Carol King: Answering God's Call

Carol King: Answering God's Call

spotlight Carol King is Associate Dean of Students at Baptist Bible College. She has many roles, including teacher, counselor, writer, editor, and mentor.

She has ministered on campus since 1989 and took on the role of Dean in 1993. Before coming to BBC, she and her husband, Dr. James King, were missionaries to The Republic of Chad for seven years.

Carol has written articles for Christian publications, an online magazine, Christian newsweeklies, and is also a member of a local writers' group.

She has special heart for missionary kids and works to help them become acclimated to life on campus. She is also Director for Learning Support Services and works with students who have learning disabilities.

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Insight Questions

Where did your ministry experience begin?
In 1975, right after Jim graduated from BBC, we were appointed as missionaries to Chad. That year of pre-field ministry probably would be where my life in career ministry began. In Chad, I had opportunity to teach in the Ecole Secondaire Biblique, in village conferences, and in classes for women and children. I also had many opportunities to exercise hospitality and to facilitate my husband's ministry as he not only taught in the Bible schools but also did weekend ministry in the villages.

Where has serving the Lord taken you?
God has allowed me to study French in France, and minister in a variety of ways in Chad, Togo, South Africa, and Canada, and also to teach courses in Ecuador. I have also been blessed with the opportunity to teach in a Christian school and to spend the last 25 years ministering to college students here in this country.

What led you to missions work?
As a teenager, I attended Christian camp at Lamoka Lake Baptist Camp in New York state, staffed then, by the way, by all BBC students. There I was challenged that if I was not willing to be a missionary, I should pray that God would make me willing. For a year, I prayed that, and by the end of that year, I couldn't wait to go to camp and walk that aisle. I not only was willing but also had a sense that God was calling me into an educational ministry, perhaps in Africa. I was no longer afraid of that possibility. Ultimately, God called my husband and me to Chad.

What brought you to BBC?
My husband was invited to come to Baptist Bible Seminary and teach, and we were excited about coming home to the place where he had graduated. Naturally, I was eager to see where God would be using me, especially since our last child would be leaving the nest within a few months. At first, I thought I would be teaching only one class, but on Monday of that first week, my class load rose to three, and my life at the College was off and running.

What roles do you fill here?
Currently, I minister in the Office for Student Development where my primary responsibilities include leading and mentoring our women's residence hall staff, as well as developing relationships with women students. I also direct our Learning Support Program to facilitate the success of students with any kind of disability. A long time writer, I love the opportunities I have advising the staff of our college magazine, The Anchor, and teaching in the area of Communications/Writing.

What do you enjoy the most?
It would have to be the one-on-one opportunities to coach or disciple students. There is nothing more exciting than being part of the growth process in the lives of students.

What is most challenging for you?
Time. There is so much I would love to do, but there is a limit to what is possible. That and the reality that it is God who has to change and heal students when my heart breaks for the tough challenges many students face. Too often I forget God's role and struggle with my own failure to fix them.

What do you appreciate the most about BBC?
All I ever wanted to do was to serve God, to minister, and it is such a privilege to work in a place where my colleagues share that passion. Working at BBC is not about a job, making money, or success as the world measures it. It is about ministry, about loving students more, and about responding to God's call to this place. That's what I appreciate, being part of something that will make a difference eternally.

B.A., State University of New York
M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton
French Language School in Albertville, France
Studies at Baptist Bible Graduate School

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Posted on: 8/6/2009 1:44:21 PM

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