TENNESSEAN: Welch College ‘a monumental addition’

By: Josh Cross (Tennessean)

As Welch College prepares to begin holding classes at its new campus in Gallatin next month, plans to increase the school’s educational opportunities for high school students and adults are already underway.

During a welcome reception held Friday at Gallatin City Hall, school officials announced plans to offer dual-enrollment courses for Station Camp High School students in addition to relaunching an adult studies program for working adults who never completed their degree.

Welch also plans to partner with Volunteer State Community College and has been in discussions with Union University and Sumner Regional Medical Center regarding the development of a program aimed at increasing the number of nurses in the community.

“We are an institution that intends to be a part of this community and to affect this community in profound ways,” Welch President Matt Pinson said Friday. “Over these next few weeks we intend to open the new campus and begin to express to this community what we’ve been doing in Nashville for the last 75 years – a mission… not only of academic excellence but of spiritual commitment and of traditional moral values.”

Students began taking online classes earlier this month until the college’s new campus, located just north of Station Camp High School between Bison Trail and the Stone Creek subdivision, is complete.

The first phase of the new campus will include an administration building, separate male and female dormitories as well as a cafeteria/multipurpose building. A gymnasium/student activities center is expected to be completed this summer.

“What Welch College is bringing to our city is much, much more than buildings and a business,” Mayor Paige Brown told those in attendance Friday. “This school is going to enhance our culture, our vibrancy and our character, which makes this great institution one of the most exciting additions that Gallatin has ever realized. Our small city will not only have a wonderful comprehensive community college but also a four-year residential college.”

Established in 1942, the regionally and nationally accredited four-year Christian school offers 40 majors with its top programs including theological studies, pre-med/nursing, business, teacher education and music. Welch has approximately 400 students enrolled annually who take part in 10,000 total hours of community service work each year.

In September, Welch and three other Free Will Baptist ministries purchased an additional 64 acres adjacent to the college’s new campus in Gallatin. The deal came one year after Mike Ford Custom Builders purchased 7.14 acres of Welch’s 7.6-acre West End Avenue property in Nashville for $11.25 million.

The school and associated Free Will Baptist groups now own all of the property along the northern stretch of Bison Trail between Lower Station Camp Creek Road and Big Station Camp Boulevard across from the Station Camp schools complex.

“I consider this a monumental addition to our county,” Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt said. “We actively pursue new (higher education) opportunities for our citizens. That’s what it’s all about.”

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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.

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