BCF trustees elect first African American chair in historic meeting
Feb 17, 2014

ELECTED Baptist College of Florida President Thomas A. Kinchen with Kenric Conway, newly elected chairman of the BCF board of trustees. BCF photo
GRACEVILLE (BCF)—In a post-convention meeting Jan. 23-24, the board of trustees at The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville made a historic move in electing Kenric Conway, pastor of The Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City, as its first black chairman of the board.

According to Thomas A. Kinchen, BCF president, the first meeting of 2014 was no different from any other in ways in which the budget was amended, the audit was approved, and other items were discussed.

“What was different was the personalities involved,” Kinchen said.

“The best information I have indicates that he is the first African American ever elected to serve as chairman of the board for any of our agencies or institution of the Florida Baptist Convention,” Kinchen continued. 

But it’s not his ethnic background or race that placed him in the position, Kinchen said.

“He was elected because he is God’s man, in God’s time, at God’s place. He has served faithfully and has all of the qualities that we are seeking in a trustee leader,” Kinchen said. “He is my friend and brother, and I am truly excited about working with him and our Board.” 

The Baptist College of Florida has an extension site housed at The Family of God Baptist Church in Panama City, and Conway has been instrumental in sending many students to study at the campus in Graceville.

Robert Carlton, retired businessman and member of the Lake Asbury Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, was elected to serve as vice chairman of the board. Don McLaughlin, pastor of the Lifebasics Church in Tallahassee, was elected to serve as secretary of the board. 

Kinchen noted, “All of our Board members and officers represent the finest folks in the Florida Baptist Convention. I am honored and excited to serve along with them as our Lord leads us.”

In other business, the board of trustees approved an audit report which indicated that the college continues to operate in a most responsible manner. The college received the highest possible rating from the auditors. The school continues to operate in the black and carries no debt. 

Trustees received a report indicating that the 2013-2014 Operating Budget would not require amendment. The board received reports concerning the ongoing renovation and renewal of the campus in Graceville as well as the expansion of the distance education program.

For more information about The Baptist College of Florida and the degree opportunities, please contact 800-328-2660, ext. 460 or access the website at www.baptistcollege.edu


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