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Family: Husband – Ken Barrows
Number of years as a director: 2013-2014 will be Renee’s third year as a Resident Director.
Renee met her husband Ken as a student at BBC. After graduating in 2010 she worked at the Scranton Counseling Center with behavioral needs children. Now she is working in the BBC Admissions Department as an Admissions Assistant helping prospective students see the work that God is accomplishing here at Baptist Bible College. Renee has also continued helping out with the softball team here at BBC and volunteers weekly at CareNet of Scranton, a crisis pregnancy center. Originally from Pottstown, PA, Renee grew up between one older brother and one younger sister. She loves being around people and was first drawn to BBC after seeing the unique interaction students have with coaches and professors. She enjoys playing softball, cooking, and baking. She and Ken are members of Heritage Baptist Church where they are involved with the senior high youth. “I love working in an environment that is filled with people who are pursuing the same goal of glorifying God in all that they do,” Renee says. “I know that my work is furthering a ministry that God is using.” Her favorite verse is Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Her favorite book is “Loving God with all Your Mind” by Elizabeth George.
History of Thomson
Miss Mabel Thomson was one of Baptist Bible’s original teachers. Recognized and respected as an excellent Bible teacher, Miss Thomson was known for her etiquette, strict discipline, and genuine interest in the lives of students. She earned a reputation among her students as “stern” but “loveable.” She also served as Dean of Women and Business Manager. Miss Mabel Thomson died in 1952 after many years of service. That same year, as a tribute to Miss Thomson’s devotion both to her Lord and to BBS, the school’s newest building was named Thomson Hall.
- Thomson Hall is a dynamic environment, functioning on high-energy and enthusiasm, and supported by a strong sense of community.
- In the past, the ladies of Thomson have served the campus through their Beautiful Lengths hair-drive, an opportunity for students to donate wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments. They have also held an annual Valentine’s Day sale in which all the proceeds go to a needy family or, recently, CareNet pregnancy center.
- Dorm traditions include their annual progressive dinner, a chance for residents to enjoy interaction with professors and various faculty members, and their Christmas Breakfast, planned and prepared by the dorm officers.
- In the upcoming school year, Thomson Hall will focus on their theme of “We are the Body.”
- In the spring of 2012, the ladies of Thomson dorm began volunteering at CareNet of Scranton, a crisis pregnancy center. There were 8-10 who went down on a weekly basis as well as helped out at their annual fundraising banquet in April. In addition to sending volunteers to the center, the dorm is able to contribute to this ministry by participating in CareNet’s Walk for Life, holding a campus-wide donation drive at Christmas, donating Valentine’s Day sale funds, and helping out at the spring banquet.
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