BCM new to Wallace CC–Dothancomment (0)
March 27, 2014
By Kevin Cobb
Associate pastor, Southside Baptist Church, Dothan
In my role as associate pastor, I oversee the music, education and college ministries.
Until a couple of years ago if someone had asked me what BCM stood for I would have likely guessed Bicycle Chain Maintenance, though I don’t know why. I had heard the acronym while a student at Troy University in the late 1990s and heard it mentioned at various Baptist conferences after surrendering to the ministry, but that was about it.
Then a little more than a year ago, I talked with some BCM (Baptist Campus Ministries) representatives while at the state Youth Evangelism Conference with our youth group.
It wasn’t long after that discussion that Angila Brannon, a dear family friend who works in public relations and marketing at Wallace Community College–Dothan, asked me how to establish a BCM at their campus.
To say I was overwhelmed would be quite an understatement and, now that I look back on it all, to say I had very much to do with getting it started would be an overstatement. God blessed me by guiding me in contacting the right people, getting some great advice and having a lot of help.
Ryan Spry, director of student life for Wallace, was a big help. Carol Rich from the Sparks campus of Wallace helped guide me as well since she worked with BCM there. Jerry Grandstaff and Ken Farley from Columbia Baptist Association gave me plenty of support and encouragement. Mike Nuss, director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions’ office of collegiate and student ministries, came down and met with me to help give some direction and encouragement. Nuss also came to the meet and greet event, where we had nearly 100 signatures of students who wanted to see us launch a BCM.
Through countless emails and phone calls, we were able to get our paperwork in order and get approval to start meeting.
Shea Murphy and Davidson Grandberry agreed to be our first president and vice president respectively, and Brannon volunteered to be our adviser, so we have a great team in place.
Spencer Kalar is the president of another Christian group already meeting on campus called His Love in Action, and they have been very welcoming and cooperative as well, which has helped us get the ball rolling. We meet together with them each Wednesday.
Though we are less than one year into the Wallace BCM, we have already started to see growth. It’s exciting for me to see students taking initiative and stepping out to point their campus to Jesus.
We are being contacted by other students who have heard about BCM and have expressed interest in getting involved. We are excited about all of the ways God will use BCM at Wallace to make an impact on our campus, on our area and in the Kingdom.