In the Spotlight


In the Spotlight showcases the stories of some of our exceptional students, faculty members, staff, and alumni.

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Ethan Balsano: Making an Impact
When the 2014 spring semester ended most students left campus and headed home for the summer. Ethan Balsano and the five other members of BBC's Summer Crew stayed behind.


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April Bennett: Widening the Circle
April Bennett is spreading the gospel to many tribes, tongues, and nations without ever leaving the country April coordinates and teaches English as a Second Language at Daniels Road Baptist Church in Ft. Myers, FL.

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Tom Bevan: Leading through Stewardship
Working with God's people to design of end-of-life plans and establish planned giving programs is a true calling. It is one Tom Bevan pursues with a passion.


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Calvin O'Boyle: Ministry as Lifestyle
Calvin O'Boyle was brought up in a missions-minded family, one that moved from the U.S. to China and then Canada. A sophomore Secondary Education English major, Calvin aims to use his skills teaching, with a focus on young adults transitioning from the school setting to the "real world."

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Elaine Brown: On the Move
As a Professor of Health and Physical Education at BBC, Dr. Elaine Brown is always on the move. In fact, she has a real passion for the importance of movement. Dr. Brown realized at an early age the importance of physical education.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightDena Cambra: Students and Sports
Dena Cambra has been serving at BBC&S for almost 20 years. She is currently Director of Marketing Integration in the Communications & Marketing Department...

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Nicholas Charlton: Covering New Ground
The rolling, green hills, and ever-changing weather of Northeastern Pennsylvania are a long way from the white sand beaches and subtropical climate where Nicholas Charlton grew up.


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Ron Chastain: Building Opportunities
Ron Chastain can be seen wearing a lot of different hats around campus. Athletic Trainer, Resident Director, and Teacher are some of his official titles.


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Scott Cleveland: A Ministry of Media
As a high school student, Scott Cleveland was drawn to film and television. His future plans included going to New York University to pursue those interests.


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Dr. Tom Cragoe: Investing for a Lifetime
There are teachers who leave lasting impressions on their students. They are the ones who invest in more than just their subject matter and how they teach it.


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Tom Daniels: Serving through Finance
Tom Daniels is at home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He grew up in Moscow, PA, and now lives near campus in Clarks Summit. He attended the University of Scranton, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Business Administration.

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Ken Davis: Planting Churches
As a "missionary kid" serving with his family in Guyana, South America, Ken Davis had a sense God was calling him to full-time ministry. While working alongside is father on the mission field, he developed a heart for serving God and leading others.

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Andrew Dawes: Worshiping and Learning through Music
A gifted musician and teacher, Andrew Dawes enjoys using his abilities to serve the Lord. After graduating from BBC, he hopes to continue his education in music or seminary.


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Fred Defendorf: Leading with Students
Fred Defendorf wants to make the life of BBC students more fun. That's one of his many goals as the new Coordinator of Student Life.


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Allen Dreyer: A burden for ministry
Allen Dreyer came to BBC from Kent City, MI. He graduated from the college in 1993 and from Baptist Bible Seminary in 2006.


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Delana Durough: Teaching Business
From Northeastern Pennsylvania to the Middle East, to Hong Kong, China and back again, Delana Durough has found a place to call home at BBC.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightLauren Eichelberger: Making a Difference Now
auren Eichelberger came to BBC with a common misconception held by many students. She thought she might not be able to make a real difference until she got into the "real world."


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJoanna Ferbrache: Taking the Stage
Joanna Ferbrache uses acting to put God in the spotlight. A Communications major with an emphasis in Theatre, Joanna plans pursue a career in missions, using her skills in secular theatres.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJoel Gardoski: Getting a Headstart
Joel Gardoski is getting a running start on his freshman year of college. As a High School Dual Enrollment student at BBC, he has already completed 19 credits - more than a full semester - before even moving into the dorm.

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Paul Golden: Of Ice and Men
Sometimes, you warm up to new ministry opportunities.

Other times...

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Roddy Hannah: Helping Others Succeed
Roddy Hannah is well known across the BBC&S campus. This is thanks, in part, to his lighthearted demeanor, famous sense of humor, and his heavy involvement in the lives of students.

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Bill Higley: Serving through Leadership
Bill Higley (82) has served others through leadership for more than 13 years at BBC. He has followed God's direction to lead among the team of faculty and staff, and he's also worked to train the next generation of Christian leaders.

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Sherrie Holloway: Living in the Overflow
Sherrie Holloway is a fixture at BBC and a treasured member of the Health and Physical Education faculty. For 20 years, she was Head Coach of the Lady Defenders basketball team. Her passion for God and His Word is evident in her teaching and speaking ministry, as well as in her interactions with the students in and out of the classroom.
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Amber Jacobs: Home Court Advantage
Coach Amber Jacobs is making a fast break as she returns home to Clarks Summit as the Lady Defender's new Head Women's Basketball Coach and BBC's new Assistant Athletic Director.


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Frank Judson: Ministering and Preparing
If you know Frank Judson (04) serves as Resident Director of Ketcham Hall and he works on the BBC&S maintenance team, then you only know a part of the story.


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Summer Kinder: Loving Students of All Ages
Summer Kinder (09) has a special ministry to students on campus. Her desk in the Office for Student Development is the hub for student life at BBC


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Diane Lytle: Teaching and Mentoring Online
Always with a heart for people and a love of the Word, Diane Lytle uses her gifts of administration and organization to make her courses clear and effective.


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Jon Marshall: Mentoring Men
After graduation, students move off the BBC campus, leaving the community of learning behind for service and leadership in the next phase of life. For BBC graduate Jon Marshall, the next phase of life is bringing him back to campus as a Resident Director.

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Doug and Sharon Martin: A Passion for Worldwide Ministry
From Pennsylvania to Japan to Brazil to Russia and back again, the Martins have seen a great deal over more than 25 years in full-time ministry.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightJeremy McGinniss: Ministering through Service
Jeremy McGinniss brings a passion to serve people to his work in BBC&S's Murphy Memorial Library. As Associate Librarian, Jeremy provides students with quality resources, superior help, and a comfortable environment to study and learn.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightSamantha McKee: A Heart for Serving
The boarders of Samantha McKee's small town could not keep her from broadening her boundaries - both geographically and spiritually - as a student at BBC.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightDarryl Meekins: Growing Cross-Culturally
Darryl Meekins is not only new to BBC, he is also new to the culture of the United States. Born into a British family in Zimbabwe, Darryl grew up in South Africa.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - in the spotlightLandon Morey: Living and Learning
A few years ago, Landon Morey faced the same decision as many high school seniors--what college to attend. One option was to attend Cornell University, tuition-free. As a resident of Ithaca, NY, Landon had the opportunity to stay home for college. He instead chose to attend BBC.

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Ken Morris: Ministering to the BBC&S Campus
Ken Morris is the Director of Safety and Security at Baptist Bible College & Seminary. He previously worked in the Crime Prevention Unit of the Gloucester Township Police Department in Blackwood, NJ.

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Josh Mowers: Leading and Learning
Having grown up on the mission field in Cape Town, South Africa, Josh Mowers brings a unique background and experience to the BBC campus.


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Ken Pyne: Guiding Leaders
After 27 years of pastoring, the BBC&S alumnus is back - not as a student but on staff. Ken (80, BSM; 86, Th.M.) will be contributing his passion and experience as Seminary Chaplain and Director of Internships.

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Kati Raven: Serving Well

With calm reserve and a friendly smile, Kati Raven keeps the hustle and bustle in the Office for Student Development organized and going in the right direction.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightKen Rudolph: A Voice that Resonates
Ken Rudolph's deep, powerful voice is unmistakable. Throughout his years of ministry, God has used that voice over and over again to resonate His truth in the ears and lives of people around the world.

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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightKris Schill: Bringing Details Together
Kris Schill's bright smile and laughter is a fixture at BBC&S campus. As the Campus Visitor Coordinator, she assists and welcomes prospective students and parents.


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Baptist Bible College and Seminary - In the SpotlightRobert Seyler: Teaching Students to "GO"
Robert Seyler is doing the last thing he ever wanted to do as a college freshman: Teach. But if you ask him now, he would say he doesn't want to do anything else.

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There is more to Coach Mike Show than intense basketball practices. BBC's Athletic Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach believes coaching is synonymous with discipling.


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Charity Smith: Learning to Teach Others

A senior Elementary Education major from Lake Ariel, PA, Charity Smith became interested in BBC through its connections with the Word of Life Bible Institute.


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Dr. Bruce Steffes: Leadership in Medical Missions

BBC alumnus Dr. Bruce Steffes is making a difference worldwide for Christ. Since early 1998, he has spent the majority of each year as a volunteer physician and general surgeon in Haiti, Belize, Guatemala, Brazil, Kenya, Uganda, Togo, Benin, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Angola, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.
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Jonathan Strayer: A Passion for Drama Ministries

Jonathan Strayer is Director of Student Activities and Resident Director of Ridley Hall at Baptist Bible College. Since graduating from BBC in 2003 he has been involved in a variety of different roles in the Communications Ministries-Drama program, as well as the Teen Leadership and Growing Leaders Conferences.
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Wayne Stevens: Creating and Leading

Wayne Stevens has a love for building and creating. He also enjoys teaching and leading others. As BBC&S' Director of Facilities and leader of the maintenance team on campus, he is now able to pursue all of those interests

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Transferring to BBC brought Alaina Stevens closer to a dream come true. Her desire is to become involved in a nonprofit ministry organization focused on missions, adoption, or social justice.

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Renee Thompson: Connecting with a New World

Renee Thompson is experiencing college in a new culture. Growing up in Durban, South Africa, Renee not only climbed the highest indoor rock wall in the world; she developed a passion to serve God

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Erica Vail: Going the Distance

If you are a student who has taken an online class or a faculty member teaching one, Erica Vail has made your life at BBC&S easier in untold ways.

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Dr. Gerlin Valencia: A Heart for the Hurting

From a law student in Ecuador to a professor in BBC's graduate Counseling Ministries program, Dr. Gerlin Valencia has experienced much in several different settings.

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Dennis Wilhite: A Ministry in the Wilderness
Growing up a son of missionaries in the Philippines, Dennis Wilhite learned a lot about making connections and his faith. Relating to American youuth was a bit more difficult.


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Jeremy Yeckley: Connecting Students
Jeremy Yeckley has traveled all over the world. Now, his journey has brought him to BBC, where he believes God has led him to help motivate students in using their degree to impact their world.


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Ashley Zinda: God's Directed Adventure
As a teacher and a writer, Valerie Wilson (64) has been reaching people of all ages with the truth of Scripture for more than 40 years.


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