Freed-Hardeman Graduation 2016

Beautiful day for the graduating class at Freed Hardeman University

HENDERSON, TENN., (BNC) by Jamie Suiter — In spite of a cold snap and what we call in West Tennessee a “Blackberry Winter” Freed Hardeman University (FHU) in Henderson had a beautiful sunny day for their graduating class of approximately 250 students.

Three of these students were from the new Dixon, Tenn., facilities. Nineteen states were represented and three different countries. Two students were from Canada, one from Uganda and one was an American living in Singapore who completed his Master of Ministry with the online program.

Jay Lockheart , pulpit minister and an elder for the Whitehouse church in Whitehouse, Tex., spoke at the commencement in the Loyd Auditorium. Jay and his wife Arlene Carter Lockheart met while attending Freed Hardeman College. Brother Lockheart has done work with Truth For Today in Searcy, Ark., and was host of the popular television broadcast “The Search” in Tyler, Tex., from 1985-2007.

One of his outstanding quotes given to the class was, “As you prepare to leave these sacred halls of a university that we love so much and you go to make your mark on the world, you will go as those who have learned to make a living, but you’ll also go as those who have learned how to live. No greater life could we live than the life of a servant. Wherever you go, go as a great servant.” (From the Jackson Sun, Jackson Tenn.)

I asked one of the graduates, Drew Crews of Samburg, Tenn., to give us his assessment of the four years he spent at FHU and he gave this heart-stirring statement.

“The money I spent to attend Freed-Hardeman University was well worth it. My teachers, whether they taught Bible or biology, were top-notch, and helped me to think critically about the world around me and also how to think and live as Christ would. That pertains to every teacher I had at Freed, didn’t matter what subject they taught. More than anything, the growth I experienced while at Freed is what really means the most to me.

“The friends I made during my time there are amazing. I know I can talk to them about anything and know they will be there for me. I think back to all of the crazy, fun things we did late at night in the dorm when we should have been asleep or studying that we still talk and laugh about to this day. I also recall the deep, meaningful talks I had with them, as well. One time, my friends and I stayed up until 3 am talking about faith, and it was awesome. While at Freed, I found a desire to want to know more about God, and love him and others the way he loves me and you. I found a desire to serve others for his glory.

“My worldview has expanded, and my thirst for knowledge of God and his word has grown. I wouldn’t change a thing about my time at Freed. I think if you are serious about challenging your faith, growing spiritually, and learning how to live as Christ would in any occupation you choose, then going to Freed-Hardeman University. Don’t let the cost scare you. You are going to be so glad you invested your money into a Freed-Hardeman education.”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.
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5 FHU students studying in Brussels go to London

LONDON, UK (BNC) — Five female students from Freed-Hardeman University who were studying in Brussels are fine and went to London to stay with Lipscomb University students also studying abroad there, according to Nashville station WSMV. Continue reading “5 FHU students studying in Brussels go to London”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Retired professor, Dr. Jim Edmonds, was an inspiration

by Kevin Moore

newsHENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc) — On Wednesday morning April 24, 2013, after an extensive battle with cancer, Dr. Jim Edmonds went to be with the Lord whom he loved and faithfully served throughout his life.

Jim was a Professor of Business Law at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) for 31 years before his deteriorating health forced him to retire last year. He had also served as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness at FHU, and Secretary/Treasurer and Board Member of Henderson Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “Retired professor, Dr. Jim Edmonds, was an inspiration”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Retired Freed-Hardeman teacher passes away

HENDERSON, Tenn.(BNc) — Eugene Hibbett, 80, retired longtime science teacher at Freed-Hardeman (FHC) died Saturday, Oct. 6.

Hibbett leaves behind his wife Jacqueline, daughter and son-in-law Lynne and Kevin Moore, and son and daughter-in-law Lee and Sarah Hibbett, and four grandchildren, Loren and Kaitlyn Moore, and Elizabeth and Rachel Grace Hibbett. He is also survived by three brothers, George Hibbett of Florence, Ala., Ike Hibbett of Montgomery, Ala., and James Hibbett of Riverton, Ill.

Hibbett, professor emeritus of physical science had been diagnosed with meningitis as a result of West Nile virus. He died at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Frances in Memphis. Continue reading “Retired Freed-Hardeman teacher passes away”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions announces new director

by Jody L. Apple, Director of Information Technology

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Dr. David Lipe, former professor at Freed-Hardeman University, became the new director of East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions (ETSPM) effective April 30, 2012. With many years’ experience in both church and academic arenas, Dr. Lipe is highly qualified to direct ETSPM.

In his 45 years of preaching, Dr. Lipe has worked with congregations in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. He has held over 400 gospel meetings, spoken on numerous lectureships and participated in foreign mission campaigns in at least five countries. During his last nine years at FHU he preached for the Bethel Springs congregation, and most recently worked with the Sycamore church in Cookeville, Tenn. Continue reading “East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions announces new director”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Digital version of Freed-Hardeman Lectureship available

HENDERSON, TN (BNc) – E-text versions of the 76th Annual Bible Lectureship of Freed-Hardeman University are now available, according to Tom L. Childers.

The 76th lectureship will be held Feb. 5-10, 2012. The 2012 lectureship book of 490 pages written by nearly 100 writers deals mainly with General Epistles: James to Jude. Continue reading “Digital version of Freed-Hardeman Lectureship available”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

New missionaries in Scotland

by Jon Galloway

EAST KILBRIDE, Scotland (BNc) — We welcomed a new coworker to East Kilbride this summer. Richard and Mary Harp moved over on 23rd June with a five-year commitment to work with the congregation in East Kilbride.

Richard and Mary both attended Freed-Hardeman University. Richard received both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from FHU, the latter being in New Testament. Mary has her BA in Art. While studying for his Masters Degree, Richard also served as the youth minister for the congregation in Selmer, Tenn. He is sponsored by the Fourth Street church in Selmer.

Richard worked with the Cumbernauld congregation the summer of 2005. That summer he was able to work with Camp Heather and he came to the attention of the elders at East Kilbride. They invited him to come back to work with the East Kilbride congregation, primarily concentrating on building up the youth work. Continue reading “New missionaries in Scotland”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

William Woodson dies

by Dale Jenkins

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (BNc) — On Sep. 4, at about six in the evening, brother William Woodson of Walker Country, Ala., former chairman of the Bible department at Freed-Hardeman University, first chair of the DLU Bible graduate program, and former minister at Granny White died.

The last year his health had gone down and the last two to three weeks he has been in the hospital. Jeanne and his family, Dan Winkler and Jeremiah Tatum were with him when he died.  We appreciate how our friend Jeremiah has ministered to this family the last several years and more specifically the last few weeks. Continue reading “William Woodson dies”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Mrs. Leonard Johnson passes

by Tom Childers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BNc) — Bernice Cagle Johnson, 99, passed away August 5, 2010. She was the wife of Leonard Johnson, former Freed-Hardeman University Bible faculty member and co-founder of Faulkner University. She served as part of Faulkner’s first faculty. Bernice supported her husband as a college professor at Christian universities in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, as well as the many congregations where he preached. Her life as wife, mother, and grandmother was spent serving and caring for her family and many others who enjoyed her hospitality. Continue reading “Mrs. Leonard Johnson passes”

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

Preacher and professor Coleman Crocker dies

by Tom Childers

MAURY CITY, Tenn. (BNc) — Coleman Crocker, 75, of Maury City, and formerly of Union City, died July 3 at his home.

His funeral was Monday, July 5, in the chapel of Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home in Union City. Richard McCaskill and Keith Parker officiated, with burial in Fremont Cemetery.

Brother Crocker was born Aug. 27, 1934, in Obion County, Tenn. He married Geraldine Pipkin in 1956, and she survives. Continue reading “Preacher and professor Coleman Crocker dies”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Authors and publishers prominent at FHU Lectures

HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc) — The Bible Bookstore will host book signings for eight authors during the Freed-Hardeman lectureship week.  Come by and meet these authors: Bruce Morton, Jay Lockhart, Phil Sanders, Dwina Willis, Debbie Bumbalough, Cynthia Guy, Allen Webster and Brad Price.

Don’t forget to stop by and meet Barbara A. Oliver, who will be staffing a booth for BNc’s Forthright Press in the Lectureship Exhibit area.

The Lectureship runs from Sunday, Feb. 7 to Friday, Feb. 12. The theme for the 74th annual Bible lectureship is: Perfecting God’s People, Christ and Culture in Corinthians.

Barbara has been involved in missions for over 25 years, both in the field and in publishing.

FHU team considers Scotland

by Jon Galloway

fhuteamEAST KILBRIDE, Scotland (BNc) — Five young Christians in the process of forming a mission team visited Scotland in March. The team plans to begin a new work.

They are very interested in coming to Scotland, so we spent a week showing them areas where new congregations are needed, primarily in the central belt, where we are located. Continue reading “FHU team considers Scotland”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Memorial Service Set for Shane Ruiz

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (BNc)- After more than a week of futile searching, a memorial service for Shane Ruiz has been set. Continue reading “Memorial Service Set for Shane Ruiz”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Campaigner Presumed Drowned in Dominican Republic

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Shane RuizHENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc)- A Freed-Hardeman University student is presumed drowned while swimming yesterday, March 19. Continue reading “Campaigner Presumed Drowned in Dominican Republic”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

FHU Announces New President

by Associate Editor Joe May

HENDERSON, Tenn. (BNc)- Dr. Joe Wiley has been named the 15th president by the board of trustees at Henderson, Tenn.-based Freed-Hardeman University. He replaces Dr. Milton Sewell, who announced his retirement last year. Continue reading “FHU Announces New President”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us