to President Matt Pinson.

Friends and members of the Welch College community are invited to celebrate with an evening of festivities. A brief grand opening ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by a tailgate party and cookout at 5:00. The Flames basketball team will then play the first game in the brand new gymnasium as they face St. Louis Christian at 7:00.

The Student Activities Center houses the gymnasium, coffee shop, student recreation area, and fitness center. A tour will be given following the 4:00 ceremony.

“We invite all our friends to come celebrate this wonderful occasion of the completion of the Student Activities Center, which also marks the conclusion of phase one of the construction of the new Welch campus,” President Pinson said. “The students have been eagerly anticipating the opening of this new facility that will be at the center of student life. It’s going to be great to have our first Flames basketball game in the new facilities in conjunction with Welcome Days.”

To see photographs of the new campus and get information about giving toward the funding of this effort, visit Buildingonthelegacy.com.

New Students at Welch College Increase by 57%

GALLATIN, TN—Welch College has enrolled 367 students from 25 states and two other countries for the 2017 fall semester, according to Provost Matthew McAffee, a near-8% increase from last year’s numbers. Enrollment statistics indicate a diverse student body with a wide range of academic interests.

“We are grateful for the Lord’s blessing on Welch College in granting us this increase in student enrollment,” McAffee said. “We have a wonderful group of gifted students who are ready to pursue God’s calling on their lives. My impression of this group of Welch students leads me to anticipate a great year of academic excellence and spiritual formation.”

Two of the most exciting developments are the number of new students and dormitory students enrolled this semester. College officials report 94 new students, an increase of 57%, and 194 dormitory students, a 12% increase over last year’s numbers.

At press time the college reported 194 dormitory students, 16 commuter students, 17 graduate students, 11 Enriched Adult Studies students, 58 Online/Lifetime Learning students, and 71 dual enrollment students. Officials set the fall semester 2017 full-time student equivalency (FTE) at 275.

By classification they include 90 Freshmen, 64 Sophomores, 42 Juniors, and 55 Seniors, as well as graduate, non-degree part-time, and dual enrollment students.

 By states, students number:

Alabama 15
Arizona 1
Arkansas 14
California 4
Colorado 1
Florida 14
Georgia 9
Illinois 13
Indiana 3
Kansas 1
Kentucky 2
Michigan 6
Mississippi 5
Missouri 14
North Carolina 26
Ohio 4
Oklahoma 6
Pennsylvania 1
Rhode Island 2
South Carolina 8
South Dakota 1
Tennessee 181
Texas 4
Virginia 8
West Virginia 1
International 23

President Matt Pinson said, “There’s nothing like the excitement of fall enrollment on the Welch campus. The dreams of graduating seniors combine with the energy of incoming freshmen to put a smile on every face. Our prayer is that not the increase in numbers but the Holy Spirit, by the power of His Word, will create an unparalleled zeal in our students this year.”

To contact Welch College for more information, email recruit@welch.edu or visit the college’s website at welch.edu.

City of Gallatin Welcomes Welch College 

NASHVILLE, TN—The City of Gallatin and Mayor Paige Brown hosted a “Welcome to Gallatin” reception for Welch College February 10 at Gallatin City Hall.

“From the very beginning, when the announcement was made that Welch College was coming to Sumner County and to Gallatin, there was a lot of excitement,” said Tennessee State Senator Ferrell Haile. “As the buildings have gone up, the excitement has certainly gone up also.”

Welch President Matt Pinson stated, “We saw Gallatin, not only as a warm and welcoming community, but also as a community on the move. Gallatin is one of the fastest growing areas in Tennessee, and we believe it is going to be great to partner with the city to move forward with the mission of our college.”
“Only 5% of Tennessee cities have a residential college,” said Mayor Paige Brown. “Welch College brings to our community, not only a four-year residential college, but also a student base which gives over 10,000 hours of community service each year.”

To view a video published by the Gallatin City Communications Office, click here. To read the newspaper article in The Tennessean, click here.

For more information about Welch or to apply, call 615.844.5000 or go online to welch.edu.

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